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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates from UL Lafayette

UL Lafayette continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19, or coronavirus, situation.

Because the health and safety of the campus community is the University’s primary concern, preparation and the timely sharing of information are essential.

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The University is working closely with the Louisiana Office of Public Health to get relevant information to the campus community as quickly as possible.

All updates will be posted to this website and on the University’s social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter. Faculty and staff, and students and their parents should monitor these platforms for the latest announcements.

COVID-19 Updates

April 2, 2020: Update - Dining Services Hours Announced

Dining services are now carry-out only in Cypress Lake Dining Hall and The Brew. All other locations will remain closed until further notice.

The Brew

Monday-Friday:

  • Breakfast, 9-11 a.m.
  • Lunch, 11-3 p.m.

Cypress Lake Dining Hall

Every day:

  • Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Dinner, 4-7 p.m.

April 1, 2020: New tuition payment plan offered, sign up by April 30

The University recognizes that you may be experiencing financial hardships. To assist you in paying spring semester outstanding balances, the UL Lafayette Student Cashier Center is offering a new payment plan.

The payment plan will allow you to make three equal payments on your remaining balance. You may sign up for the plan starting today through Thursday, April 30, during which time you should make your first payment. The second installment will be due by Saturday, May 30, and the third and final one will be due by Tuesday, June 30.

The customary $50 payment plan enrollment fee will be waived. Bank fees will still apply.

Students with outstanding balances who enroll in the payment plan will not have holds on their accounts and will be able to register for summer and fall semester classes.

Join the payment plan via ULink. On the Tuition and Financial Aid tab, in the Tuition and Statement of Account section, click on View Your Statement or Pay Your Bill, and then the Join the Payment Plan tab at the top of the screen.

If you have any questions, email bursar@louisiana.edu.

March 31, 2020: UL Lafayette COVID-19 Grading Policy Modifications for Spring 2020

Due to the impact of instructional transition related to the COVID19 pandemic, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has adopted grading policy modifications for students and courses in the Spring 2020 semester.

Grade Options for Undergraduates
Grade options of Pass (P), Emergency D (ED), and Emergency F (EF) can be requested by undergraduate students enrolled in courses that were intended to be in-person throughout Spring 2020, but were changed to remote instruction as a result of COVID-19.

Incomplete Grades for Undergraduate and Graduate
In an effort to provide students with sufficient time to resolve incomplete grades, the University will extend the deadline to complete courses assigned the grade of “I.”

Read more details on the Academic Affairs website.

March 30, 2020: Louisiana needs your help

The following is from President Joseph Savoie's blog to the campus community:

Gov. John Bel Edwards and leaders of the University of Louisiana and Louisiana State University systems are sounding a call for volunteers from colleges and universities to help overcome the challenges this dangerous virus has posed to our communities. This includes students, faculty and staff members alike – anyone who is willing to help.

Those in health care fields can volunteer and help alleviate this burden. Individuals with backgrounds in nursing, allied health professions, counseling, mental and behavioral health and pre-medicine can sign up.

If you do not have health care training, you can help by prioritizing phone calls coming into United Way and 211, or by coordinating volunteers, offering technological and logistical support, or meeting critical needs other organizations have.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up to help.

Read the entire message on the president's blog.

March 27, 2020: Dining hall serving campus residents at no cost

UL Lafayette is committed to meeting the essential needs of its campus residents during this period. As such, all campus residents may eat in Cypress Lake Dining Hall at no cost.

This applies to students who remain in residence halls, Legacy Park, Cajun Village and the Heritage.

Students who do not have a meal plan will be asked to sign in at the cashier’s desk, but they will not be billed for meals. Swipes can be used by those who have them. If a student doesn’t have adequate swipes, they will also be asked to sign in – but will not be charged.

The dining hall’s hours of operations are:

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sodexo will have staff on hand to assist students who may have dietary restrictions.

Non-residential students who have meal plans and wish to continue to utilize campus dining may do so. Dining Services is prepared to support faculty, staff and students during this period.  Of course, customers may also use cash, credit and debit cards.

Email campusfoodservices@louisiana.edu with questions.

March 27, 2020: Student Health Services moving to telehealth appointments

The Louisiana Department of Health has issued a notice instructing all medical providers in Louisiana to convert to telehealth visits except in cases of emergency.

