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Archive: COVID-19 & Coronavirus Updates

These are past messages posted to the University's COVID-19 updates page.

March 19, 2020: Interim Teleworking Policy & Teleworking Guidelines Announced

Update: March 20, 2020

All University employees should check their email for the latest information on teleworking.

Original update: March 19, 2020

The Office of Human Resources has announced teleworking and leave guidance information on their website. Visit the Human Resources website for the guidelines and interim teleworking policy.

For more information about teleworking, changes to recruiting and hiring procedures, and other items, visit the COVID-19 Information for Faculty & Staff page.

March 19, 2020: Campus Residents Encouraged to Return Home

A decision has been made to continue remote learning courses through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

As a result of this decision, you may want to reconsider your decision to remain in the residence hall. Although the University encourages you to return home if you are able to do so, residence halls, apartments and dining services will remain open for those who choose to stay.

Read more details about this announcement, including the terms for students who choose to leave and who choose to stay.

March 19, 2020: Remote Course Delivery to Continue

This week, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette successfully launched remote delivery of all Spring 2020 courses. Remote course delivery will be in place through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Students receiving remote instruction should continue to coordinate and plan with their instructors.

March 19, 2020: Academic Calendar Adjusted

As a result of the University's transition to remote instruction, the Academic Calendar has been revised to reflect new dates and deadlines as follows:

Add/Drop available through Friday
Students who need to add or drop a B-term course may do so through Friday, March 20, by emailing the Office of the University Registrar at our@louisiana.edu. Emails must be sent from the student’s university email account.

Census Day
Census day for the B-term has been moved from Tuesday, March 24 to Thursday, March 26.

Withdraw/Resign
The last day to withdraw/resign with a W for the B-term has been moved from Wednesday, April 8 to Friday, May 1.

View the Registrar's Office Remote Registration Processes page for more details.

March 19, 2020: Last Day to Withdraw/Resign Extended

The last day to withdraw/resign with a W for the B-term has been moved from Wednesday, April 8 to Friday, May 1.

Email questions to our@louisiana.edu.

March 19, 2020: B-Term Census Day Rescheduled

Census day for the B-term has been moved from Tuesday, March 24 to Thursday, March 26.

Email questions to our@louisiana.edu.

March 18, 2020: B-Term Add/Drop available through Friday

Students who need to add or drop a B-term course may do so through Friday, March 20, by emailing the Office of the University Registrar at our@louisiana.edu. Emails must be sent from the student’s University-issued email account.

Email questions to our@louisiana.edu.

March 18, 2020: Hilliard Art Museum Closed to the Public

The Hilliard Art Museum is closed to the public until further notice. The closure affects the main museum building, the A. Hays Town building, and all gallery and exhibition spaces. All public programming and tours are canceled.

March 17, 2020: Letter to the Campus About Remote Instruction

All faculty members will send emails to their students by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18, that outlines how their courses will be taught remotely. The email will go to students’ official University accounts.

Read more in this message from Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert McKinney.

March 17, 2020: All Residence Halls Closed to Non-Residents

Effective immediately, all residence halls are closed to non-residents. No visitors, including students who live in other campus residence halls, will be admitted beyond the front desk.

Students who have chosen to leave campus housing should be aware of the following:

  • Those who need assistance with their belongings should seek help from another student who resides in the same hall as they do or from an RA assigned to that residence hall.
  • Students must make their way to the first floor with their belongings before family members will be permitted to help them.

In addition, effective immediately, all clubhouses and community rooms located in residence halls and campus apartment complexes are closed.

March 17, 2020: Update on Campus Computer Labs & Hours

Update March 23, 2020: The Agnes Edwards Hall Computer Lab is the only lab that will remain open on campus.

Agnes Edwards Hall Computer Lab Hours

    24 hours, 7 days a week

More information is available on the STEP website.

All students are encouraged to practice social distancing when using the computer labs.

March 17, 2020: Campus Residents Must Fill Out Emergency Information Form

All students who live in residence halls on campus this semester must fill out an emergency information form to indicate whether you plan to remain on campus, plan to leave, or have already left.

The form also includes space to indicate any dietary restrictions.

