Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

General

The circumstances related to COVID-19 can be stressful and unsettling for members of our college community. LTC has partnered with ESPYR to provide free and confidential counseling services for our students. For information on counseling, visit our website at https://www.laniertech.edu/student-affairs/student-assistance-program. The password for Lanier Tech is "Lanier."
We will continue to monitor the worldwide spread of COVID-19 as well as the directives of the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and federal and state governments. We will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Check our website for future announcements.

Academic

  1. Go to the Lanier Tech Blackboard site at https://laniertech.blackboard.com
  2. Click the Faculty and Student Login link near the middle of the page.
  3. USERNAME: Username is your Lanier Tech student email address.
  4. PASSWORD: View Student Password Information
  5. Click on link to each course to enter the online class.
  6. If you would like to familiarize yourself with the Blackboard course environment now, enroll in Blackboard Student Orientation.
  1. Instructors are available via their LTC email. If you do not currently have access to your course syllabus with your instructor’s email, search for your instructor’s email address on the LTC website at this link https://www.laniertech.edu/faculty-staff-directory
  2. When you email your instructor, you should receive a response within 24 hours unless the email is sent after noon on Friday. In that case you should receive a response within 24 hours when we resume business on Monday.
  3. If you are unable to contact your instructor, email the Academic Division Dean of your Program of Study:
Visit our Tutoring webpage for more information.

For summer term 2020 and fall term 2020, a grade of Z has been approved as a grade option for students who are unable to complete coursework as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The College recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic may present obstacles that impede students's ability to complete course requirements.  Accordingly, a grade of Z can be issued to students who have been adversely impacted by the Coronavirus disruption. This Z grade is effective for calendar year 2020 summer and fall terms only.

This grade does not have numerical equivalents and will not be calculated in the GPA. This grade is unacceptable credit in a course.

FAQS

Will students that earn a D or F be eligible for the Z grade?

No. Students that remain in class until completion and legitimately earn a grade of A, B, C, D, or F, will receive the grade earned.

Will the student have to pay to retake the course?

Yes. The Z grade does not count as an acceptable grade for course completion.  The student will have to reenroll for a second course attempt. Tuition and fees will be assessed for the second attempt.

Do students need to contact the Registrar’s office to apply for the Z grade?

Yes, The student must self-identify by submitting an attestation in order to request a withdrawal due to COVID 19 and provide the necessary documentation to support the request.

Admissions

Our Admissions Counselors are available for virtual meetings by appointment through Webex. Please send an email to admissions@laniertech.edu and state that you would like to schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. We will contact you to schedule a time.
In order to avoid the spread of COVID-19, we have closed our campus to visitors as well as current students, faculty and non-essential staff. However, faculty and staff are working remotely and will answer emails and phone calls as soon as possible. You can also email admissions_office@laniertech.edu or call 7770-533-7000 and an Admission representative will respond.
Yes. You should have received a notice letting you know your scheduled visit has been canceled. If not, please accept our apologies. All campus visits have been suspended until it is safe for us to return to campus. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. We will contact you to reschedule your visit as soon as we return to campus.
Yes. We are receiving mail at the campus mailing address (2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville GA 30507) and processing all received documents. Our Admissions Office will update you as to your application status via your email account. You can also check your application status at https://www.laniertech.edu/admissions/admissions-classifications. If you have questions concerning the admissions process or your application status, contact us at admissions@laniertech.edu.
If you were scheduled for an Accuplacer test on our campus prior to April 6, your test date has been canceled. If you were not notified, please accept our apologies. As soon as it is safe for us to return to campus, we will contact you to reschedule your test date.
The admissions officers are open for normal business hours. Our hours are 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon on Friday. These hours are subject to change. Please continue to check the college website for updated information.
Once all required information has been received for your admissions application, please allow 5-7 business days for processing your acceptance. Once you are accepted, an email will be sent with instructions on how to proceed for advisement and registration. Please check your application status online at Bannerweb Application Status.
You may upload documents to admissions@laniertech.edu. If you would like to speak to someone in admissions, you may also call our office at 770-533-7000 and choose Admissions.

