Q&As Regarding LHU’s Fall Return to The Haven
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Please visit the Covid-19 Dashboard page for the latest up-to-date numbers
According to the CDC website you should follow these steps:
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
- Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
Lock Haven University will operate fully remote for a two-week period on the original start-date of January 25 through February 5. No in-person classes or labs will take place during this time. While the majority of courses will remain remote, when classes resume on Feb. 8, LHU will maintain plans to increase face-to-face instruction from 15 to 25 percent and include more synchronous learning opportunities. No athletic associated activities will take place prior to February 8.
Lock Haven University recommends students, faculty and staff talk to their primary care physician (PCP) on receiving the vaccination. PA DOH and healthcare providers set priority populations to receive the COVID vaccine. More information is available through the CDC Vaccine Advisory Board and the PA DOH Vaccine Dashboard.
Symptomatic Testing will be performed by the LHU Health Center in the following instances if as student has one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms. Students should call the LHU Health Center (570-484-2276) to be assessed over the phone by a nurse. If nurse believes that testing is needed, student is instructed to report to the LHU Health Center. The Student’s medical insurance is billed for the test. Turnaround time for test results is typically two days and student should isolate for those two days. Results will be sent to the LHU Health Center. Health Center Staff will review the results and call the student.
Fall 2020 schedule changes are continuing to be made to the delivery method for courses and sections. The full list of fall courses, as well as their delivery format, will be available for you to view through MyHaven by August 4th. Classes are meeting face-to-face, fully online, or a mix of both face-to-face and online.
- If a class has only one meeting line that states WEB ON LINE, then that class is fully online. (This may be referred to as "asynchronous/online.")
- If a class shows with days and times but a location of WEB ON LINE, then it is an online class meeting on those specific days and times but students will not be in a classroom as they can attend anywhere online. (This may be referred to as "real-time remote" or "synchronous/online.")
- If a class shows meeting days, times, and a classroom location, then it is a face-to-face class. Students will either attend all classes face-to-face or faculty may rotate students in and out on certain days. The days the students are not sitting in class, they may be participating via Zoom. Faculty will be making those arrangements individually.
If you are a new freshman, you should contact your academic advisor. If your advisor is not available, then contact your major department chairperson. If you are unable to reach either of those individuals, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 570-484-2006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to include your student ID number and details of changes being requested; a phone number is helpful too in case we have additional questions).
Keep in mind that schedule changes are currently taking place. So there may be additional changes from now through August 4. In other words, a course currently showing as face-to-face/in person could change to online.
Log in to D2L and look for the D2L Student Video Tutorials course under Quicklinks => Self Registration
Inside this course, you will find tutorials on using D2L and information about using Zoom.
You will also find the contact information for the 24x7 D2L Helpdesk.
Please review the available tutorials and then contact the D2L Helpdesk if you still need assistance.
For help with content-specific issues such as due dates or content availability, please contact your instructor directly.
Yes, the LHU Duplicating Department is happy to help students during this unusual time. Their office is open Monday-Friday 8-4 pm.
Simply follow the instructions below:
- Email the document you wish to have printed to email@example.com.
- Put your name and course number in the Subject line of the email.
- You will be notified via LHU email when your job is ready to be picked up. It will be stacked and labeled in the enclosed area outside of the Duplicating Office. Hand sanitizer will be available. Please maintain social distancing procedures when picking up your print job.
At this time, we are planning for face-to-face student teaching placements, internships, clinical placements, etc. Please contact your academic advisor, the chair of your department or the dean of your college for more information.
They will follow the same protocols as main campus.
The LHU Testing Center is closed until January 21, 2021. Questions may be directed to Angie Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-484-3131.
Students interested in living on campus in residence hall facilities will need to complete the Housing Agreement Form. Students will move into their On-Campus Housing assignment between February 4-7. Each residential student will receive an assigned move-in date and time sent via e-mail. Residential students should receive this move-in correspondence by January 22. All questions should be directed to Student and Residence Life by emailing the office at email@example.com or by calling (570) 484-2317.
Campus trolleys will operate at a reduced capacity and will be limited to persons (students, faculty and staff) with documented disabilities. Riders must wear facial coverings and social distance while on the trolleys. Other transportation (RVT busses) will be available.
Dining Services will be functional during the Fall 2021 semester. Please visit Campus Dish for up-to-date information regarding meal plan options, on-campus dining locations, hours of operation, and other important information.
Yes, the Recreation Center will be open to all LHU students. Should circumstances warrant a change, we will post an update.
Yes, the University Store will be open. Please refer to their website for hours.
Please contact Ms. Susan Birdsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-484-2479 to schedule an appointment.
We have created a Student Resources webpage with many available resources. We will continue to update this webpage.
ODSS & Virtual Instruction FAQ
Yes, ODSS is still open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. All drop-ins and student appointments will be conducted via phone or virtually until further notice. ODSS will not be proctoring exams on campus while virtual instruction is in place at LHU.
If you have a question or concern, we can be contacted through:
- Email: email@example.com
- Appointments can be scheduled through Accommodate.
- Log in through D2L > University Resources tab (top left of screen) > Accommodate > Appointments.
