March 22, 2020 Student Communication


Lourdes Students,

Today, Governor Mike DeWine  through the Ohio Department of Health issued an order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until April 6, 2020.

While the order is in place, individuals CAN go to the grocery store, receive medical care and are allowed to go outside for exercise providing they maintain social distancing. Residents can also return home from out of state and can leave the state.

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 will change.

Please Note

  • 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 will be 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 in person or 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 Franciscan Center is closed..

What does this order mean for Lourdes University students?

Last week, the University made the decision to extend online delivery of courses through the end of spring semester, May 8, 2020. We made this decision realizing how challenging it is for students to change learning formats multiple times in a semester.

University student employees can still work. Please contact your supervisor to determine duties and hours as well as if duties can be completed remotely.

University residential students are permitted to stay in their University apartments. Students may choose to stay in University housing for one or more reasons – travel restrictions prevent them from returning home, University housing is their primary residence, or staying in campus housing best supports their studies.

If a student chooses to leave campus housing, please follow the Express Check-Out Steps. Assistant Dean of Residence Life and Community Standards, T. Todd Masman sent the Check Out Steps to all residential students via email on Thursday, March 19 and will resend again tomorrow.

Reduction Policy due to COVID-19
For University students who choose to or already have chosen to leave campus housing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Lourdes University intends to make a reduction of future housing and meal plan costs, to be applied in Fall 2020.

Students returning to residential housing Fall 2020 will receive a $750 reduction in their housing charges.  In addition, returning students who have a 15 to 19 meal plan will receive $500 in additional flex dollars to their meal plan charges in Fall 2020. The University is currently attempting to expand the use of flex dollars to a broader number of local restaurants in support of the broader community.

Graduating seniors will receive the equivalent reductions as well, which may either be applied to outstanding balances, or if none, will be refunded.

Completing Courses

During the next weeks, please remain focused on completing your courses this semester. COVID-19 has significantly impacted our lives and how business is conducted including higher education course delivery. If you are having any concerns about your distance learning, please reach out to your professors. You can also access individuals at the Academic Success Center. We want to support you as you complete the semester, hopefully with no loss of time toward degree.

For Education and Nursing seniors, the outbreak has definitely impacted your ability to complete field and clinical work. Your professors and academic administrators continue to be in contact with education and health care facilities and will keep you updated.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as the University works to address the many, significant challenges faced in implementing decisions related to the implication of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To stay informed about COVID-19 as well as FAQs regarding the Stay at Home order, please visit

President Mary Ann Gawelek