Adult Ed GED/ESL

Yes, as of March 23, 2020 all of our classes are now being offered online. To attend, you will need access to the internet, a computer, and preferably a headset with microphone. If you are unable to join through the internet, please contact your instructor for directions on how to participate by telephone.
Please contact your instructor through their email address. If you do not know their email address, contact Teresa Ford at tford@laniertech.edu or Shannon Cole at 770-531-3367. Please leave your full name and email address and/or phone number.
For the moment, GED testing has been suspended in order to protect everyone from the spread of COVID-19. Please check with your instructor or your account at GED.com for updates regarding when testing will resume.
If you are interested in enrolling in our program, please leave us your name, phone number and email address. We are looking into ways on how to complete registration and begin serving students on a limited basis. In any case, we will be glad to reach out to you and describe your next steps.
At this time, no students are allowed on campus, so this means all orientations, registrations, in-person classes, and TABE testing have been suspended until further notice. Once the campus is reopened, we will inform you of the timeline and next steps regarding TABE testing, resuming classes, and other services.

Registrar

The Commencement Ceremony has not been cancelled, but rather postponed. The new date for the Commencement Ceremony is October 2, 2020. Please visit the Commencement page for more information at https://www.laniertech.edu/student-affairs/commencement-ceremony-information.

6.5.2p2 Grading

Adopted: December 2010
Modified: April 22, 2020

Last Reviewed: April 22, 2020
Scope: Students
References: SBTCSG Policy 6.5.2SBTCSG Procedure 6.5.2p

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Grades will be recorded in letter grades. A Program GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.0 is required for graduation. A minimum grade of "C" may be required for progress from specified courses to more advanced courses. The following grading scale is used for all Lanier Technical College students:

      

90 - 100

= A (4.0)

      

80 - 89

= B (3.0)

      

70 - 79

= C (2.0)

      

60 - 69

= D (1)

      

59 or below

= F (0)

      

   

      

I*

= Incomplete

      

IP

= In progress

      

P

= Pass

      

W

= Withdraw

       

WF

= Stopped Attending

      

WM

= Withdraw military

      

N

= Non-credit

      

AU

= Audit

      

EX, EXE, EXP

= Credit by exam or portfolio

      

TR, TRA, TRB, TRC

= Transfer credit

      

AC

= Articulated credit

      

U

= Unsatisfactory

Z**

= COVID-19 withdrawal

An Incomplete (I) must be converted to a grade before mid-term of the following semester from the date the Incomplete was recorded or it will be converted to a punitive failing grade. A student that officially withdraws from classes during the first 60% of any academic term following drop/add period will earn a grade W. These grades are not included in the calculation of grade point averages. After the 60% period the student will earn a grade WF. The grade of "WF" will be calculated as an "F" in the GPA. These grades may affect financial aid eligibility.

* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in a disruption of instructional delivery for spring term 2020, the deadline for converting an incomplete grade has been extended to the close of the fall term 2020.  Any incomplete not converted to a grade prior to the end of fall term 2020 will be converted to a punitive failing grade.

** The grade of Z represents withdrawal from a course before completion due to the COVID-19 emergency. This grade does not have numerical equivalents and will not be calculated in the GPA. This grade is unacceptable credit in a course.

Student Support Services

Yes. As an equity-minded institution, Lanier Technical College has been working with special populations to ensure they are adequately supported through this difficult time. For example, students with academic accommodations will be supported in making the appropriate adjustments to utilize new online learning platforms. We are taking an individualized approach to working with students to meet their particular needs. If you have specific questions or concerns about the College’s support for special populations or ideas to share with the administration, please send them to Allison Haynes, Disability Services Coordinator at ahaynes@laniertech.edu or Kari Register, Special Populations Coordinator at kregister@laniertech.edu.

Message from the President

Updated August 10, 2020

Dear Lanier Technical College Students,

On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, it is a pleasure for me to welcome you to Fall Semester 2020. As a reminder, Fall Semester begins on Monday, August 17. We are thrilled that you have made the decision to continue your education at Lanier Technical College in spite of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please know that your safety, as well as the safety of our employees, is of paramount importance to us. I want to share with you many of the steps we are taking to provide a safe learning and working environment at Lanier Tech.

