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Monday, March 23

Today “remote readiness” became “remote teaching and learning” across the entire traditional undergraduate experience!  This is history in the making for LBC|Capital. You are communicating with students, building competence (both yours and theirs) in this new virtual environment, and gaining confidence to deliver quality biblical higher education amidst the challenge of COVID-19.  Faculty are on the front lines with students.  Our Solution Center is responding to student phone calls with their usual stellar service.  About 100 people were logged into our network, diligently working from home today. And we’re starting to build a digital chapel experience with a short video message, a student testimony, and worship music.  We’ll continue this pattern with curated video clips for the remainder of the semester.

There are 22 resident students remaining on our campus as of today, and we made the decision this morning that they will be restricted to campus for their own safety.  To do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and hopefully to prevent infection within this group, we are requiring social distancing.  Our Dining Services is providing meals to the 22 students, and there are exercise and entertainment options on campus.

We continue to share timely COVID-19 information with our students and families, our friends and colleagues. While this page is our primary vehicle, social media posts, employee and student portals are also used. Email communication has gone to alumni, donors, and parents (via weekly e-letter). Feel free to let us know how we can serve you better.

This post shows LBC|Capital at its finest. It also expresses my gratitude for the hard work of many. Please take a moment to read, “COVID-19 – Which Way Are You Looking.”

Thomas L. Kiedis, PhD, DMin
President
O: 717.560.8278

Previous Updates

Thursday, March 19

Dear LBC|Capital Family:

We have all been living in the whirlwind of COVID-19. More and more these days, our COVID-19 Senior Leader Task Force is feeling the tension Nehemiah did in rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem. Nehemiah and his cohort faced a seemingly insurmountable task coupled with persistent pressure from invading enemies. So what did he do? Nehemiah wrote, “But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat” (Nehemiah 4:9).

I love this response. It speaks to our need to remain fully dependent on God and fully engaged in addressing the threat. This is the approach your task force is taking as we consider how to navigate the Spring semester at LBC|Capital under the ominous threat of COVID-19.

Today, we began our meeting in a season of prayer, followed by discussion around three primary decision points: (1) Remote Learning: How long do we continue to operate with our Remote Learning model? (2) Commencement: Knowing all the logistics surrounding Commencement and given the high level of governmental protective measures with respect to social distancing, can we pull it off? (3) Safety, Stuff, and Financial Reimbursements:  What is our plan to safeguard our students and their belongings, and what is our plan for financial reimbursement for room and board?

Here are the decisions we made:

1. Remote Learning: Given the national trend toward more restrictive social distancing measures coupled with no indication that COVID-19 has spiked in our country, we have decided to continue our Remote Learning Model through the end of the semester. We know this comes as a great disappointment to all – students, faculty, staff, and our greater LBC|Capital family – but your safety and that of our neighbors in paramount.

  • Traditional undergraduate students begin remote learning March 23 for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Accelerated Adult Education students at all locations will shift to remote learning beginning March 30
  • Graduate and Seminary students will shift to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23.

2. Commencement: In a move that is equally saddening but absolutely essential, we have decided to postpone all of our Spring Commencements. We look forward to celebrating and honoring our graduates at a date to be determined.

  • Lancaster, May 8 – postponed TBD
  • Washington DC, May 9 – postponed TBD
  • Uganda, May 23 – Postponed until May 2021
  • Philadelphia, June 27 –  postponed TBD

3. Safety, Stuff, and Financial Reimbursements: Working in conjunction with our national and state governmental authorities, and in keeping with a growing trend in higher education we have decided the following regarding:

  • Your Safety: Your safety is our utmost concern. To limit the potential threat of COVID-19 we ask that you stay away from campus.
  • Your Stuff: Your belongings were secured in your dorm room over spring break and will remain so until you retrieve them.  If there are extenuating circumstances please email residencelife@lbc.edu.  As of now, the dates for moving out of your dorm are May 8-10, or until the COVID-19 emergency ends.  Any change to this date will be communicated to you in advance.
  • Your Finances: Many students (and parents) are wondering if they are eligible for a refund or credit on room and board charges.  The answer is yes. Students fall into two primary categories and both are addressed in our Resident Student FAQ below on this page. 

Together we rest in God’s promise: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps. 91:1).

Dr. Thomas L. Kiedis
President
O: 717.560.8278


Tuesday, March 17

An all employee meeting was held this morning and the FAQs on this page were updated accordingly.  We continue to monitor the situation hour by hour and will keep our LBC | Capital community informed.

Please remember your ID badge is now needed if you come to campus.