As such, the University's Office of Student Health Services is cancelling all well visits and instructing students to call to speak with a health care professional. Students will be advised as to next steps via phone. This helps ensure your safety and the safety of others.

If you would like to speak with a health care professional, please call (337) 482-5464.

March 26, 2020: Virtual tutoring available for students

The Learning Center has transitioned to virtual tutoring and is available to assist students in a variety of courses.

Tutoring will be conducted through Zoom, free online meeting software. The online meetings will be accessible via computer, mobile phones, and smart tablets.

Learn more about virtual tutoring services.

March 26, 2020: Ragin' Cajuns facilities closed

All Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics facilities are closed. This includes all training facilities, sports venues and administrative offices.

March 26, 2020: Critical functions continue as University moves to remote operations

From President Joseph Savoie's blog to the campus community:

Last week, the University implemented virtual course instruction for students; remote administrative functions have begun as well.

Though the University community is separated, we must come together to protect our academic and research missions and to continue our operational functions. By planning now, we can ensure continuity in these critical areas should colleagues become ill and unable to perform their duties.

Read the entire message on the president's blog.

March 26, 2020: Pay info and procedures for student employees announced

The University is committed to supporting its student employees to the greatest extent possible.

To this end, graduate assistants (including GAs, GTAs, and GRAs), fellows, and non-seasonal temporary employees will continue to receive their regular pay. Graduate assistants and fellows will continue to receive their monthly stipends and tuition/fee waivers.

Student workers who work will be paid on actual hours worked. Student workers who are unable to work will be paid an amount equal to the lesser of 20 hours or their highest week paid between Jan. 25, 2020, and March 6, 2020.

Graduate assistants, student workers, and all University employees should check their email for details on submitting timesheets.

March 25, 2020: Important information regarding Cajun Cards

In accordance with state and University guidelines, the Office of Cajun Card Services staff is working remotely and is ready to assist students, employees, and University vendors.

The Office of Cajun Card Services has provided procedures on its website.

Staff members are answering all questions via email through cajuncash@louisiana.edu. If you leave a message on the main line (337-851-2273), it will be routed to personnel via email. Staff will check emails throughout the day and will respond within one business day, if not sooner.

The Office of Cajun Card Services has established the following procedures until further notice.

March 25, 2020: University housing offers guidance on refunds and prorations

The Office of University Housing has published guidelines for students seeking credits, refunds or prorations on housing and meal costs.

Visit the University Housing website for more information.

March 25, 2020: University confirms COVID-19 case

The following is from President Joseph Savoie's message to the campus community:

Dear students, faculty and staff members,

Today, we learned that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the University’s first confirmed case of the virus.

Let me begin by asking all of you to join me in offering thoughts and best wishes to the affected student as they recover.

This student does not live on campus, nor were they a student resident this semester. The student did not exhibit symptoms while on campus, which current understanding suggests reduces the likelihood of transmission.

Public health officials have been in touch with students, staff members, and faculty who may have had direct contact with the student.

Read the entire message on the President's blog.

March 24, 2020: Student Union hours changed

The Student Union will be open:

  • Monday-Friday
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday
    • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 24, 2020: Reporting an absence from class

If you anticipate or have unplanned absences from class, notify the Dean of Students via the Report an Absence form.

Absences may be for medical, personal, or other emergency reasons.

The Dean of Students will receive your information, contact you, and work with you and your professor to minimize interruption to your coursework.

If you have questions about reporting your absence, email deanofstudents@louisiana.edu.

March 24, 2020: Update - Post Office Hours Changed

The campus Post Office will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to sort and distribute incoming mail, and meter and send University departmental mail. Departments with outgoing mail should drop it off to the Post Office by noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays for it to be metered and sent that day.

The retail stamp counter will be closed because of the University shifting to telework.

Campus mailboxes can be accessed via the Student Union's Boucher Street entrance. The Student Union is currently open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Post Office at postoffice@louisiana.edu.

March 24, 2020: The Ragin' Cajuns Store Limits Operations

All locations of The Ragin' Cajuns Store will be closed until further notice. However, all orders placed online, including those for caps and gowns, textbooks, and imprinted items, will still be fulfilled.

Limited work hours may create shipment delays as online orders will be processed and shipped on Thursdays only. Your patience is appreciated.

If you have questions, please email ragincajunsstore@louisiana.edu.

