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Spring 2021

What’s the same?

Campus Access Restricted
Campus is closed to all visitors, including remote study-only students not included in surveillance testing. For specific information about Tulane’s visitor policy, click here

Student Travel Policy
Student travel is strongly discouraged and will only be approved for essential purposes.  The travel policy can be found here

Surveillance Testing Program
Students must participate in surveillance testing as instructed by Campus Health.  If you have previously tested positive, you must work with Campus Health to determine your testing requirements.  If you have gotten a vaccine, you must still participate in surveillance testing. If you have concerns about this, you should contact Campus Health. 

Mask Up, Y’all!
Face coverings must be worn in the presence of others, whether inside or outside (residence halls, classrooms, common workspaces, quads, etc.). While on campus, you must wear a mask, except in the following instances:

  • When you are in your private bedroom with no guests
  • When you are actively eating or drinking (at which time you should also be seated) 
  • When you are showering, shaving, washing your face or brushing your teeth in the communal bathroom. This is true even if:
    • You have previously tested positive
    • You have been vaccinated 
    • You think masking is unnecessary

Maintain 6 Feet
Everyone is responsible for maintaining social distancing. This means keeping a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

Contact Tracing
You must fully comply with contract tracing if it is determined you have COVID or are a close contact. 

Event Registration
All Recognized Student Organization events must continue to be registered at least three weeks prior to the event – only virtual events will be approved at this time. Click here for event registration details and instructions. Protests and demonstrations must continue to be registered with the university. Click here for the Demonstration Registration Form.

Adhere to All Safety Protocols
You must immediately follow all directions regarding safety protocols when they are issued. You are required to follow all local, state and federal public health guidelines.  You are responsible for understanding and following the Code of Student Conduct, Residence Hall Community Living Standards and all Tulane Public Health Guidelines

What’s different?

Student Conduct: Extended High Priority Period
The high priority period will end on Feb. 1, 2021, unless otherwise notified. During a high priority period, any misconduct will have more severe consequences. We will re-evaluate the extension or removal of the high priority period distinction on February 1st

No Guest Visitation in Residence Halls
All guest visitation in residence halls is restricted until further notice.

Restricted Gathering Sizes (Modified Phase 2, effective Friday, Jan. 29)
To aggressively address an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, we are enacting Safer-at-Home restrictions. With the exception of classes and dining, students are expected to limit themselves to their residence halls and off-campus residences. The City of New Orleans announced a shift to Modified Phase 2, which expands capacity restrictions from 25% to 50% for business – excluding bars – and allows for gatherings of 10 individuals or less. Students must adhere to this gathering size restriction, as well as all health protocols including social distancing and masking.

Classes will still be conducted in-person – the city has identified both classrooms and office settings as an exception to Modified Phase 2 capacity and gathering size restrictions. This approach is also supported with recent findings, and our own experience through testing and contacting tracing, that indicate that there is very little spread of the virus in classrooms where health protocols are employed. All in-person student programs, including student organization events, outside of classes will be cancelled or rescheduled. Virtual events can still occur.

Hosts and Attendees of Events Could Face Suspension or Expulsion
We have learned that large events where attendees are not following health safety protocols will, invariably, cause a significant increase in COVID cases. Last semester, when identifiable, the hosts of these events faced disciplinary charges through the student conduct process. For spring, in addition to hosts facing suspension or expulsion, students who attend large events where social distancing is not observed and/or other COVID safety measures are not followed may also face suspension or expulsion. Party buses are also illegal in Orleans Parish; students who choose to rent or participate in activities on party buses will face suspension or expulsion. To report an event, submit an online concerns report.

Quarantine Length Update
The CDC guidance on quarantine for close COVID contacts has changed.  Students who are determined to be close contacts may be released early with a negative test after 7 full days.

New Wellness App
In February, we will launch an app called You at College, a comprehensive well-being portal for students, faculty, and staff.

Lagniappe Days
We know that most of you were looking forward to Mardi Gras and Spring Break, but these just can’t safely happen now. But, based on your feedback, we have incorporated one-day breaks throughout the semester to support your mental health. Scheduled Lagniappe Days:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Mardi Gras day;
  • Wednesday, March 10;
  • Monday, March 22;
  • Thursday, April 8; and
  • Friday, April 30.

last updated 01/27/2021