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What measures has the University taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The University has made the following changes regarding campus facilities:

Recommendations for personal hygiene are posted throughout campus. Hand sanitizing supplies are available near the entrances of all buildings and in high touch environments. The University has taken great effort to remove high-touch items such as magazines, utensils, pens and instead, provide single use items when possible.

Plexiglass separation barriers have been installed in areas of high transaction traffic. These areas include the Lourdes University Welcome Desk in Russell Ebeid Hall; Duns Scotus Library Circulation Desk in St. Clare Hall; the Academic Success Center Reception Desk in Delp Hall; the Student Accounts Counter and Directions Credit Union in Mother Adelaide Hall; the Information Technology Desk in the lower level of Russell Ebeid Hall; the Registrar’s Office Counter in St. Clare Hall; the Russell Ebeid Recreation Center Lobby Desk and Café Lourdes and University Dining Hall Registered located in Mother Adelaide Hall.

Public and common areas on campus are cleaned and disinfected by Environmental Services staff as often as possible to promote safety. All classrooms, restrooms, lounges, stairwells, elevators, corridors and public spaces are cleaned during the overnight work shifts. Elevator buttons and stairwell railings should be self-cleaned before use.

 

What is expected of students while on campus?

The University plan for Spring 2021 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. The Lourdes community and all guests are expected to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio Department of Health and Toledo-Lucas County Health Department guidelines: monitor your health, practice personal hygiene, practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and clean and disinfect areas often.

Each day before entering campus buildings, students shall either take their temperatures at home or have temperatures taken on designated campus locations. Commuter students whose temperature is in excess of 100.4 F shall not come or be on campus. Residential students with a temperature in excess of 100.4 F will be asked to return to their apartments and consult the Lourdes Health Clinic at 419-824-3971 or luhealthcenter@lourdes.edu.

Recommendations for personal hygiene are posted throughout campus. Hand sanitizing supplies are available near the main entrances of all buildings and in high touch environments. Please refrain from using or sharing high-touch items such as magazines, utensils, pens and use single use items when possible.

The Student Code of Conduct has been updated to reflect COVID-19 protocol.

The University will follow the NAIA Guidelines and Recommendations for athletics. Review NAIA’s latest FAQs regarding COVID-19 at https://www.naia.org/covid19/health-safety-faqs.

NAIA’s 2020-21 COVID-19 Response Manual is also available at https://naia.prestosports.com/covid19/files/COVID-19-Response-Manual.pdf.

Lourdes University Athletics will follow the WHAC or conference guidelines when they are updated. Lourdes University and the Athletics Department will also follow the guidelines set forth in the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Second Amended Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club and Professional Sports.

 

Is COVD-19 testing available at Lourdes University?

There is nothing more important to Lourdes than the health and safety of University students, staff and faculty. In that spirit, and in compliance with the recommendation of Governor DeWine’s Office in the state of Ohio, Lourdes will continue conducting random COVID-19 testing of faculty, staff and students during the 2021 spring semester. On October 9, 2020, Lourdes began testing 3% of community members each week.  Weekly notifications will be sent through the Lourdes email system to randomly selected individuals directing them to make an appointment to be tested at the Lourdes University – ProMedica Health Clinic in Sylvan Square, 4900 N. McCord Road.  Lourdes is utilizing the Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 test, as it is a highly accurate but minimally invasive test, with results available in 5 – 15 minutes.  Students are not required to quarantine or isolate because of this test, unless they are found positive for COVID-19. Random testing is one of the best tools known to slow the spread of the virus. These random tests are represented in the Lourdes COVID-19 Dashboard weekly updates.

The University Health Clinic is testing members of the Lourdes Community who are symptomatic. The University has secured additional tests through a private company for athletic testing. All winter sports athletes and coaches were tested on their return to campus with Vault tests (private company). The Lourdes University Health Clinic also works with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department for testing of those who have been exposed and for contact tracing purposes.

 

What if I am an individual who cannot wear a face covering or caring for a family member who is considered vulnerable to the virus?

