- 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 faculty,
I appreciate the excellent work you did to enable the necessary transition to remote teaching in the middle of March. It is now time to focus more on returning to on-campus instruction while continuing to focus on reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19 among our faculty, staff, and students. For retention purposes, to respond to student needs, to ensure our students can continue their educational journeys, and in the best interests of the Louisiana Tech community, we aim to offer a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes this fall.
Throughout the summer, our academic leadership has worked to determine the appropriate – and safer – classroom spaces for face-to-face instruction. These preparations reflect best practice information provided by the CDC and medical community as well as compliance with plans put forth by Federal and State entities. With that in mind, large classes that exceed safe room capacities or conditions will move online.
Once the class size and facility assignments have been determined, the following are additional considerations depending on mode of delivery:
- For all classes held online (fully online or hybrid/flex format), it is recommended that faculty teaching remotely take advantage of the resources provided by the University of Louisiana System in its Bridging the Digital Divide summer series and in Louisiana Tech’s Office of Information Technology professional development series in August to ensure best practices in the digital format. Information related to the Tech seminar series will be forthcoming, and both these opportunities come with incentives such as bonuses and technology. Fall courses are already loaded into Moodle for immediate access to design and implement content.
- For all classes held with students attending in person (fully in-person or hybrid/flex format), precautions have been identified to protect your health and that of the students. CDC and state guidelines will be in place and followed. Classrooms will abide by a maximum 50 percent occupancy rate (or the state-mandated rate in place at the beginning of the 2020 Fall Quarter), face coverings will be required, classroom podiums will be situated more than six feet away from student seating, and there will be enhanced cleaning throughout the buildings. Additional precautions designated by deans and department leaders include one-way hallways and planned ingress and egress from classrooms. Faculty must be prepared to instruct students who are required to quarantine at any point in the quarter and are unable to attend class. For this reason, live streaming, lecture capture software, or alternate delivery methods will be implemented.
- Faculty are encouraged to design their courses to anticipate potential disruption that could require fully online instruction.
- Department chairs and unit heads should work with their deans to identify appropriate accommodations for laboratory and other experiential classes.
If you have a documented health issue that you believe prohibits your return to campus or requires an ADA accommodation, if you wish to inquire about FMLA eligibility or use of sick leave, or if you meet the qualifications for FFCRA leave, contact the Office of Human Resources (318.257.2235 or email@example.com) to discuss accommodations and leave.
Whether your class is delivered online, in a hybrid form, or in-person, remember that being a faculty member involves responsibilities beyond the classroom. Our students learn from us all in more ways than from lectures and assignments.
Students need to be able to depend on their advisors for sage counseling on class progression and career options. Office hours should still be maintained, either online or in-person. We all can set an example for good health practices like mask wearing and physical distancing.
We are eager to support our faculty and staff. Thank you again for your patience, hard work, and innovative spirit. Working together, we can ensure the Tech Family is successful this fall.