March 24, 2020: Update - Textbook Rental Return Instructions & Deadline

Update: March 24, 2020

The last day The Ragin' Cajuns Store will accept returns for textbook rentals will be Tuesday, May 19.

Original message: March 20, 2020

Students needing to return rented textbooks should mail them back using any shipment method to the following address:

The Ragin' Cajuns Store
620 McKinley Street
P.O. Box 43574
Lafayette, LA 70504

Rental returns must also include the following information: 

  • Student's name
  • Student's ULID
  • Student's phone number
  • ALL items that were rented in a bundle (i.e workbooks, textbooks, access codes, CDs, study guides, all volumes of text, etc.)

Any questions can be emailed to theragincajunsstore@louisiana.edu.

March 24, 2020: Campus Cupboard offering pick-up service

Campus Cupboard, UL Lafayette’s food pantry for students, faculty, and staff, is offering pick-up service from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

To ensure that orders are ready for pick up and to minimize face-to-face interactions, customers should complete this form.

March 24, 2020: Most campus buildings locked as employees work remotely

The University remains operational as employees work remotely, but most campus buildings will be closed and locked.

Locked buildings will be accessible only to faculty and staff members who must perform an essential function that requires them to be on campus. Access is limited to those who have building keys. The amount of time spent in buildings must be limited to that which is necessary to complete tasks.

Students who need computer and internet access to complete remote coursework may visit the Agnes Edwards Hall Computer Lab. It will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Printing services will not be available. If additional software access is needed and is not available in the lab, contact 482-HELP or ithelp@louisiana.edu. Updates for STEP computer labs will be posted on its website.

March 24, 2020: Sending documents without a scanner or interoffice mail

As University offices move to remote operations, interoffice mail access will be intermittent.

In lieu of sending interoffice mail or using a scanner, you can scan documents with phone apps and email them.

Employees who need to scan paperwork and other documents while working remotely can download and use the following smartphone apps:

In addition, iPhones and iPads are equipped with document reproduction features that enable digital images to be emailed. Learn more about scanning features on an Apple product.

Cameras on Android phones also have document-scanning and emailing features. Learn more about scanning features on an Android phone.

 

March 23, 2020: Process to withdraw/resign remotely

The Office of the University Registrar, in collaboration with colleges and departments, has developed a remote process that will enable students to withdraw/resign with a W. Students may initiate this process via their University email accounts.

Read detailed instructions on the Remote Registrar Services website. Email questions to our@louisiana.edu.

March 23, 2020: No restrictions for on-campus parking

There are no restrictions for on-campus parking from now until the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Motorists may park in any lot or parking structure.

Tickets will be issued only to those who park illegally in reserved spaces, handicapped and tow-away zones, or in front of fire hydrants.

March 23, 2020: Dupré Library Closed After 5 p.m. Today

Edith Garland Dupré Library will be closed until further notice beginning at 5 p.m. on March 23

For students who need computer and internet access to complete remote coursework, Agnes Edwards Hall Computer Lab, 110 Rex St., will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Printing services will not be available. Learn more on the STEP website.

Dupré Library will continue to provide services to the University community through online resources and remote consultations with students, faculty, and staff.

Research Services

Electronic Resources: The library’s digital collections are available remotely 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Search digital collections, including research databases, electronic journals, and full-text e-books. View guides to resources and tutorials.

Reference Assistance: Students and faculty can interact with librarians through the “Ask a Librarian” service. It is accessible from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. On weekends, the service is available from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2-9 p.m. on Sundays. Appointments are also available via email at reference@louisiana.edu. Librarians can set up calls or Zoom meetings.

Departmental Librarians: Faculty members with questions about remote instruction may consult with a subject specialist librarian in their area.

Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL)

ILL is accepting requests for electronic journal articles, book chapters, theses, and dissertations. Materials will arrive in about 24 to 48 hours. ILL is unable to fill requests for physical items during the closure. ILL will not charge overdue fines for materials on loan from other libraries.

Circulation Services

Overdue fines for books and other library materials have been suspended and will not be charged. Please do not return books until Dupré Library resumes normal operations. Library staff will not be monitoring book drops. Email questions about borrowing physical materials, circulation rules, fines and renewals to circulation@louisiana.edu.

Please monitor this page on the library’s website for potential changes to operating hours, events, and policies.