The deadline to complete the form is March 18 at 8 a.m.

To fill out the form:

  1. Log on to ULink
  2. Click the Campus Services tab
  3. Click on the StarRez Housing Portal
  4. Complete the form about your plans for the near future.

March 17, 2020: Campus Tours, Junior Day & Admitted Students Day Canceled

Out of an abundance of caution, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is choosing to cancel our Junior Day (March 21), Admitted Students Day (April 6 and 7), and all upcoming campus tours.

At this time, we are currently not planning to reschedule the event. As we continue to prepare and finalize, we will be sure to provide the necessary communication and updates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Ruben Henderson, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at rhenderson@louisiana.edu.

March 16, 2020: Dupré Library Hours Changed

Update March 24: Dupré Library is closed until further notice.

Original message March 16: Dupré Library is now observing reduced hours. The library will close at 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17. Other reduced hours and limited user access will begin on Wednesday, March 18.

Beginning, March 18, library hours are as follows:

    Monday through Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday - Closed

Research assistance hours:

Online research assistance will continue to be offered online via the Ask a Librarian service during the following times:

    Monday through Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4:30pm
    Sunday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Research subject guides and useful resources on a variety of topics are available on the Library’s Research Guides webpage

Access to library resources

Authorized UL Lafayette users can connect to the online catalog, online research databases, and e-books and e-journals from any location with Internet access.

Computer and Internet services are available in Edith Garland Dupré Library.

Further changes to library hours and operations will be announced if and when necessary.

March 16, 2020: Advising & Registration Postponed

Advising for the Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall semesters has been postponed for two weeks. Advising is scheduled to begin March 30.

Registration for the Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall semesters has also been postponed and will begin April 14.

The University is developing a process with each academic college that will enable students to withdraw from a class with a W remotely. The process should be finalized soon.

Currently, the last day to withdraw with a W is still April 8. Updates will be provided if this date should change.

March 16, 2020: Changes to Parking & Transportation from Cajun Field

Bus service to and from Cajun Field has been suspended. Students may park in the Earl K. Long lot (Zone 15) or the first three levels of the Girard Park Circle parking tower for free until further notice.

March 16, 2020: Resources for Remote Learning Available

View our list of resources and tips for the transition to remote learning.

March 16, 2020: No Changes for Spring 2020 Commencement

At this time, given the rapidly changing nature of this situation, we believe it's premature to cancel such an important event as commencement based on current information. The decision to hold or cancel Commencement will reflect the best public health advice possible, and once it is reached, we’ll inform the University community. Thank you for your patience.

Seniors can pick up caps and gowns at the Ragin' Cajuns Store on St. Mary Boulevard anytime before Commencement in May, but we encourage everyone to limit face-to-face interactions and stay home if possible.

March 16, 2020: Counseling services available for students, faculty, and staff

The UL Lafayette Counseling and Testing Center provides free personal counseling and short-term psychotherapy for students, faculty and staff.

It’s located in the Saucier Wellness Center, O.K. Allen Hall, suite 114.

How can I schedule counseling at the University’s Counseling and Testing Center?

The UL Lafayette Counseling and Testing Center is offering sessions by phone and online. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 482-6480 during regular business hours.

Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

March 16, 2020: Bourgeois Hall Closed

Bourgeois Hall has been closed, and all intramural sports and recreation events are currently canceled.

March 16, 2020: Information for Graduate Students

The Graduate School is posting updates and information specifically for graduate students on their website.

Visit the Graduate School's updates page.

March 16, 2020: Update on Veterans Benefits for Remote Courses

Veteran’s benefits remain the same as the University delivers coursework remotely. The only changes that will be submitted are withdrawals (official and unofficial). Please send an email to veterans@louisiana.edu if you withdraw from a course.

View more information at the Office of Veterans Services.

March 16, 2020: Update - All Summer Abroad Programs Canceled

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has canceled its Study Abroad programs in Italy, England, and Costa Rica for the Summer 2020 semester.

This comes as UL Lafayette continues to monitor the ongoing situation concerning COVID-19, or coronavirus.

Students who were scheduled to travel as part of Study Abroad will receive full refunds.

