Academic Modifications for Fall 2020

While the University is still in the early stages of reopening, we remain firmly committed to resuming normal, in-person instruction and on-campus activities in August, and the steps we are taking now will ensure we are ready for a return to full operations.

Lander’s administration, COVID-19 task force and campus leaders have been working diligently on strategies that address multiple scenarios, all with the overarching goal to protect the safety of our campus community while providing the high-quality educational experiences for which Lander is known. Based upon current guidance from public health professionals and government officials, the following changes are being planned for the Fall 2020 semester:

  • Most classes will use a flexible, hybrid model that blends face-to-face instruction with synchronous video and online activities. We have the ability to livestream classes that are being taught face-to-face in nearly any campus classroom, providing students with opportunities to attend and participate either in-person or virtually.
  • Classes will be capped to allow for appropriate social distancing in classrooms, labs and facilities. Large classes will be moved to an online format, broken into multiple sections, or scheduled to allow for staggered attendance.
  • Lander has increased online offerings this year to promote safety. Historically, approximately 10% of our total course sections have been taught online; this fall, online sections will account for approximately 15% of all courses. Certain courses have been moved online to reduce congestion in hallways, to follow public health guidance, and to meet the needs of students and faculty with underlying health conditions. Online courses are a valuable component of every modern university and provide an excellent learning experience. Lander is prepared to provide students with high-quality, engaging content, regardless of how it is delivered.
  • All face-to-face courses will start the semester with contingency plans allowing for an immediate and smooth transition to online instruction, should circumstances require it.
  • Students and faculty with underlying health conditions or concerns may request online instruction options.
  • Office hours will be virtual, and most non-class meetings will take place virtually.
  • The University will provide quality, reusable masks for students, faculty and staff. We are still finalizing our mask policy, but, at a minimum, masks will be strongly encouraged in all academic settings and public spaces on campus. They may be required in some settings and facilities.
  • Social distancing policies and guidelines will be in place across campus.
  • Cleaning supplies will be available in classrooms, labs and other academic settings. In addition to daily cleaning and sanitization of classrooms by our custodial staff, we are encouraging students and faculty to help in these efforts by cleaning work spaces (desks, chairs, tables, keyboards, etc.) before and after use.
  • Health safety education will be provided to students throughout the semester, and safety training will be required for faculty and staff.  

Additional information regarding housing, dining, recreation, athletics, student activities and more will be shared in the coming weeks. These plans are flexible and will continue to be adapted as the pandemic evolves. As we monitor developments around us, we will be prepared to move quickly to implement new public health guidance and recommendations.

 

Modification of Academic Calendar for Fall

Following consultation with the President’s Cabinet, academic leadership and the Faculty Senate chair, and with guidance from the University’s COVID-19 Task Force and public health experts, Lander is making the following modifications to its Fall 2020 academic calendar:

  • The last day of face-to-face instruction for the fall semester will be Wednesday, Nov. 25, prior to Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 26-27). The one remaining day of classes after the break (Monday, Nov. 30) will be moved to online instruction. 
  • Fall 2020 final exams (Dec. 1-7, 2020) will be moved to fully online.

Please Note: While fall instruction and exams will move online following Thanksgiving Break, the campus will remain open, and residence halls and student services, including dining and health, will remain available through the end of the semester. Information regarding any modifications needed for the Spring 2021 academic calendar will be announced as those decisions are made.

“The safety of our campus community remains the University’s highest priority. This schedule modification will help lessen any potential impacts or disruptions for our students, faculty and staff should there be a spike in coronavirus or seasonal flu cases at the end of the year,” said Scott Jones, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments on campus and regionally, and the University will be ready to respond should further changes to our academic calendar be needed.”

 

Bearcat Bucks

Do you have Bearcat Bucks left over from the spring semester? We have great news!

Lander University has partnered with Aramark, the university’s dining services provider, to allow returning students to roll their unused Spring 2020 Declining Balance dollars (Bearcat Bucks) into the upcoming fall semester!

