Student Updates

  • Important Information Regarding Census 2020

    Dear Students, 

    Lawrence University is in contact with the U.S. Census Bureau on how to administer the Census for students given current circumstances. There are two important pieces of information for students at this time. 

    1. While the household deadline for Census 2020 is tomorrow, April 1, that does not apply to higher education institutions. If you are a current Lawrence student who would ordinarily be living on campus, you do not have to complete your Census by tomorrow, April 1. The Census Bureau has exempted higher education institutions from a specific deadline as we determine how to move forward with counting our students.  
    2. If campus would ordinarily be your primary residence during the academic year, you should be counted as a resident on campus in Appleton. Do not fill out the Census at your home address.  

    It is wonderful so many of you are eager to take part in this important aspect of our civic life.  Please stay tuned, we will be in touch with more information as we work through this process; we will assure you have your ability to be counted. 

    In the meantime, if you have additional questions, please contact Christyn Abaray (christyn.abaray@lawrence.edu). 

  • What All Lawrence Students Need to Do to Have a Successful First Week of Spring Term

    Dear Students, 

    Here are some things you should be doing next week to get ready for the start of distance learning.  First and foremost, remember to read and promptly respond to all communications from your professors.  Check your Lawrence email address regularly—that’s how your professors can contact you best and that’s where other important information will be coming from the Registrar.  Also, make a habit of checking Lawrence’s COVID19 site.  Do the following on the morning of Friday, April 3 (CST) 

    • Enroll on Moodle for each course you might wish to take, not just those for which you are registered.  Faculty will keep their Moodle sites open for students to explore courses.  Professors will also announce on Moodle how to “show up” on the first day, whether to a Zoom meeting or on a Moodle activity.
    • Remember that enrolling on Moodle does not officially enroll you in a course.  You still need to register on Voyager if you want to add or drop a course.
    • Email the professor to ask for guidance if no Moodle site is available for a course.
    • If you need a course but cannot meet the requirements for meetings, email the professor and your advisor with an explanation.

     

    Other things to remember 

    • Before the first week familiarize yourself with Lawrence’s Zoom site and practice using it with friends or family.  There are tutorials there that will help you get started.
    • The add/drop deadline is April 10.
    • You may choose to S/U any course for any reason in Spring 2020 up until September 18.
    • The Registrar will create online forms for tutorials and independent studies, for S/U-ing courses, and overloads soon.  They will be here.

    Faculty and staff are working hard right now to get things ready for what we know will be a different experience than you are accustomed to.  It will be different, but it will still be Lawrence.  

    Sincerely,

    Peter Blitstein, Associate Dean of the Faculty

  • Updates on Developments Regarding COVID-19

    We are reaching out to provide an update on developments regarding the COVID-19 virus.

    Lawrence health officials were notified on Sunday, March 22, that a parent who was on campus Thursday, March 19, to help their child move out has since tested positive for COVID-19. The parent was on campus for approximately 90 minutes (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and helped with a student move-out in Hiett Hall. The parent may have had brief interactions with staff members who were assisting with check-out process, and two students also reported they may have been in contact with the parent. The interactions were limited. Lawrence was awaiting confirmed notification of everyone who may have been in the vicinity of the parent before sharing this information more broadly. That notification process is now complete.

    Public health officials from the county in which the family lives will be in touch with all those who may have had contact and will provide further guidance. Our local health department believes this is a low-risk situation; however, in an abundance of caution, we thought it best to notify the Lawrence community at this time. If you believe you may have been in contact with the parent, please contact Lawrence’s Health Services office at 920-832-6574 or email wellnessservices@lawrence.edu.

    We wish the parent involved a speedy recovery and the rest of the family good health. Our thoughts and good wishes are with everyone in our Lawrence community as we do all we can to help mitigate the spread of this virus while ensuring our commitment to Lawrence students, faculty, staff, and extended family remain intact. As the history of this infection shows, it is proving impossible to halt its spread. Our goal now is to help slow transmission and to ensure the health and safety of those Lawrentians who remain on campus.

    Lawrence continues to limit access to campus and follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in cleaning and sanitizing shared spaces. That has included limiting as much as possible access to residence halls during student move-outs. Many facilities on campus are closed, while others have restricted access to allow for more regular cleaning of areas where there is less avoidable traffic. See details here.

