Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday, April 2 Update

Tuesday, March 31 Update

From Dr. Anthony W.  Allen

As you know, the commencement ceremony scheduled for May 9, 2020 was cancelled because of gathering restrictions related to COVID-19 and the shelter in place order on March 26, 2020.

I am delighted to inform you that HLGU has rescheduled the commencement ceremony for August 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Roland Fine Arts Center. Graduating students will receive additional details regarding regalia, tickets to the event, and specifics of the day.

We are excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with our graduates and their families. To our knowledge, this will be the first time that we have ever had to reschedule. We hope this will be a meaningful celebration of the class of 2020’s achievements!

Monday, March 30 Update

A message to faculty and staff from Dr. Allen

Saturday, March 28 Update

A message to graduating seniors from Dr. Allen

Friday, March 27 Update

A message to HLGU students from Dr. Allen

Thursday, March 26 Update

As we indicated in prior communications, HLGU has been diligently working together with local and national agencies to make decisions in light of COVID-19. The Hannibal, MO mayor has issued a shelter in place order as of March 26, 2020.  HLGU will move all course facilitation online for the remainder of the semester.

While our delivery method has changed, our commitment to academic excellence remains. Students are required to check Canvas and HLGU email to stay in contact with professors and complete coursework. HLGU remains committed to engaging our students intellectually, spiritually, and socially. Please stay connected using email, Canvas, and social media to engage with coursework, weekly chapel, and virtual student activities.

HLGU is prepared to accommodate residential students who feel that our campus provides the safest environment, or best meets their needs, in light of COVID-19. Please contact your resident director if you need to stay or return to the HLGU main campus. Because of the local shelter in place order, students will receive additional communication about move-out procedures when information is available. 

We recognize there may be questions related to refunds on payments made toward room and board costs. We will communicate information directly to you regarding this matter as soon as federal and state guidance, as well as a variety of other factors, are available. We thank you for your patience at this time.

The decision has been made to cancel the graduation ceremony on May 9, 2020.  Nonetheless, graduates who complete the required coursework will receive their diplomas as scheduled.  Plans for some type of celebration at a later date continue to be considered and will be communicated accordingly.

 

A Note from the President

Dear HLGU Family:

HLGU will comply with the shelter in place order given by the Hannibal Mayor (see the press release here). According to federal guidelines (CISA), the following departments meet the criteria for essential functions on our campus and are allowed, and in some cases required, to report to campus.

  • Executive Cabinet
  • Office of Computer Services
  • Mailroom
  • Payroll/HR
  • Public Safety
  • Food Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Maintenance
  • Residential Life
  • Faculty
  • Positions related to online learning support

Additional positions may be added as on-campus essential functions by Executive Cabinet as needed.

Other positions must stay home and work remotely if possible. Faculty and staff should visit with their executive cabinet administrators to determine responsibilities.

Compensation will continue through March 31 by HLGU. If the shelter in place order is still in effect as of April 1, HLGU will defer to the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) and enact those directives which ensure continuous compensation for full and part-time employees. Additional details will be disseminated by the office of business services.

Executive Cabinet will continue to meet daily to pray and problem-solve, and we appreciate your prayers as we seek to determine the best course of action in the days ahead. We love and appreciate you and will keep you updated with further developments.

Blessings!
Anthony  W. Allen
President

 

Tuesday, March 17 Update

from Dr. Anthony W. Allen, HLGU President

In light of these unprecedented challenges, life for us institutionally will look very different in the foreseeable future.  We are working to comply with the Center for Disease Control to implement best practices in order to protect everyone.  I also met with key leaders from our community and continue to work together with them regarding preparedness and response to the coronavirus pandemic.  This group is comprised of more than thirty representatives from organizations in the Hannibal area.  We have identified ways to continue joint efforts in a unified approach to this situation.  At the time of our meeting, there were no positive COVID-19 test results in the northeast Missouri region.  Healthcare officials reported that patients are able to be tested in the Hannibal area and some area residents have already been tested.  Missouri state officials communicate daily and if any cases are confirmed either locally or on the state-wide level, the state will make an announcement.

In keeping with the Center for Disease Control recommendations we have made several decisions regarding cancellations and postponements.

Board of Trustees Meeting- Postponed; Employee Luncheon- Cancelled

Board of Visitor’s Meeting- Cancelled

Chapel- will be moved to online format

Trojan Days for March 27 and April 3- Cancelled

Arbor-Day Celebration- Postponed

Spring Musical- Cancelled

Please remember to pray for one another and look for ways to be a voice of hope to many who are concerned.  I am praying that God will use this as a Romans 8:28 moment for His Kingdom.