The University realizes that facial coverings may be prohibited by specifically documented legal, life, health or safety considerations. Per the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, asthma, allergies and sinus infections are not a contraindication for using a face mask. Students wishing to have an accommodation should consult the Accessibility Services Office.

Faculty are prepared to accommodate remote student learning for students with health concerns or caring for or living with individuals with health vulnerabilities. Professors will use pedagogy conducive to flexibility such as the flipped classroom with in-class face-to-face study reserved for active learning.

Students are encouraged to contact and work with their professor(s). Accessibility Services can assist students in exploring options for appropriate accommodations. Throughout the semester, the Academic Success Center shall be available regardless of the academic format being used or in the event of a Stay-at-Home order.

 

What do I do if I require accessibility assistance?

The University is committed to providing the same level of accommodations it has always provided. The Office of Accessibility Services is available to all students and provides reasonable accommodations, support services, and auxiliary aids for students with disabilities and/or medical conditions. The Office of Accessibility Services administers accommodations for all eligible students, removing barriers to full participation in University life. Students with accessibility questions should contact Accessibility Services provided through the Academic Success Center at https://www.lourdes.edu/campus-life/accessibility/.

 

What is the difference between face-to-face, online and hybrid classes?

Face-to-face delivery of courses is the traditional method of meeting in person in a classroom. Students and faculty are required to follow all state and public health guidelines. This includes face masks and social distancing.

Online or remote learning can be done following a synchronous or asynchronous format. Synchronous involves conference calls with classes offered through BigBlueButton (part of the Canvas platform) or Zoom teleconferencing. Asynchronous learning allows professors to post lesson plans and course projects on Canvas Studio for students to access.

 

Are face coverings required in classes and labs?

Yes, professors and students shall wear face coverings when in all public areas including classes, labs and studios. When required, students in nursing courses or labs shall wear full PPE.

 

How will students complete group projects?

Group projects can be done virtually or in person if individuals are practicing appropriate physical distancing, wearing face masks and following all public health guidelines. If students have questions, they should consult with their professor. Students are also encouraged to contact and utilize the services of the Academic Success Center. For assistance with completing remote or online assignments or learning, please contact the Academic Success Center at https://www.lourdes.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-support-center/.

 

What if I am required to complete service learning or an internship?

Civic engagement and community based learning opportunities are impacted by restrictions put in place by community partners. Discipline simulations and software supporting experiential learning will be used to support and fulfill learning objectives. Until further notice, international service experiences are suspended.

 

Will student organizations be responsible for ensuring that their members follow all necessary safety protocols at events and/or meetings?

All members of the Lourdes Community are expected to adhere to mass gathering restrictions defined by the Ohio and Toledo-Lucas County Health Departments. Students and student organizations shall follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio Department of Health and Toledo-Lucas County Health Department guidelines which include monitoring your health, personal hygiene, physical distancing, wearing face coverings and cleaning and disinfecting. When meeting in-person or face-to-face options are not conducive to following the public health guidelines, student organizations are encouraged to set-up virtual gatherings.

 

Do students have to wear face coverings in outdoor spaces on campus?

Lourdes University requests students follow proper public health guidelines while in outdoor campus spaces. In addition to practicing physical distance (6 feet apart), students are requested to wear a face covering.

 

Will the University have spectators at home games?

For winter sports, Lourdes University will not have fans at its athletic events. Lourdes Athletics will reevaluate this later in the spring.

 

Are visitors permitted in residential housing?

During spring semester 2021, residence halls shall not exceed two residents per bedroom, four residents per apartment and the maximum number of individuals permitted in a campus apartment remains seven.

 

What if I don’t have a thermometer?

If a student, employee or visitor does not have access to a thermometer, she/he should go to a designated temperature check station on campus. If their temperature is below 100.4 F, they are permitted to be on campus property. If their temperature is in excess of 100.4 F, visitors, guests and commuter students will be asked to leave campus. Residential students with temperatures above 100.4 F shall return to their campus apartment. If a student is unable to attend classes or a required session or event, they should contact the faculty or staff member to arrange accommodations.

 

Where are the thermometer stations located on campus?

Thermometer stations are located in the following locations.

