U of L implements new masking requirements for fall semester Tuesday, Aug 10 2021 

By Madelin Shelton —

The university announced that effective Monday, Aug. 9, it will require masks in public, indoor spaces for all university members. This change will remain in effect until the U of L community reaches an increased vaccination rate.

“Public, indoor spaces are defined as any space inside a campus building that is not considered a private room or private office,” U of L said.

The decision comes from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent guidance that areas with high levels of transmission should begin implementing face masks, regardless of whether individuals are vaccinated or not.

“Based on the Kentucky immunization registry, we know that at least 30% of students and 67.7% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated,” the university said. “Unless the CDC changes its recommendation, we plan to suspend our mask requirement when we reach an 80% vaccination rate in both our student and employee populations.”

In addition to the new masking guidelines, testing is required for unvaccinated university members starting Aug. 17.

The university plans to continue monitoring the evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and will make changes as they deem appropriate, continuing to rely on guidelines from the CDC and other trusted health professionals.

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BRIEF: U of L provides update to restrictions on indoor meetings Friday, May 14 2021 

By Madelin Shelton —

The university loosened COVID-19 restrictions in accordance with new guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fully vaccinated university members are now allowed to remove their masks when meeting indoors with other fully vaccinated individuals. All individuals within meetings must be fully vaccinated to be able to remove their masks. If a meeting includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, masks are required to be worn by all attendees.

Masks must continue to be worn in indoor common areas of U of L.

“A fully vaccinated status is defined as being vaccinated for at least two weeks since the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks since the single dose of the J&J vaccine,” the university said.

More information about the university’s policies surrounding masks can be found here.

To learn more about getting vaccinated at U of L, click here.

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Bookstore will allow mail-in rental returns and buybacks Tuesday, Apr 14 2020 

By Victoria Doll–

The University of Louisville bookstore will accept rental returns and textbook buybacks online because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Even though the U of L campus bookstore is temporarily closed to the public, there will still be on-site processing and shipping during the closure. Rental return dates have been extended by 15 days to give customers enough time to mail back their books.

The bookstore is also offering free shipping for textbook returns to promote social distancing practices in the midst of the pandemic.

According to the campus bookstore website, “The store is already extending free shipping, with no minimum purchase, to the entire campus community to fulfill any academic needs that may arise.” The free return shipping label and packing slip can be found in your U of L email or through the campus bookstore website.

The bookstore is encouraging people to regularly visit their website for updates, as store hours are changing often.

The bookstore will continue to buy back textbooks but with slight changes. According to the bookstore website, books can be bought back online through the “Sell Your Textbooks” link in the site footer.

In addressing these changes, the campus bookstore emphasized that, “Our highest priority is the health and welfare of our campus community and our store staff.” They also said they are following the health protocols given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

For any other questions regarding the bookstore’s response or changes in policy, please refer to their website or call 502-852-5913.

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Department of Communication launches #CardsCovered campaign Thursday, Apr 9 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

The University of Louisville Department of Communications launched the #CardsCovered campaign April 9 to encourage the U of L community to wear face masks and donate to the Louis and Louise W. Weisser Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund.

Those who want to participate in the campaign can do so by making a face mask, taking a selfie with their face mask on and posting their picture to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CardsCovered. Participants should tag @UofLCOMM and three friends that they want to challenge to post their own pictures.

“#CardsCovered is a campaign to encourage each other to connect virtually, support one another, and protect our community in public settings by wearing a face mask,” said Kandi Walker, acting communications department chair.

“We hope that by seeing other Cards wearing face masks, we can increase the number of people staying safe and showing that Cards care.”

Students are encouraged to be creative with their posts because the selfie with the most shares will be featured in The Louisville Cardinal.

Those who want to participate without posting a selfie can choose to donate to U of L’s Student Emergency Fund. The money from that account will be used to help students who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Information on donating can be found on U of L’s COVID-19 support page. Further guidance on face masks can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website.


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Kentucky ranked high for mental distress Thursday, Feb 27 2020 

–By Eli Hughes and Madelin Shelton

A recent study that analyzed the mental distress of Americans based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention data showed that Kentucky ranks high across multiple age groups.

DirectCBD, a company specializing in canibid oil procucts products, analyzed the CDC’s data and found that Kentucky had the fourth highest increase in mental distress.

Kentucky also ranked 14th among the states for highest rate of mental distress for Generation Z and 19th for Millennials.

The data, which covered 14 years of information from 2004 to 2018, sought to see how many Americans experience mental distress on a regular basis.

They found that women are much more likely to experience mental distress. Generation Z women with a 64% rate of distress.

The state of Kentucky’s rate of mental distress increased from 29% to 35.7%. The study believes that possible factors could include the shortage of mental health resources and the opioid crisis.

Dr. Gordon Strauss, a professor at U of L and the director of student mental health services, says that the first step to stopping this rise of mental distress is ending the stigma around mental illness.

 “If we can begin to regard mental illness as just one more instance of illness in general, much of the shame and avoidance can be reduced or even eliminated,” Strauss said.

Strauss also highlighted the many resources available to U of L students who are struggling, “The university Counseling Center provides therapy and counseling—both 1:1 and in groups—for students.”

The university also has a psychiatric department as a part of Campus Health Services where students can be evaluated and treated for mental illness. Both the Counseling Center and Campus Health Services provide these services free-of-charge.

For more information, visit the Counseling Center’s website at https://louisville.edu/counseling or call their number at (502) 852-6585.

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