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General Health Protocols

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These protocols are in place for the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. Following health protocols is everyone’s responsibility and creates a caring environment where we are all doing our part to help keep our community healthy. We will provide more details on the application of these protocols in the near future. 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. 

Current COVID Protocols
(updated September 117, 2021)

As we are preparing for a strong start to the year, the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread and has proven to be markedly more transmissible than earlier strains of the virus. Cases of the Delta variant are increasing among all age groups in our community, with a majority of those being 40 years of age and under. Approximately 99% of those in our nation who are having serious adverse effects or are dying as a result of the virus are unvaccinated. 

Because of the increasing presence of the Delta variant, we have implemented a few policies and procedures to help mitigate the spread of the virus within our community. These are similar to the policies at peer institutions and other businesses in this region and across the nation.

  • Masks: The indoor mask mandate is extended until Thursday, September 30. All Lipscomb University students, faculty, staff and guests will be required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth — whether you are vaccinated or not vaccinated — when inside all university buildings. Masks are not required indoors when alone in a private office, when in a personal dorm room or while actively eating and drinking. While outdoors, masks are optional. Masks should fit securely on the face and cover the nose and mouth. Neck gaiters are not approved as a mask substitute. Read the full mask policy here

    We will continue to monitor the situation for needed changes and will provide updated information by September 15 or earlier if the policy changes. Students who need to request ADA accommodations related to mask wearing may contact Lipscomb’s ACCESS Ability Program at accessability@lipscomb.edu or 615-966-6021 or by completing this intake form. Employees who need to request ADA accommodations related to mask wearing may contact Lynn Chappin in the Office of Human Resources at lynn.chappin@lipscomb.edu or 615.966.7015 for more information.

  • Guests: Hosts for all off-campus guests should ask the following three screening questions of all guests. Any guest with a positive answer should be referred to the health clinic for further assessment.
    1. Is your temperature above 100F?
    2. Do you have any of these symptoms: fever, headache, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chills, loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, or fatigue?
    3. Have you been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days or travelled internationally within the last 14 days?
  • Report an Illness: Stay home when you are sick or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms and complete the Report an Illness form promptly. 
  • International Travel: Students or employees who travel internationally are required to report their travel using this link. After submitting this information, students and employees will be notified of the appropriate post-travel protocols based on their travel location, including whether testing and/or a quarantine period is required. Read more here if you are planning international travel. 
  • COVID Vaccination: The CDC recommends everyone age 12 and older who is eligible to be immunized to protect yourself and others against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Per the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death, and reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19. You can schedule your vaccination appointment with the Lipscomb Health Services Center by calling 615.966.6304 or visit another vaccine distribution location. Read more information about the COVID-19 vaccine here and learn more about common vaccination myths here.

General Questions and Isolation and Quarantine Protocols

Are there myths about the COVID vaccine?

As with any new immunization, there are often myths and rumors that circulate. Read more about COVID-19 vaccine myths and facts here

What do I do if I have a fever or show other COVID-19 illness symptoms?

Stay home or in your dorm room if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100°F or higher, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new GI symptoms and new loss of taste or smell). Report your illness to the medical clinic. Students report their illness to their RA/HRA and employees report to their supervisor. The Office of Health and Wellness is in the process of creating an App that will be used to report any illness symptoms so they can monitor the health and well-being of our campus community.

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What do I do if I come in contact with a person who is later diagnosed with COVID-19?

  • Direct Contact with a Positive COVID-19 Case. If you have been in direct contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19,  you need to report your exposure to the Health Center using the Report an Illness form. The Health Center staff will follow the most current CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines found here. The guidelines may vary based on the vaccination status of the person exposed. 
  • Report. Report any positive COVID-19 tests or exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case to the Lipscomb Health Center using the Report an Illness link.
    • Students Report. Students who are in isolation or quarantine should report their status to the student care coordinator in the Office of Student Wellbeing by emailing studentlife@lipscomb.edu as well as to EACH of their instructors to request remote learning options. 
    • Employees Report. Employees who are in isolation or quarantine should report their status to their supervisor and contact the Office of Human Resources by emailing hr@lipscomb.edu or contacting Lynn Chappin at 615.966.7015. 

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What do I do if I have to isolate or quarantine?

The quick identification and isolation of those with positive cases and quarantining of those who have been exposed to someone with an active COVID-19 case are essential in minimizing the spread of the virus on campus and will help us continue to manage and minimize its spread successfully. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine periods. These protocols may vary depending on the vaccination status of the individual. 

  • Students who live on campus will be required to have a viable plan for isolation or quarantine in off-campus locations.  

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What are the general guidelines for a COVID-19 positive case? 

When positive cases happen in our community, you can be assured that we have tested and verified guidelines and procedures to follow that everyone in the community can count on. These guidelines and procedures are based on advice and guidance from the CDC, the State of Tennessee and medical experts with whom we consult in matters such as this. We are using the best guidance available to protect our students and employees! So, when a positive COVID-19 case is identified within our community, we have developed guidelines to follow in ALL cases. 

