**April 6, 2020

  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • To see the most current statistics regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, please visit DHEC’s website.  
  • Find the latest updates regarding Lander University’s response to COVID-19 and important information for students, faculty and staff at www.lander.edu/COVID19.

Student Housing, Dining and Parking Refunds for Spring 2020 Semester

In accordance with guidance issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHE), Lander University has announced its plans to issue prorated refunds for Spring 2020 housing, dining and parking charges for students who were displaced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Refunds will be issued beginning April 15, 2020, to currently enrolled students for campus housing, meal plans and parking fees for services not received following Lander University’s transition to online learning, in accordance with S.C. Governor Henry McMaster’s executive orders. The refunds will be prorated to a date beginning March 16, 2020, and will be based on the individual student’s charges and financial contribution, subject to the application of Federal Financial Aid regulations. More information about the refund process is available at www.lander.edu/COVID19/refund.

Students with questions regarding their accounts or the refund process should contact the Office of Student Accounts between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at 864-388-8303 or stuacctweb@lander.edu.


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.


Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Information for Employees

Lander University has created a webpage with helpful information for employees regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Both paid leave provisions take effect April 1, 2020, and both will expire December 31, 2020. These paid leave types apply to Lander University employees.

To learn more, please click here. The page will be updated as more information for employees becomes available. If you have a specific question regarding leave benefits, please email the Office of Human Resources at HR@lander.edu.

 

Past Communiques

April 2, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • To see the most current statistics regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, please visit DHEC’s website.  
  • Find the latest updates regarding Lander University’s response to COVID-19 and important information for students, faculty and staff at www.lander.edu/COVID19.

Make Your Summer Count – Register for Summer Session at Lander!

Looking for a great way to catch up on your Gen Ed courses and take in some fun electives? Register for classes during Lander’s Summer I and II sessions! You will have access to Lander’s highly qualified professors, exceptional student support services and unique course offerings, including a large selection of general education and elective courses. Taking summer classes can help you stay on track with GPA requirements for scholarships, save money and graduate sooner!

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.

April 1, 2020 Presidential Email

Presidential Email

As we begin the month of April, a time when we would normally be honoring our students’ impressive achievements with awards ceremonies, symposiums, performances and celebrations, we instead find ourselves in uncharted territory. What was just weeks ago a bustling campus alive with activity is now a quiet landscape – a poignant testament to our “new normal” of remote learning, social distancing and telecommuting.  

The far-reaching effects of COVID-19 are unprecedented, and they continue to reverberate across our community, state, nation and world. But, as members of the Lander University family, we are rising to face these new challenges successfully, and I continue to be impressed by the flexibility and determination shown by our students, faculty and staff as we push ahead with the spring semester.   

I write to you today to update you on some important academic decisions we have made in response to the coronavirus pandemic. First, I want to address temporary changes we are making to several academic policies.

COVID-19 has uprooted nearly every aspect of our lives and the lives of our students. Nationally, many students are dealing with significant anxiety caused by the challenges related to this crisis. To minimize these anxieties and their potential impact on student performance, many institutions (more than 125 at last count) are adopting a variety of temporary measures to reassure students during this difficult time. Many of these institutions are those held in high esteem, both nationally and internationally, including Harvard, Cornell, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Purdue and Penn State. Generally, these measures are changes to academic policies designed to ease students’ concerns about disruptions to their education.

Working with the Provost, and similar to the steps taken by other universities, Lander is temporarily implementing measures we believe will best position our students and the University for future success in the wake of this pandemic. These measures are outlined in an email sent to students. Our goal is to make it clear to students that we understand this is a difficult time for them and that we care.

Additionally, we will offer all tenure track faculty the option of having extended time to go up for tenure. If a faculty member wishes to have their probationary period extended by one year, they should send an email by May 15th to their dean and Melissa Thompson requesting an extension.

The past few weeks have been a trying experience for each of us, personally and professionally, and I sincerely thank our faculty and staff for remaining flexible and supportive of our students and each other as we move forward with the semester. I appreciate all that you do, and I am confident that, working together, Lander University will continue to successfully navigate this crisis.

 

Student Email

I am writing to you with several important academic updates. Please read this message carefully.

As we continue to adjust to the unprecedented changes to our daily lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no doubt that we are facing historic challenges. Terms like “remote learning,” “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” have become a part of our vocabulary; and, like so many in our nation and world, we have questions about what lies ahead in the weeks and months to come.

But, even in the face of these extraordinary obstacles, our students, faculty and staff have risen to each new challenge with resiliency and tenacity. As president, I am immensely proud of how our entire University community has worked together during this time of uncertainty, and how our students have demonstrated incredible flexibility to adapt to this “new normal.” Though the Spring 2020 semester will play out in a way none of us could have imagined, we have proven that Lander University will persevere, and we will emerge on the other side of this crisis stronger than ever.

That said, I recognize that the sudden, unexpected transition to online instruction presents unique challenges for students. To help protect against any anxieties or difficulties this disruption might cause, the University will be granting one-time exceptions to several academic policies.  

Working with the Provost and faculty, Lander is implementing the following changes for the Spring 2020 semester:

Pass/Fail Option

Students have the option to change a grade in a course to a Pass or Fail. Students will have from May 5 to May 12 to change any course grade to a Pass/Fail. This means that you can change your final grade after you receive it.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • If you choose a Pass/Fail option for a course, any course grade of C or higher becomes a Pass. Any grade of D or F becomes a Fail.
  • Grades of Pass (“P”) do not affect GPA, including for scholarships. A grade of Fail is an “F” and affects GPA in the same manner as any F grade would.
  • A “P” grade will count as satisfying prerequisite grade requirements for courses you plan to take later. 
  • You need to exercise great care in making these choices, as they may impact your eligibility for scholarships. We suggest you contact your Academic Advisor and the Office of Financial Aid about what options work best for you.
  • Since choosing the Pass/Fail option does not eliminate an “F” grade, we suggest you instead drop any course you think you are likely to fail.

