Last Updated: Jan. 14, 2022
The first day of class for undergraduates is Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The two mid-semester breaks, for Mardi Gras and for Spring break, will still take place on their scheduled dates, and the end-of-semester study days, finals and commencement will remain in their scheduled places. The full, updated academic calendar can be found here. Deans will communicate directly with graduate and professional students about any changes to their programs.
Yes, all undergraduate classes originally scheduled to be in person will be in person beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25.
Yes, undergraduate classes originally scheduled to be online will also begin online on Tuesday, Jan. 25.
The date for staff to report to work on Jan. 5 remains unchanged. Effective Jan. 6 through Jan. 21, all supervisors are encouraged to exercise flexibility and allow staff employees who can work remotely to do so. Staff must work with their supervisors to determine if their position is suitable for remote work. We understand that not all employees will be able to work remotely due to the nature of their positions, and it is our hope that by reducing density on our campuses, we are providing a safer environment for those who must work on-site.
Undergraduate students moving into residence halls on the uptown campus are required to take a COVID-19 test and report their results no more than 48 hours prior to their return to campus. Tests administered more than 48 hours prior to arrival will not be accepted. Students are required to upload their test result in the Patient Portal. We prefer a completed PCR test but will accept a rapid test from a healthcare provider. We realized that COVID-19 test availability varies by region. We remain flexible to allow everyone to complete this requirement.
Undergraduate, graduate and professional students living off-campus must complete a COVID-19 test prior to their return to campus.
ANY PERSON TESTING POSITIVE SHOULD NOT RETURN TO CAMPUS UNTIL THEIR ISOLATION PERIOD ENDS, typically 5 days from the positive test or from when symptoms started.
We also strongly recommend that undergraduate, graduate, and professional students take precautions and test for COVID-19 and then quarantine for five to seven days and test 24-48 hours prior to their return to New Orleans. This will reduce the risk of students returning to campus with COVID-19. Students should complete their test to return to campus as close to their return date as possible. We recognize that testing may not be available for all students. Email CHTestResults@tulane.edu if you are unable to get a test before arrival on campus.
Faculty & Staff:
All members of the Tulane community will be required to test at a Tulane COVID-19 testing center within a week of their return for work. You will be sent a QR code notifying you to schedule your testing appointment. If you do not receive a QR Code within a week of your return, please email CHTestResults@tulane.edu.
Please note: If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, you should follow the direction of contact tracing or your healthcare provider with regards to testing. Typically, if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 recently, you do not need to do the pre-arrival testing or any testing within 90 days of your positive COVID test.
Upon arrival, all students are required to complete an on-campus test within the first week before returning to in-person classes and events. Students who recently tested positive should follow the direction of their healthcare provider and/or Tulane Contact Tracing.
Faculty & Staff:
All members of the Tulane community will be required to test at a Tulane COVID-19 testing center within a week of their return for work and classes. You will be sent a QR code notifying you to schedule your testing appointment. If you do not receive a QR Code within a week of your return to campus, please email CHTestResults@tulane.edu.
Log into the patient portal using your Tulane email address (without the @tulane.edu) and your email password. Then follow these steps:
Please Note: When attempting to upload your record, the file name of the record should be short and should not include special characters or spaces.
Yes. All students will be mandated to get the booster as soon as they are eligible. We strongly encourage all students who are able, to get the booster during winter break. All students must upload their booster record to the Campus Health patient portal.
How to submit your COVID-19 vaccine record:
Faculty & Staff:
Yes. Currently, all faculty, staff, and contract employees are required to receive the booster shot as outlined in the Dec. 17, 2021, communication linked here. All faculty, staff, and contract employees should upload their booster record to the Campus Health patient portal.
Click here to follow the instructions.
Students may use the Grub Hub app to order from on- and off-campus retail locations. Procedures in the Dining Room at the Commons will be evaluated and communicated prior to the start of the semester. For more information on hours of operation and ordering instructions, visit diningservices.tulane.edu.
