Overview

With the well-being of all members of the Lewis University community our highest priority, we are taking several steps in response to the global Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • All 2020 Summer term classes are being delivered through online learning methods.

  • Most university employees and offices are open in a virtual way until the foreseeable future. Visit https://www.lewisu.edu/covid-19/businesshours.htm for an updated schedule for university administrative office hours.

  • Our Oak Brook location is closed until further notice. Our Albuquerque location is virtually open as staff is working remotely and available by calling 505-255-3947.

  • Lewis University postponed the May 2020 Commencement ceremonies and all other public events on our Romeoville campus through the end of the Illinois Stay at Home order. 

  • All our residence halls will remain closed through the conclusion of the summer terms.

  • If you must be on campus to complete essential business, be prepared to show your student, faculty or staff ID to Lewis University Police Department at the front entrance.

  • Individuals on campus are encouraged to follow the guidance of CDC and IDPH in wearing a face covering when social distancing is not possible. This includes public areas, such as the areas surrounding the mailroom and C-store.

This site is updated as new details become available or information changes.


 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

MARCH 19, 2020 [ + ]

March 19, 2020

Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Since my last communication, you have received several emails from Provost Sindt, as well as from other members of the Lewis leadership team, updating you on specifics of how Lewis is moving forward during the coronavirus pandemic. The leadership team has been engaged with many members of our community, and is taking into account your questions and concerns as we continue to adapt the university to this fluid situation.

The first and most important message that I want each of you to hear is that we care about your health and safety and that of your family and loved ones. We know how difficult and anxiety-producing this time is, especially as many of us are also worried about loved ones who are far more vulnerable to the virus than we are. For reasons of safety, as has been previously communicated, our students are moving out of the residence halls, and we are moving as many of our employees as possible into remote working environments.

As we have begun to shift to online delivery of all classes and to remote working by our colleagues, I have been inspired by the creativity, empathy, and passion each of you has demonstrated during this transition. During this unprecedented time, I am proud to be part of the Lewis University community. Through association, we are all working together to support each other in our common commitment to fulfill our academic mission.

At this point, we do not have any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Lewis community. Our nation’s leaders are asking that we all work together to attempt to “flatten the curve” of the spread of this virus. As we continue to maximize social distance, wash our hands regularly, and follow recommendations by the CDC, it is also important to recognize that, despite these efforts, some in our community will likely become infected with the virus. This will not be a failure on the part of anyone. This evolving global pandemic has affected individuals from diverse cultures and faiths and at all levels of education and economic circumstance. I ask that you continue to treat each other, especially those who may become sick, with the respect and compassion that are hallmarks of our Lewis community.

To our students, we know that you are being asked to learn in a modality that is new and potentially uncomfortable for many, but we believe in your ability to excel in this new environment. I also want to acknowledge the many losses that you are experiencing, from missing out on time with your friends, to making memories through theatre productions and athletic competitions. This is even more poignant for our seniors. I know that this is not the way you wanted to see your Lewis University years end, and we are saddened by the timing of this world-wide crisis and the impact on your lives.

To our employees, I need each of you to be creative in the work that you do in the coming months. This is not a time in which “business as usual” will work. This means that many of you will be asked to do work and perform tasks that you were not originally hired to do. It is a time when many will work from home even when their role does not easily translate to a remote work environment. It is also the case that some will be required to be present on campus when most of our community is working remotely. We are especially grateful to those in this situation. It is a reality of these circumstances that not everyone can be treated in the same manner. Overall, we need even more creative ideas and diligent work than ever, because we are committed to delivering an excellent educational experience to our students throughout the duration of this outbreak. We cannot do this without your contributions. You are essential to our success.

I am so grateful to be a part of the Lewis community and to watch as we rise to this challenge and excel in the midst of the difficulties and disruptions that this crisis creates.

Thank you again, and many blessings to you and your families.

Sincerely,

Dr. David J. Livingston
President


MARCH 12, 2020 [ + ]

March 12, 2020

Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing to inform you of our university’s efforts to minimize the impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic on our community while at the same time fulfilling our academic mission on behalf of our students.

At this time, the Will County Health Department has not notified Lewis University of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our students, faculty or staff. Since January, our Campus Emergency Preparedness Team (CEPT) has been collaborating with the Will County Health Department (WCHD) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to assess the impact of COVID-19 on our university and to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

Consistent with the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), IDPH and WCHD, and the recommendations from the Lewis University CEPT and leadership team, several changes will go into effect immediately. These decisions will be disruptive and therefore may be upsetting to some; however, they have been made with great care and consideration for the health and safety of our community.

Instruction and Classes
The best way for our university to protect our community is to temporarily transition from regular classroom meetings in Romeoville, Oak Brook, Tinley Park and Albuquerque to online instruction.

  • All courses originally scheduled to be online will proceed as planned on March 16.
  • All courses originally scheduled to be face-to-face will be delayed by one week, resuming in a fully online format on Monday, March 23.
  • The delay of one week for all face-to-face courses will provide opportunities for faculty training and course redevelopment.
  • Learning outcomes for all courses will remain the same.
  • Even though students will not be attending classes on campus, faculty and staff will continue to be present and daily university operations will continue.
  • Registration for Summer and Fall terms will continue as planned.
  • We will provide an update by Monday, April 6 on the status of resuming face-to-face classes.

A set of resources to assist faculty in delivering their courses online has been prepared. Faculty will receive a separate message from Dr. Christopher Sindt, Provost, with additional details.

Campus Status
All campuses will remain open. Administrative offices will remain operational. Academic Support Services, such as library, CASE, and computer labs, will remain open. Dining services will remain open with adjusted hours and locations. Staff will continue reporting to work as usual; please contact your supervisor with any questions or concerns.

Following social distancing recommendations, non-essential interactions between staff and students should be avoided. Students who are employed by Lewis University need to discuss their work schedules with their supervisor.

For the remainder of the semester, our Health Services will have nurse and doctor visits available by appointment only. Walk-In service will not be available for visits or immunization record submission. Visit the Health Services website for scheduling instructions.

Romeoville Campus Resident Students
Resident students have the option to remain in their permanent home or live on campus. Regardless of where you live, you will be required to complete your coursework online. Services such as dining, library and recreation will be available to our students with modified hours. The Office of Residence Life will communicate detailed information for resident students.

Study Abroad Programs
Following CDC, State Department, and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and advisories, we have facilitated the return home of our students and faculty in our study abroad programs. We are suspending all Study Abroad programs for the rest of the semester. Christopher Swanson, director of study abroad programs, will be in communication with affected students.

Travel
For the time being, we are suspending all non-essential student, faculty, and staff domestic university-sponsored travel and canceling all international travel. Any planned faculty or staff travel should be discussed with your dean or vice president.

We ask that you follow the CDC guidance on personal travel. 

Athletics
We are modifying our National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II athletic events, following the guidance of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), MIVA and the NCAA. Updates on changes to athletic events will be posted at https://lewisflyers.com/.

Events
All scheduled university-sponsored events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. On-campus event changes will be posted at www.lewisu.edu/covid-19 as we make adjustments.

Commencement
At this time, we anticipate that the May 2020 Commencement ceremonies will continue as scheduled. Any changes or modifications will be communicated.

While some anxiety about the uncertainty of this developing situation can be expected, please know that we are monitoring it very carefully. We will continue to be thoughtful and collaborative in our institutional response, keeping the well-being of students, faculty and staff at the center of all decisions. Visit www.lewisu.edu/covid-19 for updates on our university’s response efforts for this rapidly evolving situation.

This evolving global pandemic has impacted individuals from diverse cultures and faiths, and at all levels of education and economic circumstance. Guided by our Catholic and Lasallian heritage, Lewis University is firmly committed to fostering an atmosphere that is permeated by its Mission-based values of fidelity, wisdom, knowledge, justice and association.

In closing, please remember to treat all members of our community, no matter their age, race, gender, with civility and respect. Infectious diseases are neither confined to nor the responsibility of any one group.

We recognize how difficult these changes will be for many members of our community and thank you in advance for your adaptability and resilience. In stressful times like these, we find our strengths in our common commitment to our mission and to each other.

