April 30, 2020
CARES ACT: HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF) - STUDENT PORTION
LTU is working on disbursing the CARES Act in a timely manner to qualified students. There is very specific criteria on who qualifies for this fund. In order for a student to be eligible by the federal guidelines students must have a completed FAFSA on file for the 19/20 academic year and making Satisfactory Academic Progress. April 1st is the deadline for a completed FAFSA to be evaluated for CARES Act funding.
Since these funds were approved for the sole purpose of addressing additional expenses students have encountered due to COVID-19 and are not to be applied to tuition or remaining balances on student accounts, there is no impact on State financial aid programs.
Qualified students will receive an email from Lisa Kujawa, Associate Provost with further instruction.
April 15, 2020
ALL SUMMER CLASSES TO BE ONLINE
I hope that this message will find you well and safe as we battle this pandemic. It seems that with all the difficulties that the social distancing and the stay-at-home mandates impose, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, relatively soon, we will be able to return to a state of normalcy in our personal, school, and work lives.
After careful consideration and a desire to continue to serve our students to the best of our ability, we have decided to offer all classes in the Summer 2020 semester through distance learning, using LTU’s online platforms.
Over the last few summers we increased the number of courses offered online in order to better serve you, our students, who had returned back home for the summer, be it across the country and throughout the world. Even for those living locally, taking courses online in the summer term has been very convenient in accommodating your summer work schedules. This summer, with all our students already at home, it does not make sense to open the campus for on-ground summer classes.
We are very proud of all of our students, and also our faculty, for the ways you have adapted to a highly unusual spring semester. Lawrence Tech’s laptop program, coupled with your own ease with technology, helped us to transition quickly and with no significant problems. We are a technological university and it showed during our incredibly smooth shift to a completely online environment, with very little advance warning.
Due to the need to extend the Spring semester by one week because of COVID-19, and because final grades will not be available until May 20, 2020, we will postpone the start of this summer term to May 26, 2020. The summer term will still be 10 weeks long, ending on July 31, 2020. We hope that by postponing the start of the term to May 26, we will provide sufficient time for students both to rest and to evaluate their plans for taking summer courses. Note that we will return to our regular letter grading system for all classes offered in Summer 2020 as we are now all well-prepared for successfully managing online course delivery.
As always, please stay safe, and study and work hard.
Maria Vaz, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
April 8, 2020
GRADING OPTION FOR SPRING CLASSES
I hope that during these past two weeks you are keeping safe and have adapted to this COVID-19 imposed lifestyle which affects every single one of us worldwide. Since my email of March 24, I’ve proudly seen faculty and students at Lawrence Tech transition to the whole new reality of an all online environment. You have been working hard and together to complete the semester.
The transition proceeded extremely smoothly and we have quickly been able to solve the very few number of problems that have arisen. LTU’s laptop program gave all of us an extraordinary advantage in this transition.
I want to thank you all: students, faculty, the staff in e-Learning, HelpDesk, IT and Registrar’s office for working seamlessly with each other. You have been incredible!
As I promised, we are now ready to announce the grading system for the spring semester 2020. We received input from many of our students, from faculty, and from administrators, and understand that these are uncertain and difficult times for all.
After careful consideration, this semester’s grading policy is being amended:
- Students have the choice to keep the letter grades for all their courses for the spring 2020 semester.
- Students have the choice to have their letter grades in all courses converted to Credit/No Credit (Pass/Fail) for the spring 2020 semester.
The following process will be used by the Registrar’s office:
- All faculty members will give letter grades to all students. The deadline for the submission of grades by faculty is May 20, 2020.
- All students will receive a form on May 20, 2020 that they must fill out if they want all their grades changed to Credit/No Credit (Pass/Fail).
- Students will have the opportunity to see the letter grades they receive in Banner.
- Students have the opportunity to complete the form and choose to have all their grades converted to Credit/No Credit until May 24 at midnight. (Mixing of letter grades and Credit/No Credit grades for different courses will not be allowed.)
- For students who choose the option of having all grades converted to Credit/No Credit (Pass/Fail): Letter grades from A through D- will be converted to “Credit” by the Registrar’s office. A letter grade of F will be converted to “No Credit” by the Registrar’s office. The GPA of students who choose the option of Credit/No Credit will not be affected.
- If by May 24 at midnight, the Registrar’s office does not receive a form with your selection, you will receive the letter grade for all of your courses.
- Once you make your choice, you cannot reverse it.
- For the Spring 2020, all student transcripts will include a notation that the semester was during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, since we have extended the semester by one week, the deadline to withdraw from a class has been similarly extended from April 10, 2020 to April 17, 2020.
We believe that our decision is most fair to all. There are many factors to consider when you make your choice. Please seek the guidance of your academic adviser if you need to. For other questions please email NFerguson@ltu.edu.
We hope that you will continue to stay safe and, as always, work and study hard.
With all best wishes for the remainder of the semester.
Maria Vaz, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
April 6, 2020
We appreciate your patience, and hope you and your family are safe and healthy. We know that students have questions in regard to housing and meal plan refunds and/or credits due to the impact of COVID-19. Please note housing rates vary depending on the building a student resides in. Here is a brief summary of LTU’s policy:
- Students who resided in Donley Hall, Reuss Hall or East Hall will receive a prorated amount of $1,100 for their housing and $700 for their meal plan.
