Fall 2021 Plans to Reopen In Person/CARES Funding

May 25, 2021
As of May 31, 2021, masks are no longer required outside of ULS buildings on both campuses but masks are still required inside ULS buildings until June 14, 2021. As of June 14, masks are not required inside ULS buildings for fully vaccinated individuals. For those who are not fully vaccinated, masks will still be required inside all ULS buildings, including administration, residential, chapels and libraries. This information was distributed to students, faculty and staff and posted on ULS social media.

May 11, 2021
President Erwin announced that ULS will re-open for in person classes on August 30 in addition to offering Zoom options. Plans for staff to return to in person work will be announced by July 1. This information was emailed to ULS students, faculty and staff and posted on the ULS homepage and on Facebook. Students will receive more specific information on class structure from the Registrar.


March 16, 2021

Updated information as of March 16, 2021, on COVID-19 exposure posted by the PA Department of Health

January 27, 2021
Students, faculty and staff were notified that spring convocation and June intensives for 2021 will be held online and commencement will again be virtual this year.


CARES Funding: ULS Response to Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting – Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students. In response to Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), United Lutheran Seminary reports as follows:

1. United Lutheran Seminary signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement stating the intent to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to qualified students.
2. $28,079 was received by ULS for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. These institutional expenses of $28,079 were applied against COVID mitigation expenses.
3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to qualified ULS students was $163.25 per student.
4. The estimated total number of students at ULS eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act is 172
5. The total number of ULS students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under the CARES Act is 172
6. Eligible ULS students received their Emergency Financial Aid Grant check and accompanying letter via U.S. mail. Checks were mailed from the ULS Gettysburg campus on September 3, 2020.
7. ULS students who registered for residential courses were eligible to receive the above noted financial aid grant.
8. All funds distributed, final report.
9. $25,000 was drawn on December 21, 2020 $12,000 related to student housing refunds and $13,000 related to lost auxiliary revenue due to COVID pandemic.
10. $76,642 was drawn on January 15, 2021 from the CARES ACT due to reduced rental related to the COVID pandemic.
11. Cares Funding Report first quarter 3/31/2021
12. $2,400 was drawn on April 12, 2021 for deep cleaning on the Philadelphia campus.
13. $18,000 was drawn on April 8, 2021 related to lost revenue for an event that was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.
14. $28,079 was received by ULS for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible Students on June 1, 2021, which was disbursed to qualifying individuals.
15. $15,182.53 was drawn on June 21, 2021 related to renovated service points in the ULS Wentz Branch (Gettysburg) Library as well as cleaning and safety supplies. These service points and supplies will help the Library staff better socially distance from other staff as well as guests upon reopening.
16. CARES Funding report 4th quarter 6/30/2021
17. July 21, 2021 - $10,000 lost rent due to the COVID pandemic. $9,976 lost rent from students summer 2020 due to COVID pandemic

Archived COVID-19 messaging from ULS