Campus decisions

In order to follow the guidance of the Lithuanian Ministry of Health (as of March 12, 2020), the Campus Response Team has made the following decisions effective Monday, March 16

Online classes

All classes will move to a remote format for the remaining 7 weeks of the Spring 2020 semester

Travel ban

All individuals are not allowed to undertake ANY  travel outside of LITHUANIA at this time. No students may return to campus during the national quarantine. 

Residence halls

Residence halls will remain open. No visitors are allowed in the Halls. 

DeFehr and Michealsen Centers

DeFehr Center is closed for students and open to only authorized employees. Michealsen Center is closed for everyone. 

COVID -19 updates for NEW STUDENTS

Information regarding COVID-19 for new students is available here

“Message from the president”

It is a privilege to be part of a community that cares. May we find our strength and hope and peace, in the midst of this global turmoil, in the One who cares most deeply for us. “May the God ofhopefill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.” (Romans 15:13)

Thank you for being part of the caring community of LCC. You are valued!


March 12, 2020

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Marlene Wall, Ph.D.
President

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Important information

  • Coronavirus disease is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. 
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within about 3m) and via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between 2 and 14 days   
  • For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  • Individuals who have been exposed and have symptoms must call 1808 immediately and not leave their home/apartment/room. They will be transported to the Infectious disease hospital to ensure proper treatment and prevent the spread of the disease. Individuals are advised to wear a surgical mask, if not available cover the mouth/nose with a tissue when coughing and then sanitize the hands.
  • Individuals that have not been exposed or traveled for affected areas and experience flu life symptoms must see the family doctor instead of calling 1808.  Individuals are advised to wear a surgical mask, if not available cover the mouth/nose with a tissue when coughing and then sanitize the hands.


  • Hand sanitizers will be provided on each reception desk and library ONCE WE GET THEM FROM THE MUNICIPALITY.  We are aware that there is no hand sanitize but we have put the request to the Municipality to put us in the priority list for those products to be delivered to LCC. 
  • When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, apply the product to the palm of one hand and rub both hands together, covering all surfaces of the hands and fingers, until the hands are dry. Note that the volume of sanitizer needed to reduce the number of bacteria on hands varies by product. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers significantly reduce the number of microorganisms on the skin, are fast acting and cause minimal skin irritation.
  • Hand washing with soap and water remains a sensible strategy for hand hygiene. Wash for a minimum of 30 seconds. Washing hands before and after EVERY entry into isolation or quarantine is required.
  • Protective masks are available on each reception desk at the request. They must be worn by all people who experience flu-like symptoms.
  • Cough into your sleeve or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Use tissues only once.
  • Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth. This can move germs into the body and make you sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water several times a day, especially before eating and after using the toilet.
  • Stay informed, develop a healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet, get sufficient sleep and stop smoking.
  • Have supplies of fever and pain medications on hand. 
  • CDC information on prevention of COVID19 (English)  
  • GDPR prohibits the University officials from releasing information about students that is considered to be private. “Data concerning health” is defined by the GDPR as “personal data related to the physical or mental health of a natural person, including the provision of health care services, which reveal information about his or her health status.” 
  • The University has a statutory responsibility to ensure the confidentiality of information about employees and students who have an infectious disease. All steps should be taken to ensure privacy and confidentiality in all situations. 
  • All notifications to the local Center for Public Health and/or hospitals are strictly confidential. Improper breaches of confidence and the release of confidential information are illegal, may constitute discrimination and violation of GDPR. 
  • University community members are encouraged to refrain from discussing and sharing health information of other students and staff with unauthorized people.  

Planned restrictions during nation-wide quarantine from April 4 until April 13. 

