Lincoln College is committed to the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff and community. We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID19 outbreak (also known as coronavirus) and are dedicating our efforts to furthering preventative measures and making decisions based upon the most up-to-date health information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Logan County Health Department. While the College is remaining open at this time, please rest assured that the continued safety and well-being of the Lincoln College campus community is our top priority and that intentional action is being taken to ensure that safety.

We will continue to update this site with pertinent information as it becomes available. Please continue to check back for updates.

Update 3/18/2020:

Lincoln College continues to navigate through this unprecedented time. While we are still not aware of any cases of the novel coronavirus in Logan County, the safety of the Lincoln College community is our principal concern. Therefore, we are taking proactive steps with guidance from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as local and state health officials.

At this time, Lincoln College faculty will deliver all spring traditional classes online through at least March 23-April 3. No face-to-face instruction will take place on campus during this time.

Going to online instruction enables Lincoln College to adhere to social distancing guidelines and ensure the well-being of our students. Social distancing measures enable our campus to prevent the spread of illness in areas where large groups congregate such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings.

Lincoln College is restricting public access to all campus facilities until further notice. This decision allows our institution to reduce the number of individuals on our campus in order to protect vulnerable populations.

All public and private campus tours of Lincoln College, as well as college or community-sponsored events are also discontinued at this time..

Update 3/12/2020:

Dear Lincoln College community,

Amid growing concern over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lincoln College will be taking a series of precautionary measures that will impact the campus community.

Though Lincoln College nor Logan County have any confirmed cases of coronavirus, the health and safety of our community is a top priority. After considering the available information on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as local and state health officials, we have determined that Lincoln College will extend Spring Break for traditional students by one week, March 16-March 22. Please note, at this time, ABE and graduate classes will proceed as scheduled.

We encourage residential students to remain at their permanent home residences until further notice. Accommodations for students who need to reside on campus will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Only students with prior administrative approval will be permitted to remain on campus.

At this time, no decision has been made regarding the transition to online instruction. Faculty and staff will resume work on Monday, March 16 observing spring break hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) to prepare for alternative instruction using remote technology, should Lincoln College need to shift to an online format in the near future. Lincoln College will be hosting preparatory training for faculty and staff beginning March 17th. An agenda outlining these training sessions will be sent soon.

Lincoln College will be postponing any further college or community-sponsored events utilizing our campus facilities until further notice. Lincoln College strongly recommends practicing appropriate social distancing and continued practice of good health measures.

Lincoln College advises that, in accordance with U.S. Department of State and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, campus members suspend all travel, unless in cases of an emergency or if deemed by the College to be essential, which will be determined by President Gerlach or his cabinet members. A list of countries and travel notices can be found here:

If you are not already signed up for our emergency notification system, Omnilert, we encourage you to do so. All users who choose to subscribe will be sent emergency text messages, phone calls, and email alerts from Lincoln College during situations of emergency:

Lincoln College will continue to provide updates to ensure the health and safety of our campus community as often as possible. All actions are intended to limit any disruption to academic progress and financial hardship. The College will continue to make informed, emergency decisions, or modify existing plans, to best serve the Lincoln College community. We understand there may be new challenges for faculty, staff, and students, however, continuing to take the necessary precautions for our campus well-being is paramount at this time.

Lincoln College has established a COVID-19 website with information that is regularly updated at We encourage you to also refer to the CDC website for additional preventative measures, health resources, travel information, and case information:

Lincoln College will remain vigilant in monitoring any changes to this rapidly evolving situation and address questions and concerns for our campus as they become available. Please send all inquiries regarding coronavirus to We will respond to emails within 24 hours.