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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 may not attend class, and should instead remain in/return to their room or home and immediately contact Health Services by email at Covid@lycoming.edu. Students will then receive further evaluative instructions on notifying their professors and initiating remote instruction. Call 570.321.4052 during regular business hours for answers to specific questions or with additional needs.

Campus Operations

  • Is the campus still closed/hours of operation?

    Lycoming College is safely and gradually opening administrative office this summer, and all offices will be fully open beginning in August.

  • Will the College open for Fall 2020 classes and how did the College arrive at this decision?

    We announced in May our intention to resume residential education for Fall 2020, and more can be read about that on our COVID-19 news and updates page.

  • When will Commencement take place?

    The Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony will be held during the weekend of May 22-23, 2021 with a celebration on campus. The College will hold fast to this date. If modifications to the ceremony need to occur in order to accommodate applicable health guidance as well as state and local event/gathering mandates that may be in place, we will do so while remaining committed to the weekend of May 22-23, 2021. The weekend promises to not only be a tremendous celebration of the class’s achievements, but also a meaningful reunion with friends and classmates. Please check back for more details as we get closer to the event weekend: https://www.lycoming.edu/commencement/.

    The Class of 2021 Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 with a celebration on campus. Please check back for more details as we get closer to the event weekend: https://www.lycoming.edu/commencement/.

  • Will students be permitted to take classes remotely if they choose, or if they are unable to return to campus?

    Members of the faculty and administration have spent many hours this summer planning for the resumption of residential education in the fall semester. The purpose of this work has been reimagining our residential campus so that we can resume in-person instruction in a manner that also prioritizes the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff.

    This work has been approached with great urgency because we are deeply committed to the residential model of a liberal arts education. We know that bringing different kinds of people together in this unique setting opens students up to “discoveries about themselves and the world.” Ending the 2019 spring semester remotely has reinforced our sense that we do our best work when we are together as a learning community. It has reminded us that we best prepare our students to be critical thinkers, ethical citizens and compassionate beings when we can provide the complete residential experience. The residential setting of the Lycoming College campus is the place where we fulfill our mission and do the noble work of transforming lives.

    Students are encouraged to attend class on campus in-person, but all classrooms have been equipped with camera technology, document cameras, microphones, and the technology required to screen share via TEAMS or Zoom, allowing for flexibility as needed and approved.

  • Will international students be back on campus for Fall 2020?

    Lycoming College is partnering with state departments around the world to enable our international students to return to campus in the fall, and the College is working with them to enable them to quarantine in advance of the beginning of the semester.

  • Will the cafeteria be open for Fall 2020?

    Wertz Dining Hall, Café 1812, Jack’s Corner, and the Gateway Café will all reopen for the fall semester with new safety protocols in place to help keep students, faculty, and staff safe. Diners will learn more about the new safety protocols closer to the start of the fall semester.

  • Will College proceed with events, such as theatre productions, music performances, academic lectures, and other events?

    Lycoming will offer a variety of events this fall semester with safety protocols in place to protect the health and safety of attendees. Some events will have attendance limits with livestream options, and some events will be closed to the public. Look for updates on campus events throughout the fall semester.

  • Will athletic events continue as planned?

    As a member of the NCAA and Middle Atlantic Conference, Lycoming College has suspended all intercollegiate competitions for the fall semester. Despite this change, the College plans to allow coaches to engage in meaningful interactions with student-athletes during the fall semester. More information.

  • Will Keiper Recreation Center be open?

    Keiper will be open in the fall with safety protocols in place to help protect the health and safety of the Lycoming Community.

  • How has the academic calendar changed for the fall?

    The College has adjusted the fall 2020 academic calendar as follows in order to reduce the risk that could be created by having large numbers of students leave campus and return. More information.

    Day Date Semester Activity
    Thursday August 20 Fall Classes Begin
    Friday October 16 Long Weekend Cancelled
    Tuesday November 24 Last Day of Classes – Last Day of Residential Experience
    Wednesday - Friday November 25 – 27 Thanksgiving Break
    Monday November 30 Reading Day
    Tuesday December 1 Reading Day
    Wednesday - Friday December 2 – 4 Administer Final Exams
    Monday - Tuesday December 7 – 8 Administer Final Exams, Continued
    Friday December 11 Final Fall Semester Grades Due
  • Will academic services and the Academic Resource Center be open in the fall?

    Yes, the ARC will be open with new safety protocols in place.

  • Will I be able to use Snowden Library?

    Snowden Library will be open for the fall semester with appropriate safety measures in place.

    Snowden Library remains physicaly closed during the summer, but staff is available remotely and willing to assist students.

    You must go through the library website to gain access to the overwhelming majority of our online journals and databases. They will not be open to you if you go through Google or Google Scholar. A few very useful general links to aid you in finding resources:

    Refer to the Snowden COVID-19 guide for library updates including:

    • Contacts
    • Services offered
    • ILL and EZ Borrow information
    • How to access library resources from off-campus

Student Housing

Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences

Events

Alumni & Friends

  • Is there a way to help students facing hardships?

    Lycoming has launched the WARRIOR STRONG campaign, highlighting ways alumni can make an impact on Lycoming students.