Monday, March 16

As we shared with our LBC|Capital community earlier today, in these volatile times events are changing not day-by-day, but hour-by-hour. While the world is in upheaval, God is not. We continue to rest in the One who is before all things, created all things, and in whom all things hold together (Colossians 1:17). We are leaning on the promise of James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” We are asking God for wisdom as we walk through these days and as we make multiple decisions that impact the lives of our educational community. Here are key communication points for today:

This afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf issued a shutdown order to the entire state of Pennsylvania in an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.  While this order does not include institutions of higher education and is self-enforced, the Lancaster campus of LBC|Capital will be closing at the end of business Tuesday, March 17. We are doing this in an attempt to comply with our Governor’s wishes and for the safety of our community. At that point we will assume a posture of remote work until further notice.

We will provide clarity on our working protocol at a mandatory [live streamed] All-Employee Meeting at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 17.  Employees are expected to be on campus and are encouraged to watch with their teams in groups of ten or less. The livestream will be accessible from the employee portal (on the left side, labeled Employee Streaming).

Additional LBC | Capital actions taken today:

  • All incoming traffic to the Lancaster campus must present a valid LBC | Capital ID badge, effective immediately.
  • All events on our Lancaster campus are canceled through Easter.
  • The Trust Performing Arts Center is closed.

Friday, March 13

Today’s update is provided in response to the most recent communication from authorities at the national, state, and local levels, including today’s news conference with the President of the United States and yesterday’s briefing with Governor Wolf:

  • Traditional undergraduate classes will shift to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23 through April 12, reassessing prior to April 3.  This remains a fluid situation and updates will be posted regularly.
  • Adult Education in Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Washington DC will move to a blended format beginning Session 3.  Students need to contact their Site Directors for more information.
  • Graduate and Doctoral Education will shift to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23 through April 12, reassessing prior to April 3.
  • FAQs are published below with ongoing additions.
  • Per the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), the NEAC Presidents’ Council has made the difficult decision to cancel all conference activities and championships for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, effective immediately. LBC coaches are working directly with their teams to coordinate details around this difficult decision.

Friday, March 13 Video

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Thursday, March 12

To our LBC | Capital community:

Today I was reflecting on the words of Winston Churchill. In 1941, the British Prime Minister said, “I cannot recall any period when its stresses and the onset of so many problems all at once or in rapid succession bore more directly on me and my colleagues than the first half of 1941.”

While we are not experiencing a world war like that of Churchill, our world is at war with respect to COVID-19. For many of us these are unprecedented days. Know that I cannot say enough about the great work being done at all our sites to keep student-care and mission-focus primary. Our folks are resting in the Lord while planning for multiple contingencies. This is our day-to-day reality at all our sites: Lancaster, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boca Raton.

In our continuing efforts to keep you informed, here are a few updates for the LBC|Capital family:

  • Spring break for Lancaster undergraduate students has been extended by one week through Sunday, March 22, including academic assignments.  A decision will be made by Wednesday, March 18 to determine whether students may return to on-campus classes March 23, or if online modalities will be used for a time.
  • Students who are presently enrolled in online classes should continue to follow the syllabus in progress.
  • All pending Journey Team and TraveLearn trips for this academic year are canceled. Specific communication to both travelers and donors will be forthcoming.
  • The PhD in Leadership residency has shifted to complete online modality.  Students are receiving direct communication from their program director.
  • College travel is suspended with evaluation on a case-by-case basis; faculty and staff are asked to discuss any planned business travel with their vice president.
  • We are monitoring COVID-19 on an international, national, state, and local level. Today we watched Governor Wolf’s news conference and feel our decisions are in line with his requests.
  • Wellness reminders:
  • Please visit lbc.edu/campusupdates for daily communication as well as answers to many FAQs (Frequently Answered Questions).

While we are taking wise precautions, we are living in confidence, not fear. We pray the Lord sustains you with all the confidence of the psalmist, who said of the one who fears the LORD: “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7

Thomas L. Kiedis, PhD, DMin
President


Wednesday, March 11

We value the wellbeing of our students and campus community, and will do our best to keep you informed. By way of further update on this evolving situation, today the following measures were taken:

  • Spring break for Lancaster undergraduate students has been extended by one week through Sunday, March 22.
  • Student-athletes will return as previously scheduled.
  • At this time college travel has been suspended, to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All online courses in progress will continue.
  • Nontraditional classes continue to meet in Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

Future updates will be posted daily on this page.  A further update will be coming relative to nontraditional adult education programs at all locations.


Monday, March 9

What symptoms should you know about?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

What can you do?

