Things TU Know: Coronavirus, campus changes


Things Tu Know: Coronavirus

Updated 3/15/2020 at 2:25 p.m.

Is commencement still on?

No concrete word yet from the administration. President Mike Fitts says he hopes commencement will still take place in May, but this is subject to change. 

Will final exams be held online?

Yes, but each professor’s plan will vary. Check with your professors about how they will execute exams. 

When do online classes begin?

Monday, March 23. All classes are canceled March 16-20. Tulane has not yet announced plans for making up the missed week of class.

Is Spring Break still on?

Yes, but the university is urging students to rethink trips for fear of contracting coronavirus.

I’m a first-generation college student and need some financial assistance — what do I do?

Tulane is providing emergency funding to first-generation students who need to respond to unforeseen financial emergencies. 

Students can apply here and should receive decisions within three business days. Funds will generally not surpass $500 and are intended for resources like storage facility rentals, laptops and other items needed to transition to online instruction.

I’m currently studying abroad — do I need to come home?

Tulane is requiring students studying in countries classified as Level 3 by the CDC to return home immediately. All Tulane programs in Europe have been closed.

Those studying in the United Kingdom and Ireland are strongly advised to return home even though these countries have not yet been classified as Level 3 by the CDC. Students studying in these countries should contact their advisor in the Office of Study Abroad if they have questions or wish to request an exception to this policy if there are reasons that could make their returning home difficult.

Students studying in other non-Level 3 countries must obtain permission from their programs if they wish to continue their study remotely and should keep the Office of Study Abroad up to date on this process. Plans to return to one’s home country must be communicated to [email protected].

All study abroad billing questions should be directed to Joanie Vicknair at [email protected]

Will Reily stay open?

Reilly will be closing until further notice beginning Friday, March 13, at 5 p.m. Membership, locker rentals and towel service payments will be suspended while Reily remains closed.

After 5 p.m. Friday, students and gym members who need to claim property left in lockers should email Assistant Director of Facilities Steve Leitch at [email protected] to schedule an appointment to do so.

Will the library stay open?

Yes, the Howard Tilton Memorial Library will remain open. New library hours will go into effect Sunday, March 15.

Monday – Thursday  7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Friday   7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday   10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday  12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

More information on library service changes here

How has campus dining changed? 

Dining facilities are to remain open at this time.

The Dining Room at the Commons — Students with a meal plan are still able to eat at the Commons. All stations will be served by an attendant. Only bottled or canned beverages will be served; all drink taps have been turned off. Boxed cereal is now available at the Chef’s Table station. Almond milk is available by request at Crafted. Condiments are available in individual packets. Waffle and toaster machines are no longer available. Disposable cutlery packs are available at each station, replacing traditional silverware. 

Green Wave Grille — Similar to the Commons, all stations will be served by an attendant. Individual beverages will replace tapped options. The Chobani yogurt bar is closed.

Food Trucks — As of now, food trucks on campus are operating as normal. OZZI containers will no longer be available for use. 

Loyola University Dining — Beginning Monday, March 16, Wavebuck$ will not be accepted at any Loyola dining location, and Tulane meal swipes will no longer be accepted at the Orleans Room. 

Hours as of March 15 can be found here.

What student services are available?

Vice President of Student Affairs Dusty Porter announced additional and extended hours for on-campus services this weekend.

Friday, March 13 —2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • The Undergraduate Student Government and Student Affairs staff will be in the Lavin-Bernick Center Mezzanine for students who have questions about the remainder of the semester or need assistance.

Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • LBC G03: The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs will help students with general questions and aid in directing students toward specific offices. The Office of the Dean of Students who will also be there helping students who need special assistance.
  • LBC G01: The Office of New Student and Leadership Programs will meet with students who need general assistance and information on staying involved while taking online classes.
  • LBC ground floor: The Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life will be available for students looking to utilize the office’s service and may need additional assistance.
  • Cudd Hall Lobby and Mussafer Hall: The Newcomb Tulane College Students can help students seeking information related to academic courses, class credit and other academic-related questions.
  • Irby Hall: Housing and Residence Life will be available to answer questions about staying in residence halls through the spring term and move-out.

Saturday, March 14 only — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Student health services will be available for students in the Student Health Center, including Walk In Services with CAPS for Counseling Services therapists.

The Line is also available 24/7 to Tulane students. Call or Text The Line, 24/7, at 504-264-6074.

Will visitors still be touring campus?

Yes, Tulane will host two on-campus tours a week. If potential visitors are unable to come to campus, they can join virtual information sessions hosted by the Admission office. 

More information on this here

Are any events still taking place on campus?

Campus will stay open, but all large events — any gathering of more than 50 people — have been cancelled. Some cancelled events include: Crawfest, New Orleans Book Festival, and Jaunt Series.

Are other New Orleans universities responding similarly to Tulane?

Mostly, but Tulane has taken the most drastic measures of any New Orleans university in evicting students from residence halls.

University of New Orleans — Face-to-face classes are suspended until further notice. Students living in residence halls are given the option to stay on campus or go home. 

Dillard — Classes move online March 23 until further notice. Residence halls are staying open to students.

Xavier — Currently on its spring break, Xavier will move classes online until April 14, when it hopes to be able to move back to in-person class. Students are currently advised to “return to and remain at their permanent address.”

Loyola — Classes have been moved online for the full semester. The administration encourages its students to move out of residence halls.

Delgado — Classes have been moved online until further notice. Its campus remains open. 

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