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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Novel Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)

Effective after classes on Monday, March 16, students are dismissed from campus, and we will suspend all classes until the Monday following spring break, March 30. At that time, we will resume classes exclusively through remote instruction. We do not have any students who are in the hospital nor any that have been seen at a hospital or tested for symptoms related to COVID-19. 

Effective June 1, Lyon College will allow visitors on campus with restrictions.

At this time, we are asking the campus community to follow these action items:

  1. Know the symptoms. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms include a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

  2. Take precautions. The CDC recommends the following preventive actions: wash your hands frequently; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; use a kleenex or cough into your elbow, avoid close contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick.

  3. Communicate. If you are exhibiting any of the above symptoms and have traveled to an area with known positive COVID-19 cases or have been in contact with someone positive or suspected to have the virus, please contact the Director of Health and Wellness Haley Haile immediately at haley.haile@lyon.edu or (870) 307-7425.

 
Additional Resources: 

fAQs: Lyon's response to the coronavirus

 


 

Latest Information:

2:00 p.m., wednesday, june 3

The following notice from Enrollment Services was shared with faculty and staff on June 3:

Good afternoon, Colleagues:

On June 8, we will be offering prospective students the option to tour campus in person. There are several guidelines that must be followed in order to allow such tours:

  • complete pre-screening questionnaire (via email in advance of the visit)
  • families will all be greeted and temperature checked before exiting their vehicle(s) + complete on-site screening questionnaire (temps of 100.4 degrees will require the tour to be rescheduled in 2 weeks)
  • tour visitors are limited to 3 (student visitor + up to 2 family members)
  • tour guides and visitors must wear masks
  • only tour guides will open/touch building doors
  • we have designated bathrooms for visitor use (Brown Chapel Lobby + Wilson Community)
  • a pre-approved tour-route has been set.  View the route here. 
  • signage will be posted on all tour route doors
  • an email announcement will be sent the day of any sanctioned campus tour
  • ALL tours must have a wrap-up session w/ Admissions (these will take place in Flanders); video conferencing with faculty will be via Google Hangout if a student requests faculty interaction

Adherence to these guidelines is mandatory per our agreement with COVID-19 campus tour committee.

Please let us know if you have questions/concerns.

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9:30 a.m., Friday, May 29

The following notice was shared with faculty and staff on May 29:

Please read the following announcements regarding campus reopening on Monday, June 1

  1. Effective Monday, June 1, campus will be open to visitors in all areas except the academic buildings and residence halls. Enrollment services and other administrative offices will be open. Visitors are expected to practice social distancing and limit groups of people to 10 or less. We are adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health, and signs with that information are posted on all exterior doors. Vendors must continue to check in through the Facilities Office and must be accompanied at all times by a member of the Lyon College Facilities Department.  

  2. Staff members are to work with their department’s vice president to transition from remote work schedules to their campus offices and their normal work schedules during the week of June 1-5.  Those who cannot transition due to their own or an immediate family member’s health issue or because they have no childcare, should advise their vice president so that alternate plans can be made.  Please refer to the coronavirus page on the Lyon College website for information regarding leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

  3. Safety measures are being taken as follows:

    1. The Facilities Department is making plexiglass shields to put on the desks of those staff members whose positions require them to interact face-to-face with multiple visitors and students. 

    2. A reusable mask will be provided to each staff member to be used when social distancing cannot be maintained. This is in accordance with the guidelines provided by the AR Department of Health.

    3. Social distancing indicators will be placed on the floors of high traffic areas.

    4. The Facilities Department is taking extra precautions in the cleaning of buildings and work surfaces. 

    5. If your work area has a safety issue not addressed with these precautions or that you haven’t already reported, please contact Clarinda Foote.

  4. A new sign will be designed (and provided to Campus Safety) for the academic buildings and residence halls:  CLOSED TO VISITORS. FOR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT CAMPUS SAFETY AT (870)307-7233.

  5. Effective June 8, official campus tours held by enrollment services will resume. Visitors will be required to wear masks. Visitors participating in a campus tour will be provided with masks, and they will follow a predetermined route approved by the Campus Safety Committee.

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12:00 p.m., tuesday, May 19

President Dr. W. Joseph King shared the below message with the Lyon College faculty and staff on May 19:

Dear Colleagues,

I want to commend you all for your hard work and perseverance through these past few weeks as we accomplished the first-ever virtual commencement. 

Cabinet determined yesterday that the College is considering ending remote work arrangements on June 1. However, we will continue to monitor the state’s reopening and make changes as needed. The health and safety of our campus community members remain our top priority.

Summer hours for administrative staff will begin on Friday, May 22 and conclude on Friday, July 24. Please check with your supervisor to find out how your department will participate in this program.

