April 27, 2020
PROGRESS AND PLANNING FOR FALL SEMESTER
The COVID-19 global pandemic has altered our lives like nothing we have ever experienced and upended the normal processes and activities of our social interaction, business, travel, and education at all levels. I am so proud that the students, faculty, and staff at Lawrence Technological University have worked together and made the best of this difficult situation, enabling our spring semester and soon, our summer semester, to continue without diminishing progress or momentum.
Much is unsettled in the months ahead as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Michigan authorities set timetables for reopening and rules for social distancing. The fundamental question is whether we and other schools will be permitted to reopen for our usual August start of classes and under what new regulations and guidelines.
For this coming fall semester, Lawrence Tech intends to welcome students to the campus in our usual numbers, while being cognizant of and prudent about the safety of our community of scholars. We are committed to remaining and growing as both a commuter and a strong residential campus. All students benefit from the campus being more supportive and convenient, and research shows that students who reside or spend more time on campus do better academically. As generations of alumni have so aptly proven to us, it is LTU’s focus on experiential learning, theory and practice, working together, that leads them to some of our nation’s highest salaries and levels of career success.
At this time, as all colleges and universities are doing, we are considering a number of options as we approach the fall semester. New policies may be implemented to minimize contact between low risk and high risk groups. Preliminary possibilities, none set in stone as yet, include more hybrid classes with online components, or perhaps more virtual laboratories or studios. Face coverings may be required and group gatherings above a certain size may be prohibited. Deep cleaning of facilities will continue. Health testing procedures may be instituted. As our state and national leaders assess progress on dealing with the pandemic and make recommendations, we expect to be able to announce LTU’s plans for the fall on July 1.
Please know that our strategies will be to assure the health and safety of our entire Lawrence Tech community while moving forward with our inspired mission to prepare new generations of leaders. Over nearly 90 years, by working together, LTU Blue Devils have overcome all challenges and grown ever stronger. That is our legacy, and that is our future.
Virinder K. Moudgil, PhD
President and CEO
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 19, 2020
LTU CAMPUS FACILITIES DURING COVID-19
LTU Campus Facilities is currently reassigning cleaning staff to allow for dedicated sanitization of occupied offices and spaces. Personnel will disinfect and sanitize common touch points used by employees and campus guests. Routine services will continue for each office occupied office space as well as to clean and sanitize bathrooms. Classrooms will be sanitized, locked and removed from use. We ask for your cooperation in not using or entering any room that has been sanitized and labeled.
Campus Facilities staff continue to utilize long-established safety processes and protocols that apply and we have reviewed and refreshed these with our staff.