Monday, March 16 Update

from Dr. Anthony W. Allen, HLGU President

Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) remains open, however, the administration has decided to extend course facilitation online through April 5.  Classes will not physically meet on the HLGU main campus during this time.  Students are advised to check Canvas and HLGU email to stay in contact with professors.  At this time students should expect to resume in-seat instruction beginning Monday, April 6.  Please note the academic calendar is subject to change.

Residential students are strongly encouraged not to return to campus until Sunday, April 5.  Residential students will be required to complete a check-in process when returning to campus.

HLGU is prepared to accommodate residential students who feel that our campus provides the safest environment, or best meets their needs, in light of COVID-19. Please contact your resident director if you need to stay or return to the HLGU main campus.

A decision regarding any additional academic calendar changes will be communicated by March 31st.

Friday, March 13 Update

The American Midwest Conference (AMC) Council of Presidents have made the decision to cancel all intercollegiate competition for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.  Therefore, HLGU has cancelled all spring athletic competition. Until further notice, this includes scrimmages, practices, and any other team activity. This is a difficult decision, but the well-being and health of all student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and community is our greatest concern. Due to this decision, residential student-athletes are strongly encouraged not to return to campus until Sunday, March 22. As a reminder, classes will not physically meet, but course facilitation will take place online March 16-20. If a decision is made to extend online class delivery, an announcement will be made by March 19.

Thursday, March 12 Update

The speed at which the outbreak takes place matters tremendously for its consequences. That is why many large gatherings have been canceled around the country. The idea is to slow the spread of the disease, or “flatten the curve,” so that our health care systems can handle the influx of patients they are expected to receive.

Most people, around 80% globally, can recover from the virus just by staying home and resting up. The other 20% do need to seek medical attention, typically to be prescribed medication. A small percentage of those who need medical attention do develop pneumonia or other serious complications. We’re seeing that to be especially true for the elderly: those over 70, or those over 60 with other serious health conditions.

Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are staying up to date on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The University will implement necessary measures as directed to keep our community safe. The University’s administration is conferring regularly to evaluate the current global situation and make decisions to safeguard the health of our community and our students and employees. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on the HLGU campus or in the Hannibal, MO area.

HLGU is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.  For this reason, the University is requesting all students and employees disclose recent travel destinations by completing this electronic form If symptomatic signs of COVID-19 are noticed, please contact the dean of students via email (joshua.pierce@hlg.edu).

Because this week, March 9-13, is spring break for the HLGU campus, and students and employees have been traveling, University administration has decided to move course facilitation online for next week, March 16-20.  Classes will not physically meet on the HLGU main campus.  Students are advised to check Canvas and HLGU email to stay in contact with professors.  While our local area has not been affected by the virus, if containment becomes more challenging, we will look at additional options.

Students completing student teaching, internships, or required clinical/practicum hours will be notified by academic departments regarding details on attendance.  Students attending the HLGU campus at Three Rivers College (TRC) in Poplar Bluff, MO will abide by TRC guidance regarding class attendance.

Residential students are strongly encouraged not to return to campus until Sunday, March 22.  Residential students will be required to complete a check-in process when returning to campus.  More details coming soon.

We recognize some students aren’t able to travel home and have a need to reside on campus (including international students, student athletes, and student teachers).  Please contact your resident director if you need to stay or return to the HLGU main campus.

HLGU athletics will continue to host home athletic events and will continue to allow athletic competition as necessary to fulfill prescribed protocols from athletic governing bodies.  All travel must be pre-approved by University administration.  HLGU athletics administration will continue to confer with conference staff and the NAIA with a focus on the health and well-being of student-athletes.

Please refer to the HLGU website for ongoing communication.  Additional information will be disseminated regarding University-sponsored travel and on-campus events.  Questions should be directed to the dean of students via email (joshua.pierce@hlg.edu).

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Should I wear a mask?

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Additionally, please communicate with the HLGU Dean of Students via email (joshua.pierce@hlg.edu).

Will there be classes on campus?

No, all main campus in-person classes will not meet for the remainder of the semester. Faculty will deliver instruction fully online.

Will there be a graduation ceremony on May 9, 2020?

The decision has been made to cancel the graduation ceremony on May 9, 2020.  HLGU is making plans to help graduates celebrate virtually in some way on May 9th. More details will be coming about that in the days ahead.  We will also be inviting graduates to a future commencement celebration.  Rest assured, graduates who complete the required coursework will receive their diplomas as scheduled.

Students that had previously chosen to pick up their cap and gown order in person, should visit this weblink which will allow graduates to reroute their pick up in person order to a home ship order to their permanent address for FREE. Herff Jones is offering this free shipping option to assist graduates to commemorate their commencement by at least taking photographs at home with family. Graduates who do not adjust their shipping address may incur shipping charge from the University.

How do I gather my things and move out of my room?

Once the Missouri governor’s stay-at-home order is lifted, we will schedule dates for mass move out.

Will Food Service still be open on main campus?

