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Return to The Haven

Academic Year Reopening Campus Plan

Message From The President

January 6, 2022

Dear Haven Family,

I hope you enjoyed a restful break. As a university, we continue to monitor the incidence and severity of the Omicron variant as we approach the start of the Spring 2022 semester. We understand the importance of providing our students with the best educational opportunities for success. We also understand the uncertainty COVID-19 continues to create.

To mitigate the risk of infection and allow time for the expected post-holiday surge in COVID-19 infections to wane, LHU will deliver the first week of classes (Jan. 24-28) online. We plan to continue all classes (in-person, hybrid, online, etc.) Jan. 31, 2022, as currently indicated in My Haven.

Residential students will be welcomed to campus in a staggered move-in schedule on January 22 and 23 during which they will be tested for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status. Students testing negative will continue to be onboarded; those who test positive for COVID-19, or do not test, will be asked to take their first week of classes at home.

From Monday, January 31 through Wednesday, February 2, onboarding testing for students and employees will be available. Surveillance testing on Mondays and Thursdays will be available in subsequent weeks. Your robust participation in these actions proved critical in keeping the campus safe and in-person last year. We are asking you to avail yourselves of them again so we may be informed of infection rates on campus. We are also finalizing a link for students and employees to voluntarily and confidentially submit their vaccination/booster status. Vaccination clinics will be available at intervals throughout the semester.

We will continue to require masks indoors. It is our intention to provide either N95 or KF94 masks to our campus community and are working to purchase two masks for each student and employee. We will also continue to have surgical masks available at the entrances to buildings and classrooms. We are encouraging that these masks be used instead of, or with, cloth masks. As a reminder, masks must be worn to fully cover the mouth and nose. All cleaning and other safety protocols will be in full effect. Faculty are encouraged to use seating charts this semester to aid in contact tracing.

Residential students will receive a communication from Student Affairs with more detailed onboarding instructions early next week, and information will be posted to the website at that time. Information regarding the link for vaccination status will be forthcoming.

It has been a challenging two years since the coronavirus appeared, but I continue to be inspired by your resilience and dedication to our students and their success. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do during this pandemic.

Dr. Bashar W. Hanna
Interim President

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