Campus Status: Classes have resumed
Information and Updates
New Campus Police Phone Number - 337-562-4911 (Available 24/7)
We have developed a very aggressive remediation and rebuild schedule for all of the damaged buildings. Our goal is to have the majority of the campus, including residence halls, ready for occupancy for the beginning of the spring semester. Multiple contractors will be working simultaneously on assigned quadrants of the campus. A project coordinator will be chosen to oversee the work schedule and monitor the contractors. Permanent repairs will begin November 1.
Some buildings have sustained very little damage and some essential staff are already working on campus in areas such as accounting and accounts payable, human resources, payroll, IT, facilities and plant operations, and enrollment management. McNeese police are staying on campus during this emergency closure and patrolling the campus and checking buildings.
As of today, electricity has not been restored to the campus and buildings are operating on generator power.
We are working on a plan to allow faculty and staff to return to their buildings for a brief time to retrieve personal items or items necessary to restart instruction. First we must insure that the buildings and office areas are safe. Employees in buildings with extensive damage will need to be escorted to their offices.
IT staff are assessing computers for damage. Their priority is on faculty equipment.
Employees will need to follow the normal inventory check out process to remove equipment from campus and deans and department heads are responsible for insuring that the appropriate forms are completed and secured.
Student and Faculty Resources
Our eight ULS sister campuses are making computer labs, libraries and other facilities available to our students during this time.
Register here for access to resources at campuses in Lafayette, Natchitoches, Thibodaux, Hammond, Grambling, Ruston, Monroe and New Orleans here.
Drive up WiFi is now available for students, faculty and staff from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. These hours are coordinated with the current curfew of 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
The second delivery of hotspots for students and faculty was delayed by Hurricane Delta. We expect the delivery this week and a message about distribution will be emailed as soon as we receive the units.
You will receive a survey in your McNeese email from McNeese State University Evaluation System asking about your housing situation and Internet connectivity following hurricanes Laura and Delta. Please complete this survey so we can assess the current status of our students, faculty and staff.
Students who need to drop classes but can’t access their Banner Self-Service account or have a registration hold can email firstname.lastname@example.org to drop classes. The email must come from the student’s McNeese email address or contain a copy of a valid ID. The email must state specific classes to drop or may say drop all classes.
Fall 2020 mid-term date for full-term classes has been adjusted to Friday, October 16.
Mid-Term grades for full term courses numbered below 300 are due Monday, October 26 by 8:30 am.
Fall 2020 mid-term date for OA classes in the RN to BSN Program has been adjusted to Wednesday, October 7.
Mid-Term grades for OA courses numbered below 300 are due Monday, October 12 by 8:30 am.
Fall 2020 mid-term date for OB classes in the RN to BSN Program has been adjusted to Wednesday, November 18.
Mid-Term grades for OB courses numbered below 300 are due Monday, November 23 by 8:30 am.
Adjustments are being made to the major dates for fall semester including advising and registration for the spring semester, final exams and Fall Commencement. The revised Academic Calendar will be sent through email later this week and it will be posted on the website.
We will offer the full range of classes planned for the Spring 2021 semester.
Health and Wellness Resources
The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) Counseling Center has offered to see current McNeese students for virtual appointments while the McNeese Counseling Center is unavailable. ULM maintains the following hours of operation: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Students who would like to initiate treatment and/or schedule an appointment should call the ULM Counseling Center during normal business hours at 318-342-5220. Individual, couples and family therapies are available. ULM will walk you through the process.
Faculty, staff and students can reach out to Family and Youth Counseling Services for free, short term, mental health services. Please call 337-884-5390 or 337-884-5685 and leave a message and a counselor will call you back.
McNeese Health Services nurse practitioner Dr. Troy Hidalgo is prepared to assist faculty and staff with essential medication refills if they are unable to contact their primary care provider due to the effects of Hurricane Laura. This includes medication refills such as blood pressure medicine, inhalers and Epipens. No narcotics will be prescribed.
