January 29, 2021
Dear Tulane Community:
As you know, over the past few days we have seen an increase in positive COVID-19 test results among our undergraduate student population – both those living on and off campus.
To address this trend, Tulane is enacting Safer-at-Home restrictions for two weeks. We will closely monitor our numbers and, if they come down quickly, we may reevaluate these restrictions before the conclusion of the two-week period.
ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES ONLY
We strongly encourage students to limit unnecessary interactions. Apart from classes, dining and essential activities, students should limit themselves to their residence halls and off-campus residences. Visitors and overnight guests are not permitted in any residential halls and off-campus students should not host guests or gatherings with those outside of their immediate household.
Classes will continue to 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.
PROGRAMMING & EVENTS
All in-person student programs – including student organization events – with the exception of classes will be cancelled or rescheduled. Virtual events can still occur.
To enhance distancing in common areas, off-campus students are restricted to dining at The Dining Pavilion, and all students are encouraged to use to-go options.
We are extending our return testing protocol, through which we test undergraduate students three times per week. We are also closely monitoring cases among graduate students and employees to determine if increased testing frequency may be needed for these groups.
These restrictions do not affect staffing on campus. Following our current guidelines, we encourage all units to continue to find ways to allow non-essential employees to work from home as much as their assigned responsibilities allow.
Students are required to participate in ongoing surveillance testing throughout the semester regardless of vaccine status or the presence of antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection. Test schedule is subject to change. Please check the COVID-19 resources website for updates. Please monitor your email and schedule your testing when you receive your notice.
The following testing schedule is planned for the spring semester:
Three times per week:
These students must complete their test within 48 hours of receiving their QR code
Every two weeks:
These students must complete their test within 72 hours of receiving their QR code.
During this period, certain groups may be identified for increased testing. Monitor your email to make sure you are compliant with any extra testing requirements.
QR Codes are sent based on testing capacity and a carefully planned schedule, please monitor your email and schedule your test when received.
In order to protect the campus community and city residents, all members of the Tulane community must participate in ongoing surveillance testing throughout the semester. Individuals who are not getting tested according to their testing frequency will be found in non-compliance and will receive one text warning. Further Non-compliance of the university’s COVID Testing Protocol will lead to referral to Student Conduct.
COVID Appointment & Test
Please do not schedule an appointment or visit a campus testing center before receiving a QR code via email from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have an active order (QR code) to get tested, you will be turned away from the testing center.
For question about testing, email CHTestResults@tulane.edu.
Individuals who have tested positive
Tulane Contact Tracing
We recognize that mental health and wellness are a struggle for all during this challenging time. We are continuing to bolster support and services to address this important issue.
Wellness App: In February, Campus Health will launch an app called You at College, a comprehensive well-being portal for students, faculty and staff. This portal is adaptable to any device and contains personalized resources, including those provided by the university. More information will be coming soon!