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Coronavirus

Last Updated: June 5, 2020 at 4:48 P.M. ET

How We’re Making Decisions | Travel | Frequently Asked Questions

Recent Updates

This page is continuously being updated to be as relevant and accurate as possible. See all recent update notes.

June 3 major update:

May 8 major updates:

April 23 major updates:

  • Under the main “Students” section at the top, added:
    • Please note that all summer intensive courses for online programs with the exception of Exercise Science (EXSC) 511 and 551 have been moved to a digital format. Students registered for intensive courses will receive detailed guidance regarding course schedule and delivery from their instructor at the beginning of the summer term.


April 15 major updates:


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arch 29 major updates:

  • As of midnight March 29 2020, any students who have not yet elected to check into campus residence halls for the first time since Spring Break, will be self-quarantined for two weeks at the annex in single rooms with meals and other essentials delivered.
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Coronavirus Information and Updates

Liberty University announces plans to fully reopen in August

Current Operating Status: Liberty University remains open ONLY to students, employees, and those conducting University business.

President Jerry Fallwell says semester ‘finished’ strong as residence halls close for summer break. Read full news story.

In light of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s emergency ban on public gatherings of 10 or more people, Liberty University will transition all residential classes to an online digital format starting Monday, March 23.

  • All upcoming Liberty-sponsored study abroad and international trips have been canceled for the Spring and Summer semesters.
  • We urge students, faculty & staff to reconsider travel plans that might increase the risk of exposure. View a more detailed guidance on travel.

Students

  • As a customer service measure, Liberty University announced that students who did not return to use their on-campus residence hall room for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester (departing on-campus housing as of March 28, 2020) will receive an automatic $1,000 credit toward any of their Fall 2020 charges (room, board, tuition, fees). The credit will be disbursed onto the student’s account after they begin active enrollment and on Liberty’s standard financial aid disbursement schedule.
  • In observance of social distancing, effective immediately all employee physical payroll checks will be mailed. Employees are encouraged to complete a direct deposit form, and submit it to Human Resources as this is the fastest way to receive your paycheck. When submitting your form, remember to sign it and include your Liberty ID #, and include either a bank verification letter or voided check that clearly shows your name and the routing and account numbers.
  • Please note that all summer intensive courses for online programs with the exception of Exercise Science (EXSC) 511 and 551 have been moved to a digital format.  Students registered for intensive courses will receive detailed guidance regarding course schedule and delivery from their instructor at the beginning of the summer term.
  • Please note that all fall intensive courses for online programs with the exception of Nursing (NURS) 740 & 741 have been moved to a digital format. Students registered for intensive courses will receive detailed guidance regarding course schedule and delivery from their instructor at the beginning of the fall term.

Faculty & Staff

  • Announcement: President’s Statement Regarding COVID-19
  • Faculty should make any COVID-19 related work-related adjustments with your dean and Provost Office.
  • Staff who have questions regarding COVID-19 related work assignments should contact their supervisors.
  • Please report to your supervisor if you are experiencing symptoms.
  • In observance of social distancing, effective immediately all employee physical payroll checks will be mailed. Employees are encouraged to complete a direct deposit form, and submit it to Human Resources as this is the fastest way to receive your paycheck. When submitting your form, remember to sign it and include your Liberty ID #, and include either a bank verification letter or voided check that clearly shows your name and the routing and account numbers.

 

If you are a student on campus and exhibit any of the following symptomscall Student Health & Wellness at (434) 592-7770. If you experience symptoms after-hours, contact emergency services, (434) 592-3911 for guidance. 

  • Lower respiratory symptoms 
  • Travel history to affected areas including the United States 
  • Fever above 100.4 

How We’re Making Decisions

The number of national coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continues to rise and the safety of the Liberty University community is our primary concern. Liberty University officials have been meeting regularly and carefully monitoring the situation, maintaining contact with state public health officials, and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for college campuses. The decisions we are making rely heavily on the guidance we are receiving from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health and are intended to protect the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and local community. We recognize the uncertainty this global health issue is creating and are committed to keeping you informed and up to date as this situation evolves.

On May 9, 2020, Governor Northam signed Executive Order 61, presenting a detailed framework of a phased re-opening plan for Virginia. Most of the state was able to enter Phase One on Friday, May 15. This maintains the ban on social gatherings of more than 10 people and continues to recommend social distancing, teleworking, and wearing face coverings. The full Executive Order can be found here.

COVID-19 has affected many countries around the world. Liberty University will continue to monitor the guidance from local, state, and federal public health officials. For the most up-to-date information, visit CDC or The Virginia Department of Health. The CDC provides Five Facts about COVID-19. Learn more about how we’re responding to COVID-19 at Liberty. 


Travel

Liberty University has made the decision to cancel all upcoming international Liberty-sponsored travel over for Summer 2020. We are in close, regular communication with those students who are currently abroad on exchange and other programs, regarding how to monitor and assess their current situations based on conditions in the country they are visiting. See news release for Liberty’s response to COVID-19 and international travel. We urge faculty, staff, and students who have personal or professional plans to travel either internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. to reconsider their travel. In doing so, we ask each of you to take into account the possibility of travel delays, future quarantines, or prolonged self-isolation when returning from travel to our communities. Faculty and staff are also advised to carefully consider these resources while monitoring U.S. Department of State and CDC travel alerts prior to departure. General International Travel Recommendations


Frequently Asked Questions

About COVID-19

What is the COVID-19?
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
How is the virus spread?
Who is considered at high risk for COVID-19?
What are the best ways to prevent COVID-19?
What is the risk?
What is social distancing?
Why is social distancing so important?

General Operations

What if I am planning to attend an intensive and have concerns?
What will the University do if there is a possible case identified among students, faculty, and staff?
What has Liberty University been doing to prepare?
Are Residence Halls and Dining Facilities open?
What additional cleaning measures is the University taking?
Is Liberty open? Are classes still being held?
What buildings will remain open on campus?
Will the buses be in service?
Will the LU Shepherd’s Office still be open?
What counseling services are available to students?
Is the Food Pantry still available?

Academic Support

How will classes in an online digital format work?
What kind of tech support can I get? Is it available evenings and weekends?
I have a disability. How will I be accommodated for online learning? 
What if I don’t have WiFi? 
Will this impact my ability to meet my academic requirements? 
What academic resources are available?
What is my individual School doing?
I can’t complete my CSER hours. What should I do?

Travel

What countries are designated at Level 4 and what does that mean?
What is the university’s advice for students, faculty, or employees with plans to travel?
I am a LU student currently abroad in Europe or the UK. How does the March 11 Presidential Proclamation affect me?
Will students, faculty, and staff arriving from areas impacted by COVID-19 be quarantined?
Should I self-quarantine, self-isolate, self-monitor or self-observe?
I was supposed to go on an LU Send trip and now it’s canceled. What do I do?

Events and Public Gatherings

Will there still be Convocation?
Will there still be Campus Community?

Staying Healthy

What are steps I can take to remain healthy?
I am concerned I may have been exposed to a person or area affected by the virus. What should I do?
What is the difference between self-quarantine, self-monitor, and self-observation?

Seeking Medical Care

What steps should I take if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
Who should be tested?