  • It is prohibited to transport passengers to the Republic of Lithuania by passenger ships (ferries) and (or) to transport their passenger cars, except for the ferry on the route Kiel – Klaipėda – Kiel, or with the permission of the Minister of the Interior or a person authorized by him.
  • Flights to and from international airports of the Republic of Lithuania shall be performed only after obtaining a separate permit for air transport issued by the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration in accordance with the order of the Minister of Transport and Communications, taking into account the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  • It is forbidden for foreigners who are not legal residents to enter the country.
  • There are no restrictions on the movement of goods
  • All shops must be closed except grocery stores, pharmacies, specialized veterinary pharmacies, food markets.
  • The activities of cafes and bars is prohibited except for food delivery service. At the same time, the operation of slot machines and casinos is banned
  • All public events, both indoors and outdoors, are prohibited regardless of number of people
  • It is recommended that religious organizations operating in Lithuania refrain from organizing religious ceremonies that would require public gatherings.
  • It is forbidden for cruise ships to enter Klaipeda Seaport.
  •  It is prohibited for public administrations to provide unnecessary services.
  •  It is prohibited to visit medical institutions and  prisoners.
  • It is forbidden to provide spa, rehabilitation, hairdressing and beauty services
  • The number of passengers on buses and trains will be limited to maintain the required distance between passengers. It is recommended that this be extended to urban transport.
  • Hotels will have to provide people with quarantine spaces, if necessary, with the state paying for it.
  • Educational institutions remain closed.
  • Scheduled operations in medical institutions are postponed, except for necessary medical assistance, cancellation of rehabilitation, dental services, scheduled vaccinations.
  • Employees in both the public and private sectors are advised to work from home.
  • Non-cash payments are also recommended.
  •  In open public places, people are obliged to be in groups of no more than 2 persons, except for close relatives and to maintain safe contact (more than 2 meters and less than 15 minutes), to avoid direct physical contact. 
  • Only one family member can visit the shopping and service places.  



FAQ

Can I still go to the stores/pharmacy? The national quarantine means that we just can’t attend social gatherings? Some people are scared of being arrested.

The point of nation-wide quarantine is to limit social interactions. You may go to the store or pharmacy but use caution and practice social distancing (2 m away from other people)

Is there any indication yet the national quarantine might be extended?

Quite possible. It may be extended even in May. 

What are you doing to handle quarantine and mental health?

All students who have travelled abroad are in self-isolation. Resources for mental health support can be found under the Resources section on the website. 

If a person has any flu symptoms and he/she was tested negative, but he/she is still just sick, do they need to be in self-isolation?

No, but use common sense. Whether flu or coronavirus, do not spread germs in the community. Stay in, wear a mask when outside. 

What about StuCO elections? How will that work?

It will either be in electronic format or they will be moved to Fall 2020.  

What if students can't afford off campus accommodation?

LCC offers space in Michealsen Center, we have set it up to accomodate 20 people.

Is there any information about repaying microloans if we don't end up going to Work and Travel?

We will inform all the students about the repayment process as soon as the official decision regarding the Work and Travel program will be taken.  

What if I need to pick up my passport, is it possible to come and get it?

Each student is contacted individually where and when to receive a passport. 

Dorms will be open till May 4?

The Residence Halls will be open until May 4. Summer housing will be available beyond that date. 

Can I come back to pick up my belongings after the national quarantine ends? What I mean, does it need to be packed up ASAP by others so the rooms are cleared out, or can we wait out this time and come back to pack it up ourselves?

All residents have paid for space until the end of the semester. Therefore, a resident can return to pack belongings anytime before then. However, please be aware since the broadcast of the live session Monday, March 16, our President has decided that the need for space may require us to pack your belongings on your behalf. However, every effort will be made not to do this as this is the last resort.

Are guests like my parents allowed in the halls to help me pack?

All guests, including parents, are not allowed in the halls in order to minimize exposure risk.

I am not returning to campus so what should I do with my key?

Please mail it back to the University labeled with your full name and room number legibly written by May 4.  If mailing isn‘t possible due to restrictions of postal services, email operations@lcc.lt ASAP. 

I am not returning to campus so what happens to my belongings?

Contact a trusted roommate to complete cleaning, packing, and checkout for you. If you can‘t find a trusted roommate, identify a trusted friend to do so while your roommates are home. If you can‘t find anyone, email operations@lcc.lt ASAP. 

Will there be Housing refunds?

No. These are unusual times and residence halls continue to be in full operation.  We have not closed them down. If you decide to move out, it is your personal decision. There are no refunds at this point in the semester.

I had to renew my passport and I had started the process on December, but unfortunately because of lockdowns our embassy in Germany has stopped all their services... what to do now Incase it gets late?

