LIFE ON CAMPUS

Coronavirus FAQs

As the Department of Residential Life continues to respond to COVID-19 and plan for Fall 2020, we know you have questions.  We have  collected some of those reoccurring questions and have answered them as best we can at this time.  We will continue to provide updates and communicate with our residents via your Tech email as often as necessary. 

How can I contact someone from the Residential Life office?

Currently, our staff is continuing to work remotely from home as much as possible.  However, we are all available by email.  Our office hours for the summer are as follows:  Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-12, 12:45-5pm and Friday: 7:30am-12:30pm.  At times our student staff will be assisting in answering our phone calls and at other times, our full time staff will have the office number redirected to our personal phones so that we may answer your questions.  Please be patient as we may not be able to answer if we are on another call at the time or if we are in a meeting.  You may leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.   You may also email us at housing@latech.edu.  Although we are working remotely, we aim to be available to answer your questions and serve our students!

What should I do if I am interested in being reassigned to another housing location before Fall move in?

Since we are working remotely from home, our process has had to change a bit.  We are now maintaining a waiting list for these spaces and assigning as we have availability.  If you are interested in being put on a waiting list or switching to another room, please send an email to housing@latech.edu with your name, CWID and the housing location preference/list you want to be placed on.  You will only receive a reply once we are able to reassign you if and when something becomes available.  Unfortunately, we are unable to inform you of availability by phone right now as we do not all have the capability to view this and have one area with our department that focuses on the assignments portion.  Thanks for your understanding!

Mitchell Hall is co-ed now?

Yes, due to our desire to decrease density in our 3-resident per bedroom housing options in Adams, Aswell, and Dudley halls, we have reassigned the males who were previously booked rooms in Mitchell South to rooms in Mitchell North.  Mitchell South will be female for the fall and is now visible on the portal as a female housing option.  Females currently assigned in Adams and Aswell who would like to be reassigned to Mitchell may email us at housing@latech.edu.  Once a space opens up in a room in Adams, Aswell and Dudley, the space will be closed and the room will be marked as “full” with two assigned residents.  Card readers will be placed on each wing of Mitchell hall to keep our residents safe and enable them only to access the wing in which they are assigned.

Will I be able to see my assigned housing before move in?

At this time, due to COVID-19 and a desire to protect our students living on campus with us this summer, we are not offering tours of housing during the summer or at Orientation.  We plan to have a virtual tour of a room in each location ready in July to send out and we recommend you watching our tour videos on our website.

When will move in be held?

Currently, Fall 2020 move in will be held over several days – Friday, September 4th – Tuesday, September 8th.  Residents will be able to select a date and time to move in beginning in early July – there will be 30-minute timeslots and residents will be limited to a specific number per timeslot per location.  Residents will be notified by email once they can select an appointment on the housing portal.  We are working on details and will provide those once we have everything worked out.

What about Dog Haul?

 At this time, we have not made any major decisions about Dog Haul.  Our SGA is conducting some polls and discussing potential protocol to best keep our student organization volunteers and families safe and healthy.  We will release information regarding Dog Haul at a later date.

Will you be hosting the Community Retreat for Freshmen?

Unfortunately, no.  Since we have to expand our move in to multiple dates to adhere to social distancing concerns, we are unable to offer a community retreat.  However, we have several exciting things planned for our freshmen residents.

Will students be able to eat on campus upon move in?

Students will be able to use their Declining Balance dollars on their meal plan to eat at retail locations on campus upon move in.  The meal plan “meals” in the Tech Table will begin Tuesday evening for dinner.

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

Our Residential Life custodial staff cleans 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.

Prior to the usual overall cleaning, each room is sprayed with Quatri-cide, a phosphate-free germ killer that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19; it cleans, disinfects and deodorizes.  We are also in the process of contracting to have all rooms professionally fogged with an electrostatic fogging system prior to fall move in.  Our staff is required to wear masks and has been a part of training sessions held by the University’s Department of Environmental Services to ensure we are providing a safe and clean environment for our residents.  The health and safety of our residents and staff remains to be the top priority of our daily decisions and long term plans.

What changes will my student notice while living on campus this Fall?

Currently, the following updates to policies and procedures will be in place in the Fall.

  • Residents may only have visitors in residential facilities that are other Louisiana Tech students.  
  • We will also be limiting the number of students who may occupy a lounge, laundry room, kitchen, etc. at a time.  This will be calculated by looking at the square feet of the  area and determining the capacity by ensuring each person has 6-10 ft of social distancing space.  The capacity limits will be posted in each location and will be enforced  by our residential life staff.  
  • A hand sanitizing station will be located at the main entrance of each suite and residence hall.
  • Our staff – student, full-time and custodial/maintenance – will wear masks and practice hand washing regularly while interacting with our residents. 
  • Our programming model may look different as we strive to provide opportunities to create campus communities while maintaining a safe environment.

Please note that we are continuing to assess how best to accommodate the needs of our residents while also following guidelines per CDC for maintaining a safe and healthy campus.  The above are anticipated responses to COVID-19 prevention.  However, as the virus and governmental directives change or update, we will modify these responses.