Southeastern announces changes to Covid mitigation efforts


Friday, April 30, 2021 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – In accordance with the April 27 executive order of Governor John Bel Edwards, Southeastern Louisiana University is updating its operating guidelines to ease COVID-19 restrictions.
     Based on the Governor’s executive order, the mask mandate still applies to all educational institutions, including colleges and universities. Therefore, Southeastern will continue to abide by the campus policy requiring face coverings.
     Updates to operating guidelines include the following:
     • Effective immediately, all on campus events will be allowed to shift to 100% capacity. Ticketing and further information regarding athletic events will be available at
     • Fall classes will be primarily face-to-face, with classrooms returning to 100% normal capacity.
     • Upcoming commencement ceremonies will now allow six guests per graduate. Graduating students will receive direct communication regarding this change.
     • Other event and programmatic changes will be announced as appropriate.
     Southeastern President John L. Crain said while this relaxing of restrictions is a welcome change and will allow Southeastern faculty, staff and students to return to a more robust campus life and more personal interaction in instruction, it is important to remember that the pandemic is not over. As per the Governor’s executive order, all Louisianians should do their part to minimize the spread of the virus, including being vaccinated as soon as possible.
     “Southeastern is founded on its two pillars of excellence and caring. It is a welcome change that we can once again fully embrace these with on campus life and face-to-face instruction,” said Crain. “I look forward to seeing our campus full of students, faculty and staff in August.”

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