Frequently Asked Questions

Academics and Classes

Capacity in our classrooms will be limited in accordance with CDC and state guidelines. Therefore, some classes will be held in-person, some will be remote, and some will be a hybrid of both.

Classrooms will abide by a maximum 50 percent occupancy rate, face coverings will be required, classroom podiums will be situated more than six feet away from student seating, and there will be enhanced cleaning throughout the buildings.

One-way hallways and planned ingress and egress from classrooms will dictate traffic flow, to help with physical distancing.

Classes of more than 100 students will be held online, with few exceptions.

Classes with between 11-99 students will meet in designated rooms with full or partial/alternating in-person attendance days.

Classes with 10 or fewer students will meet without any modifications.

Through July, we are making updates to the fall course offerings to allow for proper physical distancing, which may result in room changes to some scheduled courses and/or making some additional courses remote. Students may see some of these changes to their schedules as we make these updates, and LSU will let students know once the updates are complete.

Faculty and graduate assistants are prepared to instruct students who are required to self-isolate at any point in the semester. Live streaming and/or a lecture capture software will be universally implemented to assist students who miss class due to illness or quarantine.

The LSU academic calendar has been adjusted for fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to limit travel among the campus community.

The fall semester and on-campus instruction will begin as planned on August 24.

The Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7, is still in effect

Fall Holiday, which was scheduled for October 8-9, will be canceled.

After the Thanksgiving Holiday, which will be held November 25-27, all remaining class meetings, as well as final exams, will be held online.

Students who live in residence halls or campus apartments who need more information about residential life policies after Thanksgiving, should visit: lsu.edu/reslife/about/email/2020/07/julyupdate.php

The above changes to the academic calendar do not apply to students enrolled in the LSU Online program, or to students in the Paul M. Hebert Law Center and the School of Veterinary Medicine, as those programs operate on separate academic calendars from the rest of the university. Those entities will communicate directly with their students about their academic calendars.

A student with disabilities should register with LSU Disability Services to receive accommodations for course work and/or testing. Information on how to do this is on the Disability Services website: lsu.edu/disability/.

Disability Services continues to register and provide assistance to students with disabilities, and their faculty. New and returning students with disabilities can make an appointment with Disability Services via phone call or Zoom.

Most in-class accommodations will apply to all methods of online instruction, although some may apply differently.

Students who are approved for testing accommodations will still be allowed to receive them. Given that the course instruction and testing will now be in various online formats, the application of the accommodation may be different than what students and faculty usually receive. Disability Services will work with all registered students and their faculty to sort out any difficulties which may arise.

The first thing that we suggest is for a student to email faculty to find out the planned format of the exams. For example, if the exam is being done online through ProctorU, the faculty member will need to inform the company of the accommodations students are allowed. As students are taking exams remotely, accommodations such as a reader and/or scribe will need to be arranged in advance by selecting someone within their scope of acquaintances to assist them.

Students should reach out to Disability Services as early as possible if concerned so that we can work to find solutions as quickly as possible at disability@lsu.edu or 225-578-5919.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have agreed to rescind the SEVP July 6, 2020 policy that would bar F-1 international students taking online-only courses from residing in the U.S. This latest development cancels the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's announcement  (7/6/2020) that international F-1 students whose courses move entirely online would be required to depart the U.S. or transfer schools and reinstates the earlier SEVP plan (3/13/2020) to grant exemptions to F-1 student visa holders.

View COVID-19 updates from International Services.

If you feel safer staying remote, please contact your academic adviser as soon as possible. LSU will work with you to try to help build you a schedule of remote courses that will still keep you on track toward graduation. This will depend on what courses you need, what your major is, and how close you are to graduation, but we will do everything possible to try to accommodate you.

Fees and Tuition

LSU intends to be open for on-campus instruction this fall. All facilities and services will be available to students, and all courses, whether in-person, remote, or a hybrid of the two will earn course credit. Therefore, we are not planning to issue discounts or refunds for any fees or tuition costs.