March 23, 2020: Research Continuity of Operations Plans

Update: In alignment with the Governor’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Order, effective at 5 p.m., on Monday, March 23, our recommendations to the research community of UL Lafayette are as follows:

  • only “essential personnel,” as designated by their departments are allowed on campus;
  • any research that continues on-campus during this period is conducted in a safe manner, consistent with good laboratory hygiene and social distancing guidelines, following CDC best practices; and
  • graduate and undergraduate students shall work in research laboratories only if they are designated by their departments as essential personnel.

As the COVID-19 situation expands and the impact evolves, the Office of Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (OVPRIED) and the Office of Sponsored Programs Finance Administration and Compliance (SPFAC) are working closely with the University’s leadership team to establish guidance specific to research operations.

This guidance is intended to help the campus research community limit the impact and potential risk associated with the growing outbreak of COVID-19.

View the guidance information.

March 22, 2020: Notice to on-campus residents regarding governor's order

On Sunday, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay-at-home order that requires all Louisiana residents to shelter in their homes except to perform essential tasks. This order applies to people who live in on-campus apartments and rooms in residence halls, as well.

The order – which is meant to help curb the spread of COVID-19 – takes effect at 5 p.m. Monday.

The governor’s order defines essential tasks as trips to grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, medical appointments, restaurants for take-out, delivery and drive-through, and outdoor exercising.

Read more information for on-campus residents on the Housing website.

March 22, 2020: Correction - Departmental Cashier in Martin Hall to Open Monday at 8 a.m.

The Departmental Cashier in Martin Hall will be open on Monday, March 23, at 8 a.m. for all deposits. 

This announcement (originally posted on March 21) misstated that the Student Cashier Center would be open on Monday at 8 a.m. For all questions about payments at the Student Cashier Center, email bursar@louisiana.edu.

COVID-19 Updates Archive

COVID-19 & Coronavirus FAQs

As COVID-19, or coronavirus, continues to spread, it is important that the University community is up to date on the latest information as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Louisiana Office of Public Health.

The University is working closely with the Louisiana Office of Public Health to monitor this ever-changing health situation. Visit the CDC website for FAQs about COVID-19.

Don't see your question answered here? Submit your question for the FAQs.

The University's Preparations & Services

Are campus offices open?
Are there plans to extend remote course delivery through the end of the semester?
I am paying for tuition with the payment plan. Will the due date be extended or will it remain the same at April 1st?
Are any campus computer labs open?
What should I do if I live on campus?
I'm coming to campus to help my child move out of the residence halls. Where can I park?
Will I lose my declining balance if I leave campus?
How do I return my rented textbooks?
How do I withdraw from a class remotely?
What is the last day to withdraw?
When does advising happen?
When does registration happen?
Are the Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall Semesters of 2020 still on schedule to continue as planned?
Are there plans to use an alternate grading option, like pass/fail?
Should student workers and teaching assistants report to work?
Is there a way I can access the Internet and a computer if I don't have one?
Is the Campus Cupboard open?
Is the Post Office open?
Is Printing Services open?
Is the Ragin' Cajuns Store open?
Is Dupré Library open?
Is Bourgeois Hall open?
Is campus dining open?
Is the Office of Disability Services open?
Are tutoring services available?
Is the Office of Career Services open?
Is the Hilliard Art Museum open?
Is the Child Development Center open?
Are athletics facilities open?
Are buses or shuttles running from Cajun Field to campus?
Will there be a Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony?
How does the University's transition to remote course delivery affect international students?
How does the University's transition to remote course delivery affect graduate students?
Are campus events canceled?
How can I schedule counseling at the University’s Counseling and Testing Center?
How does remote learning affect benefits for veterans enrolled at the University?
Can the University test for the COVID-19 virus?
What is the University doing to help fight the spread of infection on campus?
Are there plans to close the University?
How do parents remain current with the University’s plans?
What is the status of current Study Abroad programs?
Are there any current travel restrictions?
What should I do if my approved travel needs to be canceled?
Are international students currently at the University able to travel back to their home countries?

The University's Preparations

Are campus offices open?

Yes. Campus remains open, and all University operations and business functions continue, including:

  • residence halls;
  • dining; and
  • Student Health Services.

Are there plans to extend remote course delivery through the end of the semester?

