Return to Campus: Fall 2020

University Updates

As of Saturday, August 8, 2020, we have had 35 members of the LU Community (6 currently active cases) test positive for COVID-19.

We are in Phase III of our return to campus operations. In this phase, most buildings are open and the majority of staff are working on campus. Students are still attending all classes in an online format during the summer. For the fall semester, classes will be offered online, face-to-face on campus and a hybrid combination of these, depending on the course.

Face coverings are required in all buildings on campus.

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Courses

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College Contacts

Contact one of the following Cardinal Coaches for help with anything related to your classes:

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Courses FAQs

  • What are my choices on how I want to learn during the fall semester?
    You will be able to take classes:
    • Online – no face-to-face classroom interaction
    • Face-to-Face – traditional classroom instruction on campus
    • Hybrid – some face-to-face classes with other classes online/remote
  • How do I know if any of my face-to-face courses have been moved to online or hybrid format?

    Due to social distancing and CDC requirements, some course delivery formats have changed. Click here for more information on how to access your Fall 2020 class schedule. Additional information about online and hybrid courses will be updated in LULearn (Blackboard)

  • I don’t understand what the different terms mean for course delivery. Can you explain these to me?

    F2F – This course will be held fully face-to-face with social distancing enforced. Please check in LU Learn/Blackboard for any additional information from your instructor.

    Asynchronous Online – This course will be offered without a specific meeting time (asynchronously) online. This means that you do not have a scheduled meeting time for your course. Please check in LU Learn/Blackboard for any additional information from your instructor.

    Hybrid – A hybrid course replaces over half of the traditional classroom instruction with comparable online activities and assignments. Please check in LU Learn/Blackboard for any additional information from your instructor.

    Hybrid ½ – This course will meet in a hyflex or hybrid format. The class will be divided in half, with ½ half the class attending in person and the other half attending online each class period. Both groups will rotate between in person and online. Please check in LU Learn/Blackboard for any additional information from your instructor and the rotation schedule.

    Hybrid 1/3 – This course will meet in a hyflex or hybrid format. The class will be divided in thirds, with on1/3 attending in person and the other 2/3 attending online each class period. The three groups will rotate between in person and online. Please check in LU Learn/Blackboard for any additional information from your instructor and the rotation schedule.

    Synchronous Online – This course will be held at your scheduled class time (synchronously). You should be online and in your Blackboard course at the schedule class meeting time. Please check in LU Learn/Blackboard for any additional information from your instructor.

  • How will classrooms and buildings will be managed to promote social distancing?

    Buildings will have entrances and exits clearly marked as well as signage on the floor to identify safe distancing. Rooms with two entry doors will have designated entry and exit doors marked with signage. Chairs and desks will be placed six feet apart where possible with some classrooms not used because of a lack of space. Maximum capacity signs will be posted in each classroom and highly visible stickers will be placed at each exact seat location to help ensure compliance with minimum social distancing.

  • Will LU provide any personal protection equipment or PPE for classrooms, students, faculty and staff?

    Yes, all students, staff and faculty who will be on campus will receive a cloth LU face covering and a personal hand sanitizer as supplies last. Additionally, hand sanitizer stands will be located at building entrances, exits and other high-traffic areas in all buildings along with wipe stands that will be distributed across campus. Although every room will not be provided a dedicated sanitizer stand, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be provided in laboratories and rooms where shared equipment exists. Students are encouraged to wipe their space before class starts and then again at the end of class.

  • Due to my loved one’s health status/age, I am concerned about potential exposure and bringing the virus home to them. Are you considering plexiglass between instructors and students?Are you considering plexiglass between instructors and students?

    Plexiglass panels will be limited to those areas where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained or is not possible. Due to material and time constraints, plexiglass barriers cannot be installed in each classroom; however, every classroom that will be used is being prepared to ensure six feet of social distancing is maintained.

