LSU students will return to campus come fall, but there will be changes

LSU students will return to campus this fall, but there will be changes

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU Interim President Tom Galligan says students will take classes on campus in the fall, but there will be some changes.

Plans are still being discussed in regard to the football season as well.

“We are planning to have students on campus in the Fall,” said interim LSU President Tom Galligan.

Galligan calls himself an optimist.

“There’s something about being on campus that’s magical, it is a key part in the experience,” said Galligan.

He says classes with normally hundreds of students will probably be taught online.

“Those big lecture rooms will be used, but they will have fewer people in them than they normally do,” said Galligan.

Galligan says dining halls and the student union may have a capacity limit at first.

“What’s the plan in regards to housing?” questioned WAFB’s Lester Duhe’.

“Not to only have students at this point in single rooms. We’re continuing to study that,” responded Galligan.

LSU officials are also discussing classes on campus. They say those classes may be coming to an end by Thanksgiving.

“We may end in-person classes at Thanksgiving, then everybody would go home. Maybe have a week of online classes after that, then finals remotely,” said Galligan.

As for the graduating seniors of 2020, Galligan says he believes a ceremony will still happen at some point.

“Whether we have a separate ceremony or whether we invite them (class of 2020) to the Fall ceremony and then next year’s ceremony, but we are going to, in person, celebrate the class of 2020,” said Galligan.

As for the question on everyone’s mind: LSU Football is expected to defend their national championship this Fall.

“Right now, we’re looking at starting (football season) September fifth. We are definitely hoping that there will be fans in the stands, whether it will be 100,000 or not right away, I don’t know,” said Galligan.

Galligan does admit tailgating may look different.

The NCAA has allowed teams to start voluntary workouts.

Galligan admits he himself expects to be in Tiger Stadium.

“I know our athletic folks. They’ve been great. They’ve been ahead of the curve in the health aspects of this. And along with us, they’ve been planning for a return of their student-athletes too,” said Galligan.

Galligan says he’s hopeful most of the final decisions about the Fall semester will be decided by June.

University officials will be sending all that information out to parents and students.

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