Lourdes University COVID-19 Update
Lourdes University was pleased to welcome returning and new students to campus for the Spring 2021 semester for face-to-face, hybrid and online instruction. Classes started January 19, 2021. The University entered the spring athletic season with appropriate guidelines to assure health and safety of student-athletes.
As a Franciscan University with the fundamental values of community and reverence, Lourdes is committed to providing students and employees a coronavirus-safe environment. Lourdes developed a plan in fall 2020 following current state and public health guidelines. The awareness that these guidelines might be quickly changed requires planned flexibility and quick adaptation.
The operating plan utilized in fall and carried into spring is rooted in an expectation that all students and employees are committed to the health and wellbeing of our community and actively respect each individual on campus. As such, each member of the community has a responsibility for adhering to the guidelines to assure safety for her/himself and other members of the Lourdes community with faculty and staff providing strong role modeling.
Being All In
To continue providing a campus environment that has the health and wellbeing of all members as a priority, the Lourdes community is expected to continue following these CDC and public health guidelines.
Monitor Your Health
If experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms – stay home and self-monitor symptoms and/or consult a health care professional.
Take your temperature BEFORE entering any public space
If you are unable to take your temperature at home, please report first to Russell Ebeid Hall and have your temperature taken at the Welcome Desk.
If experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms – stay at home or in your campus apartment and self-monitor your symptoms and/or consult a health care professional.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds each time
- Use hand sanitizer when soap washing not readily available
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Stay at least 6 feet from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded areas
Wear A Face Covering – cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Everyone at Lourdes must wear a face covering when in public
- Face coverings are meant to protect others in case you are infected
- For a complete list of guidelines for facial coverings, please review the 2020 Fall Start Plan
Clean & Disinfect
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them as soon as possible
- Use disinfectant as recommended by the EPA
A Shared Campus
The Sisters of St. Francis and Lourdes University share our campus space. During the COVID-19 pandemic, University students and employees are asked to restrict their use of the campus grounds to the front of the maintenance buildings (end of parking lot B), the grassy area in front of St. Joseph Hall and to the side of Ebeid and Lourdes Halls and the arboretum. All scheduled classrooms are open to students and employees.
Students must follow Sisters of St. Francis protocols for visiting OSF administrative offices, All Good Things, Rosary Care, Our Lady of Grace, Portiuncula Chapel, and Queen of Peace Chapel.
If individual have questions, please contact Greg Kneser, Vice President of Student Affairs at email@example.com.
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 used to provide direct emergency checks to eligible Lourdes students whose lives and education have been disrupted by COVID-19.
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 – December 31, 2020
The total amount distributed to students to date: $548,200
The total number of students to which funds have been distributed to date: 851
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.