Protecting the health and wellbeing of our community while providing a great on-campus experience.
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: May 14, 2021 - Lipscomb University will update the information on this page if aspects of the return to campus plan change.
Download the Lipscomb READY app
This is a comprehensive app that will replace the current BisonAlert texting system for emergency messages. In addition, the COVID-19 resources have been added to the app. You can download the Lipscomb READY app here and read more about it here.
We are following local, state and federal guidelines to create a safe campus environment for students and employees. Guidelines we are following include:
- Mayor John Cooper’s Roadmap to Reopening Nashville,
- Gov. Bill Lee’s Tennessee Pledge: Reopening Tennessee Responsibly plan,
- Tennessee’s Access Guidelines for Higher Education,
- American College Health Association Guidelines: Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era, and
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, we are fortunate to have Dr. Kevin Eidson, director of health and wellness, advising on all community health protocols. Dr. Eidson has been instrumental in creating our plans for and operating in the safest way possible so that we can all enjoy being a part of a healthy campus.
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.
Important Dates and Information
Here are some highlights of specific upcoming dates and other information that may be helpful.
Fall 2021 Update
Lipscomb University plans for the return to a fully in-person learning, living and working campus experience for the fall 2021 semester. University officials will continue to monitor federal, state and local health guidelines, and will adjust its plans as necessary, as it makes plans to return to a full in-person experience in the fall. Lipscomb University reserves the right to change its programs, fees and academic calendar, and to make other changes to its activities, as it deems necessary or appropriate. Read more here.
⚠️ 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.