Online Instruction to Continue Through End of Spring 2020 Semester

Lander University has extended online instruction through the conclusion of the spring 2020 semester. Students should continue to interact with faculty daily via Blackboard. You should complete online assignments and activities with the same diligence as you would your traditional coursework – you will be graded on these assignments, and those grades will factor into your GPA.

Online instruction can sometimes be challenging for students, so we offer the following tips for a successful transition:

  • Don’t procrastinate. Often, when students struggle with online learning, the root cause is time management. Don’t put assignments off for later – figure out when you’re going to do your course work, block it out on your daily calendar, and stick to it!
  • Communicate with your professors. If you don’t understand something, either with the course material or the basic class procedures, contact your professors. They will hold virtual office hours through Blackboard even though we aren’t on campus - call them or participate in video conferencing.
  • Reach out for assistance. While we are delivering course content online, student support services will still be available, including access to tutoring and all other related services. Lander’s ITS Department will also continue to support students with technology-related problems or questions.

If you have a problem accessing Blackboard, try these Blackboard Quick Links or contact the ITS Help Desk at 864-388-8234 or help@lander.edu.

 

Registration for Summer and Fall 2020 

Registration for Summer and Fall 2020 continues for eligible currently enrolled students. Students should check their campus email for details and their specific beginning registration dates and times. Registration is completely web-based and available 24/7 through MyLander. Advising holds have been removed, meaning students will not need to meet with an advisor or complete the advising survey in order to register. Information for registration can be found here.

All 2020 Summer Session classes will be offered online. Summer Session I runs May 18 – June 22, and Summer Session II runs June 24 – July 29. (Please see the University’s academic calendar for additional summer dates and deadlines.)

Registration is open now for continuing students, and can be completed online via Bearcat Web. Contact your Academic Advisor with questions or for guidance regarding course selection.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process or course selection, please contact your advisor or the Registrar’s Office at registrar@lander.edu.

 

New Withdrawal Date for Individual Courses

The withdrawal date for individual courses will be moved to Monday, April 27, in order to allow students more time to adjust to their online courses.

The University understands the shift to online instruction in the middle of a semester can be challenging. By extending this deadline, we hope to alleviate some of the anxiety students may be experiencing with their coursework and the transition to virtual instruction. In the unlikely event you are not successful with your course, you can withdraw for a grade of “W”.  

As a reminder, if you are having trouble adjusting to online instruction, please reach out to your professors for assistance. They understand this is a challenging time for students, with circumstances that require a great deal of flexibility. They will work with you to meet your instructional needs.

Additionally, the Academic Success Center is offering online tutoring in a variety of classes. You can schedule an appointment at https://lander.mywconline.com/. To see a list of classes with tutors currently available, please click here.

 

Student Crisis Fund Information

In an effort to provide much-needed assistance for Lander University students facing immediate financial hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lander Foundation has launched a Student Crisis Fund.

Our goal is to provide students with needed emergency assistance that can help them remain in school during this challenging time and continue to make progress toward their Lander degree. Please note, this funding is not intended to be used as a consistent supplement, nor replace or supplement existing financial aid or other educational funding sources. Requests must be urgent in nature, and students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding does not have to be repaid. The COVID-19 Student Crisis Fund is sustained by the continual contributions of generous alumni, parents, faculty, students, staff and friends of the University.

If you are in need of such assistance, we encourage you to apply. You can find more information about the fund, the types of expenses covered, eligibility requirements, and the application form by clicking here.   

If you have any questions about this fund or the application form, please contact Kim Shannon, kshannon@lander.edu.

 

 

Student Employment -  Interest Form

The Office of Career Services and Student Employment has developed an employment intake form for students who would be interested in working remotely at this time for the university. Please note that employment with Lander University is not guaranteed, however; the University is working diligently to identify students who are in significant financial need to connect them with possible remote project/work-from-home based opportunities for various campus offices and departments.

You can find the link for the Student Worker Interest Intake Form by clicking here. If you have any questions about this form, please contact Amanda Morgan, asmorgan@lander.edu, or Courtney Carpenter, ccarpenter@lander.edu.

 

Information for National Guard Students

As part of his most recent executive order, Governor Henry McMaster placed the state’s National Guard on active duty at the direction of the Adjutant General, in order to take necessary actions to assist the people of South Carolina and deliver much-needed supplies to all 46 counties. Students who are S.C. Air or Army National Guard service members are encouraged to do the following:  

  1. Notify your professors and the coordinator of Veterans Affairs (veterans@lander.edu) that you are in the South Carolina Air or Army National Guard and there is a possibility of you being activated for state duty.
  2. If you are activated, please send a follow-up email to your professors and Military/Veterans Services notifying us of your activation.
  3. If activated, please bring a copy of your orders when you return to Lander University.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Russo, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs, at srusso@lander.edu.

