Face-to-face instruction to resume for Fall 2020 semester

Lourdes University will welcome returning and new students to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. With the “stay in place” order being replaced by Governor Mike DeWine’s “Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory,” the University is developing a comprehensive plan for the safe resumption of all on-campus operations. This includes face to face instruction, Lourdes’ residential village with 100% apartment-style campus housing, dining, athletics, and co-curricular programming. Classes begin Monday, August 24.

As a Franciscan University with the fundamental value of community, Lourdes is committed to providing students and employees a coronavirus-safe environment. The Lourdes campus community will follow public health guidelines for monitoring personal health, emphasizing personal hygiene, and adhering to face covering and physical distancing requirements.

The University values a personalized education which attends to individual students’ minds, bodies and spirits. With an average class size of 16 students Lourdes is able to meet in classrooms and keep appropriate physical distancing. Lourdes will offer flexible learning opportunities, fully integrating technology with options for remote instruction as needed for health reasons.”

The University is modifying the fall semester with the elimination of fall break. Planning courses with high flexibility for remote learning is a priority given the potential resurgence of the coronavirus.  Depending on health advice, students may have the option to study on campus or online from Thanksgiving through the end of the semester.

As members of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), the Lourdes Athletics Department will compete in athletics this fall.  NAIA and the WHAC conference are developing precautionary measures, competition models and best practices for the health and safety of Gray Wolves student-athletes, coaches, spectators, and visiting teams.

The Lourdes Dining Hall and Café have re-opened, with provisions for appropriate physical distancing of indoor and outside dining as set forth by restaurant guidelines. Lourdes’ spacious apartment-style campus housing will continue to offer ample room for students. Each campus apartment has a living room, kitchen, dining area, full bath and one or two bedrooms.

All Lourdes University events will adhere to mass gathering restrictions.

The institution remains focused on the health and well being of the University community. The University continues to work closely with the Ohio Department of Health and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

Lourdes University CARES Act Student Relief Program

Lourdes University received funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding will be used to provide direct emergency checks to eligible Lourdes students whose lives and education have been disrupted by COVID-19.

Qualifying Situation for Students

In accordance with Federal guidelines for HEERF, funds will be distributed to students who filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, are US citizens, and were enrolled in at least one class designed for face to face study as of March 13, 2020. Funds will be distributed based on economic need reported via the FAFSA.

Lourdes students do NOT need to complete an application to receive funds.

The funds will be disbursed by check or through direct deposit if a student has an established account with the finance office.
Please note: these funds are taxable.

Students need to verify or update their mailing address in Web Self Service by May 15, 2020, as checks will be mailed to the address the student has on file.

To update mailing address, login to the Lourdes portal.  Then login to Web-Self-Service.  Once logged in, Click on Personal Information and then View/Update Address(es).

Visual Step by Step To Accessing Address On Portal

Paying it Forward

Students and families who have not been significantly impacted financially by the coronavirus can choose to decline their CARES Act disbursement and make these funds available for students with significant need. Please contact Irene Buechele, Director of Student Accounts by May 15, 2020 to make these arrangements, if so desired.

In addition, Lourdes has created the Lourdes COVID-19 Action Fund to provide financial support to students not eligible for government stimulus aid. Make a gift online.


Alisa Smith

Irene Buechele

FAQs on Lourdes CARES Act Student Relief Program

How much emergency grant aid will I receive?

Yes. Eligible Lourdes students will receive at least $250. Depending on financial need related to the coronavirus or as determined by their FAFSA application, students may receive more. The University’s goal is to distribute these funds to all eligible students and to provide additional funds to those with significant need.


Who qualifies as an eligible student?

  • Students who filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • Students who were enrolled in at least one class designed for face to face as of March 13th
  • Student is a US Citizen


Do I need to pay back these funds?

No, these funds are considered to be grant awards and do not need to be repaid to the University.


Do I need to keep track of how I use the emergency grant aid I receive?

No, students who receive CARES Act funds are not required to record or track how it is spent.


How long will it take for me to receive emergency grant funds?

Lourdes University will mail checks to eligible students’ current address. Students need to verify or update their current address in Web Self Service by May 15, 2020. Lourdes will begin processing payments on May 18.


Is this money my room and board refund?

No, these funds are directly from the HEERF portion of the CARES Act, which is Federal Aid. Room and Board refunds are anticipated to be disbursed in early June.


If I have an outstanding balance with Lourdes University, will I still receive these funds?

Yes. The University will not withhold any CARES Act funds to cover balances.


Can the University apply these funds directly towards my student account?

No, Lourdes University cannot apply any CARES Act funds towards an outstanding balance on a student’s account. These cash grants must be disbursed directly to the student who can then choose to make a payment on their student account with the funds received.


Can I make a payment to the University towards my outstanding balance using a portion or all of the emergency grant aid I receive?

Yes, you can make a payment on your outstanding balance at any time. However, please note that it was Congress’s intent that CARES Act emergency cash grants be used by students to cover their emergency personal expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Please ensure you have what you need to cover these expenses before using any emergency grant funds to make payment on an outstanding Lourdes University student account balance. The University will not withhold any CARES Act funds to cover balances.


If I don’t need this money and I would prefer to donate it to other students, can I do that?

Students and families who have not been significantly impacted financially by the coronavirus can choose to decline their CARES Act disbursement and make these funds available for students with significant need. Please contact Irene Buechele, Director of Student Accounts by May 15, 2020 to make these arrangements, if so desired.


HEERF – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Lourdes University signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution will use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. This amount will total $554,320. As a condition of this funding, Lourdes University will provide updates on this web page every 45 days regarding the distribution of these funds. Approximately 850 Lourdes students are eligible to receive HEERF Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

HEERF Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distribution Status – May 14, 2020

The total amount distributed to students to date:  $0

The total number of students to which funds have been distributed to date:  0


March 22, 2020 Student Communication

March 16 Afternoon Lourdes University Student Update

March 16 Morning Lourdes University Student Update

March 13 Update for Lourdes University Students





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 Closed?
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 asmith@lourdes.edu 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 as well as Summer Sessions. 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 lweathers@lourdes.edu 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.