A Message from the President

Hanover Community,

I hope you are healthy and well during this time of unprecedented uncertainty. All of us are still dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of the uncertainty, there’s also a strong desire to move forward and embrace the “new normal” of college life with COVID-19.

All of us at Hanover College are committed to the safety, wellbeing and sound education of our students. We assembled this to help understand the policies and procedures we have put in place to enable us to return in-person this fall. This guide provides an overview of these procedures but will likely not answer every individual question.

As you also know, the situation evolves frequently, and you are encouraged to regularly visit this site for updates.

Best,

President Lake Lambert

Guiding Principles

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, including health and safety of the campus community, academic success and student life and experience. These pillars will continue to structure our efforts for a safe return to campus.

  1. Preserving the health and safety of students, faculty and staff
  2. Ensuring students receive an education worthy of them and of Hanover College
  3. Effectively working with local health officials and government agencies
  4. Being a responsible community partner
  5. Keeping our students, parents and alumni informed on a regular basis

1: Student Health and Safety

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Items to Bring

In addition to the normal items that students bring with them to college, the following additional items are suggested:

  • As they will be required in many situations, students should bring extra face coverings. Students will be provided a branded Hanover College face covering at check-in.
  • Students will also a receive a thermometer for daily temperature checks.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available on campus, but students may wish to bring additional travel size bottles.
  • As more activities will be held outside, it is recommended that students bring an outdoor folding chair with a bag.
  • Wipes and/or personal cleaners for your dorm room, desks, tables, etc.
Use of Face Coverings / Masks

Students and faculty are required to wear face coverings in classrooms and laboratories. The use of a face shield in addition to a face covering may be required in some type of laboratory classes. Face shields may be used in combination with physical distancing by faculty or staff members for the specific purposes of lecturing or coaching, if desired.

Students will be given a supply of masks when they arrive on campus. Please make every effort to remember to take your mask with you everywhere and when not in use store in a clean place.

If a student comes to class without a mask, they will not be permitted to remain in class without first obtaining a mask.

A small supply of disposable masks will be available at four locations on campus. These supplies are not intended for regular use, but only as a backup if you forget your mask.

  • Brown Campus Center, Student Life main desk
  • Duggan Library, main desk
  • Horner Center, front desk
  • Science Center, room 101
  • Newby Hall, room 6
  • Classic Hall, room 109
  • Faculty Office Building, room 101
  • Campus Safety (only if after office hours)

Self-made cloth masks are acceptable. 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
  • includes multiple layers of fabric
  • allows for breathing without restriction
  • can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Social/Physical Distancing Guidelines

Social distancing is a best practice recommendation of health professionals to prevent or slow the spread of a virus by human-to-human transmission. It is designed to limit the spread of a disease by reducing the opportunities for close contact between people. Attempts should be made to arrange all areas on campus to maximize the ability of faculty, students, staff, and visitors to practice proper social distancing.

Do not come to work or attend classes/social gatherings on campus if sick. If you have symptoms that may indicate a contagious disease, separate yourself from others as soon as possible, follow all guidelines in place and receive testing if available. Do not return to work or attend class/social gatherings until you have been symptom free (including fever free without fever-reducing medication) as per CDC guidelines.

  • Maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet as much as possible. Social distance should be kept even if a mask is in use by one or both parties.
  • Follow all related policies, including mask policies.
  • Reduce touch point as much as possible, avoid leaning on counters/tables, sharing desk space and office supplies, etc.
  • In-person meetings should be avoided when possible, consider virtual meeting options. If a face to face meeting cannot be avoided, all participants should maintain a safe distance of at least six (6) feet throughout the meeting. Unless the mask policy has been lifted, masks should be worn by all participants throughout the meeting if held indoors.
  • Avoid physical contact as much as possible including hand shaking.
  • Wash hands as per CDC guidelines whenever possible. If handwashing is not possible, use hand sanitizer available throughout campus buildings.
  • Campus Facilities will be set up to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please do not move classroom/lobby/dining area furniture.
  • Be aware and abide by any additional policies set by departments or offices on campus.
  • Be respectful of other people’s tolerance levels and distance yourself if requested by another individual.
Modified Dining Arrangements

To support efforts and encourage safe distancing, Parkhurst Dining is making the follow adjustments to minimize health risks.

