Changes to Spring Term and other updates

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Provost and Executive Vice President Paul Jarrell

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 2:02pm

Hello all,

I am writing to update everyone of changes to college functions as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The start of spring term will be delayed by one week and will begin April 6th. The end of term will not change. Spring term will be April 6th through June 13th. Finals week will be cancelled and faculty will make alternative plans for administering finals (no final exam, alternative assignments, exam administered on last scheduled class day, etc.). We are working with Financial Aid office to develop a disbursement plan that minimizes the financial impact of this change on our students.

All instruction will be delivered by remote methods through May 8th. We will continue to provide updated guidance and support to instructors as they prepare to deliver course content remotely.

In-person instruction will be prohibited through May 8th except where mandated by external accrediting and/or licensing agencies. Any on campus instruction for this exception must be approved by the Dean and must follow guidelines for safe meetings (routine cleaning and sanitizing of instructional spaces, groups of less than 10, and social distancing of 6 feet between individuals). I understand that because of this prohibition and the requirements for the exception that any in-person instruction will be unlikely during this time.

While these modified practices are effective through May 8th, I encourage you to prepare for the possibility that this may be extended through the end of spring term.

All non-essential college meetings are to be cancelled or postponed for Spring term. This includes governance meetings, non-essential labor-management meetings, ad hoc committees, and other workgroups. This will allow us to focus on academic and business continuity during this critical time. If you have a question about what is essential, please consult with your supervisor.

All campus events remain prohibited through May 8th. This applies to events at LCC’s Center for Meeting and Learning (CML), and all college and community-related performances, activities, and athletic events.

All non-essential college travel remains prohibited until further notice.

We understand that this is a challenging situation and will take extra effort by all. I appreciate your commitment to continue providing our students with the education they desire and deserve while also keeping the college community safe and well.

Please remember to continue following good personal health habits: wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home if you are sick, and call first before going to a health care provider. These are important steps we can all take now to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Thank you again for your continued cooperation and understanding.

All my best,