March 16, 2020 Student Update

Lourdes University administration, faculty and staff continue to have your health and wellness as our top priority. We are also committed to your successful completion of the semester with no loss of time toward your degree.

As of March 16, 2020, there are fifty confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio and one presumptive positive case in Lucas County, with no known cases at Lourdes University. Administration continues to work closely with health agencies and Governor Mike DeWine’s office to ensure we are actively doing our part to reduce and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Through March 31, 2020, face-to-face courses will be offered online.  Science labs, studio classes and clinical sessions will be taught in an alternative format (check your Canvas course site for instructions).  If you have questions about your courses, please work directly with your professors. Please contact the Information Technology Center at or 419-824-3807 if you experience any difficulties accessing courses remotely.

Students who have not taken online courses or are anxious about this learning format should seek the support of staff and/or faculty on campus.  Students who do not have access to the internet from home are welcome to use our computers on campus (Academic Success Center, Gubbi’s Grind, Den) with appropriate health distance safety.

University buildings remain opened and fully staffed. Academic resources – both online and in the Academic Success Center, Duns Scotus Library, and TRiO remain open and available. The Campus Ministry House is open and will continue to offer Doctor in the House (tutoring & fellowship), and other weekly programs.

Per Governor DeWine’s order closing in-restaurant dining, the dining hall is open for take-out orders and the café continues to offer pre-packaged foods.

Residential housing remains open. The University’s apartment-style housing offers students privacy with no large public shared spaces. Further, it affords students quiet space in which to focus on their studies.

The Lourdes Health Center and Sophia Center remain open and offer the same level of services while following the Governor’s health guidelines and recommendations.

Presidents of Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) members 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 is in the Great Lakes Conference and they have canceled all activities. Athletic Director Janet Eaton has also canceled any other Esports activities for the semester.

Lourdes students currently working on campus should report to work as usual. All office employees including student workers should continue to practice good hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

The University shares the campus with Rosary Care, a nursing care facility; Our Lady of Grace, an assisted living facility; and the Sophia Center. During these next few weeks, please refrain from going near or inside Rosary Care Center or Our Lady of Grace.

Our University community continues to be LourdesStrong. I am confident that together we will ensure the health and safety of our University community while continuing to provide an excellent and uninterrupted educational experience.

Pace & Bene,
President Gawelek