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COVID-19 Information: Return to Campus Plan

Protecting the health and well-being of our community while providing a great on-campus experience.

 

Return to Campus Plan

As you review the Return to Campus information, be assured that tremendous efforts have been taken and made significant financial investments to put plans, policies and procedures in place as preventive measures to protect the Lipscomb community and to create appropriate responses for when a COVID case is present on our campus. Our plans are based on the following premises:

  • Prevention: We are doing everything we can to prevent the virus from affecting members of our community. But know that no community can guarantee a COVID-19 free environment. 

  • Robust Response: We are prepared to respond quickly, effectively and medically in the event of a COVID case on our campus. 

  • Investment: We have invested millions of dollars to enhance the resources, supplies, facilities, and equipment needed to respond to the COVID environment we currently find ourselves in.  

  • Staffing: We have proactively increased both our medical staff and student support services staff to assist students during the semester as may be needed.  

  • Guidelines: As a community that believes in the value of knowledge and expertise, we have sought the best guidance from federal, state and local entities as well as higher education organizations focused on creating a safe learning community. 

Updated: February 8, 2022 - Lipscomb University will update the information on this page if aspects of the return to campus plan change.


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Guidelines

We are following national and local guidelines to create a safe campus environment for students and employees. Guidelines we are following include

Respect Leads Community Value. At Lipscomb University, we value and respect each person and take seriously our responsibility to do what is good for the general welfare of our community. And, if we all lead with respect for others, things will typically work out for the best. We all want to stay on campus for the full semester and, while some of that may be out of our control with this pandemic, much of it is within the control of our community and how well we follow the health and safety protocols in place. We commit to approach situations of noncompliance with empathy and understanding and with a focus on education. However, cases of significant or consistent policy violation will not be tolerated as it puts the whole community at risk of having to return to remote learning as well as risking the health of vulnerable individuals within our community. In those extreme cases where policies are significantly or consistently violated, there will be the possibility of disciplinary action. Failure to adhere to any requirement may result in disciplinary action, including up to expulsion or dismissal for students and termination of employment for employees, depending on the facts and circumstances. Student violations will be reported to Tasha Coleman, director of community standards, and will be processed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Employee violations will be reported to their supervisor and will be processed in accordance with the Employee Handbook.

Spring Semester 2022 Important Dates and Information

Here are some highlights of specific upcoming dates and other information that may be helpful.

Masks strongly recommended indoors

Masks are no longer mandatory indoors but will be strongly recommended when inside all university buildings. For those who are recovering from a COVID-19 case or are vaccinated and have been exposed to someone with the virus, you will need to follow the requirements set forth by Lipscomb University Health Services as they follow the guidance from the state of Tennessee Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, faculty have the ability during this time to set the mask standard for his/her particular class until further notice, so you will be required to follow those directions. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as appropriate.

Recommended Reporting before Returning to Campus for Spring Semester 2022

Students are strongly encouraged to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test within three days of returning to campus in January 2022, especially if they are not vaccinated and during the break are exposed to someone who has COVID-19. While a negative test is not required at this time, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust plans as appropriate. You have played an important role in our having a healthy and safe semester and we all need to continue to do our part to protect the Bison Herd. 

Report An Illness 

If you are symptomatic or currently have COVID-19, please do not return to campus until you are recovered or have a negative test. If you are symptomatic or sick, please fill out the Report An Illness form, and someone from Lipscomb University Health Services (LUHS) will follow up with you. If you are sick, make sure to notify your professors and residence hall directors if there will be a delay in your return to campus due to illness. 

Residential Student 2021-22 Quarantine/Isolation Plan

On-campus isolation/quarantine housing will continue to be limited during spring semester. In the fall, residential students submitted 2021-22 Quarantine/Isolation Plans for off-campus housing arrangements should it be needed for COVID or any other situation and will be asked to continue to follow those plans during the spring.


Current Protocols

Click here to review the current COVID-19 protocols. The institution reserves the right to institute or change protocols at any time for all or for any group or segment of the Lipscomb community.

⚠️ COVID WARNING - Assumption of Risk

COVID-19 is a highly contagious and potentially life-threatening disease. The highly contagious nature of COVID-19 means that being in close proximity with other individuals, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the coronavirus, can lead to infection. Additionally, many individuals who are infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic and unknowingly spread the virus to others. Because of its highly contagious and sometimes “hidden” nature, it is currently very difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 or to determine whether, where, or how a specific individual may have been exposed to the disease. 

Lipscomb University holds as paramount the health, safety and welfare of every member of its community. The university is engaged in numerous efforts to prevent, mitigate, and respond to the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and has put in place certain safety rules and precautions, which may be updated from time to time. Minimizing the spread of COVID-19 is a shared responsibility, and the university expects and requires all members of the Lipscomb community to do their part by following proper protocol. Despite the university’s best efforts, however, it is impossible to eliminate the risk of positive cases or an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus. The university cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. Students, employees and guests who are physically present on the university’s campus or interact with other members of the Lipscomb community may be exposed to and contract COVID-19, which could result in severe illness and death, and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.