  • Prevention – We encourage you to take steps to safeguard your personal health and to minimize risk exposure. You can prevent everything from a cold, flu, and the coronavirus by consistently following these action steps:

o   AVOID

  • Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

o   COVER – Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw the tissue directly in the trash.

o   WASH – Wash your hands often with soap and water vigorously for at least 20 seconds.

o   CLEAN – Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces (phones, door handles, counters, keyboard, etc) with everyday household disinfectants.

o   STAY – Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you were exposed, it is important to call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) and your doctor before going for care.

  • Preparedness

o   Be prepared to stay home for an extended period of time due to illness or quarantine. Consider the food or medication you will need to be self-supporting during this time.

o   Talk with your family and friends about prevention measures and set the example.

o   Have the contact information of your Doctor and PA Health public line saved on your phone.

What is LBC | Capital doing?

  • The President and his Cabinet are updated daily and are personally engaged in the preparation, readiness, and response aspects of a potential threat from the coronavirus.
  • We are closely monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates from CDC, PEMA, FEMA, PA Dept. of Health, Disaster Resistant University Network, and local emergency management.
  • We will continue sharing important updates and information with the LBC | Capital community.
  • We have restricted international travel as appropriate for the safety and well-being of our students and employees.
  • We created an Infectious disease task force from key positions in LBC | Capital that is meeting, planning, and taking action steps for preparedness and prevention.
  • We have been regularly disinfecting “high touch points” such as door handles, restrooms, classrooms, and counters.
  • We maintain lines of communication with public health agencies and local health facilities.
  • We are taking steps this week to be ready to deliver all classes online after spring break, should circumstances require it.

Where can you find additional trustworthy information?

General Public FAQs

What is LBC | Capital Doing
  • All classes will be delivered online or via alternative modes beginning Monday, March 23 for traditional undergraduates and March 30 for adult education.
  • All non-essential personnel will begin remote work on Wednesday, 3/18.
  • Starting March 18, all non-essential buildings will be shut down in a timely manner. These facilities will be first sanitized, then locked, then designated for non-use until further notice.
  • College travel has been suspended. Incoming traffic to the Lancaster campus requires ID badge.
  • We are closely monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates from CDC, PEMA, FEMA, PA Dept. of Health, Disaster Resistant University Network, and local emergency management.
  • We will continue sharing important updates and information with the LBC | Capital community.
  • We maintain lines of communication with public health agencies and local health facilities.

All spring Commencement services are postponed

All spring Commencement services are postponed, to be rescheduled when circumstances permit. We look forward to celebrating and honoring our graduates at a date to be determined.

  • Lancaster, May 8 – postponed TBD
  • Washington DC, May 9 – postponed TBD
  • Uganda, May 23 – Postponed until May 2021
  • Philadelphia, June 27 – postponed TBD

How is LBC|Capital monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak?

Student health and safety is our priority. College officials have been monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak (now known as COVID-19) since it was first reported. We use all available resources in consultation with health and government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We continue to consult regularly and will provide frequent updates to the College community.


Is LBC|Capital aware of any students, faculty, or staff exposed to COVID-19?

No. As of March 18, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at any LBC | Capital location, nor is anyone from our campus community being tested for COVID-19.


Will the library be open and what if I have checked-out materials?

The LBC | Capital library is closed. Please take advantage of your LBC|Capital Electronic library resources on the library website. You may email the library (CircDesk@lbc.edu),  or use the “Ask-A-Librarian” link on the library website for any library assistance or for help finding resources. The “Request Student Consultation” link on the library website will enable you to schedule a live Zoom meeting with a librarian for research assistance. You can also call the library at 717-560-8200, ext. 5412. No fines will be calculated for overdue materials during this time.


I was planning to attend an event at LBC | Capital.  Where do I find information about cancellations and postponements?

Please visit our LBC Events page for the latest information.

Personal Steps for Prevention

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

Call family physician, urgent care or emergency room if you experience shortness of breath, coughing and fever.


Prevention

We encourage you to take steps to safeguard your personal health and to minimize risk exposure. You can prevent everything from a cold, flu, and the coronavirus by consistently following these action steps:

  • AVOID
    • Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • COVER – Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw the tissue directly in the trash.
  • WASH – Wash your hands often with soap and water vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
  • CLEAN – Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces (phones, door handles, counters, keyboard, etc) with everyday household disinfectants.
  • STAY – Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you were exposed, it is important to call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) and your doctor before going for care.

Preparedness

  • Be prepared to stay home for an extended period of time due to illness or quarantine. Consider the food or medication you will need to be self-supporting during this time.
  • Talk with your family and friends about prevention measures and set the example.
  • Have the contact information of your Doctor and PA Health public line saved on your phone.

