- 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 faculty and staff,
Good Thursday morning.
Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the State of Louisiana will continue in Phase Two through Aug. 28. Gatherings are currently restricted to 50 people, masks are required both indoors and outdoors, and bars will remain closed throughout this period. These restrictions may change in the five weeks prior to the start of our Fall classes, and we will adjust accordingly. We all need to keep in mind that being flexible is an important aspect of achieving our goals for health & safety and the continuity of our educational mission.
As we continue through this month, our campus continues to hold classes for the second summer session. We can support our students by continuing to wear our masks, by keeping physical distance of at least six feet, and by practicing good hygiene. I enjoyed meeting yesterday with our Freshmen Enrichment Program students who are here the second session to prepare for success this Fall.
As a reminder, the deadline for applying for accommodations for work this fall is Friday, Aug. 7. Some people are more likely than others to become severely ill when they come into contact with the coronavirus, so we have in place a process for employees that mirrors the process we require students to complete when they seek accommodations. It is crafted in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is designed to protect individual privacy and personal health information.
Accommodations will be made for those faculty and staff who are in a high-risk category as defined by the Centers for Disease Control.
Human Resources will evaluate if additional information is needed to support the condition claimed and request that the employee will provide any such documentation. The form, redacted for confidentiality of medical information, will then be forwarded to the appropriate dean or division head.
The dean or division head will then evaluate the request in consultation with the applicable department head. If the dean and department head or the division head cannot provide the requested accommodation, they will meet with the employee to determine if other accommodations can be agreed upon.
Once the accommodation team has agreed upon a decision, the form is signed and returned to Human Resources, who will then forward the final form to the employee.
After the form is processed, the faculty or staff member has five business days to make an appeal if needed.
To begin the process, please visit the Accommodations page on our Return to Campus website. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 318.257.2235 or email email@example.com.