FAQ Fall 2020

Frequently Asked Questions for Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Last Updated: August 13, 2020.

In the coming weeks, you will be receiving additional updates on our plans to return to campus in the fall semester. We will continue to follow state and local guidelines as the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community is our highest priority.

Questions Regarding Health and Safety of All Persons on Campus

  • All people coming to campus will be required to follow new safety protocols using face coverings and social distancing.
  • Business hours will be staggered and class schedules modified.
  • Increased disinfection and cleaning will be performed. 
  • Testing and contact tracing will be performed as available. 
  • A COVID-19 Hotline has been established by phone at (815)588-7000 or by email at covidhotline@lewisu.edu for anyone who has been exposed, or who has a positive Covid-19 test. Guidelines will be issued on a case by case basis.
  • Faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms or who must quarantine should notify their supervisor.
  • Students who are experiencing symptoms or who must quarantine should notify their instructors for academic support.

Questions Regarding Attending Classes

  • We are committed to offering in person, face to face classes, as well as hybrid models and online formats.
  • The fall semester will follow the same beginning and end dates for 16-week and 8-week classes. Course will follow the same weekly schedule of time and dates. Fall semester begins Aug. 31.
  • Classrooms are set-up with seating arrangements designed to follow social distancing.
  • Labs, Flight hours and other experiential courses will meet in person with modified schedules.
  • Undergraduate students will complete the fall semester in an online format after Thanksgiving Day.
  • There will be no Fall Break.

Questions Regarding Living on Campus

  • All Residence Halls will open for Fall 2020.
  • All rooms will be single occupancy for first year residents.
  • Suite style residence halls remain at full occupancy.
  • Residents will be assigned move-in times beginning the week of Aug. 24.
  • There will be enhanced cleaning and sanitizing throughout the hall and especially in the restrooms.
  • Residents will have a designated shower, sink, toilet and laundry facilities.
  • Availability of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer will be made available in residence hall restrooms and common areas.
  • Healthy community standards in the residence halls will promote self-care and care for others.
  • The Office of Residence Life is available at (815) 836-5581 or by email at reslife@lewisu.edu.

Questions Regarding Dining Services

  • Dining services will be available following safe guidelines.
  • Tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • Seating will be adjusted.
  • Floor decals and signage will reinforce traffic patterns and social distancing.
  • Options will include order ahead and take out.
  • The Office of Residence Life is available at (815) 836-5581 or by email at reslife@lewisu.edu.

Questions Regarding Student Life and Building Community

  • First-year students will live according to their academic area of study.
  • Cornerstone first-year experience will have class sessions/activities during Welcome Week.
  • Download the LewisU app to stay connected on events, student organizations, dining and more.
  • Student programming and resources will be posted on the Lewis website.
  • Face-to-face programming will follow CDC guidelines.

Questions Regarding Academic Support Resources and Availability

  • Many academic support services will be offered by phone, e-mail, or video conference.
    • Online Peer-to-Peer Tutoring, Academic Coaching, Mentoring, Advising and General Support.
  • Blackboard training videos and live support sessions are available for students and faculty.
  • Online testing accommodations, alternative format course materials and ongoing accommodation consultations are available for students with disabilities.
  • The Writing Center offers online peer writing tutoring and, when possible, face-to-face support. To schedule a face-to-face, real time phone, or joint Writing Center Tutor and Research Librarian appointment please visit lewisu.edu/appointment
  • The Library will offer online chat, online research consultations, physical material borrowing, and a Technology Loan Program. More details will come on re-opening of the library space.
  • Complete Academic Support Resource details are online at /case/academicresources.htm . Or via phone at (815) 836-5593, or e-mail at academicservices@lewisu.edu.
  • Laptop computers and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for loan to students who need these resources. Students must complete the STAR application form at https://lewisu.edu/fall20campusplan/star.htm

Questions Regarding Recreation, Fitness and Student Life

  • Traditional/familiar programs/events will be delivered in a variety of delivery modes this fall, including in-person, streaming and TikTok.
  • Our goal is to develop engaging, community building activities.
  • Intramural Sports will happen following the latest social distancing guidelines and in conjunction with the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
  • Students should e-mail the individual Club Sports coach to obtain information on their sport of interest at https://www.lewisu.edu/studentservices/fitnesscenter/clubsports/index.htm
  • The Weight Room and Powerhouse Gym will be configured following safe social distancing guidelines.
  • A Student Activities Fair is being planned for the fall to give students the opportunity to learn about all of the student clubs and organizations.

Questions Regarding Support Structures for International Students

  • International students living on campus feel safe and secure. They should be able to live on campus for the entire year following health guidelines.
  • Sodexo is working on providing food according to cultural and dietary needs.
  • A peer mentorship program has been developed to help students adjust to their new community.
  • Orientation for new students is scheduled to take place virtually on Aug. 26.
  • We will follow national and local guidelines for incoming international students, in addition to international Immigration Assistance, and will communicate with each student in advance of their arrival to the U.S. on appropriate protocols.
  • All incoming international students will be asked to purchase medical insurance.
  • For additional information, https://lewisu.edu/studentservices/iss/index.htm

Questions Regarding International Study Abroad and Domestic Travel Study

  • Fall study abroad programs are cancelled. Spring 2021 programs are planned, but subject to change based on health and safety and travel restrictions.
  • The Lewis University Rome Program at LUCE is scheduled. We are working with our Lasallian network of universities here, going into our fourth year.
  • Alternative study abroad and travel study planning may take place in other formats such as videoconferencing.
  • For additional information, https://lewisu.edu/academics/studyabroad/index.htm
  • Or contact Christopher Swanson, Director of Study Abroad, at (815)836-5993 or via email at swansoch@lewisu.edu.

Questions Regarding Support of Military, Veterans and Dependents

  • The summer and fall VA Certifications are being followed in conjunction with the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.
  • A peer mentorship program is working to help answer questions on military educational benefits.
  • The Student Veterans of America Chapter has been moved to a virtual chapter.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides employment opportunities for Interns at Lewis.
  • Financial benefits are also being provided to those in need through the Veterans Emergency Relief Fund.
  • Lewis has approximately 500 total military veterans, dependents, reservists and active duty students.
  • For additional information, https://lewisu.edu/veterans/index.htm
  • Or contact the Military Education Resource Center (815) 834-MIL1 (6451) or via email veterans@lewisu.edu or Lt. Col. Roman Ortega, Jr. at ortegaro@lewisu.edu.