Yes. Remote course delivery began on March 18 and will extend through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

I am paying for tuition with the payment plan. Will the payment due dates be extended?

The University recognizes that you may be experiencing financial hardships. To assist you in paying spring semester outstanding balances, the UL Lafayette Student Cashier Center is offering a new payment plan.

The payment plan will allow you to make three equal payments on your remaining balance. You may sign up for the plan from Wednesday, April 1, through Thursday, April 30, during which time you should make your first payment. The second installment will be due by Saturday, May 30, and the third and final one will be due by Tuesday, June 30.

Read more about the payment plan announcement.

Are any campus computer labs open?

Agnes Edwards Hall Computer Lab is open to students.

  • 24 hours, 7 days a week

More information is available on the STEP website.

All students are encouraged to practice social distancing when using the computer labs.

What should I do if I live on campus?

University Housing and Dining Services are still operating to assist students who are staying in residence halls on campus. It is imperative that students on campus practice social distancing and wash hands frequently.

Students are encouraged to leave the residence halls and return home if possible. Read the latest information and FAQs from University Housing.

I'm coming to campus to help my child move out of the residence halls. Where can I park?

There are no restrictions for on-campus parking from now until the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Motorists may park in any lot or parking structure. Tickets will be issued only to those who park in reserved spaces, handicapped and tow-away zones, in front of fire hydrants or in any illegal manner.

If you have any questions, email the Office of Transportation Services at parking@louisiana.edu.

Will I lose my declining balance if I leave campus?

Declining balances for students who have meal plans this semester will roll over to next semester, even if a new academic year begins.

Students who graduate or resign this semester have 90 days to apply for refunds by emailing campusfoodservices@louisiana.edu.

How do I return my rented textbooks?

The last day The Ragin' Cajuns Store will accept returns for textbook rentals will be Tuesday, May 19. Students needing to return rented textbooks should mail them back using any shipment method to the following address:

The Ragin' Cajuns Store
620 McKinley Street
P.O. Box 43574
Lafayette, LA 70504

Rental returns must also include the following information: 

  • Student's name
  • Student's ULID
  • Student's phone number
  • ALL items that were rented in a bundle (i.e workbooks, textbooks, access codes, CDs, study guides, all volumes of text, etc.)

Any questions can be emailed to theragincajunsstore@louisiana.edu.

How do I withdraw from a class remotely?

The last day to withdraw/resign with a W for the B-term has been moved from Wednesday, April 8 to Friday, May 1

Review the Registrar's Office Remote Registration Processes page for information on how to withdraw.

What is the last day to withdraw?

Currently, the last day to withdraw with a W is still April 8. Updates will be provided if this date should change.

When does advising happen?

The traditional advising period will begin on Monday, March 30. Advising in some areas may begin prior to this date.

Advising holds and registration time tickets have been posted to student records. If a student was advised prior to March 18, their advisor will need to lift their advising holds.

When does registration happen?

Registration for Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall 2020 classes will now begin on Tuesday, April 14.

All students must meet with their academic advisors and have their advising holds lifted prior to registration. View your holds via ULink on the Registration tab, beneath Get Ready to Register, click on Check Holds.

Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall 2020 class schedules are available online via ULink.

Are the Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall Semesters of 2020 still on schedule to continue as planned?

Yes. As of now, the start dates and academic calendar for each of the upcoming semesters is unchanged.

Are there plans to use an alternate grading option, like pass/fail?

Due to the impact of instructional transition related to the COVID19 pandemic, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has adopted grading policy modifications for students and courses in the Spring 2020 semester

Read the announcement about pass/fail and other options.

Should student workers and teaching assistants report to work?

Student workers, graduate assistants and teaching assistants should work with their supervisors to determine ways to work remotely.

All student employees received an email on March 26, 2020, outlining how to submit timesheets.

Is there a way I can access the Internet and a computer if I don’t have one?

Yes. The Agnes Edwards Hall Computer Lab is open to students 24/7.

More information is available on the STEP website.

All students are encouraged to practice social distancing when using the computer labs.

Is the Campus Cupboard open?

Yes. Campus Cupboard, UL Lafayette’s food pantry for students, faculty, and staff, is offering pick-up service from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

To ensure that orders are ready for pick up and to minimize face-to-face interactions, customers should complete this form.

Is Printing Services open?