As always, thank you for your dedication during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Joey

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2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14

President Dr. W. Joseph King shared the below message with the Lyon College community on May 14:

Dear Lyon Community,

I want to thank you again for your perseverance and patience as we navigate these unprecedented times together. Our task force, composed of faculty and staff representatives from around the campus, continues to meet weekly, and it is developing a range of possible plans for what our fall semester will look like.

The safety and well-being of students is our top priority. We recognize that transitioning to remote instruction has been difficult and that much of our community is eager to return to campus life. 

That being said, we expect to be in residence this fall, but most importantly, our goal is to bring everyone back to a learning and living environment with safety measures in place, including continuing to sanitize residence halls and academic buildings.

Keeping our community in mind, we will continue to share detailed information throughout the summer on how the fall semester will look. While we intend to be together in-person this fall, we are also actively developing a range of contingency plans. We are prepared to be adaptive and flexible in how we maintain the high quality and personal nature of a Lyon College education that also meets state and federal guidelines. 

We will follow the Arkansas Department of Health’s guidelines as they are developed.

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9:30 A.m., Thursday, may 7

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick shared the below message with students on May 7:

Lyon Students-

I hope that you are all doing well and surviving the last week of the semester. As I said in last week's email, this is a very stressful time of the academic year, so please be taking steps to care for your physical and emotional health.  

We wanted to let you know that the College has received federal government funds as part of the CARES Act that was passed in early April. Approximately half of these funds are designated specifically for emergency relief funds to be disbursed directly to currently enrolled students in need as a result of COVID-19. As such, we have created a form for students to complete to request funds (https://form.jotform.com/201206494736152). 

A few things to keep in mind: 1) While there is no maximum limit to the funds that can be requested, we do have a large number of students in need. It is unlikely we will be able to fulfill each student's request. Please be reasonable in deciding how much money you are requesting, so we can help as many students as possible. 2) Currently, any funds you receive are considered taxable income. This designation may change in the future, but there is no guarantee that it will. This is an important factor to keep in mind. 3) The government has restricted these funds to students who are eligible for Title IV funds (federal student financial aid). Unfortunately, this means that international and DACA students are not able to receive these funds. If you are a student that falls in one of those categories, please contact me directly...it is possible that we might have other funds available for you.

There currently is not a deadline for making a request and the committee overseeing the process plans to meet regularly throughout the summer to make decisions regarding the disbursement of funds. So, you can make requests now or in the coming months if your financial circumstances change are impacted by COVID-19.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have regarding this process...or any other needs you have. As always, we miss you around here!!!

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4:00 P.m., monday, may 4

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick shared the below message with campus on May 4:

I wanted to remind everyone that our campus is still closed to the public and for recreational purposes for faculty, staff, and off-campus students. This policy will remain in place until at least May 16th (the official end of the Spring semester). As the State of Arkansas begins to "re-open", you can expect some modifying of our campus access policies based on the most recent data and information available...and always keeping the health and welfare of the Lyon Community, especially those students still living on-campus, as our priority. 

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11:00 a.m., FRIDAY, april 17

The below message from Interim Vice President of Business and Finance Richard Gaumer was sent via mail to students on Thursday, April 16:

Dear Student,

First and foremost, we want to let you know that, in these extraordinary and unprecedented times, your Lyon College family hopes that you are well, healthy, and that you are finishing the semester strong. While this may not be the way we hoped to complete this academic year, we are all still Scots together, even when apart. We believe in you.

Enclosed, you will find a prorated refund for room and board for the final portion of the spring 2020 semester. Your account credit was calculated based on the semester being 62.1% complete. You are receiving a credit of 37.9% of your room and board cost net of Lyon Aid applicable to room and board. The refund check amount is this credit, minus any balance owed to Lyon College. For information or questions regarding your refund, please contact Jill Varner, Business Office Cashier, at 870.307.7322, jill.varner@lyon.edu.

We would also like to present you with an opportunity to increase the power of your refund. For returning students, if you choose to apply your refund toward your fall 2020 room and board, Lyon College will add an additional 20% on top of that to your account. It’s our way of saying how much we want you back this fall. To participate, simply return the check with a note indicating that you would like it applied to your fall ’20 room and board.

Finally, we would like to invite you to let us know if you are encountering financial challenges related to COVID-19. Lyon College, as a part of the Federal Stimulus Package, will have funds available to assist students with financial needs related to the global pandemic. Please do not hesitate to reach out directly to Dr. Patrick Mulick, Vice President for Student Life, to learn more about the process and how to apply for financial support from Lyon College.

We are here for you.

Good luck to you on the rest of the semester, and as always: Perseverance Conquers All, God Willing.

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9:00 a.m., monday, april 13

For information on upcoming virtual admissions events, visit https://www.lyon.edu/events.

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6:30 p.m., wednesday, april 8

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick shared the below message with students on April 8:

Hello Lyon Students-

I hope you are all having a good week. I have heard that the technology issues have improved and classes are running smoothly. I hope this is the case for each of you. If it is not, please contact me so I can assist you with issues.

