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Lourdes University extends our heartfelt thanks to Governor Mike DeWine for recognizing the essential importance of education in Ohio.  His request to allocate $200 million for higher education and $100 million for K-12 schools through the Coronavirus Relief Fund demonstrates this understanding. The Governor’s leadership throughout the coronavirus pandemic has greatly assisted Ohioans and higher education communities. We are also grateful for the consistent communication and guidance provided by Chancellor Randy Gardner.

If approved, the higher education funding will assist all Ohio colleges and universities as we prepare for a safe return to campus this fall.  Keeping the University coronovirus safe requires a significant outlay of funds.

Lourdes has developed a comprehensive plan for the safe resumption of all on-campus operations including face to face instruction, our standard 100% apartment style campus housing, dining, athletics and co-curricular programming.

As a Franciscan University with the fundamental value of community, our University community will follow all public health guidelines using the most updated and evidence-based approaches to provide a safe environment for faculty, staff and students including public health interventions, and COVID-19 testing consistent with federal, state and local public health guidelines.

With an average of 16 students per class session, Lourdes students and faculty will safely be able to meet in classrooms while keeping appropriate physical distancing and wearing face coverings. Throughout the academic year, the University will continue to offer flexible learning opportunities with options for remote instruction as needed for health reasons.

The University has also modified the 2020 fall semester with the elimination of fall break. Depending on health advice, students may have the option to study on campus or online after Thanksgiving to complete their semester coursework.

 

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