The University's Printing Services will continue to monitor requests and complete print jobs as needed. To submit a print job, fill out the Printing Request form and email it to printingservices@louisiana.edu and/or susan.leblanc@louisiana.edu.

Is the Ragin' Cajuns Store open?

All locations of The Ragin' Cajuns Store will be closed until further notice. However, all orders placed online, including those for caps and gowns, textbooks, and imprinted items, will still be fulfilled. Limited work hours may create shipment delays as online orders will be processed and shipped on Thursdays only.

Your patience is appreciated. If you have questions, please email ragincajunsstore@louisiana.edu.

Is the Post Office open?

Yes, but with limited hours.

The campus Post Office will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to sort and distribute incoming mail, and meter and send University departmental mail. Departments with outgoing mail should drop it off to the Post Office by noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays for it to be metered and sent that day.

The retail stamp counter will be closed because of the University shifting to telework.

Campus mailboxes can be accessed via the Student Union's Boucher Street entrance. The Student Union is currently open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday.

If you are moving off campus and are not returning to on campus housing for Summer or Fall 2020 semesters, please return your key directly to the Post Office.

If you are returning to campus housing, please keep your key in order to maintain your current P.O. Box address.  If you wish to have your mail forwarded to your home address until returning, please call (337) 482-6113 or stop by the Post Office to put an alternative address on file.

Is Dupré Library open?

No. Edith Garland Dupré Library will be closed until further notice beginning at 5 p.m. on March 23. Dupré Library will continue to provide services to the University community through online resources and remote consultations with students, faculty, and staff.

View more details about Dupré Library's hours and other campus services.

Is Bourgeois Hall open?

No. Bourgeois Hall has been closed, and all intramural sports and recreation events are currently canceled.

Is campus dining open?

Yes, campus dining is open for "to-go" meals as the University continues to encourage social distancing in an effort to maintain the health and wellbeing of the campus community.

All campus residents may eat in Cypress Lake Dining Hall at no cost. This applies to students who remain in residence halls, Legacy Park, Cajun Village and the Heritage.

Students who do not have a meal plan will be asked to sign in at the cashier’s desk, but they will not be billed for meals. Swipes can be used by those who have them. If a student doesn’t have adequate swipes, they will also be asked to sign in – but will not be charged.

Non-residential students who have meal plans and wish to continue to utilize campus dining may do so. Dining Services is prepared to support faculty, staff and students during this period.  Of course, customers may also use cash, credit and debit cards.

Email campusfoodservices@louisiana.edu with questions.

Dining services are carry-out only in Cypress Lake Dining Hall and The Brew. All other locations will remain closed until further notice.

  • The Brew:
    • Monday-Friday
      • Breakfast: 9-11 a.m.
      • Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Cypress Lake Dining Hall:
    • 7 days a week:
      • Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      • Dinner: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Is the Office of Disability Services open?

Yes. The office is open during regular University hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Updates of any schedule changes will be provided if necessary.

Learn more about the Office of Disability Services' testing center, note takers, and more on their website.

Are tutoring services available?

Yes. The Learning Center has transitioned to virtual tutoring and is available to assist students in a variety of courses.

Tutoring will be conducted through Zoom, free online meeting software. The online meetings will be accessible via computer, mobile phones, and smart tablets.

Learn more about virtual tutoring services.

Is the Office of Career Services open?

The Office of Career Services is still providing career assistance and preparation services to students.

Learn more about the Office of Career Services' operations during the COVID-19 response on their website.

Is the Hilliard Art Museum open?

No. The Hilliard Art Museum is closed to the public until further notice. The closure affects the main museum building, the A. Hays Town building, and all gallery and exhibition spaces. All public programming and tours are canceled.

Is the Child Development Center open?

No. The Child Development Center is closed for the remainder of the semester.

Are athletics facilities open?

All Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics facilities are closed. This includes all training facilities, sports venues and administrative offices.

Are buses or shuttles running from Cajun Field to campus?

Bus service to and from Cajun Field has been suspended. Students may park in the Earl K. Long lot (Zone 15) or the first three levels of the Girard Park Circle parking tower for free until further notice..

Will there be a Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony?

At this time, given the rapidly changing nature of this situation, we believe it's premature to cancel such an important event as commencement based on current information. The decision to hold or cancel Commencement will reflect the best public health advice possible, and once it is reached, we’ll inform the University community. Thank you for your patience.

