Updated April 23
Winter term ends, students eye spring term
As winter term closes, students are completing final examinations and preparing to enjoy a well-deserved (and much-appreciated) spring break.
Springtime is special on the Hanover College campus. The final four weeks of the academic year - May term - have been a highlight for generations of Hanoverians. Students will be on-campus throughout the term, which runs from Monday, May 3, through Thursday, May 27. Please note, the College will continue to follow its face-covering policies through the remainder of the academic year.
The May term will be highlighted by an in-person graduation to not only celebrate the Class of 2021, but also by welcoming members of the Class of 2020. Both classes will hold commencement ceremonies on campus Saturday, May 29.
The academic schedule and all of its associated events, policies and procedures for athletic and campus events, continue to be subject to change based on community health and related factors. Hanover’s approach will continue to be informed by national, state and local officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
The College is using a strategic, measured approach, protocols support three broad areas of campus life, including health and safety of the campus community, academic success and student life and experience.
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.