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April 1, 3:08 p.m.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is adjusting its payment plans to accommodate financial hardships students may be experiencing.

The university sent out a mass email on Wednesday, April 1, which had some details about the changes. The new payment plan can be split into three equal payments — one on April 30, one on May 30 and a final one on June 30.

Students may sign up for the plan through ULink. The deadline to do so will be on April 30. Any students signing up for the plan who have outstanding payments will not have a hold on their account, and will be able to register for classes.

The $50 enrollment fee that comes with signing up for a plan will also be waived.

John Roman

March 31, 3:55 p.m., "UL announces grading system changes for remainder of semester"

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette sent out an email Tuesday, March 31 at 3:01 p.m. announcing a new grading system for the remainder of the spring semester, in which students will have the option to get a “P”, for pass, in their courses.

According to the email, faculty will give students letter grades as normal, and the student will be able to make the conversion to a “P” if they passed the class and the class was originally structured as an in-person class at the start of the semester, but was switched to an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students who receive a D or F May convert the grades to an “Emergency D” or “Emergency F,” which will not affect their grade point average. These grades will appear as “ED” and “EF” on their transcript.

“A grade of P will provide academic credit and will count toward curricular, major, minor, academic progress, and graduation requirements. A grade of ED will also count toward such requirements provided a grade of C is not required in the student’s curriculum,” the email reads.

According to the email, students must submit their requests to their college dean’s office by 12 a.m. on May 20. The request must be approved by the department head and dean overseeing the course and by the dean overseeing the student’s major.

The last day to drop a course with a “W” was also moved to May 1, and incomplete grades may be resolved as late as Dec. 14, 2020.

Melissa Watson

March 25, 1:10 p.m., "UL confirms first student case of COVID-19"

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette confirmed in an email sent out at 12:43 p.m. that a student at UL Lafayette has tested positive for COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus.

The email is addressed to students as a letter from the president of the university, Joseph Savoie, Ph.D.

“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,” he wrote in the email.

Savoie wrote that public health officials contacted those who may have come into contact with the student and asked them to self-isolate per CDC recommendations.

“Those individuals are being asked to follow guidance from the CDC and state health agencies, which is to self-isolate, monitor their own health for the next 14 days, and seek medical attention should they develop symptoms,” Savoie wrote.

Savoie also confirmed that the student is currently in self-isolation at home and assured students that university is prepared to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I know this announcement will heighten concern in an already anxious time. But I can assure you that over the past several weeks, the University has been preparing for the possibility that its community would be directly affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic,” Savoie wrote

Savoie also encouraged UL Lafayette to wish the affected student well as they recover from the illness.

Melissa Watson

March 21, 12:48 p.m., "UL to continue remote delivery for rest of semester, encourages students to leave dorms"

On Thursday, at 7:35 p.m., the University of Louisiana at Lafayette sent out an update to all of its students confirming that the university will stick to online class delivery for the rest of the semester.

This email came at the end of UL Lafayette’s first week of going online, and it encourages students to, “continue to coordinate and plan with their instructors.”

At around the same time, the university sent out a similar notice encouraging residential students to move out of their dorms if possible. Students who make the choice to move out of their dorms must check out by tomorrow, March 22, at 6 p.m.

The notice also informs any students who choose to remain on campus that they may be forced to relocate to another residence hall to benefit social distancing. The residence halls will also begin enforcing restrictions on who can and cannot be inside them. Any non-residential students, including students in other residence halls, will not be permitted inside after 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Later, on Friday, March 20, the university sent out an update email summarizing recent updates, and it briefly mentions that campus cupboard is “in urgent need of donations.” No other information has been posted either through mass emails or on the university’s COVID-19 update page.

John Roman

March 19, 1:06 p.m., "Lafayette has 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19"

There are now two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lafayette, Mayor-President Josh Guillory said during a press conference Wednesday night, according to KLFY and KATC.

Both of the afflicted are Lafayette residents, and they are presently quarantined, Regional Medical Director for the Office of Public Health in Acadiana Dr. Tina Stefanski said.

According to Stefanski, several COVID-19 tests have yet to come back, and she suspects there will be more cases in the coming days. She asks that residents take the precautions seriously to protect those who are at high risk of becoming extremely ill if they catch the virus.

There have now been a total of eight deaths in the state.

David Reed

March 18, 11:52 a.m., "UL moves courses online to slow spread of COVID-19"

As of March 18, according to a university email sent out to students, all campus residence halls have been closed to nonresidents, even students who live in different buildings. Dining services will be doing to-go orders only. All summer study abroad trips have been canceled for the year. Advising and registration has been postponed to avoid face-to-face meetings.

Melissa Watson

March 13, 12:21 p.m., "UL moves courses online to slow spread of COVID-19"

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will cancel all classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 and move all face-to-face classes online starting on Wednesday, March 18 in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to an email from the administration to all UL Lafayette students and faculty.

Although classes will be canceled Monday and Tuesday, residence halls, dining services, Student Health Services and the Edith Garland Dupré Library will remain open.

All university employees, including student workers, are expected to return to work as usual. The email states that more updates will be coming throughout the day.

“UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff will receive updated information throughout the day that addresses remote delivery of courses, residence hall functionality, dining, health services, and other essentials,” the email stated.

The university also created a page for continuous updates on UL Lafayette’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is still deciding whether or not to move all classes online in response to the coronavirus.

David Reed

March 12, 8:54 p.m., "UL still indecisive on canceling face-to-face classes, will start training professors to use online systems"

As of right now, Louisiana State UniversityTulane University, the University of New Orleans, Loyola University New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana UniversityDillard UniversityXavier University and the University of Holy Cross have all announced they will be canceling face-to-face classes due to the outbreak according to WAFB, WDSU, WGNO and WWLTV respectively.

According to an email sent to the College of Liberal Arts faculty from Dean of Liberal Arts Jordan Kellman, Ph.D., the UL Lafayette deans met with Provost Jamie Hebert, Ph.D., at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday to discuss what the university should do in the event all classes move online.

The university will be holding Moodle training seminars to prepare faculty for the possible move to online exclusivity, Kellman said in the email.

Kellman also stated the university still hasn’t decided whether or not to cancel face-to-face classes at this time in the email.

“Please note that no such decisions have been made,”he said in the email.

In an email sent to UL Lafayette students and faculty, President Joseph Savoie, Ph.D., also stated face-to-face classes may be canceled and ensured that UL Lafayette will do everything possible to protect the health of its faculty and students.

“Many of you are anxious. That’s perfectly understandable in a situation such as this. But I want to assure you that when we say that the health and safety of our University family is our primary concern, we mean it. Ensuring your wellbeing during times such as these requires systematic and thorough planning, and that’s what we’re working every day to do,” Savoie said in the email.

David Reed

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