Seniors can pick up caps and gowns at the Ragin' Cajuns Store on St. Mary Boulevard, but we encourage everyone to limit face-to-face interactions and stay home if possible. You can pick up your cap and gown anytime before Commencement in May.

Are campus events canceled?

All campus events, regardless of size, are suspended until the end of the semester. This includes officer meetings, general meetings, activities, and events.

This applies both to on campus as well as off campus events. Any planned events or activities should be cancelled and/or postponed. Exchanges of information via other options such as email and phone are encouraged.

How does the University's transition to remote course delivery affect international students?

The Division of Global Engagement has provided guidelines for international students on their website.

How does the University's transition to remote course delivery affect graduate students?

The Graduate School is posting guidelines and updates for graduate students on their website.

How can I schedule counseling at the University’s Counseling and Testing Center?

The UL Lafayette Counseling and Testing Center is offering sessions by phone and online only. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 482-6480 during regular business hours.

Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How does remote learning affect benefits for veterans enrolled at the University?

Veteran’s benefits remain the same as the University delivers coursework remotely. The only changes that will be submitted are withdrawals (official and unofficial). Please send an email to veterans@louisiana.edu if you withdraw from a course.

View more information at the Office of Veterans Services.

Can the University test for the COVID-19 virus?

Some persons who are at risk for COVID-19 and meet certain criteria will be candidates for testing through the Office of Public Health. Student Health Services can facilitate this testing.

What is the University doing to help fight the spread of infection on campus?

The University is taking safety measures to maintain the cleanliness of our campus to mitigate any spread of a possible infection.

Our custodial staff meets daily to discuss and follow up on all safety requirements, updates and changes regarding the COVID-19 virus. Academic building inspections are taking place multiple times a day across our campus. The staff is using approved disinfecting agents to kill all possible bacterial, viral and infection droplets on all surfaces, door handles, stair rails, restroom facilities, and water fountains. All hand sanitizing dispensers are checked multiple times daily.

Our food services staff have also met and have been retrained on cleaning techniques in the food preparation and serving areas.

Contact Workorder@louisiana.edu to report any concerns.

Are there plans to close the University?

UL Lafayette will begin remote course delivery to mitigate public health concerns related to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Alternative delivery methods begin on Wednesday, March 18.

There will be no classes Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, but campus will remain open, and all University operations and business functions will continue, including:

  • residence halls;
  • dining; and
  • Student Health Services.

The University remains open and the leadership of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is committed to ensuring the safety of its students, faculty and staff. The University is monitoring alerts from the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Louisiana Office of Public Health.

How do parents remain current with the University’s plans?

Parents should monitor this website and official University social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, for the latest information.

What is the status of current Study Abroad programs?

UL Lafayette has canceled its Study Abroad program in Italy, England, and Costa Rica for the Summer 2020 semester. Students who were scheduled to travel to Italy as part of Study Abroad will receive full refunds.

Are there any current travel restrictions?

Effective immediately and until further notice, all state-supported international travel is prohibited.

Out-of-State travel, whether by ground transportation or air, must be approved in advance by the Louisiana Commissioner of Administration and will be evaluated based on business necessity.

In-state travel is strongly discouraged and will be denied unless it is essential and there are no other means of conducting business.

These restrictions apply to new and all previously approved travel requests. All requests for the Commissioner's consideration and any questions should be emailed to purchasing@louisiana.edu.

What should I do if my approved travel needs to be cancelled?

If you have pre-approved travel in Chrome River that is to be canceled — whether it is a voluntary cancellation or one that is associated with the Coronavirus restrictions — please cancel your arrangements (airfare, hotel, registration) immediately. To do that, follow the instructions on the Chrome River Dashboard to process non-refundable expenses, expire your pre-approval, and/or delete your request.

If you have non-refundable airfare, Short’s will not refund but the value of your ticket may be eligible to be applied toward the price of a new ticket for a fee; a service fee may be charged. For travel related questions, please email Purchasing@louisiana.edu.

Are international students currently at the University able to travel back to their home countries?

There are no restrictions on international students currently enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette traveling back to their home countries.  However, federal restrictions may be instituted that deny or delay re-entry into the United States.  International students should research travel restrictions before planning to travel.

For the most up-to-date travel restrictions and guidelines, please visit the CDC Information for Travel page.