COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Hanover College is committed to the safety and well-being of the entire campus community while providing the best possible college experience.

The College is currently planning a full schedule of activities and events, such as athletics, performing arts and student life programming. It is expected that parents, alumni, fans and other outside guests will, once again, be able to participate in the life of the College.

Specific policies regarding Hanover’s activities, including size limits for gatherings and other restrictions will be based on the status of the pandemic. In addition, the College’s vaccination and positivity rates will play a key role and significantly affect all aspects of campus life and determine related policies.

All students and employees are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, and receive a booster, if eligible. However, vaccines are not required at this time. All unvaccinated students and employees will be tested regularly and required to quarantine after a known exposure.

Current COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols:

  • Masks are optional except when requested by faculty and staff in classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces. Students and employees should have a mask on hand or readily accessible. Masks may still be required for certain contractors and for large events.
  • Employees, students, and visitors may choose to wear a mask at any time. Those with a positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19 are recommended to wear a mask. Those who are sick avoid coming to work or attending class,​ following our regular processes.
  • The College will continue to follow NCAA testing requirements if applicable. 
  • It is strongly recommended for employees and students to get tested if you have symptoms and to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The vast majority of classrooms are still arranged for six-foot social distancing; all are arranged for at least three-foot social distancing.
  • There are no centralized COVID-specific remote learning adjustments for students. Faculty have discretion in how to assist or accommodate students who must be absent due to illness or quarantining.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who test positive or who are identified as close contacts through contact tracing are required to isolate or quarantine, following CDC and local health agency guidelines.
  • Vaccinated individuals in close contact with a positive case are not required to quarantine and (per CDC guidance) are encouraged to test 3-5 days after exposure.
  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who are symptomatic should seek immediate testing.
  • Indoor events are being planned as normal except for required masking, but plans are subject to change based on conditions. Unless otherwise specified, attendance at such events is optional.

To ensure a safe return to campus, Hanover reserves the right to modify its policies at any time as part of its commitment to protecting the health and safety of the campus community.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

POLICIES

Policies for students and employees are available on the MyHanover COVID-19 Dashboard.

CAMPUS OFFICES

Campus offices are open and fully staffed with on-site personnel. Appointments are requested for all in-person activity. Staff members also continue to be available by email and phone.

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FAQ

General Questions

Do I have to get vaccinated?
Hanover College is strongly recommending – but not yet requiring – the COVID-19 vaccine for students and employees. Hanover will continue to monitor – and potentially revise – this policy.

What are the requirements for unvaccinated students and employees?
At this time, unvaccinated students and employees will not be required to be tested regularly and will be required to quarantine following a known exposure. 

Do I have to wear a mask or face-covering on campus?
Face coverings are optional indoors throughout campus. Masks are optional except when requested by faculty and staff in classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces. Students and employees should have a mask on hand or readily accessible. Masks may still be required for certain contractors and for large events.

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 activities. The College’s staff members also continue to be available by email and phone.

What are the rules for student-athletes?
The College will continue to follow NCAA testing requirements as needed.

Admission Visits

Can my high-school student visit campus?
Yes! On-campus admission visits are available on a limited basis. Appointments are required. Schedule a visit.

Currently, our new virtual visit option is available.

Campus Offices/Services Questions

Can I use the Horner Center?
The Horner Health and Recreation Center is only open to students, College employees and their dependents. The facility will have limited hours and may be closed with little notice.

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

Can I use the Duggan Library?
At this time, the Duggan Library is open. Please visit the Library’s COVID response guide for complete information on library in-person and remote services.

Will there be on-campus events in 2022?
The College is planning to return to a full schedule of activities and events, such as athletics, performing arts, and other student life programs. We anticipate that parents and other outside guests will be able to attend events. Specific policies regarding size limits for indoor gatherings, use of face coverings and other restrictions will be determined closer to the start of event season and based on the status of the pandemic. 

IN THIS TOGETHER

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Students play an important role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. 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.

STUDENT HEALTH & SAFETY

Items to Bring

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

Illustration of gloves, soap, hand sanitizer and masks
  • Students should bring extra face coverings in the event they are to be worn during programs, activities and in private office spaces or requested classrooms.
  • 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

Face coverings are optional indoors throughout campus. Masks are optional except when requested by faculty and staff in classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces. Students and employees should have a mask on hand or readily accessible. Masks may still be required for certain contractors and for large events.

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. Following the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, social distancing is recommended for people who are unvaccinated.

