In an email to faculty, staff, and students today, Louisiana Tech University President Dr. Les Guice announced plans to return to normal operations on the campus for the coming Fall Quarter. The email followed a meeting with academic deans and department chairs.
“The strides our country has made – along with increasing availability and acceptance of vaccines – will allow us to have a Fall Quarter that is as close to normal as is possible within health guidelines,” Guice said. “Our students need all of you to be present on campus. Your colleagues and our University need you to be present on campus.
“Therefore, we will return to Louisiana Tech’s core strength. We plan to provide face-to-face instruction in the vast majority of our courses this fall and continue to increase the number of opportunities for student engagement and activities on campus.”
Louisiana Tech moved classes online at the beginning of its Spring 2020 Quarter after Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a stay-at-home order in response to growing cases of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, the University has offered a mix of online, face-to-face, and hybrid classes that conform to state gathering mandates.
Mask and distancing mandates are still in place on the campus and will continue, Guice said, as long as they are necessary.