  • I have decided to take my classes online this fall, how do I prepare for online instruction?

    Go to luconnect.lamar.edu and select LU Learn where you can login with your LEA (same information as log into your LU email). All students will be enrolled in a Blackboard shell containing tutorials about how to use various aspects of Blackboard to ensure a smooth transition online.

    Additionally, documentation for getting started with Blackboard Collaborate can be found at http://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant and other helpful information at https://luonline.blackboard.com/webapps/portal/execute/tabs/tabAction?tab_tab_group_id=_70_1.

    Make sure to check LU Learn often for assignments and activities as the semester and coursework begin.

Health and Safety

Keeping you safe and healthy is our top priority.  Working hand-in-hand with top medical and safety professionals and following the latest guidance from state health officials, we have designed a fall opening that prioritizes our community’s health while preserving the unique experience of university life.

Student Health Center Center for Disease Control Texas Health & Human Services


Stop the Spread

Handwashing

Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds remains one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


COVID-19 Mitigation: What You Can Do

Review steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.



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Social distancing at Lamar University

Safety Precautions

  • What kind of deep cleaning and cleaning schedules are being planned for campus?

    During the summer months, our custodial staff concentrated deep cleaning efforts in buildings throughout the campus. Everything from the floors to the ceilings have been cleaned and sanitized. As classes resume in the fall, we are committed to providing normal daily housekeeping duties, with an emphasis on disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects. All classrooms and educational facilities will be fogged daily with a disinfectant that meets the EPA’s criteria for use against the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • What hand sanitizers and other cleaning supplies will be available across campus?

    CDC recommended, alcohol-based, hand sanitizer stations will be located in all buildings, primarily at facility entrances, exits, high-traffic areas and other places where hand washing capabilities are not readily available or easily accessible. Disinfectant-wipe stations will be placed at various locations throughout campus along with posters in all bathrooms of hand washing tips and techniques. Additionally, spray disinfectant, paper towels and/or disinfectant wipes for use on shared equipment, such as computer labs and other similar situations, can be requested by submitting a work request at dept_facilities@lamar.edu or by calling Facilities Management at x8470.

  • What is being done to assist with ventilation in buildings, classrooms and other areas around campus?

    Maintenance personnel have been performing extensive preventative maintenance on our buildings’ heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. We are increasing Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value filter ratings, to the highest levels, depending on HVAC system limitations to enhance central air filtration. In conjunction with the increased filtration, circulation of outside air to building HVAC systems will be increased as much as possible. Temperature and humidity levels will be balanced, and the addition of more fresh air will help dilute airborne bacteria, reducing exposure, and making infection less likely.

    We also are exploring opportunities to utilize ultraviolet light technology in campus buildings. These systems have been installed in the HVAC ducts at several facilities and have been used to control bacterial and fungal growth on the cooling coils. Maintenance personnel are currently inspecting these systems and performing repairs as needed.

Social Distancing

COVID-19

  • What do I do if my family member or someone I have been around a lot tests positive for COVID-19?

    According to the CDC, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19 if:

    • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
    • You had direct physical contact with the person.
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
    • They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea are considered symptoms of COVID-19.

  • When do I need to seek medical attention if I have tested positive?

    According to the CDC, if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake or bluish lips or face, you need to call 911 or call ahead to your emergency facility, letting them know that you have or may have COVID-19.

  • What do I need to do if I test positive for COVID-19?

    Besides taking it easy at home, please report your positive result using our online form. This will help to notify the appropriate department at LU for faculty, staff or students who may need additional information during this time.

  • What quarantine and communication strategies will be used when students, staff and faculty test positive?

    There will be a total number of Lamar University students, faculty and staff who test positive listed at the top of this page as an ongoing total. Contact tracing will be conducted. If you are told by someone that they tested positive, encourage them to go to this page at lamar.edu/return and fill out the form listed near the top of the page. Remind them that they should self-quarantine until they have received their test results. Students need to notify their course instructors so they can keep them involved in class and not receive penalties for absences.

