Updated: January 12, 2022

COVID-19 Entry Test Procedure

As communicated in the January 1, 2022 messageall students living in on-campus housing, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide proof of either a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 5 days prior to returning to campus or a positive test within the last 90 days.

Students who are currently listed as living on campus for the Spring 2022 semester can access the Spring 2022 COVID-19 Entry Test Verification portal to indicate your compliance with the entry test protocol. This information should be submitted by 11:59 PM on January 17th, 2022, OR no more than 5 days prior to your planned return to campus.

  • PCR and rapid tests (including at-home tests) are approved for entry testing. Antibody tests are not accepted.   
  • Anyone who receives a positive test result at this time should:
    • report results through the Daily Symptom Checker
    • isolate at home according to the LSU COVID-19 protocols prior to returning to campus
    • complete the Spring 2022 Entry Test Verification Portal indicating a positive test result within the last 90 days
  • Students who are already on campus should get tested as soon as possible and submit their results no later than January 17, 2022. Free, on-campus testing is available and appointments are not required.     
  • Students who plan to arrive on campus after January 17, due to virtual instruction or other delays, should complete the verification process no more than 5 days prior to returning to campus.     
  • Students who have received this message and are not living on campus for the Spring 2022 semester should indicate this in the portal.     

Given the recent high demand for COVID tests, please plan ahead. Make an appointment in advance with a local provider or purchase an at-home test kit as soon as possible. Please note, the testing and verification process should be complete prior to your Spring 2022 move-in.  

Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus community safe. The health and safety of the LSU community is of the utmost importance to us. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Students must access the Spring 2022 COVID-19 Entry Test Verification portal  and upload appropriate documentation. Documentation should be complete, legible, and meet the time periods detailed above for test results.

It is possible to opt out of the vaccine requirement by completing an exemption waiver.

Testing is one of the least invasive ways that LSU can use to protect the health of its community, and these requirements apply to everyone. 

Yes. The two systems ask for different things, because when the Vaccine Reporting Survey was created last spring, filling it out was optional and proof of COVID testing was not required like it is now. So, the new Entry Test Verification Portal must be filled out by all students. The good news is that it only takes about 2 minutes to do so.

Yes. Even if you were on campus during winter break, or if you came back to campus for the fall semester early, you still need to fill out the Entry Test Verification Portal by the deadline.

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.

11:59 PM on January 17th, 2022. But those who live on campus will need to do so before they move into their campus residence hall, apartment or Greek house.

PCR and rapid tests (including at-home tests) are approved for entry testing. Antibody tests are not accepted. 

No. In lieu of a negative test, students may provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test result from no more than 90 days prior to their arrival on campus.

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 first isolate for a full 5 days from the date of test and be symptom free prior to arrival on campus.

No, but proof of a positive COVID-19 test result no more than 90 days prior to your arrival on campus is acceptable.

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 first isolate for a full 5 days from the date of test and be symptom free prior to arrival on campus.

Accurate info: PCR and rapid tests (including at-home tests) are approved for entry testing. Antibody tests are not accepted.  

To avoid inconvenience and delays, we strongly encourage students to get tested prior to coming to campus. However, some COVID-19 testing options will be available on campus. Learn about testing options on LSU’s Roadmap website, www.lsu.edu/roadmap

Each state maintains a website that provides information about COVID testing and vaccination sites. Please visit your state’s Department of Health website. In Louisiana, that site is www.ldh.la.gov.

Yes. Unvaccinated students must test regularly throughout the semester, and potentially more often if they live on campus or in Greek housing. Vaccinated students will not need to test regularly.

Students living in residence halls and Greek housing may be required to get tested, whether vaccinated or not, if their residence hall or Greek house shows a high prevalence of COVID-19 virus during wastewater testing. There may be some other specific cases where vaccinated individuals are asked to test, such as when someone has been directly exposed to COVID-19 has been identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19..

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available on campus. Visit LSU’s Roadmap website for details at www.lsu.edu/roadmap. Students outside the Baton Rouge area can find vaccine locations in their cities and states at https://www.vaccines.gov/.

We strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated. The vaccine is free and, according to the CDC, it is safe, effective and provides protection against variants of the virus. The vaccine is also the way that we can return to a more normal college experience for our students.

According to the CDC, vaccination provides enough protection that individuals who are vaccinated and asymptomatic do not need to test. However, there may be some specific cases where vaccinated individuals are asked to test, such as those who have been identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, exposed to COVID-19, or students living in a residence hall or Greek house that shows a high prevalence of COVID-19 virus during wastewater testing.

The CDC has stated that there is evidence that the current vaccines provide protection against variants. Visit www.cdc.gov for more information.

Yes. The Daily Symptom Checker is still in use and should be filled out every day that you come to campus. You should still report any positive COVID-19 test results through the Symptom Checker.

The Roadmap website has more information on LSU's fall protocols.

General information about how classes will be conducted this fall can be found at www.lsu.edu/roadmap. For information specific to your particular classes, it is recommended that you contact your professors directly.

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.