Preparations continue for August 24 Start

Updated July 6

Hanover College's 2020-21 academic year is scheduled to begin Monday, August, 24, with face-to-face classes on campus.

Hanover’s return to on-campus instruction continues 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. Using a strategic, measured approach, protocols are in development to support three broad areas areas, including health and safety of the campus community, academic success and student life and experience.

Health and Safety

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


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's academic protocols will 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

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 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.


General Questions

Is campus open to the public?

Many campus offices are open for limited operation and staffed with on-site personnel. Please note that appointments are requested for all in-person activity. The College's staff members continue to be available by email and phone.

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

Are face coverings required on campus?

All students, essential employees, contractors and visitors should wear a face covering 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?
At this time, the Duggan Library is only open to College employees by appointment. Please visit the Library’s COVID response guide for complete information on library in-person and remote services.

Can I use the Horner Center?
The Horner Health and Recreation Center is closed.

Admission & First-Year Questions

Can my high-school student visit campus?
Yes! On-campus admission visits are 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.

Can my incoming first-year student see their room?

Due to Indiana's continued restrictions on the size of gatherings, Panther Days have been cancelled. However, incoming students will soon receive information regarding virtual opportunities 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?
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.

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! Session I is underway. Registration for Session II is open until July 8.

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

Levett Career Center services are available. Schedule an appointment via Handshake, email, or call 812-866-7127 for career assistance.