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Campus Status: Open with Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and Updates

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The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority as we are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are dedicated to providing you information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), prevention measures you can take, and precautions that we are taking here at McNeese State University.

We encourage you to seek reliable information. Current updates are available from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated travel notices for countries with community transmission.

(COVID-19) Campus Response

Student FAQ

No, McNeese will continue to hold classes, but face-to-face classes will transition to online or remote delivery starting on Wednesday, March 18, and will continue online for the rest of the semester.

Students with questions or concerns about online instruction should contact their academic dean or Dr. Chris Thomas, Vice President for Student Affairs, at thomas@mcneese.edu.

No, university offices will continue to be open regular hours Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Fridays from 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Residence halls will remain open, and the Holbrook Computer Lab, Student Health Center, Bookstore, Rowdy’s Cafeteria and other campus operations will continue to be open under modified hours.

For the most up-to-date information on opening hours, please visit Current Student Services and Resources.

Public and private K-12 schools in Calcasieu Parish, and public K-12 schools throughout the state, will be closed for the next month after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation on Friday that aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus by closing all K-12 public schools statewide effective Monday, March 16. On April 2, Gov. Edwards extended his stay at home order until April 30. Check this page frequently to stay up to date on campus news.

Public universities were directed to move face-to-face instruction online to reduce large-scale social interaction. State offices, including state public universities, remain open.

We understand that the closing of K-12 schools will present childcare issues and employees should contact their academic dean, vice president or supervisor to discuss modified work schedules. Faculty and staff should not plan to bring their children to their office or to campus facilities during their work hours.

This is a temporary situation, and this decision was made out of an abundance of caution. The health and safety of our faculty, staff and students are our primary concern.

We will continue to closely monitor the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and make adjustments as needed and we will return the campus to normal operations as soon as possible.

To comply with the Governor’s executive order to have no meetings with more than 50 people, we will be postponing or rescheduling events and meetings.

We are reviewing all spring events and will try to find alternative dates or formats to host as many of the scheduled events and activities as possible.

The Southland Conference has suspended the spring sports season, so all athletic events are cancelled.

More information and details about specific events, activities and campus operations will be announced via McNeese email, and official social media channels. The information will be posted on McNeese Emergency Communications.

Yes, residence halls will remain open to residents and visitors. Students living in residence halls can continue to remain on campus and dining services will remain open. These students may check out of their rooms and return home if they choose to. A message concerning refunds and check out procedures will be sent to resident students very soon.

Visitors are restricting to visiting hours and may not stay overnight. Visiting hours are:

Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m.-midnight

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Visit Distance Learning Updates for COVID-19 for helpful guides on accessing your McNeese email, accessing Moodle, logging into Banner Self Service and more.

For issues with internet connectivity or other IT problems, email helpdesk@mcneese.edu

Updates to campus operations, scheduled events and other information will be sent via McNeese email, so it is imperative all faculty, staff and students check their McNeese email account frequently. Guidance and resources will also be posted to McNeese Emergency Communications.

We will also use local media, McNeese Radio KBYS.FM and official social media channels for announcements.

Faculty and Staff FAQ

Effective Monday, March 23, only essential employees should report to campus. Campus remains open, and employees are considered to be working and should follow social distances guidelines unless they are on previously approved annual or sick leave.

Supervisors will determine the essential employees in their area. McNeese police department will maintain normal operations including 24 hour campus patrol.

Supervisors are directed to allow employees, including student workers, to work remotely, if at all possible while maintaining necessary office operations, campus functions and student services. Supervisors should enact procedures for employees working remotely to maintain contact and provide updates on work-related projects.

Employees that cannot work from home should be given the opportunity to report to campus. Employees that cannot work remotely and do not feel comfortable coming to campus can take leave in accordance with General Circular Number 2020-014. During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this guidance applies to both civil service and unclassified employees.

If an employee must take University equipment home in order to do their work, supervisors must complete the Equipment Entrustee Form.

To comply with state law, a copy of the form must be returned to Property Control by email, campus mail or fax.

Email: tstebbins@mcneese.edu

Campus Mail: Box 92415

Fax: 337-475-5082

Supervisors will hold the original, signed, forms until the equipment is returned. It is the responsibility of any employee who takes University equipment off campus to maintain it in proper working order and keep it secure.

Visit Distance Learning Updates for COVID-19 for helpful guides on accessing your McNeese email, accessing Moodle, logging into Banner Self Service and more.

For issues with internet connectivity or other IT problems, email helpdesk@mcneese.edu

Updates to campus operations, scheduled events and other information will be sent via McNeese email, so it is imperative all faculty, staff and students check their McNeese email account frequently. Guidance and resources will also be posted to McNeese Emergency Communications.

We will also use local media, McNeese Radio KBYS.FM and official social media channels for announcements.