    Take steps to avoid becoming ill: As a reminder, the following recommendations from CDC can help limit the spread of the virus: 

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
    • Stay home when you are sick. 
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.) 
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty. 
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

    What to do if you think you might have COVID-19: Before going to your health care clinic, call your health care professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing, AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. If you are a member of faculty or staff, or a student living off-campus, this means your local health care professional. Students living on campus can reach out to Wellness Services. Your health care professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. Information on health services at Lawrence can be found at www.lawrence.edu/students/wellness/health.  

    A reminder: Wellness Services-Health is available for consultation to students from campus or home Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. If questions arise after-hours, call Nurse Direct (24-hour medical advice) at 920-738-2230. 

    The University will continue to send updates as warranted. Also, please watch for updates on the COVID-19 news blog. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we adapt to this fluid environment.

    Sincerely,

    Office of Communications, on behalf of the COVID-19 Management Team


  • Some thoughts on in-person instruction | March 20

    Dear Faculty and Students,

    The past week has been an extraordinarily difficult one for us all, as carefully made plans—for spring break, for spring term—have had to be revised, and then revised again. There is certainly at least one more revision to come, at least. As efforts to contain COVID-19 have transitioned into efforts to slow its certain spread, we have had to re-evaluate everything we do at Lawrence. Alas, there is no sign that this re-evaluation will end any time soon.

    Close student-faculty interaction has been the central pillar of a Lawrence education for over 170 years. It seems inconceivable that one of our most prized approaches to that interaction—in-person, one-on-one instruction—would ever require a critical reckoning. Yet I write to you today to ask all of you, faculty and students, to do exactly that.

    The recommendation from public health professionals to practice social distancing—maintaining a 6-foot “bubble” between yourself and other individuals—informed last week’s announcement that we would move to distance learning for virtually all of our curriculum, in the College and the Conservatory, for the coming term. At that time, the decision of whether to adopt this approach for coursework delivered through one-on-one interaction—for example, vocal and instrumental instruction, and independent studies—was left to individual faculty decision.

    Yesterday Kate Brown, the governor of Oregon—a state which currently has fewer reported COVID-19 cases than Wisconsin—issued an emergency executive order prohibiting colleges and universities from offering any in-person “classroom, laboratory, and other instruction” from now to the end of April. While Wisconsin’s Gov. Tony Evers has not yet followed suit, I would not be surprised were he to do so.

    Hence my plea: Faculty, if you had been planning to continue in-person interaction for your independent studies and studio instruction, please reconsider. Students, I know how precious this individualized attention is to you, and how much it informs your sense of Lawrence. Please know that your professor feels the same way. Forgoing these cherished, supremely human interactions in favor of connecting through technology will be a sacrifice for you both. But it is a sacrifice toward a greater good.

    Because I want to reach as many of you as possible, I’m sending my note to both the faculty and student listserves; it will also be posted on the COVID-19 blog on our website. Please make it a habit to check this blog for important updates about our community response to the virus. As the past week has shown, things change rapidly. It would be ideal for you make it a habit to check this blog daily, both the main landing page and the links highlighted on the left.

    Thank you for your kindness, your forbearance, and your understanding. We will get through this, together.

    Wishing you all continued good health,

    Katie

    Catherine Gunther Kodat

    Provost and Dean of the Faculty

    Professor of English

  • Access to campus buildings to be limited; facilities closed to visitors | March 20

    The following is an update on access to Lawrence University facilities as the University looks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    The COVID-19 Management Team knows the changes listed below will be difficult as we all continue to navigate this global pandemic. Thank you for your willingness to support one another and to stay committed to our students and to each other.

    The health and safety of our Lawrence community is paramount as we make decisions about how to move forward while working to stem any spread of the virus. Cleaning and sanitizing spaces that are still being used by on-campus community members is a top priority.

    All faculty and staff who have the ability to work from home are encouraged to do so. Please work with your supervisor to make appropriate accommodations. See earlier message from HR here.

    With that as the backdrop, we are announcing today that campus will be closed to all visitors beginning immediately. Only students staying on campus, faculty, and staff will be allowed on campus, and hours and access will be limited. Parents who are here to move their student out of a residence have been asked to remain in their vehicles. Staff members are assisting students in the packing of their vehicles. See move-out instructions here. (Note that there will be certain vendors and contractors permitted on campus on a case-by-case basis and with appropriate isolation of work areas and enhanced cleaning procedures.)