Your passport has to be valid at least 3 months longer than TRP. If it gets late, we have to contact the Migration Department to discuss every individual situation and if we can extend the time for you to get documents.

Can I come to Lithuania with TRP?

There are currently no flights or ferries coming into Lithuania. Do not risk travelling to Lithuania at this time. 

If I have to reapply for TRP in April and get the actual TRP by May 4, and if I go home early, and if I still come early in August before it expires, can I still do it right?

Reapplying in late April/early May means you will be able to collect your card after approximately 8 weeks and while the current one is valid. So yes, you can collect it in August.

If I have to reapply for TRP in April and get the actual TRP by May 4, and if I go home early, and if We went home, but we also paid for our insurance. It turns out that it just burns up during this time? I still come early in August before it expires, can I still do it, right?

TRP was issued together with insurance (insurance is one of the documents to get TRP). They are both connected. That means if you are cancelling your insurance now, your TRP is not fully functioning as well and that could cause some issues. If you will apply in late April/early May you will be able to collect your TRP after approximately 8 weeks and while the current TRP is valid. So yes, you can collect it in August. 

What about leadership scholarship? Will we have an interview?

Scholarship decisions (Department Scholarships and President’s Leadership Scholarships) will be announced at the end of April. Information on the President's Leadership Scholarship interviews will be provided at the beginning of April. Need Based Aid interviews ended back in January.  

So LCC won’t return the money that we paid for university for the whole semester?

All students received a message from the Academic Vice President that Spring 2020 semester will continue and end remotely. We understand that this situation is not ideal for students or faculty. However, these measures had to be taken based on the current reality in Lithuania and the world. You will still meet all the course objectives, and will receive the credits for your successful completion of the course work. 

I paid tuition for the semester in 3 parts. I know that I paid for studying in 2 parts, and the third part was entirely for housing. 440€. Can I get it back somehow?

The payment schedule divides student’s tuition and housing fees into three equal parts, each instalment being due by the following deadlines: December 15, January 15, and February 15. As a result, the third part is not entirely for housing. No refunds for housing and tuition are available.

When will the financial aid decision be announced?

Need Based Aid decisions will be announced at the beginning of April.

Are we allowed to keep the library textbooks until next semester?

You have permission to keep textbooks until the end of the current semester. If you leave the country, you will have a month to return books by mail or in person. We will not charge overdue fines for late returns. You can leave your textbook in designated locations in the halls. 

What about books? I handed them in before I left and now I need them for training. I need to make a request to the library so that they send an online version?

All required readings for your classwork will be provided by your professor in Moodle. Be patient and give them some time to upload files. If you have any other needs for additional information sources, please email at library@lcc.lt to request those.

How will they know if it's me who returned the textbook, not someone else?

Every library book has a unique code that was added to your account. It is scanned at the return point and clears the record from your account. Not the returning person's account!

I have borrowed books from the library that are due soon, but I need them for a class paper we're working on. Can I extend the time from home? Will I be fined because I cannot return them?

Every LCC student may access his/her library account via http://portal.lcc.lt and renew their books. If you cannot do that yourself, please email at lassist@lcc.lt (Circulation Desk) to renew for you. Library will not charge any overdue fines this semester!

Do you know what will happen with final exams?

The “Remote Learning Course Plan” for each course which will be posted on Moodle by your instructors by March 18 will contain information about Final Exams.

Can we go to the computer lab to use SPSS for our thesis?

No, DeFehr centras is closed for students during until the end of quarantine.  Please contact your thesis course instructor directly to determine the alternatives on how to get access to SPSS outside of LCC campus.

Can I still sign in for summer courses if they’ll be in online format?

Yes, students can still register for summer courses by contacting the Registrar's office at registrar@lcc.lt . More information about the format of summer courses will be available by the end of March. It is very likely that most summer courses will be available by remote learning format. It may be the case that even more summer offerings will be made available soon. Registration for summer courses will remain open until further notice.

Can students apply for summer courses if they are on 50/50? BA/PRIME

Yes, students can still register for summer courses by contacting the Registrar’s office at registrar@lcc.lt

Will the defense of final projects take place? Will thesis defenses happen in person?