  • Campus Accessibility– Our campuses will remain closed to the general public. Campuses will continue to be open only to employees, students (credit and non-credit), applicants/potential students (and one accompanying adult if the applicant/potential student is a minor), service providers (such as delivery personnel, landscapers, vendors, and other contracted providers) and Conference Center clients until further notice.
  • Class Schedule– Although most of our lab-based courses will be offered onsite for Fall Semester, most of our lecture-based courses will be either offered 100% on line or through an online-onsite hybrid instructional delivery model. You will be getting a welcome email from your instructors this week giving you specific details regarding your courses.
  • Campus Modifications– You will see a number of modifications when you come inside campus buildings. Plexiglas screens have been installed at areas where students and staff conduct transactions such as at the Cashier Station, reception counters, and bookstore points of sale. We have marked the floors with “six foot” indicators in many areas across campus. We have placed hand sanitizing stations across campus. You will also see a number of reminders to practice our health and safety standards on signage and video monitors. We regularly sanitize instructional areas and high touch objects such as door handles and restroom fixtures.
  • Health and Safety– From the moment you arrive on campus you will see a number of health and safety practices we are implementing for the Fall:
    • Temperature screenings- Every student, employee, and campus visitor will have their temperature checked as you enter a campus building for the first time on any instructional day. Those who have a body temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will have to immediately leave the campus.
    • Masks- Every student, employee, and campus visitor will have to wear a mask anytime they are inside a building unless they are alone in an office or other room. Although you are free to provide your own mask, the college will provide two masks for each student. Wearing a mask indoors is not optional. You will also be required to wear a mask when you are walking outside with others. (You will not be required to wear a mask when you are alone outside of a building. However, you should be prepared to put your mask on when others approach you.)
      • A student with a documented medical condition that makes it unsafe to wear a mask will need to get with our Disabilities Coordinator Allison Haynes (ahaynes@laniertech.edu; 770-533-7003) in order for us work with you to make reasonable accommodations.
    • Social Distancing- Every student, employee, and campus visitor will be expected to practice Social Distancing by staying at least six feet apart from others as much as is possible. Classroom furniture has been arranged to enable Social Distancing as much as is possible. Because it is not always possible to practice Social Distancing in any interior space, students, employees, and campus visitors must wear masks while inside a campus building.
    • Hand Hygiene- While on campus, students, employees, and campus visitors will be expected to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. Because we understand that it is not always practical to go to the restroom to wash hands, hand sanitizers will be made available in classrooms, labs, and other work areas.
    • You will be required to complete a waiver statement acknowledging that you are not sick, that no one in your household is sick, that you have no reason to believe that you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, that you have not traveled outside of the United States over the last two weeks, and that you understand there is a risk involved with attending classes onsite.
  • Your Responsibilities– In addition to practicing the health and safety standards discussed above, it is vitally important that you:
    • Do not come to campus if you are sick. (Please note, sick means sick- whether you think it is COVID or not. If you are sick or someone in your household is sick, then please do not come to campus).
    • Do not come to campus if someone in your household is sick.
    • Do not come to campus if you have reason to believe that you or a member of your household may have been exposed to someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19. (Understand that there is a difference from being in contact with someone who may have COVID and being exposed to someone who may have COVID. If in doubt of the difference between contact and exposure, stay home and call your instructor for more instructions.)
    • If you or someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone who is being tested for COVID-19, then do not come to campus until you know the results of that testing.
    • If in doubt regarding any of the above, stay home and contact your instructor for further instructions. We had much rather thank you for being cautious and then tell you that it is ok for you to come to campus than to have to send you home because you should not have been here.
    • Self-report to your instructor if you test positive for COVID-19 or have believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you are confirmed to have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who is confirmed with COVID-19, then you will have to isolate yourself for a specific number of days. That number of days is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The number of days you must remain isolated off campus are determined by your health conditions as well as by when you tested positive for COVID-19 or when you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. In most cases, you will have to stay off campus for at least ten days after testing positive for COVID-19 or being exposed to someone else who is positive for the virus. We will follow up with you and let you know when you will be allowed to return to campus. If you are well enough, you will be allowed to continue your coursework online as much as is possible.

Working together we can overcome the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Lanier Technical College is an essential operation. Our mission is workforce development. There have been few times, if any, when our graduates were in greater demand as they are now. We will partner with you to do everything we can to keep you and all of our employees safe while we provide you with excellent educational opportunities. And as always, we “guarantee” our graduates. We guarantee that you will be able to do the job for which you trained at Lanier Technical College or, within two years of your graduation, we will retrain you at no cost. This warranty is in force for all of our graduates regardless of whether you take your course work onsite, online, through an apprenticeship program, or any other instructional delivery model offered by Lanier Tech. Just as we’ve done since our founding in 1964, Lanier Technical College is committed to being “Partners in Progress” with our students.

