Updates, Cancellations, and Schedule Changes Due to COVID-19
Updated: April 20, 2020

We will add all updates, schedule adjustments, and changes, including event cancellations, to this page. We will also post them on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.


[4/20/2020] May Mini-Session On-campus Classes Cancelled: On-campus classes for the May Mini-session are cancelled, but online learning sessions will still take place. No decision has yet been made concerning later summer sessions. If this change affects your degree progress please contact advising@franciscan.io.

[4/7/2020] Commencement Exercises Postponed: Commencement exercises have been postponed to August 14-15, 2020. The commencement planning committee is working diligently to figure out the logistics for this event and we will pass along those details as soon as they are finalized so our graduates and guests can plan accordingly.

[4/2/2020] Holy Week Streamed Live: The friars of Holy Spirit Friary at Franciscan University will stream live the liturgies of Holy Week. All live streams will be posted on the Chapel Live Page and will be streamed via our Facebook page.

[4/2/2020] Summer Academic Experience Cancelled: The Summer Academic Experience has been cancelled for this summer.

[3/31/2020] campus Visits Suspended Indefinitely: On-campus tours are suspended until further notice. Please check out our virtual campus tour, and if you’d like to know when tours resume, please email us at admissions@franciscan.io.

[3/26/2020] Updates for Resident Students: Resident students are strongly discouraged from returning to campus to pick up their belongings and check out of their University housing before Monday, April 6 at the earliest. Students in exceptional hardship situations who need to return to pick up their belonging prior to April 6 should contact their Residence Director via email to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students returning to pick up their belongings will generally not be permitted to stay overnight in the residence halls. The University is not able to pack up student belongings. At this time, the University has not set an end date by which students must return to pick up their belongings; this date depends on the situation with the coronavirus and will be determined and communicated in the future. This update and much more was included in an email sent by Matthew Schaefer, dean of Students, last Friday, March 20, to all students who live on campus. If you have not already, please review that email.

[3/17/20] Extending Online Classes Through Semester, and more: Information about classes remaining online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, plus information about residence halls and returning to retrieve belongings. Read it here.

[3/17/20] Mass Live Online: The daily 12:05 Mass offered in Holy Spirit Friary will be streamed live on our Chapel Ministries pages here, and on our Facebook page here.

[3/16/20] Chapel Schedule: The bishop of Steubenville has suspended all public Mass times and regularly scheduled Confessions in the Diocese of Steubenville until further notice. Visit the Chapel page for complete information.

[3/16/20] Nursing Dedication Ceremony Cancelled: The Nursing Dedication Ceremony scheduled for Friday, March 27 has been cancelled. It may be rescheduled for the Fall semester.

[3/16/20] Spring Play First Weekend Cancelled: The first three performances of The Miracle Worker in Anathan Theatre, March 27, 28, and 29, have been cancelled. The performances on April 3, 4, and 5 are still scheduled to take place.

[3/13/20] Revised Residence Hall Return Policy: Father Dave issued a revision to the policy regarding students returning to our residence halls after Spring Break.

[3/13/20] SAT on Campus: The SAT session scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been cancelled.

[3/12/20] Chesterton Symposium cancelled: The symposium on G.K. Chesteron scheduled for March 20-21, has been cancelled.

[3/12/20] “Angels” talks cancelled: The three talks by Dr. Mark Miravalle scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, Tuesday, March 24, and Tuesday, March 31, have been cancelled.

[3/12/13] GRACE: The Gallery of Research, Artistry, and Community Engagement, set for Friday, April 3, has been cancelled.

[3/11/20] Austria Experience Pilgrimage: The Austrian Experience Pilgrimage scheduled for March 28 – April 6 has been cancelled.

[3/11/20] Classes: Suspension and Format Change information. Please review this announcement for the full details on changes to our classes.

[2/25/20] Italy Pilgrimage: The pilgrimage to Italy with the Hahns and the St. Paul Center has been postponed to November 2020.

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