Sincerely,

Dr. David J. Livingston
President


 CONVERSATIONS FROM STRITCH HALL

Episode 1: April 2, 2020

Episode 2: April 23, 2020

Episode 3: April 30, 2020

Episode 4: May 7, 2020

Episode 5: May 14, 2020

Episode 6: May 28, 2020


 TEACHING & LEARNING

FOR FACULTY [ + ]

Dear Faculty,

As the presence of COVID-19 in our region continues to grow, we have decided that it is necessary to take proactive measures to promote the health and well-being of our students and community.   Social distancing is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control in order to control the spread of COVID-19, and the best way for Lewis to protect our students is to transition from regular classroom meetings to online instruction. In order to facilitate a rapid yet effective transition, we have decided that:

  • All courses originally scheduled to be online will proceed as planned on March 16.
  • All courses originally scheduled to be face-to-face will be delayed by one week, resuming in a fully online format on Monday, March 23.
  • The delay of one week for all face-to-face courses will provide opportunities for faculty training and course redevelopment.
  • Learning outcomes for all courses will remain the same.
  • Even though students will not be attending classes on campus, faculty and staff will continue to be present and daily university operations will continue.
    Registration for Summer and Fall terms will continue as planned. I will send out further guidance on how to conduct advising remotely.
  • An update will be provided by Monday, April 6 on the status of resuming face-to-face classes.

I realize that this will be challenging.  Given our commitment to quality instruction as well as the central role that relationship building between students and faculty plays in learning, Lewis is committed to providing you with tools and training that enable you to create engaging and interactive learning experiences for your students. 

To help you prepare for this transition, the Faculty Center will provide extensive support to faculty in the following ways:

  • Webinar Series:  webinars on a variety of topics, appropriate for those new to online teaching as well as those with experience will be offered between March 16 and 20.  Topics will be repeated in order to accommodate faculty schedules.  The webinar schedule will be distributed by Friday, March 13.

  • Blackboard Shell:  an instructional blackboard shell named “Keep Teaching” has been created for all faculty and will be available by Friday, March 13.  It is a repository of resources and advice for teaching online.  Look for the link to the shell under “courses” on your Blackboard homepage.

  • Keep Teaching Website:  a website with resources to support online teaching has been created. 

  • Individualized Consultation:  if you have attended a workshop, reviewed the posted resources, and need individualized support, click here to submit a question using the service desk.  A member of the Faculty Center staff will contact you as soon as possible to provide individual support. 

The transition to online learning is also an opportunity to support one another. If you are an experienced online instructor and are interested in working with faculty new to the online environment, contact Anne Rapp at rappan@lewisu.edu to offer your support.

Because this is an emergent situation, we are still exploring solutions for learning that require presence on campus, in communities, at schools, at private businesses, or healthcare institutions.  Deans are currently working with faculty to identify approaches that meet students’ learning needs.  These approaches will vary by discipline and college.  If you have questions about alternative approaches to experiential learning, contact your dean directly.

We realize that this will be challenging and that there are still unanswered questions.  The learning experience will be different in the online environment, but it can still be engaging, interactive, and enriching.

Thank you for your commitment to our students.


FOR FACULTY - KEEP TEACHING [ + ]

Dear Faculty,

As you make the transition to fully online instruction, the Faculty Center has developed additional resources to support you.  These include the:

  • Keep Teaching” website through this link.  The website is accessible on the Faculty Center homepage and Lewis’s COVID-19 site under Teaching and Learning. On the website, you will find resources for online teaching.

  • Webinars that have been archived and are accessible whenever you need them.  To access the archived Keep Teaching webinars, click on this link.

  • “Keep Teaching” blackboard shell.  All faculty teaching during the Spring 2020 term have been added to this course shell.  Just click on “Courses” from your Blackboard homepage, and it will be listed with your other courses.  The blackboard shell contains the following self-directed modules:
    • Course Availability, Announcements, and Navigation
    • Adding the Syllabus and Content
    • Discussions and Student Engagement
    • Creating, Grading, and Collecting Assignments
    • Tests
    • Online Collaboration and Asynchronous Options
    • Streaming Videos in Your Course using ShareStream
    • Setting up the Grade Center
  • Contact the Faculty Center for individualized support.
    • Since the Center anticipates a high volume of questions, please access the service desk ticketing system with this link, log in using your Lewis credentials, and submit your question. 
    • A member of the staff will reach out to you as soon as possible.

We appreciate the creative ways that you are using technology during this time.  Please be advised that the Faculty Center cannot support electronic tools that are not within the Blackboard Suite.

Once again, we acknowledge these are challenging circumstances and we appreciate all you do for our students.


FOR STUDENTS [ + ]

A variety of online academic support resources are available to all students, including from the Center for Academic Success and Enrichment (CASE), Academic Services, the Library, Career Services, and the Writing Center. In addition, Student Success Coordinators are available via phone, e-mail, and video conference to assist and support students. Please visit this link for a complete listing of these resources, as well as contact information.


