Lourdes University COVID-19 Update
April 3, 2020
While the last few weeks have dramatically changed our lives, Lourdes is thankful for the resilient spirit of the University community. Professors have worked with considerable speed to transition all face-to-face courses to an online format or alternative means of delivery.
Students should continue to keep in touch with their professors. If they need help with the online delivery format, please call or stop by the Academic Success Center, speak with their professors or contact the help desk. Lourdes faculty and staff are available to support students as they strive to successfully complete the semester with hopefully no loss of time toward degree completion.
The latest updates:
- Governor Mike DeWine extended the stay in place order. Higher education institutions are deemed essential businesses. As an essential business, the University will remain open during this time. However, to honor and fully meet the Stay In Home Order, office hours for departments and offices have changed.
- Many university employees are working remotely with only authorized employees working on campus. Designated departments will continue to be open. To honor and fully meet the Stay In Place order, hours of operation have been reduced with rotating in-person coverage as necessary.
- The Academic Success Center is open Monday through Friday from 12 to 6 pm.
- The Dining Hall will continue to be open for to-go orders only; the Café is closed.
- The Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 419-824-3971.
- Any student who has an existing Sophia Center counselor will meet either via Zoom teleconferencing. New clients to the Sophia Center can call 419-882-4529 to set up an appointment. In a crisis, please call 419-349-7563 which is open 24/7.
- The Recreation Center and Franciscan Center are closed.
- Lourdes University has extended online course delivery through the end of spring semester. Science labs, studio classes and clinical sessions will also continue in their alternative modes to allow students to complete the semester with hopefully no loss of time toward their degree.
- The spring 2020 commencement has been postponed. During this crucial time, it is imperative that we ensure the health and well-being of the university community. Lourdes is making every effort to reschedule commencement to allow family, friends and the university community the opportunity to celebrate the Class of 2020.
- Housing, food service and academic services remain open for those who need internet access and assistance to successfully complete their studies. The Lourdes dining hall is open for take-out orders.
- A number of University students have chosen to remain in the university’s apartment-style residence community as it affords them a safe and secure place to complete their studies. This is especially helpful for those students who are either unable to return home due to travel restrictions or in essence, their campus apartment is essentially their home. Please know that any students who wish to remain in housing can still do so.
- The University has also moved campus visits, tours and registration days to a virtual experience.
- Presidents of Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) have cancelled all WHAC athletic activities for the remaining 2020 spring athletic season. This cancellation includes all competitions and organized practices for all 23 sports. The Lourdes Esports team which is in the Great Lakes Conference has canceled all activities. Athletic Director Janet Eaton has also canceled any other Esports activities for the semester.
- Stay updated about COVID-19 in Ohio through the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.
The health and wellness of Lourdes students and the entire University community remains our first priority. The University continues to work with health agencies and Governor Mike DeWine’s office to ensure we are actively doing our part to reduce and stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor DeWine recommends individuals stay abreast of the latest news at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Please follow CDC guidelines for safe hand washing, respiratory etiquette and social distancing.
If a Lourdes University community member should have any questions, please contact Greg Kneser, Vice President and Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Covid-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, late last year. It is not the same as the coronaviruses that cause the common cold, or the viruses that cause seasonal influenza.
What Are the Symptoms of Covid-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Confirmed cases have ranged from mild infections to severe illnesses requiring hospitalization. The WHO notes that about 80% of those who are infected recover without requiring specialized treatment.
How Does Covid-19 Spread?
Experts are still learning about COVID-19, but the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes being within approximately 6 feet of someone with the illness for a prolonged period of time or having direct contact with infectious secretions (such as being coughed on) are the most common ways the infection is spread. It is possible the virus can be spread from contact with infected surfaces, but CDC says this is not the main way the virus spreads.
What Can I Do To Protect Myself?
The CDC recommends people take the same preventative actions they would for any respiratory disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, though researchers are working to develop one.
Will Wearing a Facemask Protect Me?
The CDC and WHO do not recommend healthy people wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. However, if you are sick from any respiratory illness, wearing a mask may help keep you from spreading your illness to others.
What Should I Do If I Feel Sick?
We are currently in cold and flu season, and influenza is still high in the United States. Keep in mind the prevalence of those illnesses is currently much higher than COVID-19.
However, if you develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in regular, close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, the CDC advises you call ahead to your healthcare professional. They’ll collect details about your recent travel or contact history. Your healthcare professional will work with local and state public health officials and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
The University is currently encouraging students who suspect they may have COVID-19 to call the Lourdes University Health Center at 419-824-3971 during hours of operation as well as the ProMedica 1-800-PPG-DOCS (1-800-774-3627) after hours.
Other, more routine illnesses can be diagnosed and treated at the Lourdes University Health Center.
What is the University Doing in Response to Covid-19?