  • Symptoms Identified. Any person experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should stay home, consult a medical professional and be tested for COVID-19. Students and employees may contact the Lipscomb Health Center for a COVID-19 test. The COVID-19 test in the Health Center provides a very quick response, usually within one hour. To contact the Lipscomb Health Center, email healthservices@lipscomb.edu or call 615.966.6304.
  • Medical Care. The Lipscomb Health Center is available to any student experiencing any illness symptoms and will provide appropriate medical care and supplies. Students who need more extensive medical care than can be provided by the Health Center will be referred to a local hospital or other medical facility.
  • Positive COVID-19 Test. Any employee or student who receives a positive COVID-19 test must report the results to the Lipscomb Health Center using the Report an Illness form. The Health Center staff will follow the most current CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines found here. The guidelines may vary based on the vaccination status of the person exposed. 
    • Students. Before returning to normal community activities, students must receive an official note of clearance from their medical professional or the Health Center. 
    • Employees. Employees may return to work once cleared through the Office of Human Resources.  
  • Contact Tracing. The LUHC staff have been certified by Johns Hopkins University Contact Tracing Course to proactively and accurately trace contacts of those who test positive for the virus through a combination of in-person interviews and technology. When a person in the Lipscomb community (student or employee) tests positive for COVID-19, the Lipscomb Health Center will conduct contact tracing to identify any person within the Lipscomb community who may have been in contact with the positive COVID-19 case. Contract tracing goes back 48 hours from when symptoms were first exhibited, is done in compliance with HIPAA and helps to ensure a safer environment within our Lipscomb community. In addition, public health officials will contact the individual with the positive case and will ask about activities before and after the illness symptoms appeared in order to conduct a contact tracing in the larger community.
  • Direct Contact with a Positive COVID-19 Case.  Any employee or student who has been in direct contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 must report the situation to the Lipscomb Health Center using the Report an Illness form. The Health Center staff will follow the most current CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines found here. The guidelines may vary based on the vaccination status of the person exposed.  
  • Report. Report any positive COVID-19 test or exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case to the Lipscomb Health Center using the Report an Illness link.
    • Students Report. Students who are in isolation or quarantine should report their status to the student care coordinator in the Office of Student Wellbeing by emailing studentlife@lipscomb.edu as well as to EACH of their instructors to request remote learning options. 
    • Employees Report. Employees who are in isolation or quarantine should report their status to their supervisor and contact the Office of Human Resources by emailing hr@lipscomb.edu or contacting Lynn Chappin at 615.966.7015. 

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What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • Steps to Follow for a Positive COVID-19 Test. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, follow the steps below to monitor your health and avoid spreading the disease to others:
    • Medical Care. Seek appropriate medical care. 
    • Report. Notify the Lipscomb Health Center using the Report an Illness link. 
      • Students Report. Students who are in isolation should report their status to the student care coordinator in the Office of Student Wellbeing by emailing studentlife@lipscomb.edu as well as to EACH of their instructors to request remote learning options. 
      • Employees Report. Employees who are in isolation should report their status to their supervisor and to the Office of Human Resources by emailing hr@lipscomb.edu or contacting Lynn Chappin at 615.966.7015. 
  • Isolate. You should strictly isolate yourself at home following the most current CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines found here. The guidelines may vary based on the vaccination status of the person exposed.  
    • Other members of your household should also follow the current CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantine and no visitors should be allowed.
    • Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home to the extent possible. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Household members should consider relocating to a separate, uninhabited housing location if available to decrease their risk of exposure.
    • Where possible, ask others such as friends or family to get food or necessities for you.
    • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Inform Your Close Contacts. Your close contacts will need to consult their healthcare provider. You are recommended to stay home for 14 days and are required to stay home for a minimum of 10 days after their last contact with you.
  • Monitor Your Health. There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. Consult your medical professional. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and, if needed, take medication to reduce your fever.
  • Arrange for Care. If your symptoms get worse and you need to seek healthcare, call ahead and tell the provider that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • Practice Healthy Habits.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for ≥ 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly, including your phone.
  • Returning to Regular Activities. Once you’ve completed your required isolation period at home, you can return to your regular activities.
    • If you tested positive for COVID-19, you may need a medical release before you are cleared to return to normal activities. 
    • You do not need to be retested in order to resume your regular activities.
    • This recommendation is consistent with CDC’s Symptom Based Strategy.
  • Learn More.

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What mental health and counseling services are available?

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a time filled with anxiety, fear, isolation, challenges and changes over the last few months. Lipscomb’s University Counseling Center is a free resource available to any student who would like to access their services. The counseling center is available both in person and via telehealth as the medical governing boards allow. To contact the University Counseling Center, email counselingcenter@lipscomb.edu or call 615.966.1781.

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How do I report an illness?

Students, faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, must stay home and report your illness immediately using the Report an Illness form. This form is monitored and will be kept strictly confidential on a need-to-know basis, and your submission will be responded to by a member of the Lipscomb University Health Center staff. Lipscomb University Health Center is staffed by a dedicated team including nurses, nurse practitioners, a physician, a pharmacist, case managers and contact tracers. 

The Lipscomb Health Center is available to any student experiencing any illness symptoms and will provide appropriate medical care and supplies. The clinic staff may use telehealth to contact students to check on their progress. Students who need more extensive medical care than can be provided by the Health Center will be referred to a local hospital. To contact the Lipscomb Health Center, email healthservices@lipscomb.edu or call 615.966.6304.

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