Student Emergency Fund
For students who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of these sudden changes, support may be available through the student emergency aid fund.
Online courses, which began March 18, will continue for the rest of the spring and summer semesters, including final exams. Professors and instructors will communicate with students via email about their plans to deliver courses remotely. They will also communicate about internships and clinicals. Our intent is to ensure that our students' academic progress is not impeded.
Student Support Communication Flow for Online Courses: Faculty should be your first point of contact for support in your online classes. Faculty should do their best to determine whether an issue is either technical/technological, or academic, and direct you appropriately, as outlined below.
Technical/technology issues should be referred to the Technology Support Center (TSC), at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 502.272.8301.
Academic-related issues should be referred to the Student Success Center (SSC). The SSC will further direct or recommend additional resources as needed. Students can reach the SSC via phone at 502.272.7400, or email at email@example.com. Students will also be able to seek support online, via live chat, through the Bellarmine Online Learning Support group in Microsoft Teams.
Internet Resources and Documents for Students
Pass/Fail and Withdrawal Policy Updates
Email from Dr. Gore: COVID-19 Pass/Fail and Withdrawal Policy Updates to Support Students
Residence Halls and Campus Services
To support the CDC’s updated social distancing guidance, residence halls will close to students on Saturday, March 21 at 3 p.m.
Residential students who need to return to collect personal belongings should sign up for a check-out time here. Move out times have now been extended to May 17. If you would like to change your current checkout date, please email Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to follow the guidance of local/state public health officials on travel. Move out operations will follow social distancing and other prescribed cautionary practices.
Student Affairs staff members will be in touch with you to discuss how we can leverage resources to help you transition off campus if possible. There are a number of opportunities that developed over the weekend: Emergency Aid to help you get home and Enterprise allowing 18 year-olds to rent a car, among other opportunities. Charter Communications, which operates Spectrum cable, is also offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
Food Services: Limited service will be available to students who remain on campus after March 21, with the primary service being boxed meals available for pick-up from the Palio.
SuRF: The SuRF will remain closed until further notice.
Campus shuttles: Campus shuttles have been suspended as of March 13.
Library: The Library Building is closed starting Tuesday March 24, 2020, but Library staff and services are still available to support you! Contact the library via email at email@example.com, AskUs web form or connect in Teams using the Bellarmine Online Learning Support Channel. You may also contact us directly through our staff directory. The library’s eBooks, online journals and streaming media are all available from the library home page. Not sure where to start? Check out our subject guides or course guides. The library is working to make additional resources available. Library items currently checked out will have due dates extended. Materials may be returned once the campus re-opens and fines will be waived.
Staying Connected Virtually: Here are a few ways to get together outside of virtual classes.
Student Concern Reporting: If you have any Title IX or student concerns, our coordinators are available to help. Contact our Title IX coordinators or complete Student Concern Report.
A Message to Our Senior Students from President Donovan
The rescheduled commencement ceremony will be December 19, 2020, in Freedom Hall for students who complete degree requirements in Summer and Fall 2019; Spring and Summer 2020; and Fall 2020. The exact ceremony time will be announced later.
While we know it’s not what you initially planned, it will be a momentous occasion. We will celebrate your tremendous accomplishments in the face of adversity. You will have your cap and gown, pictures with classmates, and the joyous feeling of a job well done.
Students who complete degree requirements at the end of this spring semester will still have an April 30, 2020 degree date posted on their transcripts. We will communicate with you about the availability of your diploma at a later date.
The Registrar’s Office will reach out in October to ask you to RSVP for the new ceremony. In the coming months, we’ll release additional information as our plans are solidified.
When/where can I pick up my diploma? We are discussing a diploma distribution plan but are unable to announce anything definite until an end date has been determined for social distancing.
Internships and Student Workers
Internships: Please see section below titled Information on Internships
Student employees: Student workers are still eligible to earn their full financial award. The inability to work remotely will not affect your financial aid award; please also note that Federal Work-study employees are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
Through April 3, student workers should continue to work on the EPIC training modules available on Moodle and logging those hours. You can earn up to 24 hours through the modules. You will need to clock in and clock out using the timekeeping system as normal.
Beginning April 6-30, you will need to clock in/out based on your regular work schedule. Depending on your role and what you are able to do remotely, your supervisor may assign work for you to complete during your normal work study hours. If the workload if too great or if you are unable to complete assigned work for any reason, communicate that to your supervisor and continue to log your hours as usual.
Please keep in mind that student-workers cannot exceed their scheduled awards. Contact your supervisor if you have any questions.
Career Development Center Online Services
EPIC Toolbox Information
Registration and Financial Aid
Registration: Summer/Fall 2020 course registration will continue as scheduled beginning on Monday, March 16. The Registrar’s Office will be available to assist via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advising is available through your faculty advisor or through the Student Success Center. More info: Registration Information page.
Student Success Center: The SSC will continue to provide academic support services and academic advising. Please email email@example.com or call 502.272.7400 for more information. Academic Advising will continue via phone or email. Please sign-up for an appointment and contact your advisor with additional questions. Registration will continue as scheduled. Tutoring and writing support will be conducted online. Students can sign-up for appointments via TutorTrac.
Financial Aid: The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance allowing schools the flexibility to implement alternate course delivery. For questions about financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid
at 502.272.7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Any university-related financial implications attributed to this interruption of campus life will be reviewed and acted upon once the University knows
the full extent of this temporary suspension. The University will communicate with students regarding all matters including financial questions as the situation unfolds.
Assistance and Services
Knights Pantry: The Pantry will be open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or by appointment through email@example.com. If you live in Louisville area and would like to utilize another food bank,
please visit the Dare to Care site.
Shuttle: A Kroger (Highlands) and CVS Shopping Shuttle will be offered this week in order to provide access to groceries and prescriptions. We encourage you to take advantage of the shuttle if you do not have transportation and
may need anything over the next few weeks. Please meet in front of Petrik if you need the shuttle on the following days this week: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. and Friday 10:30 a.m. For more information call 502.272.7777.
Counseling Center Services: The Counseling Center will remain available for consultation and crisis management by calling our main line 502.272.8480 during normal business hours. Bellarmine students may also access our
online resources at any point, which includes TAO (Therapist Assisted Online treatment). TAO has interactive
treatment modules for Anxiety, Depression and other emotional/interpersonal issues.
Student FAQ: Online Accommodations
Travel and Athletics
Travel: University-related travel is strongly discouraged during this period and will need to be approved on a case-to-case basis. Please have those conversations with your advisor.
Athletics: All winter and spring NCAA sports have been suspended.