A Message from the Dean

Dear LUCOE students,
Most importantly, please know my thoughts and prayers are with each of you as we take all necessary actions to ensure the health and safety of each of you, while also supporting your academic goals to the extent possible. This situation is unlike any of the other challenges we have faced in the past and LU will continue to closely monitor and adjust to the most appropriate course of action as this dynamic situation continues to evolve. The university and the COE continues to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)  with regards to additional cleaning of facilities and not allowing events to be held on campus during this time. 
With the growing concern over the spread of COVID-19, LU has made the decision to move all courses to an online or alternative instructional method through May 31. Below are further details and I encourage you to visit this page as LU is updating the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section several times a day. You also can submit any questions you might have via this website; LU is attempting to respond to questions within 24-48 hours.
Other specific information that you need to know:
Beginning Monday, March 23, all courses will continue online or through alternative instructional methods delivery through May 31. This includes the remainder of the spring and May-mini semester. A limited number of lab or hands-on courses may require on-campus components for completion (please check with the course instructor and or your department chair). Please be aware that in accordance with CDC guidelines, group sizes will be limited through alternative scheduling methods. More specific details will be provided for those courses affected. Faculty have been asked to provide as much flexibility as possible in the coming weeks to accommodate students.
Campus, including computer labs and student services will remain open for the remainder of the semester, but may have alternate service hours and protocols. Check websites for updated times or contact them before planning your visit. Dining services will resume March 23 in a modified capacity for take-out meals only.
Student Workers:  All campus operations will proceed with campus remaining open. Student workers should follow guidance from their supervisors. Guidance regarding best practices about working from home will be available shortly.
Students Living on Campus: The residence halls will remain open for the remainder of the semester. Those that wish to move out may complete a move-out application when it becomes available online next week. To limit the number of students and families on campus at any given time, we will have a coordinated move-out effort. Further instructions will be provided to each residence hall occupant next week. Prorated credits for housing and dining services will be offered for those who elect to move out or forgo using dining services. These credits will be applied to your Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 bills. Graduating seniors in May 2020 or December 2020 may receive a pro-rated cash refund. Details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
Commencement:  In accordance with Governor Abbott’s office and the CDC’s recommendations, we are suspending all university-sponsored events through the end of May. Unfortunately, this will include the commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 15 and 16. While this is one of the most exciting events of the year, it is in the best interest of our students and their families to postpone this event and they will become part of our August celebrations. Those scheduled to graduate in May will still have their degrees conferred with May’s date, but ceremonial celebrations will be postponed. More information will be provided at a later date.
Physical and Mental Health: We are always concerned about the physical and mental health and well-being of our community. The Student Health Center remains open and available for students. Please see their website for resources related to Coronavirus. 
Please see the full campus announcement from President Evans here.

Warm regards,

Brian N. Craig, PhD, PE, CPE
Dean of Engineering