Later, we will provide details on how to change your course grade.

New Withdrawal Date for Individual Courses

As previously announced, the withdrawal date for individual courses was moved to Monday, April 27.

Academic Probation

No student will be placed on academic probation as a result of their performance in Spring 2020. 

Academic Dismissal

No student will be dropped from the University as a result of their performance in Spring 2020.

Incompletes

Students receiving an incomplete for a Spring 2020 class will have until the end of the Spring 2021 term to complete the course. Note, we discourage faculty from issuing incompletes.

Transcript Notation

Students enrolled this semester shall have it noted on their transcript that this was the semester of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please Note: These changes will only be in effect for the Spring 2020 semester.

Your instructors are firmly committed to your success. We have urged faculty to continue to seek ways to be more flexible in their courses, including exploring alternative assignments and projects, and to consider not requiring final exams. But remember, you have an important role to play in your education, too. Work to keep up in your courses. If you encounter difficulty, please communicate with your instructor — they want to know if you are having trouble or if something in the course is not working.

The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging we have faced as a state, as a nation, and as an institution. But, I am confident that you will be successful, and that we will get through this. Your Lander family – your fellow classmates and our faculty, staff and alumni – will be here for you every step of the way.

March 30, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • To see the most current statistics regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, please visit DHEC’s website.  
  • Find the latest updates regarding Lander University’s response to COVID-19 and important information for students, faculty and staff at www.lander.edu/COVID19.

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 servicemembers 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!  


Help Flatten the Curve – Stay Vigilant With Prevention

As the number of COVID-19 cases in South Carolina grows, we are reminding the Lander community, whether at home or on campus, to continue practicing the preventative measures recommended by the CDC, including frequent handwashing, limiting non-essential travel, and practicing social distancing of at least six feet. You can find more hygiene and prevention tips on the CDC’s COVID-19 website.

If you experience symptoms including fever, coughing or shortness of breath, please call your healthcare provider or Student Health Services prior to visiting in person, or use one of the virtual healthcare resources offered to the public, such as PrismaHealth, MUSC, or Self Regional (must be located within Self’s service area, 864-725-4200). Additional telehealth/virtual care providers across the state can be found here.


Coping With COVID-19 Related Stress

As we all make daily changes to stop the spread of COVID-19 among our communities, it is understandable that you may experience anxiety or concerns related to the pandemic and its impact on our day-to-day lives.

As a reminder, the University’s Counseling Services is available for online counseling sessions through Microsoft Teams (click to download app), and counselors can be reached at jbrewer@lander.edu, mmilligan@lander.edu, or eglenn@lander.edu. Counselors will also remain on call for emergencies, and any student needing to contact the counselor on-call can do so through LUPD at 864-388-8222.

The CDC has also created a webpage with resources and information on coping with the challenges and stresses associated with COVID-19. The page is available here.

March 27, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • To see the most current statistics regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, please visit DHEC’s website.  
  • Following today’s update, regular campus updates will be issued each Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m., or as-needed as important news and information becomes available. 
  • Find the latest updates regarding Lander University’s response to COVID-19 and important information for students, faculty and staff at www.lander.edu/COVID19.

S.C. WiFi Hotspot Locations

The South Carolina Department of Education has created an interactive Google Map highlighting WiFi hotspots across the state, including business, phone company and school bus hotspots. The map, available here, includes information about each hotspot location and its hours of service, and will be updated regularly as new hotspots are added.

You can find additional resources from the S.C. Department of Education on their website.   


Telecommuting Resources

Lander University’s ITS Department is introducing Staff Remote Access Resources (COVID-19 Work-from-Home Transition) as a one-stop reference guide for University staff.

To access, please log into MyLander and click on the Blackboard Link in the upper right corner. Once logged into Blackboard, look for the “My Organizations” box in your home screen. Here, you’ll find Staff Remote Access Resources, with helpful information about working from home, including instructions, links to needed forms, and advice about working remotely.

If you have any questions, please contact Lander’s ITS Help Desk at help@lander.edu or 864-388-8234.


Campus Update Schedule

The Office of University Relations has been providing the campus community with daily updates regarding changes to Lander’s operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as resources for students, faculty and staff to assist with the University’s transition to online instruction for the spring semester.

With the second week of online instruction complete, we will begin issuing regular campus updates on a new schedule of Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., or more frequently as important news and information becomes available. You are encouraged to continue to monitor campus email for the latest information.


Reminder – Scheduled Website Maintenance

As a reminder, due to necessary maintenance, the Lander University website (www.lander.edu) may experience a brief period of downtime from 1 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. This maintenance is connected to the University’s scheduled move to a new hosting service provider. Visitors who are browsing the website during this time may notice intermittent issues.

This downtime does not affect the MyLander campus portal. Students, faculty and staff will still be able to access services including Blackboard, Email, Handshake, the Housing Portal, Hoonuit, Banner and Bearcat Web during this time. You can directly access the portal and these services here: https://mylander.lander.edu.

March 26, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 456 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in 39 counties. According to DHEC’s website, there remain 2 confirmed cases in Greenwood County at this time.  
  • Find the latest updates regarding Lander University’s response to COVID-19 and important information for students, faculty and staff at www.lander.edu/COVID19.   

Academic Questions – Helpful Contacts

Academic Affairs and college offices at Lander University are continuing to operate and serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, due to the current campus closure, please be aware that most Lander faculty and staff are working remotely. At this time, the best method of communication is by email.

If you have any academic-related questions or concerns, please refer to Lander University’s COVID-19 Student Resources page for a directory of email contacts for the Academic Affairs Office, the university’s colleges and schools, and the Academic Success Center.  

March 25, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 424 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in 39 counties. According to DHEC’s website, there remain 2 confirmed cases in Greenwood County at this time.  
  • Find the latest updates regarding Lander University’s response to COVID-19 and important information for students, faculty and staff at www.lander.edu/COVID19.   