  • I was sent home to self-quarantine on the advice of a health care professional but my test was negative. When can I come back to campus?

    You must remain home for ten working days, 14 total days, when symptomatic or exposed unless required to work as an asymptomatic critical infrastructure worker. Return to work dates are the same as a positive test result as, per the CDC. A negative test result does not guarantee the person tested will not get sick or continue to spread the virus

  • What do I do if I believe a work-related exposure made me ill?

    If you believe a work-related exposure made you ill, then you must notify your supervisor, or a higher-level person within your department, of an on-the-job injury, or first clear symptoms of an occupational disease within 30 days of that injury or first clear symptoms.

    The supervisor must notify Human Resources and complete the TWCC-121 (Supervisor’s Investigation of Employee Accident/Injury) the same day of the accident/injury/illness) and return it to Human Resources.


Face Coverings

Face Covering

Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering is required when inside a building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing.

All students, staff and faculty who will be on campus will receive a cloth LU face covering as supplies last.

Face Covering FAQs

Students

Student FAQs

  • I am not sure if my classes will be in person as originally scheduled. Who should I talk to about any questions or to enroll in other courses?

    Contact your advisor at the list below if you are an incoming freshman or sophomore. Contact the Cardinal Coach listed for your college if you are an upperclassman.

    Find Your Advisor | Cardinal Coaches

  • What should I do if I need to check my schedule or make any changes to it?

    Students will be able to check their schedule for changes after 1 pm on Friday, July 31, which will allow you two weeks to add, drop or change your sections.

  • I have decided to take my classes online this fall, how do I prepare for online instruction?

    Go to luconnect.lamar.edu and select LU Learn where you can login with your LEA (the login credentials for LU email). If you are a first-time online learner, you are strongly encouraged to watch Blackboard Video Tutorials on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/BlackboardTV/playlists?flow=grid&view=50&shelf_id=3

    Additionally, documentation for getting started with Blackboard Collaborate can be found at http://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant and other helpful information at https://luonline.blackboard.com/webapps/portal/execute/tabs/tabAction?tab_tab_group_id=_70_1.

    Make sure to check LU Learn often for assignments and activities as the semester and coursework begin.

  • I have labs, clinicals or other hands-on courses this fall but am planning to take classes online. What do I need to do?

    Talk to your instructor for the class and see what options may be available to you for the fall semester.

  • Can I take classes online and on campus and live in the residence halls?

    Anyone interested in living on campus can submit a housing contract via the Housing and Residence Life website. A number of students live on campus and take online classes.

  • What safety precautions are being taken in the residence halls?

    High touch areas in community lobbies, open areas, public restrooms, and kitchens will be disinfected twice daily, Monday-Friday, per CDC recommendations. 

    A non-toxic disinfectant will be used for these cleanings when disinfecting, mopping and when wiping down high touch areas such as push bars, door handles and knobs, countertops, elevator buttons, etc. Stoves and ovens in hall kitchens will remain in service and will be disinfected twice daily, Monday-Friday, as well. 

  • What should I do to stay as safe as possible while living in the residence halls?

    Residents are encouraged to conduct a self-assessment each day for symptoms of COVID-19 before starting their day. Upon check-in to your hall a wellness kit and tips on staying safe will be provided to each resident from the LU Student Health Center. Information on when and how to clean your suite is included. A hand sanitizer, personal pocket thermometer, a cloth LU Face covering and a LU bandana face covering is within the wellness kit.   

    If any symptoms are present, students are encouraged to contact the Student Health Center, 409-880-8466 to schedule a TeleHealth or in-person appointment for evaluation and possible testing. 

    On-site and live-in full time Residence Life professional staff and Resident Assistants are encouraged to check in with students if there are any health concerns.  Our staff have been educated on well-check protocols if you desire or need medical or mental health support.   