March 14, 2020: Updates for On-Campus Residents from University Housing

The University will begin remote course delivery to address public health concerns related to COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 18. Campus will remain open, as will residence halls. All University operations and business functions will continue.

Effective immediately, residence halls and apartments will operate as follows.

  • Only the student who resides in that residence will be allowed beyond the first-floor lobby.
  • All scheduled events within residential communities are canceled. Additionally, social events/parties are prohibited until further notice. Students are encouraged to practice social distancing and minimize interactions with others as health officials have advised.

Dining on campus is as follows. These hours were updated April 2, 2020.

The Brew

Monday-Friday:

  • Breakfast, 9-11 a.m.
  • Lunch, 11-3 p.m.

Cypress Lake Dining Hall

Every day:

  • Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Dinner, 4-7 p.m.

As usual, quiet hours will be enforced from 10 p.m. until 10 a.m. daily. Residential Life and Housing staff are on-call and can be reached via the duty phone number posted at the front desk. The front desk will remain staffed. Housekeeping services will continue and extra cleaning measures will be taken to help prevent the spread of germs.

We understand some students may choose to leave campus although the University is not requiring that they do so. If students decide to leave, they should note the following.

  • Because the University remains open, your housing contract is still in effect.
  • It is recommended that you take all your belongings. The University is not responsible for any personal items left in your room.
  • Please remove any perishable items and all trash before you leave.

This situation is evolving, and the University continues to work closely with the Louisiana Office of Public Health to get essential information to the campus community. Remember that to protect yourself and others, you should:

  • Seek immediate medical attention if experiencing fever, cough or having difficulty breathing. Call your doctor or Student Health Services beforehand, so they can prepare for your arrival.
  • Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue or shirtsleeves – not your hands – when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Please monitor University email, official social media accounts and this page dedicated to COVID-19 updates for information. If you have any questions, email oncampusliving@louisiana.edu.

March 13, 2020: President's message on remote course delivery

From the President's blog to the University community:

As you know, the University has made the decision to begin remote course delivery on Wednesday, March 18.

We are able to move to alternative delivery methods because we have in place a comprehensive plan and the technological infrastructure to ensure continuity of instruction. By offering courses through Moodle and other means, we’re attempting to minimize large gatherings and reduce the time students and faculty spend in close proximity to each other.

These actions follow recommendations of the Louisiana Office of Public Health and other health organizations on how to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.

Changing to remote course delivery does not affect University operations. Campus remains open and all business functions and services will continue. All employees should report to work as usual.

Read more on the President's blog.

March 13, 2020: Events with more than 250 attendees suspended

Effective Monday, March 16, all University events or functions with more than 250 attendees are canceled or suspended. 

For questions about any events you planned to attend, contact the event organizer.

March 13, 2020: UL Lafayette to begin remote course delivery next week

Consistent with guidance provided today by the University of Louisiana System, UL Lafayette will begin remote course delivery to mitigate public health concerns related to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Alternative delivery methods begin on Wednesday, March 18.

There will be no classes Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17,  but campus will remain open, and all University operations and business functions will continue, including:

  • residence halls;
  • dining;
  • Student Health Services; and
  • Edith Garland Dupré Library.

All employees, including teaching assistants and student workers, should report to work as usual.

UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff will receive updated information throughout the day that addresses remote delivery of courses, residence hall functionality, dining, health services, and other essentials.

Members of the campus community should monitor University email, official social media accounts and this page dedicated to COVID-19 updates for the latest.

March 12, 2020: Spring athletics events suspended indefinitely

Update: March 16, 2020

Louisiana Football, in support of actions taken today by the Sun Belt Conference, has canceled team activities for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes the cancellation of pro day and the annual spring game, as well as a suspension of football media-related activities, until further notice. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Original Message: March 12, 2020

From Director of a Dr. Bryan Maggard:

Consistent with decisions made at the national level regarding men’s and women’s conference basketball tournaments, and winter and spring NCAA championship events, the Sun Belt Conference will immediately suspend spring sport competition indefinitely.

This action is being taken to continue the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, keeping the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans our highest priority. As additional information becomes available, we will communicate it at that time.