Website Maintenance Scheduled for Early Saturday

Due to necessary maintenance, the Lander University website (www.lander.edu) may experience a brief period of downtime from 1 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. This maintenance is connected to the University’s prescheduled move to a new hosting service provider. Visitors who are browsing the website during this time may notice intermittent issues.

This downtime does not affect the MyLander campus portal. Students, faculty and staff will still be able to access services including Blackboard, Email, Handshake, Housing Portal, Hoonuit, Banner and Bearcat Web during this time, if needed. You can directly access the portal and these services here: https://mylander.lander.edu.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please direct questions to webadmin@lander.edu.

March 24, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 342 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in 36 counties. According to DHEC’s website, there remain 2 confirmed cases in Greenwood County at this time.  
  • Find the latest updates regarding Lander University’s response to COVID-19 and important information for students, faculty and staff at www.lander.edu/COVID19.   

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.


Governor Issues Statement on Extension of Public School Closure

Earlier today, Governor Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman issued a joint statement announcing that South Carolina’s public K-12 schools, colleges and universities will remain closed through the month of April. This is an extension of the Governor’s previous executive order, which closed public school campuses to students and non-essential personnel through March 31. The new executive order, expected in the coming days, will instruct colleges and universities to maintain their existing plans to provide online instruction for students. To read the full statement, please click here.

Lander has already announced it will continue online instruction through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. At this time, all non-essential personnel will continue to telecommute for the duration of the closure order, or until the Governor’s Office issues new guidance for university employees.

The University administration will continue to review guidance from the Governor’s Office, and will provide more information to the campus community as those details are announced.

March 23, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 298 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in 34 counties. According to DHEC’s website, there are 2 confirmed cases in Greenwood County at this time.  
  • Find the latest updates regarding Lander University’s response to COVID-19 and important information for students, faculty and staff at www.lander.edu/COVID19.   

We 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 through correspondence from the University, 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.

March 22, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 195 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in 33 counties. There are 3 confirmed cases in Greenwood County at this time. You can read DHEC’s latest press release here.
  • Find the latest updates regarding Lander University’s response to COVID-19 and important information for students, faculty and staff at www.lander.edu/COVID19.   

Reminder: Registration for Summer and Fall 2020

Registration for Summer and Fall 2020 begins tomorrow, March 23, for eligible currently enrolled students. Students should check their campus email for their specific beginning registration dates and times.

Click here for a helpful guide on course selection and the registration process. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact your advisor, the Registrar’s Office at registrar@lander.edu, or the Academic Success Center at asc@lander.edu.


We 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 through correspondence from the University, 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.

March 21, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • Earlier today, the Index-Journal reported that there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greenwood County, with those patients in self-isolation at home with mild symptoms.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 173 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in 30 counties.
  • Online instruction at Lander University will be extended through the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester, with all classes, labs and final exams administered virtually. All campus events scheduled through the end of the spring semester are cancelled or postponed. In accordance with S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s Executive Order, until further notice, only essential personnel are permitted to physically report to campus; all other personnel should utilize telecommuting or work-from-home options. See www.lander.edu/COVID19 for more information.

Reminder: Sign Up for Residence Hall Check-Out by Sunday, April 5

In conjunction with Lander University’s decision to move to online course delivery for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, Lander’s residence halls will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, for the remainder of the spring semester. Students can select a time to return to campus to retrieve their belongings and turn in their keys by signing up for an appointment at this link.

Check-out will take place daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Sun., April 5. Please see your student email or the Lander website for more information and check-out instructions. You may also contact the Housing and Residence Life staff at housing@lander.edu with any questions.

Students unable to leave campus by April 5 due to extenuating circumstances may complete this form to request an extension. Each request will be reviewed and a decision rendered to your Lander University student email within 72 hours. All requests must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

PLEASE NOTE: Lander University’s administration is working with the South Carolina Commission for Higher Education on a plan to address student investments in housing and dining. Details regarding this information will be communicated as soon as they are available.


We 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 through correspondence from the University, 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.

March 20, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus, and NO confirmed cases in Greenwood County.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 125 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in 25 counties.
  • Online instruction at Lander University will be extended through the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester, with all classes, labs and final exams administered virtually. All campus events scheduled through the end of the spring semester are cancelled or postponed. In accordance with S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s Executive Order, until further notice, only essential personnel are permitted to physically report to campus; all other personnel should utilize telecommuting or work-from-home options. See www.lander.edu/COVID19 for more information.

Reminder – Registration for Summer and Fall 2020 Begins Monday

Registration for Summer and Fall 2020 will begin Monday, March 23, 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.

We continue to monitor Covid-19 developments in our region and nationally. As decisions are made regarding online or face-to-face delivery for summer courses, we will share that information with the campus community.

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.


Residence Halls to Close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 5

In conjunction with Lander University’s decision to move to online course delivery for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, Lander’s residence halls will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, for the remainder of the spring semester.

We share in the disappointment around these decisions, and we want to make your move-out from campus as smooth as possible. Because your health and safety are our number one priority, we will use an appointment process for you to return to campus, remove your belongings, and return your key. You may sign up for an appointment at this link.

 

Retrieving Personal Items:

All residential students have received an email from the Office of Housing and Residence Life with detailed instructions regarding the check-out process. Check-out will take place daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., beginning Sat., March 21, through Sun., April 5. Please see your student email or the Lander website for more information. You may also contact the Housing and Residence Life staff at housing@lander.edu with any questions.

 

Students with Extenuating Circumstances:

We understand that some students may have a need to remain on campus past the April 5 deadline. For those students, please complete this form to request an extension due to extenuating circumstances. Each request will be reviewed and a decision rendered to your Lander University student email within 72 hours. All requests must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. The form will require you to log in using your Lander University email address and password.

