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Another COVID-19 surge prompts LTU to move back to online-only learning

Release Date: March 29, 2021

SOUTHFIELD—Yet another spike in COVID-19 cases across Michigan has prompted Lawrence Technological University to deliver all classes online beginning Tuesday, March 30, through Monday, April 12.

In e-mails to students, faculty, and staff, LTU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Tarek Sobh said that “although there are many encouraging signs in the battle against COVID, and as millions of Americans receive the coronavirus vaccine we are starting to see a light at the end of the long tunnel of the pandemic, there is now, unfortunately, a substantial increase in COVID-19 positivity rates in the state of Michigan and in the Lawrence Tech community.”

In addition to a return to online education, Sobh announced that all LTU athletic practices and competitions are cancelled through April 12.

Sobh said that in-person instruction will resume Tuesday, April 13.

“I understand this is another unwelcome development in a long and difficult year, but your wholehearted cooperation and observance of appropriate precautions is critically important in ensuring that we limit the spread of the virus and provide you with the best opportunity for a positive on-campus experience for the remainder of the spring semester,” Sobh said in the e-mail.

Sobh also noted that all Michiganders age 16 and up are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine effective Monday, April 5. He urged students to “be sure to set time aside and register for your vaccine appointment… Thank you for your efforts and let’s finish the academic year strong!”

The latest information on COVID-19 at Lawrence Tech is updated daily at

Lawrence Technological University,, 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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