Information below was posted: 3/13/20, 9:30 a.m.
Dear Campus Community,
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak continues to expand as a significant public health crisis, and Hanover College must take additional and more significant steps to protect our students and employees.
What action is Hanover College taking?
Suspending All Face-to-Face Classes
- All Face-to Face Classes will be suspended as of Tuesday, March 17 – this will be the last day of in-person classes for the academic year.
- Spring Break will now be the week of March 23, as we ramp up to deliver courses online
- Winter Term classes will resume online on Monday, March 30 and will continue through Friday, May 1.
- As a result of this shift in scheduling, May Term has been canceled. Seniors who need a May Term credit to graduate will have this requirement waived.
- Students will receive academic credit for the full Winter Term if they successfully complete their courses. Therefore, there will be no refund of tuition.
- At this point, Fall Term is unaffected.
Requiring Students to Return Home
- Students have until Sunday, March 22 to completely vacate campus housing.
- Dining services will continue to be available until Sunday, March 22.
- Students will receive prorated credit for unused dining services.
Canceling College Events
- Effective immediately, all campus events (including athletic) of any size are canceled or postponed.
Campus Will Remain Open for Employees
- All staff and faculty should continue reporting to work as usual, unless notified otherwise.
These extraordinary steps are not taken lightly and have significant implications for our students and employees. We realize there will be many questions in the days and weeks ahead, and we will be communicating with students, parents and employees with additional details. We will be working closely with students and parents on how this decision will specifically affect degree progression, billing, graduation and many other issues.
Please know that we recognize that these decisions have short- and long-term impacts on your families and you. We commit to being as transparent as possible. Together, we can move forward towards a successful outcome. Please be patient as we work through these details with our students and the campus community.
Students should be regularly checking email for updates from faculty, the registrar, office of communications and other official sources.
This is a very challenging time for everyone, but we are confident this crisis will pass, and normal life will ultimately resume at Hanover College.
President Lake Lambert
Hanover College’s first priority is the safety of our students and employees. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak continues to expand as a significant public health crisis, and Hanover College is responding accordingly.
The actions we are taking are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hanover College administration is also in regular communication with local health officials and other small liberal arts colleges.
We are constantly monitoring the situation and evaluating the potential impact it may have on how Hanover College conducts its classes for the remainder of the academic year. As the situation evolves, we will make additional announcements as appropriate. Hanover College is taking these steps immediately in addition to previously announced actions.
Suspending All Study-Away Programs
- Hanover College is suspending all domestic and international Study-Away Programs for the duration of this academic year. Students currently traveling as part of a Hanover course are being given the option to return home.
Suspending All Indoor Events
- Hanover College is suspending all large indoor public events effective March 12-April 26, subject to change as the situation evolves. At this time, the cancellation does not apply to classes.
Limiting Attendance to Athletic Events
- Hanover College is limiting attendance to all athletic events to players, essential personnel and family members through April 26, subject to change as the situation evolves.
Travel Restrictions and Mandatory Reporting
- All employees are required to report any recent (within the past four weeks) international or domestic travel using the Travel Reporting Form.
- Non-essential business travel should be canceled.
Steps We Have Already Taken
- Increased our use of disinfectant in all buildings, with a focus on door handles, hand railings and other high touch surfaces.
- Worked with our campus meal provider on contingency plans for feeding our students if quarantined, as well as enhancing cleanliness protocols.
- Posted additional signage (print and digital) reminding students and staff about effective handwashing techniques.
- Provided additional hand sanitizer dispensers throughout campus.
- Arranged to quarantine students who return from an affected country, or who display COVID-19-like symptoms, guided by our Quarantine Policy. Currently we have no students on campus who have recently returned from one of the affected countries, and none traveling currently to an affected country.
What You Can Do to Help
- Avoid unnecessary travel, particularly areas deemed high risk by the CDC.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue.
- Get a seasonal flu shot.
For more information on the COVID-19 including the latest status, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, or the Indiana State Department of Health.
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues to expand as a significant public health concern. The upper respiratory virus, first detected in Wuhan City in China, has now spread to multiple countries, including to the U.S., where more than 100 cases have been confirmed across several states.
Hanover College’s first priority is the safety of our students and employees. We are monitoring this evolving public health situation on a constant basis and will take appropriate steps to protect the campus community.
What We Are Doing Now to Protect Students and Employees
To ensure we are doing everything we can to protect our students and employees, Hanover College is implementing the following:
- Issuing travel restrictions to affected countries for College business or study away. Please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for an updated list of countries with confirmed cases.
- Canceling upcoming College-sponsored off-campus courses in Italy (HMS 260-S Italian Gastronomy and ENG 350-S Florence of Dante & Petrarch)
- Increasing our use of disinfectant in all buildings, with a focus on door handles, hand railings and other high touch surfaces, with our facilities service provider WFF.
- Working with our campus meal provider Parkhurst Dining on contingency plans for feeding our students if quarantined, as well as enhancing cleanliness protocols.
- Posting additional signage (print and digital) reminding students and staff about effective handwashing techniques.
- Providing additional hand sanitizer dispensers throughout campus.
- Requiring students and employees to self-report any planned or recent international travel to Lindsay Faulstick, Associate Dean for Student Life. The College may contact individual students as needed, based on CDC guidelines.
- Providing separate accommodations for 19 days (CDC recommended) for students who return from an affected country to minimize contact with other students, guided by our Quarantine Policy. Currently we have no students on campus who have recently returned from one of the affected countries, and none traveling currently to an affected country.
What We Are Prepared to Do, if Necessary
In addition to the above steps, Hanover College is engaging relevant emergency response protocols as it pertains to student and employee safety, as well as campus operations. These additional steps will be communicated if implemented and will be based on recommendations by the CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health. Based on such a risk assessment, possible scenarios could include:
- Canceling additional spring term courses that include international or domestic travel.
- Conducting classes via online methods, such as Moodle, Zoom and/or email for completing coursework and assignments.
- Quarantining students who have returned from an affected country, or who display COVID-19-like symptoms.
- Based on CDC guidelines, canceling large indoor public events should confirmed COVID-19 cases occur within a 100-mile radius of campus.
What You Can Do to Help
Students and employees are also reminded to do their part by practicing good hygiene. Specifically, the Indiana State Department of Health recommends the following measures to help reduce the spread of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19.
- Do not travel to any country listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected against seasonal influenza.
*Please note that if you choose to take a personal trip to an affected country listed by the CDC, you will be required to self-quarantine for 19 days before returning to the Hanover College Campus.
We are Monitoring the Situation
While no COVID-19 cases have yet been reported in Indiana, Hanover College continues to monitor the situation on a constant basis and will respond appropriately to ensure the safety of our students and employees.
For more information on the coronavirus including the latest status, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, or the Indiana State Department of Health.
Questions or inquiries should be directed to Peter Ashley, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, at 812-866-7014 or email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention