face-to-face classes begin August 24

Updated June 3

Hanover College President Lake Lambert has announced that the 2020-21 academic year will begin Monday, August 24, with on-campus, face-to-face classes.

Using a strategic, measured approach, Hanover’s return to on-campus instruction will focus on three broad areas, including health and safety of the campus community, academic success and student life and experience. All decisions will continue to be informed by national, state and local officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will follow guidelines set by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb '90 and the state’s reopening strategy.

“Amidst all of the uncertainty, one thing remains constant - our commitment to educating the next generation of leaders in a safe, meaningful and transformative environment,” said Lambert.

Health and Safety

To better equip the College to handle potential community health issues, Hanover’s health and safety protocols will include:

  • a disinfectant specialist, provided through WFF Facility Services, the College’s custodial contractor, to ensure all campus and high-traffic areas are regularly and thoroughly disinfected.
  • modified dining arrangements through Parkhurst Dining, Hanover’s food-service provider, to enhance protocols and enable social distancing.
  • new protocols for use of disinfectant, masks or other personal protective equipment in common areas.
  • installation of protective shields/barriers for customer service/transaction locations and additional hand-sanitizer stations throughout campus.
  • relocation of Health Services to a less-congested campus location.
  • development of quarantine locations and extensive procedures.
  • exploring the addition of a telehealth capability for health and counseling services.


The August 24 starting date, two weeks earlier than the College's traditional Labor Day beginning to the academic year, will allow flexibility for face-to-face instruction to be completed by Thanksgiving.

To help ensure the academic success of its students, Hanover will also augment its level of faculty training and investment in online instruction. The online capability will also ensure an optimal experience for students, should the need arise for extensive remote instruction.

Campus Life and Experience

The College is committed to providing a memorable, on-campus experience for its students to the extent possible with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hanover's effort to support student life and a "real" campus experience include:

  • housing arrangements and protocols to maximize togetherness that prioritizes student health and safety.
  • creative activities that will enable student interaction while maintaining adequate social distancing.
  • innovative virtual events to keep students connected and safe.
  • safe intercollegiate athletic programs in coordination with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.


General Questions

Is campus open to the public?

Campus offices are not open to the public for in-person activity, but are available by phone or email. Hanover has started a phased transition back to campus for its employees, as indicated by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's multistep approach to re-opening the state.

Employees or students remaining on-campus need to self-report travel on MyHanover. See MyHanover for more information specifically for employees.

Are masks required on campus?

All students, essential employees, contractors and visitors should wear a mask when entering, traveling through or using common spaces, hallways and restrooms in buildings where person-to-person contact may occur. [CDC mask guidelines and instructions]

Can I use the Duggan Library?
Starting June 15, the library will be open to College employees by appointment only. Please visit the Library’s COVID response guide for complete information on library in-person and remote services.

Admission & First-Year Questions

Can my high-school student visit campus?
Beginning June 8, on-campus admission visits will be available on a limited basis. Appointments are required and all visitors are asked to wear a mask in accordance with campus policy. Schedule a visit.

Currently, our new virtual visit option is available.

What about my incoming student's LEAP session?
The final Learn, Engage and Prepare (LEAP) session will be held online June 5. The session will begin at 2 p.m.

Can my incoming first-year student see their room?

Panther Days will be held July 17-18 for students who have deposited for the upcoming fall term. Each student will receive registration information by email and appointments will be available from 1-5 p.m. Incoming students will be able to see their living units and get more information about health and safety, campus involvement opportunities, financial aid and more.

Upcoming events

Will we have commencement?
Yes! Commencement for the Class of 2020 is scheduled to be held on campus Saturday, August 15, at 10 a.m. on the Point. Attendance is optional for seniors. More information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Will youth summer academies and sports camps be held?

All overnight youth sports and academic camps have been cancelled. Decisions regarding day camps have not been made.

What about the beginning of school in the fall?
On-campus, face-to-face classes are scheduled to begin August 24. Multiple task-oriented groups continue to create operational plans for a variety of alternative scenarios, which will ultimately depend on rules regarding public health and gatherings.

When can students arrive on campus for the fall term?
All students will receive information about their specific move-in day by July 15. First-year students will arrive August 19-20 and be assigned a date based on their First Year 101 section. Transfer students will come to campus August 21 during the morning. Upperclassmen will arrive August 21-23 and will be required to schedule a time based on their housing assignment.

Academics / FINANCIAL Questions

How do I apply for CARES Act funds?
At this time, the program impacts only currently enrolled students, including those who recently completed their senior year. Messages have been sent to all eligible students regarding where and how to apply.

Will summer online courses be offered?
Yes, an expanded offering of online courses will be available this summer.

What student services are available while campus is closed?
Read this document for Student Life services.