Luther College charts path to normal operations for summer and fall

Luther College has created a pathway to normal operations on campus for summer and fall while continuing to mitigate the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mandates for face masks and physical distancing will be removed once 70% of the campus community (students, faculty and staff living or working on campus) has voluntarily provided proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and no college COVID-19 Indicators are activated. 

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue classes, residential living, and college operations with a loosening of requirements for face masks and physical distancing,” said President Jenifer K. Ward. “I am thankful to our COVID Response Team (CRT) and Cabinet for their thoughtful and careful planning that is grounded in science and based upon data. The Luther College community is strong and was able to withstand a year of strict COVID-19 mitigation protocols. Thanks to the availability of safe and effective vaccinations, we are ready to take steps toward being closer than six feet apart, and without face coverings, as well as welcoming the broader community to campus.”

Once the college moves to normal operations, campus events with large numbers of anticipated participants and/or guests on campus (e.g., Homecoming and “Christmas at Luther”) may still be adjusted to accommodate a smaller number of in-person attendees.

“Many will continue to wear masks in certain situations, and we will monitor our COVID-19 indicators and risk levels going forward, but we are strongly encouraging all in our community to get vaccinated in the short term,” said Ward. 

The CRT will continue to monitor COVID conditions on campus and in Winneshiek County and mandates for face masks and physical distancing will be reinstated if conditions warrant it.

Operations for NCAA athletics and the performing arts (e.g., music, dance, and theatre) will be determined over the summer in consultation with the NCAA and performing arts professional organizations. For more information visit luther.edu/being-community/COVID-vaccinations/.

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