This website provides the latest information about Lawrence Technological University's response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Please visit it frequently for updates that will be posted chronologically, with the most recent news leading each section.
COVID-19 RESPONSE AND PREPAREDNESS, FALL 2020
I am writing today to provide you with LTU's approach to the Fall 2020 semester, and to thank you for both your patience and your assistance in developing this plan. We have evaluated academic and residential options thoroughly, as well as the potential measures to mitigate risk.
We are grateful to all of our own colleagues who have dedicated many hours to these efforts, as well as the outside experts who have advised us on all matters. Having said that, we must acknowledge that new events may require changes to our carefully considered plans. If that happens, we will communicate as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
Below are some highlights of actions taken. More information can be found using this Guidance Document.
Classrooms and Teaching: The Colleges, along with Campus Facilities and the Registrar, have updated all information on the room capacity for each classroom. In many cases, furniture has been moved or modified. Additionally, much work has been done to accommodate the various modes of teaching that may be used (hybrid, online, on ground).
Housing and Dining: We will have residential housing in the fall. Areas have been modified to maximize social distancing, and a separate pod of rooms has been dedicated to any potentially infected students. The plans that have been developed were reviewed and approved by the Oakland County Health Department's Medical Director.
Student Life: A daily health screening will be required by all, including our students. At this time, a google document is being used, but a computer app through Rave Guardian will replace that form before school starts. All requirements for wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and other safety measures will be enforced. For students, it will be through the Student Code of Conduct. For employees, it will be through the regular process of disciplining employees.
Facilities, Cleaning and Signage: Facilities has increased its cleaning across campus. There are over 100 hand sanitizer stations that have been deployed across campus, and bottles of disinfectant will be made available for every department and classroom. Signage can also be seen both on exterior doors and interior doors, reminding people about masks and social distancing.
As the fall semester begins, we will be monitoring the plans we have put in place to see if any modifications are needed. The situation is fluid, and we ask for your patience as we settle into our new normal.
For now, I hope that you and your families are safe. I appreciate your support, patience and assistance as we move into the fall semester.
Virinder K. Moudgil, PhD
President and CEO