- 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 campus community,
Good morning. Welcome to the first day of classes for Fall Quarter 2020-21 – a day we’ve eagerly awaited!
While things look different, we’ll all be doing our best to ensure our students can successfully continue your academic journeys. And whether your classes are face to face, online, or in a hybrid format, trust that your professors are doing their best to help you achieve your goals each and every day.
Students, you have to do your part. Attend class and be prepared each day. Ask questions and seek help early. Each one of you can be successful in your journey, and that is our top priority.
Today, let’s remember to be patient and kind to one another as we settle in. Just like on every other first day of school, there will be uncertainty and a learning curve. We can make it work with focus, collaboration, and our Tech innovative spirit. I look forward to seeing what we accomplish in this academic year.
We’re pleased to be working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Louisiana Department of Health, and the Louisiana National Guard to provide free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, staff and members of the Ruston community beginning Monday in the Argent Pavilion near the Thomas Assembly Center.
This testing is focused on determining if asymptomatic individuals are positive for COVID-19 and will be the latest tool in our work to help our community safe and healthy.
I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Walk-up and drive-through testing will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for two weeks. Testing may continue beyond that point depending on the number of tests administered. Individuals who want to be tested will need to approach the pavilion entering at Alabama and Bulldog Drive near Hideaway Park.
You can pre-register for a testing time, and more information will be coming soon regarding registration instructions.
Testing will be conducted by a self-administered, non-invasive nasal swab. Results will be available three to five days after the test is administered.
When you are tested, you have the option to have your results reported to Louisiana Tech and we encourage you to do that. Please remember that Tech has guidelines that determine quarantine or isolation protocols for both students and employees.
Just as our classrooms, labs, and studios will be changed this year, our gameday experience for Bulldog Football will be different for Tech fans. In coordination with state public health and University officials, Louisiana Tech Athletics announced yesterday a list of procedures and guidelines for Joe Aillet Stadium for the 2020 Football Season. The measures implemented include mobile parking, seating capacity, tailgating restrictions, and more.
The stadium will only be seated to 25 percent capacity, which means we’ll be able to allow just over 7,000 fans to attend. We’ll have to limit the number of students to attend each game, but will do our best to get as many of you in there as possible. The Tech Band of Pride will continue to be a big part of our gameday experience.
Many traditional gameday experiences will be affected to provide the safest environment. Pregame festivities, including live bands, within Bulldog Village will be put on hold for 2020 season. Tailgating within Bulldog Village and on campus will not be permitted. Pre-game meals at Argent Pavilion for LTAC donors and Alumni Association members will also not take place for the season.
For more information, please visit the LATechSports.com page focused on the 2020 Football Season.
As we begin the quarter, remember to wear your masks, wash your hands, and follow guidelines for physical distancing. I know this will be a successful quarter for all of us when we maintain our focus on our goals and work to achieve them.
Have a GREAT Fall Quarter, and I hope to see you soon!