Updated: January 10, 2022

COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols

Vaccinations

On August 23, 2021 the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 16 and over, paving the way for LSU to now require vaccines for students, faculty and staff.

Spring Reentry Testing

All students living in on-campus housing (residence halls, campus apartments and Greek Houses) will be required to show proof of a negative test taken within 5 days before returning to their residence hall, or proof of a positive test within the last 90 days. Any type of COVID test, including an at-home test, will be accepted. Anyone who tests positive while getting an entry test should isolate before returning to campus. Students will soon receive a link to the portal where they can upload their test results. 

Testing

All students attending on-campus classes or participating in campus activities will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days prior to arrival on campus. Alternatively, students may provide proof of vaccination or a positive test in the last 90 days to opt-out.

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 during this process should report their positive test in LSU’s Daily Symptom Checker and should isolate at home according to LSU’s COVID-19 protocols.

Students who have a positive test result within 5 days of move in must isolate in accordance with current CDC guidelines and be symptom free prior to arrival on campus.

Students who are not vaccinated will be required to get tested periodically throughout the semester.  Each week, 25 percent of all unvaccinated students will be tested using a stratified approach to ensure each week’s sample is generalizable to the student population based on living arrangement (i.e., on-campus or off-campus) and other factors. Assignment to testing weeks will be random, and students will only be selected one week per month. Testing may be required more frequently for students living in Residential Housing. 

Physical Isolation and Quarantine

Effective immediately, LSU has adopted the CDC's protocols for COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine.

Any staff or student who tests positive for COVID-19 during this process should report their positive test in LSU’s Daily Symptom Checker and should isolate at home according to current CDC guidelines.

Visit the  "Quarantine and Isolation" webpage on CDC.gov for current information.

Classroom

Food and drink are prohibited in classrooms.

Classes will be held at a 100% occupancy rate, unless the university is in a “peak infection period” as defined by the LSU Health & Medical Advisory committee. This is defined as a 10% community COVID positivity rate or higher. See COVID-19 "Academics" information.

Ventilation

Ventilation of classroom spaces is being optimized with a combination of adjustments to air handling by the HVAC system coupled with the addition of portable HEPA air filters.

Wastewater Testing

LSU will continue to monitor the wastewater on campus. This has proven to be one of the most effective tools in monitoring the spread of COVID-19. LSU will require those who are associated with spaces identified as having a high prevalence of COVID-19 to get tested, regardless of an individual's vaccination status.

Frequently Asked Questions

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are not fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

Close Contact Includes:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19. 
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them). 
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you. 

Examples:

Close contact: riding in a car
Not close contact: a virtual zoom meeting

Close contact: shaking hands
Not close contact: air high fives from six feet + apart

All faculty, staff, and students are required to report if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

LSU will not release the name or personal information of a COVID-19 positive case or close contact.

If you got tested for COVID-19 because you felt sick, were experiencing sick symptoms, or were a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you should immediately self-isolate until you receive test results. Please follow the above guidance in the table based on your test results.

In order to be considered clinically recovered, you must have had a positive COVID-19 viral test result in the past 3 months. 

If at any point during the semester a student needs to quarantine, they should contact each faculty member for each class and let them know they are in temporary quarantine status and the faculty member should provide the coursework so that the student does not fall behind.

If you need to quarantine or isolate due to exposure or positive test, the first option is to return home. If not, LSU Residential Life has limited quarantine and isolation space available using a mixture of on- and off-campus facilities. As a result, priority will be given to those students that live more than 3 hours from campus.

Please contact the LSU Office of Human Resource Management for information or questions about LSU’s leave policies. LSU leave guidelines can be found on HRM's site..