• Lee University COVID-19 (coronavirus) Response

    Lee University officials continue to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19. The number of cases in Bradley County can be located on the Tennessee Department of Health website. The university remains committed to maintaining the health of the campus community.

    The COVID-19 Task Force appointed by President Conn is meeting consistently and continues monitoring guidance and information from numerous sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other national and state health organizations, and professional associations (e.g., the American College Health Association).

    The purpose of this website is to provide a centralized resource for the university’s response to COVID-19. We will provide updates on this site as additional information becomes available.

    Latest Updates to the Lee University CommunityCOVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Self-Monitoring Form

    If you’ve traveled outside the country during Spring Break or are concerned that you’ve been exposed to someone infected by the virus, the university would like for you to self-report using the self-monitoring form. This form has been developed for two groups of people:

    1. All students and staff who traveled out of the country during Spring Break in an effort to monitor their health and the health of the campus.
    2. Any student or staff member who is concerned that they may been exposed to someone who has been infected by the COVID-19 virus.

    Answers to these questions will come directly to the Lee University Health Clinic personnel and HIPAA regulations will be maintained. 
    Symptoms

    While information on infection with COVID-19 continues to emerge, it appears that three symptoms have been reported consistently and typically emerge 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    It also is important to note that some people with the virus experience only mild symptoms while others who appear to be dealing with other health complications have experienced more severe symptoms and have died.

    If you are concerned that you have contracted the virus, seek medical attention immediately. We encourage those who do have this concern to call the Health Clinic (423.614.8430), a doctor’s office, or the emergency room to discuss your symptoms and your recent travel history.

    We encourage the campus community to stay up to date with emerging news about the virus at the CDC’s website.
     
    Prevention

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website suggests the following measures in an effort to prevent infection with COVID-19.

    Protecting Yourself
    •  Clean your hands often.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people.
    Note that the virus is spread mainly from person to person, typically those within 6 feet of one another, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
     
    Protecting Others
     •  Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care.
    • Instructors have been encouraged to work with students if they need to be out due to sickness.
    • To seek medical care, visit the Symptoms section above.
    •  Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    •  Wear a facemask if you are sick.
           
    •  Clean and disinfect.
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    The Physical Plant staff has been cleaning around campus, particularly high-traffic areas, thoroughly over Spring Break.  
    Travel Guidance

    Reentry Self-Monitoring
    The university asks that all students and staff traveling internationally complete the Self-Monitoring Form upon return to campus in an effort to maintain a healthy campus. Please note that the information provided will be transmitted to the Health Clinic and will be protected according to HIPPA standards.

    Travel to High-Risk Countries
    Travel to international areas listed as Level 2 or 3 regions according to the CDC is discouraged by the university. All university-sponsored trips to these regions for the summer are currently under review. Conditions impacting all international university-sponsored trips are being monitored. Specific questions should be addressed to Global Perspectives (gperspectives@leeuniversity.edu; 423.614.8357).

    International Students
    The university is mindful of the unique challenges facing international students. Specific questions pertaining to international students may be addressed to the Office of Student Development and the Office of Admissions. Individuals working with international students routinely are Rosie Adams in Student Development and Renee Williams in Admissions.

    Class, Event and Meeting Information

    At this time, university services are being planned to continue as normal with a few exceptions.

    Plan for On-Campus Classes
    As Dr. Conn communicated in his email on March 13, classes for on-campus students are canceled for March 16-18 and will resume via online learning using Moodle and Zoom video conferencing on Thursday, March 19. Instruction will continue by this method until we are able to come back together on March 30. Offices, dorms, and dining services will be open throughout this two-week period for those who depend on them, but there will be no group meetings, classes, chapels, or other gatherings.

    NCAA Statement on Athletic Events
    The NCAA made an important announcement regarding attendance at athletic events. This does impact attendance at our events until further notice. The NCAA statement specifies that “only essential personnel and limited family attendance” will be permitted. Many of our athletic contests can be watched online.

    Sodexo Food Services

    While most of the food service provided by Sodexo will remain unchanged, they have made some important modifications to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. Some of these changes will include serving pizza on plates rather than allowing customers to plate their own, serving tossed salads instead of providing a self-service salad bar, and plating all baked desserts rather than allowing for customer self-service.

    FAQsHelpful Informational Links

    The university tracks information from numerous websites to guide its response. Below are links to a few sites with critical information: