Campus Update – March 19, 2020

Students

On Tuesday, March 17, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced that gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in the state. As a result, Loras canceled classes for the rest of the week as of noon that same day. As previously determined by the administration, instruction will resume in an online format on Tuesday, March 24, until at least April 19.

Most students have gathered their belongings and have moved back to their homes. A small number of students who are unable to leave due to extenuating circumstances are remaining on campus with access to food and additional support resources.

All 22 students who were studying abroad in a Loras-sponsored program in Poland, Spain, Ireland or Portugal have returned or will soon return to the United States and are or will be in self-quarantine at home.

Students are receiving regular communication from the College, including information about mental health, spirituality, handy web links and more.

Events

In addition to classes, all events on campus have been canceled through May 1. Individual events may be rescheduled; however, due to the uncertainty of the situation regarding COVID-19, no dates have been set.

Prospective student visits have been cancelled through April 3.  Student recruitment remains an on-going focus through direct outreach from admission and athletic recruiters.

No decision has been made on Commencement, and discussions will continue as we navigate through the ongoing challenges the pandemic presents.

Travel

All College-sponsored travel has been suspended until further notice.

Faculty and staff who have recently travelled to regions affected by COVID-19 are in self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

As of Wednesday, March 25, all but essential faculty and staff will be working remotely (some prior to March 25, with permission). Key offices, will however, remain open.

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

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).