Progress towards thesis completion and thesis defenses will continue as scheduled. Those students not remaining in Klaipeda will have the opportunity to defend their thesis remotely. For instructions about the dates and format of thesis defenses, please wait for communication from your thesis course instructor.

Will summer courses still run?

It is very likely that most summer courses will be available by remote learning format. It may be the case that even more summer offerings will be made available soon. Registration for summer courses will remain open until further notice.

What should I do if I am writing a thesis/final project?

Progress towards thesis completion and thesis defenses will continue as scheduled. Those students not remaining in Klaipeda will have the opportunity to defend their thesis remotely. For instructions about the dates and format of thesis defenses, please wait for communication from your thesis course instructor.

What should I do if I am taking practicum this semester?

If you are currently taking Practicum, please communicate directly with your practicum course instructor to determine whether and how your practicum work may continue. 

How attendance policy is affected by remote studies?

Obviously in a remote format the attendance policy no longer applies. However, record of attendance prior to spring break may be factored into your grade. All requirements for online participation and deadlines for work will be determined by individual instructors.

What should I do if I have not yet submitted an excused absence form for absences which happened prior to spring break?

Please contact the Registrar's office at registrar@lcc.lt in order to get more information.

What if I have technology problems to study remotely successfully?

If you find yourself in a permanent situation in which you do not have the requisite technology to work successfully in the remote learning mode, please contact the Academic Vice-President and the Registrar to ask about your options. If you find yourself in a temporary situation in which you do not have access to the required technology, then try to let your instructors know for how long you may not have access. If you have questions about Moodle, please ask your instructor or the Department Chair of your major. 

What should I do to get a confirmation letter?

Please request a confirmation letter by filling out the online confirmation letter request form . Once prepared, your confirmation letter will be left at DeFehr reception desk for you to pick up. If you cannot pick it up, please contact the Registrar to make other arrangements.

What should I do to get transcripts or/and confirmation letter for the US embassy?

Please request your grade transcript by filling out the online transcript request form https://lcc.lt/academics/transcript-request. Please note that the grade transcript costs 2.5 EUR if mailing is not required and 6 EUR if mailing is required. You can make an online payment by following instructions on this link https://lcc.lt/finance-and-aid/making-payments . Once you make a payment, please send a screenshot to asstregistrar@lcc.lt. Once prepared, your grade transcript will be left at DeFehr reception desk for you to pick up.

Do we still need to pay the graduation fee? What if I plan not to attend?

Graduation fee is a payment for the graduation ceremony, the cost of cap and gown rental, tassel, and sash. Seniors who did not plan to participate in the ceremony were not charged for this fee. With the current situation we will be finalizing the decion re graduation by next week. So please be patient until then. The graduation fee deadline has been extended till April 10, so do not pay now until you hear for further instructions. Once a decision is made, If needed refunds will be available.

Can I travel now since all classes are online?

LCC and the national authorities do not recommend traveling. All borders have been closed, so our recommendation is to stay here as this will avoid any risk of getting stuck in any other country enroute to your destination.

Will LCC provide a place for quarantine if I return to campus from abroad? risk destination?

No, this will be your responsibility. Do not plan to arrive to Lithuania during quaratine. 

I have a fever. What should I do?

Call 1808 immediately, do not leave your room/apartment. Inform RDonDuty. 

What is the University doing to protect the community?

The health and success of our community, on and off-campus, is at the forefront of our decision making. Please know that we have been actively contingency planning for a range of operational scenarios. Remember you also have to take an active role in protecting our community. 

How can I protect myself and others?

Practice and promote good, basic hygiene, including washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; coughing/sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve; avoiding close contact with those who are sick; and staying home when you are sick.  Practice social distancing! Take steps to lower your risk at meetings and events, including holding video- or teleconference meetings, modifying in-person interactions, and maintaining a 2 meter distance.    

Resources available

We understand members of our community may be concerned and anxious. As always, if students, faculty, or staff want to get more information or wish to speak with someone about their worries, the following resources are available.

Facebook group

Join our Facebook group for updates, remote programming, student care, and support

Email communication

Check your email frequently - LCC email is our main channel of communication

Support group

If you are in self-isolation, join our support group

Hotline

Coronavirus hotline: 1808

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