Campus Update – April 2, 2020

Students

The continued forecasts suggest the pandemic in the US is still a few weeks away from cresting. Based on our discussion and in consultation with numerous external colleagues/associations, Loras has cancelled all in-person instruction for the rest of the academic year. On-line learning began on Tuesday, March 24 and will now continue through the end of the scheduled semester.

Students continue to receive regular communication from the College, including information about mental health, spirituality, handy web links and more. They are also able to connect with the campus and each other through entertaining scheduled on-line events.

All residential and campus dining facilities are in the process of being cleaned. We will then lock down these facilities for at least the rest of the semester. Twenty-four students who have extenuating circumstances remain living in one of our residential facilities and are receiving meals through a “grab and go” service.

Commencement

The Class of 2020 Commencement will be postponed. Potential dates and approaches to appropriately celebrate the graduating class are currently being discussed. In the meantime, Loras will still process and send official diplomas to graduating seniors after the semester is finished, grades are submitted, and degree verification is completed.

Faculty and Staff

The work-remote timeline for all but “essential” employees is extended until at least April 30. Unless it is absolutely necessary, I urge all of us to refrain from returning to campus.

More Updates

The College website has a COVID19 link with helpful information, links and updates and can be accessed at: https://www.loras.edu/coronavirus/

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About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).