A Message from Rev. Dr. Angela Zimmann, Interim President and Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, President-Elect Regarding Plans for Fall 2020 Classes

Dear Members of the ULS Community:

We have made the decision that in the best interest of the safety of students, faculty and staff, all fall 2020 classes, including intensives, will be held  online. While we realize this may be disappointing to some of you anxious to get back to an in person classroom experience, there are several factors that contributed to this important decision. Since March, when the COVID-19 Task Force was assembled and campuses closed, the safety and well-being of the ULS community has always remained our top priority.

From the onset of the pandemic, we have monitored data and projections from the CDC, the WHO and leading experts in the fields of infectious diseases and epidemiology, in addition to guidance set forth from the Commonwealth of PA and watching decisions being made by other academic and theological institutions. In addition, there is an anticipated “second wave” in the fall at the start of flu season, which could significantly impact the academic environment for in person classes.

Prior to the pandemic, ULS was in the unique position to have vast experience teaching and learning online, as the transition this spring demonstrated. We are also blessed to have dedicated faculty, including adjuncts, who provide a rich academic experience no matter what the delivery modality. Our faithful staff will continue to provide outstanding service and ULS operations will continue without disruption. Students should use email as the primary way to contact faculty and staff.

Campus housing will continue to be open. Anyone in campus housing who decides to move elsewhere will receive a pro-rated rent refund. Please contact Wendy Mizenko with questions. Food pantries will remain open.

Questions regarding field and contextual formation should be directed to Dr. Charles Leonard and Deacon Chelle Huth.

Library policies can be found here. Details regarding worship will be forthcoming through the Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard, Dean of Worship Life, United Lutheran Seminary.

The decision regarding January 2021 intensives and Spring 2021 classes will be announced before registration opens. Thank you for your continued faithfulness in our mission and vision.

Rev. Dr. Angela Zimmann
Interim President

Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin

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