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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Loras College is committed to the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. This website will be updated regularly with information regarding the College's preparation and response to COVID-19. We have adopted a state of proactive preparedness and are working closely with local, state and national health officials to monitor the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. We are aware of how quickly this illness has spread and take this potential threat seriously. We will continue to do our best to ensure the campus is safe and informed. There are no confirmed cases on campus at this time. 

Campus Updates

3/30/20 COVID-19 Campus Update from President Collins

March 30 President's Update

3/22/20 COVID-19 Campus Update from President Collins

March 22 President's Update

3/19/20 COVID-19 Campus Update

March 19 COVID-19 Campus Update

3/17/20 IMPORTANT CAMPUS UPDATE: In response to Gov. Kim Reynolds "Iowa public health disaster emergency" declaration all classes are cancelled effective at noon March 17 and will resume online as planned on March 24.

3/15/20 COVID-19 Important Campus Update

IMPORTANT CAMPUS CHANGES

3/13/20 Update on COVID-19 Regarding Spring Sports

American Rivers Conference COVID-19 Statement

3/12/20 Updated communication on CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) from President Jim Collins

Adjustments to Campus Activities and Travel

3/12/20  The following has been included in an email to all students currently studying aboard and parents and guardians:

Loras Suspends Spring Study Abroad Programs

3/10/20 The following statement was sent from President Jim Collins to the faculty, staff and students of Loras College:

President Address to Campus
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Frequently Asked Questions

Students began taking classes online as of March 24, and will continue online through the end of the spring semester.
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The Loras campus is currently staffed with essential employees only. All others are working from home, per Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds request. Classes continue online for students and will continue through the end of the semester.

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What is the status of classes for the remainder of the spring semester?
Students began taking classes online as of March 24, and will continue online through the end of the spring semester.
Is the Loras College Campus Open?
At this point, the campus is staffed with essential employees only. All others are working from home, per Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds request. Classes continue online for students and will continue through the end of the semester.
What is the impact on room and board?
Loras will be issuing pro-rated refunds/credits to students who were in campus owned housing and/or on a meal plan. Information will be sent to these respective students shortly after Easter weekend. Refunds will be sent or credits applied in May.
Are Loras sponsored events cancelled?
Yes. Currently no events are being held on campus until further notice. Going forward we will continue to follow the CDC guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Will Commencement be held?
The class of 2020 commencement will be postponed. Administrators are meeting with senior class representatives about potential dates and approaches to appropriately celebrate a great class that has already endured missing many special moments due to the pandemic.
Is Loras offering any counseling services?
Each year our counseling center at Loras assists 10-13% of the student population. Now that students are off campus our staff is offering telehealth services online. Please contact tricia.borelli@loras.edu with any questions.
Where can I find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19?
Up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC’s website for the illness, and the Iowa Department of Public Health webpage. Campus updates will continue to be posted to this page.

PREVIOUS FAQ
If I live in campus housing, do I need to move out?
Students living on campus or in campus owned housing may continue to do so until no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 20. Students on the meal plan may access dining venues until no later than 5 p.m., Friday, March 20. All students must leave campus or campus-owned housing with all their belongs by no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 20.

What if I have circumstances that prevent me from leaving campus by March 20?
If students have extenuating circumstances that will require them to continue to stay on campus past March 20, they may complete a form available from the Residence Life Office, requesting to remain.
If I receive permission to remain on campus, what residential living and campus dining options are available? All residential and campus dining facilities are in the process of being cleaned. We will then lock down these facilities for the rest of the semester. Students who have extenuating circumstances remain living in one of our residential facilities and are receiving meals through our grab and go service.
Can I leave campus before March 20?
For residential students who wish to depart campus earlier than Friday, March 20, they may do so after having communicated with faculty about their coursework responsibilities and after alerting residential life about their desired time of departure. All students must move all of their belongings out of their residential space prior to leaving. Once a student leaves, he or she will not be permitted to return any earlier than April 20.
Can students who remain on campus travel during spring break
No.
Have there been any cases of COVID-19 diagnosed on campus?
No, however cases have been diagnosed in the State of Iowa and in Dubuque County. We continue to monitor the situation.
Do I need to turn in my loft bed this week?
Yes. Residence Life staff alerted students to a designated drop site in their hall where they should have returned their loft bed.

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What You Should Know

CDC: Reported US Cases of COVID-19

 

Anyone who feels ill, becomes sick or may be exposed to the coronavirus should consult with their advisor, supervisor or the Loras Health Center and self-isolate. We must do everything we can to keep our community as healthy as possible at this time.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available through the CDC.

HOW IT SPREADS

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person

SYMPTOMS

Reported symptoms have ranged from mild to severe.

WHAT TO DO IF I FEEL SICK

Stay home except to get medical care.

PREVENTION & TREATMENT

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

STIGMA & RESILIENCE

Be Respectful of others at all times.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Common question and answers.

Loras College Health Center

474 Alumni Campus Center
1450 Alta Vista
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
563.588.7142