Health & Safety

As we return to campus, we expect everyone to adhere to the outlined protocols set forth to minimize risks and protect the well-being of the LSU community. The following guidelines are applicable to everyone who comes to campus. We appreciate your cooperation in placing safety at the forefront of your priorities to help us have a healthy and safe fall semester.

LSU COVID-19 Monitoring System

According to the CDC, testing, contact tracing, and isolation are among the effective ways to manage COVID-19. LSU has put together a plan to help slow the spread and protect the campus community from this virus, including return to campus form, daily symptom checking, COVID-19 testing, and contact tracing.

The safe resumption of operations at LSU requires the entire campus community of faculty, staff, and students to each individually do their part. Everyone must participate in the following steps to enable the efficient identification and swift containment of potential COVID-19 outbreaks.

Step 1: Return to Campus Form

Faculty, staff, and students will be required to fill out a return to campus form. This electronic form is a one-time questionnaire where you will be asked to provide contact, demographic and LSU affiliated information. Additionally, you will be asked to think about and provide information regarding health-related plans should you begin to experience any COVID related symptoms or come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. This information will help LSU prepare and plan for a safe return to campus and to provide assistance to you, should you need it.

Step 2: Daily Symptom Checking

The LSU community will be required to self-monitor their symptoms daily. Faculty, staff, and students will be required to respond to a daily symptom check request that will be sent via text message or can be accessed through a web-based application. The daily symptom checker requires respondents to take a one- to two-minute assessment of their symptoms. Once respondents have provided information about their symptoms, they will be provided with feedback.

Step 3: COVID-19 Testing

Testing for SARS COVID-19 is a critical component of keeping everyone safe and healthy. 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. To ensure the health and safety of the LSU community, it is essential that everyone is aware of the testing opportunities that are available through their health care provider, the Student Health Center, and in the community. Anyone who tests positive should follow the COVID-19 protocols. LSU faculty, staff, and students who test positive for COVID-19 should report their results in their daily symptom checker application. Once a respondent has indicated that they have tested positive for COVID-19, they will be prompted to fill out a contact tracing form.

Step 4: Contact Tracing

Contact tracing plays an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Consequently, once someone has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be required to provide information about the people who they have been in close contact with. At LSU, contact tracing is done through an automated system where respondents can input this information through a web-based application. If additional information is needed or someone does not provide this information, they will be contacted.

Step 5: Identifying Contacts

Those people who were identified as being close contacts of a person who has tested positive, will be notified via email or by phone. They will be directed to reach out to their healthcare provider.

Face Coverings

The use of face coverings is required on campus, 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.

Using a bandana as a face covering

CDC: How to make your own face covering

Sanitation & Cleaning

Intensified cleaning has begun taking place on campus according to CDC guidance, and cleaning protocols are being updated as new information is released by the CDC and others.

Building services custodial staff received updated training on the proper disinfecting training techniques required for this enhanced cleaning. The custodial staff will be conducting normal routine cleaning of bathrooms, hallways, offices, common areas, classrooms, teaching areas, break rooms, and conference rooms.

In addition, the custodial staff will clean frequently touched surfaces on a daily basis. The minimum frequency of cleaning for high touch areas include:

  • Twice daily for elevators, stairways, and restrooms
  • Once daily for doorknobs, light switches, and break rooms

At minimum, classrooms will be cleaned once a day, including doorknobs, light switches, chairs, and desks, as well as other hard surfaces. 

Antibody Testing

LSU is offering all employees access to COVID-19 antibody testing. Testing is optional and results are confidential.

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. 

Locations and hours for testing are as follows.

Baton Rouge General Express Care locations:
Baton Rouge – 4410 Highland Road, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 
Dutchtown – 13201 Hwy. 73, Suite 102, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Sign up for either location by visiting: https://www.brgeneral.org/express-care/#checkin
Patient Plus locations:
Bocage – 7353 Jefferson Hwy., open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Southdowns – 4460 Perkins Road, open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
MidCity – 2840 Florida Blvd., open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Delmont – 5420 Plank Road, open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Prairieville – 17513 Old Jefferson Hwy., open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Broadmoor -- 9688 Florida Blvd., open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sign up for any of the above locations by visiting: http://patientplusuc.com/checkin