There has been lots of important information shared over the past week. 

  • President King announced that the College will be giving student prorated refunds for room and board. Those refunds will be going out next week.
  • Honors Convocation and Commencement will both be recorded and streamed on various platforms. Clearly these are not the way we wanted to conduct these ceremonies, but it is a way for us to recognize our students while keeping people safe.
  • The College is developing plans for a Senior weekend sometime in the fall. These plans are still developing, but will include the traditional Senior Party, Baccalaureate, and Torch Lighting. 
  • The Provost announced that students can petition for up to two classes to be graded Pass/Fail for this semester. These decisions are important and can impact a variety of things such as eligibility and GPA, so please consult with your professors and advisor before submitting a petition.
  • It is time to register for Fall 2020 classes!! Make sure you are communicating with your advisors about your time to register. 

The faculty and staff continue to work hard here in Batesville. Most of us are working remotely now, but are constantly thinking of the students and how to serve you more effectively. We are also continuing to plan for your return to classes in August!

Make sure to tune into my Facebook Live session on the Lyon College account at noon tomorrow (Thursday). I am eager to hear from you and answer your questions!

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5:00 p.m., friday, april 3

The Lyon College Office of the Provost has announced the College's updated plans for commencement, baccalaureate, and the spring honors convocation.

The College will hold a virtual commencement at 10 a.m. CST Saturday, May 16. The video of commencement will be shared on all of the College’s social media channels and can be viewed on the website at https://www.lyon.edu/commencement-2020

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates as soon as possible following commencement. Seniors are encouraged to take selfies in their regalia for the College to share and celebrate following the commencement ceremony.

The College will not host baccalaureate and the torch lighting ceremony at this time. However, graduates will have the opportunity to attend a special 2020 alumni event in the fall. More details about the alumni event will be shared soon.

A recording of the spring honors convocation will be posted on the College’s social media channels and website on Tuesday, April 21. Award certificates from the convocation will be distributed after the video is posted.

Provost Dr. Melissa Taverner shared the following message on Friday, April 3:

To members of the Lyon College Class of 2020 and their families:

We are living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to a halt virtually all of our normal daily activities, has precipitated the necessity for communities to exist and support each other in new ways and has resulted in the temporary cancellation of celebrations that mark milestones.

The plans that we have had in place for months to recognize and honor the accomplishments of our graduates are now undergoing some necessary changes so that we can continue to protect the most vulnerable among us. We will not be able to gather together on campus as a Lyon family on the weekend of May 9th for Commencement Weekend, but that does not mean that this important moment in the lives of our students, the faculty and staff, friends and family will go unmarked.  We all mourn the loss of these important rituals: walking together into Brown Chapel for a service of thanksgiving and blessing on Friday; the long walk together to Bryan Lake in the gathering twilight to create a powerful collective beacon grounded in community as each graduate shares their flame around the water; processing one last time, accompanied by bagpipes, with faculty and friends to the ceremony of celebration marking the beginning of your life as Lyon alumni. The sadness of unrealized anticipation must be recognized, but we cannot allow this disappointment to supplant the joy and pride in your accomplishments.

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4:15 p.m., wednesday, april 1

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick shared the below message with students on April 1:

Lyon Students-

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to remove any financial barriers for current students registering for fall 2020 classes, Lyon College has waived the registration deposit.

Students who have questions related to payments should contact Jill Varner in the Accounts Receivable Office at jill.varner@lyon.edu or (870) 307-7322.

Any student who has encountered a significant adverse change in their own or their parents’ financial circumstances should contact Tommy Tucker, Director of Financial Aid at thomas.tucker@lyon.edu or (870) 307-7257.

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4:40 p.m., tuesday, march 31

Lyon College President Dr. W. Joseph King shared the below message with students on March 31:

Dear Students,

Many of you have reached out to my office as well as other offices on campus in regard to refunds of room and board charges. I assure you Lyon College will refund a prorated amount for students’ room and board. After the Business Office clears unpaid account balances, students will be refunded the remaining prorated balance on April 17. The Business Office will contact students in the coming days with more information. For updates, please visit lyon.edu/coronavirus.  

Please know that we miss you and look forward to the day you are all moving back into our residence halls. Seniors, we understand your sadness about missing your last semester on campus and just yesterday began forming a task force to make plans for both a virtual graduation ceremony as well as an in person ceremony when conditions allow. 

In closing, good luck in your classes. Keep in constant contact with your faculty and advisors. Never hesitate to reach out to any of us with questions, concerns, or news in general. We care about you.

Stay safe,
Joey

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9:00 a.m., monday, march 30

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick shared the below message with students on March 30:

Lyon Students-

Welcome "back"!! I hope that y'all had a good Spring Break...although I realize that it was nothing like you had planned for it to be. Today starts a very new type of learning environment, but one that we are committed to including the "Lyon Experience." You all received an email from Provost Taverner last night. She provided you lots of wonderful tips and strategies for successfully completing the rest of the semester. Please read her email carefully.

