Campus Updates

LBC Campus COVID-19 Report

report for 9/22

Groups Cases
Students 6
Faculty 0
Staff 2

(August 18, 2021)
Guidelines for Fall Semester

Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School is implementing the following precautions to keep our Lancaster campus open and as safe as possible:

  • Testing:  The Lancaster campus residential students and all student athletes must provide a negative COVID-19 test result less than 72 hours old upon arrival on campus OR complete a COVID-19 test with the Office of Health and Wellness upon arrival.  Our two semesters of data show that incidence rates are typically higher among these populations.  Additionally, student athletes (residential and commuter) will follow the testing protocols of the United East Athletic Conference.
  • Positive tests:  Students or employees who test positive for COVID-19 at any time will be asked to stay home or return home to isolate as in previous semesters for the time determined by campus director of health and wellness.   Contact tracing and quarantining will be conducted as in previous semesters.
  • Vaccination: LBC | Capital does not require students or employees to report their vaccination status. Vaccination decisions remain the choice of each student and employee. We respect these choices.  We will assist students who decide to receive the COVID-19 vaccination with scheduling and transportation to and from a vaccination site.
  • Masking: Masking decisions remain the choice of each student and employee. We respect these choices, and we ask all people on campus to show grace and respect to those whose choice is different from their own.
  • Distancing: All facilities on the Lancaster campus, including dining and residence halls, will operate at full capacity. We ask students and employees to use wisdom by increasing distance as circumstances allow.
  • Cleaning: The campus will continue its practice of enhanced cleaning.
  • Hygiene: Wash hands frequently. Cover face when coughing or sneezing.
  • Self-screening. All people are reminded not to bring symptoms to work or to class.  Anyone who does not feel well should stay home and notify their supervisor (employees) or their professors for that day and the campus director of health and wellness (students).

CARES Act Information for Students

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 $694,828.
  • 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 941.
  • 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. The deadline is passed for filing the CARES Act Student Emergency Aid Application. To review the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion click here to view.

Consolidated Appropriations Act (Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II)

These emergency relief funds will be distributed based on federal government guidelines requiring institutions to distribute funds to specific student populations who are defined as having exceptional financial need.

Lancaster Bible College has defined students with having exceptional need to include priority to Pell Grant recipients. On that basis we developed three populations of students with exceptional need.  These include undergraduate Pell Grant recipients, undergraduates who are not Pell Grant recipients but have high unmet financial need (up to 12000 EFC), and graduate students who have high financial need (up to 12000 EFC) as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Students who did not receive funding in the initial distribution may submit an Emergency Grant Application.  Students must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible permanent resident and meet all federal financial aid eligibility requirements.  Applications will be reviewed to determine eligibility.

Emergency Assistance Application

Funds will be available until they are exhausted.  They will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.