- Scheduled meetings will take place via telephone or video [Zoom or Skype]. When you schedule an appointment, please indicate if you want a phone or video meeting. List your phone number if you want a phone meeting. If you request a video meeting, I will email you a Zoom link or discuss connecting via Skype.
- • Phone: You can also call the office at 570-484-2665.
ODSS will not be proctoring exams while the University’s instruction remains online only. Please communicate with your instructors to discuss your exam accommodations in their courses.
Some instructors may opt for alternative assessments (e.g. essays, untimed exams) which would not require exam accommodations.
If your instructor is creating online timed exams, please notify your instructor if you will need extended time. Academic departments are responsible for setting up extended testing time in D2L.
ODSS is available to instructors and students to consult about unique circumstances.
Once you have learned from your instructor how they will adapt the course for virtual instruction, please let ODSS know if you would like to continue receiving notes.
You may find that you no longer need a note-taker due to the course design changes. For example, lectures that are prerecorded videos can be watched at your own pace, and often will have transcripts or closed-captioning available. On the other hand, some instructors may still opt for scheduled class meetings with real-time communication using Zoom.
Regardless of your decision to continue receiving notes, all established note-takers will receive compensation for their notes.
Completed agreements will be honored, though reasonable modifications to the structure of the agreements may be needed with the shift to online instruction. Please contact your instructors to discuss any additional barriers presented by changes to the course format. Let ODSS know if you need any assistance right away.
If you are not currently registered with ODSS, please use the initial accomadtion request form to disclose disability and request accommodations.
If you are a SLDS-registered student, please contact ODSS either by scheduling an appointment through Accommodate, or reaching out via email or phone.
We acknowledge the significant effort required to quickly adapt your courses to online instruction. We want to collaborate with you to ensure that access for students with disabilities is maintained through this transition. Some students may encounter disability-related barriers with online instruction or assessment (e.g. students who use assistive technology, students with medical limitations on screen usage). ODSS staff are available for consultation regarding best practices and accessibility. (Phone: 570-484-2665 or 2454; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have students in your course who are utilizing accessible media, please notify ODSS of any added materials by contacting us.
Below are some tips to keep in mind as you are creating virtual course content (adapted from DO-IT at University of Washington):
- Use clear, consistent layouts and organization schemes for presenting content, and make instructions and expectations clear for activities, projects, and assigned reading.
- Offer outlines, scaffolding tools, and adequate opportunities for practice to help students learn.
- When selecting new materials, try to find videos that are already captioned, and articles that are available in a text-searchable format (meaning you can highlight and search the text within the document; click here for an example).
- Images can be made accessible to blind and low-vision students by providing captions or inserting alt text into the image. Use large, bold fonts on uncluttered pages with plain backgrounds and color combinations that are high contrast.
- Provide flexibility and understanding as this experience may cause disruption to the student’s home life and available resources – which may negatively impact a student’s disability symptoms.
For more tips:
- Visit the D2L by Brightspace article “Improve Your Course with Brightspace Accessibility Checker".
- Visit the Explore Access article “Tools for Promoting Disability Access and Inclusion”.
Extended time on exams as an accommodation generally only applies to traditional, time-limited exams. If you decide to offer alternative means of assessment (e.g. essays, non-timed exams, discussions, project work), then a student’s extended time may no longer be applicable. We encourage you to speak with registered students if that is the case.
ODSS will not be proctoring exams on campus while the University’s instruction remains online only. Exams should be administered online or through other remote assessment methods by faculty, but ODSS is available to discuss particular situations if needed. Faculty are responsible for setting up extended testing time in D2L or any other online exam platforms. Please view this tutorial by Jan Bottorf to learn how to set extended test time within D2L for any exams you are giving online:
Please communicate with your students to discuss their exam accommodations in your courses.
Prior to making time allotment adjustments, please confirm how much extended time each of your students should get for their quizzes/exams. You can view the extended time multipliers (1.5x, 2x, etc.) for ALL of your students by following these steps (below) to log into the Accommodate system. You can also confirm an individual student’s extended time multiplier by checking their Course Accessibility Letter email or contacting ODSS.
- Log in to Accommodate using the How to Log in to Accommodate instructions.
- Click on the Courses tab in the sidebar and then click the Course Catalog tab at the top of the page.
- From the Semester dropdown menu, select the current semester and then click on the
- Apply Search button. The page will reload and you will see all of the courses you arescheduled to teach in that semester.
- To view accommodations, click on the title of the course and then click the Enrolled Students tab at the top of the page.
- If a student has accommodations, they will be listed under the student’s name next to Accommodations.
- Click on the Return to list (Course) at the top of your screen to return to your course list and view accommodations in other courses.
Completed agreements should be honored, though reasonable modifications to the structure of the agreements may be needed with the shift to online instruction. Students with Flexibility agreements should be contacting you to discuss any additional barriers, if any, presented by changes to the course format. ODSS is available to instructors and students to consult.
Adapted from Ohio State University’s Disability Services webpage.
Yes, the library will be open. Please visit their webpage closer to the start of the semester for details.
Please contact Admissions directly at email@example.com or 570-484-2027
Please visit our important information page. If you do not find your answer there, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-484-3700.