One of the tips I really liked is to develop a routine. In times of change and chaos, a good, consistent routine is something that we can use to create a sense of control. This will be important as you attempt to complete your coursework remotely. A routine that includes good sleep schedules, regular exercise, and a healthy diet is something that you can lean on if you start to feel overwhelmed by or detached from school...really it goes for life in general. I have been trying to implement a new routine in my own life as well. My girls and I got a PUPPY, so consistency is SUPER important right now!

Before I close, I want to make sure you all know that a tornado hit Jonesboro this weekend and caused substantial damage. Many of our students live in the Jonesboro area. We have heard from all of them and, while some have experienced damage to homes and family businesses, they are all safe. Please keep these students and their families in your thoughts and prayers. 

So, good luck getting up and running this week. Remember that all your support resources are still available and here if you. Do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Student Life or academic support staff!! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me immediately.

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1:15 a.m., tuesday, march 24

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick shared the below message with students on March 24:

Hello Lyon Students-

I wanted to send a check-in email and make sure you know that we are working hard during Spring Break to ensure your Lyon experience will be as great as possible once classes resume remotely on Monday. Obviously, there are huge changes taking place and nothing can replace the face-to-face interactions between faculty/staff and students that we have all grown to cherish as part of the Lyon community. That said, I am witnessing faculty and staff putting in huge amounts of time and effort to ensure the education and support you receive for the rest of the semester lives up to the Lyon standards you have come to expect. 

As you are beginning to settle into your life away from campus, I would encourage you to enjoy some down-time this week. The stress of the semester and, in particular, the radical shifts in society over the last few weeks can feel overwhelming. Self-care, exercise, and healthy eating are all ways you can ensure your mind and body are ready for the weeks ahead. 

We miss you!

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2:00 p.m., friday, march 20

Next week is spring break for our campus, but please know our response team is still monitoring COVID-19 developments. We will have staff on campus throughout next week available to the approximately 40 students remaining on campus for the remainder of the semester. Dining services, student programming, health and wellness services, and campus safety will all still be available to those students during the break.

Multiple coronavirus cases were reported in Independence County on March 19. The College immediately instituted its COVID-19 protocols in place for this scenario. Currently, no cases have been reported on campus. All students remaining on campus have been advised not to leave campus unless the need is urgent.

Faculty and staff are advised not to return to campus if they are showing symptoms or if they have been in contact with a person showing symptoms.

In the event a case does affect our campus community, we have the following quarantine measures in place:

  1. Students testing positive will be relocated to our designated quarantined residence at the edge of campus.
  2. Faculty and staff testing positive will not return to campus.

During spring break, our facilities staff will execute additional sanitizing of all residence halls, student spaces, and classrooms. 

If you have any concerns about COVID-19 on campus, please contact the Director of Health and Wellness Haley Haile immediately at haley.haile@lyon.edu or (870) 307-7425.

After spring break, students will begin remote instruction for their courses. All student services will be available remotely including career services, the counseling center, and academic advising, among others.

For troubleshooting remote courses, students and faculty can contact IT support (support@lyon.edu), Associate Director of Administrative Computing Jeremiah Cherwien, and Director of Institutional Research Andrew English for assistance.

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9:40 a.m., friday, march 20

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick shared the below message with students on March 20:

Lyon Students-

Lyon understands that the current situation is impacting you in a variety of difficult ways. For many of you, there are financial issues that are beginning to have a significant effect on your day-to-day life. The Lyon Community wants help as much possible. Earlier this week, the below email was sent to Lyon College alumni and friends. The emergency fund mentioned is specifically for students and EVERY dollar raised will be given to students in need.

If you have emergency financial needs, please submit this form (https://form.jotform.com/200756631715151). A committee will be meeting in the near future to review requests and begin to designate funds to students. The reality is that we will not be able to meet every request through this emergency fund, but we are committed to doing as much as we possibly can.  

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2:45 p.m., thursday, march 19

Multiple confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in Independence County on Thursday, March 19. The College immediately instituted its COVID-19 protocols in place for this scenario. Currently, no cases have been reported on campus. All students remaining on campus have been advised not to leave campus unless the need is urgent.

Faculty and staff are advised not to return to campus if they are showing symptoms or if they have been in contact with a person showing symptoms.

In the event a case does affect our campus community, we have the following quarantine measures in place:

  1. Students testing positive will be relocated to our designated quarantined residence at the edge of campus.

  2. Faculty and staff testing positive will not return to campus.

We will continue to provide updates as they are available.

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5:00 p.m., wednesday, march 18

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick shared the below message with students on March 18:

Lyon Students-

Each day we are able to address more questions and concerns that are facing our campus community. We understand that there are many more issues to be resolved, but we do feel like we are making progress on our list of priorities. Please continue to check our FAQ page for up to date information (https://www.lyon.edu/coronavirus).

