November 5, 2020
I hope you are getting reacclimated after Hurricane Zeta’s disruptions last week. We received reports, photos and videos of Halloween parties hosted by Tulane students and attended by students who were not adhering to COVID-19 health guidelines (wearing masks and social distancing) in the downtown and French Quarter areas. We are addressing these reports through the Office of Student Conduct.
I am writing today because we are seeing very specific consequences of this reckless behavior. After days of very low – and in some cases zero positive cases, we are seeing an increase that can, in many cases, be directly attributed to decisions made over the Halloween weekend. We really need to get ahead of this to prevent spread of what could ultimately impact the ability of you or your peers to return home for the holidays or to participate fully in final exams. To that end, we are implementing additional precautions:
We have just over two weeks of classes remaining. Please continue to adhere to the behavioral standards set forth at the beginning of the semester. I know you are all tired of these restrictions and of my emails. I also know how challenging this semester has been. I am really proud of how far we’ve come – but we are not there yet. Please be extra thoughtful about the decisions you make in the coming weeks. The consequences could be more personally significant – potentially impacting travel and winter recess – for students who are exposed or test positive for COVID-19 at the end of the semester.
Dean of Students