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fall 2020

UPDATED: August 4, 2020

Hybrid model

Most courses will have hybrid combinations of classroom and remote learning – i.e. including face-to-face and online, synchronous, and asynchronous components.  

Borders and Self-Isolation

Everyone arriving from the EU countries: Spain, France, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, Romania, Austria, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Croatia, and Malta must self-isolate for 14 days. 

All foreign nationals* (with TRP/visa) arriving outside the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, and the United Kingdom must self-isolate for 14 days. 

Interactive map of  "affected list"  countries https://socmin.lrv.lt/lt/naujienos/valstybes-is-kuriu-grizus-butina-izoliacija-zemelapis 

Residence halls

In August we plan to offer on-campus self-isolation facilities for students with priority given to new freshmen. Do not arrive early to campus without prior approval for early move-in.  Official Move-In days: August 26 (freshmen), August 29 (returning students). No visitors are allowed in the Halls. 

DeFehr and Michealsen Centers

DeFehr and Michealsen Centers are open to the LCC community and the public. We comply with the national requirements for COVID prevention. 

Please wear a mask in public enclosed places (DF and NH lobby).  Use hand disinfectant. Avoid visiting campus with flu-like symptoms.  Individuals who must be in self-isolation are not permitted on campus. 

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 of hope fill 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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COVID19 information

  • Coronavirus disease is a respiratory illness that spreads 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.  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 to the affected areas and experience flu-like 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 are be provided on each reception desk.
  • Handwashing with soap and water remains a sensible strategy for hand hygiene. Wash for a minimum of 30 seconds. 
  • Stay at home: stay in your room/apartment if you have any flu-like symptoms. 
  • Protective masks are available for purchase in pharmacies and stores. They must be worn by all people who experience flu-like symptoms and/or when required by the national authorities. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.  

On 16 June 24:00, the three-month-long quarantine ended. Updated Restrictions http://koronastop.lrv.lt/en/news/covid-19-related-restrictions-updated-on-30-july-2020

The main purpose of isolation is to prevent the spread of infection and the emergence of new cases. Since many may be infected and asymptomatic or  infectious and transmit the virus before the onset of symptoms, isolating a person who has been exposed to COVID-19 or comes from an epidemiologically unsafe country is important to prevent the disease from spreading.

Based on the Governmental resolution, individuals in self-isolation must follow the established rules in both isolation on campus and off-campus: 

  • Upon arrival to Lithuania, register at https://keleiviams.nvsc.lt/en/form with 24 hrs. 
  • If you are a holder of Temporary Residence Permit (i.e. have 11 digit personal code) and come from the "affected country."   call 1808 to register for the COVID test. 
  • Do not leave the isolation place without the permission of a healthcare professional. If you need to live the isolation place, you have to get permission by filling out this form. 
  • Individuals who have returned from abroad, from the airport, seaport, or another land entry point to the place of isolation have to travel in their own (rented) transport or to request the transportation of relatives or relatives. Avoid using public transport. If you have to use public transport, wear protective equipment (face masks, respirators or other PPEs) covering the nose and mouth and keep a distance of 2 meters from other people
  • You may not accept guests (visitors) for the entire period of isolation
  • You may not visit grocery stores or restaurants and food, medicines and other necessary items from the moment you enter Lithuania until the 14th day. 
  • You must measure body temperature daily and monitor your health for coughs and difficulty breathing;
  • In case of deterioration in health or symptoms of acute respiratory infection (sudden onset of at least one of the following symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing), contact the Coronavirus Hotline by number 1808
  • If the circumstances change and you need to change the self-isolation location, apply to the NVSC for permission to leave the isolation location. 


If you are self-isolating off-campus, you may share an apartment with a non-exposed person only if another person lives in a separate, well-ventilated room, and sharing of common space is restricted. Co-travelers can share an apartment. 

If you are self-isolating on-campus, you may share the self-isolation premises with people who are traveling with you.  You have to avoid direct contact, ensure 2 meters, and up to 15 min interaction with others. When food or other items are delivered, you need to wear a medical mask.