Food Services will be open for students in the Residence Halls with a meal plan. Food Service options may be limited or augmented by pre-packing meals, removing self-serve options, and other steps related to health safety.

Will there be refunds for housing/room/board?

Despite these extraordinary circumstances, costs associated with operating the University, including cost of staff and other resources to run facilities, delivering online learning, etc., do not go away. In fact, new and unplanned costs related to prevention and mitigation – including cleaning, acquisition of supplies and other emergency responses – become necessary. Tuition, room, board and related fees paid to the University are being fully utilized to maintain and manage this evolving situation for our University.

We recognize there may be questions related to refunds on payments made toward room and board costs. We will communicate information directly to you regarding this matter as soon as federal and state guidance, as well as a variety of other factors, are available. We thank you for your patience at this time.

I’m a student-athlete, how does this decision impact me? Will athletic activities be suspended as well?

The American Midwest Conference (AMC) Council of Presidents have made the decision to cancel all intercollegiate competition for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.  Therefore, HLGU has cancelled all spring athletic competition. This was a difficult decision, but the well-being and health of all student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and community is our greatest concern.

I am a University student employee, how does this decision impact me?

Currently, Hannibal has a shelter in place order.  Any student workers who are staying on campus, or live in the Hannibal area off campus, must have approval of their supervisor to work on campus. Work-study students will receive payment for the remainder of their scheduled work-study hours.

I have an off-campus internship/practicum/teaching hour requirement. How does this decision impact me?

Students completing student teaching, internships, or required clinical/practicum hours will be notified by academic departments regarding details on attendance.

Will on-campus student activities still occur?

Student Activities is excited to engage with students through online, social media, and virtual efforts. We are especially excited about the potential to interact with students through Canvas which will be used for calendar updates, notification, and conferencing video chats for live streaming events. Please check into Canvas as often as possible so that you will not miss anything. Through these livestream events, weekly video chats with students, and creating content aimed at entertainment and information, Student Activities is venturing into this new space with confidence and mission.

What if I need additional student services?

Student Services (Library, Business Office, Office of Academic and Career Services, etc.) are working remotely at this time. Please communicate via official HLGU email if you need assistance.  An employee directory is available here which gives you access to specific email addresses

What if I had university travel planned?

All university travel has been suspended until further notice.  Please refer to the HLGU website for ongoing communication.  Additional information will be disseminated regarding University-sponsored travel and on-campus events.

 

Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) has been closely monitoring changing global government regulations related to travel and is aware of many decisions of home countries to close their borders and recall citizens outside of the home country.  In light of this information and in response to receiving feedback from students, faculty, and staff following yesterday’s posted statement, HLGU administration has decided to expand options for international students that need to return home. Please see revised options below.

Remain on campus. Room and board will continue to be provided for you during this semester.

  • ​HLGU is committed to the health and safety of students by following CDC recommended guidelines.
  • If travel to your home country is prohibited at the conclusion of the semester, HLGU will continue to provide housing options and ensure a safe environment.

Return to your home country taking into consideration the following:

  • ​​HLGU recommends you contact your embassy to ensure entry into your home country is possible.  Please remember this situation is ever changing.
  • HLGU must adhere to the guidelines set by the CDC and Homeland Security with regard to students returning to the US from areas that have been effected by COVID-19, causing delay or denial of entry.
  • HLGU will make accommodations for the completion of coursework using distance learning. The student will be required to meet the expectations of individual faculty members regarding course participation and completion of requirements.
  • Documentation confirming your travel will be required by providing a copy of your airline ticket to your home country.
  •  Please inform the Office of International Students by emailing jking@hlg.edu of your decision.

Will students be able to return to the United States if they are continuing their studies outside of the country as a result of COVID-19?

Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, non-immigrant students should refer to their local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and CDC websites both provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States. (https://www.ice.gov/covid19)

HLGU will comply with the shelter in place order given by the Hannibal Mayor (see the press release here). According to federal guidelines (CISA), the following departments meet the criteria for essential functions on our campus and are allowed, and in some cases required, to report to campus.

  • Executive Cabinet
  • Office of Computer Services
  • Mailroom
  • Payroll/HR
  • Public Safety
  • Food Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Maintenance
  • Residential Life
  • Faculty
  • Positions related to online learning support

Additional positions may be added as on-campus essential functions by Executive Cabinet as needed.

Other positions must stay home and work remotely if possible. Faculty and staff should visit with their executive cabinet administrators to determine responsibilities.

Compensation will continue through March 31 by HLGU. If the shelter in place order is still in effect as of April 1, HLGU will defer to the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) and enact those directives which ensure continuous compensation for full and part-time employees. Additional details will be disseminated by the office of business services.

Executive Cabinet will continue to meet daily to pray and problem-solve, and we appreciate your prayers as we seek to determine the best course of action in the days ahead. We love and appreciate you and will keep you updated with further developments.