 CAMPUS EVENTS

ATHLETICS [ + ]

All Lewis University NCAA athletic-related activities, including competition and practices, have been canceled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. All GLVC Spring Championships are canceled as well as all NCAA Winter and Spring Championships.


OTHER EVENTS [ + ]

Visit the Lewis University Master Calendar for a list of events that are occurring.

Alumni events will be updated at alumni webpage.



 TRAVEL

All university-sponsored travel (international and domestic) is being suspended. We ask that you follow CDC guidelines for personal travel plans. Decisions to cancel, postpone, or continue personal travel plans need to be assessed according to your comfort level.   Be aware, however, that you may be asked by your local health department to self-quarantine upon return.  In this case, please contact your supervisor and Human Resources to determine if remote work is possible. 


 UPDATES FROM LEWIS UNIVERSITY

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - May 28 Update
Published: May 28, 2020.
We are happy to learn that our region is expected to move to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday, May 29. This will change operations in our state as businesses start to reopen in a different way while we continue to respond to the COVID-19 [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - April 30 Update
Published: April 30, 2020.
In the last seven weeks, our university community has been united in our commitment to continue our academic mission. Our success in finishing this semester with online instruction and remote work is something we can all take a moment to celebrate during [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - April 23 Update
Published: April 23, 2020.
As you may be aware, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has extended the Stay at Home order for our state until May 30. As a result, our Lewis University Romeoville Campus will remain open in a virtual way through at least the end of the Stay at Home [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - April 16 Update
Published: April 16, 2020.
As we are almost a month into being a virtual campus, our community and support system remains strong. Much of this support is available to you on our comprehensive webpage that is consistently updated with current information in regards to the Lewis [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - April 1 Update
Published: April 1, 2020.
As a result of Governor Pritzker’s extension of the “Stay at Home” order until April 30 in Illinois, Lewis University will remain open in a virtual way through at least Monday, May 1. Faculty and staff will continue to work remotely in support of [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - March 22 Update
Published: March 22, 2020.
This week begins like no other in our university’s history. In an effort to keep our students, faculty and staff healthy, all of our classes will be taught online this week. Please remember that although classes are not occurring on our campuses, we remain [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - March 19 Update
Published: March 19, 2020.
Students, staff and faculty,  Over the past week, we have announced the temporary suspension of face-to-face instruction on our campus and a subsequent move toward delivering all classes online beginning Monday, March 23, along with significant [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - March 17 Update
Published: March 17, 2020.
We continue to engage with public health officials and other experts as we track the impact of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.  As always, our goals are the health and well-being of our entire campus community and the fulfillment of our academic [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - March 15 Update
Published: March 15, 2020.
Students, Faculty and Staff, Once again, thank you for all of your efforts as our university continues to take action to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Our primary goals in the near term are to reduce the population on our campus by transitioning [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - March 13 Update
Published: March 13, 2020.
During this time of a rapidly evolving global pandemic, our university remains committed to supporting student learning and success. We are grateful to our faculty and staff members who are working in Association to support the transition to online [MORE

Message from the President - March 12 Update
Published: March 12, 2020.
Students, Faculty, and Staff, I am writing to inform you of our university’s efforts to minimize the impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic on our community while at the same time fulfilling our academic mission on behalf of [MORE

Lewis University Coronavirus 3-12-20 Update
Published: March 12, 2020.
Students, Faculty, and Staff, I am writing to inform you of our university’s efforts to minimize the impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic on our community while at the same time fulfilling our academic mission on behalf of [MORE

COVID-19 Update - March 5, 2020
Published: March 5, 2020.
As we all prepare for a restful and safe Spring Break, I wanted to update you on our university’s efforts to keep our community healthy. Our staff is working with our students and faculty that were participating in the Lewis University Rome Program [MORE

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information for Lewis Students, Faculty and Staff
Published: March 4, 2020.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is asking Americans to prepare for a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States. Since January, Lewis University has been collaborating with the Will County Health Department and Illinois [MORE

Lewis University Rome Program Students Return Home Early
Published: March 1, 2020.
We have been closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy and communicating with our faculty and students participating in our Lewis University Rome Program at the Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) [MORE

CDC Suggests Preparing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Published: February 27, 2020.
As you may be aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is asking Americans to prepare for a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States. Since January, Lewis University has been collaborating with the Will County Health [MORE