  • Campus Center main dining room capacity has been reduced from 342 to 123
  • Table seating adjusted 50 percent per table (from eight to four)
  • Seating is available in the Alumni Lounge (20 seats) and Faculty Lounge (24 seats)
  • Meal exchange (swipe card access) has been extended to the Underground and Shoebox (including Cafe 1827) during all operating hours
  • A quick pick-up daily feature is available from Noon-1:30 p.m. in the Withrow Activities Center
  • Food stations will move from self-serve to employee-served, where applicable
  • Directional and instructional signage has been placed throughout food service areas
  • Increased use of stanchions, floor markers, plexiglass barriers, disinfectant and hand sanitizer throughout
  • Increased availability of reusable to-go containers (main dining room check-in/out)
  • Increased disposable to-go containers
  • Expanded availability of our seating with picnic tables around the Campus Center
  • For Greek Housing:
    • Food prep and food services cleaning and prevention plans
    • Kitchen access restriction to those preparing food or cleaning crews
Cleaning / Disinfecting Protocols
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WFF Facilities Services, Hanover’s housekeeping partner, will provide enhanced services throughout campus, including use of an on-campus disinfectant specialist. In addition to regular cleaning procedures, WFF will address particularly high-touch areas, including doorknobs, chair arms, telephone handles and light switches.

  • Campus restrooms will continue to be stocked, cleaned and disinfected at least once daily.
  • Restrooms in residence halls and high-use campus areas (Brown Campus Center, Science Center, Center for Fine Arts, Classic Hall) will be cleaned twice each day.
  • Access to restrooms with more than multiple toilets will be limited to two persons at a time

All cleaning supplies used by WFF are on the list of approved chemicals provided by the EPA.

Health Services Enhancements

To reduce the transmission of illness, the College’s healthcare facility has been moved out of the Brown Campus Center and is now located at 60 Clemmons Street.

Health Services is designated for student use only.

Hanover’s health clinic will follow recommended infection control practices of the CDC to prevent transmission of infectious agents, including screening all patients for COVID-19 signs and symptoms, and infection control practices specific to COVID-19.

Students will be asked to perform a twice-daily symptom self-assessment. Daily health checks are encouraged for all students before leaving your residence using the thermometer provided at check-in. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms (and others) may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Students who develop these symptoms (if unusual for you) should stay at home, self-quarantine, not attend classes and call Health Services at 812-866-7082.

As announced previously we are excited to launch or telehealth option PantherHealth that will provide physical and mental health services virtually.

If you have been exposed to illness by someone you have been in contact with, who has tested positive or been presumed positive, please consult Health Services or PantherHealth via phone or email.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you contact Health Services before making an appointment or showing up. Appointments must be made prior to the visit via phone or email. It is also recommended that students use PantherHealth if they cannot get an appointment in Health Services. Telehealth services will help provide necessary care to students while minimizing the transmission risk.

Please keep the following protocols in mind to help the community stay safe.

  • For their safety and that of others, students should refrain from attending class participating campus activities, etc., without first being checked out by Health Services or PantherHealth.
  • Anyone entering the Health Services clinic are required to wear a face mask of covering that covers their mouth and nose.
  • In addition, the clinic will only be able to have one patient in the “well” and one patient in the “sick” waiting areas at a time. If you arrive for your appointment early, please wait outside or in your car until Clinic staff come and get you. Also, patients should not bring others with them to their appointment.
  • If the student is scheduled for a regular “well” visit but then develops symptoms of COVID-19 prior to their appointment, they should cancel the appointment and be triaged by phone first. Please do not to show up for the appointment as this could put others at risk.
    • If you require immediate medical attention, an ambulance will be called for the safety of the student. The cost for the ambulance be the student’s responsibility.
    • If you need non-emergency transportation to the hospital or another medical professional, Speedy Cab may be called at (812) 274-0911. Speedy Cab will bill the College and the College will in turn bill the student for the service.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to keep you and others as safe as possible!

Quarantining and Isolation Procedures

What is the difference between Quarantine and Isolation?

Quarantine is necessary when a student may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. The student must not physically interact with any others during the 14-day period.

Isolation is necessary when a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student would be placed in accommodations with others who have tested positive.

Should the need arise for a student to be quarantined or isolated, they should make arrangements to be taken home as soon as possible. Students will be able to continue coursework; and they will be allowed to return to campus once they have tested negative for COVID-19 AND 14 days have passed.

If a student is suspected of having been exposed to someone with COVID-19, they will be placed in quarantine. The student will be allowed to safely gather necessary belongings for quarantine, or a designated approved person may also be permitted to gather the belongings.

