- 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. I hope this weekend will bring some well-deserved rest and relaxation – at home, of course – for all of you. I recognize tremendous disruptions are occurring in your life. We are in this together and we will get through it together. My personal goal is to support you in whatever ways that I can to keep you moving forward in your academic, professional and personal growth, and to do so in a healthy and safe environment. I want to keep you informed about things that may help you navigate through all of the changes in operations and activities during this time. Special thanks to all faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated tremendous compassion and support for others over the past few days!
Yesterday, we announced that we are advising our students who live on campus to return to their homes. This decision was not an easy one, but we will continue to share our unique culture and Tech Family virtually. I look forward to opportunities for all of us to expand the ways we use technology to enrich our community. Students are reminded that if they need a place to live, they can talk to the Housing Office about accommodations.
Our students who check out of dorms and apartments on campus will receive a refund on their accounts for housing and unused meal plans. These refunds will come in the form of a credit on their student accounts, which will then be returned in direct deposits or checks after their remaining balances have been cleared. I know that many students have had questions. Many of those questions and answers have been posted at https://www.latech.edu/life-on-campus/residential-life/coronavirus-faqs/. You may contact Residential Life with other questions.
We’ve also made the decision that spring quarter scholarships will not be reduced, even those that are designated as housing and meal scholarships on student accounts. This decision will help to lessen financial impacts for this quarter on our students and their families, and it will ease the burden of individually adjusting scholarships, thus expediting refunds to our students. We are still calculating our athletic awards to ensure that our University works within the external and internal requirements regarding the calculation of awards to student-athletes. Thank you all for your patience with our folks in the Division of Finance at this time.
Now, I’d like to share some updates related to instructional technology and ask for your input in a few ways.
Help Desk availability
If you are in need of technical assistance, the help desk is currently available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rather than visit in person, we ask that you contact them via phone at 318.257.5300 or navigate to remote.latech.edu and submit an issue to receive remote support.
Live trainings are no longer occurring on the 10th floor CIT offices in Prescott Memorial Library. If you need technical assistance, please visit the CIT Resources for Online Instruction or reach out to the help desk at 318-257-5300.
Webcams for faculty and students
We now have webcams available for both students and faculty. Students may check out webcams at the Prescott Memorial Library circulation desk. Faculty may reach out to the help desk at 318.257.5300 if they need to obtain a webcam.
IT staff are working to implement Respondus, a virtual proctoring tool, for online testing. More information will be shared once the implementation is complete.
IT staff are also working to implement Intelliboard, a LMS analytics solution, to help track which students are engaging in Moodle courses and identify students that may be falling between the cracks. More information will be shared once the implementation is complete.
Finally, we are working to share stories about the good news and innovation that’s coming from Louisiana Tech during this uncertain time. We’ve been able to talk about a student who completed her dissertation defense on Zoom, our food pantry, and other great news at Tech. I encourage you to reach out to the Office of University Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ideas for stories of how Louisiana Tech continues to grow and innovate – even now.
Once again, have a restful weekend. I look forward to hearing from many of you in the next week as we work to keep our community healthy and safe and assist our students to achieve their academic goals.
Don’t forget: Soap & Water and Social Distancing!