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Sunday, October 01, 2017 - 06:30 PM

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LU has created special session online courses to help you continue the Fall semester in a way that best fits your circumstances. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, you must fill out the form or call 409-880-8822 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to speak with an advisor.


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Official Campus Opening: Monday, September 11, 2017

All courses will begin online Tuesday September 5th. Log on through your LU Learn, Blackboard portal at to begin. Face-to-face courses are currently scheduled for Monday, September 11th. Continue to monitor this page for important and official updates. We look forward to connecting with you online.

Getting Back to School After Harvey



Class Information and Student Options

Friday, September 01, 2017 - 02:50 PM

Hurricane Harvey had far greater effects on our community than anyone could have predicted.  We are concerned about not only your well-being, but that of all of your family and friends who may be affected by the flooding.

Here on campus, our emergency management team was activated early on and planned as much as possible for this.

We have electricity, a good supply of drinking water, air conditioning, a dry place to sleep, Internet access and even dry ground.

All Classes Will Begin Online Tuesday, September 5

Official Campus Opening: Monday, September 11, 2017

We will be using our online system, LU Learn, to deliver classes digitally, beginning this Tuesday, September 5.

You will login with the username and password you normally use to access your LU email.

  • Go to
  • Choose the Student tab
  • Select LU Learn in order to see each of your classes and proceed from there

You will want to make sure to check this site often for assignments and activities as the semester and coursework begins.

I also encourage you to contact your instructor through LU Learn with any questions and to also keep your instructor informed.

Do your best to turn in assignments on time and, at your request, we can note your attendance for financial aid.


Options for Students Who are Currently on Campus

  1. If you would like to join your family and have the means to do so, you are more than welcome to meet up with them.
    Many major roadways are closed, so travel may be difficult.  Please be careful and do not drive through standing water.  Check for information about roadways.
  2. Another option we are providing for those who live north of here is relocation to Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches.  If you have friends or family who are capable of making it there, we have buses arriving this afternoon to take you there. Understand that this is a temporary solution and you will need to find transportation from there to your final destination.  SFA will provide food service and showers in their gymnasium but you will likely be sleeping on the floor of the gymnasium if you stay there.
  3. Our final option is stay here at Cardinal Village.  We have many student activities planned for the next few days, such as…. 
  • Our Sheila Umphrey Recreation Center will be open soon.
  • The Dining Hall will remain open for three hot meals per day.
  • The Mary and John Gray Library will be reopening shortly.
  • There will be many opportunities for students to get involved in community service in the area if you are interested.

You will need to consider all of these options carefully and know we are doing everything we can to make this environment safe, secure and vibrant.

We have created an online form for you to communicate to us directly at  We will communicate back to you once you've completed the form. Other information, as it becomes available, will also be provided on this page.

As we start a new semester, we do so with a renewed sense of purpose, a community spirit, and a willingness to work together and help one another.

Message to Lamar University Community

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 08:20 PM

Lamar University is continuing to monitor effects from the aftermath of Harvey. Needless to say, the LU community stands strong in the face of adversity. Administrators are exploring all options for a clean and safe university learning environment for all. Your personal safety and well-being is our primary concern. We will make further adjustments to the schedule as conditions warrant. We are Cardinal Proud. We Are LU.

Please continue to monitor your LU email, and the University social media sites for important and official updates.

To Lamar University Residents

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 08:45 AM
The city of Beaumont lost water pressure overnight. We are currently assessing the situation and what our next steps are. As soon as we know, we will update here, on social media, and through ConnectEd.

LU Requests to be Official Evacuation Center

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 02:30 PM
We have requested and are awaiting authorization from the American Red Cross to become an official evacuation center. For more information on shelters in the area, please contact the local American Red Cross.

LU Campus Update

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 11:00 AM
Campus faired well during the rains overnight. Though rain continues to fall across Southeast Texas, Lamar University remains safe and secure. There was minor road flooding and a few facilities with minor storm damage. We are actively monitoring all situations and will provide updates as they become available. Please keep our community members in your thoughts and prayers as we rebuild together. #WeAreLU.

Lamar University Online Students - Calendar Changes

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 04:25 PM

We want you to know that whether you have been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey or been isolated due to street and road closures, that we are concerned about your safety, health and welfare. As an Academic Community, we are also dedicated to ensure that you get the education and experiences that accompany attending Lamar University. To that end, we are planning to modify our calendars to accommodate your educational and learning needs.

Please be aware that we will be notifying you of the calendar changes and then your faculty members will be working to change due dates, assignments, etc. as needed. Notify your course professors as soon as possible with any accommodations you made as you and your family seek to recover from this unprecedented storm.

5-Week Accelerated Programs

  • Fall I course will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5 and end on Friday, Oct. 6.
  • Fall II courses will begin on Thursday, Oct. 12 and end on Monday, Nov. 13.
  • Fall III courses will begin and end as regularly scheduled from Monday, Nov. 20 to Friday, Dec. 22.

8-Week Online Programs

  • 1st 8-week semester will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5 and end on Friday, October 20.
  • 2nd 8-week semester will begin on Wednesday, October 25 and end on Friday, December 13.

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, your families the Texas School Districts and communities impacted by this weather event. We are committed to help in anyway we can.

