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Online orientation for new students April 2-3rd
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: Important Schedule Revision Update
To: Life University Students, Staff and Faculty
In planning for the institution’s response to the State of Georgia and Public Health Department’s request to suspend instruction on campus, LIFE’s COVID-19 Task Force diligently assessed the current situation, while communicating with local public health officials and other institutions of higher education in the state. Friday evening, the initial strategy for class suspension was disseminated to the LIFE community. The intent behind this strategy was to maintain the integrity and content of the 11-week instruction cycle and prepare for online instruction, as opposed to a return to campus, at the end of the prescribed 14-day window.
What are we (students, faculty, staff) doing over the two weeks that classes are suspended?
All faculty and staff should plan to report as normally scheduled Monday morning, March 16 unless you hear differently from your supervisor or Vice President. Those normally scheduled to work remotely will continue to do so.
- Effective Friday, March 13, all on-campus classes for the Winter 2020 Quarter have ended.
- Faculty will communicate via email, Blackboard, etc. to assist students with questions regarding their course(s) and final examinations.
- March 16-20 will be utilized for student study time in preparation for online final examinations.
- Final examinations will not include materials or content planned for Week 10.
- March 23-27 will be utilized for online final examinations.
- For a COC course(s) with a lab component, a single online examination, inclusive of classroom and lab material, will be required for all registered students during Week 11.
- Clinic interns who have not obtained all quarterly clinic requirements will receive a grade of IP (In Progress) and be able to complete the requirements at a later date.
- Overall clinic graduation requirements will still need to be met prior to graduation.
o Further information regarding chiropractic clinic intern participation will be provided in the near future.
- Overall clinic graduation requirements will still need to be met prior to graduation.
- For graduate students in the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program and students in the Dietetic Internship (DI) program, the respective accrediting bodies are allowing flexibility for meeting clinical requirements. Further directions will be provided by your respective Clinical Coordinators.
- The Spring Quarter will begin April 6, 2020. Classes will be provided through remote online instruction until further notice; a minimum of 7 days’ notice of return to on-campus instruction will be provided.
- Suspension of activities including all university academic building activities, athletics/sports, clubs, organizations, and trips continues until further notice.
- All faculty will be available Monday March 16; further information will be provided directly to faculty.
I am supposed to graduate March 27. What will happen to Graduation?
Knowing what a momentous occasion graduation is for students completing their degrees, as well as their families, this may be the most difficult decision we’ve had to make as a result of Governor Kemp’s recommendations. Because the recommended suspension will not end in time for us to complete the Winter Quarter as originally scheduled, and because the current guidance recommends that gatherings of 250 or more people not be held, it will simply not be possible to hold the Winter Quarter convocation and graduation. Please be assured that this decision will not impact graduates who are earning their degree, nor will it affect their ability to sit for board exams, apply for licensure/certifications, etc. Once the Registrar has “official” grades, they will document degree completion and prepare the diplomas and certificates to be sent in accordance with our usual process. However, since having to cancel graduation will unfortunately prevent them from “walking” for Winter Quarter, those students who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony may do so in July or any other quarter that works best with their schedules.
I am scheduled to start at Life University for Spring Quarter. What do I do?
The Spring Quarter will begin Monday, April 6 with remote instruction. New Student Orientation will occur online on April 2-3, 2020. You will be contacted how to connect to our orientation program at least one week prior to your orientation date.
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.
Will there be a Spring Break for students?
Spring Break will occur as originally scheduled from Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3.
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?