Staying Saints Strong
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is preparing to return to face-to-face classes, activities and meetings in the fall 2021 semester. The university will continue to follow local, state and federal guidelines as we prepare campus for a return to many activities that took place prior to the pandemic. While OLLU is not requiring students, faculty and staff to receive the vaccine, it is strongly recommended.
Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases throughout Texas and in an effort to protect our community, OLLU is again requiring masks/face coverings for all individuals on our campuses -- both vaccinated and unvaccinated.
Face coverings must be worn in classrooms, hallways, meeting spaces and other common areas in accordance with CDC guidelines
OLLU is not, at this time, making COVID-19 vaccinations a requirement for anyone. The university, however, strongly encourages all employees and students to receive the vaccination and voluntarily share your vaccine status with the university by using our online system for uploading your vaccine record .
- Individuals who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination or those who do not wish to share their vaccine status will need to submit results from a COVID-19 test regularly. The system for reporting test results will be available at the start of the semester.
- Individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccination and who voluntarily share their status by uploading their vaccination record will not be required to submit regular test results but may be asked to take part in random COVID-19 testing periodically. Vaccine records can be uploaded online .
Cleaning and Disinfecting
OLLU campuses will continue the widespread use of hand sanitizing stations, increased disinfecting of high-traffic, high-touch areas as well as the use of plexiglass guards in key student services areas.
While we will still be offering online courses, a large percentage of courses will resemble that of pre-Covid times. Information on how specific courses will be offered can be found by using OLLU's online course search tool .
Classrooms capacities will be based on three-foot social distancing guidelines; however, unvaccinated individuals will be required to follow guidelines set by the CDC .
Student Services and Administrative Offices
Beginning June 1, 2021, 100% of OLLU employees returned to working from their on-campus offices. The Houston and Rio Grande Valley campuses also returned to normal on-campus operations.
Most of the COVID restrictions set in place for our residence halls will continue in the fall 2021 semester. Our spacious triple occupancy rooms will remain double occupancy rooms and our double rooms will remain single occupancy spaces. No more than two residents will share a restroom.
Additional residence hall policies for the fall are being reviewed and updates will be provided prior to move in for the fall semester.
The university will continue to make space available on campus for residential students needing to isolate should they contract the virus.
Residential students are highly encouraged to get vaccinated.
The Office of Student Leadership and Development as well as student groups will return to hosting in-person meetings and gatherings. We will continue to follow guidelines provided by state and local authorities but hope to have more in-person events and bring the campus back to life! Virtual options will still be available as we love seeing students from our La Feria, Houston and online campuses join us at events hosted on the San Antonio campus.
Mission and Ministry
The team is diligently planning an exciting calendar of in-person events for the 2021-2022 school year.
Both Sacred Heart and Constantineau chapels are open.
Students from the Houston, La Feria and online campuses are encouraged to engage with the Office of Mission and Ministry through the many virtual events they will continue to host.
Athletics and Recreation
Wings Up! Safety protocols for athletes will continue to be based on guidelines from local and state authorities.
Club and recreational sports as well as all in-person recreation opportunities will resume in full force in the fall.