The focus of today's email is the dining services. As students leave campus, we have begun to adjust our dining hours and processes to ensure an environment that provides quality food, good variety, sanitary conditions, and controlled social mobility and connection. We are still functioning on the Lyon College 2019-2020 meal plan system. Those without meal plans can purchase items at each dining location. Off-campus students who are struggling with food insecurity, please contact me or the Student Life office as soon as possible. 

Effective tomorrow (Thursday, March 19th), below are the modifications that will be put in place until further notice. These plans include the duration of the week of Spring Break.

The Salty Dog

  • New hours will be Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Only one customer at a time will be allowed in the actual Salty Dog Coffee Shop. Those waiting to enter should practice appropriate social distancancing of at least 6 feet.

Lyon Den

  • New hours will be Monday - Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • For those that stay in the Lyon Den to eat, there should only be one person per table.
  • Those waiting to order should practice appropriate social distancancing of at least 6 feet.  

Patterson Dining Hall

  • New hours will be 

Monday - Friday
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. -  6:30 p.m

Saturday & Sunday
Brunch: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • Five customers at a time will be allowed in the actual servery.
  • Customers will choose their food options from the serving lines, but the food will be placed in biodegradable to-go containers by Lyon Dining personnel.
  • Students can choose to leave Ed's with the food container or stay and eat in the dining hall. Those who choose to stay will be asked to follow social distancing protocols that include pre-placed tables with no more than two students per table. 
  • Those waiting to enter and those standing in lines should practice appropriate social distancancing of at least 6 feet.

Please keep in mind the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and that there might be a need to further modify dining services in future.

All of you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as we all try to find a rhythm to our "new normal".

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3:30 p.m., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

The health and safety of our students are our main focus, but please know we are aware of questions about room and board. We are working on a solution and will share information as soon as it is available. We ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.  

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2:30 p.m., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

As a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Lyon College will not allow visitors on campus until further notice. It is intended to protect Lyon community members remaining on campus. There are no confirmed cases on campus at this time, and no campus members have been tested or hospitalized for symptoms.

Vendors are allowed by appointment only. For deliveries, contact Lyon Campus Safety at (870) 307-7233.

The College is still accepting mail by dropoff only. Contact Brian Hardin at (870) 307-7059.

Students remaining on campus have also been advised of the College’s “no visitor” policy. Students are to contact Student Life for approval of any visitor on campus.

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10:35 a.m., tuesday, march 17

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick shared the below message with students on March 16:

Lyon Students-

We are living in truly unprecedented times. COVID-19 has forced all institutions of higher education to develop response plans attempting to ensure the delivery of a quality education, while also taking drastic steps to ensure the health and welfare of students. As President King stated, after today all in-person classes will be suspended for the rest of the semester. We understand that this decision will generate an abundance of questions and some anxiety. While we may not yet have answers to every question you have, we are committed to taking care of each of your needs.

Students are encouraged to leave campus if possible. That said, we understand that there are many students who need to live on-campus for a variety of reasons. We are going to work with those students! If you are a student who has a need to remain on campus past Tuesday (March 17) at 5:00 pm, please complete this waiver form (https://form.jotform.com/200754735604050). We are committed to responding to each waiver within 24-hours. 

Students who want to stay on-campus:

Life on campus is going to look different for the time being. There are some things students will need to consider when choosing to stay. For the foreseeable future:

  • Students receiving waivers will be asked to remain in the Batesville area and abide by all public health recommendations to stem the spread of COVID-19.
  • There will be no guests allowed on campus.
  • Students may have to relocate to another residence hall for health and safety reasons. 
  • Dining options will be modified but provided. More information on dining services will be forthcoming.
  • Students are expected to abide by the Social Code and standard Residence Life procedures. 

Students still on campus, but making plans to leave:

You will need to follow standard check-out procedures and plan to take all your belongings with you. RLS will be utilizing both in-person and express check-out, so please contact your RA and provide him/her with your plans for departure. In circumstances where it is impossible for you to take all of your belongings, please notify your RA that you are leaving items, pack those in boxes, and label it with your name. It is important you understand that we are unsure when you will be allowed to pick-up your things and it is possible that they will be moved in the meantime. The College is not responsible for lost or stolen items that are left behind. Whether you leave belongings or not, ALL students are expected to leave their key with their RA. We will contact students at a later date with plans for picking up their belongings.

Students who have already left, but have belongings still on campus:

At the current time, students are not allowed back on campus if they have already traveled outside the Batesville area. Please contact Sh'Nita Mitchell (shnita.mitchell@lyon.edu) and provide her with your name, dorm room location, and a list of items remaining in your room. It is important you understand that we are unsure when you will be allowed to pick-up your things. The College will make every effort not to interact with items left behind, but it is possible that they will have to be packed and moved in some circumstances. In these cases, we will contact students prior to interacting with your items and develop a protocol that ensures their security. We will contact students at a later date with plans for picking up their belongings.