PLEASE NOTE: Lander University’s administration is working with the South Carolina Commission for Higher Education on a plan to address student investments in housing and dining. Details regarding this information will be communicated as soon as they are available.


ITS Computer Commons and Help Desk – Updated Hours

As a reminder, the ITS Computer Commons will be open Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, from 1-5 p.m. for students who remain on campus. Students will have access to computers and printing resources during this time. The ITS Help Desk will be staffed and will continue to respond to email on Saturday and Sunday through 5 p.m. Urgent and critical needs will be addressed first, and non-critical support issues will be addressed on Monday, March 23.

For the week of March 23-27, the Computer Commons and ITS Help Desk will be staffed from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, and staff will respond to help requests until 8 p.m. Please monitor email for changes to this schedule or other updates.

To request ITS support, email help@lander.edu or call 864-388-8234. You can also submit a request online by clicking here.  

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. We thank you for your patience.


We 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 through correspondence from the University, 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

March 19, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus, and NO confirmed cases in Greenwood County. As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 81 cases in South Carolina, in 17 counties.

Latest Updates:

  • In accordance with S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s Executive Order 2020-11, until further notice, only essential personnel are permitted to physically report to campus. All other personnel are prohibited from reporting to campus for work, and instead should utilize telecommuting or work-from-home options. Supervisors will be in contact with their employees regarding possible telecommuting and essential personnel assignments.
  • Online instruction at Lander University will be extended through the conclusion of the spring semester, with all classes, instruction, labs and final exams administered virtually. Face-to-face instruction will not resume for Spring 2020.
  • Students who are unable to return home due to extenuating circumstances will be allowed to remain in campus housing with approval from the Department of Housing and Residence Life. Our Residence Life team is working on a plan to allow all other students to return to campus to safely retrieve personal belongings at a later date. More information regarding this plan will be announced in the coming days. Students with questions regarding housing should contact housing@lander.edu or 864-388-8266 during business hours.
  • All campus events scheduled through the end of the Spring 2020 semester are cancelled or 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.
  • The University administration is working with the state’s Commission on Higher Education on a plan to address students’ investments in housing and dining services. Details of this plan will be communicated to students as soon as those decisions are made.

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.

ITS Computer Commons Schedule

The ITS Computer Commons will be open Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, from 1-5 p.m. for those students who are unable to leave campus. Students will have access to computers and printing resources during this time. The ITS Help Desk will be staffed and will continue to respond to email on Saturday and Sunday through 5 p.m. Urgent and critical needs will be addressed first, and non-critical support issues will be addressed on Monday, March 23.

For the week of March 23-27, the ITS Help Desk will be staffed from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, and staff will respond to help requests until 10 p.m. Please monitor email for changes to this schedule or other updates.

To request ITS support, email help@lander.edu or call 864-388-8234. You can also submit a request online by clicking here.  

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. We thank you for your patience.


Counseling Services (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.


We 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 through correspondence from the University, 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

March 18, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus, and NO confirmed cases in Greenwood County.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 60 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in 14 counties.
  • Lander University’s campus is closed through March 31. While campus offices are closed, the University will continue online instruction as planned, and academic and technology support services will be offered. For students who are not able to leave campus, essential support services, including dining, housing, safety and health services, will remain available.

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

As the University works to adapt to our changing situation and meet the needs of our students, Counseling Services will continue to be available. All counseling sessions will now be conducted online via Skype, which offers the ability to create a free account and can be accessed via computer, tablet, or phone.

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.

With major changes comes the potential for anxiety and worry, but our Counseling Services staff will be here to help you along the way. The following links are resources that have been put together to specifically address anxiety and stress related to the Coronavirus.  

We encourage you to use these resources, and to reach out to us as you need to, as we all move forward together.


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.


Housing and Residence Life – Revised Operations

While the Lander University campus is closed, the Housing and Residence Life Office will be physically closed, with staff operating remotely. Staff will continue to monitor and return voicemails left daily on the main Housing line at 864-388-8266, and staff will monitor and respond daily to emails sent to housing@lander.edu.

Throughout this period, housing staff will be available and on-call to assist students. To request the on-call housing staff, please contact Lander University Police at 864-388-8222.


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.


We 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 through correspondence from the University, 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.

March 17, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus, and NO confirmed cases in Greenwood County.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 47 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in 13 counties.
  • Lander University’s campus is closed through March 31, in accordance with Gov. Henry McMaster’s recent executive order. While campus offices are closed, the University will continue online instruction as planned, and academic and technology support services will be offered. For students who are not able to leave campus, essential support services, including dining, housing, safety and health services, will remain available.

Jackson Library Resources and Information

While the physical library is closed through the end of March, the library staff are 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 needs 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.

Faculty, if you have scheduled information literacy sessions in the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to find alternative ways to deliver instruction to your students. 

The upcoming BearCat Search drop-in sessions will be rescheduled for later dates. 


Lander 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. - 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, to transport residents of Bearcat Village and McGhee Ct. who remain on campus to the Dining Hall. The Bearcat Shuttle will run to Walmart on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., through March 31. For Walmart stop times, please click here.


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. 


Student Communication with Faculty

Students, remember that faculty are not available in their offices during the temporary campus closure, and should not meet with students in person off campus. Please use virtual means, such as Blackboard, email and video conferencing, to interact with your faculty.


We 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 through correspondence from the University, 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.


Alumni & Foundation Events Cancelled through April 10

The Lander Foundation and the Lander Alumni Association are continuing to respond to the challenges surrounding COVID-19 while keeping the best interests of our Lander family in mind. We are cancelling or postponing all alumni and donor events between now and April 10, 2020. 

As always, we remain steadfast in our mission at The Lander Foundation: philanthropy in service to education. We will do all we can to help our students in need, and know that our 19,000+ alumni are with us every step of the way. As we have more direction, we will notify you of any changes or an extension of the April 10 date.

