LBC | Capital UPDATE

Spring 2021 Semester Information

Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School is planning for a safe and responsible resumption of classes for the spring semester. We are taking the following steps to continue operating in compliance with governmental guidelines while continuing our mission that is so essential to our students and the community.

  • We have delayed the start of our undergraduate spring semester on the Lancaster campus to January 19, 2021. This decision was made earlier in the fall and previously communicated to students and families (a full academic calendar can be viewed here).
  • We are operating with even more stringent mitigation practices than we utilized in the fall semester (these are in compliance with recent state guidelines).
  • We are implementing a campus-wide testing program for employees and returning students.  Details will be posted on this page.
  • We plan to operate with in-person instruction but, as always, we will update this intention based on further recommendations or requirements to comply with local, state and national authorities.

As always, we will provide updates to keep our LBC | Capital family and constituents informed of our plans.

– Dr. Kiedis, December 17, 2020

Graduation in our Good Shepherd Chapel

LBC | Capital COVID-19 Reporting

Information accurate as of 12-4-20, 4 p.m.  Starting 11-21-20, students have returned home and classes move to remote learning to complete the semester.

  • Lancaster Campus Population – 1,446
    (total of students and employees)
  • Lancaster Campus current confirmed COVID-19 Cases – 2
    1 students | 1 faculty | 0 staff
  • To view the latest COVID-19 data for Lancaster County click here

General FAQs

Do I need to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing?

Yes, students, faculty, and staff are expected to wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines on campus. This is for everyone’s health & safety. In accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Public Health guidelines, individuals should wear face coverings “…in both indoor public spaces and in the outdoors when they are not able to constantly maintain social distancing”.

What if I have a health condition that puts me at high risk?

LBC | Capital will work with students on an individual basis to create a plan for classes and residence living. Please contact the Disability Services Office ( to discuss reasonable accommodations or the Registrar ( to inquire about online class options.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, he or she should notify the Health & Wellness Center at (717) 560-8215. The nurse will alert necessary agencies and initiate contact tracing protocols.

A resident student who tests positive will be encouraged to safely travel home for their isolation/quarantine. Those who cannot return home will be provided a space to isolate/quarantine until available spaces are fully taken.  Designated rooms have been cleaned for isolation and stocked with supplies so the student can stay there until it is safe for he or she to be around others. The campus nurse will remain in communication with the student to assist as needed. Individuals who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days. A commuter who tests positive should remain at home in quarantine until it is safe to return to campus.

What if I am not feeling well?

Students should call the Health & Wellness Center at (717) 560-8215 if they are not feeling well.  Resident students who are symptomatic are encouraged to return home while they wait for test results. If this isn’t possible, quarantine spaces have been identified in residence halls. Commuters who are symptomatic should stay home and seek medical attention.

Can I still use the Ally Center?

Ally Center appointments will be held in Zoom and students may schedule appointments at Students are encouraged to find a distraction reduced space for their appointment.

Space is limited in the Ally Center due to social distancing guidelines so athletes and incoming students with study-hour requirements will need to schedule their study hours in advance by logging on to, searching for available study slots, and registering for a time.

Math Lab will have modified hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9 a.m. in TLC 310, 1-1:30 p.m. in TLC 508/510, and 2:30-3 p.m. in TLC 508/510. Study groups will also be available and students will be notified of the times and locations through their Canvas course announcement pages if the Ally Center is offering a study group for a particular course.

Will the Counseling & Career Center be open?

C3 Intake forms will be available online by emailing  Students seeking counseling will have the option of sessions in the C3 office or via Zoom.  There will be groups online as well as in person.

This fall, resume review will be done via email or Zoom. Additionally, C3 now uses Handshake, an online career services platform.  Students can go to and log in with their LBC email address. After creating a profile, students can search for on-campus jobs, internships, summer jobs, and full/part time employment. Please email for more career related information.

Will the library be open?

