Union College response to COVID-19

COVID vaccine for students

Lancaster County is now vaccinating college students during special times over the next few days (April 14-18), but you must sign up right away. Click here to register and be sure to select "Union College" as your company/school by clicking on the magnifying glass.

If you miss this special testing window, you can still sign up for the general Lancaster County vaccination registry and the county will notify you when other appointments become available.

If you need help with transportation, contact the Student Life office.

Plans for the fall semester

As COVID levels continue to drop across the country and vaccinations become more widely available, Union College has announced plans to reopen in person next fall returning to a near pre-pandemic state.

“We are committed to an in-person campus experience in the fall, and we hope to return to as close to “normal” as possible—much like we did prior to the pandemic,” said Vinita Sauder, Union College president. “While none of us can foresee the future, our fall plans are based on the assumption that everyone in our campus community who chooses to be vaccinated will be by then.”

The college expects all classes to be conducted in person, dining service to return to normal and to resume a full schedule of varsity athletics and group travel.

Sauder explained that the college must be ready to adapt to any new threats presented by COVID, and will still have provisions in place to safeguard the campus—including isolation rooms for positive cases. “We have yet to determine whether face coverings will be required next fall,” she added. “We will continue to work closely with our public health department to ensure the safety of our students and employees.”

The campus community is thankful for God’s protection during the 2020-21 school year. “God has kept his promise to protect us this school year and we believe he will continue to watch over us,” Sauder said. “As the psalmist said, ‘The Lord will. . .  watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.’ (Psalm 121:7-8 NIV).”

Union’s planning team will continue to work on fall plans throughout the spring and summer and post updates as they are available.

Working together to keep Union safe

"Keeping everyone safe and healthy requires that we all work together," said Sauder. "We have a plan in place that gives us all a role to play in staying well and making sure Union has a successful semester on campus."

What Union is doing to keep the campus safe

  • Each campus department has a detailed cleaning plan and has been given the supplies to make sure that all areas managed by the department are regularly cleaned throughout the day. This cleaning plan includes classrooms and instructions for cleaning surfaces between classes.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been added to every building.
  • Appropriate physical distancing (six feet) will be required in all areas. Any group meetings must be held in spaces that allow for appropriate physical distancing and conform to local government guidelines.
  • Custodial Services is providing extra cleaning and sanitization of common areas and entrances in the Dick Administration Building, Krueger Center, Student Center, Atrium and Woods Auditorium.
  • Classroom capacities have been adjusted to ensure seating arrangements allow for six-foot physical distancing. Some classes may be moved to a different room in order to supply adequate space.
  • Union has a detailed plan to provide services for students who must quarantine (because they may have been exposed to COVID-19) or be in isolation (confirmed case of COVID-19) in the residence halls. We have designated areas for isolation and will provide meals, laundry service and daily health checks for students in both quarantine and isolation.

Our students', employees' and guests' role in keeping campus safe

  • If anyone has any symptoms of illness, they must stay in their room (or at home). Students must contact the Campus Health office. Try calling the office first at 402.486.2554 or email campushealthnurse@ucollege.edu), then follow their directions. In order to limit the spread of illness, it is extremely important that anyone with symptoms self-quarantine until given further instructions by the Campus Health office.
  • Anyone on the Union College campus will be required to wear a facemask covering the mouth and nose while in any indoor public area, in offices when more than one person is present, and outdoors when six feet of physical distancing isn't possible.
    • Please bring several masks with you so that you can wear them as often as needed and still keep them clean.
    • There are a few exceptions, such as when eating in the dining hall, employees on a job site doing heavy construction or building maintenance work, and for kids under two years old. If you need an exemption for health reasons, please contact the Campus Health office (campushealthnurse@ucollege.edu).
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance and regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Assist with cleaning and sanitizing in classrooms or other areas you use with the provided cleaning supplies.
  • Encourage each other as we work together to keep Union healthy!

Read the entire reopening plan.

Current status

Union College continually adjusts policies, procedures and response to COVID-19 on campus based on current spread in the Lincoln community and the current situation on campus.

Union's COVID-19 Dashboard (May 21, 2021)


Current #

Change since yesterday

Quarantine: current



Quarantine: Released



Isolation: Current



Isolation: Released



What does this chart mean?

This chart is a daily snapshot of COVID activity on Union's campus. The chart will be updated weekdays by 8:00 a.m.

Current means the student or employee is currently in isolation or quarantine. Released means they were, but are no longer, in isolation or quarantine.

What is isolation and quarantine?

  • Quarantine is for people who either show symptoms or may have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19. Residential students are required to stay in their room and use a designated sink, shower, and toilet in community residence hall restrooms. Employees and village students must stay off campus.
  • Isolation is for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Residential students are moved to an isolation room where they have their own bathroom. Village students and employees must stay off campus.

For residence hall students, meals are delivered three times daily and laundry service will be provided.

How does Union use this information?

Union College bases COVID policy decisions on this information along with the Lincoln community dial and the COVID spread reports at COVIDActNow.org. You can read Union's entire COVID policy here.

What if I have symptoms?

If you have any symptoms that might be related to COVID-19, even if they are mild, please do not leave your room (or come to campus if you live at home).

Contact the Campus Health Nurse hotline immediately: 402.937.0052

A nurse will answer the phone between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. After hours, leave a message and the nurse will contact you the next morning. You may also email campushealthnurse@ucollege.edu

Remember, do not leave your room or come in contact with other people until you have further instructions from the nurse.

COVID-19 Symptoms
(may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus)

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Campus testing center

The Union College campus testing center is open weekly and offers free COVID-19 testing to students and employees.

  • Monday - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Note: Fill out this form before you arrive to get your QR code and you’ll be in and out in five minutes.

We do not get your test results automatically, so you must upload your test results hyperlink and access code along with a screenshot of your test results.

Click here to submit your test results or proof of vaccination.

COVID-19 resources

If you’d like to learn more about COVID-19, please explore these resources from the Lancaster County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control:



Union College will hold an in-person graduation for both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 on the weekend of May 7-9. Attendance at some events may be limited, but all events will be streamed live on UTV. Learn more at ucollege.edu/graduation

Other events

Union is still working out the details for events planned for the Fall 2020 semester.

  • Acrofest 2020 at Union College has been postponed to Fall 2021.
  • The spring basketball tournament was postponed to February 2022.


Because of our care and concern for Union College alumni and in light of current information related to COVID-19, Union ReUnion 2020/2021 homecoming weekend will be celebrated virtually April 15-18, 2021. Learn more at ucollege.edu/reunion

We plan to hold an in-person homecoming event April 2022. Please watch ucollege.edu/reunion for more information about the April 2021 virtual celebration and the April 2022 in-person event.