Lander will be providing ongoing updates to inform and educate the campus community about COVID-19, and the everyday steps each of us can take to reduce the risk to students, faculty and staff from the virus. These updates will be issued to campus every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or as needed as information becomes available.

March 16, 2020
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus, and NO reported cases in Greenwood County.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 33 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina.
  • Lander University’s campus is closed through March 31, in accordance with Gov. Henry McMaster’s recent executive order. While campus offices are closed, the University will continue online instruction as planned, and academic and technology support services will be offered. For students who are not able to leave campus, essential support services, including dining, housing, safety and health services, will remain available.

Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty and Staff

  • Does the Family Medical Leave Act apply to Covid-19?  Yes. If you or a qualifying family member contracts COVID-19, it constitutes a “serious health condition” under the FMLA, and a resulting leave of absence may be FMLA qualifying if you meet the other requirements to be covered by the FMLA. However, the FMLA generally does not cover staying home to avoid becoming sick.
  • If I am quarantined, can I use my sick leave?  Yes. If a health professional recommends quarantine for a state employee who accrues leave, you can use accrued sick leave pursuant to HR Regulation 19-710.04(B)(2) which permits an employee to use sick leave due to “exposure to a contagious disease such that presence on duty could endanger the health of fellow employees.” However, until March 31, the University has been closed by the Governor.
  • Is it possible for me to telecommute?  Telecommuting will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Associates should discuss this option with their Supervisor where practical. However, until March 31, the University has been closed by the Governor.
  • If I get sick, will I be required to submit a doctor’s note to Lander upon my return?  Given the overwhelming demand on healthcare professionals at this time, the need for a doctor’s note will be waived. Furthermore, in accordance with CDC guidelines, we encourage you to opt for remote doctor visits for common illnesses and minor injuries. Doing so will limit your potential exposure to seriously ill patients, as well as provide for more focused care of the seriously ill. You can choose to do a free virtual visit with MUSC telehealth or Prisma telehealth; both are available for our service area.
  • To conduct a MUSC telehealth visit, click this link and use the promo code “COVID19.”
  • To conduct a Prisma telehealth visit, click this link.
  • Will employees be paid on 3/30, since the university is closed?  Yes. Employees will be paid on schedule.

ITS Resources for Employees While Telecommuting

Essential resources, such as MyLander, Bearcat Web, Blackboard, Banner 9, Hoonuit, Shared Drives and Office 365, are available for employees who telecommute. Access to some of these services will require use of Lander University’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). If you require assistance with Lander’s VPN or have questions about remote access, please use this form: Request for ITS Assistance. To find more information about ITS resources, and information about purchasing computers, video conferencing and getting help, please click here.


Academic and Technology Support for Online Instruction

During the temporary closure of Lander’s campus through March 31, the Office of Academic Affairs will continue its operations and will be available to support faculty, staff and students virtually. Although physical offices will be closed, staff with Jackson Library, Academic Advising and Academic Affairs, including college and department offices, will be available online to serve students and faculty.

Lander University’s Information Technology Services staff will also be available to assist students, faculty and staff with technology-related questions and issues during the temporary closure and transition to online instruction. If you have questions or need support, please:


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 Lab will be open Monday-Friday (March 16-20) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Help Desk will be staffed from 8 a.m. to  6 p.m., and calls/requests submitted will be responded to until 10 p.m. To submit an online request for assistance, click here.

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.


Online Tutoring and PASS Available

The Academic Success Center has online tutoring and nursing PASS available by scheduling 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 see a list of classes Lander currently has online tutors for, please click here.

To access your online appointment, log into WC Online and open your scheduled appointment time, 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.   


Health Services for Students Remaining on Campus

Although Student Health Services will remain open for students staying on campus, we are asking that students who are experiencing any of the potentially communicable symptoms listed here to call Student Health Services at 864-388-8885 prior to coming to the office: fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

A nurse will be available on campus Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for emergency situations, and to answer calls and provide direction on access to appropriate care. If you are asked by the nurse to come to the Wellness Center for assessment, please come unaccompanied if you are able. In the interest of social distancing, we do not want to encourage people to frequent publicly occupied spaces if they are able to avoid it.  


PBC Esports Tournament Cancelled

Due to the University’s campus closure through March 31, the Peach Belt Conference Esports Tournament, scheduled to be played at Lander University later this month, has been cancelled. For now, all PBC Esports play has stopped and will remain so until at least April 1.

March 15, 2020

Lander University continues to closely monitor current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments in South Carolina and abroad. The following information is being provided in an effort to keep students, faculty and staff informed of the latest campus updates in response to the virus.

  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus, and NO reported cases in Greenwood County.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 28 positive cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

 

Online Instruction Begins Monday, March 16

Earlier today, Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order closing all public schools and universities in South Carolina through Tuesday, Mar. 31, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. While the executive order closes school campuses across the state, the Governor has authorized colleges and universities to make necessary decisions to continue with online instruction and remote learning.

Based upon this order, Lander will continue to move forward with our plans to implement online instruction beginning Monday, March 16. This will allow our seniors to continue moving forward toward graduation this May, and limit disruption to other students’ academic progress.  

Students should plan to log into Blackboard tomorrow to begin interacting with faculty and learning about assignments and activities.

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


Technology Assistance

Lander University’s Information Technology Services staff will be available to assist students, faculty and staff with technology-related questions and issues during the transition to online instruction. If you have questions or need support, please:


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.


For Students Remaining On Campus

While the university campus will be closed March 16-31, residence halls will remain open for students who are unable to return home during this period, such as international students, students who may be displaced, and students who do not have access to appropriate technology to continue online instruction.

There may be some modifications to hours; however, essential student services, such as dining, health, safety and custodial services, will be available. Lander University Police will remain on campus for your safety, and you will have access to technology resources, such as ITS assistance and the computer lab.