    Buildings will be locked: With the exception of Brokaw Central (see details below) and the Wellness Center (see details below), all buildings on campus will be locked daily, allowing only for card-swipe access. That access should only take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays (see details below) unless granted permission.

    Campus facilities off limits after 5 p.m.: Effective immediately, all academic, office, and satellite buildings on campus will be closed to all at 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, so daily cleaning and sanitizing can take place. Facilities, custodial, and campus safety staff can access those buildings after 5 p.m. to clean and sanitize areas; other employees should avoid accessing buildings after 5 p.m., unless approved by their supervisor. The only exception is the café in Warch Campus Center, which will be available to students to retrieve meals until 6:30 p.m. daily (see details below). On weekends, all buildings, with the exception of the café in Warch and the Music-Drama Center, will be closed. The Music-Drama Center will be open for limited use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 

    Some buildings to close completely: The following buildings will be closed: International House, Sabin House, Wilson House, Mursell House, and the Diversity and Intercultural Center within Memorial Hall. Staff needing to periodically access those spaces should first notify their supervisor. The student food pantry, currently located in Sabin House, will be relocated to a space where students have easy access. Details on that will be announced shortly. The closures of these buildings are part of efforts to allow cleaning crews to focus efforts in buildings where higher traffic and shared spaces are less avoidable.

    Mudd Library: Effective immediately, there will be no physical access to the library except for library and ITS staff. Students and faculty will still have digital access to databases. If you have difficulty accessing library materials electronically, you can reach out to library staff for assistance. They will be ready and willing to lend support. Also, library staff are preparing for a system of “curbside” pickup for needed print materials. The system will involve library staff pulling the materials for you and making them available for pickup. More details to come. While there is no physical access to the library, staff will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist as needed. For more information, email reference@lawrence.edu or call 920-832-6750.

    Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center: Effective immediately, the Wellness Center will be closed to the public. The health center will be accessible by students staying on campus and building staff from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, continuing through Spring Term. The rest of the building will be closed to all. For more information, email wellnessservices@lawrence.edu or call 920-832-6574.

    Warch Campus Center: There will be no public access to the Warch Campus Center. The café will be available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for students living on campus, but only for take-out. There will be no in-café dining. Students will go through a line, receive their food in disposable containers and be expected to take it outside or back to their rooms. This food service will be available only to students. Faculty and staff working on campus are expected to bring their own lunch. This process is in place to feed the people who have no other means to get a meal. The Warch Campus Center will not be available as a gathering place as the University follows important CDC and state of Wisconsin guidelines on social distancing. See more from the CDC here.

    Brokaw Hall: Brokaw Central on the first floor of Brokaw Hall (south entrance) will have a cashier available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays. For cashier needs other than Monday, email financial_services@lawrence.edu. For financial aid questions, email financial.aid@lawrence.edu. For registrar questions, email registrar@lawrence.edu. Please watch for updates. Offices on the second floor of Brokaw will be closed.

    UPDATED: Alexander Gym: The Athletics Department offices, as well as the gym, weight room, cardio room, auxiliary weight room, and all locker rooms, are closed. The building will be accessible by card-swipe only. The athletic training room will be open to students for scheduled rehabilitation appointments only.

    Thank you for abiding by the campus restrictions shared here. Please watch for updates on the COVID-19 news blog at Lawrence.edu. We will get through this together as we do all we can to keep everyone in our community as safe and healthy as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Office of Communications, on behalf of the COVID-19 Management Team


  • Facilities update: Library, Wellness Center closed; access to Warch and Alex limited | March 19

    As Lawrence continues to make efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, several campus closures are going into effect today. Students, faculty, and staff who are on campus will have no or limited access to the following:

    Mudd Library: Effective immediately, there will be no physical access to the library except for library staff. Students and faculty will still have digital access to databases. If you have difficulty accessing library materials electronically, you can reach out to library staff for assistance. They will be ready and willing to lend support. Also, library staff are preparing for a system of “curbside” pickup for needed print materials. The system will involve library staff pulling the materials for you and making them available for pickup. More details to come. While there is no physical access to the library, staff will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist as needed. For more information, email reference@lawrence.edu or call 920-832-6750.

    Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center: Effective immediately, the Wellness Center will be closed to the public. The health center will be accessible only by students staying on campus and building staff from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until March 27 and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning March 30 and continuing until the end of Spring Term on June 10. The rest of the building will be closed to all. For more information, email wellnessservices@lawrence.edu or call 920-832-6574.

    Warch Campus Center: There will be no public access to the Warch Campus Center. The café will be available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for students living on campus, but only for take-out. There will be no in-café dining. Students will go through a line, receive their food in disposable containers and be expected to take it outside or back to their rooms. This food service will be available only to students. This process is in place to feed the people who have no other means to get a meal. The Warch Campus Center will not be available as a gathering place as the University follows important CDC and state of Wisconsin guidelines on social distancing.

    Alexander Gym: The Athletics Department offices will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. But the gym, weight room, cardio room, auxiliary weight room, and all locker rooms within Alexander Gym are closed until further notice. The athletic training room will be open to students for scheduled rehabilitation appointments only.

    Sabin House: The kitchen is closed until further notice. The Food Pantry will remain open on March 23, March 25, and March 27 from the hours of 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Additional hours for the Food Pantry over the extended break will be established soon and the most updated details can be found on the Spiritual and Religious Life webpage. Beginning March 21, Sabin House and the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life will be adjusting the access and hours through Spring Term. The building will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily with swipe access only, and usage will be limited to the first floor with social distancing fully encouraged. Sabin House will be closed to the public.  

    More information will be coming soon. Please watch for updates on the COVID-19 news blog at Lawrence.edu.


  • Student Employment Update | March 19

    Thank you for your patience as we navigated the topic of student employment for spring term. We are happy to share the following information: 

    Students Remaining on the Lawrence Campus

    All students remaining on the Lawrence campus for spring break and spring term will be eligible to work in their current or other open student jobs. Open on-campus student jobs will be posted to Handshake.

    Students Leaving the Lawrence Campus

    The University will allow students to continue working in their campus jobs while engaged in distance learning away from the Appleton campus. A student must receive approval to continue working from their direct supervisor and the leader of the office or department, if that individual is different. Supervisors should create a plan for the work the student will be engaged and establish the methods and frequency of checking-in. While employed remotely, students will continue to report time worked and be compensated through the University’s payroll system.     

    International Students

    International students on an F1 visa, who are maintaining status, are eligible to participate in campus-based employment regardless of where they are residing.  This authorization could be subject to change if SEVP (Student Exchange Visitor Program) publishes additional guidance.    

    Take care of yourself and each other.


  • Major changes to Campus Dining starting 3/19/20

    Starting March 19, 2020 students will be using The Café as the sole dining spot on campus. At this time we will not be able to offer any dining services to faculty and staff. The Café is closed to the public. The look and feel of dining will be different. In the interest of protecting students and Bon Appetit employees, we will adhere to the latest CDC guidelines for social distancing. This will include limiting the number of people in The Café and pausing the use of all seating. All food will be packaged to go in disposable containers. Self-service will be eliminated.

    • We will only be accepting cashless payments.  Students should use their ID card (for meal plan or Viking Gold) or a credit card
    • The Café is open 10am – 6:30pm.  We encourage students to adjust meal times to avoid peak meal periods.

    We ask for everyone’s help to keep everyone safe by following these guidelines:

    • When entering The Café the use of hand sanitizer is mandatory
    • Personal mugs and/or dishware may not be used
    • We will not offer refills on beverages
    • When ordering at the counter, customers must keep behind the line marked on the floor
    • Students will be asked by the cashier to swipe their own ID card/credit card
    • If you are ill, please do not come to the Café.  The University will make arrangements to have food delivered

  • Letter from LUCC | March 18

    Dear Fellow Lawrentians,

    The last few days have felt like an eternity for many of us. As a student, I know exactly how disruptive and anxiety inducing this pandemic has made our lives. I am saddened at the prospect of leaving campus and how uncertain our lives will be in the coming months, which is why it is all the more important that we come together and preserve the spirit of our community. The means that we all need to continue to support each other and show that we are cared for and loved, no matter where we are in the world.

