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Spring 2022 FAQs

Last Updated: Jan. 14, 2022

SPRING 2022 CALENDAR ADJUSTMENTS

What are the new academic calendar dates for the spring 2022 semester?

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.

Will classes be in person?

Yes, all undergraduate classes originally scheduled to be in person will be in person beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Will online classes remain online?

Yes, undergraduate classes originally scheduled to be online will also begin online on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

When do staff return to work?

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.

Will the Commencement dates change?

The Commencement 2022 dates will not change. The class of 2020 Commencement will remain unchanged, as well. Commencement information can be found here.

TESTING

Are there pre-arrival test requirements?

Students:
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.

 

What are the testing requirements upon return for the spring 2022 semester?

Students:
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.

How do I upload my pre-arrival test results?

Log into the patient portal using your Tulane email address (without the @tulane.edu) and your email password. Then follow these steps:

  1. Log into the patient portal
  2. Click the COVID-19 tab
  3. Enter the date of your return to campus COVID Test Result
  4. Enter the Result Value (Positive, Negative) and click Submit
  5. The Lab Result Line will appear and click on “Select File” to upload a copy of the test result
  6. Click Submit to upload your COVID Test Result

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.

BOOSTER REQUIREMENT

Does Tulane have a COVID booster requirement?

Students:
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:

  1. Log into the patient portal using your Tulane email address (without the @tulane.edu) and your email password
  2. Click "Immunization" in the top menu (be patient while the page loads)
  3. Find the “COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended” and click in the blue bar so the drop down appears
  4. Fill in the date you received the COVID-19 vaccine or booster. When finished, click "Submit."
  5. Please click the link to upload a copy of your vaccine documentation so that your information can be verified, it will appear via a pop-up window.
  6. To upload your documentation, click the drop-down arrow and select “proof of COVID-19 Vaccine."
  7. Click select file to upload your documentation.

For questions about uploading documentation, please email chtestresults@tulane.edu. For all COVID vaccine questions, please email covidvaccine@tulane.edu.

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.

DINING

Will to-go dining be available during the spring semester?

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.

Will campus dining locations be open to non-affiliates?

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.

MASKING

Will masks be required?

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.

EVENT & MEETING POLICIES

What requirements will be in place for hosting events, programs, and meetings?

Effective immediately, the following requirements will be in place for events, programs, and meetings:

  • Recognized Student Organization events will resume on the first day of classes unless otherwise approved. Please note that if you plan to reschedule, original event locations may no longer available.
  • Departmental events that do not include student attendees may continue as scheduled during the month of January.
  • It is strongly recommended that events and programs be held outdoors whenever possible.
  • It is strongly recommended that meetings with non-Tulane affiliates be held via Zoom or other remote methods whenever possible.
  • It is strongly recommended that all meetings, whether participants are working on-campus or remotely, be held via Zoom or other remote methods whenever possible.
Masking
  • Masking is required for all indoor events.
  • Masking is strongly recommended for any outdoor events with 500+ attendees.
Food & Beverages
  • Food and beverages may not be served at any indoor events, meetings, seminars, or departmental functions.
  • Food and beverages may be served at outdoor events.
Registration
  • All university programs and events (including departmental events) must be registered through WaveSync no later than 21 days prior to the event.
Live Entertainment
  • If your event includes live entertainment (musical act, theatrical play or act, stand-up comedy, magician, dance performance, DJ, etc.), you must implement additional mitigation measures.  
     
  • To determine appropriate mitigation measures, student event organizers must email Greg Feiling for assistance. Faculty and staff event organizers must email Jenn Thelen for assistance.
Non-Tulane Affiliate Attendees
  • Organizers of any event, program, or meeting that includes non-Tulane affiliates, such as visitors or vendors, will be required to check vaccination status or proof of negative COVID tests for entry.
     
  • All attendees 5 and older must show either:
    • Proof of at least two doses (full vaccination) of vaccine (state's verification app showing proof of vaccine; original CDC Vaccination Card; OR digital photograph/photocopy of both sides of CDC Vaccination Card)
    • Negative COVID-19 test (paper or digital test results from a COVID-19 test indicating negative results within the past 72 hours) with the individual's name, date of test, and result clearly visible on an official report.
  • Any guest lecturers, speakers, or non-affiliate meeting attendees will need to provide proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test from no more than 72 hours before they are on campus.

INTERNATIONAL & DOMESTIC TRAVEL

Are there restrictions on travel?

Students:
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:

  1. Students should submit a travel request
  2. Students will be contacted by the Dean of Students or designee to discuss the logistics related to their travel.
  3. Students will work with a Case Manager to ensure that any necessary precautions are taken.

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.

HOUSING & RESIDENCE LIFE and MOVE-IN

What day will students now move into the residence halls?

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

Does the delay impact the move-in process?

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.

What will happen to the packages I shipped to campus?

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.

Will visitors be allowed in residence halls?

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.

I am already on campus for winter break, can I stay until we open for spring?

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.

I believe I have a very important reason to be in New Orleans between Jan. 10 - Jan. 17, can I move-in early?

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 housing@tulane.edu to be considered for approval.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

How will the delay impact New Student Orientation?

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.

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & SCHOLARS ORIENTATION

How will the delay impact OISS orientation?

New undergraduate international students should plan to arrive on Jan. 19. Information about OISS orientation can be found here. New undergraduate international students should also plan to attend New Student Orientation on Sunday, Jan. 23.

PANHELLENIC SORORITY RECRUITMENT

How will the delay impact Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment?

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.

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL RECRUITMENT

How will the delay impact Interfraternity Council Recruitment?

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.

STUDENT & EMPLOYEE SERVICES

How will the bookstore manage textbook orders?

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.

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