Updated: September 3, 2021

Face Coverings Required

Masks or face coverings are required indoors at all times, except when individuals are alone in their offices. Masks are also required outdoors within 50 feet of entrances to buildings.

COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols

Fall 2021 Mitigation Protocols

Face Coverings

Masks or face coverings are required indoors at all times, except when individuals are alone in their offices. Masks are also required outdoors within 50 feet of entrances to buildings.

Vaccinations

On August 23, 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.

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 10 days of move in must first isolate for a full 10 days from the date of test 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. 

Classroom

Food and drink are prohibited in classrooms.

Masks are required in all classrooms. Event management staff will be retained and strategically located to facilitate classroom mask enforcement. Any student not wearing a mask is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may be referred to Student Advocacy & Accountability for discipline.

Fall semester 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.

As of August 4, LSU is in a peak infection period. Therefore, faculty teaching class sections with 100 or more students may opt for a hybrid format where only 50% of students are in the classroom each day. When the peak infection period ends, all large classes will resume full classroom occupancy. Faculty will notify their students if a class is temporarily going to be held in a hybrid format.

LSU students, faculty, and staff will be notified via e-mail when the university is no longer in a peak infection period.

For classrooms with more than 250 students, additional training will be provided for instructional faculty to help ensure classroom safety.

HVAC systems have been updated in all classrooms to provide improved ventilation, including the addition of portable HEPA air filters.

Events

Masks will be required for all indoor events.  A list of attendees must be maintained and available upon request. For indoor events with 100 or more participants, capacity should be limited to 50% of the total occupancy as determined by the venue managers.

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.

Physical Isolation and Quarantine

The following isolation and quarantine protocols are mandated for everyone in the campus community:

  • For confirmed asymptomatic, individuals must isolate for at least 10 days from the date of the positive test. Individuals may return to campus on day 11 if no fever on day 10.
  • For confirmed symptomatic, individuals must isolate for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms. Individuals may return to campus on day 11 if no fever on day 10.

If an individual has close contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19

(close contact is fifteen minutes or more within six feet):

  • Unvaccinated individuals will quarantine for 10 days unless they receive a positive test, at which point they will move to isolation.
  • Vaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine. However, they should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms. Vaccinated individuals should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate for 10 days if they receive a positive test result.

If someone has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and is exposed again, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

  • Their illness was laboratory confirmed in the past 90 days.
  • They have fully recovered.
  • They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

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 10 days of move in must first isolate for a full 10 days from the date of test and be symptom free prior to arrival on campus.

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.

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..