- Return to campus plan
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Campus planning for COVID-19 positive testing results
- Tech answers the COVID-19 challenge
- CARES Act
- UPDATED State Travel Guidelines
- Travel Guidance from ULS
- COVID-19 ULS Directives
- Guidance from Louisiana Department of Health
- Online instruction considerations
- Guide for Teleworking
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Welcome to the third week of online instruction for the Spring 2020 quarter. I hope by now, both faculty and students have become more comfortable with their online courses. I know that challenges remain in transitioning to online formats and I appreciate the efforts that all are making to support student learning. We anticipate that we will make an announcement over the next day or so about additional flexibility in course completion and grading in recognition of the significant disruptions during this quarter.
There will continue to be uncertainty as the number of COVID-19 cases in our state rises. Please remember that your professors and our staff members are here to listen and help. Reaching out to your professor should be one of the first steps you take when you’re having difficulty in an online class – just like it is when you are sitting in a classroom learning.
Here are a few updates for today:
I know financial aid can be confusing sometimes, and it’s even more so right now with so many changes in our schedules. Remember that Louisiana Tech’s Office of Financial Aid offers a live chat feature on its website – latech.edu/financial-aid. Most of your questions can be easily handled from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday by emailing email@example.com or using the live chat feature.
One of the greatest sources of uncertainty for all of us – and especially our graduating students – has been whether or not Louisiana Tech will hold commencement on May 23. We know that it will not be safe to gather at that time in the great numbers that we always have with our graduation ceremonies. We’ve been working with SGA President Abi Olsen and other student leaders to ensure we make a decision that will honor our graduates while keeping everyone safe.
Commencement is one of my favorite events, and I am sad we are going to have to shift our plans for this quarter. Seeing students with their friends and families and helping them mark a milestone is so very special. I know our faculty and staff feel the same about our graduation ceremonies.
I am committed to ensuring we will celebrate the graduates of Spring 2020 in special ways. We will not miss an opportunity to honor our graduates and applaud their achievements. Today, graduates will be receiving the link to an online survey. We want to know how you want to mark your big day – and there may be some surprises along the way!
In the meantime, continue to Stay at Home and practice social distancing so we can get back together sooner than later. We know that works!
Later today, I will also share a link to my Zoom Room. I invite you to stop by to ask questions or just let me know how your day is going. We all miss having our Bulldogs on campus, so let’s do the next best thing!