Life University will begin a phased return to campus beginning Monday, July 13. Read more in President Dr. Rob Scott’s latest announcement to campus below:
COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS DISEASE) INFORMATION & UPDATES
Life University is closely monitoring ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. It was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Very rapidly, the virus has been detected in numerous countries, including the United States.
For an updated number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia, click here. Life University’s Emergency Action Task Force (EATF) is meeting regularly and staying abreast of continual updates on all things related to the virus, while making appropriate plans and procedures for the University in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The task force is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as well as obtaining information from the Georgia Department of Public Health and Cobb and Douglas Public Health.
Please read the latest campus-wide communications and FAQ below for more detailed information.
Re: Phased Return to Campus
To: Life University Community
I’d like to begin this rather lengthy message by expressing my gratitude for your patience. I know you’ve had many questions – as have we – in a time when there simply have been too many unknowns to provide firm answers. Once the initial two-week shutdown was implemented, subsequent public health directives and guidelines led to a much longer shutdown window, and now we are in our seventh week – nearly two months – of suspension of on-campus classes and the launch of near-100% remote instruction for the Spring 2020 Quarter. That is still hard to believe, and it’s amazing to see just how successful we’ve been, in spite of all the challenges, difficulties and uncertainties.
Every member of the LIFE community – students, faculty and staff – have worked together to make that happen. So, I continue my message with deep gratitude for what you’ve accomplished (and, for anyone who is struggling and needs assistance, please email CARE@LIFE.edu).
Now, it’s time for some decisions.
PHASED RETURN TO CAMPUS
With the passage of time and our ability (albeit limited) to gauge the effects of both COVID-19 and the efforts to mitigate its impact, we now have additional information and guidance available from experience, the CDC, the White House Opening up America Again initiative, the most recent social distancing guidelines, and current executive orders from Georgia’s governor that have assisted us in the decision that Life University will utilize a phased approach in our return to on-campus instruction and operations.
PLEASE NOTE that our phased return for the Summer 2020 Quarter will affect students in some programs differently than others. The link below provides an outline of the details.
What should I do as a Life University student or employee if I have been or think I have been exposed to the Coronavirus? Also, what if I become aware of another member of the LIFE community expressing symptoms of the virus?
The majority of symptoms related to COVID-19 resemble those of the common flu. If you have these symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, coughing, fever, shortness of breath) and they are progressing, contact your local healthcare professional and notify the University at COVID19@LIFE.edu.
What happens to students scheduled for PEAK?
PEAK operations and intern assignments will continue as scheduled. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact the Level 3 Clinic Director, Dr. John Markham at John.Markham@LIFE.edu.
Will there be additional emergency loans?
Since we are maintaining the original academic calendar, no changes to the emergency loan process will be necessary. Financial Aid will be disbursed as originally scheduled.
What do I do if I don’t have the appropriate technology?
Blackboard is designed to work on a multitude of platforms, including smartphones and tablets. If you are a Life University student and do not have access to a computer or tablet, contact us at ITsupport@LIFE.edu.
I am a faculty/staff member with children whose school district is closed. What should I do?
Supervisors will work with the Vice President of their area to determine which positions can fulfill their job functions remotely. Faculty/staff must work with their supervisor to determine how best to fulfill their job duties. This could entail working from home on a part- or full-time basis during the period of on-campus class suspension. Pending guidance from the federal government, some changes may impact the number of personal leave days available.
How does this impact the Summer Quarter?
The Summer Quarter will begin as scheduled on Monday, July 13.
I am planning on moving into University Housing. What should I do?
You have options. You can either move in on the regularly scheduled move-in dates, or you may choose to delay your move-in date until on-campus instruction resumes. Please contact Housing & Residential Life at 770.426.2700 or Housing@LIFE.edu to discuss options and intentions.
What should I do if I had previously scheduled travel plans?
Since we are returning to the original academic calendar, all previous travel plans can occur as scheduled.
I am a student-athlete at Life University and have questions about what I should expect during this on-campus class suspension?
Updates on Life U Athletic competition and practices, as well as NAIA, Mid-South Conference and USA Rugby updates, will be posted to LIFERunningEagles.com.
What food services will be available during the on-campus class suspension?
Both Eagles’ Landing and Plato II Go will be closed through the dates of suspension. The following options will be available during this time:
- Lyceum Grab & Go will be open daily from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
- Lyceum Dining Hall will be open Monday through Friday only for brunch (10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) and dinner (4:30-6:30 p.m.)
- Socrates Café will be open Monday through Thursday only.
Door rates for non-meal plan visits to Lyceum Dining Hall will be reduced.
I am feeling worried and anxious, and I need help. Who can I turn to?
Students may contact their on-campus Counseling Services, whose website can be found here. There you can also find many outside resources available depending on your specific need.
You can also contact your county’s local health departments at the following websites: Bartow County Health Department; Cherokee County Health Department; Clayton County Board of Health; Cobb & Douglas Public Health; Dekalb County Board of Health; Fulton County Board of Health; Gwinnett County Board of Health; Paulding County Health Department
What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
COVID-19 commonly known as coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from coronavirus to the general American public is considered low at this time. Similarly to the common cold and influenza, symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure. For additional information, visit the CDC website.
How is it spread?
Coronavirus disease 2019 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. Symptoms of COVID-19 generally appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization.
Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:
The air by coughing and sneezing.
Close personal contact, such as touching and shaking hands.
Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
In rare cases, contact with feces.
Are there any confirmed cases of coronavirus at Life University?
Currently, there are no confirmed or presumptive cases at Life University.
How can I prevent getting the coronavirus?
Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends typical infectious disease precautions, just as those used to prevent cold or flu:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
Stay home while you are ill (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid close contact with others.
Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Get your spine checked and adjusted regularly to ensure your nerve system is able to optimally adapt to these external stressors
The CDC does not recommend the routine use of face masks by the general public to prevent respiratory illness and is not recommending their use at this time for the prevention of COVID-19.
What are the considerations for travel?
Until further notice, all non-essential travel for Life University employees and for University-sponsored events is prohibited.
What should I do if I’ve recently traveled to a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice?
The university is following the CDC recommendations for travelers returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
Who can I contact with more questions?