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Coronavirus Updates

Student FAQ

How to Report a Case

If you have been in direct contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset) with someone who has COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, have had a COVID-19 test, or have tested positive for COVID-19.


Where can I get information about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) Disbursements? 

Students can use the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) FAQ (4/9/2021) for answers to specific questions about the HEERF II Disbursements. 

What should I do as a student with underlying health conditions?

Students with underlying health conditions should adhere to the same advice given for other high-risk populations: avoid public spaces, maintain a distance of greater than or equal to 6 feet from other people, clean surfaces with an antiviral cleaning agent especially surfaces that are used by others, and meticulously practice good hand hygiene. Solicit the help of others who can assist with grocery shopping and pharmacy trips or use a delivery service. Campus supports for students may also be accessed through the Dean of Students. Explore online offerings via Schedule of Classes. If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you should contact your health care provider immediately by phone for advice.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Notify the Dean of Students immediately of your positive test results. STAY home until you are cleared by a medical authority to return to class.

What happens if someone in one of my classes tests positive for COVID-19?

Upon notification, the university will investigate potential exposure. Those exposed will receive timely guidance (based on current CDC exposure guidance) from the LSUS Pandemic Action Team concerning required next steps.

NOTE: It is important to understand that one positive case does not equal exposure for all members of the class.

If I am required to self-isolate, will that be an excused absence from my classes?

Yes, please provide documentation to your Dean of Students from an appropriate medical authority within three days of the date that self-isolation was deemed necessary.

When do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are an essential part of keeping our campus safe from COVID-19. Both the Governor and LSUS Chancellor have issued directives that mask usage is mandatory. You must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth inside all LSUS campus buildings. Masks are required on campus to enter campus buildings, including classrooms, hallways, bathrooms and common rooms/shared spaces. They are also required outdoors when it is not possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing of at least six feet.

What happens if I do not wear a mask?

By not wearing a mask, you are endangering yourself and others. If you do not wear a mask, you will not be admitted to your classes and you will be asked to leave campus. If you do not have a mask, the university will provide you one free of charge.

What should I do if I have an issue that precludes me from wearing mask?

For your safety, and the safety of others, you will not be allowed onto campus or into classrooms if you are unable to wear a face mask. If you have an issue that precludes you from wearing a mask, please contact the Dean of Students prior to the beginning of classes to discuss potential options regarding your situation.

Am I required to check in daily at a Wellness Checkpoint?

Yes. Symptom checks are essential to making sure you and others are not exposed to an individual who may have COVID-19. You must stop at one of the Wellness Checkpoints when you first arrive on campus each day.

At the Wellness Checkpoint, you will receive a forehead temperature scan and if you exhibit no COVID-19 symptoms, you will be given a sticker (with the date of check) to wear which indicates you are symptom free.

How do I find a Wellness Checkpoint?

Locations for Wellness Checkpoints as of May 10th, 2021 are as follows:

  • Drive-Thru Wellness Checkpoint Site A will be a tent located in the parking lot behind the old radio station This location will help offset traffic into the Science Building & Technology Center. Hours of operation: 7:30am- 4:30pm Monday-Friday

  • Drive-Thru Wellness Checkpoint Site B will be a tent located in the parking lot outside University Center. This location will help offset traffic into Bronson Hall, University Center, and Business & Education. Hours of operation: 7:30am- 4:30pm Monday-Friday

  • Walk-up Wellness Checkpoint #1 in the Administration Building will remain in its current place under the proposed direction of the administrative support staff in those areas. Hours of operation: 7:30am- 4:30pm Monday-Friday

  • Walk-up Wellness Checkpoint #2 will be set up on the first floor of the Noel Memorial Library under the proposed direction of the administrative support staff in those areas. Hours of operation: 7:30am- 4:30pm Monday-Friday  

  • Walk-up Wellness Checkpoint #3 will be located on the first floor of the University Center at the Conference Check-in Station immediately next to the Art Gallery. Hours of operation: 7:30am- 4:30pm Monday-Friday

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What happens if I do not check in at a Wellness Checkpoint?

You will not be admitted to class and you will be directed to go through a Wellness Checkpoint before you can be admitted to class.

How will my classes accommodate large numbers of students?

Classes with more than 50 students will be offered online. We have scheduled classes with fewer than 50 in spaces that accommodate 50% capacity with the appropriate six-foot social distancing. Your class may be scheduled in a room or a building that is different from where classes have been typically offered in the past. Check the Fall schedule for room locations of classes.

Will I have the option to take a F2F class online?

We will be offering many of our undergraduate classes and some graduate classes face-to-face or hybrid (that is, with some face to-face teaching with components being taught online). Check the Fall schedule to see which classes are being offered in person.

NOTE: Online courses are available for some, but not all, classes. Please contact your advisor to assist with course changes.

How will classes be delivered this Fall?

We will have a mixture of face-to-face, hybrid (that is, with some face to-face teaching with components being taught online), and online delivery modes. Check the Fall semester Schedule of Classes to see how specific classes are being offered.

Will you clean/disinfect classrooms?

Departmental and Facility resources will be dedicated to daily cleaning of classrooms, high-touch surfaces, and common areas. Best practices for disinfection, according to CDC recommendations, will be followed according the specific type and use of the space.

What can I do to help my campus get through this?

  • Stay informed. The CDC, ACHA, and many state health department websites are being updated continuously, so check back regularly to see what’s new.

  • Check your Student email. Keep abreast of the current status of services and operations on your campus.

  • Stay home when you are ill. Immediately notify the Dean of Students should you be exposed and/or test positive for COVID-19.

  • Contact tracers with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) are calling everyone who has received a positive test result to identify close contacts who were exposed and may be infected. These calls will come from LDH at this number: 877-766-2130. If you receive a call from a contact tracer, it is important to participate and have an honest conversation. Contact tracing is one of the best tools we have to contain the virus. The contact tracers will comply with privacy laws. When notifying close contacts, they will never identify the person who tested positive, share your name or your health information. They will talk to your close contacts about their own health, ask if they are having any symptoms and then they may offer guidance or instructions to self-isolate.

  • Take care of yourself and your family by following the best practice of wearing your mask and encouraging other to wear theirs too.

  • Maintain social distance from others and follow current CDC recommendations around health and travel.

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