Dear Bellarmine Students and Families,

Since March, when we moved teaching and learning online to help slow the sp阅读 of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been eagerly anticipating the day when the Bellarmine community could reconvene in person.

I am delighted, therefore, to announce that we will reopen campus and welcome students back for classes on Aug. 20. We can’t wait to greet our new first-year students and reconnect with sopho更多s through graduate students. For those of us in higher education, nothing is 更多 hopeful, 更多 renewing, than fall semester.

You will notice some changes this semester designed to minimize exposure to, and potential sp阅读 of, the COVID-19 virus. I am proud of the approach we are taking to reopening, which balances our desire to provide students with a robust, in-person university experience with the need for health-conscious policies.

A Steering Committee on Contingency Planning that is co-chaired by Bellarmine’s senior vice president and the dean of our School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences has been working tirelessly since May to develop these policies, which adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Kentucky public health officials.

The biggest change is to the academic calendar. In order to minimize back-and-forth student travel—and therefore reduce opportunities for students to contract or spread the virus—we will end classroom instruction by the week before Thanksgiving by eliminating the Labor Day holiday and fall break. Once students go home for Thanksgiving, they will remain at home through the end of the calendar year. Final exams will be conducted online. (Students who have a reason to remain in the residence halls, such as winter season student-athletes, will be able to do so.)

We will ensure that students and faculty are appropriately distanced from each other in all classroom settings, whether that’s a lecture or a lab. Our faculty are also busy this summer developing flexible hybrid courses that combine in-person and online delivery that will ensure students have the personal attention that makes the Bellarmine educational experience special.

We will also practice distancing in all public areas, including dining halls, where you will find more “grab-and-go” options than before. Community members will wear face coverings in community areas—in fact, we will be providing Bellarmine-branded face coverings for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff so that we can be stylish and safe.

Students will still be able to participate in our wide variety of extracurricular activities, although some may be meeting in smaller groups than usual.

Ensuring a healthy return to campus will require some adaptations. But at Bellarmine, where we have an average student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 and a focus on the individual success of each student, we are in a much better position to make this pivot than larger schools. Some factors are beyond our control, of course. We will continually monitor news and guidance from Kentucky public health officials and the CDC, and we will keep you updated on this website. For now, however, we are positive, prepared, and optimistic. We remain fully committed to continuing the essential work of educating students in mind, body, and spirit for meaningful lives, rewarding careers, ethical leadership, and service to improve the human condition—while taking the precautions that will keep our entire community healthy.

We look forward to seeing you in August!

Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D.
Bellarmine President

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Bellarmine’s classroom structure this fall will balance our commitment to a robust, personalized academic experience with the need to protect everyone’s health. Students and faculty will observe appropriate physical distancing in all classroom settings, with face coverings required. Different kinds of academic spaces—lectures, labs and clinical experiences—will require different kinds of accommodations, and those details are being finalized. Faculty are developing flexible hybrid courses that combine in-person and online delivery. They are also preparing every course for online-only delivery in the unlikely event that the infection rate in Louisville rises and the university must close campus. After the Thanksgiving break, all final exams will be conducted via remote delivery. We will update this website with additional details on our classroom experience as they are available.

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Fall 2020 Semester Academic Calendar

  • Aug. 20: Classes begin
  • Sept. 4, Oaks Day: Classes in session
  • Sept. 5, Derby Day: Classes in session
  • Sept. 7, Labor Day: Classes in session
  • Oct. 10-13 (formerly fall break): Classes in session
  • Nov. 21: Last day of classes
  • Nov. 23-29: Thanksgiving holiday
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Study days
  • Dec. 3-9: Final exams online
  • Dec. 16: Fall 2020 degrees posted 
  • Dec. 19: 2020 Commencement ceremony at Freedom Hall

While our planning is currently focused on returning for the Fall 2020 semester, we expect our Spring 2021 semester to be an on-campus experience, shaped by the latest guidance from health officials about the status of COVID-19 at that time.

