Updated Feb. 24
Hanover nears midpoint of Winter term
The Hanover College campus community is reaching the midpoint of winter term following a successful resumption of classes in January. Hanover continues to offer a mixture of in-person, hybrid and virtual courses this winter. All courses remain prepared for virtual delivery if dictated by health concerns.
Campus activities have increased this term, ranging from pandemic-safe club events and departmental dinners to senior comprehensive examinations and intercollegiate athletic contests. While most campus events are open only to members of the campus community, the College has unveiled plans for a limited number of fans at outdoor athletic events.
Hanover's winter term will run through Tuesday, April 27. Spring term will be held from Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 28. Graduation for the Class of 2021 is scheduled for Saturday, May 29.
The academic schedule and all of its associated events, policies and procedures for athletic and campus events, continue to be subject to change based on community health and related factors. Hanover’s approach will continue to be informed by national, state and local officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
The College is using a strategic, measured approach, protocols support three broad areas of campus life, including health and safety of the campus community, academic success and student life and experience.
Health and Safety
Hanover’s health and safety protocols include:
- expanded opportunities to address mental and physical health needs through a partnership with TimelyMD, a telehealth provider.
- relocation of Health Services to a less-congested campus location.
- development of procedures for testing, quarantine and isolation (if needed).
- modified dining arrangements through Parkhurst Dining, Hanover’s food-service provider, to support food-safety and enable social distancing.
- requirement of face-coverings 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.
- enhanced disinfectant protocols, including 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.
- staggered campus move-in days with a requirement for face-coverings.
- suspended study-abroad courses for the fall term.
Hanover's academic protocols include:
- requirement of face-coverings or other personal protective equipment in all face-to-face classes.
- requirement of social distancing indoors and during face-to-face classes.
- faculty training for enhanced online instruction capabilities.
Campus Life and Experience
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 social activities that will enable student interaction while maintaining adequate physical 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.
Learn more about COVID-19 at the Center for Disease Control website.