Tulane to reopen campus to students August 19

Tulane University President Michael Fitts announced Friday that the campus will reopen to faculty and students for the Fall 2020 semester on Wednesday, August 19.

"First, and foremost, is the health and safety of the Tulane community. This is non-negotiable," said Fitts in a letter to the Tulane community. "While every part of our society is facing increased health risks, our members must be confident that their well-being is paramount in our decision-making."

Planning for the fall semester is still in progress and all of it is contingent on local, state, and federal directives, which could require changes.

"The university’s effort to protect the health and safety of returning Tulane students, faculty and staff is aided by the fact that we have access to some of the best medical and public health minds in the world at Tulane," Fitts said. "We are also making decisions about actions that will occur several months in the future, when testing and public health protections are expected to continue to improve."

Classrooms will be adjusted to reduce student density, face coverings, plexiglass shields, hand sanitizer and social distancing will be used to "contribute to creating a safe learning environment," according to the school.

Residence hall populations will also be decreased, and an on-campes infirmary will be set up for quarantine purposes.