We realize that these are just some of the big questions that you all have in this quick transition of life at Lyon. Please be patient with us as we continue to address your concerns and questions. The College is developing a FAQ page which should be online soon. 

The Student Life Staff is committed to meeting your needs the best way we can through remote services technology. Trust that your Deans, Counselor, Health and Wellness, Chaplain, International Student Advisor, Career Development, Residence Life Staff, Activity Director, LEAP, APPLE, UBMS, Campus Safety, and Ms. Debra are still here and ready to serve you now and in the future! 

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5:18 p.m., Monday, March 16

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Office of Admissions is suspending campus visit experiences until Monday, March 30, 2020. We are also extending the May 1 "Visit Grant" and "National Decisions Day" deadlines to June 1, 2020.

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11:11 a.m., Monday, March 16

NAIA announced that it is canceling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately. Spring sport athletes will not be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

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10:35 a.m., Monday, March 16

Message from Lyon College President, W. Joseph King:

Dear Lyon Community,

I want to thank each of you for your patience during this unprecedented time as the global community responds to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please know your health and wellness are our top priorities. 

As you know, a response team comprised of myself, senior leadership of the college, and our director of health and wellness, has been meeting regularly and monitoring developments constantly.

We have considered our options that would best support and protect our responsibility to the campus community. I want to ensure you these decisions are not taken lightly. We have responded step-by-step and examined each action. After thorough evaluation and consulting with campus leaders and health professionals both at the state and federal levels, Lyon College will take several significant steps to protect not only our campus community but also our families and our neighbors, while also preserving the academic mission of the college. 

In order to prepare for remote learning, we have started training and practicing this format with faculty and students. The remote learning format will allow us to maintain the high standards of a Lyon education, with faculty deciding the best practices for their courses. While this will take many forms, I am confident our faculty will effectively meet their course learning objectives. 

Effective after classes on Monday, March 16, students are dismissed from campus, and we will suspend all classes until the Monday following spring break, March 30. At that time, we will resume classes exclusively through remote instruction through the remainder of the semester. 

Due to the developing nature of the situation, we will be flexible in supporting students through this transition. We know this will be a difficult process. The College is ready to work with students to facilitate this process. We realize some students may need to leave possessions in the room and return at a later date to retrieve them. 

Students with a compelling need may request to remain on campus by completing this form. 

We have also been in communication with the NAIA and the American Midwest Conference (AMC) regarding athletics. The NAIA has announced the cancelation of all winter championships, and the AMC has canceled all spring competitions effective immediately. We will continue to monitor developments as we consider options regarding our May baccalaureate and commencement exercises. 

Based on our research and consultations with officials and other higher education institutions, we are:

  1. canceling all campus events through the remainder of the spring term
  2. following the AMC’s instruction to cancel all spring competition
  3. suspending all college-related travel both domestic and abroad.

You can follow updates as they are made by going to www.lyon.edu/coronavirus.

I have these requests for all our campus members:

  • Students, please take your course materials and essentials home with you. You will receive instructions and guidance for transition to remote learning in the coming days. 
  • Faculty, please defer to Provost Melissa Taverner regarding course and faculty developments. Please know I appreciate your dedication to this institution and its students.
  • Staff, we are in the process of developing a policy regarding remote work and leave in light of rapidly changing circumstances, and it will be shared in the coming days. Please contact Clarinda Foote for guidance should we determine working remotely is necessary. In the meantime, please continue to practice social distancing. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to stay home. I am grateful to you all for your hard work under these stressful circumstances as you also prepare for changes.

We remain committed to Lyon College’s mission of providing a highly-personalized liberal arts education and promoting both civic and social responsibility. 

We remember our motto, “Perseverance conquers all, God willing,” which guides us today as it has since our founding.

Thank you,
W. Joseph King, Ph.D., President

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3:46 p.m., Sunday, March 15

In light of recent COVID-19 developments, the college’s response team is meeting immediately Monday morning to determine more definitive plans for remote learning and campus closures. A complete statement with those plans will be shared following that meeting.

The College is taking every precaution to protect our campus community, and we will continue to provide updates as soon as they’re available.

At this time, the campus has no confirmed cases or students that have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

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4:00 p.m., friday, march 13

As we go into the weekend, our response team will continue to monitor all information and updates regarding COVID-19. To avoid misinformation and ensure accurate updates, please visit our website or call our hotline at (870) 307-7411 for the latest updates. If you have information about potential cases on campus, please notify Director of Health and Wellness Haley Haile at health@lyon.edu or (870) 307-7425 immediately.

At this time, we do not have any students who are in the hospital nor any that have been seen at a hospital or tested for symptoms related to COVID-19.