Campus Dining Services and Hours

Residential Dining Operations

Grier Dining Hall

Menu items may be limited or modified.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Retail Dining Operations

Starbucks

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

POD:  CLOSED

Which Wich & Twisted Taco:  CLOSED

March 14, 2020

Lander University continues to closely monitor current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments in South Carolina and abroad. The following information is being provided in an effort to keep students, faculty and staff informed of the latest campus updates in response to the virus.

  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus, and NO reported cases in Greenwood County.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 19 positive cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

Reminder: Online Instruction Begins Monday, March 16

Students should plan to log into Blackboard to begin interacting with faculty on Monday, March 16.

Over the past several days, faculty have been preparing for the move to online instruction, and they will be communicating with students beginning Monday morning regarding online assignments and activities. Additionally, students with specific instructional needs, such as labs or clinicals, will be contacted by their college dean or department chair with more information on how those activities will proceed.

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.


Technology Assistance for Students, Faculty and Staff

Lander University’s Information Technology Services staff will be available to assist students, faculty and staff with technology-related questions and issues during the transition to online instruction. If you have questions or need support, please:


Course Registration for Fall Semester

Students will be able to register online for the fall semester, beginning at their previously announced day and time. Advising holds have been removed, meaning students will not need to meet with an advisor in order to register.

If you have any questions regarding course registration, please contact your advisor, who will be able to assist you with this process.


Athletics Spring Sport Competitions Canceled

On Friday, the Peach Belt Conference canceled the remainder of the spring sports season due to the coronavirus outbreak. In response, Lander University has canceled all athletic games for the 2020 spring season, effective immediately. Visit www.landerbearcats.com for further news and updates on Lander Athletics.


Why is Lander Moving to Online Instruction?

As we prepare to transition to online instruction beginning Monday, some may have questions or concerns regarding our decision to suspend face-to-face instruction and increase telecommuting. In short, we at Lander University care deeply about the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our larger community.

The consensus among epidemiologists is that social distancing is an effective means of reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. They note that some places that have implemented measures such as closing schools and colleges, increasing telecommuting, and banning large gatherings have had increased success in combating the virus.

While COVID-19 presents a low risk for most people, some individuals in our campus community have health conditions that could put them at greater risk. In addition, faculty, staff and students regularly interact with people with increased risk, whether at home or in the community at large, and in the event of an outbreak, could put those people at risk.

Some have questioned why we did not wait until the virus was clearly in our community. There is uncertainty about COVID-19, and in some instances, it is not detected in a community until it has begun to spread. We decided it was better to act before there was a problem.

March 13, 2020 Presidential Email

Please read this entire message, as it contains important information. Following this message, we will be communicating with you by email each day at 6 p.m. with other important campus updates.

Because it is our goal to provide you with ongoing and accurate information, I am announcing this update:

  • Face-to-face instruction at Lander University will be suspended effective today at 5 p.m., and beginning Monday, March 16, Lander will move to online instruction for undergraduate and graduate students until further notice. We will continue to monitor developments in our state and community as we move forward. Our goal is to return to face-to-face instruction as soon as possible, and we will provide the campus community with advance notice of those plans as they are made.
  • We are encouraging students to return home, or to remain away from campus, during this period. However, we understand not all students are able or wish to do so, so residence halls will remain open, and Lander will provide those students with essential support services, including dining, health services and safety.
  • Campus will remain open, with offices operational. We are currently working on a telecommuting program for employees, including student employees, to be implemented sometime next week. Area vice presidents will be in communication with employees next week to provide more information.
  • We are continuing to discuss and evaluate events scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. Decisions about these events will be made with the safety of our campus community in mind, and we will share any event changes with you as those decisions are made.

Over the past several weeks, all of us have followed the rapidly evolving developments regarding a new coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. Few of us could have imagined the changes that it would cause to our personal lives, our nation and countries throughout the world.

Indeed, we are in an unprecedented time. Travel at home and abroad has been disrupted, tourist locations have been closed, celebrated sporting events have been postponed or cancelled, and many people are living in quarantine. Lander itself called for students studying abroad to return home, and we have fielded calls from students and their families.

The Lander administration understands your concerns over COVID-19 and its potential impact on our campus. Our Coronavirus Task Force, comprising all facets of campus life, has been working in recent weeks with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to take appropriate action as needed. We have been and will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Understandably, many of you have questions about the future of classes. First and foremost, Lander University is committed to the health and well-being of our campus and community.

The shift to remote learning may seem challenging at first. Students, your professors will be providing information to you via email or Blackboard soon. They will help you navigate this transition and ensure you can remain successfully on track with your studies.

While COVID-19 has brought us a time of uncertainty, one thing remains constant: Lander University is committed to its educational mission and the well-being of its students. We can and will adapt to meet this commitment.

Since I became Lander’s president in 2015, I have been proud of the unwavering determination and spirit of everyone on this campus to go above and beyond what is required to help our community. Each day, I am amazed by the generosity and dedication of our faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and students and their families to our University.

Over our 148 years in existence, Lander has weathered times of war, a Great Depression and economic turmoil. We have not faltered during any of these times, and we will not falter now. We are a kind and dedicated group of people, and we will meet these challenges with innovation and dedication.

We can and will remain flexible and resilient. I cannot promise you that things will be easy. What I can say is that this University is committed to doing what is right and best for our future.

We will be providing a summary of important campus updates each day at 6 p.m., or throughout the day as needed. I ask that you continue to monitor your email and our website for the latest updates.

Together, we are strong, and we will persevere.

March 13, 2020

Lander University continues to closely monitor current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments in South Carolina and abroad. The following information is being provided in an effort to keep students, faculty and staff informed of the latest campus updates in response to the virus.

  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus, and NO reported cases in Greenwood County.
  • As of this update, S.C. DHEC reports there are 13 positive cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

 

Online Instruction Begins March 16

Lander University has suspended face-to-face instruction and will transition to online instruction beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. Officials will continue to monitor developments, and any plans regarding a return to face-to-face instruction will be shared with campus at least one week in advance of that transition.