The following environmental and personal hygiene requirements must be ensured: 

1. There is no need to wear a medical mask indoors if you do not feel any symptoms of the disease. Put on a medical mask if you experience symptoms of a respiratory infection such as coughing, sneezing, and you must go to the hospital by ambulance.
2. Wash your hands with soap and water. If it is not possible to wash your hands, alcoholic hand sanitizers (alcoholic hand antiseptics) may be used. Wash your hands before and after cooking, before eating, using the toilet, and when your hands are obviously dirty.
3 . Follow the cough-sneeze etiquette- cover your mouth and nose with a napkin when coughing or sneezing, and throw the used napkin in the trash. If you don’t have a napkin, cover your mouth with your elbow, not your palm, while coughing or sneezing.
4 . Ventilate the premises at least 2-3 times a day (open the windows wide for 10 minutes or ventilate the premises for a few minutes).
5 . Clean frequently used surfaces in the insulated room daily, such as bedside tables, bed frames, and other bedroom furniture. Clean with normal soap or cleaners.
6 . Wash dishes with hot water and regular detergents or use a dishwasher.

 If within 14 days. as of the last day of contact/return from a foreign country, there are no symptoms, you are no longer considered to be at risk of illness and you can return to a normal lifestyle.

Foreigners that are the holders of TRP (i.e. have an 11 digit personal code) arriving into Lithuania need to call 1808 to register for the test. For now, the test is free. 

Students arriving with visa D must register for the COVID19 test  at a private clinic by calling  +37069967941  to register. The cost is 76€.

Before leaving for the test, you must fill out the form https://nvsc.lrv.lt/permit to get permission to leave the place of self-isolation. 

If you would like to reserve transportation from LCC, you can request TRANSPORTATION, you must fill out the form AS SOON AS YOU know your date/time. The Driver will text you with the confirmation.

Report your test results by filling a health report 

Health information reported pursuant to this policy will be shared only with those who need to know to assist with contact tracing requirements.

FAQ

Now that quarantine is over, does that mean everything is back to normal?

Not quite. Lithuania is still in the national emergency state and has imposed border control as well as various restrictions Wear a mask in public enclosed areas and transport,  keep 2 m distance from others, stay home if sick, avoid big gatherings. 

Is there any indication that another lock down is coming?

WHO is predicting the second wave and Lithuanian epidemiologists believe it may be in the Fall. 

What psychological support is available?

Resources for mental health support can be found on the Psychological counseling section. Email ina@lcc.lt if you have questions. National emotional support hotline 1809. 

What about StuCO elections? How will that work?

They will happen in Fall 2020.  More info on https://lcc.lt/co-curricular-activities/student-council-and-clubs

When can I move in for Fall 2020?

The Residence Halls will open to freshmen on August 26 and on August 29 for returning students. If you intend to arrive on campus prior to August 29, please log into https://lcc.erezlife.com/ and complete the "Early Arrival Intent" form found there.   An Early Arrival Intent form must be completed 5 working days prior to your arrival date to be processed by the residence life staff.  Wait until the Housing Coordinator confirms there is a space for you.  Showing up with no advance notice before August 29 will result in either a 15 EUR fine or quite possible rejection of housing. 

Can I come back to pick up my belongings?

You may if you are arriving from the Schengen country and do not need to self-isolation upon arrival. Email operations@lcc.lt to arrange the time for visiting the storage room. In other cases, you can only visit the campus after your self-isolation is over. 

Are guests like my parents allowed in the halls?

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?

If you have not mailed it back yet, please mail it back to the University labeled with your full name and room number. If mailing isn‘t possible due to restrictions of postal services, email operations@lcc.lt ASAP. 

I am opting in for off-site mode in the Fall so what happens to my belongings?

Your belongings will remain in the storage room.  


Can I self-isolate on campus?

