Looking Ahead: Plans for Fall
As we prepare for the reopening of our campus in fall, we all have an important role to play to ensure the health and safety of our community. TAKE CARE TLU.
Our Plans for Reopening Campus
While our campus is preparing to reopen in August, our primary goal remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We believe we can fully carry out our mission to educate our students and provide an outstanding on-campus college experience even with the restrictions COVID-19 will place on campus life this year.
As the number of COVID-19 cases in our state and region increases, we will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments to our plans as necessary. In just the past few weeks, we've made announcements about housing and learning options for the fall.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When did the university close & why?
A: TLU made an announcement on March 12, prior to our students leaving for spring break March 16-20, to extend spring break an additional week. We announced we would use the week of March 23-27 to give faculty time to transition their courses to online delivery. We advised students to go home for spring break (March 16-20), stay home during the extended break (March 23-27), and start online classes on March 30 to at least April 8.
On March 25, we announced we would extend online classes beyond April 8 so they would continue through the rest of the semester (last day of class was April 29 and finals began May 1). Throughout March, April, and May, we have provided an opportunity for students to come to campus (through a staggered/scheduled plan) to get their belongings and move out of their on-campus housing assignments.
If students lived in a city or county with a stay-at-home directive, students were encouraged to contact TLU Residence Life to arrange access for a move-out date at a later time.
For health and safety reasons – we did not have adequate resources to assist and monitor students who could possibly be asymptomatic, symptomatic, or require quarantining – we asked students to move off campus to do their online classes at home unless they had no other options. In these cases (about 11 students total), we provided emergency housing. We worked with this small group of students one-on-one to make sure they had everything they needed – including a TLU staff member bringing them meals.
Q: Did TLU reimburse students for housing & meal plans?
A: At the end of April, we provided residence hall room and meal plan refunds to students for the days they were not living and eating on campus due to COVID-19.
Q: Will there be a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020?
A: Spring Commencement was originally set for Saturday, May 9, but has been rescheduled for August 1. Plans are being developed as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and refer to state and federal guidelines regarding gatherings.
Q: Are classes still online?
A: The spring semester began online on March 30 and the last day of class was April 29. Our Mayterm was online only and our Summer A term in June is all online. For Summer B in July we are planning to have 25 classes. Of those 25, 8 are face-to-face and 2 are labs. There will be a limited number of students on campus in July for summer research projects with faculty.
Q: What is TLU's plan for fall?
A: We are working through our Summer and Fall 2020 Plan that addresses health and safety concerns across campus (classrooms, residence halls, bathrooms, dining, common areas, performance spaces, etc.). Our COVID-19 Planning and Response Committee is leading this effort and has created five COVID-19 Work Teams to address each area: Academics, Health Services, Student Activities & Events, Operations, and Communications & Employee Training.
Q: How do students apply for emergency aid due to COVID-19?
A: All students were mailed the COVID-19 Emergency Aid Request form. Students who have completed and submitted the form can see the status of their application by logging into MyTLU and going to the Document Tracking section on the Financial Aid page. Students are encouraged to apply for these federal funds designed to help assist them with financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help students in this process, we are providing these eligibility details and guidelines. You may also refer to the CARES Act web page for fund reporting and frequently asked questions.
Only students who are Title IV eligible are eligible to receive the emergency grant funds. Until we receive more guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on other alternatives, the easiest way for TLU to confirm a student is Title IV eligible is for the student to file either the 19-20 or 20-21 FAFSA. The FAFSA goes through the federal eligibility checks when processed. You do not have to have received federal financial aid, but you must meet this criteria:
Eligibility: Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. International and DACA students are not eligible for these grants. Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible degree or non-degree seeking program. i.e. not dual enrollment, auditing classes, etc.
Purpose: Must be granted for expenses incurred after March 13, 2020, that are related to COVID-19 such as rent, utilities, course related materials, computer, printer, travel, storage, etc., related to TLU’s move to online classes and closing the campus. This is not an exhaustive list as you may have increased expenses for food, electricity, etc., from being home all the time. Please provide documentation that shows the expenses such as receipts and utility bills. Note: We are not allowed to reimburse for lost wages as they are not an expense even though they are COVID related.
Disbursement of Funds: Funds will be disbursed by check to the student. We are not allowed to hold it on account for future semesters nor are we allowed to use it toward any student balance you may owe. Once you have received the funds, you may use the funds to either reimburse yourself for expenses already paid or, if you choose, you can use it to pay your TLU bill. If using to pay your TLU bill, you will need to pay it through your normal means of payment.
Timing of Disbursement: Students will receive an email once their request has been reviewed and a grant awarded. Students can expect to receive the check within 5-7 days after notice is given. Please note: This grant is for the student and, as such, the request must be completed and signed by the student.
All updates and announcements dating back to early March are available on tlu.edu/news.
In early March, TLU activated its Safety and Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) to address the COVID-19 global pandemic as it began to spread across the U.S. and specifically impacted students living and learning on residential colleges and universities. Since then, the TLU SEMC has expanded to a COVID-19 Planning and Response Committee that also includes the President’s Cabinet, TLU’s Faculty Executive Committee, Director of Athletics, Director of International Education, Director of Human Resources, Director of Student Financial Services, Registrar, and the Director of the Physical Plant/Facilities.