Changes announced for completion of fall term

COVID-19 UPDATE - Oct. 30

The Hanover College community can be very proud of its success in staying face-to-face for so much of the fall term. This significant accomplishment far exceeds most institutions and reflects our collective dedication to each other.

A concerning uptick in positive cases of COVID-19 within the campus community appears to be an upward trend, mirroring the rest of the state, region and country. In addition, extensive contact-tracing efforts have resulted in a substantial number of students placed in off-campus quarantine.

To continue ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Hanover's students and employees, the College is implementing the next steps in its COVID-19 response strategy. The plan will make it possible for students who would like to finish the term on campus, or need to for various reasons, to do so. The plan also provides the opportunity for students who prefer to finish the term from home.

Hanover’s approach for 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 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

To better equip the College to handle potential community health issues, 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.


To help ensure the academic success of its students, 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

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.

Covid-19 Resources

Indiana COVID-19 Dashboard and Map

Learn more about COVID-19 at the Center for Disease Control website.


fall and winter term questions

Hanover is shifting to remote classes?

All courses will move to remote instruction no later than Monday, Nov. 9. There will be a limited number of exceptions for laboratory, studio art and other experiential learning courses.

Will the fall term end early?

No. The last day of course instruction remains Tuesday, Nov. 24. Exam week will still begin Monday, Nov. 30.

Can students stay on campus?

Yes. Students have the option to either return home any time after their last class on Friday, Nov. 6, or stay on campus up until Friday, Nov. 20. Residential halls and Greek houses will remain open to students until 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20.

What about the start of winter term?

The College still plans for a return to face-to-face instruction for winter term beginning Monday, Jan. 11.

face-covering requirement

Are face coverings required on campus?

Yes. All students, 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]

What types of face coverings are permissible?

Make sure your cloth face covering:

  • fits snugly, but comfortably, against the side of the face
  • completely covers the nose and mouth
  • is secured with ties or ear loops or around the back of the head or neck
  • includes multiple layers of fabric
  • allows for breathing without restriction
  • can be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape

Neck gaiters and homemade face coverings are allowed if they meet the above criteria. Bandanas (tied around the head) and masks with valves are not allowed.

Admission visits

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.

general questions

Is campus open to the public?

Campus offices are open and staffed with on-site personnel. Please note that appointments are requested for all in-person activity. The College's staff members also 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.

Can I use the Horner Center?
The Horner Health and Recreation Center is only open to students and College employees.

Is the Levett Career Center open?
The Levett Career Center staff members and services are available on- and off-campus. Schedule an appointment via Handshake, email, or call (812) 866-7127 for career assistance.

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.