Health & Academic Resources for Finishing the Semester

Wednesday, November 11, 2020; 3:30 p.m.

Dear Students,

In a few weeks, we will take a much-needed break for Thanksgiving before heading into the final stretch of a fall semester that has been extremely challenging. The pandemic has demanded tremendous resiliency and flexibility from all of you, and we are proud of how you have risen to the occasion. Because you’ve made many necessary sacrifices, we’ve succeeded in largely containing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring that the vast majority of you remain on track academically.

We can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done, and we are truly inspired by your perseverance. We also want you to know that we hear and understand your frustrations. We know online instruction is not always perfect, and that in some cases it can add stress and reduce engagement. We know physical distancing and limited socialization are less than ideal and can take a serious toll on mental health. And now, final exams and the holidays can bring even more stress. Please remember that nothing is more important than your physical and mental well-being, and LSU is here to help.

There are a wide range of resources available to you through the Student Health Center, including telehealth medical visits, mental health counseling and wellness coaching, and we encourage you to reach out if you need any type of assistance. On the Mental Health Service website, you can access the MindWise Innovations platform, where you can take a free mental health screening or learn how to help a friend who may be struggling. You can also find information about receiving 24-hour emotional support through “The Phone.” Finally, the Health Center can provide you with a flu shot, a COVID-19 test, or help with any other health and wellness issue you may be having.

If you are worried about finals and grades, your academic counselor can advise you on the best course of action available. You can also reach out to LSU’s Student Advocacy & Accountability office for assistance in a number of areas, including help for any student in crisis or distress through the LSU Cares program. And as always, the Center for Academic Success can provide academic coaching and tutoring to help you in these final weeks of the semester.

We encourage you to take full advantage of these resources, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from the many professionals on campus who are here for you. We want you to finish out 2020 feeling healthy and happy. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other.  

Warmly,

Thomas C. Galligan, Jr.
LSU Interim President and Professor of Law

 

Stacia Haynie
LSU Executive Vice President & Provost
J.W. Annison, Jr. Alumni Professor