- 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,
As with most Fridays, I’m asking you to take some time to rest and reflect this weekend. We’ve made immense progress this quarter, and we will continue to grow as a University when we approach the challenges of this time with courage, pride, and collaboration.
Please continue to take advantage of the resources we have on campus to help ensure your academic success. Our Career and Counseling Center, the BARC, and Writing Center are all available online – just reach out when you need a bit of help. Faculty and staff are also ready and willing to offer advice and counsel in their areas of expertise. Remember our links to key campus resources at https://www.latech.edu/coronavirus/resources/.
Today, I have a few important updates for all members of our community.
COVID-19 and cybercrime
There has been an increase in activity of cyber criminals trying to steal COVID-19 economic impact payments as well as personally identifiable information (PII). Cyber criminals may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information.
Please be on guard for phishing schemes in relation to both your personal and University-related accounts. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released guidance saying that most people do not need to take any action in order to receive their economic impact payments. In other words, if you get an email asking for personal information in order to receive your stimulus payment or other relief opportunities, do not turn over any personal information. The IRS will deposit your check into the direct deposit account you provided on your tax return or send you a paper check.
Cyber criminals also use phone calls, texts, and emails to try to obtain personal information. You do not need to share personal information in order to receive your economic impact payment. Please delete emails and texts that request your personal banking information. In addition, you do not have to pay a fee to receive these funds.
Investigators are also receiving reports about fake stimulus checks being distributed by mail. Legitimate stimulus checks will take several weeks to process and mail.
Please be wary of those who would try to take advantage of us during this time of crisis.
Friday Q&A Café
At 10 a.m. today, the Center for Instructional Technology will again join the College of Education’s HUB to host Louisiana Tech’s Friday Q&A Café. This week’s round-table Zoom session will feature Lisa Dick and Dustin Hebert from Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership in the College of Education. They will discuss Office 365 for instruction and add-ons (such as Pear Deck). Join the meeting at https://latech.zoom.us/j/729919360.
Moodle and Zoom updates
Both Moodle and Zoom were updated this week. If you have any questions about changes in these platforms, please contact the Help Desk at HelpDesk@latech.edu or 318.257.5300.
Promotion and Tenure adjustments, evaluations
Tech’s Council of Academic Deans has approved an interim policy that allows eligible tenure-track faculty members to postpone applying for tenure from Fall 2020 to Fall 2021. This interim measure applies only to those faculty members eligible to submit a request for tenure this fall. All other portions of University Policy 2114 will apply to tenure applications. The form to request a postponement is online.
Finally, course evaluations will be administered through the Computing Center following the same process as in the past. These results, however, will not be used as part of annual evaluations or for tenure and promotion portfolios. Faculty members will have their annual evaluations by Oct. 15, 2020.
As always, thank you all for your commitment to excellence in the classroom and in our community. Remember – wash your hands, and practice physical distancing.
Hope you have a relaxing and refreshing weekend!