- 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
June 19 Campus Update – Juneteenth
Dear campus community,
I hope each of you join me today in taking time to remember the importance of Juneteenth, today’s commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This is an important time for us as an institution to reflect upon the past and to plan for a future that is more diverse and inclusive, and with greater opportunities for a brighter future for all.
We are about halfway through the first summer session, and I know everyone is working hard to make their summer classes count.
Today, we’ll take some time to explore how campus will change this fall. While we will ensure our students continue to make academic progress, we will work to keep our campus community safe and healthy. That means we’ll see some things that are different. We have over two months until classes begin, so we will continue to refine and enhance our plans while we monitor conditions related to the coronavirus spread.
For the fall, we plan to engage in face-to-face classes, but they will be delivered with restrictions.
As we’ve talked about before, face masks or coverings will be used inside buildings in order to protect students, faculty, and staff. Within classrooms, we’ll mark seats for use so that we can adhere to physical distancing requirements. We will also have protocols for regular sanitizing of classroom desks and surfaces. And other accommodations will be provided in classrooms and common areas.
Our academic deans are working through alternatives for hybrid learning methods in flexible formats to accommodate large class sections and classes that include experiential learning. I believe that these approaches will not only add to safer learning environments but will add new dimensions to teaching and learning. I anticipate that some of these methods that provide enhanced learning opportunities will continue to be used by some of our faculty after the pandemic passes. This crisis is providing us with opportunities to learn new tools and methods that will expand the reach and impact of our programs.
Because each building on campus is different and our classes have different needs, our academic leaders are developing plans to redefine traffic patterns for hallways and students moving in and out of classrooms.
Each of these changes will require flexibility and adaptability from students, faculty, and staff. I appreciate the efforts you’ve made to continue our mission already and the work we’ll continue to do in the near future.
Updates are being made to our website as we refine our plans and protocols for a Return to Campus this Fall. Be sure to regularly check out the website at Return to Campus Plan.
In my next communication, we’ll talk more about the changes on campus, including adjustments in our residence halls and apartments and dining facilities. Thank you, as always, for your attention.
Have a wonderful weekend, Bulldogs, and I look forward to talking more next week.