FAQs for Students (and Families)


A special message for LBC | Capital Students

Traditional Undergraduates - Academics

1. My remote learning experience begins March 23. Do I need my textbooks?

All your professors are re-working your assignments to utilize free electronic resources. You will not need any paper textbooks. Due to the changing nature of the virus and our government’s move to more stringent means of social distancing, and because we are using electronic resources, we ask that you wait a return to campus.  Courses will be in remote learning through the end of this semester.


2. As we move to remote learning, will I still have access to academic support?

Students will receive an email from our Ally Center about what to expect during this transition to remote delivery.


3. How will I access the LBC | Capital library?

To comply with the urgings of the President of the United States and Governor Tom Wolf, all non-emergency personnel are working remotely and the LBC | Capital library is closed. Please take advantage of your LBC|Capital Electronic library resources on the library website. You may email the library (CircDesk@lbc.edu),  or use the “Ask-A-Librarian” link on the library website for any library assistance or for help finding resources. The “Request Student Consultation” link on the library website will enable you to schedule a live Zoom meeting with a librarian for research assistance. You can also call the library at 717-560-8200, ext. 5412. No fines will be calculated for overdue materials during this time.


4. Can I come to campus?

It hurts us not seeing you! In spite of that, unless you have housing clearance, we ask you to refrain from traveling to campus. Again, we want to do our part to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.


5. When are my assignments due?

Assignments and due dates will be updated by professors before traditional undergraduate classes resume on Monday, 3/23. If you are taking an online class, due dates will remain the same.


6. Can I still meet with my LBC|Capital professor?

At this time, we ask that you connect remotely with your professor.


7. Will I still be able to graduate in May?

Yes! Assuming that you remain enrolled in classes and complete all requirements, you will still graduate in May.  Emails have been sent to students affected by changes to LBC-sponsored travel requirements.  Please contact your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office (registrar@lbc.edu) for specific questions.


8. What are expectations with Christian Service?

Please connect with your Christian Service placement supervisor and inform them of the disruption in your attendance for the upcoming week. Christian Service placements are not being considered a reason for resident students to return to campus prior to March 23. If hours are not completed by the end of the semester, students will receive an “Incomplete” until hours are fulfilled. Please email studentaffairs@lbc.edu to determine a timeline for completion or with additional questions and concerns. Students are reminded that an “Incomplete” will not negatively impact financial aid or GPA.

Remote Advising for Students

1. What do I need to do to get registered for summer and/or fall 2020?

You need to set up an appointment with your advisor. Once you meet with your advisor either via phone or Zoom meeting, your advisor will send your approved schedule to the Registrar’s Office.


2. Do I need to register online for summer and fall 2020?

No.  The Registrar’s office will be registering all students based on credit status eligibility.


3. When will I be registered for summer 2020?

Students will be registered for summer beginning March 30, 2020.  The Registrar’s office will register students in the order that the advisor sends the list of classes to currenttureg@lbc.edu.


4. When will I be registered for fall 2020?

The Registrar’s office will register students for the Fall 2020 semester in the following order beginning in the order that advisors send student advising forms to currenttureg@lbc.edu:

90+ earned credits                    Monday, March 30, 2020
60-89 earned credits                  Monday, April 6, 2020
30-59 earned credits                  Monday, April 13, 2020
0-29 earned credits                    Monday, April 20, 2020


5. How can I double-check my summer/fall schedule?

Students can double-check their course schedule through the MyLBC portal. Please wait until the Friday of your scheduled week to check your portal in order to give the Registrar’s Office time to process all registration requests.

Athletics

Per the NCAA and the NEAC, the NEAC Presidents’ Council has made the difficult decision to cancel all conference activities and championships for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, effective immediately. Coaches are working directly with their respective teams to coordinate details around this difficult decision.

Resident Students

1. Can I come to campus?

It hurts us not seeing you! In spite of that, unless you have housing clearance, we ask you to refrain from traveling to campus. Again, we want to do our part to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.


2. When can I get my belongings out of my dorm room?

Your safety is paramount to us. To minimize community spread of COVID-19, we ask that you stay away from campus unless there are extenuating circumstances.  In that case, please email residencelife@lbc.edu.  Your belongings were secured in your dorm room over spring break and will remain so until you retrieve them

As of now, the dates for moving out of your dorm are May 8-10, or until the COVID-19 emergency ends, whichever comes first.  Any change to this date will be communicated to you in advance.


