UL-Lafayette - For students at UL-Lafayette, this upcoming fall semester may look a little different as the university announced its plans for mostly face-to-face classes this August.
"What we want to do is really thank our university community for coming together and accepting this challenge that we had at the university when the pandemic started, of wearing their mask and keeping the safe distancing," Senior Communications Representative Eric Maron said.
One year, a little teamwork and three available vaccines later Maron says the university is optimistic about a return to some sense of pre-pandemic normalcy. "Now that we’re entering this next phase where the vaccine is coming out, we’re asking them to continue to do that so that we can work very hard to return to as normal as possible as was before the pandemic."
While the university plans to have mostly face-to-face classes, Maron says safety guidelines will remain in place.
"Within that face-to-face, we’re asking people to make sure they wear their masks just as they’ve done in the past and we’re going to keep that safe distancing throughout the entire semester as well," he said.
Additional plans for the fall include the return of social events, which has some students excited.
"I’m super excited for things to go back to normal because I’m in a sorority so we’ll be able to have more events, more socials, and be able to meet more people," said Mia Blanchard, a sophomore at the university.
For freshman Grayson Lanza, he’s excited to hopefully get that full college experience. "I’m extremely excited. I’ve never seen UL at its full capacity, at its full potential. I’m hoping that in the fall, I can experience the things that I never have before."
Currently there are no substantial plans for altering summer courses. The university will continue to monitor safety guidelines and recommendations from the CDC over the comnig months.
You can read the president's entire letter here.