Students should plan to log into Blackboard to begin interacting with faculty on Monday, Mar. 16. You will be receiving additional information from your professors about upcoming assignments and academic activities soon. Additionally, students with specific instructional needs, such as labs or clinicals, will be contacted by their college dean or department chair with more information on how those activities will continue.

 

Campus and Offices to Remain Open

While online instruction is in place, the Lander University campus will remain open, and offices will remain operational. The University administration, in partnership with the COVID-19 Task Force, is currently working on a telecommuting/flex schedule program for employees, including student employees, to be implemented sometime next week. Area vice presidents will be in communication with their employees with more information regarding this program.   

 

Students Encouraged to Return Home

Lander encourages all students who can do so to return home, or remain away from campus, while online instruction is in place, in an effort to reduce the population density on our campus.

However, we understand that not all students can, or wish, to leave campus, and students do have the option to remain at Lander during this period. Residence halls will remain open, and while some modifications may be necessary, essential student services, including housing, dining, health and safety, will be available to those who remain on campus.  

Students with questions regarding housing should contact Housing and Residence Life at 864-388-8266.

 

Campus Activities and Events

We are continuing to discuss and evaluate events scheduled to take place at Lander in the coming weeks, and we will make decisions regarding those events with the safety of our campus community in mind. Those changes would be shared with you through email, social media and our website as decisions are made.

The Office of Student Activities is currently planning virtual activities that can replace on-site student events, as well as possible small-group activities that would allow for appropriate social distancing and limited interaction, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

 

Faculty/Staff Business Travel Restrictions

Out-of-State Business Travel: Effective immediately, all university-related faculty and staff travel outside of South Carolina is suspended until further notice. Please see Lander’s COVID-19 Campus Information page for more details regarding out-of-state business travel.

In-State Business Travel: For in-state business-related travel, we encourage faculty and staff to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 developments before making final travel decisions. Use your discretion, and if you have concerns for your personal health, speak with your supervisor regarding canceling in-state business-related travel or exploring alternative options.

Employees with business-related travel questions should contact their supervisor or Sherry Smith, Business Office Account Coordinator, at 864-388-8305 or shsmith@lander.edu, for additional guidance.

 

Personal Travel Notification

In order to protect the safety of our campus community, please notify your supervisor or Student Health Services of any personal international or personal out-of-state travel plans prior to departing.

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold, the University strongly advises all students and employees to reconsider any personal international travel plans, and to carefully weigh any personal domestic travel in the coming weeks.

All returning international travelers, as well as some domestic travelers returning from areas experiencing COVID-19 spread, will be required to self-quarantine at their permanent home address (or away from Lander’s campus) for at least 14 days before returning to campus. Additionally, a confidential health assessment by Student Health Services staff may be required before being permitted to return to campus.

March 11, 2020

Lander University continues to closely monitor current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments in South Carolina and abroad. The following information is being provided to you in an effort to keep students, faculty and staff informed of important updates regarding the virus, as well as any possible impacts to our campus community.

 

LATEST UPDATES AS OF 7:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, MAR. 11:

  • There are NO confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the Lander University community, and no reported cases in Greenwood County.
  • There are no modifications to operations at Lander University and no planned changes to the academic calendar at this time.
  • The NCAA announced Wednesday that a limited attendance policy will be in effect for the 2020 Division II Women’s Basketball Southeast Regional, scheduled for March 13-16 at Horne Arena. Only guests with complimentary tickets will be permitted entry. For all others, all seven games will be streamed live on the Bearcat Broadcasting Network. Read more about this decision here.
  • Due to the NCAA’s Limited Attendance Policy, which is in effect for all tournament games, the Lander Alumni Family and Friends Pre-Game Tailgate Bash, scheduled for Friday, has been cancelled. Additionally, the Men’s Basketball Pre-Game Dinner, scheduled for Saturday in Harrogate, Tenn., has also been cancelled. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 864-388-8351.

Lander officials remain in daily contact with government and public health agencies for the latest information and are following all guidelines from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

March 10, 2020

Lander University continues to closely monitor current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments in the U.S. and abroad. Officials remain in daily contact with government and public health agencies for the latest updates and are following all guidelines from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Update as of 7:30 p.m. March 10, 2020:

  • There are NO confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the Lander University community, and there are no suspected cases in Greenwood County at this time.
  • There are currently NO modifications to operations at Lander University, and there are no planned changes to the academic calendar at this time.

 

LATEST FROM S.C. DHEC

On Tuesday, DHEC announced that the CDC had confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina: one in Kershaw County and one in Charleston County. Additionally, it is continuing to investigate a small number of possible cases connected to Kershaw County, and one in Spartanburg County. There are no reported cases in Greenwood County as of this update. More information from DHEC is available here.

 

STUDENTS WHO TRAVELED ON CRUISES DURING SPRING BREAK

Student Health Services staff have received a number of questions regarding students who traveled on cruises over spring break. At this time, Student Health Services’ recommendations and guidance for individuals returning from cruises is the same as those returning for from domestic travel; there are no mandatory quarantine requirements for those individuals, as long as there were no cases of COVID-19 associated with the ship or cruise destination.

Student Health Services recommends those students be allowed to continue normal activities; however, they should continue to self-monitor for any symptoms of illness. If any symptoms develop, students should contact Student Health Services or their health care provider for guidance.

If you traveled on a cruise ship with an associated COVID-19 case, or to a location that is currently under a Level 2 or higher CDC Travel Advisory (see list), please contact Student Health Services at 864-388-8885, 864-388-8222 (after hours), or studentwellness@lander.edu for guidance.

 

WILL LANDER MOVE TO ONLINE CLASSES?

At this time, there are no planned changes to Lander’s operational schedule or academic calendar. Out of an abundance of caution, Lander University’s administration, faculty and COVID-19 Task Force have been reviewing options such as online classes, remote operations and other measures that could be implemented, if the situation continues to evolve.

