Return to Campus

Guiding Principles

Louisiana Tech University’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be focused on working to ensure health and safety for all members of the Tech Family. Protecting the health of our campus community will require long-term effort and commitment, cooperation, teamwork and understanding – all values that our community has shown in a multitude of ways in recent months.

Louisiana Tech’s plans for expanding operations and increasing the presence of faculty, staff, and students will be guided by the following criteria:

  • The intentional effort by all faculty, staff and students to exercise both personal and community responsibility. The combined efforts by all members of the Tech Family will create a culture that sustains a healthy and safe on-campus environment.
  • Existing and projected government restrictions (safer-at-home orders, masking requirements, physical distancing, gatherings, etc.).
  • Public health status: recommendations from federal government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local authorities.
  • Resource availability: including personal protective equipment for students, faculty and staff.
  • Contact tracing and case management protocols.
  • Physical-distancing strategies.
  • Financial feasibility.
  • Alignment with Louisiana Tech’s strategic framework that the return to campus activities will support primary mission objectives of the institution (on-campus teaching and instruction; on-campus residential living and learning; on-campus research and economic development activities).

Phase One

  • Care for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff
  • Ensure our students continue to make progress toward their academic goals
  • Maintain open, accurate and regular communications with faculty, staff, students, and the public
  • Continue to telework as much as possible
  • No physical gatherings
  • Provide flexibility for employees who are high-risk or live with high-risk family members
  • Emphasize social distancing, handwashing, increased sanitation, staying home when sick, and use of cloth face coverings
  • Be compassionate and flexible with faculty and staff
  • Monitor guidance and campus conditions and adjust plans and policies as needed
  • Begin to reintroduce research and innovation activities to campus

Phase Two

  • Care for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff
  • Ensure our students continue to make progress toward their academic goals
  • Return necessary staff to campus to gradually increase capacity of each department
  • Focus on exceeding CDC recommendations for campus hygiene and cleaning
  • Maintain open, accurate and regular communications with faculty, staff, students, and the public
  • Limit space utilization to 50 percent or less
  • Provide flexibility for employees who are high-risk or live with high-risk family members
  • Emphasize social distancing, handwashing, increased sanitation, staying home when sick, and use of cloth face coverings
  • Be compassionate and flexible with faculty and staff
  • Monitor guidance and campus conditions and adjust plans and policies as needed

Phase Three

  • Caring for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff
  • Ensuring our students continue to make progress toward their academic goals
  • Emphasize social distancing, handwashing, increased sanitation, staying home when sick, and use of cloth face coverings
  • Be compassionate and flexible with faculty and staff
  • Monitor guidance and campus conditions and adjust plans and policies as needed

Going forward

  • Caring for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff
  • Ensuring our students continue to make progress toward their academic goals