The library will have modified hours.
Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 2–9 p.m.

Will Bookends be open?

Bookends will open for walk-in traffic except for August 26 – September 6. During this time-frame, orders can be placed online at Shipping is free for orders over $15 and free dorm room delivery is also available. For commuters, orders can be picked up at the Stop.

When Bookends is closed for walk-in traffic (8/26-9/6), apparel and gifts can be purchased online and a limited number of items will be available for sale on the sidewalk outside of Miller Hall. Additionally, if students need school supplies, the store will be regulated to allow entry for these types of purchases.

Please email or call (717) 560-8242 with additional questions.

How will I return my rented textbooks at the end of the semester?

All rented books are due back by December 31, 2020. Books can be returned directly to Bookends or shipped back to the store with a postage paid label included with all rentals.

How will I get my mail?

Traffic in Lower Miller will be one way. Packages received before August 26 will be delivered directly to residents’ dorm rooms. The service counter at the Stop will be available for shipping packages, buying stamps/envelopes/supplies, and picking up print jobs. During the semester, there will be a new convenience window for picking up packages only.

Please email with any additional questions.

Does the campus post office quarantine mail?

No.  Neither the Center for Disease Control and Prevention nor the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommend quarantining or disinfecting mail or packages.  The Lancaster campus mail center employees handle all mail and packages with plastic gloves and wash their hands often.

How should I go about meeting with my professors or staff members?

Keep in mind that some staff and faculty may be at high risk for contracting COVID-19. When possible, please try to email or call first to set an appointment. Some faculty or staff may prefer to meet through Zoom or in an outdoor setting.

What will student activities look like for the fall?

Student Activities will continue to operate under a strong virtual model. Students will be able to participate and interact within virtual broadcasts and livestreams. When weather and schedule permits, there will be marquee outdoor events that include food trucks, movie nights, scavenger hunts, and concerts. All participants should wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. Clear signage regarding health & safety guidelines will be posted for reminders. Student government will also partner with Residence Life to focus on smaller in-person gatherings within family units. Ideas and resources will be posted in residence halls to jump start an adventure or social gathering for family units and extended family.

Academic FAQs

What is the Fall 2020 Undergraduate Semester Schedule?

Classes will begin on Monday, August 31. The last day of in person classes will be Friday, November 20. Classes will continue online for all students from Monday, November 30 to Tuesday, December 8. Finals will begin Wednesday, December 9 to Friday, December 11.

View the undergraduate academic calendar for Fall 2020.

Will undergraduate students have a fall break?

This year there will be NO traditional fall break. Instead there will be no classes on Tuesday, October 20, and students will have the full week of Thanksgiving off (Monday, November 23 to Friday, November 27).

What are my options for being a student?
  1. Resident student attending classes on-campus at LBC.
  2. Commuter student attending classes on-campus at LBC.
  3. Online students attending traditional and/or adult education online courses.
  4. Remote student attending classes on-campus through Zoom. This option requires students to participate in classes during the scheduled class times.

If you have any questions, regarding your options for being a student this fall, please be in touch with the Registrar ( and your academic advisor.

How will my classes look this fall?

Your professors have been working hard this summer to prepare for the fall semester. Depending on the nature of your course, classroom space, and professor, you may experience classes in new ways to ensure both academic integrity and safety protocols. Some classes may be blended in nature with face-to-face instruction happening one day a week and the other elements of the course online. Additionally, you may have students joining the face-to-face class remotely through Zoom. Some courses may be moved to completely online which is evident on your schedule available through MyLBC. Your professor will explain your course set-up at the beginning of the semester.

What can I expect in the classrooms?

Classrooms have reduced capacity to ensure safe distancing. Classroom furniture has been arranged to ensure distancing; classroom furniture may not be moved. Some classes will meet in different spaces across campus, like the 4th floor of the TLC. Faculty and students will be required to wear masks while attending classes.

Dining FAQs

What changes should I expect in the ODC?

