Updated: May 15, 2022

COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols


On August 23, 2021 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.


Masks are not required indoors or outdoors, but are still encouraged. 

N95 and KN95 masks provide the best protection. 


LSU students, faculty, and staff are still required to report positive cases of COVID-19. The reporting tool has been added to the MyLSU homepage and can be accessed under the Campus Community menu.

LSU students, faculty, and staff must continue to follow the most updated CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines.

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. 

Physical Isolation and Quarantine

LSU has adopted the CDC's protocols for COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine.

Visit the  "Quarantine and Isolation" webpage on CDC.gov for current information.


Food and drink are prohibited in classrooms.

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. See COVID-19 "Academics" information.


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.

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 encourage those who are associated with spaces identified as having a high prevalence of COVID-19 to get tested if they experience COVID-realtated symptoms, regardless of an individual's vaccination status.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the CDC's webpage "Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines" for details on when you are considered up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations. 

All LSU students and employees 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.

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.

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..