- Return to campus plan
- COVID Challenge Response Team
- CARES Act
- CARES Act 30-day report
- CARES Act 45-day report
- CARES Act 45-day report – 2
- CARES Act 45-day report – 3
- CARES Act 45-day report – 4
- CARES Act final report
- CARES Act institutional report – 30 Sept 20
- CARES Act Institutional Report – 31 Dec 20
- CARES Act institutional report – 31 March 21
- HEERF Institutional Report – March 21
- HEERF Institutional Report – June 21
- CARES Act FAQ
- Application information
- How to apply
- CARES Act online application
- CRRSAA Grant
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Quarantine and isolation protocol
- LDH Institutional Reporting
Campus Update – Fall Planning
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Good Friday morning.
As we complete the Summer 2021 Quarter and approach a new academic year, our Incident Response Team continues to meet and engage with local and state leaders in both health and higher education. We will also be able to learn from the successes and challenges at other University of Louisiana System institutions as they begin their fall semesters.
Over the last year and half – through scientific and personal experience – we’ve all learned about the importance of masking, personal hygiene, vaccinations, contact tracing, and quarantining. Our work throughout the summer has been focused on keeping our community healthy and safe, while ensuring that our students have an unparalleled learning experience and continue to make academic progress.
The campus experience, complete with a wealth of extracurricular and co-curricular activities, is important to student success. Our IRT’s efforts include working to ensure we have as normal a college experience as possible for all our students.
In accordance with the state’s mask mandate, students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors will continue to wear masks indoors whether they are vaccinated or not. Wearing a mask is a small sacrifice to make to help ensure your health and the safety of others.
We will also continue to offer ample testing opportunities on campus through TechCare. To schedule a test or COVID-19 vaccination on campus, visit the TechCare appointment booking system online.
Last year, robust contact tracing helped ensure we slowed the spread of the virus. These efforts will continue in the new year.
We will continue to report weekly positive case numbers in our community to the Louisiana Department of Health. Our University’s coronavirus page (latech.edu/coronavirus) will link to the LDH reporting page.
All ULS institutions will also add the COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required immunizations as soon as the Food and Drug Administration grants full approval of the vaccine. Louisiana law does not allow institutions to mandate vaccinations, instead offering alternatives for students who cannot or do not want to take them.
What that means for students is that – beginning the academic term after the vaccine is granted full FDA approval – new and continuing students will be required to provide proof of:
- Vaccination according to the appropriate protocols,
- A doctor’s letter noting the medical reasons for not taking the vaccine, or
- A request for exemption.
Details on how to provide this information will be communicated at a later date.
The safest course of action for most of us is to vaccinate against COVID-19. If you have been waiting to receive your shots, visit vaccines.gov/search to find a location for free COVID-19 vaccines.
We all have the opportunity to help keep ourselves safe and healthy from the more contagious – and dangerous – Delta variant of COVID-19. Get vaccinated. Wear your masks whether you’re vaccinated or not.
I’ll continue to share plans for the fall quarter through the coming weeks. Thank you for playing your part in keeping us all safe and healthy.