  • Are the Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall and the food court in the Setzer Student Center both open and offering to-go options?

    All dining locations on campus will be available for dining in as well as to-go options. We will be taking extra safety precautions at our locations including social distancing, sanitizing stations, routine cleaning and sanitization of all high-touch areas and reduction of capacity thresholds for each dining locations. 

    You can learn more at dineoncampus.com/bigred/opening-safely

    We also are posting routinely to social media @LamarDining.

  • What are the fees for the fall semester for students?
    An adjustment was made to the fee structure for courses that were originally setup in the face to face campus format and changed to online. These are now being charged at a reduced rate per credit hour. Campus services fees and academic infrastructure fees remain unchanged for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please refer to the Fall 2020 tuition and fee policy for additional information or to request a fee adjustment review for adjusted courses.
  • Is the cashier’s window open? How do I pay my bills?

    The Cashier’s Office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. To increase social distancing, only students who must pay in person (cash payments, international debit cards, etc.) should come to the cashier’s window. The university encourages students to use www.lamar.edu/pay to make all payments. Online payments can be made using a checking account or credit card. If you are paying your bill with a debit card, select electronic check as the form of payment and enter the bank routing and checking account number that corresponds with your debit card.

    Students needing additional time to make payments can enroll in the Emergency Deferment Plan or Installment Plan by going to www.lamar.edu/pay. Enrolling in either plan is ONLINE ONLY. No applications will be accepted at Cashier’s window. Please contact the Cashier's Office if you have any questions at cashiering@lamar.edu or 409-880-8390.

  • Can I order or pick up my parking permit without coming to campus?
    You can order your parking permit online. See Parking for complete instructions. When ordering your permit, please select to have your permit mailed to you.
  • Will we have a graduation ceremony/commencement this summer?

    It has been Lamar University’s tradition to celebrate August commencements face-to-face with warm handshakes and congratulatory pats on the back. We delayed our plans in hopes a traditional commencement celebration could be realized. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LU will not be able to host a traditional commencement ceremony. A virtual celebration will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

    We will provide more information in the coming weeks.

    Commencement is a rite of passage, a celebration of tremendous significance and a symbolic tradition of an incredible life achievement. Lamar University looks forward to bringing back commencement as soon as it is safe. Every student who has graduated without the opportunity to participate in a traditional commencement will be invited to come back to LU and take part in the graduation ceremony.

  • How do I submit my financial aid documents or scholarship information?

    You may still upload Financial Aid documents through Self-Service Banner or through departmental email, and any scholarship information may be submitted to scholarships@lamar.edu for further review. Scholarship appeals should still be submitted through the online form on the Scholarships web page and updates to documents can be done on the myScholarships application.

  • Will I be eligible to apply for financial aid and/or scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year?

    Yes, we are continuing financial aid and scholarship awards for the coming school year and providing full service of all financial aid and scholarships functions. Students should review their Self-Service Banner account to ensure they have submitted all necessary documentation.

    If you have received scholarship offers through myScholarships, be sure you have accepted them within the online system and completed any post-acceptance requirements. Any outstanding requirements can be found under “My Applications” when you sign in to myScholarships. Continue to monitor your LU email for notification from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

  • How can I submit my Hazlewood Application and supporting documents?
    Students can upload the TVC Hazlewood Application and supporting documents online at https://www.lamar.edu/veterans-affairs/forms.html.
  • Was there an adjustment to fees for courses that were moved from the face to face to online format after I enrolled?

    An adjustment was made to the fee structure for courses that were originally setup in the face to face campus format and changed to online. These are now being charged at a reduced rate per credit hour. Campus services fees and academic infrastructure fees remain unchanged for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please refer to the Fall 2020 tuition and fee policy for additional information or to request a fee adjustment review for adjusted courses www.lamar.edu/fall20feepolicy

  • How will my GI Benefits be affected if LU moves to online courses?