When the semester begins, the Dining Room at the Commons will be closed to non-affiliates, and our reciprocity agreement with Loyola will be suspended until we determine it is safe to reinstitute.
Yes. Everyone, regardless of vaccination and booster status, is required to mask indoors on all campuses and in all university facilities and while in university vehicles. This policy will be evaluated throughout the semester based on data and recommendations from health experts.
Effective immediately, the following requirements will be in place for events, programs, and meetings:
Tulane will not restrict nor monitor domestic travel for students. Students who will be traveling internationally while enrolled or immediately prior to enrollment should coordinate this travel through the Dean of Students Office following these 3 steps:
Faculty & Staff:
International travel must be pre-approved by completing this form Petition for Exception to Travel Ban Due to COVID-19. Once approved, you must book directly with Tulane’s Travel Agency (World Travel).
Domestic travel may be booked in Concur or with Tulane's Travel Agency, providing you have obtained proper approval from your department or school administration.
Students will now come to campus approximately one week after their previously scheduled arrival day. Housing & Residence Life will send a confirmation to each student with their updated move-in date prior to their arrival.
January 12: Resident Advisors return to campus
January 14: Move-in day for active sorority members participating in Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment
January 18: Move-in day for potential new sorority members
January 19: Move-in day for new international students
January 21: Move-in day for Spring Scholars not participating in Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment
January 22 – 24: Move-in days for returning students
The delayed start to the spring semester will push all previously scheduled arrival dates one week forward. The move-in operation will otherwise proceed as planned. Please consult the Housing & Residence Life move-in page for more details.
All packages that have arrived or will be delivered to campus prior to the student’s arrival on campus will be stored and made available for pick up upon their move in day. Students should consult their Tulane email for instructions and locations to pick up items. Information specific to Spring Scholars and new students living on campus has been shared directly with those groups. The shipping process for new students living on campus has not changed as a result of delaying the start of the semester.
Residence hall visitation will be limited to on-campus residents only. No non-residential TU student or outside visitors will be permitted. This policy will be re-examined based on the number of COVID-19 cases as the semester progresses.
Students upon arrival may have vaccinated family members assist them with move-in. All family members should be prepared to show proof of vaccine (at least two doses) and/or a negative COVID-19 test from no more than 72 hours before their arrival at Tulane before they will be allowed entry to the residence hall.
Yes. Your $400 Winter Break housing fee will continue to cover your stay on campus until the residence halls reopen in the Spring. Please note that Dining Services will not be in operation prior to the start of the spring semester, and other student services may not be available.
Residence halls will not reopen until the dates stated above for the stated groups on those specific dates. Only exceptional circumstances will be approved to return early and will be subject to pre-arrival testing as well as return testing. Contact Housing & Residence Life by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for approval.
New Student Orientation will occur on Sunday, Jan. 23. The delayed start to the spring semester will push all previously scheduled Spring Student Orientation events one week forward. Please visit the New Student & Leadership Programs page for more details.
The delayed start to the Spring semester will push all previously scheduled recruitment dates one week forward. Some recruitment events will likely switch to a virtual format. Current sorority members and recruitment registrants will receive information directly from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs outlining the recruitment plans. Please consult the Fraternity and Sorority Programs website for more details.
The delayed start to the Spring semester will push the dates of IFC fraternity recruitment forward, but because of how Mardi Gras falls in 2022, it will also alter the schedule. Current fraternity members and recruitment registrants will receive information directly from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs outlining the recruitment plans. Please consult the Fraternity and Sorority Programs website for more details.
We still encourage students to order their textbooks through the Tulane Bookstore as soon as possible to avoid potential shipping delays. Books ordered to your campus address will be held by Tulane Mail Services until your return. Books ordered for pick-up at the bookstore will be held until your return.
Please submit all questions and concerns here.