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Last Updated: June 18, 2021

The health and safety of our students serves as the guiding principle for all of our COVID-19 planning. Through rigorous safety protocols, a robust testing and contact tracing program and physical alterations to campus facilities, we created an environment designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Now, we are moving to the next phase where a vaccine requirement for students means that we can relax our protocols. Health Strategies.

Student Conduct

We are excited to return to an environment that is very close to what Tulane was like before COVID-19. This means that students should refer to the Code of Student Conduct to understand the behavioral expectations for all students.

Students will be expected to comply with Tulane’s vaccine requirements  which includes uploading vaccine documentation to the Campus Health portal or completing the process to officially exempt yourself from being vaccinated.

Unvaccinated students must comply with the University’s directives around testing and are responsible for knowing what those directives are in order to fully comply. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks both inside and outside on campus and all Tulane property and to participate in surveillance testing as directed.

As always, we ask that students remember to treat the New Orleans community and our neighbors with respect and kindness. This includes being mindful or noise, trash and off-campus behaviors as you are always a representative of Tulane University.

Campus Recreation
Hours of Operation

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The Reily Student Recreation Center will resume operations for Tulane Affiliates only beginning Monday, Jan. 11. The facility will close daily for two hours for cleaning between 2-4 p.m. Hours of operation will fluctuate in accordance with university holidays, special events, maintenance projects and staff training events. Click here for a detailed list of facility hours. Reily Center hours and operations are subject to change during the pandemic.

Facility Reservations Required

Prior to entering the Reily Center, members must make an online reservation. Click here for step-by-step instructions on making a reservation. Reservations can be made for 50-minute sessions. Please plan for longer wait times than normal to get checked in. Be advised that you will not be allowed to exercise in the facility without a reservation. If you must cancel your reservation, you are required to cancel at least 30 minutes prior to the reservation. Failure to do so may result in suspension of access to the facility and/or suspension of membership privileges.

To reserve a court, ping-pong table, or studio, click here. Court reservations may display as 1-hour though they are also for 50-minute sessions.

Tulane Affiliates Only

To support the health and safety of the Tulane community, Campus Recreation will limit Reily Student Recreation Center membership and access to Tulane University Affiliates only.

Campus Recreation defines Tulane Affiliates as: Tulane University Students, Tulane University Employees, Tulane University Alumni, Tulane University Emeritus, and additional members of the aforementioned affiliate groups with proof of shared residence and financial co-dependency (Family Memberships, only. This does not apply for the Early Bird pass).

New Memberships

New membership purchases must be made online and will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 11. There will be no cash sales and no purchases can be made in the facility. To purchase a membership, visit https://campusrec.tulane.edu.

Member Code of Conduct

While visiting the Reily Center, it is imperative that members abide by social distancing guidelines and some basic rules. Members may not enter the facility if they are experiencing a fever, cough or other symptoms related to COVID-19.

  • You should bring your own water bottle, towel, member ID, equipment and face covering.
  • You must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the Reily Student Recreation Center.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before, during and after using the Reily Student Recreation Center.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others when walking throughout the gym and at least 10 feet while participating in physical activity.
  • Limit the items you touch within the gym.
  • Clean each piece of equipment before and after each use.
  • Pre-plan your workout routine to avoid lingering/socializing and to allow others to work out during this period of reduced occupancy.
  • Follow the instructions of all Campus Recreation employees.
Group Exercise Class

Group Exercise classes will have reduced capacity numbers, and studios will have floor markings to provide a physical radius around each participant. Advance reservations are required to attend classes.

  • Reservations for Group Exercise classes will follow the same process as reservations for facility access (See facility reservations for more information).
  • All cycling classes will take place in the Riverside Studio. The Auxiliary Gym will become a space for Mind/Body Classes. The Diboll studios will be used for academic classes.
  • Participants must bring their own mat or towels for in-person classes when needed.
  • All participants and staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times while using the facility. Participants are required to clean all equipment before and after use. Group Exercise studios will be thoroughly cleaned between classes.
  • Virtual Group Exercise classes will continue to be offered.
Area-Specific Closures

The Indoor Track, Locker Rooms, Main Gym, Squash Court and Equipment Check-Out areas pose challenges to both managing social distancing and meeting safe expectations for sanitizing and will remain closed until further notice.

Indoor & Outdoor Pools

Both indoor and outdoor pools will be closed to complete previously scheduled maintenance. Due to COVID-19, the project timeline was adjusted. All aquatics programming and swim lessons have been canceled until further notice.

Other Programming

Intramural Sports, Club Sports and Outdoor Adventures will be required to follow health safety and social distancing guidelines as directed by the university. For information regarding these programs, please visit https://campusrec.tulane.edu/.


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Tulane University Dining Services will continue to offer a variety of to-go and packaged meals from retail locations across campus, as well as seated, all-you-care-to-eat dining in the Dining Room at the Commons, the Pavilion on the Berger Family Lawn and Green Wave Grille. Additionally, Dining Services will continue to offer online ordering through the GrubHub app, which enables students to order meals for pick-up or on-campus delivery via delivery zones. For spring semester, Dining Services will also be adding a to-go program ­­– Commons To-Go – out of the dining room at the Commons.

Students are expected to social distance in dining venues – this means maintaining at least 6 feet distance from other people. While waiting to enter the dining space, waiting in line or exiting social distancing must be maintained. Students are expected to wear masks in dining venues except when eating. Safety precautions include frequent cleaning of spaces and surfaces, installation of plexiglass barriers and hand sanitizer stations, transition to full-service rather than self-service, and reduction of capacity in dining venues to maintain social distancing. Additional clean teams have been added to each shift to clean tables and stations between guests. Dining Services staff will complete a daily symptom self-assessment to support the safety of fellow staff and customers. In addition, our reciprocal dining plan agreement with Loyola University has been suspended until further notice, and all venues will be closed to non-Tulane affiliates and the general public.

