LTU to finish spring semester online, require vaccinations for on-campus students, athletes
SOUTHFIELD—As the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan continues to surge, officials at Lawrence Technological University announced that classes would remain online for the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.
LTU announced a return to online learning two weeks ago. At that time, LTU administration expressed hope that the university could return to in-person instruction April 13. However, in e-mails to students, faculty, and staff, LTU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Tarek Sobh said instruction should stay online, because “the state of Michigan continues to experience a very significant surge in COVID-19 cases. The impact has been significant on many in our community.”
Sobh said students with laboratory or studio components to their classes would receive word from instructors “regarding the delivery modality for those courses, which might be online, hybrid, or in-person for the remaining part of the semester.”
LTU’s dining services and residence halls will remain open until the close of the semester May 8, and students in residence halls will be allowed to continue to live there.
Most of LTU’s athletic teams will be allowed to finish out their seasons, including men’s and women’s bowling, women’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s golf. The tennis and men’s lacrosse teams opted to suspend play for the semester.
Sobh also announced that all students living in LTU residence halls in the Fall 2021 semester must provide proof of vaccination two weeks prior to their move-in date in August. He added that “exceptions will be made for students who seek a religious or medical exemption.”
And, he said, all student-athletes, whether they reside on campus or not, will be required to be vaccinated by Aug. 1 in order to compete in athletics during the 2021-22 academic year.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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