  • Students will be required to return home if they live within a four-hour drive from campus. Students from any location will have the option to return home. Exceptions include the following: If the student is unable to drive or make safe arrangements for transportation to their permanent residence, their home includes someone in a vulnerable population or other extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
  • If students must remain on campus, separate, self-isolation accommodations are available to be used for 14 days or according to the timeline as identified by the CDC. Symptoms could appear anytime between 1-14 days (usually five days) and thus the student must quarantine for 14 days, even without symptoms. The 14-day self-isolation will depend on the student’s symptoms and could be more or less than 14 days.
  • Students will be provided the following supplies: disposable thermometers, hand sanitizing wipes, a few sets of gloves, a mask, an oxygen sensor and specific guidelines from Health Services. Such guidelines will include symptoms to watch for that require medical attention, what to do in case of and phone numbers to call in case an emergency arises. Over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen and cough medicine can be purchased through Health Services.
  • Students in quarantine/isolation are not permitted to leave their room except for medical testing or treatment, going to the restroom or doing laundry (at reserved time).
  • Face coverings are required at all times.
  • No visitors are allowed.
  • Three meals will be provided each day.
  • Emotional support animals, depending on condition of the student, may be allowed.
  • Arrangements will be made to allow students to complete classroom assignments remotely.
  • Health and safety checks will occur frequently to ensure wellbeing.
  • Final approval by Health Services is required before removal from quarantine or isolation.
COVID-19 Testing Strategy

Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Testing Protocols

To reduce the likelihood of a student who has COVID-19 from coming to campus, you must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test dated no earlier than ten days prior to your campus move-in date. As move-in dates are staggered, Student Life will be contacting you as appropriate to ensure you know when your test results are due.

A screenshot of your result should be uploaded to MyHanover prior to arrival.

If you take a COVID-19 test and are positive, you will need to quarantine at home for 14 days prior to coming to campus.

Please note that public health experts have noted that negative test results can lead to a false sense of security and unsafe behaviors. Even with a negative pre-arrival test, it is essential that you follow all health and safety protocols. These practices include social distancing, wearing a mask/face covering, and self-monitoring temperature and COVID-19 symptoms daily.

In addition to a pre-arrival test, student-athletes will be tested upon arrival, per NCAA guidelines.

On-Campus Testing Protocols

Depending on how the health situation evolves, you also may be required to take other COVID-19 tests during the course of the term. Hanover will be conducting asymptomatic and symptomatic testing as needed to ensure the health and safety of students and employees.

Please note that this testing plan is subject to change based on future guidance from the CDC and the State of Indiana.COVID-19 tests will be available through King’s Daughters’ Health should students become symptomatic. Alternative nearby testing sites have been identified and will be used as needed.

For testing, transportation is available for students via Speedy Cab (812-274-0911). If you do not have money to pay the cab, students may obtain a voucher from the Office of Student Life, Campus Safety or Health Services. The voucher will allow Speedy Cab to bill the College and the charge will be applied to your student account. Note: this option is only for testing and/or medical treatment. Prices are as follows:

Speedy Cab prices:

  • Roundtrip to Madison- $30
  • One way to Madison - $15, if admitted to hospital
  • Roundtrip to Scottsburg- $100
  • $25 per hour to wait

Students suspected of illness will be required to complete a contract tracing form. Hanover’s contact tracing team will involve campus personnel.

2: Student Academic Success

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Classroom Experience

Requirements & Best Practice Guidelines for Face-to-Face Instruction- This includes and is not limited to faculty, students, coaches, tutors, labs teachers and students.

