Author: Ed Berthiaume

Wear cloth face coverings when out in public | April 6

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that all people use cloth face coverings when out in public.

Lawrence is in the process of procuring cloth coverings for students and workers who remain on campus. In the meantime, people are encouraged to make their own out of scarves, bandanas, T-shirts, or other cloth materials.

The CDC provides answers here to frequently asked questions about cloth masks and why it is now recommending they be used as the rate of community spread increases:

Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrates here how you can make your own face covering:

The CDC notes that surgical masks are in short supply and should be reserved for health care workers or other medical first responders. Cloth face coverings are a next best option.

“In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms,” the CDC reports on its web site.

Please note that the face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.

Access to campus buildings to be limited; facilities closed to visitors | March 20

The following is an update on access to Lawrence University facilities as the University looks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Management Team knows the changes listed below will be difficult as we all continue to navigate this global pandemic. Thank you for your willingness to support one another and to stay committed to our students and to each other.

The health and safety of our Lawrence community is paramount as we make decisions about how to move forward while working to stem any spread of the virus. Cleaning and sanitizing spaces that are still being used by on-campus community members is a top priority.

All faculty and staff who have the ability to work from home are encouraged to do so. Please work with your supervisor to make appropriate accommodations. See earlier message from HR here.

With that as the backdrop, we are announcing today that campus will be closed to all visitors beginning immediately. Only students staying on campus, faculty, and staff will be allowed on campus, and hours and access will be limited. Parents who are here to move their student out of a residence have been asked to remain in their vehicles. Staff members are assisting students in the packing of their vehicles. See move-out instructions here. (Note that there will be certain vendors and contractors permitted on campus on a case-by-case basis and with appropriate isolation of work areas and enhanced cleaning procedures.)

Buildings will be locked: With the exception of Brokaw Central (see details below) and the Wellness Center (see details below), all buildings on campus will be locked daily, allowing only for card-swipe access. That access should only take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays (see details below) unless granted permission.

Campus facilities off limits after 5 p.m.: Effective immediately, all academic, office, and satellite buildings on campus will be closed to all at 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, so daily cleaning and sanitizing can take place. Facilities, custodial, and campus safety staff can access those buildings after 5 p.m. to clean and sanitize areas; other employees should avoid accessing buildings after 5 p.m., unless approved by their supervisor. The only exception is the café in Warch Campus Center, which will be available to students to retrieve meals until 6:30 p.m. daily (see details below). On weekends, all buildings, with the exception of the café in Warch and the Music-Drama Center, will be closed. The Music-Drama Center will be open for limited use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 

Some buildings to close completely: The following buildings will be closed: International House, Sabin House, Wilson House, Mursell House, and the Diversity and Intercultural Center within Memorial Hall. Staff needing to periodically access those spaces should first notify their supervisor. The student food pantry, currently located in Sabin House, will be relocated to a space where students have easy access. Details on that will be announced shortly. The closures of these buildings are part of efforts to allow cleaning crews to focus efforts in buildings where higher traffic and shared spaces are less avoidable.

Mudd Library: Effective immediately, there will be no physical access to the library except for library and ITS staff. Students and faculty will still have digital access to databases. If you have difficulty accessing library materials electronically, you can reach out to library staff for assistance. They will be ready and willing to lend support. Also, library staff are preparing for a system of “curbside” pickup for needed print materials. The system will involve library staff pulling the materials for you and making them available for pickup. More details to come. While there is no physical access to the library, staff will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist as needed. For more information, email or call 920-832-6750.

Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center: UPDATE April 2:

  • Wellness Services-Health is available for consultation to students from campus or home Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Assistance is provided for appointments off campus. Please email Wellness Services or call 920-832-6574 to request an appointment. If questions arise after-hours, call Nurse Direct (24-hour medical advice) at 920-738-2230 for non-emergency. Call 911 in case of an emergency.
  • Wellness Services-Counseling is available via remote session. If you would like to schedule an appointment email Wellness Services or call 920-832-6574 and leave a message with your name and contact information. Walk-in hours will be handled by our 24/7 LU Counseling line at 920-419-8167. Licensed counselors are available anytime you need support.
  • Wellness Services-Recreation. The Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center building will be closed until further notice for the safety of our community. Remote fitness and wellness resources are available. Please contact Erin Buenzli with any wellness, recreation or athletic training questions. 

Effective immediately, the Wellness Center will be closed to the public. For more information, email or call 920-832-6574.

Warch Campus Center: There will be no public access to the Warch Campus Center. The café will be available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for students living on campus, but only for take-out. There will be no in-café dining. Students will go through a line, receive their food in disposable containers and be expected to take it outside or back to their rooms. This food service will be available only to students. Faculty and staff working on campus are expected to bring their own lunch. This process is in place to feed the people who have no other means to get a meal. The Warch Campus Center will not be available as a gathering place as the University follows important CDC and state of Wisconsin guidelines on social distancing. See more from the CDC here.

Brokaw Hall: Brokaw Central on the first floor of Brokaw Hall (south entrance) will have a cashier available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays. For cashier needs other than Monday, email For financial aid questions, email For registrar questions, email Please watch for updates. Offices on the second floor of Brokaw will be closed.

UPDATED: Alexander Gym: The Athletics Department offices, as well as the gym, weight room, cardio room, auxiliary weight room, and all locker rooms, are closed. The building will be accessible by card-swipe only. The athletic training room will be open to students for scheduled rehabilitation appointments only.

Thank you for abiding by the campus restrictions shared here. Please watch for updates on the COVID-19 news blog at We will get through this together as we do all we can to keep everyone in our community as safe and healthy as possible.


Office of Communications, on behalf of the COVID-19 Management Team