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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

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At Wisconsin Lutheran College, the health, safety, and well-being of our students - as well as our entire campus community - are of utmost importance. Therefore, we want to provide you with the latest information regarding COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) as it relates to WLC. This page will be updated as the situation warrants.

  • HOW TO CONTACT WLC

    Wisconsin Lutheran College's offices remain closed until June 1, and employees are working remotely. Please check back on June 1 for more information.

    The best way to reach a specific person or department is via email. 

    To contact a WLC faculty or staff member, search the FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY.

    To contact a Warriors Athletics coach or staff member, search the ATHLETICS STAFF DIRECTORY.  

    Please direct media inquiries to Jennifer Garbo-Shawhan, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication.

    To contact specific departments, you may use the email addresses listed below:

    For other inquiries, please fill out our FEEDBACK FORM.

    CAMPUS OPERATIONS AND EVENTS

    CAMPUS IS CLOSED: Wisconsin Lutheran College's campus remains closed until June 1, 2020. Please check back on June 1 for more information. Employees are working remotely. 


    EVENTS THROUGH JUNE 30: ALL events and facility rentals scheduled at WLC through June 30 have been canceled, postponed, or rescheduled. For a list of rescheduled events, please see our news release.


    COMMENCEMENT: Seniors who completed their degree requirements graduated in May as planned. However, the actual Commencement ceremony (originally scheduled for May 16) was moved to August 29. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates after the spring semester. Caps and gowns were mailed to students who requested them.

    CARES ACT EMERGENCY AID TO STUDENTS

    The federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic related to funding for colleges and college students is called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and within it is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College applied for the emergency grant and has received limited funds to disburse to eligible students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

    Please review the CARES Act Application for Additional Funding webpage for additional details.

    HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF) REPORTING

    As recipients of HEERF funds of the CARES Act, Wisconsin Lutheran College is required to post the following information:

    Wisconsin Lutheran College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 13, 2020, and has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College has received and will disburse to students at least $463,000 from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student, which is one half of the total amount allocated for Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    As of May 8, 2020, Wisconsin Lutheran College has distributed $437,525 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    Approximately 850 students at Wisconsin Lutheran College were estimated to be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as evidenced by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)) and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    As of May 8, 2020, 683 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College disbursed financial Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, up to $1,500, based on the Total Family Contribution (TFC) calculated by the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Priority was given to students with a zero TFC, and phased out with increasing TFC. Additional funds of up to $500 were provided to students remaining on campus without access to a meal plan and for displaced work-study students. $437,525 was awarded to 683 students with this method. The College also has some funds held for students (both those who have received funds and for those who did not) with need who may apply at the following link: CARES Act Application for Additional Funding.


    Letter to students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

    May 8, 2020

    Dear Student,

    We hope this letter finds you well despite this challenging time. You may have heard about the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic related to funding for colleges and college students. It's called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and within it is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Wisconsin Lutheran College applied for the emergency grant and has received limited funds to disburse to eligible students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

    Through funding by the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Wisconsin Lutheran College is providing this check to you. The funds are to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Please note, at this time the taxability of these funds is unknown.

    We know everyone has been impacted by this health crisis, and the financial hardship on students and their families may be overwhelming. We are committed to doing everything we can to help you continue your education so you can fulfill your career aspirations and become a strong Christian servant leader

    If you do not have added expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, please void the check and return it to:

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Business Office
    8800 W. Bluemound Road
    Milwaukee, WI  53226

    Please visit www.wlc.edu/coronavirus/ for additional information. If you have questions about this emergency grant, please contact Diane Hoehnke at diane.hoehnke@wlc.edu.

    Sincerely,
    Diane Hoehnke
    Assistant Vice President, Finance

    RESIDENCE LIFE UPDATES

    ACCESS TO CAMPUS HOUSING

    Updated 5/20/2020

    Wisconsin Lutheran College has resumed the move-out process for resident students. This is a coordinated effort so that the college can ensure the safety of people on campus as well as those coming to campus. Students received an email on April 30 detailing the move-out process. Information is available on our website as well.


    MAILROOM

    RETURNING STUDENTS:

    • All returning students should keep their mail keys over the summer.
    • Please share your current address so we can send all important first-class USPS mail to you. Email your forwarding address info to laurie.keophiphath@wlc.edu.
    • Please change all Amazon and online shipping addresses because these packages can't be forwarded.
    • Please do not send Amazon or UPS or Fed-Ex packages to campus until the new semester starts.
    GRADUATING/NON-RETURNING STUDENTS AND THOSE COMMUTING NEXT YEAR: Please return your mailbox key to WLC by May 31.

