LSU’s interim president announces plans for the spring semester

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This spring, LSU students will come back to campus with little to no changes from the fall semester.

“While this has not been a perfect academic semester we have gotten through it,” LSU’s interim president, Tom Galligan said.

Galligan says come January students can again expect both virtual and in person classes. Students will still be required to wear masks when on campus.

“Our health and safety procedures help us largely keep the covid situation in check on campus,” Galligan said. “We kept our students on track academically, and we are on pace to finish the semester with no major interruptions to our academic calendar.”

Come spring, 71% of classes will be online, the rest will be in-person or a mixture of both.

Students say the course schedule doesn’t bother them, but the lack of vacation time this spring does. A university spokesman says in the interest of safety, they’re avoiding long holiday breaks when students often travel, and could potentially bring the virus back to campus.

“We get out a week early but we don’t have breaks in between,” Julius Pallotta said. “From this semester, I can say personally I’m very burned out and it’s just a lot of stress.”

With a vaccine expected to slowly roll out next year, officials say these precautions will continue well into 2021. The university is all-virtual for the remainder of the fall semester.

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