Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Since the start of spring term, members of the COVID-19 Management Team, in consultation with campus colleagues, have been assessing options available to the University regarding summer programs and activities. These include summer research and employment opportunities for students, campus events and rentals, and the availability of summer housing. 

In light of Wisconsin’s continuing Safer-at-Home order and the uncertainties relating to the ongoing spread of the virus, the following decisions have been made to meet the needs of our students, maintain University operations, and protect the health and safety of our campus community and its visitors. 

Campus Events & Rentals
Each summer, our Appleton and Björklunden campuses host events, offer seminar classes and music lessons, and rent facilities for weddings, conferences, and summer camps, among other events. To help us continue to mitigate the spread of the virus and to allow us time to plan for the upcoming fall term, our campuses will mostly be closed this summer. They will operate as follows:

  • Rentals ofcampus facilities, including the Warch Campus Center and Memorial Chapel, among others, are cancelled through July 31. The Campus Events office will continue to closely follow state and local guidance to determine if orders may be relaxed enough by the end of July to proceed with some activities. 
  • All Conservatory of Music sponsored events are cancelled for the summer.
  • Academy of Music in-person lessons are cancelled through summer. Lessons will proceed via distance learning where applicable.
  • Björklunden Summer Seminars are cancelled through Labor Day. Trails on the Björklunden property remain open; visitors must follow social distancing guidelines. 

The University will continue to follow the guidelines provided in national, state, and local public health orders for both indoor and outdoor spaces and will update the campus if any of our current plans change. 

Student Summer Research & Employment Opportunities
Student summer researchthat can be conducted remotely will continue. Students are encouraged to reach out to faculty sponsors if they have any questions about planned summer research opportunities.

Student summer employment that can be conducted remotely will also continue. Limited on-campus employment opportunities will be provided for students who remain on campus over the summer (see more below). Available summer student jobs, both remote and on campus, will be posted in Handshake.

For supervisors of summer student workers, the posting of jobs and hiring of summer student workers will be very similar to how it is traditionally done. Watch for additional information to be sent containing a few process updates.

On-Campus Housing
The campus will continue to follow physical distancing guidelines in student residences over the summer. Students who are currently residing on campus will have the opportunity to request to stay on campus if extenuating circumstances do not allow them to return to off-campus homes or residences. Students who are currently residing off-campus will also have an opportunity to petition to return to campus early if they face extenuating circumstances. Students will not be charged for campus housing over the summer. A meal plan will likely be required for all residents.

Student Life is currently working to establish a petition process to request summer housing. Information will be shared with students currently living on campus tomorrow (Friday, May 8).  If a student is currently living off-campus but and has questions about if they will be able to return they should direct their questions to

Staffing Campus over the Summer
The University will continue to follow physical distancing guidelines for all employees. Human Resources, in consultation with the COVID-19 Management Team, is developing guidance regarding the addition of non-essential employees working on campus as state and local public health orders are adjusted. More information will be shared in next week’s LU Insider.

We will continue to assess our ability to host late summer or early fall events safely, including pre-orientation programs and athletics, over the summer and will communicate accordingly. We recognize that this summer will look very different than we all hoped it would, but we also hope that these decisions help you to plan for the coming weeks and months. 

As always, thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate this unprecedented environment. Please stay safe and take care of yourself and others.

COVID-19 Management Group