CARES Act Emergency Funds for Students
Through the CARES Act, Luther Seminary has been allocated emergency funds for students affected by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Students can check on their eligibility through our CARES Act Emergency Funds for Students page.
There are times when non-residential students need to come to campus. In some cases, students need to use the building access sign-up sheet before they visit campus. In other cases, there is no need to sign up in advance. Non-residential students are welcome to campus for any of the following:
- Student employment: If your work cannot be accomplished remotely, you may need to come to campus. Some student employees, such as those working for Facilities, may not need to use the sign-up sheet. Please check with your supervisor.
- Food Shelf: If you are just coming to campus to visit the Food Shelf, you do not need to use the sign-up sheet. You do need to fill out the food shelf order pick-up form in advance.
- Library: If you are just coming to campus to pick up library books that are on hold for you, you do not need to use the sign-up sheet. If you need to access reference materials, you must make an appointment. Please visit the library’s Resource Guide for more information.
- Meetings that cannot be conducted remotely: If you need to be on campus for a meeting, please check with the meeting’s organizer to make sure they have included you on the building access sign-up sheet. If you are organizing the meeting, please remember to reserve a room.
Please review our guidelines before visiting campus.
Dining services are not currently available.
With fewer students, faculty, and staff coming to campus and no catered events scheduled, we do not have enough demand—even among residential students—to provide affordable dining services this fall. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
We did explore ways to try to provide prepared meals to the students who might want them. Our best option, a lunch-only subscription service, would come to an average of $19 per individual meal, and it would require all 31 residential students to subscribe. Most of our residential students prefer to cook their own meals, so this option was not only too expensive but also not a good fit. Bockman Hall residents have access to a lower-level kitchen with two fridges and stoves and two “kitchenettes,” located on the first and third floors. Cleaning protocols are in place.
We will continue to work with all students to use our resources to meet their needs through other more cost-effective avenues, such as the campus food shelf and grocery gift cards. We also will gather student, faculty, and staff input to put a workable dining plan in place for the future.
The Food Shelf is open 2-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Bockman 249. Please use the Google form to order the items you need in advance so we can have them ready for no-contact pickup. You can access the form here.
If you are unable to pick-up during these hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an alternate time.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) continues to monitor developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a SEVP-certified school, Luther Seminary has notified SEVP of our fall semester course delivery modes. International students at Luther Seminary will be allowed to take courses fully online or using a hybrid model for the fall semester. International Students are expected to be registered as full-time students each semester and to fully engage in online courses.
Questions should be directed to International Student and Scholar Affairs.
The library is closed until further notice, but still offers services such as no-contact book pick-up and access to the reference room by appointment. Please visit our Resource Guide to learn more.
Student employees whose on-campus duties are suspended will be provided with alternative work arrangements. In addition, the seminary may authorize emergency paid absences for up to 10 days.
Residency requirements have been suspended for fall semester by our accrediting bodies. We have received written confirmation from both of our accrediting bodies, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), that the residency requirements are temporarily suspended through December.
Distance learning for UMC students
Luther Seminary has received confirmation that for our United Methodist students distance learning is permissible for all seminary coursework through the end of the fall term.