University set to open Tuesday, Feb. 24

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be open Tuesday, Feb. 24. Classes will be held as scheduled.

Students who are not able to travel to classes should contact professors to discuss their situation. If a student needs further assistance, he or she can contact the Dean of Students Office at or 337-482-6270.

Faculty and staff members who are unable to travel to work should contact their immediate supervisor.

The Spring 2015 Career Fair will be open Tuesday 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center. The McNeese State versus Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball game will start at 6 p.m. at Tigue Moore Field. Grammy-winning artist Irvin Mayfield will perform at a free concert in Angelle Hall at 7 p.m.

The Chef John Besh book signing and talk that was scheduled for Tuesday is postponed until further notice. The UL Lafayette Early Childhood Lab at the Picard Center in UL Lafayette’s Research Park will be closed Tuesday.

Should weather conditions change, information will be provided at official University websites and via social media.

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Winter weather forecast is being monitored

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is closely monitoring the weather forecast for our region. Our next update will be at 5 p.m. today.

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Fire burns Baker Hall data room

This morning (Dec. 21), UL Lafayette Police Department was notified of a fire alarm at Baker Hall, an on-campus residence for undergraduate students.

Upon University police officers’ arrival, they began to check the building and observed black smoke coming from a third floor window in the rear of the building in the courtyard area. Also, residents were already evacuating the building.

The fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to a data equipment closet on the third floor.

The sprinkler system in the data equipment room was activated prior to the fire department arriving. The data equipment room, as well as to some of the rooms below the third floor room, have water damage.

No injuries were reported and everyone was evacuated safely.

University officials are assessing needs for relocation of any residents, are ensuring the safety of the building, and are planning for repairs and cleanup. Water damage to the data equipment room affected phone and data service to the third and fourth floors of Baker Hall. The extent of the damages are being evaluated for determination how long those services will be affected. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

If students, who reside in Baker Hall, have questions, they can contact the CA on call at 337-281-3439.

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Travel restrictions and reporting related to the Ebola epidemic

The University continues to monitor the international Ebola virus epidemic and is following the guidance of federal and state officials. To date, no cases have been reported at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Official university travel by students and employees to countries identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having a threat of contracting the Ebola virus disease remains suspended for the duration of the epidemic.

If you intend to travel outside the United States, visit the CDC’s website at to determine if any country you plan to visit is on the list of countries identified as having a threat of contracting the Ebola virus. If a country is on the list, employees must contact their supervisor; students would contact the Office of Student Health Services for assistance.

For more information, visit – see “Disease & Illness Information” under the Resources Center tab.

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Strong-arm Robbery, East University Avenue at Gordon Street

At about 10:25 a.m., a black male subject between the approximate ages of 13 to 15 approached the victim at E. University Ave. and Gordon St. and asked for directions. As the victim was giving directions, the subject took the victim’s phone and fled. The suspect is about 5′ 6″, 130 pounds, was wearing a black hoodie and black basketball shorts, and has a birthmark on his forehead. The suspect did not produce a weapon and fled toward Lamar St. in the direction of the railroad tracks. Call 911 if you have any information.

UL Police Department, 337-482-6450

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. If you observe suspicious activity or unsafe conditions, call University Police immediately at 337-482-6447, or dial 911 from any University phone, or press the call button on a Code Blue emergency phone. You can report anonymous tips to University Police at 482-2TIP (2-2847) or through the Rave Guardian app at

STAY SAFE. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay current with the University’s Emergency Notification System by logging onto ULink and verifying your contact information. You also can use the Rave Guardian app on mobile phones to check-in with guardians and utilize the panic button. See more at

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University Response, Ebola Hemorrahagic Fever

The University continues to monitor the Ebola virus and is following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

There are no known or suspected incidents of direct or indirect exposure to the Ebola virus among members of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette community.

In accordance with its All Hazards Incident Action Plan, the University has a specific communicable disease plan that is applicable to the Ebola virus. Please review and become familiar with the preparedness plan. In accordance with this plan, the University is at Phase I. Should this change, you will be notified.

Students: Discuss any questions or concerns you have with the Saucier Wellness Center. The clinic staff is available to provide you with information and guidance regarding the Ebola virus. Contact the Wellness Center at (337) 482-5464 or

Employees: Discuss any questions or concerns you have with your supervisor.

The University will update the campus community regularly. You can follow Please find the preparedness plan and additional information at the following website: – see “Disease & Illness Information” under the Resources Center tab.

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Suspicious driver

A male suspected to have a gun was reported to be driving near campus. Police were on the scene immediately and the situation is safe as of 11:16 a.m.

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