- 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
Update for Faculty and Staff – note timeline
Dear Faculty and Staff
Your health and safety remain our top priority. While no known novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been diagnosed in Lincoln Parish, Ruston, or at Louisiana Tech University, we continue to prepare for that potential while working to complete the current quarter. Should such a case occur, we will notify you when it is verified. It is imperative that we are all communicating accurate information.
Beginning Monday, March 16 we will transition to an all online or other alternative method of course delivery. Some adjustments to laboratory and studio courses that are in more controlled environments will be made. We will continue to assess the progression of the virus and to determine when we will return to in-person classes.
University operations will continue and the campus remains open. Housing, dining and other services will continue to be provided.
Materials and Training
We understand not every course is perfectly suited to be delivered online. However, learning to use our tools and software properly can ease the uncertainty our faculty and students have. We will offer training on Moodle, Zoom, and other course delivery strategies, and you will receive information on those training sessions from your Dean.
We will also have a limited number of webcams available for check out for faculty use.
Consider the classes you are teaching this quarter with a focus on preparing for alternate delivery methods and continuity of coursework for our students. I encourage you to be innovative in your approach to ensuring our students continue to progress on their educational journeys. To help you, we are also preparing a series of documents to provide assistance for faculty members and students on how to prepare for and engage in online learning, and we will distribute them through the Provost’s Office.
Right now, faculty should begin to communicate plans and next steps to our students immediately. They will expect to hear from their leaders in the classroom.
Also, please work with your students to help ensure that they are able to access the courses you will be delivering wherever they may be – on campus or otherwise.
How does this impact staff members?
Regular university operations will continue as scheduled.
At this time, the move to an all-online method of academic course delivery does not directly impact staff members other than those who will be assisting students and faculty adjust to the all-online method of course delivery.
Our employees are essential to ensuring the University is able to maintain operations in a safe and responsible manner. We will continue to monitor conditions and make decisions about alternative work arrangements for our faculty and staff as needed. Please reach out to your supervisor if you have concerns about your health or fall in a high-risk category.
Continue to practice social distancing and other preventive measures moving forward. The things that we do to minimize the spread of COVID-19 will minimize impacts throughout our campus and our community and flatten the infection curve.
We should also all work to minimize unnecessary gatherings of groups of people on campus for the remainder of the quarter. This move will create many challenges for us all. Consider having meetings with large numbers of people through Zoom or by conference call.
The move to the online or alternate delivery of classes does not currently impact housing, dining or other services. In addition to this move, ALL events expected to draw 50 participants or more are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
The coming weeks will require a great deal of flexibility and understanding as we all work through this together. Please remain supportive and respectful to one another.
If you have questions, please reach out to your supervisor. For technology assistance, please contact the Department of Computing Services at HelpDesk@latech.edu or 318.257.5300.
The latest updates continue to be added to the University’s Coronavirus Update site: latech.edu/coronavirus.