We are navigating an unprecedented situation. Please know that we will provide information as soon as it is available. The response team continues to meet and will have more definitive plans early next week regarding courses after spring break. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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3:00 p.m., friday, march 13

The American Midwest Conference Council of Presidents voted unanimously Friday morning to cancel all remaining intercollegiate athletic activities including Conference championships for the 2020 spring season.

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11:00 a.m., friday, march 13

At this time, the College has not decided to send students home for the remainder of the semester. Our response team is continuing to meet, and we will have more definitive plans early next week about courses following spring break.

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10:28 a.m., Friday, March 13

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Office of Admissions is modifying scheduled campus visit experiences. We will still have campus tours but dorms, lunch, and professor meetings will be suspended until Monday, March 23, 2020. Prospective students who would like to reschedule their campus visit may do so by calling (870) 307-7250.

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12:00 a.m., friday, march 13

The Office of Health and Wellness and Office of Student Life are in constant contact with the student body. We do not have any students who are in the hospital nor any that have been seen at a hospital or tested for symptoms related to COVID-19. We are working with students who have concerns about their health and are helping them to seek out appropriate care if needed. The health and welfare of our students is our main priority and we are following all recommendations by the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health, and Arkansas Department of Education.

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7:50 p.m., Thursday, March 12

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lyon College has formed a response team to determine the best course of action to ensure the health and safety of the college community. At this time, in order to effectively prepare for the possibility of transitioning to remote learning, Lyon will begin a series of online course trainings for faculty and students starting Friday, March 13. Over the course of the next few days, the college will distribute information to the campus on how to utilize the learning management system Schoology and additional resources for remote learning. Campus members can also contact IT support, Associate Director of Administrative Computing Jeremiah Cherwien, and Director of Institutional Research Andrew English for assistance.

No confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, have been identified among members of our campus community. 

  • We plan to continue to have face-to-face course instruction through Friday, March 20, so our community can acclimate to the remote learning format. However, the college will assist immuno-compromised students in leaving campus immediately.
  • Effective Friday, March 13, all campus events (including Spring Fest) are cancelled. The Arkansas Scottish Festival is postponed.
  • Also effective Friday, March 13, all athletic events, excluding team practices, are cancelled through spring break, and we continue to monitor updates from the NAIA regarding regular season intercollegiate athletics.
  • The campus will remain open through Friday, March 20 for regular business hours. All staff and faculty will continue to report to campus at their scheduled times. 
  • Campus visits for prospective students will continue on a limited basis.
  • All scheduled domestic and foreign travel is cancelled, including study abroad trips and academic spring break trips.
  • Students have been notified of the CDC travel advisories and have been strongly urged to exercise extreme caution when traveling for spring break.
  • At this time, residence halls will remain open. 
  • Facilities staff will use this time for additional cleaning and sanitizing of campus.

Lyon College will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and communicate updates to faculty, staff and students via email. These updates will also be available at https://www.lyon.edu/coronavirus

Employees and students are strongly encouraged to practice the recommended CDC guidelines available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

The college advises all members of the campus to contact the Office of Health and Wellness at (870) 307-7425 or health@lyon.edu with any concerns about exposure and questions on how to avoid exposure.

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9:13 a.m., Thursday, March 12

As many of you know, the first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Arkansas was reported yesterday in Pine Bluff. A presumptive case means it has been confirmed at the state level but not by the CDC. The health and safety of this community is our top priority, and we are committed to the well-being of not only this campus community but also our community’s families.

Our response team continues to monitor the situation constantly, and the Office of Health and Wellness receives all updates from the CDC and the World Health Organization. We are exploring all options to successfully complete this semester while maintaining our responsibility for the campus’s health and welfare.

We understand this situation has caused concern and anxiety to our campus community. Please know that we are committed to providing information and updates as soon as they are available. We are also keeping our athletics in mind as we consider what is best. We are with you. We are also offering additional support through the Counseling Center and the Chaplain’s Office.

Please follow these action items we shared earlier this week: 

  1. Know the symptoms. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms include a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
  2. Take precautions. The CDC recommends the following preventive actions: wash your hands frequently; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; use a kleenex or cough into your elbow, avoid close contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick.
  3. Communicate. If you are exhibiting any of the above symptoms and have traveled to an area with known positive COVID-19 cases or have been in contact with someone positive or suspected to have the virus, please contact the Director of Health and Wellness Haley Haile immediately at haley.haile@lyon.edu or (870) 307-7425.

We will keep you updated as our plans progress.

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Wednesday, March 11

The health and wellness of the Lyon College community is our utmost priority. The College has an outbreak management plan in place in the event that COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus 2019, affects our campus. The Office of Student Life and the Office of Health and Wellness are following updates from the CDC, WHO, and the American College Health Association, and they are providing information to the campus to prepare and prevent the spread of the virus.

