Noncompliance with Lawrence University Pandemic Mitigation Efforts

Our ability to gather on campus depends on all members of the campus community fulfilling our shared responsibility for public health and safety, indicated by the Lawrence Campus Community Pledge. We know the vast majority of faculty, staff and students choosing to be on campus will abide by Lawrence’s safety precautions out of an ethic of care and sense of mutual responsibility for the wellbeing of others.   

Lawrence is committed to protecting our community’s wellbeing by holding individuals accountable for complying with University pandemic mitigation practices and will take appropriate corrective action to address noncompliant behaviors up to and including disinviting individuals from campus.   

Student noncompliance will be addressed by the Dean of Students and the Office of Residential Education and Housing, utilizing existing disciplinary processes. First offenses which are low level, non-intentional violations, will likely be adjudicated by an informal process and put a student on notice that the behavior falls below our community standards. Repeat offenses, or those which are serious in nature, may be referred to the Judicial Board and separation from campus is a reasonable outcome. 

Lawrence will balance our commitment to education with the reality that one person’s decision may have significant consequences for the entire Lawrence community. Students may access a form from the Dean of Students where they may register allegations of noncompliance against other students. Click here to access the form.

Students who are unwilling to abide by the measures that have been put in place should reconsider any decision to be on campus and choose a remote learning option instead. 

Reports of faculty failures to follow safety guidance should be made to the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, which will investigate and address the situation. The University has adopted the following process for handling these incidents: 

First report/offense: The Provost will meet with the faculty member to discuss the incident.

Second offense: The faculty member is barred from campus for 14 days.

Third offense: The faculty member is barred from campus for the term. 

Faculty who are barred from campus will continue to meet their instructional responsibilities remotely. 

Staff noncompliance will be addressed by supervisors and the Office of Human Resources following established conduct and disciplinary policies. The following measures, though specific to infractions related to COVID-19 protocols, are based on the disciplinary policy found in the Employee Handbook

First Report/Offense: The employee will be issued a non-documented verbal reminder. 

Second Report/Offense:  The employee will be issued a documented written warning.  

Third Report/Offense:  The employee will be issued a documented final warning.

Fourth Report/Offense:  The employee will be terminated. 

  Individuals who may not be able to comply with certain Lawrence pandemic mitigation practices due to a disability should contact the Office of Human Resources (employees) or Accessibility Services in the Center for Academic Success (students) to discuss accommodation. 

Campus Visitors
Visitors, guests, and contractors on campus are also expected to comply with University pandemic mitigation practices.