Read the full statement on Facebook.

March 12, 2020: COVID-19 Update from President Savoie

From the President's Blog to the University community:

This week, Louisiana recorded its first cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus. In the days since, several Louisiana universities have announced plans to institute remote class instruction to mitigate the virus’ spread. Those universities are in the New Orleans area, where the majority of the cases are.

Remote classroom instruction is among several scenarios UL Lafayette is discussing should it become necessary for the campus to reduce operations. University personnel continue to meet several times daily to work through many different options that assure continuity of instruction, business operations, residence hall functionality, dining, health services, and other essentials.

As of this writing, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Lafayette, and we are using this opportunity to ensure that the plans we put in place will work so we can minimize disruption to University operations and student services.

Read the entire message on the President's blog.

March 11, 2020: COVID-19 update to campus community

This past weekend, nine members of the University community attended the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in New Orleans. It has since been announced that another conference attendee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or coronavirus. This individual was not part of UL Lafayette’s delegation to the conference.

Those who attended the conference from UL Lafayette did not have direct contact with this individual. None are displaying COVID-19 symptoms nor are they considered high risk. All are being advised to follow guidance provided by the Louisiana Office of Public Health, which is to self-monitor their own health for the next 14 days, and to seek medical attention and self-quarantine should they develop symptoms.

The health and safety of students, faculty and staff members remain UL Lafayette’s primary concern. The University continues to work closely with the Office of Public Health to get essential information to the campus community as quickly as possible.

To protect yourself and others, you:

  • Should seek immediate medical attention if experiencing fever, cough or having difficulty breathing. Call your doctor or Student Health Services beforehand, so they can prepare for your arrival.
  • Should not attend classes, work or University events if ill. You should stay home except when seeking medical care and should avoid contact with others. Call or email supervisors or professors; do not come to campus or report to work.
  • Should cover your mouth or nose with a tissue or shirtsleeves – not your hands – when coughing or sneezing.
  • Should wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Members of the campus community should monitor University email, official social media accounts and this page dedicated to COVID-19 updates – louisiana.edu/covid19 – for information.

March 6, 2020: President's Blog to the Campus Community

Earlier this week, a team of University personnel met to discuss COVID-19, or coronavirus, and to outline how UL Lafayette would respond should it affect our community.

It’s important to note that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana.

Nevertheless, because the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains the paramount concern of the University, preparation for any eventuality is key.

In the coming days, you may receive notices from various campus departments and units concerning COVID-19. Let me urge you to pay attention to University email, official social media accounts and this page on the University’s website for these important messages.

Read more on the President's blog.

January 28, 2020: University Monitoring Novel Coronavirus Situation

You are likely aware of an evolving outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus in Wuhan, China. There are several reported cases nationwide, as well.

There are no reported cases in Louisiana. There are no reported cases at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. No cases are under investigation in Louisiana. 

UL Lafayette, in collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, is monitoring the situation to ensure the health and safety of the University community. The University will provide updates as needed.

Many of the symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus mimic those of the flu, the common cold, or other illnesses. At this time, Louisiana has some of the highest flu rates in the country.

To protect yourself and others, members of the campus community:

  • Are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention if they are experiencing fever, cough or having difficulty breathing.
  • Should not attend classes, work, or University events if they are ill. They should stay home except when seeking medical care and should avoid contact with others.
  • Should cover their mouths or noses with a tissue or their shirtsleeves – not their hands – when coughing or sneezing.
  • Should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Read more tips for protecting yourself from the flu on the Centers for Disease Control website.

Learn more about the Novel Coronavirus.

January 29, 2020: University Travel to China Suspended

UL Lafayette has suspended all University travel to China for its faculty, staff and students.

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. This comes in response to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, a respiratory illness.

In a statement Tuesday, the University stressed that there are no reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Louisiana. There are no reported cases at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. There are no cases under investigation in Louisiana.

This remains unchanged.

UL Lafayette, in collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, is monitoring the situation to ensure the health and safety of the University community. The University will provide updates as needed.

If you have scheduled University-funded travel to China and have questions about these restrictions, contact the Office of Purchasing at purchasing@louisiana.edu.