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COVID-19 Response

Our priority is you.

As we return to campus for the fall semester, we’re working to keep you safe and healthy so you can focus on learning.

To do that, we’ve implemented mask and social distancing requirements, new cleaning and sanitation measures, and options for on-campus and remote courses.

You can find all of the details about our plan to return to campus on this website. All of our planning is aligned with local orders and ordinances of the City of Lafayette, the State of Louisiana’s Phased Reopening Model, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Louisiana Department of Public Health.

We’ll update this website frequently as new information becomes available.

Return-to-Campus Plan


Fall 2020 Highlights

Safety Information



Employee Daily Self-Check


Return to Campus Highlights

We've gathered a lot of information to help you with the transition back to campus. Here are the top points you should know.

  • The University will open with an adjusted academic calendar. The first day of classes is Aug. 17. The last day of classes is Nov. 20. The last day of finals is Nov. 25. There will be no fall break.
  • Most classes will be blended, including an online component and some face-to-face instruction with social distancing. For more information on classes and labs, see the Information for students section of this website.
  • All faculty and staff are required to complete the daily self-check questionnaire before returning to work on campus, and may be referred for testing if the screening indicates issues or concerns.
  • Face coverings/masks are required on campus. Individuals may use their own masks and the University is providing disposable face masks to students and employees on campus.
  • Housing practices and dining services are being adjusted to meet social distancing requirements and PPE requirements. We're doing everything we can to provide students and employees a safe enviroment.
  • Events on campus require rigorous safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The University has developed a campus events framework that outlines how all events and attendance should be handled.

Important Dates

  • Aug. 12: Move-in starts (by appointment)
  • Aug. 13: Freshmen can begin accessing their UNIV 100 course online (including New Student Convocation and Cajun Connection)
  • Aug. 17: First day of classes
  • Nov. 20: Last day of classes
  • Nov. 25: Last day of finals
  • Dec. 8: Fall Commencement

COVID-19 Updates

July 29, 2020: University will enter Phase II on Monday, Aug. 3

The University will enter Phase II of its Return-to-Campus Plan on Monday, Aug. 3, to assist students as they prepare to begin the fall semester on Aug. 17. Supervisors will inform employees if they are to report to work on campus during Phase II. 

University leadership and supervisors are considering the functions that will be essential to begin the semester successfully and safely. Services students may need as of Aug. 3, include buying books and parking permits, paying tuition and fees, moving into residential housing, getting IT access and Cajun Cards, and other preparations.  ​

Some services will have to be provided in-person, such as buying books and supplies, while other services, like paying tuition, might be available both in-person and online. 

While more people will be on campus during Phase II, not all offices will have an on-campus presence. Essential functions and services that can be provided remotely may continue operating as such. This includes advising. Students will be looking to their advisors as they register for classes and make their academic plans. 

In preparation for entering Phase II, supervisors are outlining the functions and staffing needs for their areas to provide on-campus and remote services, as well as reviewing risk assessment matrices.

Building safety coordinators are creating checklists, monitoring building capacity, and addressing safety needs for common areas. Supervisors should consider their physical spaces and identify any concerns to their respective safety coordinators. 

Employees must review the Return-to-Workplace Guidelines, complete the COVID-19 training, and submit the Daily Self-Check Questionnaire prior to returning to work on campus. The questionnaire must be submitted every day before arriving on campus. 

Employees with questions concerning their return to campus should contact their immediate supervisors. Employees who have a documented medical condition that places them at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 as identified by the CDC may submit a request for a temporary workplace adjustment by completing the Temporary COVID-19 Workplace Adjustment Request Form.

July 1, 2020: Academic Calendar Changes, New Move-In Dates, New Delivery Methods for Fall Courses, Dining Safety & Campus Safety Updates

New Dates for Fall Semester & Other Academic Calendar Changes

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has adjusted the academic calendar for the Fall 2020 semester as it prepares for the safe resumption of on-campus instruction and residential life in the fall.

The semester will begin and end earlier than expected. Those dates, along with other changes to the calendar, are as follows:

  • The first day of classes is Monday, Aug. 17.
  • The last day of classes is Friday, Nov. 20.
  • Final exams will conclude on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
  • Fall break, originally scheduled for Oct. 1-2, has been canceled.
  • Fall 2020 Commencement will be Tuesday, Dec. 8; more details about the ceremony will be forthcoming.

