Lindenwood University currently plans to open its campus, academic buildings and residence halls for students and faculty as previously planned, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matching the originally planned academic calendar, fall classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 24. After the Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25 – 27, classes are scheduled to end on Friday, Dec. 11, including having finals during the week of Dec. 7-11. After the 2020 year-end break, 2021 classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, Jan. 11.
Lindenwood President Dr. John R. Porter plans to release the final plan for the 2020-21 school year on July 6.
During the 193 years since its founding in 1827, Lindenwood University has endured many challenges, including the Civil War, World War I, 1918-20 Spanish Flu pandemic, Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the Great Recession of 2008-2009. The current COVID-19 pandemic ranks high on
COVID-19 has caused 470,000 deaths worldwide so far. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.4 million cases have been reported to date in the U.S., with 124,325 deaths as of June 26. The pandemic has caused widespread shut-downs, economic turmoil and loss of income for multitudes of families.
During spring break on March 11, 2020, the university announced the discontinuance of in-person classes and the immediate move to online “virtual” classes intended to last until March 30. On March 16, the university announced that all classes would remain online for the rest of the semester, giving students six days to vacate the residence halls and campus by March 22.
Since then, a Pandemic Preparedness Team (PPT) has been meeting twice each week to discuss and plan what to do
On June 26, Mark Arant, Ph.D., Lindenwood provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, provided insights about how the university is preparing for Aug. 24 and beyond. He clarified that “Lindenwood has been in regular contact with students, families and faculty through a series of virtual town halls and emails.”
He said during the town halls, students, families and faculty have been encouraged to ask questions so that planning for the fall includes the needs and views of all stakeholders.
Arant explained the importance of
“The communications plan includes flyers, learning sheets, information on TV screens around the campus, and videos,” Arant said. He acknowledged the challenge of “having 18- to 24-year-old students who have had their first taste of freedom from most supervision, and now asking them to follow strict pandemic protocols. How do we police that? Can we?”
On May 6, Porter announced that tuition, room
In closing, Arant said “Lindenwood is using international, national