COVID-19 News

Returning to Campus & In-Person Learning | January 7, 2022

Dear Lawrentians, 

We write today to share more details about your return to campus and our planned return to in-person learning.

At this time, the university plans to resume in-person instruction starting on Tuesday, January 18. Students need to be on campus before January 18 and be prepared to attend classes in-person by that time, abiding by test protocols (i.e. obtaining one test upon arrival to campus and a second test 3-5 days after arrival). This means that you should return on January 9 or 10, so that you can be fully tested before the start of in-person classes. 

Once we return to in-person instruction, remote learning options will not be available.  If a student is unable to return to campus prior to January 18 and complete the testing requirements, they should contact the Dean of Academic Success ( to discuss the options available to them. These options will be limited to exceptional cases and students who remain at home should not expect to be able to Zoom in to in-person courses. It will not be possible for you to remain at home and take courses remotely for the entire term. 

Students who fall ill with COVID or another illness during the term should follow the university catalog policy on “illness or injury” from the section on Academic Expectations for instructions on how to work with faculty to complete coursework. Faculty will work with you to make sure you keep up with the material, as they would in any circumstance in which illness or injury prevents you from attending class. 

The goal of two weeks of remote instruction is to implement health and safety protocols, such as testing upon your return to campus, so that we can mitigate the spread of the virus and successfully return to the in-person experience. Lawrence’s residential, liberal arts experience is valued by all of us—students, faculty, and staff alike—and we greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to ensure that this experience continues. 

If you have any questions regarding your coursework, please consult with your advisor or the Dean of Academic Success. Questions regarding other COVID-19 protocols can be sent to

Be well and stay well, 
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team