Read more about changes to the Fall 2020 academic calendar. View the revised academic calendar.

New Move-In Dates & Process for On-Campus Housing

Students will move into residence halls and campus apartments Aug. 12-15. Residents will be assigned a specific time and date to move in. In addition:

  • Only one non-resident will be allowed in the building to help a student move in.
  • Residents and non-residents will be screened before they are allowed to check in. This screening will include a temperature check.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a facial covering throughout the move-in process.

No more than two campus residents will share a bathroom or bedroom.

Custodial staff has increased cleaning and sanitation of all common spaces and high-touch areas such as elevator buttons, door handles, public restrooms and laundry rooms.

Read more updates from Housing and Residential Life.

Dining Offers Carry-Out & Establishes Safety Measures

The Office of Campus Food Services has eliminated self-service options but has expanded choices for carry-out orders. In addition:

  • Dining rooms will have limited seating capacity, updated configurations and floor markers to encourage social distancing.
  • High-touch surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.
  • Touchless entryways, online ordering, cashless payments and delivery options will limit contact between dining staff and students.

Read more about changes to Dining Services.

Safety Measures Instituted on Campus

The University is requiring all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear masks or face coverings while on campus. Masks will be available in all classrooms, though students may wear their own.

Signage throughout campus will direct traffic flow and remind viewers to practice social distancing, wash their hands frequently, and wear masks at all times.

Disinfecting supplies and hand sanitizer will be available in buildings and classrooms.

July 1, 2020: Summer Dining Hours, Registrar Remote Services, New Pay Lot for Fall, New Process for Handicapped Parking Permits

New Summer Dining Hours Announced

The Office of Campus Food Services is adjusting summer hours for The Brew and Lagniappe Café.  The following hours are in effect through the end of the summer semester.

The Brew
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-noon

The Brew will be closed Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day.

Lagniappe Café
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; noon-2 p.m.; and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, noon-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Lagniappe Café will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 3, and will be open from noon-2 p.m. only on July 4-5.

Lagniappe Cafe is still offering hot meals to-go.

Learn more about Campus of Food Services, including its safety and sanitation efforts and summer meal plans. Email questions to campusfoodservices@louisiana.edu.

University Registrar Offers Remote Services

The Office of the University Registrar continues to offer remote services to students, faculty, and staff on its website.

Services for students include changing student information, requesting a grade transcript, and requesting a registration override. View Remote Registrar Services for Students.

Services for faculty and staff include a remote services contact list and email templates for different requests, such as a change of grade or major, withdrawal/resignation, or late schedule adjustment. View Remote Registrar Services for Faculty and Staff.

The best way to contact the office for assistance is by emailing our@louisiana.edu. You may also use the web chat box at the bottom right of the website, or call (337) 482-6291. You may be prompted to leave a voicemail, and someone will contact you within one business day.

New Pay Parking Lot Coming to Campus This Fall

A new pay-by-the-hour parking lot will be available to students and visitors this fall. It will be located on Mildred Street behind the Continuing Education Building. You will pay for an estimated amount of time at a kiosk once you park your vehicle.

You will have the option to enter your phone number during the payment process to allow the system to send you text messages. It can notify you about 10 minutes before your time expires. You will have the option to reply with a text and purchase more time in 60-minute increments for a convenience fee of 25 cents.

If you have any questions, email geauxpark@louisiana.edu. Read more updates from Transportation Services.

New Process for Requesting Handicapped Parking Permits

Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, the Office of Transportation Services will allow electronic submission of state-issued handicap credentials to obtain a handicapped parking permit for students and employees.

Students who had a handicapped parking permit for the Spring 2020 semester and whose state-issued credentials are still in effect may request to purchase a Fall 2020 commuter handicapped parking permit online. Requests should be sent to geauxpark@louisiana.edu and should include students' full name, ULID and cell phone number. After the student's credentials have been confirmed, they will receive an email from Transportation Services within two business days with instructions.

Faculty and staff who wish to renew their annual handicapped parking permits may request to purchase 2020-2021 parking permits online via email to geauxpark@louisiana.edu. After an employee's credentials have been confirmed, they will receive an email from Transportation Services within two business days with instructions.