Spring 2020 Bearcat Bucks will be valid until September 30, 2020, and can be used at all campus dining locations. That means you’ll have extra bucks to spend at Lander’s Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Which Wich, POD and Dining Hall when you return to campus this fall!

Need to check your Bearcat Bucks balance? Just visit any campus dining location upon your return to Lander this fall for an up-to-date account balance. If you need to confirm your Bearcat Bucks balance over the summer, or if you have any questions about Declining Balance dollars, please contact Jordan Hudgens, Lander Dining administrative assistant, at 864-388-8416 or Hudgens-jordan@aramark.com  (please have your L# available).

 

Fall 2020 Study Abroad Suspended

Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions on international travel, Lander University has suspended all Fall 2020 Study Abroad programs. A decision has not yet been made regarding Spring 2021 programs but is expected to be announced by November 1.

The decision to suspend fall study abroad was made as a precaution to protect students’ health, safety and wellbeing. The Office of Study Abroad, Office of the Provost, and Lander’s COVID-19 Task Force have consulted with multiple sources and reviewed the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which still strongly advise against international travel at this time. Per the University’s policy, student travel is not sanctioned to countries or regions that are subject to a DOS Level 3 or higher advisory, or a CDC Level 3 advisory, which are both currently in place worldwide. Additionally, Lander’s partner institutions abroad report continued quarantines, airport closures, limitations on local travel, and more.

Rather than delay a decision until later this summer, the University is announcing its decision early so that students can focus on making appropriate plans for the Fall 2020 semester, including contacting academic advisors and financial aid, and making arrangements for fall housing.

For more information, click here.

 

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.

 

Shipping of Cap and Gown Orders

Herff Jones, the company that manufactures and supplies all of Lander University’s commencement regalia, has agreed to pay the shipping costs for mailing cap and gown orders to Spring 2020 graduating seniors at their home addresses. Students with questions regarding cap and gown orders should contact the Bearcat Shop at (864) 388-8384 during business hours or email bearcatshop@lander.edu.

Although the spring commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for May 13, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lander University is currently exploring ways that we can recognize and celebrate our Spring 2020 graduates when it is safe to do so. We will communicate those plans to the campus community as soon as decisions are made.

Additionally, please note that only the graduation ceremony itself is postponed. Degrees will still be conferred on schedule to students who successfully complete all degree requirements.

 

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.

 

Bearcat Shop – Textbook Buyback

Online lab kits for Summer 2020 (CHEM 105, 111, 106, 112, and BIOL 101) can be purchased in store or online at www.bearcatshop.com.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Bearcat Shop at bearcatshop@lander.edu.

 

Computer Commons & ITS Help Desk – Updated Hours

Lander University’s Computer Commons has adjusted its hours of operation to 12-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

ITS Help Desk services and assistance will continue to be available by filling out the ITS Assistance Request Form, calling (864) 388-8234, or emailing help@lander.edu. ITS staff will be responding to requests from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. TRACS services will be available by appointment only; to schedule an appointment, please use the ITS Assistance Request Form. If in-person hardware assistance is needed, an appointment will be scheduled.

If you are a current Lander student and the reduced hours in the Computer Commons will affect your ability to complete your academic work, please contact the ITS Help Desk to notify them of your situation. ITS will work with you to ensure that you have access to the computing resources you need to be successful.

 

Writing Center E Tutoring

The Writing Center is 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 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 by making an appointment for an online meeting.

  • Find our virtual chat service by locating the chat bubble in the bottom 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 Appointment page on our homepage to schedule a time to virtually meet. 
  • 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 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 at 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.   

 

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)

In order to provide ongoing support for our students, counseling services will be available for any student enrolled in the coming fall semester regardless of whether they are taking summer classes, with all counseling sessions being conducted online

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 

All dining services have been suspended until further notice.

 

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 and Bearcat Shuttle are suspended and will not run until August.