Dr. Brenda S. Nichols, Vice Provost
Lamar University

To All Lamar University Students

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 02:00 PM

Please know that our thoughts and concerns are with all of you since the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. Your safety is our number one priority. The University has announced that classes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. We understand that some of you might not be able to come to campus for a number of reasons. Please know that we are here to work with you to avoid any interruptions to your program of studies. Our faculty are committed to doing their very best to complete the Fall 2017 semester and will be updating assignments and due dates as necessary.

Our thoughts are with each of you and the state of Texas as we wait out this storm. We will help in any way possible and keep you informed of developments as they emerge. Continue to monitor the university’s website, social media networks and ConnectEd for further updates.


Monday, August 28, 2017 - 05:12 PM

Lamar University announces postponement of the opening of the fall 2017 semester to Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. This change in schedule affects all courses including classroom and online.

LU administrators have been monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey and its impact on Southeast Texas and working with local and state public safety services. Throughout this morning and afternoon there have been numerous reports of mandatory evacuations, delayed school openings in the Beaumont and surrounding areas, roadways that have become impassable and students, faculty and staff who are without services. The only reasonable and humane decision in light of these reports is to delay the start of classes until Tuesday, Sept. 5. All of those affected by this historic storm have our sympathy and support. We encourage all who are able, to do what they can to help others recover from this unprecedented event.

University business operations will also resume Sept. 5. Faculty and nonessential staff will not report to work until that day. Essential staff may be required to report sooner and will be contacted by their supervisors if necessary. Employees with hardships that prevent them from reporting should communicate with their supervisors.

The extreme activity and unprecedented difference between actual and forecast effect of Tropical Storm Harvey is challenging to all involved. Please be assured that the university is committed to the safety and well-being of the members of the Lamar University community.

As further developments arise, students, faculty and staff should monitor the university’s website, social media network and Connect-ED for further updates. All are urged to check local roadway and weather conditions to ensure personal safety while traveling.

Update to Previous Cancellations

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Lamar University classes scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 have been canceled. This cancellation is in addition to those announced for Monday and Tuesday.

University business operations will resume at noon on Wednesday, August 30. Faculty and staff are to report to work at noon on Wednesday to prepare for the first day of classes.

Students, faculty and staff should monitor the university’s website, social media network and Connect-ED for further updates. All are urged to check local roadway and weather conditions to ensure personal safety while traveling.

Lamar University administrators and the incident command team are continually assessing the situation with state and local public safety authorities. These changes are in response to the extreme and unprecedented variance in the forecast and actual activity of Tropical Storm Harvey. At this time, the Beaumont area is expected to receive heavy rain tonight and tomorrow. Rainfall is forecast to taper off during Wednesday morning.

Campus Opening Update

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 04:17 PM

Lamar University classes will be held as scheduled beginning Wednesday, August 30. Business operations will resume on Tuesday, August 29 and faculty and staff should report to work at that time to prepare for the first day of classes.

Tropical Storm Harvey is predicted to continue to impact Beaumont and Jefferson County with heavy rains through the next few days. Monitoring of the situation will continue. Any updates to the planned campus opening will be communicated through the university’s website, social media network and Connect-Ed.

Students, faculty and staff are urged to check local highway and weather conditions to ensure personal safety while traveling to campus.

Fall 2017 Semester Delayed

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 01:50 PM

Due to Hurricane Harvey, the start of the Fall 2017 semester has been delayed. As many of our students live and work in areas impacted by this severe weather system, we are committed to accommodating our collective community. The fall semester will be completed in its entirety once we commence classes and make final arrangements for covering all of the necessary course material. All classes, and other academic events and activities, are cancelled through Tuesday (8-29). This includes all face-to-face and online classes. Registration-related activities will be extended accordingly to accommodate enrollment and payment issues.

University officials are watching the storm system closely and will issue official announcements about any other delays affecting the start of the fall semester as soon as possible. Student and employee safety will be paramount in these decisions.

As you monitor the ongoing situation, please access Lamar University’s website (, official social media sites and ConnectEd about the start of the fall semester. We look forward to sunshine and the start of a successful fall semester

Lamar University Class Cancellations

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 08:45 AM

Hurricane Harvey is predicted to impact Beaumont and Jefferson County with heavy rains and the potential of roadway flooding starting Friday night.

As a precaution, Lamar University is cancelling classes scheduled for Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29. Events scheduled for resident students will be held as scheduled. All other campus events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday are cancelled. Check-in will be available for students wishing to move into residence halls, however students are urged to check local weather and highway conditions.

Normal business operations will be suspended and all faculty and non-essential staff should not report to work on Monday.

Lamar staff and contracted recovery teams are on standby to prepare the campus for normal operations as soon as the system has passed.

Monitoring of the situation is ongoing. Notifications and updates will be communicated through the university’s website, social media networks and Connect-ED.

Tropical Storm Harvey Update

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:52 AM

The National Weather Service and the Texas Department of Public Safety have issued alerts in preparation for the landfall of Tropical Storm Harvey, which is expected near Corpus Christi. Lamar University has activated its Emergency Management Plan and is currently at Increased Readiness. Precautionary measures have been taken by the university and members of the Lamar community are urged to do the same.

Monitoring of the storm is ongoing. Notifications regarding campus events and safety updates will be communicated through the university’s website, social media networks and Connect-ED.

All members of the university community are reminded to keep personal contact information current through Self-Service Banner. This information will be used to communicate in case of an actual emergency.