Return to Campus
Return to campus plan
In charting a path forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Louisiana Tech is committed to providing students, faculty and staff with an environment where scholarship, research, leadership and creative expression can continue to thrive. The following protocols will serve as a guide for the university as it gradually reopens campus to these vital endeavors.
During the first half-summer and full-summer sessions, classes and instruction will be conducted online. In the second half-summer session, face-to-face instruction in selected classes will allow Louisiana Tech the opportunity to test protocols for the Fall 2020 Quarter.
Because of the number of students and parents involved, Orientation for incoming students will be conducted via online methods.
In Fall 2020, we will continue to focus on two objectives for our University – continuing to keep our campus community healthy and safe and ensuring our students meet their academic goals. In order for us to achieve these goals, every member of the Tech Family will need to take personal responsibility for their behavior. This includes wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, washing hands regularly, using proper sneeze and cough practices, helping maintain clean academic and office areas, and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
In the Fall 2020 Quarter, we have the goal of offering face-to-face classes where possible according to guidelines and restrictions issued by federal, state, and local authorities and health professionals. We are not altering the fall academic calendar.
Course delivery will take a variety of modes, including face to face, online, and hybrid. Each of these modes depends on occupancy requirements in classrooms as well as the needs of each class and academic program. We encourage you to reach out to the Dean’s Office in each academic college for more information on course delivery. Classrooms will be modified to accommodate for delivery methods as needed, and training will be provided for faculty to ensure quality courses are delivered.
Face masks or coverings will be worn in public where it is not possible to maintain more than six feet of physical distance. They must be worn in classrooms and building hallways, as well as shared office space.
Academic leaders in each college are defining safe ingress and egress methods for each classroom as well as determining safe occupancy levels for each classroom, lab, and studio. In addition, they will determine appropriate cleaning protocols for each room.
Occupancy in residence halls will maintain appropriate levels for physical distancing. In addition, a special section of housing will be used for students who need to be quarantined.
Hand-sanitizer stations are available in buildings throughout campus, and we have installed plexiglass barriers in high-traffic, high-interaction areas. We will also place visual cues – floor stickers, table tents, and posters – in areas where physical congestion tends to occur such as the Office of the Comptroller and dining areas.
For more information on these measures, please visit the pages linked below.