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.
LMU is implementing the following actions based upon the administration’s most recent assessment:
STATUS CHANGE: President Clayton Hess has announced that LMU will open campus as scheduled to start the Spring 2021 semester. However, with surging COVID cases across the country, all classes -- didactic and laboratory -- will begin in an online format for the first two weeks. The change in schedule will allow the University community to return to LMU and safely quarantine after the semester break.
- Online Classes – All seated lecture and laboratory classes will start online, effective January 11 until at least January 25. Some professional programs with clinical components may proceed with in-person programming depending on the status of clinical partner facilities.
- Residence Halls – Following guidance outlined by the State of Tennessee (gov) in Section II (student protection) of the Tennessee Pledge, residence halls will reopen to students starting at 8 a.m. on January 10. Students are encouraged to return to campus and quarantine for the two weeks of online classes.
- University Events – LMU will continue to limit events on campus to the University community only.
- Travel – All University sponsored employee and student travel has been suspended until further notice.
- University Facilities –Tex Turner Arena (for community walking) will remain closed to the public, students and employees. The Carnegie Vincent Library will remain open only to students and employees. Chick-Fil-A and Campus Grounds is open to the public for carry-out only.
- Offices – Employees will continue to report throughout the semester break and into the new year as specified by their divisional leader. Large gatherings are prohibited and meetings are encouraged to take place virtually.
LMU will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and will provide updates to the LMU community as needed.
LMU COVID-19 Policies and Protocols
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.
COVID-19 Stats For All LMU Locations
Last Updated: 1/13/2021