After nearly 16 months during which many worked remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Tulane employees returned to on-site work on Tuesday, July 6. Colleagues on the uptown, downtown and Tulane National Primate Research Center campuses were welcomed with smiles, hugs, breakfast pastries, beignets, juice and coffee on their first day back.
“It will be a new day as we return to working together, side by side, on our beautiful campuses to meet the challenges, embrace the opportunities and build the future of Tulane,” President Michael Fitts wrote in a universitywide email last week.
Returning fully to on-site work is intertwined with the successes of nearly 90 percent of Tulane faculty and staff being vaccinated and low numbers of daily COVID-19 cases on campus.
On-site work is just one of many steps the university is taking to transition back to normal campus operations. In June, the deconstruction of the 13 temporary classroom buildings on the uptown campus began and signage on both the uptown and downtown campuses were updated with amended safety protocols.