  • Face coverings are required in all classrooms. Students arriving without a face covering are required to retrieve one or go to one of several designated locations to obtain a disposable mask before returning to class. There will be signs and messaging student about those locations, which are SCC101, NEW6, CLA109, FOB101, Horner Center Front Desk, Library Main Desk and Campus Safety after hours.
  • Six-foot social distancing should be maintained wherever possible.
  • Classroom furniture will be configured to provide 6-foot social distancing and/or signage will indicate appropriate distancing. To maintain social distancing and to avoid inconvenience for other classes, these configurations should not be altered.
  • A combination of face shield/face covering, or goggles and face covering is required in lab settings.
  • It is recommended that classroom doors be propped open when possible to allow as much air flow as possible, reduce touchpoints and keep traffic flow unblocked.
  • Students will be asked to exit classrooms quickly and not loiter in common spaces or lobbies before or after classes.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned each morning; this includes tables, chairs, and doorknobs. All chemicals being used are on the approved EPA List of Chemicals approved for Coronavirus. Cleaning supplies will also be available in each classroom. Faculty and students are asked to wipe down frequently touched surfaces, such as desktops, computer equipment, and whiteboard markers.
  • Students and faculty members will continue to clean tables in the science labs.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout buildings in high traffic areas. All employees and students are encouraged to wash their hands frequently, particularly before and after being in group situations such as classrooms.
  • Students and faculty will have the option to use virtual technologies for meetings/sessions outside the classroom. Holding face-to-face meetings in faculty offices is highly discouraged. Advising appointments, individual student/faculty meetings and any small group sessions can be conducted using videoconference software (MS Teams, Zoom, etc.) or in indoor and outdoor settings that allow for social distancing.
  • Students and professors are asked to keep a safe distance at all times. People should not approach others within six feet of distance without asking their permission first and only if all parties are wearing masks.
  • Faculty are asked to consider how they might need to alter typical class routines to promote safety. For example, they may want to minimize exchanging papers, sharing materials, or having students work in groups. Use of Moodle to collect assignments and having students use shared Office docs or Zoom breakout rooms are examples of possible modifications.

Specific Guidelines for the Use of Face Shields:

  • Lecturers may use face shields in place of face coverings, but the following conditions must be met:
    • They must have more than 6 feet of distance, preferably 12, to the nearest student.
    • They must stay at the front of the class or in an area they have designated for themselves that will always ensure at least 6 feet of distance.
    • They must wear a face covering to class and only switch to the face shield to lecture and then replace mask immediately after class.

Specific Guidelines for Face Coverings in Laboratories:

  • Use disposable face coverings in the laboratory work area unless there is a direct safety hazard or chemical incompatibility issue associated with wearing one. Consult with your supervisor/PI if use of your face covering presents safety concerns relative to conducting your job duties.
  • A disposable face covering does not replace any other recommended or required personal protective equipment (PPE) for your duties or work space such as goggles, face shields, or respirators, and it should not interfere with the fit or function of PPE.
  • Do not touch your face covering with gloved hands. Remove your gloves before taking your face covering off. Face coverings should be removed prior to exiting the lab, to minimize the potential for cross-contamination outside of the laboratory.
  • Students and staff who conduct research at the laboratory bench/fume hood/biosafety cabinet with hazardous chemicals, biohazards or radioactive materials must discard the disposable face covering at the end of each work shift. If any hazardous materials contact the face covering, it must be disposed of immediately and replaced with a clean covering.
  • Disposable face coverings must only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash. Also, discard and replace disposable coverings if they become damaged, soiled, or wet.
Use of Hybrid Learning

Every class has been designated as either Face-to-Face, Online or Blended (Hybrid).

  • Face-to-Face: The class will meet as scheduled, in person, for all or nearly all of the scheduled class periods.
  • Online: Access to class materials, assignments, student-to-student and instructor-to-student interactions, and other learning activities take place online. No in-person activity will be required, though it may be optional.
  • Blended (Hybrid): Most materials and some learning activities will be online; some learning activities will occur during the scheduled class times. Some portion of what would otherwise have been in-person learning/instruction will take place online. Details about when students are required to be physically present will be provided in the class schedule and/or in the course syllabus.
Enhanced Student Support

Hanover College is committed to your success and will provide the assistance you need. Here are a few things you should know:

  • Students have the option to request a COVID 19 Remote Learning Adjustment: The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for some of our students. Therefore, for Fall Term 2020 only, students may request an “Adjustment to Learning” which will allow for remote online instruction, due to health concerns, travel limitations or other circumstances. To request an adjustment go here
  • The Gladish Learning Center will be open to assist with tutoring needs in all courses and be offering both in person 1:1 tutoring and student group sessions. In addition virtual tutoring will be available. To see both in person tutoring availability and virtual availability visit https://learningcenter.hanover.edu/
  • Accessibility Services students may find that managing their coursework under the COVID 19 guidelines adds different challenges and should reach out to Debbie Seaver, Associate Director of the Gladish Learning Center/ Accessibility Services Coordinator to schedule an appointment to discuss concerns.
  • PantherHealth, our new telehealth program, also provides mental health support.