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Face Covering Requirements

In accordance with federal and state regulations, Bellarmine is requiring faculty, staff and students to wear a face covering while in public and common spaces on campus. The university will provide washable cloth face coverings to students. Students do not have to use the face covering provided as long as you have some sort of cloth covering that covers your mouth and nose.


  • Classrooms, labs and practice rooms
  • Academic and support offices
  • Meeting spaces
  • Dining hall and other on-campus eating establishments, but not while eating or drinking
  • Hallways and lobby areas of academic and administrative buildings
  • Traveling outside to and from locations on campus when you cannot practice distancing of at least 6 feet
  • Public restrooms
  • Common areas such as lobbies, kitchens or communal bathrooms in the residence halls



  • Inside your residence hall room if you are a residential student
  • Traveling outside to and from locations when practicing physical distancing


  • You will be asked to leave places such as classrooms, dining facilities, events and even work until you are wearing your face covering. Habitual non-compliance may result in student participation in the university’s conduct process.


The university will issue face coverings to all faculty, staff and students. If you have forgotten or lost your face covering, disposable face coverings can be found at Health Services or the Office of Public Safety. Residential students will receive their face coverings at their move-in date and commuter students can pick up their coverings prior to classes beginning.


Putting on a face covering
Wash hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer before applying face covering. Touch the face covering as little as possible to avoid cross-contamination. Once it’s in place, do your best not to touch the outside of the covering or touch your face. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after inadvertently touching your face covering. We recommend not placing it around your neck or up on your forehead.

How to properly wear a face covering
Your face covering should always cover both your nose and mouth.

Removing a face covering
To safely remove your face covering, first wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching either the outside or the inside of the covering a much as possible. Remove by the ties or area that has not been near your mouth or nose. Do not shake the covering once you have taken it off.

Care, storage and laundering of a face covering
Keep face coverings in a paper bag or a sealable plastic bag. Replace your face coverings if they become soiled, damaged or visibly contaminated. It is recommended not to use a cloth face covering more than once a day without washing it. Wash your face covering in the sink or the washing machine with hot water and detergent. Make sure you wash your hands before touching your freshly laundered face covering.

Read more about face coverings by visiting the CDC website.

COVID-19 Screening and Testing

We are working with the local health department to finalize plans to screen and test for COVID-19 before faculty, staff and student return to campus.

On-Going Health Checks

Anyone who comes to campus will be required to fill out a health form which requires a temperature check. Temperature checks should be conducted at home prior to arrival on campus as much as possible. However, there will be designated offices on campus that may conduct temperature checks, should the visitor need them.

Living on Campus

The three-year residential policy remains in place. If a student feels that moving to the residence hall poses a health risk, or if you’ve experienced a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may apply for a housing exemption to pursue off-campus accommodations.

At a minimum, students may expect the following safety precautions within residence halls:

  • Furniture will be configured in community spaces to promote physical distancing.
  • As much as possible, students will be assigned fixtures, such as toilets, showers and sinks.
  • Visitation will be limited to Bellarmine students only.
  • Community members will wear a face covering when occupying community spaces.
  • Community members will follow daily campus protocols for student wellness checks and reporting of symptoms.


  • Move-in will follow a registration process which complies with gathering and distancing requirements.
  • There will be a “drop and go” program where families may move items ahead of official move-in days.
  • The number of family members and helpers will be limited to two per student.
Dining Options on Campus

Dining spaces will be configured to ensure physical distancing. All facilities will encourage call-ahead and grab-and-go dining options.

At a minimum, students may expect to see:

  • The elimination of self-serve items, like salad bars and desserts trays.
  • Plastic barriers between staff and customers.
  • Inside seating capacity will follow state guidelines.
  • Wayfinding signage will promote physical distancing.
Student Life

Activities, events and meetings will largely be conducted in small groups and online. Large or campus-wide gatherings will be difficult as physical distancing practices must be maintained and masks must be worn in public spaces on campus.

Outdoor spaces or smaller classrooms/conference rooms may be available for students and student organizations upon reservation. The new reservation system will mandate the following priorities:

  • The number of attendees should not exceed 50 percent of the space’s capacity.
  • Campus space reservations should not exceed two hours and should have a minimum of one hour in between meetings to allow for sanitizing.