If you are a faculty or staff member in need of this service, please contact Dr. Hidalgo via email at email@example.com. In the email, please include a photo of your latest prescription bottle, your phone number and your current desired pharmacy. Email will be checked daily as allowable by phone service.
The Credit Union has reopened in its campus building with temporary hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lobby is closed but the the drive through is open and all regular services are available.
Financial Aid and Resources
TOPS eligibility requirements for continuing McNeese students, which include the steady academic progress requirement and minimum GPA standards, have been suspended for those who reside in parishes designated a major disaster affected area by FEMA due to Hurricane Laura. The deadline for achieving the TOPS-qualifying ACT/SAT score has also been extended for 2020 high school graduates in major disaster affected parishes as designated by FEMA due to Hurricane Laura. Students are encouraged to take the ACT no later than Dec. 31, 2020. Contact ACT directly at http://www.act.org for information about test dates and locations in your area.
Questions regarding individual TOPS eligibility should be directed to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) at 1-800-259-5626 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, students should email their questions to email@example.com. Phone lines will be staffed beginning Oct. 19.
The second fee payment installment plan deadline has been moved from October 15 to October 22.
PTA balances are due in full no later than November 9. There will not be any penalties or late fees if you missed the October payment.
The official 14th class day was yesterday and the financial aid staff are processing financial aid fund disbursements.
Continue to frequently check your McNeese email and monitor this webpage for updates.
Please monitor your McNeese email and the website, www.mcneese.edu, for official messages and campus updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
My financial aid file is still incomplete, when will it be reviewed?
All documents and files will be reviewed once the campus has re-opened.
When will my financial aid funds be disbursed to my student account?
Funds will begin disbursing on the 14th class day, which is currently scheduled to be Sept. 28. This will only be the disbursement, not the refund date. Students will receive funds within a few days of the disbursement date.
Federal financial aid will only pay for eligible courses after attendance is confirmed. It is important that you contact your instructor and/or log into to Moodle to confirm your participation and attendance in courses.
For student loan funding, you must still be enrolled for at least six hours at the time of disbursement.
When will I receive my financial aid and/or scholarship refund?
Administrative Accounting will begin working on refunds shortly after funds disburse to student accounts, then funds will be sent to BankMobile.
What are the revised Installment Plan and PTA due dates?
Revised Installment Plan due dates are as follows:
Oct. 22, 2020 – Payment 2
Nov. 16, 2020 – Payment 3
The PTA Revised due date is Nov. 2, 2020
What is the Fall semester refund schedule?
If you are on TOPS or receiving federal financial aid, before you decide to resign from your classes, contact Student Central at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about any potential issues or penalties that might result. A staff member will return your email as soon as possible.
Sept. 18, 2020 – 100 percent
Sept. 30, 2020 – 80 percent
Oct. 6, 2020 – 60 percent
Oct. 13, 2020 – 40 percent
Oct. 20, 2020 – 20 percent
A revised refund procedure will be posted Sept. 15.
Refunds for mini-sessions will be prorated accordingly. There is no refund for withdrawn classes when the student remains enrolled in other classes, including completed mini-session classes.
The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) has not released guidance for TOPS students. We expect information on a Hurricane Laura Emergency Rule to be released soon. Frequently check the LOSFA website for updates and guidance.
Can I still request my McNeese transcript?
Yes, but only electronically. If you have access to MyMcNeese/Banner Self-Service, use the Student / Student Records tab of Banner Self-Service. Students who cannot access Banner Self-Service can complete the transcript request form and email the from with a photo ID to email@example.com
Since we missed over two weeks of classes, will we go longer in December?
A: No. End of term dates have not been extended. This includes 4 and 7-week courses. If you need extra time to complete your coursework, contact your instructor about the possibility of receiving an incomplete grade. Note that if you are graduating in December, an incomplete grade could impact your ability to graduate in December.
Can I still add a class for fall?
Yes. Contact your Department Head or Dean for assistance.
Can I still be reinstated if I was dropped for nonpayment since the deadline was August 31st?
Yes, contact Student Central at firstname.lastname@example.org