Tulane allowing online option after omicron surge

Rohan Goswami, News Editor

As COVID-19 makes a startling resurgence on Tulane University’s campus, President Mike Fitts, Robin Forman, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Patrick Norton, senior vice president and chief operating officer, announced that undergraduate students wishing to complete the semester online — including final exams — could exercise that choice.

In an email to the Tulane community, administrators announced that as a result of “the timing of this increase in cases, we are offering all undergraduate students the option to complete the remainder of the semester remotely, either on campus, in their off-campus apartments or in their hometowns.”

Professional and graduate students will not be granted a uniform online option, the statement said, because “there has been no significant increase in COVID-19 cases among graduate and professional students.”

Students who are required to isolate have university-funded space available to them until Dec. 23. Beyond that point, the message said, students should contact Erica Woodley, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

“We remain grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding,” the email concluded, “as we work toward the common goal of protecting our community and giving everyone the best chance for a much needed and anticipated break.”