- 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,
Good Wednesday morning.
Our announcement of Phase One of Louisiana Tech University’s reopening plans inspired many questions from every area of our University. Remember, as we progress through the phases, each will require adjustment. I encourage you to check back on the Return to Campus plan and to keep up with what Tech is doing to ensure we continue to stay safe and healthy and that our students continue to make academic progress. I appreciate your questions and feedback. I may not be able to answer each one, but please know that I hear you.
Today, I’ll try to address a few of the recurring questions for everyone.
Will we be able to reopen our labs and continue our research?
We are working with faculty and administrators to ensure that our research labs can safely reopen in the next week. I know you’re anxious to get back to your important research and the opportunities it offers students. Reopening the labs will require observance of the guidelines that we outlined in the plan, but I know we can all follow them for the health and safety of our campus community.
Will we be able to travel for research and service projects?
We are currently working with the University of Louisiana System to determine whether beginning Phase One means that we will be able to reinstate non-essential travel. We will let everyone know when we are able to work through and interpret the Governor’s proclamation.
How will I know if I am an essential worker and supposed to report back to campus?
We have given the latitude to division heads to determine whether an employee needs to report to campus for work – either for the campus to reopen or for those jobs that cannot be effectively completed from home. Your supervisor will be directly in contact with you if you should report to work on campus instead of continuing to telework.
Will we have online classes in all summer sessions?
Currently, we are planning online instruction for the first-half courses and whole-term courses in the summer session. We are also planning to resume face-to-face instruction in the second half of the session. This is one area where we may have to adapt our plan to how the state moves through each phase of its plan. If our state has not made enough progress to move through all three phases, we will adjust and continue with online instruction. Having a few face-to-face classes during the 2nd term will provide us an opportunity to prepare procedures and facilities for full-scale face-to-face operations in the Fall Quarter. It will also support those students who will want to return to campus later in the summer to prep for student organizations and activities.
Thank you all for your patience as we continue to adapt to changes in our state and nation. We’ll continue to follow federal, state, and system guidance as we move through the reopening phases.
Please continue to reach out if you have questions relating to any part of the Return to Campus plan. I look forward to hearing from you – and seeing you – soon.
The Power of Family
Yesterday, a Zoom hooding ceremony for a group of graduate students reminded me of the strength of the Tech Family, even in times of adversity.
I joined a group of students – MS and PhD graduates – from the College of Applied and Natural Sciences. We honored three master’s program graduates and two doctoral graduates. Each of them had conducted research in biology or molecular science and nanotechnology, and all of them have bright futures ahead.
Though this quarter has been a difficult one at times, it’s events like this one that remind me of why we are all working so hard to come through the other side of this crisis. Simply, we are committed to the success of all of our students.
During the ceremony, each advisor introduced his or her student, and then, each graduate explained her or his research. I was touched by the fact that each student took the time to express thanks for mentoring, for guidance, and for the caring that our faculty members have shown them. That’s what the Tech Family is all about. And while the quarter didn’t end for these students the way they wanted, I hope they fondly remember this spring at Louisiana Tech. Special thanks to the faculty who made this happen!
Please remember to continue health and safety practices of social distancing, regular hand-washing, sanitizing, and wearing masks in public. Relaxing those practices puts us all at risk for not being able to return to campus for classes this Fall.