    Hire a Warrior
    Our graduates are entering the workforce during one of the most challenging economic climates. Even some students who had confirmed employment plans are re-entering the job market due to hiring freezes, company bankruptcy, and general uncertainty within companies. Referring a job opportunity you know of at your place of work can make an incredible difference for our grads. You can also use this link to notify us of internship opportunities for underclassmen.

    Warrior Well Wishes
    Send words of encouragement to our students! With remote learning in place, students are missing their friends, classmates, professors, and our beautiful campus. Share a message with our students. Let them know that their Lycoming Family is thinking about them, and we are all in this together!

    Make A Gift
    Significant resources are necessary to ensure operational funding remains strong. Your support can provide critical resources to students who are at risk of not completing their degree because of unforeseen financial hardships, such as unstable living conditions, food insecurity, moving and travel expenses, lost paid internships, and new technology expenses incurred to thrive in a new remote learning environment. If your situation allows, please consider making a gift.

  • What’s the plan for Homecoming and Family Weekend

    Lycoming hosted a Virtual Homecoming Weekend this fall, from Oct. 2-3. In case you weren’t available to participate in real-time, we have added a library of videos from the events, and invite you to view the recordings as your schedule permits.

  • When will the College begin to hold alumni events again?

    We are taking a short break from regional events, but are closely monitoring the rapidly changing landscape surrounding the COVID-19 virus. We look forward to gathering together again when we are able. We would love to hear from you. Email us with ideas for events you would like to see you in your region.

Health Services and Counseling Services

  • Will Health Services be open in the fall?

    Medical assistance will be available for all students on campus in the fall. Health Services staff can be reached by calling (570) 321-4052 during regular business hours.

  • What should I do if I begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19 while I’m on campus?

    You should follow these steps that the College has developed in collaboration with UPMC Williamsport.

    • During regular business hours, you should call Health Services; after hours call Public Safety.
    • You will be asked to answer a series of questions to assist medical professionals in assessing if you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. It is voluntary to answer these questions but cooperation in answering the questions will lead to the best medical response.
    • If your circumstances suggest exposure to the virus, you will be masked and asked to wait in a private area until state and local health officials are contacted.
    • If recommended, you will be brought to the UPMC Williamsport emergency room for a medical assessment and appropriate care.

    The Health Center staff will be available to provide medical assistance or to talk about your personal circumstance as it relates to COVID-19.

  • Will Counseling Services be open for the fall?

    Counseling Services will be available to Lycoming College students during the fall semester. To request an appointment, a student can email Townsend Velkoff at velkoff@lycoming.edu or Stephanie Fortin at fortin@lycoming.edu.

    In an Emergency:

    If you are currently residing on campus, you can:

    • Call Lycoming College Office of Public Safety at 570-321-4911
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
    • Text the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME 741-741

    If you are currently off campus, you can:

    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
    • Text the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME 741-741

    *All these services are available every day of the year, at any hour, 7 days a week*

COVID-19

  • What safety measures will be in place when students return in the fall?

    New health and safety measures, including face coverings, distancing, daily temperature checks, stringent cleaning protocols, and more were developed using guidance from the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and UPMC’s department of infectious disease. More information can be found in the College’s plan for the resumption of residential education.

  • Will I be able to get tested when I return to campus?

    Testing will be based on recommendations from a health care provider, and available through the College’s agreement with UPMC.

  • Will I be able to get a mask on campus?

    Masks will not be available for students on campus, and all students should pack 5-7 masks to bring with them.

  • What should I do if I am feel worried or stressed?

    Counseling Services will be available to Lycoming College students during the fall semester. To request an appointment, a student can email Townsend Velkoff at velkoff@lycoming.edu or Stephanie Fortin at fortin@lycoming.edu.

    In an Emergency:

    If you are currently residing on campus, you can:

    • Call Lycoming College Office of Public Safety at 570-321-4911
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
    • Text the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME 741-741

    If you are currently off campus, you can:

    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
    • Text the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME 741-741

    *All these services are available every day of the year, at any hour, 7 days a week*

  • What should I do if I begin to show symptoms consistent with COVID-19 this fall?

    You should follow these steps that the College has developed in collaboration with UPMC Williamsport.

    • During regular business hours, you should call Health Services; after hours call Public Safety.
    • You will be asked to answer a series of questions to assist medical professionals in assessing if you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. It is voluntary to answer these questions but cooperation in answering the questions will lead to the best medical response.
    • If your circumstances suggest exposure to the virus, you will be masked and asked to wait in a private area until state and local health officials are contacted.
    • If recommended, you will be brought to the UPMC Williamsport emergency room for a medical assessment and appropriate care.

    The Health Center staff will be available to provide medical assistance or to talk about your personal circumstance as it relates to COVID-19.

  • What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

    Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others, while isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home. Additional information is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19-Quarantine-vs-Isolation.pdf.

Admissions

  • Is it still possible to visit campus?

    Our Admissions office is open this summer. Students and their families may visit Monday through Saturday by appointment only for an opportunity to talk with an admissions counselor and to tour the campus. FALL OPEN HOUSES These events will feature a faculty panel and information sessions on admissions, financial aid, and student life. We are requiring all visitors to wear face coverings while on campus, and groups will be smaller than usual to ensure safe distancing. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-345-3920, or visit the Admissions website.

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