Signage around campus provides reminders of the safety protocols that are in place.

Story by Ed Berthiaume / Communications

In light of ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Lawrence University buildings will remain closed to the public for the duration of Fall Term, which began Monday and runs through Nov. 24.

The campus buildings have been closed to the public since mid-March, when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic.

For Fall Term, the Warch Campus Center, Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center, and the Seeley G. Mudd Library, among other facilities, will be available only to Lawrence students, faculty, and staff, the Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team announced. No public events will be held on campus as the University focuses on protecting the health of the Lawrence community and beyond.

Library resources will continue to be accessible online.

Lawrence has about 850 students, or 60% of its student body, living on campus for Fall Term. The remaining students have opted to access the term remotely. Most classes are being delivered virtually, with select classes being held in person with physical distancing protocols in place.

All students, faculty, and staff who are on campus have signed a Lawrence Campus Community Pledge, in which they have agreed to follow protocols that have been put in place, including wearing a mask, adhering to the 6-feet distancing rule, avoiding large gatherings, and doing daily checks for symptoms.

Anyone who will be on campus also has been required to get a COVID-19 test, administered on campus by Bellin Health. Additional testing will be done throughout the term.

The protocols also apply to any approved contractors on campus.

The rise in community spread numbers in Appleton over the past few weeks adds further emphasis to the need to be vigilant about safety-minded behaviors and interactions.

For more details on Fall Term, visit Planning for Fall 2020 on the Lawrence web site.

Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: ed.c.berthiaume@lawrence.edu