COVID-19 Update for LOEX 2020

March 24, 2020 6:00pm

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the necessary public health and travel restrictions that have resulted, LOEX 2020 in Ypsilanti MI on May 7-9 has been cancelled. This is obviously very disappointing for everyone involved: presenters, attendees, volunteers, hotel staff and not least the committee who spent over a year planning a great, face-to-face, academic conference experience for 400 people. However, it is clearly the right decision in light of current public health recommendations and the resulting changes in how universities & colleges operate, particularly when it comes to large gatherings of people.

While the face-to-face conference has now been cancelled, we do plan to offer an online version of the conference. We have already surveyed our presenters, and they have expressed a very high level of interest in presenting in this format. Thus, while there is still a great deal of work to be done, we expect we will be able to offer a majority of the breakout sessions online. Over the next couple of weeks, we will work with presenters to determine which sessions will work in an online format, and which presenters are both available & interested in conducting their sessions virtually and construct a schedule from that. The dates for this online conference will be May 5-8, with the large majority (if not all) of the online breakout sessions on May 6-8. We expect the cost to be $150 per person to attend this virtual conference. We will have more details, on a regular basis, over the coming weeks.

If you have made a reservation at the hotel, make sure you contact them to cancel, as that will not automatically happen. There should be no penalty, as we are still well over a month from the conference dates.

If you have already paid and would like a full refund because you do not plan on attending the online conference, please email and one will be issued; if you would like to apply your funds to the online conference, also email and a partial refund will be issued and the remainder will be applied to the online conference.  

Thanks again to everyone for being flexible as we all deal with this unprecedented situation.

Brad Sietz
LOEX, Director