Please feel free to contact me, your Academic Dean, your Campus Dean, or your instructor with any questions regarding Fall Semester at Lanier Tech.

Sincerely,

Ray Perren, President,
Lanier Technical College


Updated July 13, 2020

Dear Lanier Tech Students:
I want to start by expressing my sincere appreciation for your flexibility over the last few months. It is because of your hard work that we’ve been able to navigate these truly unique waters. Just as Spring and Summer Semesters looked different, Fall Semester will also look different due to the impacts of COVID-19. I know that you and the entire Lanier Tech team are up to the challenge.

In the coming weeks, I will be sending additional details regarding new safety precautions and as well as the other measures we will be taking to keep everyone safe. Briefly, we are asking masks to be worn by all those who are on our five campuses and other teaching sites including instructors, staff, and visitors. We will also have temperature kiosks available to assist with health screenings before entering any of our buildings. Labs and other areas will have additional social distancing requirements, which will be included in the final directives (available on our website: www.laniertech.edu) soon.

Though, we are all dealing with “the new normal” both at home and in other areas of our life, please remember we are all in it together. Our continued collaboration will ensure your success as you finish your studies at Lanier Tech and enter into the workforce. Don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone within the Lanier Tech family, including myself. We are here to help!

Sincerely,
Ray Perren, President,
Lanier Technical College


Updated May 5, 2020

Dear Lanier Technical College Students:

I want to begin by thanking each of you for your patience and your persistence as we work through the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on our instructional programs. I have heard from many of your instructors over the past few weeks. They have all bragged on how quickly you made the transition from onsite to online students and at the very high percentages of you who are actively participating in the online courses. As you know by now, Spring Semester will end on May 13. For most of those of you in courses that require lab and/or clinical experiences, you will receive a grade of incomplete in those courses for now. We will provide opportunities for you to complete those labs just as quickly as we can safely return to campus. If you are a graduating high school senior or a spring semester Lanier Technical College graduate, we have made every effort to get you back on campus to complete your labs by the end of spring semester so that you will receive your final grade on time.

Lanier Technical College will begin Summer Semester on Monday, June 1, in an online learning format. We plan to offer some limited labs onsite. Lab classes are being submitted for approval under guidance from the Technical College System of Georgia and the Governor’s Executive Orders. Lab classes will follow the guidelines in place under the Executive Orders for the safety and wellbeing of students and faculty. Students registered for approved on campus labs will be notified of lab times and instructions for attending. You can get detailed information regarding course deliver for Summer Semester at https://www.laniertech.edu/summer 2020.

Lanier Technical College will remain closed to the public for the coming weeks. Our goal is to open back up in some capacity to the general public in June. Although our physical buildings will remain closed to the public for the coming weeks, we will conduct academic advisement and financial aid advisement online. You can contact these departments at academicaffairs@laniertech.edu and financial_aid@lanietech.edu. We encourage you to go online to order textbooks and other supplies from our bookstore at https://bookstore.laniertech.edu.  We will either ship these materials to you or we will arrange for curbside pickup on campus. We encourage you to use BannerWeb to make online payments for tuition and fees for Summer Semester. For instructions on paying online, go to https://www.laniertech.edu/pay-view-fees. For students who cannot make payments online, we will provide set hours for you to come to one of our campuses to make payments.

We continue to provide online library services, students for students with disabilities, career services, and support services to students who are Veterans of our Armed Forces.  For more information on accessing these services, and for the latest updates, please visit our website at https://www.laniertech.edu/coronavirus-covid‑19-information-and-resources/. If you have any difficulty in accessing our online systems, our help desk is available to serve you at https://www.laniertech.edu/help-center/.

If you have not already registered for Summer Semester, I encourage you to do so as quickly as possible. Many of our courses are filling up quickly due to increased demand for online courses.

Thank you for selecting Lanier Technical College as your education partner. We have been “Partners in Progress” with our students since 1964. We are all in this Pandemic together. Working together, we will come out of the Pandemic stronger than we were before.

Sincerely,
Ray Perren, President
Lanier Technical College


Updated March 26, 2020

Dear Lanier Technical College Students:

First of all, I want to thank you for the tremendous job you are doing in transitioning from onsite to online instruction. I have heard from some of you and from many of your instructors regarding how well the transition has worked to this point. Please reach out to us to let us know of any assistance we can provide as you take courses online.