  • Reduce touch point as much as possible, avoid leaning on counters/tables, sharing desk space and office supplies, etc.
  • Avoid physical contact as much as possible including hand shaking.
  • Campus Facilities will be set up to support social distancing efforts. Please do not move classroom/lobby/dining area furniture.
  • Be respectful of other people’s tolerance levels and distance yourself if requested by another individual.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
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WFF Facilities Services, Hanover’s housekeeping partner, will provide enhanced services throughout campus. In addition to regular cleaning procedures, WFF will address particularly high-touch areas, including doorknobs, chair arms, telephone handles and light switches.

  • All cleaning supplies are approved chemicals provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 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.
Health Services

Hanover’s healthcare facility is 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 Centers for Disease Control to prevent transmission of infectious agents, including screening all patients for COVID-19 signs and symptoms and infection control practices specific to COVID-19.

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 (812-866-7082). Call 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.

Quarantining and Isolation Procedures
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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 10-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.

Isolation is required for students who test positive for COVID-19. Unvaccinated students will be required to quarantine following a known exposure. Should the need arise for a student to be isolated or quarantined, 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 completed their designated quarantine or isolation period as determined by the Contact Tracing Team.

COVID-19 Screening and Testing Strategy

Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Testing Protocols

Fully vaccinated students who have uploaded their proof of vaccination are exempt from pre-arrival testing. Unvaccinated students will be required to submit a pre-arrival test no earlier than five days prior to your campus move-in date. Student Life will send unvaccinated students further details regarding their pre-arrival requirements and deadlines. All testing expenses will be the student’s responsibility.

A copy or screenshot of your result should be uploaded here.

If you take a COVID-19 test and are positive, you will be contacted by a member of the Contact Tracing Team regarding your next steps.

On-Campus Testing Protocols

Hanover will be conducting asymptomatic and symptomatic testing as needed to ensure the health and safety of students and employees. Fully vaccinated students are exempt from COVID-19 screening testing.

Students may be tested at Health Services if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. There will be no charge for symptomatic testing.

STUDENT LIFE & EXPERIENCE

Classroom Experience

Hanover will offer fully face-to-face instruction. Please note the following:

  • The College will no longer provide long-term COVID-specific remote learning adjustments.
  • Hanover will work with international students who are unable to reach campus due to visa or travel restrictions.
  • Faculty will work out individual arrangements with students in quarantine or isolation.
  • Faculty and the Gladish Center will work directly with students as other COVID-related issues arise.
  • Classrooms will continue to be spaced out as much as possible, but some may have increased density due to demand.
Residential Life
Illustration showing two students socially distancing

Federal, state and local health department guidelines change regularly, but your day-to-day experience living on campus must include guidelines to protect yourself and others. These precautions include:

  • All non-roommate interactions should take place in a lobby or outdoor area where social distancing can be more easily practiced.
  • 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.

Protocols within Greek housing will help ensure student safety, including:

  • Safe social distance between beds in rack rooms 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 and common areas
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning products available throughout chapter facility
  • Food preparation and food services cleaning and prevention plans
  • Kitchen access restriction to those preparing food or cleaning crews.
Campus Activities

The Office of Student Life will offer activities for all students during the 2021-2022 academic year. The goal is to ensure that Hanover students can experience campus traditions, events and activities both in-person and/or remotely.

When possible, student activities will be held through a variety of mediums, including in-person with appropriate social distancing and, when feasible, students may participate in activities virtually via Zoom. All face-to-face events should have the availability of remote participation or option to be offered entirely virtual, if needed.

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 – published later in August – will outline the dates and mode of delivery for events.

Campus Dining

To support efforts and encourage safe distancing, Parkhurst Dining is making the following adjustments in 2021-2022 to minimize health risks.

  • Additional seating is available in the Faculty Lounge (30 seats)
  • Meal exchange (swipe card access) has been extended to the Underground, Shoebox and Cafe 1827 during all operating hours
  • A quick pick-up daily feature “Grab-N-Go” is available from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Withrow Activities Center
  • Availability of reusable to-go containers (main dining room check-in/out program)

ATHLETICS

Changes to Athletic Season

Hanover’s athletic program is preparing for a normal season. We will welcome spectators.

Protocols for Athletes

Due to the stringent testing and vaccination guidelines set by the NCAA, student-athletes will need to be vaccinated by August 1, 2021, or be required to be tested weekly at their own expense when in-season for practice and competition.

EVENTS & VISITORS

Event Guidelines

Beginning in 2022, the College is planning to return to a full schedule of activities and events, such as athletics, performing arts and other student life programs. We anticipate that parents and other outside guests will be able to attend events. Specific policies regarding size limits for indoor gatherings, use of face coverings and other restrictions will be determined closer to the start of event season and based on the status of the pandemic.

Visitor Information
  • Visitors must follow all campus guidance regarding face coverings, social distancing and hand washing, etc.
  • 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.