Tuition and fees enable the university to be ready to operate on the first day of the semester, and help us cover expenses associated with instruction, student services, and general university operations.  Even though all students will likely have hybrid or remote classes, LSU must still maintain all buildings and facilities, and must still pay the faculty who are delivering instruction and the employees who are providing services to students, whether the classes are online or in person.

Regardless of the mode of delivery, we will still provide the same high-quality education to all our students, and they will still be receiving their degrees from the state’s flagship university. We will not sacrifice quality because of the pandemic. Students will still get the education that they are paying for; the mode of delivery for some classes will just be different.

The fee for nonresident students is unchanged because LSU is partially funded by the state of Louisiana and its residents through a variety of taxes. Essentially, a Louisiana resident pays a lower cost because they are also supporting the university through tax dollars. The nonresident fee is assessed in lieu of that tax support contributed by state residents and is unrelated to whether a course is delivered in-person or online.

LSU Online is a distinct programmatic unit that operates on a separate calendar, with six 8-week terms offered throughout the year, as opposed to the more “traditional” fall/spring/summer/intersession calendar. Courses are designed differently and program availability and offerings are different, so costs are not comparable.

Residential Life and Student Services

Capacity in our residence halls will be limited in accordance with CDC and state guidelines.

For more information on living in residence halls and Residential Life policies, visit: lsu.edu/reslife/

For Residential Life policies related to COVID-19, please visit: lsu.edu/reslife/about/email/2020/07/julyupdate.php

LSU residence halls, residential colleges, and campus apartments have new sanitation procedures to help minimize risk for community members, including frequent, enhanced cleaning of common spaces and the use of electrostatic sprayers.

Custodial staff will fully clean residence hall community bathrooms twice a day. Suite and apartment bathrooms will continue receiving detailed cleaning once per week.

Move-In Day will be handled differently this year, to allow for physical distancing.

Move-in timeframes/appointments will be assigned to each student living on campus.

Appointment times will be two hours in length, running from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Roommates will be assigned to move in at the same time.

No more than two individuals may accompany a student moving in.

Face coverings will be required in all common areas of residential communities, on Move-in Day, and throughout the fall semester.

Elevators will be limited to a capacity of three people.

Stairwells will be designated up or down to encourage physical distancing.

Capacity in our dining halls will be limited in accordance with CDC and state guidelines.

LSU Dining will offer packaged meals, limited seating, and take-away options. No self-service will be offered at this time.

Dining staff will take extra precautions to keep themselves and students safe. Facilities will be thoroughly cleaned multiple times each day, surfaces will be continuously cleaned and disinfected, and hand sanitizer will be available at entrances and exits.

Dining halls and retail services will have designated entrances and exits, and use plexiglass barriers to separate cashiers and guests when physical distancing is not allowed due to limited space.

Yes. LSU Dining has reduced the cost of fall semester meal plans in accordance with the shortened in-person semester. Students will see a credit on their fee bills for the reduced amount of the meal plan. Fall semester meal plans will end on November 25, 2020. For more information on meal plans, visit www.lsudining.com. For more information on the shortened in-person semester, visit https://www.lsu.edu/coronavirus/messages/email/06-26-academic-calendar.php

No. The LSU Dining Halls will be closed after Wednesday, November 25, 2020, and the cost of meal plans has been pro-rated accordingly. Any students who remain on campus after Thanksgiving should make other dining arrangements. Please check back on LSU Dining’s website later this fall for any updates: www.lsudining.com

Health & Safety

Faculty, staff, and students are required to notify the LSU EOC should they meet any of these situations:

  • Symptomatic Confirmed Positive
  • Asymptomatic Confirmed Positive
  • Close Contacts of COVID-19 Positive Cases

View the COVID-19 Protocol

LSU plans to be open for on-campus instruction this fall. We will be following all CDC and state guidelines for safety during the pandemic, including wearing face coverings, physical distancing whenever possible, and enhanced cleaning of all campus buildings.

