Student Information on COVID-19
LMU has been monitoring and assessing the impact of the 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will continue to closely monitor it and take appropriate actions to support and safeguard the LMU community.
At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 on the main campus or LMU learning sites.
LMU is implementing the following actions based upon the administration’s most recent assessment:
LMU to complete the semester online, will not hold Commencement Ceremonies
Harrogate, Tennessee, March 18, 2020—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess has announced that LMU will complete the Spring 2020 semester online. LMU will not hold commencement ceremonies this spring. Degrees will be conferred on candidates that have completed degree requirements at the end of the semester.
- Online Classes – All seated lecture classes were moved online, effective March 16. The classes will continue in the online format through the end of the semester.
- Residence Halls – Students are requested to stay home and participate in online classes from their primary residence. We understand that this not possible for every student. If you live in a residence hall and you are not able to stay at home, you can register to remain on campus and essential services will be available. Residents who left campus without your belongings and would like to retrieve them must make an appointment with Residence Life to check out of the residence halls. Residents will not be allowed to retrieve their belongings without an assigned check out time. Residence Life will email the residents individually with more information, so please monitor your LMU inbox and MyLMU for important announcements. A residential resource guide is posted on the COVID-19 page on the LMU website for residents remaining on campus.
- University Events – All LMU events and gatherings have been canceled until further notice.
- Commencement Ceremonies – The University will not hold any commencement ceremonies for the spring semester. Degrees will be conferred on candidates that have completed degree requirements.
- Travel – All University sponsored employee and student travel has been suspended until further notice.
- University Facilities –The Harrogate City Park, Tex Turner Arena (for community walking), LMU Pool, LMU Wellness center and other facilities usually open to the public are now closed to the public. Chick-Fil-A and Campus Grounds (Starbucks) in the Student Center are open to the public with takeout service only. The Carnegie Vincent Library will remain open to students and employees.
- Offices – Employees will continue to report. Gatherings of personnel will be prohibited and employees are encouraged to utilize remote meeting technologies to facilitate meetings.
LMU will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and will provide updates to the LMU community as needed. A complete outline of University COVID-19 measures can be found here.
In order to prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19 and other influenza-like illnesses, students should follow the recommendations of the CDC for best hygiene practices. Those recommendations are attached and are being posted across campus, at off-campus instructional sites, and electronically through the website, MyLMU, and on building television monitors. Please follow these recommendations. Because COVID-19 can live on surfaces, even if only for a short time, students should avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. LMU’s custodial staff is taking extra precautions to routinely disinfect surfaces.
In addition to following best hygiene practices, students are asked not to attend class or other LMU functions if they have a fever or flu-like symptoms, especially a fever with shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and cough. Students are encouraged to seek medical treatment either at the Student Health Center or other medical clinic. If a student needs to miss class because of a fever or flu-like symptoms, the student must notify each professor as soon as possible. Professors have been instructed to provide continuity of instruction to those students who are temporarily unable to attend class for illness. Students remain responsible for all work missed. Students who miss a week or more of class due to illness must present the professor with a note from the Student Health Center or the student’s medical provider clearing the student to return to class.
The Student Health Center is monitoring the number of student incidents of flu-like illnesses to assist administration in determining the impact to the LMU community. All students are asked to notify the Student Health Center if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have been diagnosed with the flu or COVID-19 by another medical provider. Notifying the Student Health Center will enable LMU to monitor infection rates on campus and respond accordingly.
LMU Student Health Center
Phone: 423.869.6249 Email: [email protected]
Based on the heightened risk currently associated with COVID-19 and other influenza-like illnesses, effective immediately LMU is restricting University-sponsored student travel to countries identified by the CDC as a travel warning level of 2 or 3 at the time of travel. University-sponsored travel includes any trip that is directly initiated, supervised, hosted, or funded by a University department/committee/employee or student group and is for the benefit of the University, employees, and/or students. Students who intend to travel as part of a University-sponsored trip should contact the trip sponsor for additional details.
Likewise, LMU recommends that students consider postponing all nonessential international and domestic air travel. Students are urged to check the CDC website (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/) immediately prior to travel to check the current travel warning level for their destination.
Please note that some countries, including the United States, have mandatory quarantine timeframes that may delay entry into your travel destinations and/or prevent your immediate return to Lincoln Memorial University after your trip from some destinations. Any delay in returning to classes could have an impact on your ability to successfully complete a course or program of study and may create financial aid consequences. LMU urges you to take due care in making informed and reasonable decisions regarding traveling at this time.
LMU will continue to monitor and assess the impact of COVID-19 on the LMU community and will provide updates to the LMU community as needed. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and LMU’s response plan, please contact Student Services, the Student Health Center, or Campus Police and Security via email or phone.