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Lindsey announces plans to reopen for Fall 2020 Semester
By Venus Popplewell
Lindsey Wilson College will resume in-person instruction and reopen residence halls for the academic year 2020-21 according to a statement from LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., on Friday. The announcement comes three months before the scheduled date for students to move back to the dorms in August.
"I have assembled a team of faculty, staff, students and trustees to gain as much input as possible in arriving at this decision to open safely. The advisory team includes physicians, attorneys, higher education leaders, public relations executives, business leaders and community health professionals. In addition, I have had calls in the last week with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Paul, Congressman Rogers and Congressman Yarmuth to receive the benefit of their counsel. Our number one concern has been and will continue to be the safety of our Lindsey Wilson College family including our students, staff and faculty as well as the quality of the education we are able to provide.
"While our accreditor, SACSCOC, has authorized the College to deliver our courses in an online format since 2010, we know that our distinctive differentiator is having that gifted faculty member interacting personally with each student in their classroom. It is this small, intimate classroom experience that has served the College so well since 1903 and made the transition to online delivery so seamless when classes were necessarily moved to an online format for the spring semester.
"The College is developing detailed plans for a safe return. We have placed an order for PPE equipment that includes 17,000 masks, more than six dozen infrared thermometers, as well as gowns, gloves and hand sanitizer.
"We will provide further details and will adjust accordingly as the situation improves or worsens. As of today, there remains no known cases of COVID-19 at Lindsey Wilson among its faculty, staff or students. However, we have conducted extensive scenario planning and are prepared to adapt to any changing situation. In the meantime, students should be ready to return to campus and their beloved LWC!"
Campus leaders say protocols will be put in place for individuals who are at risk and will allow them to study or work from home.
For new incoming students enrollment deadlines have been extended. In addition, precautionary measures will be in place for campus visits and new student orientation will proceed virtually.
For more information about the 2020 fall semester at LWC, admissions or registration please contact LWC Office of Admissions at 1-800-264-0138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story was posted on 2020-05-25 10:28:11
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