- 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 Tech Family,
Once again, I’ll ask you to take some time this weekend to relax and recuperate from the stress we’ve had this quarter. The good news is – we’re getting close to finals and a longer break before we start our Summer 2020 session.
Power Loss and CARES Act checks
The City of Ruston had a power loss yesterday that impacted our whole campus. For those students that are waiting on CARES Act checks, I am sorry to say that the power outage has caused a short delay in getting those checks out to you. The checks and EFTs for those students’ applications that have been reviewed and completed will go out today and begin making it to you early next week. The Financial Aid staff are continuing to review and approve the thousands of applications that have been submitted. Please know they are working as quickly as possible to get those funds to you.
For those who were taking classes or accessing our computing systems remotely, your activities were disrupted by the power outage too. This power outage shows just how interconnected we are in this online world.
Safe & Healthy Campus
As we begin to think about what being on the Louisiana Tech campus will look like in the fall, I’d like to take a bit of time to talk to you about some of the measures our essential workers have been putting in place to keep students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy while they’re on campus.
Our Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) department has been an integral part of the Incident Response Team, helping create a proactive response to employee training related to safety and cleaning. In fact, they’ve started working with our University Communications office on a series of educational materials and videos for the fall.
At the very onset of COVID-19, EH&S began researching preventative measures and disinfection procedures as called for by the CDC so that we could continue campus operations. They launched special training to discuss the virus, proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques, and proper personal protective equipment each group needed to prevent the transmission of the virus with Housing, Custodial, and Grounds staff members.
EH&S also worked to ensure that the cleaning products used to disinfect surfaces are effective in stopping the COVID-19 virus. These sessions and research into best practices helped to alleviate the uncertainty we can all feel when we don’t know whether our efforts are productive.
Our Building Services employees in Residential Life have already proven to be subject matter experts at preparing our residence halls and apartments for their next set of occupants. Their work has increased since the pandemic began, and I’m so proud of their commitment to ensuring our students remain safe and healthy.
Our Dining Services staff still prepare meals for the number of students who remained on campus in dorms and apartments. Their approach has changed to ensure proper physical distancing requirements are followed, but they still deliver meals to students (to-go, of course) with a smile.
Our Physical Plant employees are also part of our essential workforce here at Tech. Their schedules have been adjusted to maintain physical distancing and to keep them safe and healthy as well.
Our essential employees in EH&S, Residential Life, the Physical Plant, and Aramark nutrition services have worked overtime to ensure students, faculty, and staff have a safe place to work, learn, and live. They have kept our campus operational and welcoming for the students, faculty, and staff who need to be here on a limited basis.
Their innovation and collaboration with staff across campus serve as another example of our Tech Spirit. With these employees’ help, we’ll be ready to start the Fall 2020 Quarter on a great footing.
Thank you all for your work ensuring our students continue to have a safe and healthy environment to live and learn in. Have a great weekend!