On-campus self-isolation for returning students is not guaranteed.  Returning students that are required to self-isolate may inquire about on-campus self-isolation by filling an Early Arrival Form in eRezLife. Your request will be processed not earlier than August 3, once all students choose their study modes. If your on-campus self-isolation is confirmed, move-in dates: August 5-10. If arriving after August 10, self-isolation must happen off-campus.  Off-season housing fees apply (5 EUR/night).   No on-campus self-isolation is offered for students on the wait-list.    

I have heard that if my COVID test is negative, I do not need to self-isolate, is this true?

No tests that are done PRIOR to entry into Lithuania are valid. Due to the high rate of false-negative results of COVID tests, self-isolation for 14 days is still required when arriving from the country included in the list of "affected" countries. The list is posted each week on Facebook.

Where can I self-isolate off campus?

The best options an AirbnbKlaipeda hostel  or Gero Vejo Namai (former Mana) and Pranciskan Guest House You may also call City Municipality on +37064093342 and inquire about municipal self-isolation options. Make sure to follow the self-isolation rules. Food delivery: Barbora Rimi Wolt . If you have any questions, email studentlife@lcc.lt


I am not a wait-list for housing in Fall 2020, when will I know?

The Housing Coordinator will contact you and you will have 24 hours to confirm the offer until it is offered to another student on the wait-list.  Check your LCC email daily. Please note On campus housing is not guaranteed and you may need to wait until add/drop week to know more. 


What is LCC doing to ensure health and safety in the ResHalls?

In Spring, some of the additional safety measures implemented and still in effect are: 

  • Daily cleaning of common areas including door handles, stairwell railings and elevators on campus and in the residence halls 
  • Monthly deep cleaning of floor kitchen/lounges in the residence halls 
  • No guests allowed in the residence halls 
  • Installing plexiglass at the receptions on campus and in the residence halls 
  • Limiting face-to-face interactions and large group gatherings whenever possible on campus and in the residence halls  
  • Encouraging physical distancing and ventilation on campus and in the residence halls 

Additional measures that were added since spring: 

  • This summer we ensured all room phones are operating to allow students to call another room or to the reception.  
  • The occupancy is limited to 4 per room to start the academic year 
  • We’ve also reserved a few spaces for isolation in case students get sick. · 
  • Elevator occupancy is limited and stairwell use is encouraged. 
  • Masks are required in all public areas (government requirement as of August 1) 
  • Monetary fines approved for students violating quarantine policies and jeopardizing the health and safety of the community
Can I come to Lithuania with TRP?

Yes. TRP gives you the right of entry but you may need to self-isolate. 

If I have to reapply for TRP in the Fall, can opt in for off-ste?

You are highly advised to opt-in for ON-SITE. You will not be able to process the extension of the TRP remotely. 

If I opt-in for off-site, can I cancel my health insurance and get a refund?

TRP was issued together with insurance (insurance is one of the documents to get TRP). They are both connected. That means if you are canceling your insurance now, your TRP will not be valid.


Does my insurance cover COVID19 test or treatment in case I get infected?

Unfortunately, the insurance for TRP/visa purposes does not cover the pandemic. LCC will work on a additional insurance for international students for COVID19 treatment purposes. The test will still have to be covered by individual himself. 

I am experiencing financial struggles, what should I do?

Contact Student Financial Services to discuss your individual situation. 

I plan to take an academic leave in the Fall 2020, how will refund work?

The regular schedule will apply, check the Academic Catalog 2020-2021. 

I have chosen to be on-site but I need to self-isolate for the first couple of weeks in September, should I choose off-site or on-site?

Please choose ONSITE, so long as you can arrive to Klaipeda by August 31. This is the last day to start self-isolation if it is necessary. In this case, your first 2 weeks of classes will start remotely, and as soon as you are out of self-isolation, you would move to ONSITE. We strongly urge all students to arrive early enough to start classes face-to-face on August 31, if this is possible.

Will lectures be recorded or live? How will we get text books?