Students, faculty and staff who are being activated for state duties, we thank you for your service!  

 

Free eBooks for Students

Lander's eBook partner has supplied a link that will allow students the ability to download up to seven eBooks (not access codes). These eBooks will have access through May 25, 2020.  RedShelf realizes some students may have left their books in dorms and have not or cannot get back on campus to retrieve them. This link will allow students to search by title or ISBN.  Please note some textbooks may not have an eBook available for download. 

 

Technology Assistance for Students

The Help Desk will be staffed and ITS will continue to respond to emails on Saturday and Sunday until 5:00pm. We will prioritize urgent and critical needs and address those first. Non-critical needs will be responded to on Monday, March 23. The ITS Help Desk will be staffed from 10:00am until 5:00pm daily for the week of March 23-27 and staff will be responding to requests until 8:00pm. Please keep an eye out for further updates. If you have questions or need support, please:

If you have not received a follow-up contact from an ITS Technician within 24 hours (except Saturday and Sunday), please send a follow-up email or request. ITS is responding to a high volume of requests during this transition to online instruction and thanks you for your patience.

 

Writing Center E Tutoring

Beginning March 19, the Writing Center will be offering convenient E-Tutoring for students.

What is E Tutoring? Through our appointment software, we have an option for distance tutoring. This means you can email a tutor your essay draft through your appointment time, and quickly receive feedback from them.

How to use E Tutoring: You can use Lander.MyWConline.com to log in and create an appointment. You need to attach the essay draft (and preferably the assignment sheet and rubric) to the appointment. Once you create the appointment and attach the essay, a tutor will read it and return feedback in an hour. To get the best feedback, be sure to upload a full draft and any other information. 

Questions? We look forward to helping you! You can learn more about our E Tutoring services here, or if you have any questions, email Brittany Cuenin, Writing Center Director, at bcuenin@lander.edu, or Courtney Myers at cmyers@lander.edu.

 

Locations for Study and Technology Access on Campus

While the university campus is closed, students who remain at Lander will have access to several locations where they can find technology access for instruction and locations for study.

The ITS Computer Commons will be open Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm for those students that are unable to leave campus. This will provide access to computers and printing resources for those students. The ITS Computer Lab will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The Grier Student Center and Abney Cultural Center will also remain open during normal business hours for students who wish to study in those areas. Lander’s Starbucks will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed Saturday and Sunday).

At this time, the Jackson Library will not be physically open for students during the temporary campus closure, but online library assistance and resources will be available.

 

Commencement Postponed

The University’s Spring Commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 13, 2020, will be postponed in order to protect the safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests. While the graduation ceremony is postponed, degrees will still be conferred on schedule to students who successfully complete all degree requirements.

 

Jackson Library Resources and Information

While the physical library is closed, the library staff is still available to help you with your information needs. You can reach staff by virtual chat, email, or make an appointment for an online meeting.

  • Find our virtual chat service by locating the Ask us! button in the top right corner of our homepage. Chat will be monitored between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  • Email us at library@lander.edu and we can work with you on your library need as quickly as possible.
  • Use our Make an Appointment with a Librarian service to schedule a time to chat through a zoom meeting. 
  • We have an extensive e-book collection as well as online article databases for your research needs. Check out the quick links section of our homepage.

At this time, requests for books through PASCAL and Interlibrary Loan will be suspended. We will still be assisting with interlibrary loan article requests.

If you have checked out materials from PASCAL or through Interlibrary Loan and they are becoming due, do not be concerned. Libraries across the country are understanding of the situation.

 

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center is happy to inform you that we have online tutoring and nursing PASS available.  You will need to schedule an appointment at www.lander.mywconline.com.  Same-day appointments are not available; students must sign up at least 24 hours before their desired appointment time. 

To access your online appointment, you will log into WC Online and open your scheduled appointment time and then click on “Start or Join Online Consultation”.   Students having trouble logging into WC Online should email Anissa Lawrence and alawrence@lander.edu.  We recommend that you log into the system a few minutes before the start time and be prepared.  Have your notes and textbooks available.  Please be advised that our tutors will not have a copy of the textbook during the tutoring session.  You may enter your online tutoring appointment from a laptop, computer, or mobile device.  If your device does not have video capability, WC online has a whiteboard as well as live chat. 