As a reminder, any changes to the University’s academic calendar, operational status or campus events would be communicated directly to students and employees via campus email, the Lander website, social media, and Lander Alert when, and if, those decisions are made.

 

VIRTUAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR S.C. RESIDENTS

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has added COVID-19 to the list of conditions you can be screened for through its Virtual Care system. Virtual Care is staffed 24/7 by doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners at MUSC Health who communicate with patients through texts, calls and videos. Any South Carolina resident who has COVID-19-like symptoms can use the online system for free by using the promo code COVID19. To learn more, visit MUSC’s Virtual Care Portal.

Please note: Students and employees who use MUSC’s Virtual Care services or visit their personal health care provider because of COVID-like symptoms are asked to also report their symptoms or diagnosis to Lander’s Student Health Services at 864-388-8885 or studentwellness@lander.edu.

March 9, 2020

Lander University continues to closely monitor current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments in the U.S. and abroad. Lander officials remain in daily contact with government and public health agencies for the latest updates, and are following all guidelines from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Because the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority, Lander University will be providing ongoing updates to inform and educate the campus community about COVID-19, and the everyday steps each of us can take to prevent and limit its spread.

As of 6 p.m. March 9, 2020:

  • There remains NO confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the Lander University community, and there are no suspected cases in Greenwood County at this time.
  • There are currently no modifications to operations at Lander University, and there are no planned changes to the academic calendar at this time.

LANDER UNIVERSITY’S COVID-19 TASK FORCE

Lander University has formed a COVID-19 task force, with representatives from every university division, to plan for and manage any possible campus impacts related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Members of this group are engaged in daily planning and discussion to share important updates, review the university’s pandemic protocols, and provide guidance and communication to members of Lander’s campus community. The task force’s central focus is on protecting the health and safety of students, faculty and staff; maintaining Lander’s commitment to education and service; and preserving the university’s academic, business and administrative operations.

LATEST UPDATE FROM S.C. DHEC

On Monday, S.C. DHEC announced it was investigating a total of seven possible cases of COVID-19 across the state: five cases connected to Kershaw County; one in Charleston County; and one in Spartanburg County. As of 6 p.m. on March 9,  those cases were still pending an official positive confirmation from the CDC.  There are no suspected cases reported in Greenwood County as of this update.

Lander officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it develops, and updates will be shared with the campus community on an ongoing basis.

March 6, 2020

As our spring break week draws to a close, and we prepare to welcome back students and faculty for the final stretch of the academic year, I want to take this opportunity to speak to you about the COVID-19 outbreak occurring globally, and the steps Lander University is taking to keep our campus community healthy. As always, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority, and Lander officials have been closely monitoring COVID-19 developments in our country and abroad.

At this time, there are NO confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on the Lander campus, nor are there any confirmed cases in South Carolina. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the health risk to the American public remains low.​

Instructions for Students/Faculty Returning from Spring Break

As a precaution, any students or employees who have recently traveled to an area currently under a CDC Level 2 or higher travel advisory should contact Student Health Services for assessment and guidance prior to returning to campus. (See current CDC travel advisories)

Student Health Services can be reached Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at 864-388-8885 or studentwellness@lander.edu. For health or counseling assistance after hours, please contact the Lander University Police Department at 864-388-8222 (non-emergency) or 864-388-8911 (emergency).

In accordance with the CDC and S.C. DHEC, the University will follow all recommended screening procedures for travelers returning from impacted areas. Student Health Services staff will speak with individuals regarding their travel history, assess any associated risks, and provide further guidance and instructions on a case-by-case basis.

If You Experience Symptoms or Need Assistance

Similar to the flu, symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you develop these symptoms, you are asked to immediately contact Student Health Services, or make an appointment to see your health care provider.

With the growing media attention surrounding COVID-19, it is understandable that many in our community may be experiencing questions or anxiety regarding the virus. Our Student Health Services staff are available to speak with any students or employees who have concerns or questions about COVID-19, and I encourage you to reach out if you need assistance or information.

Campus Education and Prevention

Lander officials are remaining in close contact with government and public health agencies to follow the latest guidelines established by the CDC and DHEC. Additionally, I have convened a special COVID-19 Task Force made of representatives from across campus. This group is meeting regularly to review the University’s protocols and to discuss preparations for possible future actions, should a case of COVID-19 arise at Lander or in the surrounding community.

Over the past week, our COVID-19 Task Force has been distributing posters across campus with information about the virus, as well as steps for stopping the spread of other common respiratory illnesses, including the cold and flu. Those steps include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then promptly throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with household cleaners.

The University is also undertaking heightened sanitary operations, including frequent cleaning of common areas and shared spaces in academic, residential, athletic and dining facilities. You can assist in these efforts by following the preventative hygiene practices above, as well as by using University-provided sanitizers and cleaning supplies on commonly-touched surfaces (such as keyboards, tables and desks) before and after use. These simple steps can help ensure our campus community remains healthy as we wrap up an active cold and flu season.

Study Abroad Programs

As a precaution, Lander University has suspended its study abroad programs in countries currently under a CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory, and university officials are assisting those students with their return to the U.S. All CDC-recommended screening procedures are being followed to help ensure the health and safety of our returning students and the members of our campus community.

Other international programs are being evaluated as the global outbreak continues to unfold. Should additional programs be impacted, the offices of Academic Affairs and Study Abroad will contact students in those programs to provide information and instructions. 

Find More Information

Again, I want to emphasize that there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 currently on campus, and we are not aware of any immediate risk to our students, faculty and staff at this time. I encourage you to follow trusted news sources and public health agencies to stay updated on the latest information regarding the virus, and please avoid spreading rumors or unverified reports on social media.

In addition to Lander’s COVID-19 webpage, you can find helpful information, resources and recommendations at:

Lander officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it develops, and updates will be shared with the campus community as they are available.