Each course will run according to the needs of those students in the course, and according to the course delivery strategies favoured by the instructor with respect to the course material and student needs. Therefore, there is no standard rule that lectures will or will not be recorded. Textbooks will be issued to ONSITE students as appropriate, and OFFSITE students will have textbooks and other learning resources posted on Moodle or otherwise made available as online resources.

Can I come on-site for quarter 2? How can I indicate that?

There will be an opportunity provided by the Registrar’s Office during Quarter 1 in which students will indicate their intentions for Quarter 2 study status. Please note that housing will be subject to availability. 

How is on-site different from on-site?

ONSITE status means you are able to travel to Klaipeda and you are available to attend class sessions here on-campus as they are scheduled. Students who live on-campus are automatically ONSITE status. 

OFFSITE status means you are unable to travel to Klaipeda, live on or near campus, and attend classes face-to-face on campus. OFFSITE status is offered specifically in order to help LCC students 1) whose travel to Lithuania is legally restricted by pandemic regulations, or 2) whose health is compromised. 

Can I switch between modes during the semester?

You can switch from off-site to on-site at Quarter 2 but not vice versa, other than in exceptional circumstances (for example, a health emergency, or a second wave of the pandemic); these exceptions will be granted only via application by the Academic Vice -President. 

Where can I find my class schedule?

The Fall 2020 semester schedule is split into two even parts: Quarter 1 and Quarter 2.  Courses will be accelerated to cover the same material in 7+ weeks as otherwise covered in a 15-week semester. Most students (with a full-time load of 5 courses) will have a schedule of two courses per quarter, and a fifth course that extends through both quarters (running similarly to a regular semester). The course schedule will show in which quarter your courses/sections will run (e.g. Q1 or Q2). If Q1 or Q2 is not indicated near the course title, it means that the course will run across the semester. You may check your individual schedules for Fall 2020 on LCC Portal under “Academics => Student Schedule.    

How will attendance policy work in the Fall 2020?

Each course will run according to the needs of those students in the course, and according to the course delivery strategies favoured by the instructor with respect to the course material and student needs. Therefore, each instructor will determine how attendance shall operate for each course. The previous LCC attendance policy will not be applied in a standard way to all courses. However, accountability will be required of all students for completion of coursework, which, as deemed relevant and important by the instructor, may also include attendance, whether face-to-face or via video.

What are the new Semester dates?

Quarter 1: Classes begin on August 31 and end on October 20.

Fall Break: Oct. 21-27

Quarter 2: Classes begin October 28 and end on December 18.

Check academic calendar for other dates https://lcc.lt/academics/academic-calendar

What if I have technology problems to study remotely successfully?

All students intending to study with OFFSITE status must be prepared to study using remote learning tools. If a student has a one-time tech problem, or a temporary tech problem (for example: “my internet was down this afternoon” or “my computer malfunctioned”), the student should work swiftly to solve the problem and there will be flexibility from instructors regarding making up this work. But if there are consistent tech problems or longer-term problems (e.g. lack of proper computer for reading/writing/working), then the student should either move to ONSITE status or, if this is not possible, consider postponing studies until such time as the proper tech resources are available. 

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.

Can I change my course registration?

The only time left to change the course registration for Quarters 1 and 2 is the Add/Drop week, which is August 31-September 4. Any changes in course registration for both Quarters must be made during this week. Our systems will not allow students to change Quarter 2 courses at the start of Quarter 2; only at the start of Quarter 1.

Can I take academic leave for Quarter 1?

No, quarters are not semesters and academic leave can only be granted for the whole semester. 


Can I change my decision after July 29?

For planning purposes, we would like you to make a decision by July 29. We know that the situation might change. August 31 is the last day to arrive and begin self-isolation (with intent to be ONSITE upon completing isolation); otherwise, you need to be OFFSITE.  To get a housing deposit back, you cancel your housing assignment by July 29.

If I choose ONSITE but find out in August that there are no flights, how can I change to OFFSITE?

In order to change study status, please write an email to the Registrar at registrar@lcc.lt clearly explaining your request and reasons for the change. 


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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