Capacity in our classrooms, dining halls and residence halls will be limited in accordance with CDC and state guidelines. Classrooms will abide by a maximum 50 percent occupancy rate, face coverings will be required, and classroom podiums will be situated more than six feet away from student seating. One-way hallways and planned ingress and egress from classrooms will dictate traffic flow, to help with physical distancing.

We will continue to operate using the increased cleaning protocols recommended by the CDC to ensure that all campus buildings are cleaned and disinfected, consistent with that guidance.

In addition, LSU residence halls, residential colleges, and campus apartments have new sanitation procedures to help minimize risk for community members, including frequent, enhanced cleaning of common spaces and the use of electrostatic sprayers.

Custodial staff will fully clean residence hall community bathrooms twice a day. Suite and apartment bathrooms will continue receiving detailed cleaning once per week.

The use of face coverings is required on campus in public spaces, especially when it is not possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing of at least six feet, such as entering and exiting campus buildings, moving through hallways, using common rooms, in classrooms, and frequenting other shared spaces.

LSU will provide one LSU-branded cloth face covering to each employee and student returning to the physical campus this fall.

Faculty, staff and students should get tested for the virus if they have symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Students can call the Student Health Center or their private healthcare provider, and employees should contact their private healthcare provider.

LSU will be testing some members of our LSU Family on a voluntary basis this fall, to better understand the virus’ presence in our community.

We will also establish a contact tracing program to more fully protect those who may have come in contact with someone carrying COVID-19.

This fall, members of the LSU community will be asked to fill out a Return to Campus form and a Daily Symptom Checker, in order to help us monitor the virus’ presence at LSU.

More information on testing is available in the Roadmap to Fall document, lsu.edu/roadmap.

LSU is offering all employees access to COVID-19 antibody testing. Antibody testing is generally used to determine if an individual was previously infected with the COVID-19 virus. Test results are confidential and will only be provided to the employee.

This service will be provided free of charge for employees with LSU First coverage. Employees who do not have LSU First coverage should verify with the location the amount of the charge prior to having the service performed. It is important to note that some insurance carriers cover testing and others do not. It is the employee’s responsibility to pursue reimbursement where applicable.

For locations and hours for testing, and details on how to sign up, visit: lsu.edu/roadmap/health/.

Yes, the Student Health Center staff is continuing to provide care and support to students via telehealth in each unit of the Student Health Center: Medical Clinic, Mental Health Service, and Wellness and Health Promotion. Visit lsu.edu/shc for details.

If a student is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, they should call ahead for instructions, instead of showing up and sitting in the waiting room. This will minimize exposure to others.

For those needing in-person medical appointments, there will be designated entrances and exits. Please visit www.lsu.edu/shc for details.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or traveled from a CDC warning area, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you arrive in the US less than two weeks prior to the start of the semester, contact your faculty members and advisors to let them know you are required to self-quarantine and that you need access to the work to keep up.

The following guidelines provide instruction on how to properly clean and disinfect computers, hardware, and other electronic equipment. COVID-19: Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidelines for Computer Equipment 

Campus Information

LSU has intensified our ongoing work to foster an inclusive culture that is welcoming to all students.

We’ve made great progress in recent years to increase inclusion and diversity at LSU, but we know there’s more work to be done. Our Diversity & Inclusion Roadmap provides details.

Please visit lsu.edu/together to learn about the concrete steps we’re taking to make real and lasting improvements that will strengthen our campus culture.

Employees who have questions about remote-work policies, leave policies, or safety protocols should review the information at lsu.edu/roadmap or contact their supervisor. They can also reach out to LSU Human Resource Management if they have further questions. LSU will also continue to communicate with employees via email and the News & Notes weekly newsletter.