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Grambling State University

Grambling and Southern University at Shreveport use COVID-relief money to forgive student debt

BY: - August 3, 2021

Grambling State University and Southern University of Shreveport have announced last week that they will use COVID-19 federal relief money to pay off student debt for anyone who attended those universities over the past year and a half. “The pandemic has been really tough on our students and their families, and we’ve seen situations where […]

Some Louisiana college campuses are keeping their mask mandates; others may soon adopt mandates

BY: - July 28, 2021

In response to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, LSU’s Health and Medical Advisory Committee has announced a list of “science-based recommendations” including the continuation of a mask mandate and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test before arriving on campus. The committee is recommending that the administration adopt those measures for all LSU campuses. LSU […]

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4 private Louisiana universities are approved to require COVID-19 vaccinations

BY: - July 27, 2021

Dillard University, Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University and Xavier University are the only Louisiana schools that have requested and received approval from the Office of Public Health to require the COVID-19 vaccine for people on campus ahead of the fall semester. The University of Holy Cross in New Orleans will also require their students, […]

Ray Belton, Southern University’s president-chancellor, plans to retire in 2022

BY: - July 16, 2021

After seven years as the Southern University system’s president-chancellor, Ray Belton announced to the Southern University Board of Supervisors Friday morning he will retire in the  fall of 2022. “This is a good day, I’ve been truly blessed,” Belton said during the meeting. Belton said he took on the role as president-chancellor “to provide for […]

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FedLoan will cancel Education Dept. contract, affecting 8.5M student loan borrowers

BY: - July 9, 2021

FedLoan Servicing, which manages the U.S. Department of Education’s student loan repayment programs, announced Thursday it will not renew its contract set to expire on Dec. 14.  Also known by its official corporate name, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), the company manages loan repayments for roughly 8.5 million or 20% of all federal student […]

LSU to handle Title IX cases ‘from a trauma-informed perspective,’ new President William Tate says

BY: - July 6, 2021

On his first day on the job, new LSU President William Tate spoke Tuesday about the sexual misconduct scandal that has led to lawsuits against the university and a tarnished image. Tate, who said he wants the university to handle Title IX cases “from a trauma-informed perspective,” promised to look at the policies President Tom […]


LSU biology professor wins medal for her research

BY: - July 2, 2021

LSU faculty member Mary Jane West-Eberhard was selected as a 2021 recipient of the Linnean Medal, the university announced late last month.  The Linnean Medal is given annually by The Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest active society dedicated to natural history.  West-Eberhard was awarded the medal for her work with tropical social wasps, […]

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LSU posted bad information about restraining orders on its website. Why did it take the university almost six weeks to change it?

BY: - July 2, 2021

On April 19, about a month after LSU unveiled its new website on sexual assault and dating violence, Morgan Lamandre told the university about a problem with it. The guidance on how to seek a restraining order on the new website was wrong, she said. “A restraining order is a court order that prohibits someone […]

Southern University in Baton Rouge is ‘falling into the river’ and needs $32 million to stop erosion

BY: - June 30, 2021

Maurice Pitts, the director of facilities at Southern University in Baton Rouge wanted to make it clear Monday that what he was saying about the campus’ worsening erosion problem is “no exaggeration.”  The campus, situated on the Mississippi River is “falling into the river,” Pitts said. “It has become a safety hazard.” Much of the […]

Pay raises for Southern and UL system’s faculty and staff coming this year

BY: - June 29, 2021

Faculty and staff in the Southern University System will soon receive a 4 percent raise, Janene Tate, a spokesperson for the system said Monday. Raises will go into effect starting Thursday for Southern University at Baton Rouge, but Tate said she isn’t sure when raises will go into effect at the other Southern University campuses. […]

University of Louisiana system makes masks optional for the fall semester

BY: - June 25, 2021

Masks will be optional this fall for students in colleges in the University of Louisiana system, and unvaccinated students, faculty or staff “will be encouraged to do routine testing.” UL System colleges are back to offering in-person courses and campus tours, and even held their first in-person Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday. “The hope and […]

Grambling State University

UL System college athletes will soon be allowed to enter into sponsorship deals

BY: - June 24, 2021

Despite being the only basketball player in NCAA history to record multiple games with at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in her college career, Grambling State University alumna Shakyla Hill made nothing in endorsements or advertisement deals due to the NCAA’s amateur-status rules forbidding it. “That young woman deserved the […]