- 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
COVID-19 Update for Faculty & Staff
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation Friday afternoon that halts gatherings of more than 250 people and closes the state’s K-12 schools. Both these measures will be in effect through April 13. They are designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and its impacts throughout our campus and our community and flatten the infection curve.
At this time, Louisiana has 51 presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with the majority in the southern part of the state. We have no known cases in Lincoln Parish, Ruston, or at Louisiana Tech University. Should such a case occur, we will notify you when it is verified. It is imperative that we are all communicating accurate information.
Many members of the Tech Family have children in the K-12 school system who will need care during the normal workday. Our division leaders have been given the authority to make work-from-home and flexible-time arrangements for those employees who need them. Additional details will be available by Monday. Contact your supervisor to make arrangements in these times that require all of us to be understanding and encouraging to one another.
This weekend, I’d like to offer a few updates on how things are going at Tech.
Training for faculty members continues to be offered on the 10th floor of the Library for those who wish to learn or improve their skills in our online course delivery tools. We appreciate our CIO Tom Hoover and his team in the Computing Center for their leadership in preparing our campus to make the move to online courses.
I’d also like to thank our faculty members for embracing this challenge and their commitment to our students. Communicating regularly with our students – helping them work through their own uncertainty right now – is incredibly important. Thank you for taking on this important work.
Conference USA has suspended all spring sports indefinitely. A dead period for recruiting has been instituted, and the NCAA is working out details for offering eligibility relief for student-athletes who play spring sports. Many of our student-athletes will be significantly impacted because their seasons were cut short this year. Please offer these students understanding and compassion as well as all other students who are stressed because of the uncertainties for their future.
Our Counseling and Career Center has recently completed the requirements to practice tele-therapy. If you encounter a student who needs assistance – either from our Student Health Center or the Counseling Center – please tell them both facilities are open and willing to help.
Thank you again for your focus in these challenging times. Please remember to take care of yourself. Please let me know if you have questions and I will try address those in future updates.