Your Safety is Our Priority
With the downturn in cases of infection across the country in COVID-19 and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are pleased to announce changes in our mitigation efforts.
Testing - effective 3/7/2022
Lincoln will shift to a surveillance testing model which maintains certain special populations as mandated testing groups to provide a snapshot of the overall status of the campus. The below listed groups will remain mandated testers:
- Residence Hall staff
- Public Safety
- All unvaccinated community members (students, faculty, staff)
We will also randomly test areas of the community throughout the remainder of the semester with prior notification
Any member who wishes to test on their own is welcome also
Masks – effective immediately
The indoor mask mandate will now be lifted
Those unvaccinated members of the community are strongly encouraged to continue masking
Anyone wishing to continue masking is welcomed
We will continue to offer vaccinations and boosters on campus to those who were not or have not been able to take advantage to this point
This practice is still encouraged as a component of good community health with community members setting what distance is comfortable to them, with six feet being a good standard
Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette
These practices are ones that we, as a community, can maintain as a permanent component of a healthy lifestyle
We will continue to monitor our local, state, and national climate so that we can adjust if necessary.
Lincoln University’s goal is to resume on-campus activities within the context of best practices designed to minimize the continuing threat of COVID-19. We have developed procedural and engagement policies towards mitigating and monitoring the risk of the virus while in session. These policies are designed to protect the health and safety of the Lincoln University community and are guided by state’s reopening plans as well as guidance offered through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local public health agencies.
We continue to compile the latest data and research on managing the threat of Covid-19 infections and to make adjustments to our protocols as warranted. We have also sought to make this an ongoing and inclusive process by assembling working groups comprised of faculty, students, and staff as well as participation by members of the Board of Trustees. Additionally, we have created other avenues to seek broader community input including an open comments page and a series of community town halls and community forums designed to solicit continuous feedback regarding reopening and individual concerns.