Updated June 11
SUMMER POLICY CHANGES
Based on the easing of restrictions across our state and region, face coverings are now optional for employees, but are still strongly encouraged for un-vaccinated individuals.
Anyone is free to wear a face covering at any time, and employees have the right to ask others to wear face coverings in their own offices or classrooms. Please continue to keep a face covering with you.
POLICIES FOR STUDENTS
Hanover College will be face-to-face again this Fall and is committed to providing a safe campus for students and employees. We are also excited to return to a less-restrictive campus environment. However, for Hanover College to operate as close to “normal” as possible, it’s important that we achieve the highest possible COVID-19 vaccination rate. Given medical and religious exemptions allowed by law, it is impossible to achieve a 100% vaccination rate for any vaccine, even if required, including COVID-19. But we want to get as close as we can!
Millions of people have been safely vaccinated and are now enjoying the peace of mind of knowing these vaccines are extremely effective at preventing COVID-19 altogether or minimizing its effects. As part of a community, we all must do what we can to protect each other; including getting as many people vaccinated as possible.
Beginning in July, we will begin regular drawings from the list of students and employees who have been vaccinated and have uploaded their supporting documentation. Winners of the drawings will receive prizes such as gift cards, meal swipes, etc. We strongly encourage those willing and able to get vaccinated and then upload your proof of vaccination!
To guide our efforts for the Fall Term, we are providing the attached documents that lay out our COVID-19 policies for students. It is important to note that the policies are based on current information and the status of the pandemic and are subject to change. As with any policy, it cannot address every possible situation.
Health and Safety
Hanover’s health and safety protocols include:
- expanded opportunities to address mental and physical health needs through a partnership with TimelyMD, a telehealth provider.
- relocation of Health Services to a less-congested campus location.
- development of procedures for testing, quarantine and isolation (if needed).
- modified dining arrangements through Parkhurst Dining, Hanover’s food-service provider, to support food-safety and enable social distancing.
- requirement of face-coverings or other personal protective equipment in common areas.
- installation of protective shields/barriers for customer service/transaction locations and additional hand-sanitizer stations throughout campus.
- enhanced disinfectant protocols, including a disinfectant specialist, provided through WFF Facility Services, the College’s custodial contractor, to ensure all campus and high-traffic areas are regularly and thoroughly disinfected.
- staggered campus move-in days with a requirement for face-coverings.
- suspended study-abroad courses for the fall term.
Hanover's academic protocols include:
- requirement of face-coverings or other personal protective equipment in all face-to-face classes.
- requirement of social distancing indoors and during face-to-face classes.
- faculty training for enhanced online instruction capabilities.
Campus Life and Experience
Hanover's effort to support student life and a "real" campus experience include:
- housing arrangements and protocols to maximize togetherness that prioritizes student health and safety.
- creative social activities that will enable student interaction while maintaining adequate physical distancing.
- innovative virtual events to keep students connected and safe.
- safe intercollegiate athletic programs in coordination with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Learn more about COVID-19 at the Center for Disease Control website.