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These are featured stories of how the Upper Delta and Mid-South is combating the Coronavirus as well as resources to help those impacted by the pandemic.

Lyon College Will Continue Remote Instruction For Fall Semester

Lyon College

President W. Joseph King announced that Lyon College will continue remote learning for the fall 2020 semester in a July 24 address to students, faculty and staff. Lyon College is the first college in Arkansas to continue remote instruction for the fall.


“With a heavy heart, I am reaching out to inform you that on Thursday, the Board of Trustees determined remote instruction for the fall would be in the best interest of the College,” King said.


“While we understand the emotional and financial repercussions of this decision, we must put our students and community members’ safety first. Students are the heart of our mission, and we must protect them and our commitment to them.”


Students will remain home this semester to participate in remote instruction. The College will offer on-campus arrangements for international students and students with a compelling need.


The College will not have athletic competition until after Dec. 31, 2020. However, administrators and the athletic department are looking into spring 2021 athletic opportunities for fall and winter athletes.


King said the College’s IT department has adopted additional services to offer effective remote learning options, and he expressed his confidence in the Lyon faculty’s ability to continue providing Lyon’s trademark holistic education.


Provost Melissa Taverner added that faculty attended a series of workshops in June and July to prepare for the possibility of remote and hybrid courses.


“From a basic overview of how to think about online education from a pedagogical standpoint, to targeted workshops on the use of discussion boards, how to use small breakout groups in an online class, and fostering meaningful discussions and interactions, the faculty have worked with a team of instructional technologists to prepare both for hybrid and fully online instruction.”


The College will continue to remotely offer student services, including counseling, health and wellness, and academic support, among others. Students were advised that Dean of Students Patrick Mulick would contact them with further information.


Students will not be charged for fall room and board unless they apply and are eligible to stay on campus. In addition, the College is issuing a grant to all students’ accounts to acknowledge their resilience. The Perseverance Grant will reduce each student’s remaining balance for fall tuition by 15 percent, and the College will continue the grant into the spring semester with a 7.5% reduction to students’ remaining spring balance. 


For more information and additional updates, please visit the FAQ page or the “Latest Information” section on lyon.edu/coronavirus.