Lee University and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Our approach to COVID protocols has been and continues to be twofold:
First, we diligently monitor available information from the most credible sources, primarily local and state health departments, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with close review of the guidelines for higher education.
Second, we use the information and trends available to make the best decisions about campus operations, maintaining the primary concern for the health and safety of our students, employees, and community.
Our existing plan for operations balances the current information and the goal of operating as fully normal as possible. The university reserves the right to adjust this plan as the situation changes to maintain a safe environment for the Lee community.
Spring 2022 Semester Guidelines
Classrooms will remain at full capacity; however, options for greater distancing may be utilized where necessary.
- Masks are no longer required on campus, outside or indoors.
- Non-vaccinated individuals are encouraged to consider wearing masks when indoors and in close proximity to others.
Everyone is encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms and to seek medical attention when symptoms are evident. Frequent handwashing protocols are also encouraged.
We are not accepting Zoom-only petitions as we did last year. However, if students have health/medical reasons that require virtual learning, we will work to make accommodations (for example, online course options) on a case-by-case basis. These requests should be sent to the Office of the Provost by calling (423) 614-8118 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recommend that all students and employees consider the vaccination unless they have health conditions that may make the vaccine unsafe for them. Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to the virus will not be required to quarantine or self-isolate, unless they are symptomatic. They also will not be required to undergo testing protocols before group travel (e.g., ensemble members, some cross-cultural experiences, service experiences). Being fully vaccinated means having received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna in the past 6 months, a single dose of Johnson and Johnson in the past 2 months, or having received any available booster.
Aside from the availability of the vaccine from the County Health Department, and several area providers, Lee’s Health Clinic is an approved vaccination site. Communication will be sent about future vaccination dates as they are determined.
Individuals who experience symptoms of any kind should contact the university Health Clinic for screening. If symptoms suggest COVID-19, a test will be performed. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate to prevent exposure to our campus community. Directly exposed individuals who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days will not be required to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. However, if they do experience symptoms, they should be tested. Non-vaccinated individuals who have been directly exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for the CDC-recommended period from the time of the exposure. The Lee University Health Clinic will determine when individuals need to be tested, if they should be placed in self-isolation or quarantine, and when they may return to campus after self-isolation or quarantine.
Chapel services will take place in Conn Center with simultaneous offerings in Dixon Center or The Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Chapel seating has returned to full capacity, and masks are no longer required. To receive chapel credit, students must attend in person. A full livestream from the Conn Center chapel is offered in Pangle Hall for those who seek to socially distance. Exemptions for health conditions may be requested by contacting the chapel attendance coordinator, email@example.com.
Lee University deeply values the richness brought to our campus life by neighbors, community partners, and visitors. We do ask that anyone who has recently had a positive COVID-19 test result, experienced COVID-19 symptoms, or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 refrain from coming to campus in order to prevent possible exposure to our campus family.
Visitors planning to tour campus are encouraged to contact the Campus Visit Coordinator at (423) 614-8504 to schedule a tour or a more extensive visit.
Individually-arranged travel by students during the semester is unrestricted, with an encouragement to be aware of conditions and protocols in various destinations. We want our students to represent the university well in other places, while we hope they will protect themselves from COVID-19 away from campus and help protect our campus community upon their return.
University-sponsored domestic and international travel will proceed consistent with CDC guidelines and with recommended guidance from U.S. State Department Travel Advisories. A testing protocol may be required before group travel for non-vaccinated individuals, while those who present evidence of COVID vaccination to the Health Clinic will not be required to go through a testing protocol. Vaccinations for international travel are determined by the country of destination.
Lee Athletics looks forward to a full slate of home contests this year. Regular season home contests began in January and will operate under pre-COVID guidelines with full capacity crowds. Team schedules are available at www.leeuflames.com.
We have returned to a full campus life experience with events and club activities consistent with the university guidelines explained in this document. We are developing a campus events calendar to engage students outside the classroom in the full Lee University experience. This includes activities such as a robust intramural calendar, a fully-open Recreation Center, club activities, SmallGroup discipleship meetings in the residence halls, service projects, and athletic events.
We are currently operating under pre-COVID occupancy for our campus dining options, and specific protocols for safe food preparation and service have been established according to Sodexo’s corporate policies. New information will be announced should changes occur.
Residence halls offer a full slate of events with their residents to build community. Visitation in the on-campus apartments has returned to pre-COVID guidelines.
We will continue to monitor local, regional, and national conditions and will adjust these protocols if necessary.
For general questions you can contact the Office of the Provost by calling (423) 614-8118 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
These guidelines have been approved by the Cabinet 5-4-22