Students

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.

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.

Faculty/Staff

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, to include 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 workspace 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 see someone NOT wearing a mask?

Please remind that individual 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. If they do not have a mask, offer them a disposable mask, or direct them to the nearest Wellness Checkpoint to access a mask.

What should I do if I have an issue that precludes me from wearing a 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 Human Resources to discuss potential options regarding your situation.

What should I do as a Faculty/Staff member with underlying health conditions?

Faculty/Staff 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. Please reach out to Human Resources to secure appropriate paperwork/procedure to request accommodations.

Will our students 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).

How will classes be delivered this Fall?

We will have a mixture of online, hybrid, and face-to-face delivery modes.

How will we accommodate classes with large numbers of students?

Classes with more than 50 students will be offered either hybrid, or online. We have scheduled classes with fewer than 50 students in spaces that accommodate 50% capacity with the appropriate six-foot social distancing.

What should I do if I “think” I may have been exposed?

Please contact the Pandemic Action Team so that they can review and respond to the circumstances so that an informed decision can be made about how best to proceed for your safety and the safety of other.

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

Notify your Supervisor immediately of your positive test results and copy Human Resources. STAY home until you are cleared by a medical authority to return to work. Provide documentation of return to work to your Supervisor and copy Human Resources.

If I am required to self-isolate how will my leave be handled?

Please provide Human Resources with documentation from an appropriate medical authority that self-isolation was necessary. A representative from Human Resources can review documentation and advise on paid time-off options.

What happens if one of my co-workers tests positive for COVID-19?

Upon notification from the Supervisor the university will investigate potential exposure. Those exposed will receive timely guidance based on current CDC exposure guidelines from the Pandemic Action Team at LSUS concerning required next steps. NOTE: It is important to understand that one positive case does not equal exposure for all members of a workspace, office or building.

Will you clean/disinfect classrooms/offices?

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.

Note: Each Faculty/Staff member has been supplied with a “starter kit” of PPE in your workspace. Your administrative group will be responsible will for replenishing supplies as we move forward.

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

  • Stay home when you are ill. Immediately notify your Supervisor should you be exposed and/or test positive for COVID-19.

  • 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.

  • If contacted by a Louisiana Department of Health contact tracer, respond to all questions honestly. Calls with come from LDH at this number: 877-766-2130.

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