Next, I want to make you aware that in accordance with an Executive Order of Governor Brian Kemp, Lanier Technical College will remain physically closed for the remainder of the semester. You can access the Governor’s Executive Order at https://gov.georgia.gov/document/2020-executive-order/03262002/download. Although our campuses are physically closed, we will continue to offer online instruction in all of our courses for the remainder of the semester. While we will be able to provide some lab instruction on a limited basis, most of our courses will be completed 100% online. Your instructors will be working directly with you regarding any lab that we are able to provide between now and the remainder of the semester.

The labs we offer this semester will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Technical College System of Georgia and will be delivered using the health and safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the local governments in whose jurisdiction our campuses are located. Again, we will make every effort to complete as many lab experiences as possible. We will also work with students who are unable to complete a course due to the unavailability of a lab or clinical experience this semester by giving extended opportunities to complete lab and clinical work even after this semester ends.

I know these are difficult times. Lanier Technical College is committed to working with you as we get through this pandemic together. Please be sure to check out the list of student resources and frequently asked questions at https://www.laniertech.edu/coronavirus-covid 19-information-and-resources/.

Sincerely,
Ray Perren, President,
Lanier Technical College


Updated March 17, 2020

Dear Lanier Technical College Students:

Thank you for your patience as the college prepares to make the transition from teaching primarily on site to teaching online. Although the College is physically closed to the public through March 31 in compliance with Governor Kemp’s Executive Order of March 16, 2020 (https://madmimi.com/s/a809601), we are providing instruction in all courses online using BlackBoard beginning Monday, March 23. For those of you not familiar with using BlackBoard beyond checking your course grades, you will receive specific instruction for accessing and using BlackBoard in the coming days. Please check your Lanier Tech student email for these updates.

Although we hope that we will be able to bring some students back on campus on April 1, due to the nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we cannot state for certain that this will happen. It is likely that many of our courses will continue to be delivered online for several more weeks to come. It may even become necessary to extend Spring Semester by at least one or two weeks due to the Pandemic.

In light of the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control, for the next eight weeks, we are postponing gatherings where we would expect greater than 50 people to attend. This means that Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 8 will be postponed. It is important to note that we are not cancelling graduation, we are postponing it. We will announce a new date for graduation as soon as we can.

Please know that your safety and the safety of our employees is of paramount importance to us as we navigate through these uncharted waters. Please know that we are very aware that every decision we make impacts our students and employees in some way. None of these decisions are made lightly. I am committed to communicating with you on a regular basis as the College continues to adapt to this ever-changing situation. Please remember to check our website at https://www.laniertech.edu/coronavirus-covid‑19-information-and-resources/ and to check your Lanier Tech student email account at least once each day.

Stay safe!

Sincerely,

Ray Perren, President,
Lanier Technical College


Updated March 13, 2020

Dear Lanier Technical College Students:

The safety and well-being of our students and employees is our top concern. Late yesterday afternoon, we developed a plan for how we will provide instruction for our students for the coming weeks. I am writing you this morning to share these plans with you.

  • Lanier Technical College will extend Spring Break for one additional week. Students will not have classes or other academic work for the week of March 16.
    • While students are out the week of March 16, our instructors and staff will be working to develop online course materials for all courses offered this semester.
  • Lanier Technical College will move to an entirely online instructional delivery system for the week of March 23.
    • You will receive information during the week of March 16 to prepare you to use BlackBoard for instruction for the week of March 23.
  • We will continue to evaluate conditions across North Georgia to determine the need to use online instruction for all courses beyond the week of March 23. Our intention is to get students who are in programs that are heavily lab-based and that rely on clinical rotations into those environments as soon as possible after the week of March 23. We will keep you informed as these decisions are made.

We will not provide any on-site services for students until further notice. Our online services such as the IT Help Desk, Galileo, BlackBoard, BannerWeb, Campus Logic, etc., will be accessible at all times. You will be able to utilize these tools to access faculty and staff. You will also be able to contact faculty and staff by email. College learning resources such as the Library, tutorial services, etc., will be made available online beginning the week of March 23.

Thank you for your understanding during these coming weeks. We are facing a situation this nation has not faced in over a century. These extraordinary times call for extraordinary action. We will continue to keep you informed as we go through the coming days. Please check our website at https://www.laniertech.edu/coronavirus-covid‑19-information-and-resources/, and your Lanier Tech student email account at least daily over the coming weeks.

Sincerely,
D. Ray Perren, President
Lanier Technical College

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