3: Student Life and Experience

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Virtual Events

To continue our goal of fostering community through Student Engagement, The Office of Student Life will continue student activities for all students in the 2020-21 school year. Student Life will host one all-campus student activity/week. The activities could include bingo, trivia, WAC Wednesday. When possible, student activities will be held in person with appropriate social distancing and use of face coverings. When feasible, students may participate in student activities virtually via Zoom. All students who pay the Student Activities Fee are eligible to participate in student activities and win prizes, whether attending face-to-face or virtual events.

The student activities calendar will be published later in August and will outline the dates and mode of delivery for events.

Student Life plans to leverage virtual events to supplement all face-to-face events on campus. All planned face-to-face events are such that they can be participated in remotely or moved to entirely remote if needed. It is our goal to ensure that the Hanover student community can continue to experience campus traditions, events, and activities both in person and/or remotely.

Changes to Residence Hall / Pod Life

It is inevitable that things will be different at Hanover this fall. Federal, state and local health department guidelines change regularly, but your day-to-day experience living on campus will must include guidelines in order to protect yourself and others. These guidelines include:

  • Face coverings are required at all times in public or common areas.
  • Restricted access to common kitchen spaces.
  • All on-campus students may have no more than one on-campus student guest in their room at any time and social distancing should be practiced.
  • All non-roommate interactions should take place in a lobby or outdoor area where social distancing can be more easily practiced.
  • Off-campus guests/visitors are not allowed in residence halls/living units
  • Maximum bathroom occupancy and other usage guidelines.
  • Students are asked to perform a twice daily symptom self-assessment and to stay at home and not attend courses if they are, or suspect that they are, symptomatic.
Greek Housing

There will also be a number of changes made to Greek housing to help ensure the safety of our students,

  • Safe social distance between beds in rack rooms
    • Six feet apart or barriers will be installed AND
    • Students sleeping from head to toe OR
    • Chapters modify rack room to allow for students to live in rooms
  • Increased cleaning of sleeping quarters & common areas
  • Hand Sanitizer and cleaning products available throughout chapter facility
  • Food prep and food services cleaning and prevention plans
  • Kitchen access restriction to those preparing food or cleaning crews
  • Chapters must operate at a 1:1 guest ratio at all times

4: Athletics Programs

Changes to Athletic Season

The Heartland Conference will delay the start of competitive seasons for football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball to the spring. The HCAC, however, is committed to offering engaging athletic experiences for student-athletes in these sports by allowing extensive team activities this fall. In adjusting to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, these modifications place safety in the highest priority, but help ensure the opportunity for as much participation as possible in each sport.

The decision on shifting the competitive seasons for these high-contact-risk sports came after careful analysis of whether Heartland Conference institutions could successfully fulfill NCAA testing recommendations without drawing vital health resources from their local communities. In addition, conference officials anticipate that spring seasons for the high-contact-risk sports will be safer for the student-athletes as continued scientific and testing gains are made with respect to the coronavirus. Finally, a recent NCAA waiver that provides flexibility in how teams’ seasons are structured allows meaningful experiences this fall for student-athletes, even without intercollegiate competition.

While football, soccer and volleyball are on hold until the spring, three sports will compete as planned this fall. Based on their risk classifications as assigned by the NCAA, the Heartland Conference will proceed with fall seasons for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis. In addition, the HCAC will also schedule a limited number of fall competitions for baseball and softball that will not count toward league standings.

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving, classified as a low-contact-risk sport, will proceed with its standard schedule. The Panthers’ season runs from late-October through mid-February.

A decision on men’s and women’s basketball, which has been defined as a high-contact-risk sport by the NCAA, will be announced in the coming weeks. Basketball season typically begins in late-November and continues into March.

The Heartland Conference will continue to explore all options for a safe return to intercollegiate athletics. The league’s leadership will communicate further developments regarding competition in 2020-21 as solutions are finalized and implemented. The priority of the HCAC and its Council of Presidents continues to be a commitment to the health and safety of everyone in our campus communities and those involved in intercollegiate athletics at member institutions.

Protocols for Athletes

Hanover College coaches are still finalizing protocols for student-athletes, which will depend on the sport involved. All athletes will be subject to additional COVID-19 testing during the course of the term.

5: Events, Visitors and Travel

Event Guidelines

Campus events are an essential element to the quality of campus life. Federal, state and local guidelines continue to affect the availability, type and size of events on campus. The requirements below pertain to all student organizations and their meetings, events and concessions.