The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. The University has decided to take proactive measures, including suspending all face-to-face on-campus instruction for the remainder of spring semester.
Lourdes University continues to monitor the situation and is working closely with the Ohio Governor’s Office, Ohio Department of Health and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, as well as following the guidance of the CDC.
A University task force is meeting regularly to review the latest developments and has created plans for dealing with a variety of potential scenarios.
Is Campus Closing?
Lourdes University is open with the exception of the Franciscan Center and the Recreation Center. All courses will be delivered in an online or alternative mode of delivery. If any students do not have online access from their home, please contact Alisa Smith, Director of the Academic Success Center, at email@example.com or 419-824-3963.
Is Housing Open?
Yes, residential housing remains open. The University’s apartment-style housing affords students a safe and secure place to complete their studies. This is especially helpful for those students who are either unable to return home due to travel restrictions or in essence, their campus apartment is essentially their home. Please know that any students who wish to remain in housing can still do so.
Is the University Canceling Any On-Campus Events at This Time?
Lourdes University has cancelled all events throughout the duration of the stay in place order.
Has the University Canceled Study Abroad Programs?
The University has cancelled the study trip to Italy.
What Are the University’s Guidelines for Personal Travel?
Based on recommendations from the CDC, Lourdes University is suspending all non-essential business travel.
Will Lourdes Still Participate In The Toledo Labre Project?
Yes. During this period, Campus Ministry will continue the Toledo Labre Project outreach initiative.
Will Non-Lourdes Events Scheduled At The University Be Cancelled?
The Franciscan Center is closed during the stay in place order. If a planned event was cancelled, it will be announced on the actual public event listing on www.lourdes.edu/events and the event organizer would have been notified.
Will Lourdes Events Hosted Offsite Be Cancelled?
In following Governor Mike DeWine’s recent health recommendations and guidelines, the University, working with guest speakers and organizations has cancelled or postponed events.
Am I Able to Work From Home?
Staff who are able to work from home are encouraged to do so.
What Should I Do If I’m Sick?
If you feel sick, particularly if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness or signs of a fever, you are required to stay home and use sick time or apply for FMLA if you are going to need extended leave.
Should Student Workers Report To Their On-Campus Jobs?
Yes. Lourdes University remains open during this period.
Lourdes University Has Announced That Classroom, On-Ground Instruction Has Been Moved To An Online Format for the Remainder of the Spring Semester. How Should I Handle Remote Delivery of My Courses?
Faculty have transitioned to remote or alternative modes of delivery for courses. It is acceptable to alter a syllabus and even to eliminate content if it is not essential to the objectives of the class. As a reminder, all Canvas sites have faculty tutorials that can be useful learning tools you may not have yet used. If you are experienced with online teaching, please reach out to those in your college or department who you know may need some suggestions on good practices.
Please consider sharing materials. Instructional Designer London Weathers is available to assist in transitioning courses to online or alternative modes of delivery. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-824-3697.
Lourdes is also working with Information Technology to make sure that you have the resources you need for this to be successful. Contact the IT Help Desk at 419-824-3807 if you need technology resources.
What Are the Online Formats Being Utilized For Courses?
Through the University Information Technology Office, professors can utilize synchronous and asynchronous online format options. Synchronous involves conference calls with classes offered through BigBlueButton (part of Canvas) or Zoom Teleconferencing. Asynchronous allows professors to post lesson plans and course projects on Canvas Studio for students to access. For more information, please contact the IT Help Desk at 419-824-3807.
What Course Accommodations Should I Make for a Student Who is Self-Isolating or Unable to Participate in Remote Instruction?
Please stay in contact with the student and use our University support systems. Faculty members who have questions about how to make appropriate adjustments/accommodations may find assistance with Sara Soper in Accessibility Services or Alisa Smith in the Office of Student Success.
As this situation continues to evolve rapidly, all guidelines are subject to change and/or be extended as deemed necessary by University leadership.
In an abundance of caution and a desire to contain the spread of COVID-19, presidents of Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) members have cancelled all WHAC athletic activities for the remaining 2020 spring athletic season effective March 14. This cancellation includes all competitions and organized practices for all 23 sports.
The Lourdes Esports team which is in the Great Lakes Conference has canceled all activities. Athletic Director Janet Eaton has also canceled any other Esports activities for the semester.
The Recreation Center and the Franciscan Center Gym are closed in compliance with Governor DeWine’s guidelines.
Will Lifelong Learning classes be moved to an online format?
Lourdes Lifelong Learning has moved online. Lourdes University invites all members of the Lifelong Learning community to attend our online classes, whether you registered for the class or not. You will receive email notifications from Coordinator Laura Megeath with directions to join each class if you wish.
Will Appold Planetarium Shows still be offered?
The planetarium has closed but please follow the latest planetarium news on their Appold Planetarium Facebook page.