8.17.22 Welcome Back for Fall 2022

August 17, 2022 

Dear LMU Students,

I am so excited to welcome you all back to the bluff over these next two weeks. We have spent most of the summer making plans, welcoming Kawanna Leggett, Ed.D., our new senior vice president for Student Affairs, and preparing to welcome you back this fall. As you return to LMU, below are a few reminders as we begin the fall semester:

  • Pre-Return Testing Requirement: All students are asked to get tested and obtain a negative result before returning to any LMU campus for the fall semester. Upload your negative test results or complete your attestation here. A PCR test can be taken up to two days prior to your return, or a rapid antigen test (including at-home tests) within one day of your return. (Note: If you tested positive in the last 90 days, use an antigen test only.) Students who have already returned to campus may take their test up to two days prior to the start of fall classes.
  • Testing: LMU provides free PCR testing for all students regardless of vaccination status. The COVID-19 Testing Center is located in the atrium between Burns Recreation Center and Gersten Pavilion. Appointments are no longer needed. Register for your reusable QR code to show anytime you visit the testing center.
  • Masking: Wearing a face mask continues to be a key to helping prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19. Surgical masks are available for students in Malone, VDA, University Hall, Campus Safety, Burns Rec Center, and the William H. Hannon Library.
  • Get boosted: LMU requires that eligible community members provide proof that they have received their COVID-19 vaccine and at least one COVID-19 booster unless they have a medical or religious exemption. Those who have already received a vaccine exemption do not need to request an additional exemption for the booster.
  • Lion Email: Read your Lion email daily. I will communicate important information to you through your Lion email. You don’t want to miss my messages. Look for another one soon.

At LMU, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. Being a member of the Lion community means being a person for and with others. I expect you to engage with others honestly and respectfully, listening with your ears and heart as you genuinely do the work necessary to understand different perspectives and life experiences. Being part of a community also means that we care and support each of those individuals in our community. Please note the university has resources and services available to support and assist our community:

Let’s all have a safe, healthy, and successful year. Remember: “You’ve Got This” and “We’ve Got Your Back!”


Terri L. Mangione, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs
Malone Student Center 301