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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. 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 January 4, 2022)

Thank you for your partnership in getting our community through eight weeks of mandatory COVID-19 protocols. Due to your diligence, we have seen a significant decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases and individuals in isolation or quarantine. 

Below are the current policies in effect. 

Masks

Effective until January 21, 2022 the indoor mask policy is in effect. Because of the current increase in COVID-19 cases in communities around us, beginning immediately through Friday, January 21, Lipscomb University students, faculty, staff and guests will be required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth — regardless of vaccination status — 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. The CDC as well as state and local health officials recommend wearing an N95 or KN95 mask if possible. These masks provide the greatest protection of everyone against the virus. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as appropriate. 

Students who have questions, requests or concerns regarding services and accommodations provided for individuals with disabilities should contact the 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. 

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 5 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 University Health Services 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/RHD and employees report to their supervisor. 

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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 LUHS using the Report an Illness form. The LUHS 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 Lipscomb University Health Services for a COVID-19 test. To contact the Lipscomb Health Center, email healthservices@lipscomb.edu or call 615.966.6304.
  • Medical Care. Lipscomb University Health Services 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 using the Report an Illness form. LUHS 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 LUHS. 
    • Employees. Employees may return to work once cleared through the Office of Human Resources.  
  • 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 LUHS using the Report an Illness form. LUHS 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 LUHS 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 mask if you have one.
  • Inform Your Close Contacts. Your close contacts will need to consult their healthcare provider. Follow the quarantine and isolation guidelines provided by LUHS.
  • 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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