Remember to remain in communication with your professors as they will be able to offer you guidance as we transition from traditional to online learning.   

The classes we currently have online tutors for are:

Tutoring

ACCT 201, ACCT 202, ART 101, ART 104, ART 106, ART 112, BA 226, BA 251, BIOL 101, BIOL 202, BIOL 203, CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CIS 130, CIS 230, CRIM 101, EDUC 223, FINA 151, GEOL 111, HIST 111, HIST 122, INFO 101, MATH 101, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 134, MATH 141, MATH 211, MUSI 101, Medical Calculations, NURS 232, NURS 240, NURS 242, NURS 304, NURS 345, PEES 175, PEES 219, PHIL 103, POLS 101, PSYC 101, SOCI 101, SPCH 101, SPED 223, THTR 201

PASS

NURS 232 & NURS 233

 

FALS Requirement Waived

The FALS credit requirement is being waived for students graduating in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020. This waiver only applies to these students. Students with questions regarding FALS requirements should contact their academic advisor.

 

Student Health Services – Updated Hours

Student Health Services will observe new clinical hours beginning Thursday, March 19. A nurse will be available in the Student Wellness Center Monday through Friday, from 12-3 p.m., for student visits.

If you are experiencing any of the following potentially contagious symptoms, please call 864-388-8885 to speak with a nurse PRIOR to coming into the office: fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Students requesting evaluation by a healthcare provider during times that are outside of Student Health Services clinical hours are encouraged to use the following telephone triage lines or virtual doctor visits for medical advice.

 

Counseling Services Now Online (No On-Campus Services)

As we work with the University to adapt to our changing situation and meet the needs of our students, Counseling Services will continue to be available, with all future counseling sessions being conducted online.

Starting immediately, all sessions will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. All students have accounts and access to this software through Lander, and it can be downloaded for use on laptops, phones or tablets by clicking here. Different arrangements for counseling sessions can be addressed on an individual basis with your counselor to meet your needs.

Students who currently have scheduled or standing counseling appointments will be contacted by their counselor via email to obtain contact information. Students wishing to establish with a counselor for the first time may do so by emailing Lander’s counseling staff at jbrewer@lander.edummilligan@lander.edu or eglenn@lander.edu.

Counselors will remain on call for emergencies, and any student needing to contact the counselor on-call can do so through LUPD at 864-388-8222.

 

Student Affairs Staff are Here for You

Students, we want to make sure you are taken care of in this time of uncertainty. If you have any needs, concerns or questions that have not been answered by correspondence from the University already, please contact us at studentaffairs@lander.edu. Please give us your contact info and question/concern, and we will make sure that someone gets back to you daily! As always, if it is an emergency, please contact 911, or LUPD at 388-8911.

 

Campus Dining Services and Hours - To-Go Service Only

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the Grier Student Center Dining Hall will suspend dine-in service at the cafeteria, and instead will offer To-Go meal service only. This change is in accordance with S.C. Governor Henry McMaster’s most recent executive order prohibiting dine-in services at restaurants statewide.

To-Go meal service will be available at these hours:

  • Breakfast:  8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch:  11 a.m.  – 1 p.m.
  • Dinner:  5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Campus Post Office Hours

The LU Post Office will be operating on a modified schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Packages will be processed and available for pickup during these times. Mail will be placed in campus boxes during this time, and can be picked up anytime that the Student Center is open.

 

Transportation Hours

The Lander Line is suspended and will not run until April 1. Between March 16-31, the Bearcat Shuttle will run from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to transport residents of Bearcat Village and McGhee Ct. residents who remain on campus to the Dining Hall. The Bearcat Shuttle will run to Walmart on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. through March 31. Please see the approximate route times below.

Lander Line Wal-Mart Stop (Wednesday and Saturday)
11:15 am
11:45 am
12:15 pm
12:45 pm
1:15 pm
1:45 pm
*Last pick-up from Wal-Mart    2:15 pm

Bearcat Shuttle – Updated Hours and Schedule

The Bearcat Shuttle’s schedule has been updated to accommodate the Dining Hall’s revised hours of operation and new to-go only service.

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no change)
  • Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (begins running one hour earlier)

The Bearcat Shuttle’s Walmart route for March 21, March 25 and March 28 will be shifted to 1-5 p.m.

 

Campus Activities and Events

All campus events scheduled through the end of the Spring 2020 semester are cancelled or postponed.