  • All events (except athletic events – see section on Athletics) are limited to Hanover employees and students. Outside guests are not allowed without prior approval from the Office of Student Life.
  • Space reservations for student organization meetings should be made with social distancing in mind. Student groups should book rooms with larger capacity than expected event size.
  • Scheduling through Astra is essential and last-minute bookings will not be allowed.
  • All bookings utilizing the Withrow Activities Center must be arranged though Theresa Hitchcock, associate director of student life.
  • Reservations for tabling space in the campus center lobby will be limited to a maximum of two groups at a time.
  • Only pre-packaged foods (in their original packaging) or catering ordered through Parkhurst Dining will be permitted.
  • Student organizations will not be allowed to have “common source” food options as a component of their meetings or events. Events like pizza parties, buffets and bake sales will not be permitted.
  • Student organizations are not allowed to have paper sign-up sheets at events. Each organization will be given a QR code for students to scan with the Hanover College mobile app.
  • Student organizations that host minors on campus will be required to hold their club activities outdoors while wearing masks and plan activities with social distancing.
  • Event planners must have extra masks available at event.
  • Student organization-related travel is suspended until further notice. Organizations that require travel in order to maintain a national affiliation can contact the associate director for student life to receive a letter to send to the organization’s national headquarters.
  • Outside meetings are strongly encouraged whenever possible
Withrow Activities Center

The Withrow Activities Center will be open 24 hours per day during the academic term. The hours may be limited during breaks and holidays. Staffing will be provided 5-10 p.m. everyday and noon-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Events outside these times may require paid staffing.

Student groups and/or student-focused events will receive priority reservation.

All reservations should be made at least one week in advance through Theresa Hitchcock, associate director of student life. No reservations will be accepted less than two business days in advance of event. Any group using the WAC without a reservation will be asked to leave. Available spaces include:

  • Conference Room area: The chairs are arranged to allow for proper social distancing. There are stickers on the floor to indicate where the chairs need to placed. (capacity: 8 people)
  • Craft Room: This space will be secured using card swipe system. Students can check out supplies at the WAC office. (capacity: 4 people)
  • Pool Table Room: This space will be secured using card swipe system. Students can check out pool cues and balls at the WAC office. (capacity: 4 people)
  • Study Area A (downstairs): The space is open to students 24/7 and is a quiet/individual workspace. This space cannot be reserved. (capacity: 6 people)
  • Gaming Lab: The space is open to students 24/7 and is an individual workspace. This space cannot be reserved. (capacity: 4 people)
  • Ping Pong/Shuffleboard/Foosball/Basketball: These games are available to students when a staff member is on duty and cannot be reserved. Students can check out paddles, weights, and/or balls at the WAC office. (capacity: 2 people/game)
  • Additional Use: The WAC will also be a “quick pick-up” station for carry out dining and will serve as overflow seating as needed to enable social distancing.

Please note, students are responsible for cleaning the equipment and supplies after each use. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be available.

Visitor Information

Reducing the number of visitors on campus is important for reducing density of people and maintaining social distancing.

  • All campus events are limited to Hanover, staff and students. Outside guests are not allowed without prior approval from the Office of Student Life.
  • Whenever possible, needs should be addressed remotely to limit visitors to campus.
  • Off-campus guests/visitors are not allowed in the residence halls/living units
  • Visitors are encouraged to make an appointment before coming to campus whenever possible.
  • Any visitors experiencing symptoms of illness are required to reschedule their visit and should monitor their symptoms.
  • Visitors must follow all campus guidance regarding face coverings, social distancing and hand washing, etc.
Travel Restrictions

All College-funded student travel has been suspended and off-campus travel is discouraged. If off-campus travel is necessary, students should abide by all public health guidelines (wearing masks in public places, avoiding large crowds, etc.). Please visit MyHanover for the detailed travel policy.

Permitted off-campus travel includes family visits, approved athletic contests and trips to purchase necessities. All travel outside Jefferson County must be reported via the Student Self-Reported Travel Form found on MyHanover.

In This Together

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Each student will play an important role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. Despite the College and its students taking reasonable efforts, students can still contract COVID-19 and other infections by engaging in campus activities, including attending classes, living on campus, eating in the dining hall, and participating in sports and recreation.

In order to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 and stem the spread of outbreaks when they occur, each student will need to be an active participant by following all policies and expectations outlined by the College.