    Send the key, along with your name, to:

    Laurie Keophiphath
    c/o Wisconsin Lutheran College
    8800 W. Bluemound Road
    Milwaukee, WI 53226

    RESIDENT STUDENT CREDIT/REFUND INFORMATION

    CREDIT/REFUND INFORMATION FOR HOUSING AND MEAL CHARGES

    RESIDENT RETURNING STUDENTS

    • Students will receive an adjustment based upon a pro-rated calculation for the remaining number of weeks the student did not reside in campus housing. To view your details, please log onto myWLC. Select the MY ACCOUNT tab. Then click GO TO CASHNET to view your E-bill.
    • The credit will be applied first to your past-due balances.
    • Credit on returning student accounts will be applied to your costs for the 2020-2021 academic year.
    • Students who wish to apply a portion of their credit toward their 2020-2021 housing deposit should email their request to Nancy Meyer in the Business Office (nancy.meyer@wlc.edu).

    GRADUATING AND NON-RETURNING STUDENTS

    • Graduating seniors will be sent a refund check by the end of May.
    • Non-returning students should expect to receive a refund check by mid-June.

    PARKING PERMIT HOLDERS

    • Parking for the partial semester amount will not be refunded, as those costs offset annual parking lot maintenance and other associated ongoing costs.

    DONATIONS OF HOUSING AND MEAL-PLAN CREDITS

    • You may or may not be aware that generous donors cover nearly one-third of the cost of tuition, room, and board at WLC. Another option you have available is to donate your refund to WLC as a tax-deductible gift. We understand that these are uncertain economic times and are not intending to offend you by asking for consideration of the donation option; however, if the Lord has enabled you to make this gift, we would be most grateful.

    If you have questions, please email Nancy Meyer at nancy.meyer@wlc.edu.

  • ADVISING RESOURCES

    The disruption of normal, face-to-face interactions impacted WLC's academic advising process. Students should regularly check developments on myWLC (see the Registration Information and Advising Information links in the “Students” section). Students should also regularly check their WLC email for messages from professors and advisors.

    In the event that a student can't reach their advisor in a timely manner, or if advising matters are not resolved to a student's expectation, they are encouraged to use the form below to submit a request, which will be acknowledged within 24-48 hours. 

    ACADEMIC ADVISING REQUEST FORM

    WLC CATALOG

    MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

    Mental Health Crisis Lines

    If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please dial 911.

    If you are having suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline at 800.273.8255. Click here for Lifeline Crisis Chat.

    If you, or someone you know, is having a mental health crisis, call the Christian Family Solutions Crisis Line, available 24/7, at 800.438.1772, option #1.


    Christian Family Solutions Resources for WLC Students

    • If you have been working with a counselor from Christian Family Solutions, please reach out to him/her directly regarding upcoming appointments and/or the availability of meeting via secure video connection.

    • Counseling support via secure video connection is still available for students. Please reach out to Jackie Kacmarynski (jackie.kacmarynski@wlc.edu), or complete this form.

  • INFORMATION ON COVID-19

    Students should follow the guidance of their local and state health departments regarding the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. The general information provided below should not replace current advice from the government, area health departments, or your local healthcare provider.


    CDC PRECAUTIONS

    The CDC recommends the following health practices to prevent sickness:

    Clean your hands often

    • Use soap and water, and wash for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    Avoid close contact

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay at home as much as possible.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people.

    Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

    • You could spread the virus to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they go out in public.
    • It is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
    • Continue to keep about six feet between yourself and others. The face cloth is not a substitute for distancing.

    Cover coughs and sneezes

    • Use a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

    Clean and disinfect

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • Clean surfaces that are dirty, then use a household disinfectant.

    Source: CDC Prevention


    RESOURCES

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    World Health Organization

    Wisconsin Department of Health Services

    Milwaukee County

    Wauwatosa Health Department

    COMPANIES OFFERING ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS

    Enterprise: College Student Travel Assistance

    With colleges and universities announcing campus closures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Enterprise wants to make it easier for students to get home to their families by reducing the age minimum and waiving the young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020. 


    U-Haul: Free Self-Storage

    U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability.


    Spectrum/Charter: Internet Access

    To help students affected directly and indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic, Charter is offering free access to Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not have a Spectrum subscription.

  • Update: WLC's Plans for Fall 2020