  • Welcome Center in Russell Ebeid Hall
  • Ebeid Rec Center Lobby
  • Canticle Center
  • The Den
  • Franciscan Center

 

How will common spaces and bathrooms be cleaned and disinfected? What about elevators and stairways?

Public and common areas on campus are cleaned and disinfected by Environmental Services staff as often as possible to promote safety. All classrooms, restrooms, lounges, stairwells, elevators, corridors and public spaces are cleaned during the overnight work shifts. Elevator buttons and stairwell railings should be self-cleaned before use.

 

Will food delivery be available for students who are sick?

Yes. The Lourdes Dining Hall can provide delivery for students in campus housing.

 

Is the Rec Center open to all students? Can we use the fitness center and weight room?

Yes. The Rec Center is currently open only to students, faculty and staff. At this time, the Rec Center is not open to alumni.

 

How has training and conditioning changed for Gray Wolves teams?

Training and conditioning have changed a lot. Lourdes University Athletics is adhering to the CDC guidelines based on the sports category as contact or no contact. The University does have protocol in place to return to play.

 

Is the Alumni House open to visitors, guests and alumni?

No. Due to COVID-19, the Lourdes Alumni House is not open to visitors, guests and alumni until further notice.

 

Can students gather with friends in the dining hall and other spots on campus?

The Dining Hall, Gubi’s Grind, Den, the Athletic Center and all gathering spaces are open during spring semester. The areas have been set up to align with public health guidelines. Students are welcome to gather with their peers in these spaces while following physical distancing and wearing face coverings.

 

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 and can’t attend class? Can I still access course materials?

Students who believe they have been or were exposed to coronavirus shall follow the Lourdes COVID-19 Exposure Protocol.

 

What is the difference between isolating and quarantining?

For the latest updates regarding isolating and quarantining, please review the CDC’s web pages.

Isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html

Quaratine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

 

What does physical distancing mean?

University students are expected to follow social distancing guidelines as defined by the Ohio Department of Health. Signage indicating the maximum occupancy is posted in rooms and common areas with adherence to physical distancing.

  • Classrooms have been evaluated for available seating with assurance to the physical distancing guidelines.
  • Art studios may require more space, possible adjacent rooms or use of the Canticle Center Gallery or student lounge.
  • Social gathering spaces (Franciscan Center, Ebeid Recreation Center, Planetarium Lobby, Den, Gubi’s Grind, Campus Ministry House, Canticle Center student lounge and gallery area, Franciscan Center and Canticle Center gyms) are marked for assurance to physical distancing guidelines.
  • Dining areas (e.g., dining room, café, concession stand) are set up to allow for adherence to Ohio Department of Health guidelines for public dining (50% capacity). This number will be monitored by AVI employees in the server, as well as inside and outside seating.

Residence halls shall not exceed two residents per bedroom, four residents per apartment. In indoor public campus areas, floor markings will guide physical distancing.

Faculty and staff offices as well as conference rooms shall follow maximum occupancy guidelines and assure physical distancing can be accommodated. If physical distancing is not possible, a meeting must be rescheduled to an alternative location.

Plexiglass separation barriers have been installed in areas of high transaction traffic. These areas include the Welcome Desk, Duns Scotus Circulation Desk, Academic Success Center Reception Desk, the Student Accounts Counter, Directions Credit Union, the Information Technology Desk, the Registrar’s Office Counter, the Recreation Center Lobby Desk, and Café Lourdes and Dining Hall Registers.

 

If face-to-face courses are transitioned to online or remote delivery, will there be a tuition reduction?

No tuition reduction will occur if courses are moved to online or remote delivery. Regardless if courses are face-to-face, remote or hybrid, Lourdes students receive an excellent educational experience, one that involves the best technology, professional tools, resources and Wi-Fi infrastructure and access for students and professors.

 

If I prefer to not take any online or hybrid courses, what should I do?

Students who prefer all classes be offered in a face-to-face format or require accessibility accommodations shall contact the Accessibilities Services at https://www.lourdes.edu/campus-life/accessibility/.

 

References

Review the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Travel Advisory for the latest updates

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department – COVID Testing