- Students who resided in a one bedroom apartment in South Housing will receive a prorated amount of $1,000 for their housing and $700 for their meal plan. Students who resided in a two bedroom in South Housing will receive $700 for their housing and $700 for their meal plan.
- Students who resided in Arbor Lofts will receive a prorated amount of $1,400.
- Students with a meal plan exemption are not eligible for a prorated meal plan refund.
- Students with a reduced plan due to an approved disability accommodation, please contact email@example.com for the meal plan refund amount.
- Graduate assistants and resident assistants are not eligible for housing and meal plan refunds.
- For all students, credits will first be applied to any outstanding student account balance.
- Students who have petitioned to graduate will receive a refund check.
- Students who have remained in University Housing and/or Arbor Lofts will not be eligible for a credit or refund.
Students who have not petitioned to graduate may choose to have a credit applied to their account for future charges or receive a refund check. Students selecting a refund check, please e-mail Michele Hines, firstname.lastname@example.org, in Student Accounts by 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2020. Students who do not respond by April 12, 2020 will automatically receive a credit on their accounts.
Take care and be safe.
Dean of Students
March 26, 2020
CLINICAL COUNSELING SERVICES
Clinical Counseling Services is available to assist you as we deal with the stress and anxiety of COVID-19 on our campus and global community. To schedule an appointment email us at email@example.com. We will be in touch to set up an appointment via Zoom and have you fill out any necessary paperwork. We are also scheduling any regular or ongoing appointments you may have had. Please refer to the attachment and links below as they contain links to the MySSP app and to helpful resources to support your mental health. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Jeffrey Betman
Christy Schulze, LLPC
March 25, 2020
USE OF STUDENT EMPLOYEES DURING STAY HOME, STAY SAFE
LTU student employees are classified as non-essential and will not be working on campus during the current “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. In most cases, student employees can not complete their job functions off-campus. Exceptions to work off-campus as a student employee must be approved by the Dean of Students. Only supervisors can request an exception. Supervisors should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide the first and last name of the student, and the necessary work responsibilities. An approval or disapproval will be communicated within 24 hours.
March 24, 2020
OFFICE OF THE PROVOST
These are uncertain times for all of us, and at Lawrence Tech both faculty and administrators are working hard to ensure that you finish your semester and complete your courses without major difficulties. Although taking all courses online is a change, there are many students who already take several courses online, and even courses on ground make very heavy use of the Canvas learning platform to help students manage their learning.
I hope that this transition, although unexpected, will not be very difficult because most, if not all of us, are very savvy with our technological tools. In particular, LTU’s laptop program makes it so much easier. Our faculty know that all of our undergraduates have been provided a laptop with the specific software they will need. This offers you a great advantage over most other schools.
Because of actions at some other universities, there is a question about the grading system and whether to go Pass/Fail. At this time Lawrence Tech is maintaining our grading system. We just started online teaching Monday and unless there are major disruptions, there is no reason for us to change your grading system at this time. We have obligations to you and to our accrediting organizations. We will continue to evaluate the evolution of COVID-19, and we will continue to analyze the results of our online transition. In three weeks we will be in a position to decide if we should continue with our current grading system or if there are appropriate modifications that should be done.
Until then, please stay home, stay safe, and work hard as we know you always do.
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost
March 19, 2020
STUDENT SUPPORT ADVISOR
Created by clinical and cultural experts, the My SSP app helps LTU's international and domestic students succeed by providing access to Morneau Shepell’s Student Support Program (SSP). Students can access the program anytime, anywhere, 24/7, to connect with a Student Support Advisor who speaks their language, understands their culture, and can work with them to succeed while studying abroad or at home.
- Is free to download and available worldwide in six languages (English, French, Korean, Chinese, Arabic and Spanish).
- Features immediate, confidential and culturally relevant support in various languages for any of life’s challenges.
- Lets students call or chat with a Student Support Advisor 24/7.
- Has interesting articles and videos on a range of health topics, produced specifically for busy students.
LTU BLUE DEVIL BOOKSTORE NEWS
- Bookstore Hours: The bookstore will remain open with limited hours for snacks and drinks. We will also be monitoring web orders and emails.
- Monday to Friday 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. (until further notice by campus)
- Textbooks/ Finals: We are keeping books for the term in store for those that will need them during finals week. If you place an online order for your textbook at www.lawrence-tech.bncollege.com we will ship your books with free ground shipping.
- Textbook Rentals: If you rented a textbook for the Spring 2020 term, the due date to return your textbooks is still May 8. We are working to extend this for students, however, in light that we are unable to update the due date, simply click on the following link https://lawrence-tech.bncollege.com/shop/lawrence-tech/page/rental-book-return and enter your Order ID # and your Email Address. This will generate a free shipping label. You can keep the label until you are ready to return your textbooks. More information on this will follow.
- Commencement/ Grad Fair is cancelled. Gown orders placed are being cancelled. We will send out a notification when we reopen the website in September for December commencement. We apologize for any inconvenience.
- Ebooks: Beginning March 16 through May 25, 2020, access to an expansive catalog of eTexts will be available free to students. Simply sign in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using your school email address to view course materials from participating publishers.
- Log in to your account or create an account
- Click on Explore
- Type ISBN or Book title, select the book and click on “Borrow”
*** Please note restrictions apply and books must be available in Ebook format***