Coronavirus FAQs

Today (March 20, 2020), Louisiana Tech University strongly encouraged students living on campus to move back home.

Here are some FAQs on the decision.

When do I need to check out in order to be eligible for a refund?

Students will be able to check out of university housing beginning Saturday, March 21, through Sunday, March 29. They will receive a 38 percent refund of housing and meals from this quarter’s cost if they check out and turn in their keys during this period of time. The deadline will be 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29.

How will my refund be processed?

The Cashiers Office will process refunds for housing and meals as quickly as possible.  Refunds for students that complete the check out process by Sunday, March 29, will be processed on or before Friday, April 24. 

All students are encouraged to authorize electronic deposit of their refund. If you have already signed up for electronic deposit you are not required to update your authorization unless your banking information has changed. As always, it is important to review your direct deposit authorization on BOSS if you have recently changed your personal banking information.

Instructions for Direct Deposit Authorization:

  1. Logon to BOSS ( using your BOSS PIN
  2. Select “Electronic Deposit of Refunds/Student Payroll” option on the Personal Info menu
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the Electronic Deposit Authorization form
  4. You must provide the bank routing number and account number that are located on your check or deposit slip.

Refund checks for students who do not authorize electronic deposit will be mailed to the student’s home address.

How do I complete the check-out process?

For students who are currently on campus and plan to check out of their room, you will need to complete the express check-out form/envelope, which can be picked up from the BARC/Housing office or at the front desk of your hall/suite. You should insert your Housing key into the envelope, complete the form and leave the envelope in either the locked blue box at the front desk of your hall/suite or at the RA door/laundry room in the apartments.  You may also leave the envelope in your room on your desk chair. Please contact our office if you do not receive the envelope or have questions about the process.

Do I need to move out entirely?

To officially complete your check out and receive the refund, you must move all of your belongings out of your room/apartment, complete the express check-out form and turn in your key.  A Residence Life staff member will check your room within 10 business days of checkout to inspect for any damages. If there are any damages beyond normal wear and tear there could be additional charges.

Could I bring someone on campus to assist me with moving out?

Due to our visitation restriction and healthy practice of social distancing, we ask that you limit your move out assistance to one individual per resident. 

What if I have returned home already and am unable to return to move out before the deadline?

Anyone who has already made the decision to return home and is unable to return to move out before 5pm on March 29thwill only be eligible for a refund if his/her key is returned to the Residential Life office by the deadline.  You may mail your key to us at:

Louisiana Tech University

Department of Residential Life

P.O. Box 3174

Ruston, LA 71272

The key must be accompanied with the following information:  your name, housing assignment (building and room number), your CWID and a cell phone number.  We will notify you by email once we receive your key.  Residential Life will not be held responsible for any postal issues (lost mail, delays) you may incur.

Our team will contact you to schedule a check out at a later date.  A refund will not be credited to the student until the student has moved out and an official check out has been completed.

I moved everything out of my room before leaving campus but did not check out – what can I do now?

Please contact our office so that we can assist you remotely in checking out prior to 5 p.m. on March 29.

What do I do if I don’t have somewhere else to go?

University housing is still available to those students who need accommodations.  You may continue to reside on campus with the understanding that you may be required to move into alternate accommodations.

Will Dining Services continue to be available should I need to stay on campus?

Yes, we will continue to encourage the use of Grubhub for ordering from our campus dining options and a take out meal from Tech Table.

What is Residential Life doing to prevent the spread of illness on campus in the residential communities?

Our Residential Life custodial staff has worked for the last few weeks cleaning specifically as directed by the Center for Disease Control.  While we normally do not clean communal areas on Saturdays and Sundays, our staff has begun doing so in an effort to have the “high touch” areas cleaned daily.  All doorknobs, light switches, communal areas, laundry facilities, etc are receiving special attention per CDC guidelines.  We are encouraging social distancing, proper hand washing and limiting the number of students who may gather.  We have also restricted visitation to only students residing on campus currently.