Dining Pavilion & Relocated Concepts

Tulane University Dining Services is adding a temporary structure dubbed the Dining Pavilion on the Berger Family Lawn, which will act as a secondary all-you-care-to-eat, resident dining location. It will house former retail concepts, The Currier tuk tuk, Healthy TU tuk tuk, Global Mobile food truck and Roulez food truck. We’ve also added a Chef’s Table that will feature entrees and sides. Students and guests will use meal swipes to enter the Dining Pavilion and dine. Our new food truck concept Bowlful will feature all plant-based bowls and will be located on the Academic Quad. For spring semester, Dining Services will also be adding a to-go program ­­– Commons To-Go – out of the dining room at the Commons.

Other Dining Venues

We have extended dining plan meal swipes to be offered at Le Gourmet featuring Rollin’ n Bowlin’ and Zatarain’s in the LBC Food Court. Zatarain’s will feature Simplified recipes (freshly prepared proteins, vegetables, and carbohydrates made without milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, eggs, or gluten).

Existing Dining Venues

All locations will have a defined entrance and exit to avoid cross flow of traffic as well as capacity restrictions. This will promote 6 feet of social distance between groups. Directional floor stickers and signage will also aid in the implementation of social distancing. Table-top signage at all dining locations will help encourage guests to sit with “cohort” groups, as well as signal if the tables have been properly sanitized or are waiting to be sanitized by a clean team member. All dining venues will also feature acrylic plexiglass barriers, as well as full-service stations to help prevent any contact between student/faculty/staff and Sodexo workers.

Safety Measures

All Sodexo employees will be tested for COVID-19 according to university policy and complete a symptom and temperature check before entering the operation for work. All Sodexo employees will be required to wear masks during work hours unless eating a meal during lunch breaks. Sodexo is providing additional COVID-19 training for all dining employees. Hand washing and hand sanitizer stations will be added throughout dining facilities to encourage hand hygiene. Additional clean teams have been added to each shift so that tables and stations can be cleaned between guests.


Tulane University Dining Services will continue to offer mobile ordering through the GrubHub app at all retail locations on campus to allow for contactless ordering and payment, as well as delivery pick-up stations. GrubHub will also be launched in spring semester for the Commons To-Go program.

1834 Club & Catering

1834 Club, our faculty and staff dining room, has been suspended until further notice as the space will be utilized for extra university classroom space. Catering will be providing limited services that will be determined by capacity. As we continue to open the university, we will be offering selections from our Grab ‘n’ Go menus.

Graduate & Professional Students

For information on financial assistance, unemployment insurance, stipends and student emergency aid, please connect with your individual school department head or advisor. Graduates should also connect with the Graduate and Professional Student Association, which can provide further assistance.

International graduate and professional students should connect with the Office of International Students and Scholars, the designated office on campus that provides immigration advising and support services to Tulane's international community.

Campus Health

To support students’ academic success through attending to health and well-being, Tulane Campus Health offers a wide variety of services and initiatives.

  • The Student Health Center is staffed by licensed and board-certified providers to provide accessible, high-quality medical care for students during their time at Tulane University. We provide comprehensive medical care, including both primary care and preventive health care services. We also offer referrals for specialized care in the community.
  • The Counseling Center is committed to providing developmentally appropriate mental health services both in the office setting and as outreach, along with consultative support throughout Tulane University.
  • The Well for Health Promotion provides resources, programs, and services that help Tulane students make healthy choices in support of their academic, personal and professional goals.

For more information, please visit https://campushealth.tulane.edu/

Student Travel

Tulane will no longer be restricting or monitoring 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.

For more details on this policy and requirements for a student who wish to travel internationally, visit the Student Travel Protocol page.


We are operating under current university COVID-19 guidelines but have returned to normal operation. We expect to be back to traditional operations for staff and student athletes in time for the Fall Semester.

We are also expecting a resumption to allowable full capacity at future sporting events starting with the home football game vs. Oklahoma on Sept. 4.

Shuttles & Transportation

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In compliance with CDC and Department of Transportation guidelines, masks are still required on Tulane Shuttles & Transportation vehicles, regardless of vaccination status. However, social distancing is no longer required, and capacity on our vehicles has returned to 100%.

Vehicles will continue to be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day by Shuttles & Transportation staff using approved cleaning and disinfecting agents. Plexiglass shields remain behind the driver’s area, and HEPA filters have been installed where applicable. In addition, all vehicles are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers.


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Online textbooks service

We encourage all students to order their textbooks online directly from the Tulane bookstore’s website. Students may pick up their orders from the bookstore when they arrive on campus or have them shipped to the Tulane mail room or local address. Textbooks will be available for purchase in the store, but we recommend students take advantage of online ordering to ensure that they have their books for the start of the semester. Orders over $75 will ship free.

Due to continued supply and shipping delays, we encourage students to order textbooks before August 15, 2021.

Safety Protocols

To support the safety of our staff and students, the Tulane Bookstore will continue to follow the safety guidelines implemented by Tulane University and the City of New Orleans, including the following:

  • Unvaccinated employees and visitors are required to wear face coverings and social distance while in the store
  • Regular cleaning of high-traffic areas will occur.
  • Complimentary hand sanitizer will be placed at the check-out and pick-up areas.
  • Contactless payments (i.e. Apple and Samsung pay) and e-receipts are now available.