Faculty, staff, and students who are obtaining a handicapped parking permit for the first time or who have new credentials from the state should send an email to geauxpark@louisiana.edu. The email should include their full name, ULID, cell phone number, and an electronic copy of their current driver’s license, mobility impaired card, and handicapped placard or vehicle registration. All three must be current to be considered.

Learn more about requesting to purchase a handicapped parking permit on the Transportation Services website. Email geauxpark@louisiana.edu with questions.

June 17, 2020: What's open on campus, entering and exiting buildings

What's Open on Campus

During the Summer 2020 semester, only buildings essential to summer operations will be open to students and employees. See a list of the buildings, businesses, and services that are open along with their hours of operation.

Package deliveries to closed buildings

If a building is not yet open, deliveries will be routed to UL Lafayette Central Receiving at 429 Cherry St. Please ask the sender to add the recipient’s name, phone number, and/or email address to the order. Central Receiving will attempt to notify the recipient or the department that the package has been delivered.

Information for Entering and Exiting Campus Buildings

All open buildings on campus will have a building attendant in the lobby to help ensure safety precautions for COVID-19 are followed. 

Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer stations are available at building entrances, and the University encourages everyone to use stations each time they enter and exit buildings.

Face mask or covering

A face mask or covering is required to be worn while on campus and in all University buildings. The building attendant will have disposable masks available if you need one.

Building occupancy limits

Building attendants will count the number of people who enter buildings to ensure occupancy limits are not exceeded.

Building entrances

Signage will be posted on any building door that is inaccessible. While some entrance doors will be locked, all exits will be unlocked. Employees approved to access a building should follow the guidelines provided by the Office of Human Resources.

Building safety signage

Other safety signage will be posted throughout buildings.

  • Mask required signs will be posted on entrance doors.
  • Signs by elevators will state that no more than two people should ride in an elevator together, and they should stand on opposite sides of the elevator.
  • Hand washing reminder signs will be posted on bathroom doors.
  • Social distancing floor decals and wall signs will be placed throughout buildings as appropriate.

Keeping employees and students safe requires everyone's cooperation. Thank you for doing your part.

June 25, 2020: Student Health Services appointments, Remote learning resources

Student Health Services requires appointments

The Office of Student Health Services has instituted new procedures for scheduling appointments and patient visits. It has designated blocks of appointment times to keep “well” and “ill” patients separate. As such, walk-in appointments are no longer allowed.

You must call (337) 482-1293 and make an appointment before coming to Student Health Services. You will complete a COVID-19 screening over the phone. Telehealth appointments are available for patients who do not require a physical examination.

You will complete all paperwork online prior to your appointment. The self-check-in kiosk is closed and the paperwork process has been removed to prevent multiple people touching the same surfaces.

All patients and staff members are required to wear face coverings or masks at all times.

Read more updates from Student Health Services.

Learning resources & tutoring available remotely

Several resources are available to students taking courses remotely this summer to support their academic success.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center provides tutoring on numerous subjects through Microsoft Teams. All UL Lafayette students have access to Teams for free, along with the rest of the Office 365 suite.

View a list of subjects available for tutoring this summer through Teams.

Visit The Learning Center website for instructions on how to make an appointment and what to expect during your virtual tutoring session. Email questions to tlc@louisiana.edu.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, supported by the Department of English, has online services to assist all students. 

Access the Online Writing Center by self-enrolling in Moodle. After logging into Moodle, search for “UL OWC” and click “Enroll Me.” The course will then appear on your Moodle dashboard.

Students should expect a response to their submissions according to the following schedule. Documents submitted any time on:

  • Saturday, Sunday, or Monday should expect a response by 8 a.m. on Wednesday;
  • Tuesday should expect a response by 8 a.m. on Thursday;
  • Wednesday should expect a response by 8 a.m. on Friday;
  • Thursday should expect a response by 8 a.m. on Monday; and
  • Friday should expect a response by 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Visit The Writing Center website to learn more. Email questions to writingcenter@louisiana.edu.

Online Program Students

In addition to the Online Writing Center, students enrolled in online and hybrid courses or programs have access to online tutoring services. If you are enrolled in an online or hybrid course, check your Moodle dashboard for a course labeled "Tutoring Help." Follow the instructions in that course to access tutoring services.

Learn more about tutoring available to students enrolled in online or hybrid courses on the Online Programs website. If you have questions, email online@louisiana.edu.


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