    The responsibility of LUCC does not change, no matter our distance from campus. All vital LUCC operations will continue in Spring Term with two objectives in mind: supporting you to our fullest extent and ensuring a smooth transition back to campus in the fall. I, along with the Cabinet, are committed to doing the following:

    • Re-recognition for all student organizations: All transitionary procedures that usually take place during Spring Term will continue as planned. Exemptions will be made for official elections, with a member of each organization taking the helm until official elections can be held in the fall. Re-recognition forms are located on Voyager; we will share the submission date later this spring.
    • Modified budgeting process for the Fall: Finance will delay expected budgeting formation in order to allocate money and resources for our return, with planned activities and events to immediately commence in Fall Term. 
    • Organizing the Babcock Award: The Babcock Award, a much-loved Lawrence tradition that honors a community member on campus for their work and contributions, will still be presented. We think it even more essential to remind the student body of the kindness and generosity that exists within the larger Lawrentian community at this time. 
    • Continuing to update legislation with the aid of General Council: Plans regarding the assembly and format of General Council are still in development, but their representation and contribution is essential to the longevity of LUCC. Voting and discussions will continue into the Spring Term[MJS1] . 
    • Using our Spring Term budget to engage all students: We are thinking of  ways we can use the funds we have available for Spring Term to support all students wherever are.  

    We recognize the challenges of distance learning and engagement, and LUCC will try to be as flexible as possible in order to adapt to these circumstances and still get work done. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or questions about any of this please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us.

    On a personal note, as devastating as the news on Thursday was, I was heartened to see the campus come together in celebrations of our time here. That sense of love and loyalty to our peers is essential to keeping the Lawrence spirit alive.

    Please wash your hands and practice social distancing.

    Sincerely,

    LUCC Cabinet 2020-2021

    Oryan Brown, President

    Diallo Richardson, Vice-President

    Basil Eastman-Kiesow, Parliamentarian

    Smailyn Nicasio, General Secretary

    LaDora Thomas, PR Secretary

    Nicholas Valentin, Treasurer

    Tarrel Nedderman, Finance Secretary –

    Meralis Alvarez-Morales, Special Projects Coordinator


  • Academic Updates from Peter Blitstein, Associate Dean of the Faculty | March 18

    Dear Students,

    The University’s decision to move to distance instruction for Spring 2020 raises many questions for faculty, staff, and students alike. We have asked faculty to be flexible and compassionate as they plan to offer courses in a distance format. We also wish to preserve, as much as possible, the close faculty-student interaction that characterizes a Lawrence education. Faculty will be working out the details of their courses once they finish Winter Term grading.

    In the meantime, here are some important things you need to know about Spring Term:

    Class Time 

    Many students have asked whether courses will be offered at their scheduled time using Zoom or other means to replicate face-to-face instruction. The University is not mandating this. We have encouraged all faculty to consider the needs of students, the size of classes, and learning goals when making the decision about how to organize their classes.  

    What technology are students expected to have? 

    We expect students to have access to a computer and an internet connection. Students who lack either or both of these have been given the option to stay on campus.   
     

    Bookstore 

    Remember to change your delivery address with the bookstore if you are ordering books to be delivered home, and consider using an e-book option if that is available. 

    Add/Drop Deadline

    The deadline for students to add/drop in Spring 2020 is April 10. You may add/drop courses during spring break until that time.   

    Calendar 

    The mid-term reading period will still occur on May 7-10Advising for next year will take place April 13-24.  

    Advanced registration for next year will be April 26-May 3 and will be open until July 1.  

    The last day to withdraw from a Spring 2020 class is May 22. 

    S/U Courses 

    All students may take any or all courses S/U during Spring 2020, even if the course(s) are required for the student’s major, minor, or degree requirements. Courses taught in Spring 2020 will not count toward the limit on S/U courses students may take overall. Students will be able to mask any grade from Spring 2020 up until the fifth day of the Fall 2020 term. In other words, you have until that time to decide whether to S/U a course. 

    There will no doubt be more questions to consider and details to figure out as we move to distance instruction, so please stay tuned to your email and the COVID-19 News blog for updates. Your professors will be reaching out to you about their classes soon. If you have any questions about the issues discussed in this message, please feel free to contact me at the email address listed below. The Registrar can also help you with academic policies and course registration.

    Faculty and staff are committed to making your Spring classes the best they can be. They will be different, but they will still be Lawrence.  

    Sincerely,

    Peter Blitstein

    Associate Dean of the Faculty &

    Associate Professor of History

    blitstep@lawrence.edu