For the first two weeks of the semester, our Olewine Dining Commons (ODC) will be serving take-out only. This is to mitigate risk of community spread during a high risk period of time after initial student arrivals. Disposable take-out containers will be provided and students are welcome to eat outdoors. After the first two weeks of the semester, the dining hall will begin offering dine-in options for residents.

In order to provide the safest possible dining experience, meals will be served by ODC staff and everyone should wear face coverings while in line and receiving meals. Dining in the ODC will be for resident students only. Staff, faculty, and commuters will be provided options at Hollee’s and Bennee’s. Residents may also dine in Hollee’s or Bennee’s and may take advantage of meal exchange options.

Will there be any changes to Hollee’s or Bennee’s?

Seating in café’s will be rearranged in order to observe social distancing guidelines.

Residence Life FAQs

How will students live together in residence halls?

Two key terms will be used throughout the semester to help inform students how to safely manage inevitable interactions with others in residence halls. These terms are: 1) family unit, and 2) extended family.

  • Family unit- Students who share a room or an apartment.
  • Extended family – Students in the same section, or two sections in Weber or Clemens with a shared lounge.

For the first two weeks of the semester, residents should wear masks outside of one’s family unit, in all shared spaces, such as lounges, hallways, and bathrooms (when possible). After the first two weeks of the semester, if the campus is free from COVID-19, students will be allowed to interact with extended family without masks, while still maintaining social distancing when possible.

All resident students will be assigned one bathroom and one section lounge to use throughout the semester. Some lobby lounges will be closed while other select lobby lounges will remain open with “self-service” cleaning supplies available for sanitization before and after use.

Keeping clean and healthy spaces for all will be prioritized throughout the semester.

Can I have visitors?

Dorms are restricted to residents only and open dorms are postponed for the Fall 2020 semester. This will be reassessed for the Spring 2021 semester.

Requests for visitor exceptions may be made to

Can I go home on the weekends?

Residents should limit non-essential travel when possible. Non-essential travel increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission for the LBC community and for students’ families.

What if I do not have a place to go when residence halls close at Thanksgiving?

Rooms will be available for students who do not have a place to go or who are experiencing technology related challenges as a result of the modified academic schedule. Students must contact Residence Life ( prior to Thanksgiving break in order to make these arrangements.

Should resident students move out before Thanksgiving break?

No, the current plan is that students will return to their same room placements for the Spring 2021 semester. Administration will continue to monitor state guidance related to the pandemic and will communicate any potential changes as soon as possible.

CARES Act Information for Students

CARES Act Information

The CARES Act requires all colleges and universities participating in the program to provide access to the following information:

  • Lancaster Bible College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certificate and Agreement for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This document is an assurance that LBC has used, or intends to use, no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • The total amount of funds that LBC has received from the Department for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $694,828.
  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter) is $694,677.
  • The estimated total number of students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,203. (992 undergraduate and 211 graduate students.  Students who are enrolled exclusively in an online program are not eligible and not included in this number.)
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 913.
  • LBC’s method to determine which students receive emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was based on the following: First students with lower family incomes, including Pell Grant eligible students as well as students with EFC’s (Expected Family Contribution) up to 15000 will receive up to $800 each. Second, students who were living in the dormitories were identified and will receive up to $800 each based on EFC. An application process has also been established to allow other students to apply for grants based on number of allowable expenses and need.
  • LBC sent the following email to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Recently legislation was enacted that created the CARES Act. Under this act, LBC|Capital received funding that must go directly to students to cover expenses related to the disruption of normal institutional operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have experienced an expense please complete the online CARES Act Student Emergency Aid Application. This can be found on the LBC Student Portal under Cares Act Student Aid. Additional eligibility information, including a filed FAFSA is required, and more information can be found on the FAQ page located here.* Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion: click here to view

*Please note the application has been removed from our website since we have now disbursed the majority of our funding.