    At this time, we have been directed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to leave enrollment certifications as is if courses are moved online. This means, that the stipend of Monthly Housing Allowance payments will remain at your current rate. The Department of Veterans Affairs has worked with Congress to pass a bill which gives the VA the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted through December 2020 in the event of national emergencies. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available and encourage you to follow the Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook page for active updates.

  • What happens if I am in the National Guard and have been activated?

    If you are currently receiving Military Tuition Assistance, any current course enrollment that changes from resident to online delivery will not affect your benefit at this time. If you are receiving the GI Bill, current guidance from the Department of Veterans Affairs is to leave enrollment certifications as is. Guidance is forthcoming from the VA and we will continue to update this page as we receive official notification.

    Additionally, many activated Guard members have access to the Internet to continue courses online. We encourage students to keep an open line of communication with their instructors in the event that you are activated.

  • If I am feeling anxious, overwhelmed and/or stressed, is there somewhere I can go on campus to talk to someone about my worries?

    Yes, the Student Health Center has counselors available to serve all your mental health needs. If you don’t feel comfortable having an in-person session, the Student Health Center has telehealth appointments available as well. You can make an appointment by calling (409) 880-8466.

  • What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

    If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19, you can visit the Student Health Center to get tested. Please call ahead to make an appointment and follow instructions given for the safety of you and those around you. Appointments can be made by calling (409) 880-8466.

    Students also can choose to get tested off-campus at a variety of locations. Visit the Student Health Center website at https://www.lamar.edu/students/student-engagement/student-health-center/index.html and click the blue button “About Coronavirus” for a list of community medical facilities testing for coronavirus. Call the chosen facility for instructions and an appointment.

Students with face coverings

Future Student FAQs

Instruction

Lamar University Instruction

Fall semester courses will include face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes.  This approach is designed to meet the needs of our students while keeping their health, safety and ultimate success in mind.

We know you have questions and hope to provide the answers you need. 

Faculty Instruction FAQs

Travel

Does Lamar University have any travel restrictions?

The following travel guidelines are in effect through December 31, 2020 or until further notice

University-Sponsored Travel


No international travel is allowed at this time.

Domestic travel by personal or rented/chartered vehicle (car, van, bus, etc.) is allowed and will follow LU’s standard travel policies, with the following exceptions:

  • Travel should be for essential business reasons only, defined by the Department Head.
  • Travel to destinations under travel advisories is not recommended.
  • Travel must conform with any CDC COVID advisory or state and local travel restrictions, including review of the need to self-isolate upon return.

Domestic travel by common carrier (plane, train, etc.) may be allowed under the following conditions:

  • Travel should be for essential business reasons only, defined by the Department Head.
  • Travel to destinations under travel advisories is not recommended.
  • Travel must conform with any CDC COVID advisory or state and local travel restrictions, including review of the need to self-isolate upon return.
  • Traveler must receive prior approval from his/her Vice President or Dean. To receive approval, traveler must submit a request to the VP or Dean that documents the travel’s purpose and destination. The VP or Dean’s approval must be submitted with the university’s standard travel request forms.

Personal Travel


  • In keeping with standard LU policy, an employee’s supervisor must approve vacation requests in advance.
  • Domestic travelers are encouraged to take precautions during travel, especially to destinations under travel advisories.
  • Domestic travel is subject to any CDC COVID advisory or state and local travel restrictions.
  • Domestic travelers should follow safe travel practices, including hand hygiene, social distancing, and wearing masks and other protective gear.
  • Any international travel requires 14 days of self-isolation after the traveler returns to his/her domicile and before reporting to campus/work.
  • Prior to international travel that requires self-isolation upon return, an employee must secure pre-approval for leave or an approved telecommuting plan during the period of self-isolation.
  • The CDC and U.S. Department of State advise against cruise ship travel (Warning – Level 3). Any cruise ship travel requires self-isolation upon return.

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