An early start – and finish: Fall 2020 academic calendar changes made
firstname.lastname@example.org July 16, 2020
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will begin its Fall 2020 semester on Monday, Aug. 17.
The earlier start date is one of several changes the University has made to its academic calendar as it prepares for the safe resumption of on-campus instruction and housing and residential life in the fall.
Beginning the semester early and ending it before Thanksgiving are among various steps UL Lafayette is taking to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, said Dr. Joseph Savoie, University president.
“We are planning for a number of contingencies. Decisions we’ve made up to now have been based on the best public health information and guidance available, and that will continue to drive our decision-making going forward,” he said.
The University created its Ragin’ Cajun Resiliency Plan Task Force in late spring to assess how the pandemic would affect nearly every aspect of campus life. It has since issued the following guidance about campus safety measures, course instruction, housing and dining, among other areas.
“The thoroughness of the task force’s work should assure every member of the University community – faculty, staff members, students and their families – that campus is safe and that we’re ready to begin the fall semester. We want them to focus on teaching, learning, research and work without fear,” Savoie said.
Campus safety measures
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, to wash their hands frequently, and to wear masks at all times.
Disinfecting supplies and hand sanitizer will be available in buildings and classrooms.
Fall courses will be offered through a number of delivery methods, including in-person and remote. The course catalog has been updated to indicate how courses will be presented. Descriptions can be found here.
In addition, class sizes for in-person courses have been limited to ensure at least 6 feet separates all students and faculty. In some instances, seats and desks may be blocked off.
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:
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.
The Office of Campus Food Services has eliminated self-service options but has expanded choices for carry-out orders. In addition:
For more information
The University has created a number of websites outlining its response to COVID-19. There are sites dedicated to:
The websites are updated regularly as new details are announced.