Currently, no cases have been confirmed on campus. A presumptive case was reported in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on March 11. The Office of Health and Wellness is monitoring students. If a case is reported on campus, the College has designated quarantine spaces and a coordination plan with the Arkansas Department of Health and the Independence County Office of Emergency Management in place.

At this time, we are asking the campus community to follow these action items:

  1. Know the symptoms. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms include a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

  2. Take precautions. The CDC recommends the following preventive actions: wash your hands frequently; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; use a kleenex or cough into your elbow, avoid close contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick.

  3. Communicate. If you are exhibiting any of the above symptoms and have traveled to an area with known positive COVID-19 cases or have been in contact with someone positive or suspected to have the virus, please contact the Director of Health and Wellness Haley Haile immediately at haley.haile@lyon.edu or (870) 307-7425.

The CDC has also issued a travel advisory for affected regions. On March 5, the Office of Health and Wellness alerted the campus community to this update. We are asking all to consider their travel plans for the upcoming spring break. If community members do decide to travel to an impacted region, they have been asked to notify Student Life and the Office of Health and Wellness at health@lyon.edu. Resident assistants and resident directors are also collecting this information from students. These advisories can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

We understand that some community members are concerned, and we are offering additional support through the Counseling Center and the Chaplain's Office.

If you have additional questions and concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Health and Wellness at (870) 307-7425.

 


 

 Frequently Asked Questions:

Will students have class this semester?

Effective after classes on Monday, March 16, students are dismissed from campus, and we will suspend all classes until the Monday following spring break, March 30. At that time, we will resume classes exclusively through remote instruction through the remainder of the semester.

Who do I contact with questions about training and troubleshooting remote courses?

Campus members can contact IT support (support@lyon.edu), Associate Director of Administrative Computing Jeremiah Cherwien, and Director of Institutional Research Andrew English for assistance.

Will the College reimburse room and board?

Lyon College will refund a prorated amount for students’ room and board. After the Business Office clears unpaid account balances, students will be refunded the remaining prorated balance on April 17. The Business Office will contact students in the coming days with more information.

Are cases of COVID-19 confirmed on campus?

There are no confirmed cases on campus. At this time, we do not have any students who are in the hospital nor any that have been seen at a hospital or tested for symptoms related to COVID-19.

Will the College still host commencement and other campus events?

The well-being of our campus community is currently our top priority. The College has canceled all campus events at this time, and the Arkansas Scottish Festival is postponed.

The College will hold a virtual commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The video of commencement will be shared on all of the College’s social media channels and can be viewed on the website at https://www.lyon.edu/commencement-2020

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates as soon as possible following commencement. Seniors are encouraged to take selfies in their regalia for the College to share and celebrate following the commencement ceremony.

The College will not host baccalaureate and the torch lighting ceremony at this time. However, graduates will have the opportunity to attend a special 2020 alumni event in the fall. More details about the alumni event will be shared soon.

A recording of the spring honors convocation will be posted on the College’s social media channels and website on Tuesday, April 21. Award certificates from the convocation will be distributed after the video is posted.

Will spring athletes lose a year of eligibility?

Since spring competition is canceled for the rest of the spring semester, the NAIA has announced spring sport athletes will not be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

Can I still visit campus?

Effective Monday, June 1, campus will be open to visitors in all areas except the academic buildings and residence halls. Enrollment services and other administrative offices will be open. Visitors are expected to practice social distancing and limit groups of people to 10 or less. We are adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health, and signs with that information are posted on all exterior doors. Vendors must continue to check in through the Facilities Office and must be accompanied at all times by a member of the Lyon College Facilities Department.

Effective June 8, official campus tours held by enrollment services will resume. Visitors will be required to wear masks. Visitors participating in a campus tour will be provided with masks, and they will follow a predetermined route approved by the Campus Safety Committee.

Will class disruption caused by COVID-19 affect my financial aid for this spring 2020 semester?

Unless a student takes a specific action to officially withdraw from the College for the semester, the student will continue the remainder of the semester as a fully enrolled student of Lyon College. No interaction with the Financial Aid Office is required to finish out the semester following the guidelines set forth by the Provost's Office and the instruction from faculty. However, the Financial Aid Office is available, as always, for any specific questions or help you need.
There will be no adjustments to your financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) due to the transition from in-class learning to remote learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Your spring financial aid has been disbursed and can be viewed on myLYON.

Do current students still pay the registration deposit for fall 2020?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to remove any financial barriers for current students registering for fall 2020 classes, Lyon College has waived the registration deposit.

Students who have questions related to payments should contact Jill Varner in the Accounts Receivable Office at jill.varner@lyon.edu or (870) 307-7322.

Any student who has encountered a significant adverse change in their own or their parents’ financial circumstances should contact Tommy Tucker, Director of Financial Aid at Thomas.tucker@lyon.edu or (870) 307-7257.