Latest Update for Lourdes University Students


“Welcome Back” Video Message from Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek


Please be assured that the administration, faculty and staff 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 15, 2020, there are thirty seven confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of 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.

After careful examination of all possibilities, Lourdes University administration and Academic leaders have made the decision to cancel all clinicals and labs through March 31.

Face to face lab, studio classes and clinical sessions are ALSO cancelled through March 31. Alternative modes are being finalized by Lourdes instructors.

Please continue to check the page for the latest news and announcements.

When you return to Lourdes in the next few days, you will notice the following changes.

Online Learning

As you know, beginning March 16 until April 1, most courses will be online. Professors may utilize the following online delivery methods.

  • Synchronous: Conducting class on the usual days/times through a conference call offered through the Canvas BigBlueButton or Zoom Teleconferencing.
  • Asynchronous: Posting lesson plans and course projects on Canvas Studio and allowing students to access and participate in them.

We know this may be challenging for some of you.  If you have any questions or concerns about your courses, please work with your professors.
For questions concerning online access, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 419-824-3807 or  As you know, Canvas has a 24 hour help desk as well.

If you are a commuter student and do not have internet access at home, you can come on campus to study and/or contact Alisa Smith, Director of the Academic Success Center, at or 419-824-3963.

Field education will continue. Until further notice, Lourdes will defer to the protocol of each entity or organization at which students are studying.  We are working to understand the ramifications of K-12 closings for the next three weeks for students completing student teaching.  If a Lourdes University student has concerns about completing their field education, please contact your school dean.

Academic Resources & Facilities

The Academic Success Center, Duns Scotus Library, TRiO and Accessibility offices are open during their normal semester hours of operation. Further, Gubi’s Grind in Lourdes Commons is open.   Please continue to utilize their available resources

Residential Life

Residential housing is open and fully staffed. Students can gain access to their pods and apartments as usual. Please contact the Residence Life Office at 419-824-3873 or with any questions or concerns.

On-Campus Dining

  • Additional hand sanitizers are in place.
  • The Lourdes Café will offer pre-packaged items.
  • On Campus Dining – Lourdes cafeteria customers will receive all items to go as the seating area will be closed.


  • The spring sports will continue to function as normal with the inside sports (men’s volleyball) having limited fan attendance (teams, parents, essential personnel ONLY) until further notice.
  • The Recreation Center and Franciscan Center gym are open.
  • Any and all workout sessions and scrimmages for the out of season sports (men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and wrestling, women’s volleyball and lacrosse, and cheer) are cancelled for now.
  • The following locker rooms will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18 until further notice: men’s basketball, women’s volleyball.
  • The NAIA has cancelled all winter championships.
  • 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.

Study Areas

All Lourdes University buildings are open. Students are welcome to study individually or in groups in the student center, library, planetarium lobby, REH, ASC, business center, TRiO, Den, rec center, campus ministry house, and Gubi’s Grind (The 24-hour student area located near the Den).

When gathered in small groups, please practice respiratory etiquette (coughing or sneezing in elbow) and leave ample space between peers to reduce the possibility of spreading any germs.

Health Center

The Lourdes health center is sponsored by ProMedica which gives us access to and guidance from the highest level of medical professionals and health care organizations. The health center will continue to provide the latest updates, referrals and resources.

If you have been out of the country or on a cruise ship during spring break, you are required to notify the Lourdes Health Center. The Health Center hours are: Monday and Wednesday 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 11 am to 6 pm and Friday 10 am to 4 pm. You can call the health center at 419-824-3971. You can also visit:

If you have an emergency medical issue while on campus, please call 911 or visit ProMedica Flower Hospital, 5225 Harroun Road in Sylvania which is open 24 hours a day.
For non-emergency medical issues that occur after hours, please call 1-800-PPG-DOCS or visit a ProMedica Urgent Care at 6755 Central Avenue or 5700 Monroe Street.

Lourdes Events

Until further notice, Lourdes University events that will have less than 100 individuals in attendance will go on as planned. This includes academic lectures, student activities and outreach initiatives. To allow for ample space at an event, the locations may change.

Student Employment

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.

Sisters of St. Francis Grounds

As you may know, Lourdes is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis. The University shares these grounds with: Rosary Care, a nursing care facility; Our Lady of Grace, an assisted living facility; and the Sophia Center. During these next few weeks, we are called to be mindful of vulnerable populations including those with compromised immune systems and the elderly. Please refrain from traversing near or inside Rosary Care until further notice.

Lourdes University is a wonderful Franciscan community that reverences all individuals and is proud to be of service to others. I am confident that together we will ensure the health and safety of our University community and the Sisters of Saint Francis while continuing to provide an excellent and uninterrupted educational experience.

Pace & Bene,
President Gawelek