Online Resources Overview

The College of Music & Dramatic Arts has prepared a variety of resources for faculty and students to assist in the transition of course materials to an online format and to keep our students updated throughout the current public health crisis. We have also consolidated links for any broader campus or university system resources into this section. You can navigate these resources using the column on the left side of this webpage. This area of the website will be continuously updated as we receive new information and resources we can make available to you. Please bookmark this page!

If a topic does not appear to be covered, please check the Geaux Online Contingency Plan. Our webpage will avoid unnecessary duplication of information already contained in the Geaux Online plan. That plan is created and updated by LSU Online and extensively covers the use of broader university resources such as Moodle, Zoom meetings, online exam proctoring, and more.

 Latest Updates

From the Office of the President:

As part of the effort to protect and promote the health and safety of the university, the following protocols must be followed by the entire campus community.

Face Covering

  • Face coverings over the mouth and nose shall be properly worn in the following locations:
    • Inside classrooms or meeting rooms with faculty at all times;
    • When entering or leaving classrooms or buildings at all times;
    • Inside public transportation vehicles at all times;
    • In any other inside space especially when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained;
    • Outdoors in public corridors especially when six feet of social distancing cannot be strictly maintained.

Physical Isolation/Quarantine*

  • The following isolation protocols are mandated for everyone in the campus community.
    • If you are symptomatic and are confirmed positive, you must self-isolate until the below criteria are met:
      • 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and symptoms have improved; and 24 hours have passed without fever (without the use of fever reducing medications)
    • If you are asymptomatic and are confirmed positive:
      • Immediate self-isolation until at least 10 days have passed since the date of the positive test result
    • If you have close contact with someone who is COVID-19 confirmed positive (close contact is at least fifteen minutes within 6 feet):
      • Immediate quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with the person who is COVID-19 positive.

*Isolation refers to separating people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. Quarantine refers to keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.

Accommodations

Some students and staff will not be able to wear a mask and/or other face coverings due to medical constraints. Those students should contact Disability Services to properly document their limitations and determine a plan for accommodation.

Similarly, employees who have a medical issue preventing the use of a face covering should contact the Office of Human Resource Management to properly document their medical constraint and determine a plan for proper accommodations.

Enforcement

Students who fail to comply with this directive will be referred to Student Advocacy and Accountability (SAA) for violating the Code of Student of Conduct (10.2.I). Employees failing to comply with this directive may be referred to the Office of Human Resource Management for discipline.

This directive is for the collective safety of the campus community and will stay in place until cancelled by a subsequent Presidential Directive. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in advance.

From the Office of Student Success:

Dear Students,

Together, we will navigate the challenges that COVID-19 present to us, and help to prepare you for a successful fall semester! Presented in Q&A format, this information is the first part of several bulletins outlining the School of Music's plans for Fall 2020, as of the time of posting. We know there are further questions and the situation is evolving; this document is not comprehensive. Updates will follow regularly.

Fall 2020 LSU School of Music Q&A

From the Division of Strategic Communications:

As we return to traditional on-campus operations, we want to assure the LSU community that safety is our guidepost. We will follow all CDC and state safety guidance, and will do everything possible to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff.

Visit LSU's Fall 2020 Information Hub  Download PDF Overview

From the LSU Food Pantry:

To prioritize the safety and wellness of our community and in keeping with the campus response to the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to temporarily transition to prepackaged bags to minimize contact between people as well as with the food we distribute.

Once your form is submitted our staff will review all submissions and fill them in order. Please keep in mind that we will only be able to fill so many orders per day and it may take multiple days for you to receive a response with pickup instructions. Each week we will fill orders using the following priority system.

1: Complete all unfilled orders from the previous week
2: Serve students placing their first pickup bag order
3: Serve all students not in the first two categories in order of submission

Once your order is scheduled to be filled you will receive an email showing your order status as approved and will include your assigned pickup time and instructions for collecting your bag.

Open Food Pantry Form

(myLSU sign-in required)

From Information Technology Services:

Dear Colleagues,

Several of your faculty utilize Moodle mail to send email messages to their students.  Unfortunately, the volume of email messages being generated within Moodle has exceeded the Moodle throughput capacity resulting in delayed delivery.  The messages will eventually be delivered, but delivery times could take up to 24 hours in some cases.  For critical messages that need to be delivered quickly, please ask your faculty to utilize Outlook/Office 365 or another dedicated email platform.

From Information Technology Services:

ITS is continuing to add additional live webinars on a variety of topics to our Remote Work Resources page. Recordings of previous webinars are also available for anyone who is unable to join a live session.

Starting April 15, ITS will be adding a new webinar focused on Zoom security. This training will focus on the best practices for setting up your Zoom meetings in a secure fashion. To participate in these webinars, visit Remote Work Resources and click the "Webinar Access" link on the left hand side at the designated meeting times below.

  • Zoom: How to Prevent Zoom Bombing & Other Best Practices
    • Tuesday, 4/21/20: 2:00 - 2:30pm
      Wednesday, 4/22/20: 1:00 - 1:30pm

From the Division of Strategic Communications:

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruption for LSU students, faculty and staff. We are writing to inform you of grading options that will be adopted only for the spring 2020 semester based on recommendations from the Faculty Senate and Student Government. For the spring 2020 semester only, on a class-by-class basis, you will have the opportunity to elect to have your final grades reported on your transcript as the conventional +/- letter grade you earn in the course or as a Pass/No Credit (P/NC) grade.

If you select to have one or more of your classes moved to a P/NC grading framework, those who earn between an A+ and a C- will receive a “P” on their official transcript (between an A+ and B- for graduate students), and those who earn between a D+ and an F will receive an “NC” on their transcript (between a C+ and F for graduate students). “P” indicates the student passed the course and will receive the established number of credit hours, while “NC” indicates the student was enrolled and completed the course, but will not receive credit for it. Neither the “P” nor the “NC” will affect the student’s GPA.

In the coming days, you will receive additional information on how you can select which courses, if any, you want to designate as P/NC. Many students will prefer to keep the +/- letter grades they have earned, and so, will not require any action. Those who want to change one or more courses to P/NC will need to certify that they understand the implications of doing so. There are potentially significant implications, including: negative effects on academic standing, probationary status, financial aid and scholarships and even graduation. Each student will make their own informed decisions, and we encourage you to seek guidance from your academic advisor if there are questions or concerns.

It is important to note that this option is not available to students in the LSU Online Program, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the LSU Law Center. Those enrolled in the School of Veterinary Medicine and LSU Law Center will have a different set of rules/grading options and that information will be communicated to those students. The LSU Online Program is a distinct set of programs that run separately from the regular semester cycle.

Again, we appreciate that this has been an unusual semester for each of you, and we are inspired by your tenacity and commitment to your studies. We wish you all the best as we enter the last several weeks of the semester, and encourage you to remain focused on your coursework.

From Information Technology Services:

Over the last few weeks, several issues have been reported related to Zoom and how it can be leveraged for malicious actions. Zoom has been very responsive to each of the issues raised and has worked diligently to address each issue. A complete list of changes implemented by Zoom can be found here.

As with any product, how one utilizes that technology is just as critical as the product itself.  To minimize the potential for malicious use of Zoom or other conferencing technology, it is strongly recommended that users hosting meetings through Zoom take precautions to ensure that the meeting participants.

Are limited to either authenticated LSU users or the meetings are password protected
Have their audio and video managed by the host where applicable.
Are muted or removed if they are a cause of disruption (intentional or unintentional).

For more information, please visit the Zoom Overview article available here, or watch the Zoom Webinar held by ITS. For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact LSU ITS at servicedesk@lsu.edu