It’s been an interesting school year for the students around the country and Lipscomb is no different.
Changes had to be made to accommodate holiday breaks along with COVID-19 regulations. Earlier in the semester, University leaders decided to cancel breaks for Labor Day in September and Fall Break in October. While those are some of the most recent changes to upcoming breaks, they are likely more to come.
“This is what we have consistently announced in the All Bisons Care plan,” said Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Communications Kim Chaudoin. “All classes and exams after Thanksgiving break will be virtual.”
All of the residence halls on Lipscomb’s campus will be closed from Nov. 21 – 28. Students will then be allowed to return to their dorms after Thanksgiving break. However, any students who are unable to go home during the break will need to have their exception approved by the dean of housing and residence life.
Once everyone comes back from Thanksgiving break, there will no longer be any in-person meetings for classes or exams and this change only applies to those who are enrolled in undergraduate classes. The ability to move around on campus will still be the same. Students will be allowed to eat on campus, leave campus, and to socialize on campus.
This is so that students who are unsure about their health after Thanksgiving break won’t have to worry about spreading or getting the virus once they return. It will also make it so that students won’t have to spend a lot of money getting back to campus if they don’t want to.
If you are in a graduate class after Thanksgiving break, Lipscomb will leave that on a class by class basis letting each professor decide what is best for their departments and also depends on if any COVID guidelines change before then.
If you are planning on graduating this December, there is still hope for that as well. The University will monitor the regional guidelines for COVID-19, but for now, is planning on having graduation in-person on Dec. 19. However, it will only be open for students and faculty to attend.