Face Mask Recommendation for Summer Session

Based upon recently updated guidance from government and public health agencies, the University currently recommends the use of masks in classrooms and academic spaces, as well as in any campus settings where adequate physical distancing is not possible. Additionally, physical distancing measures and heightened sanitization will remain in place throughout campus.   

 

Self-Screening and Reporting Guidelines

If you tested positive for COVID-19 during the winter break or if you received the vaccine for COVID-19, please contact Health Services at 864-388-8885 or email the university’s contact tracer, Miranda Willard-Pridemore, at mwillardpridemore@lander.edu . This information will allow us to accurately reflect the infection and recovery rate for our university community. 

Use the following questions as a self-screening tool prior to returning to campus:

  • Are you or someone in your household currently being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results?
  • Have you been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case?
  • Do you have a new or worsening cough?
  • Are you experiencing loss of taste or smell?
  • Are you having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?
  • Do you or have you had a fever of 100.4 or higher within the last 48 hours?

IF YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, even if you feel it is related to another cause, please notify Student Health Services immediately at 864-388-8885. Please do not return to campus until you have been cleared by Student Health Services and meet the CDC recommended guidelines for resuming regular activity.

These questions can also be used as a daily health screening tool. Remember, at any time this semester, it is extremely important that you notify Student Health Services if you experience symptoms of COVID-19; if you have tested positive or are being tested for the virus; or if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive. Your health information will be kept private, and this timely communication will allow health officials to conduct accurate and thorough contact tracing.

 

Academic Modifications for Spring 2021

Lander’s administration, COVID-19 task force and campus leaders are 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 Spring 2021 semester:

  • Most classes will use a flexible, hybrid model that blends face-to-face instruction with synchronous video and online activities. 
  • 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. Pursuant to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster’s latest order, face coverings or masks are required to be worn inside all state government offices, buildings and facilities as a response to control the spread of COVID-19 in our state. As such, this order does apply to all buildings on the campus of Lander University.

    Effective immediately, all persons will now be required to wear a face covering or mask when inside any building on Lander’s campus.

  • 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.

 

FALS Requirements Lifted

For all current students, FALS requirements for graduation have been lifted.

We greatly value the enriching experiences FALS events provide; however the pandemic has limited our ability to provide the desired quantity of and variety of these events. As a result, current students will no longer have a FALS requirement for graduation.

Students with questions regarding FALS credits and requirements can contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 864-388-8320 or academicaffairs@lander.edu.

 

Modification of Academic Calendar for Spring

At this time, there are NO adjustments planned for Lander’s Spring 2021 academic calendar dates, and the University intends to begin the spring semester on time, with face-to-face instruction.

Academic calendar dates will remain as scheduled, including Spring Break, contingent upon COVID-19 conditions and in accordance with regulations from public health and government agencies.

As with the fall semester, health and safety measures implemented as part of Lander’s Academic Resiliency Plan will continue to be in place, such as:

  • Masks will be required in campus buildings.  
  • Most classes will use a flexible, hybrid model that blends face-to-face instruction with synchronous video and online activities. In response to student requests, there will be an increase in courses with face-to-face components.
  • A robust selection of online courses will continue to be available. Students and faculty with underlying health conditions or health concerns may request online accommodations/online instruction options.
  • Certain courses may be capped, divided into sections, or moved online to allow for appropriate physical distancing in classrooms, labs and facilities.

All courses will have contingency plans in place to allow for a seamless transition to fully online, should circumstances require.

 

Spring 2021 Study Abroad

Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions on international travel, Lander University has suspended all Spring 2021 study abroad programs. A decision has not yet been made regarding Summer 2021 programs. See more information here.

 

New Wellness Center Protocols

Due to COVID-19, the Wellness Center has established new protocols for accessing our services.  Please see below for instructions on how to contact the appropriate staff member to meet your needs.

Health Services 
Health Services will be offering walk-in hours.

  • Tuesdays from 9am-11:30am and 1pm to 4pm 
  • Wednesday 9am-11:30am and 1pm to 4pm
  • Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am and 1pm to 4pm

All other times by appointment.

  • For SAME DAY appointments, call 864-388-8885.
  • To self-schedule for in-person appointments for tomorrow, or later in the week, please use the following links for Well Visits  (for example, questions for the nurse, chronic health conditions, sexual health, or contraceptive planning) or Sick Visits (for example, cough, sore throat, fever, nausea & vomiting).  A nurse will contact you on the day prior to your scheduled appointment to confirm your appointment. 
  • To schedule a virtual visit using MS teams please use this link.  Instructions on how to download and access MS teams will be sent to your e-mail after the appointment is scheduled. 

When you arrive to the Wellness Center for your scheduled Health Services appointment, please check in using the Ring® doorbell mounted to the left of the door and wait under the tent outside.  A nurse will come outside to perform a brief screening for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure prior to escorting you into the office. 

Disability Services 
Our staff is available remotely via Microsoft Teams.  We are  here to answer all of your questions and assist you with establishing a case, discussing disability documentation, and exploring academic, housing, and dietary accommodations.  You can schedule an appointment to meet the Director, Samelia “Sam” Abney using this link:  Samelia “Sam” Abney.  You may also contact us via email at sabney@lander.edu.  

Counseling Services
All Counseling Services will be conducted online this semester through Microsoft Teams or different arrangements can be made to meet students’ specific needs.  Counselors will be on campus throughout the semester, but face-to-face services will be reserved for emergencies only.  To schedule an appointment, please call the Wellness Center at 388-8885 or email one of our staff directly:  bbooraem@lander.edujbrewer@lander.edueglenn@lander.edummilligan@lander.edu.   For emergencies or after hours counseling needs, please contact 864-388-8222 to reach the counselor on call. 

You may call us at the Wellness Center at (864) 388-8885 with any questions. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.