The Fall 2020 semester begins Aug. 17, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back.
We’ve used the past few months to prepare for your homecoming. Our extensive and careful planning reflects the unwavering priority we place on your health and safety.
Some of you will return physically to campus to take classes or to live in residence halls. Others have enrolled in remote and online courses that empower you to select what instruction option best fits your needs.
No matter which path you choose, we’re confident that we’ve taken appropriate measures to help make your fall semester safe, fulfilling and successful.
Throughout the summer, we established strategies and protocols based on guidance from federal, state and local health experts. They’re all designed with your wellbeing in mind.
Some, such as social distancing, wearing masks, and increased cleaning and sanitizing, have become part of our everyday lives as we continue to meet the pandemic’s challenges.
You’ll notice physical changes on campus as well, such as plexiglass barriers in high-traffic areas and procedures that ensure separation in classrooms, dining facilities, residence halls and computer labs.
We’ve condensed the semester to limit outside exposure. As I mentioned earlier, we’re offering expanded course delivery options. And because the pandemic situation is frequently changing, we’ll continue to seek the best advice and latest guidance from health authorities.
The University has a number of websites with detailed information about each of these measures and others. There are sites dedicated to:
- information for students and their families;
- information for faculty and staff;
- general information and announcements; and
- health and safety information.
I want to invite you to visit them as you finalize your fall semester plans.
My greatest responsibility is your wellbeing. Nothing is more important than protecting the students, faculty and staff members who make this University such a special place.
Many of you may be apprehensive, and that’s understandable. But I want you to know that we’ve worked hard to answer any uncertainty with preparation.
It’s also important to recognize that each of us plays a role in ensuring that these plans succeed. You can do your part by wearing a mask, washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, and practicing social distancing.
We are not powerless against this virus, but it’s going to take all of us, working together as a Ragin’ Cajuns community, to overcome its continued challenges.
I look forward to seeing all of you very soon.
Dr. Joseph Savoie