3. Will I be able to meet my chapel attendance requirement?

The chapel attendance requirement has been waived for the Spring 2020 semester. However, chapel will continue in an online format and your attendance is strongly encouraged. More information coming soon with details about remote chapel and how to attend.


4. Can I stay in my dorm?

Unless mandated otherwise by government authorities, international students presently staying in residence halls may remain under the supervision of resident directors.  Dining services will continue to provide meals.  The Student Center will remain open unless further restrictions are imposed by authorities.

Information as it relates to current guidance with remote study and COVID-19 can be found at https://www.ice.gov/covid19 under the non-immigrant student section.  International students have the option to be in their home country and complete their coursework online without losing their visa status.

Emergency student workers presently on campus may continue to stay in residence halls at the discretion of their supervisor (i.e. as long as there is work).


5. Am I eligible for a refund or credit on my room & board charges?

Students fall into the following broad groups for this issue:

  • If you are not on campus the final eight weeks of the semester, credit equal to half (8 of the 16-week semester) of your semester Room & Board fee (adjusted for institutional aid) will be applied to your student account with the College.
  • If you continue residing on campus for part or all of the final eight weeks of the semester, pro-rated credit equal to the number of weeks you did not reside on campus will be applied to your student account with the College.

If you are on a commuter block meal plan, you will receive a credit equal to the smaller of (i) the value of meals left unused at the end of the semester or (ii) the value of 8/16 of the total meals allocated for the semester.

Unused Charger Bucks not part of a meal plan will carry over to the next semester.

For students returning in the Fall, this credit will be applied to your student account and will reduce the payment needed for Fall 2020.

For students graduating at the end of this semester or not enrolled for Fall 2020, an account reconciliation will occur at the end of the semester and any refund will be issued.

If you are returning for Fall 2020, you may also request a refund of the credit balance on your student account at the end of the semester.

* If you have questions or believe your situation is not addressed by the above, please send your question by email to solutions@lbc.edu. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

Spring Payment Plan

As students lose their opportunity to work (on campus or otherwise), will LBC give extensions on their spring payment plan?

Yes, more details will follow as the semester unfolds.

FAQ for Adult Education Students

Philadelphia, Washington DC Locations

All classes have transitioned to remote learning. Visit the LBC|Capital Student Portal for more information and contact your academic advisor for additional assistance as needed.

Lancaster Location

All classes have transitioned to remote learning. Visit the LBC|Capital Student Portal for more information and contact your academic advisor for additional assistance as needed.

FAQ for Capital Seminary & Graduate School Students

Details for all Locations

1.  Will summer courses have face-to-face residencies this summer for Lancaster, Washington and Boca sites?

It is not clear at this time if it will become necessary to adjust or cancel residencies for the summer. As soon as we know, we will be sure to inform you.


2. With the Spring graduation ceremony being postponed, will I still receive my diploma?

Even though the graduation ceremony has been postponed, if you have been approved to graduate this spring, your degree will still be conferred in the spring and your diploma will be emailed and then mailed to you.


3. When will summer and fall registration begin for seminary students at the Lancaster and Washington sites?

Summer registrations will begin very soon. The fall schedule is not quite ready but it should be ready soon. When it is ready, we will reach out to you to begin online registrations.

FAQ for LBC | Capital Employees

Details for all Locations

What should I take from my faculty office?

As soon as possible, please retrieve everything from your office that you need for the remainder of the semester. Faculty suites can then be disinfected and sealed.


As a faculty member, where do I go for remote teaching resources?

As all teaching and learning shifts to online modalities, please go to lbc.edu/teachremote for FAQs and resources.


What decision has been made regarding on-campus work?

  • Effective March 17 (in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Boca Raton) and March 18 (in Lancaster), employees with “Emergency Staff” designation, must report for work. Your Site Director, Vice President or our Interim Provost has notified you if you are in this category.
  • Effective March 17 (in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Boca Raton) and March 18 (in Lancaster), employees who are not designated as emergency staff should work remotely using the temporary remote work guidelines posted on the employee portal.
  • All non-essential buildings on the Lancaster campus will be shut down in a timely manner. These facilities will be first sanitized, then locked, then designated for non-use until further notice. This will limit possible spread of COVID-19 and help us be good stewards of our budget.

What should I do if I have technology needs for remote readiness?

Contact your direct supervisor.  Remote Ready means being technologically capable to do at home what you would do on-campus. If you are not ready, or need further help to get ready, please communicate your IT needs through your supervisor –do not contact IS directly.


Who should I contact with questions related to remote work?

Please contact your direct supervisor with any questions or needs regarding remote readiness in your specific role. We want to do all we can to equip and support you in this new reality.