LSU Coronavirus Updates & Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: July 15, 2020; 12:00 p.m.

Visit the Information & Resources for Students webpage for answers related to Academics and Campus Resources & Support Services.

General Information

We're excited to announce plans to reopen for on-campus instruction this fall. 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.

Roadmap to Fall 2020

LSU remains closed, but began Phase 1 of its reopening plan for employees on May 18. LSU is currently in Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

Phased reopening

While campus is closed, all LSU events are canceled.

Should you receive a positive test result for COVID-19 or become aware of exposure to someone with COVID-19, you are required to notify the LSU Emergency Operations Center (EOC) by emailing reportcovid@lsu.edu and stay home to avoid spreading the virus.

LSU has reverted back to the normal domestic business travel policy. The Temp 1 Form, Request for Domestic Travel During COVID-19 Outbreak, is no longer required. A request for authorization to travel for professional and business-related events requires completion of a Spend Authorization in Workday. The Spend Authorization must be completed and approved prior to making travel reservations. For further information regarding domestic travel, please refer to PM-13.

Campus Operations

The LSU Cares exemption is a 15% university-funded credit applied toward intersession and the summer session tuition and fees.  

The LSU Cares Act award is a cash award from the federal government that will be paid directly to eligible students from the CARES Act funding provided to LSU by the federal government. 

More information about how LSU is Distributing LSU Cares Act awards may be found on the "Information & Resources for Students" webpage.

LSU is not able to issue refunds for fees at this time. To make services available on the first day of the semester, we have to make commitments for several months in advance and your fees go to securing those commitments, as well as covering other ongoing obligations. While students are not physically on campus, the university must still provide for faculty, counselors, and other academic support staff to continue your education as well as maintain the physical campus. There are also unanticipated costs of shifting the modes of instruction, such as information technology (e.g. ProctorU) and supplementing support staff. We pledge to still provide you with the high-quality education that you deserve, from the state’s flagship university.

LSU is partially funded by the state of Louisiana and its residents through a variety of taxes. The nonresident fee is assessed in lieu of that tax support contributed by state residents. Since LSU is still providing an education to all students, uninterrupted, the nonresident fee is unchanged.

LSU Online students are on a different cycle (consecutive 8-week modules) than students who take courses on a semester/intersession/summer “traditional” term basis. Programs, courses, and services are different for LSU Online students, and therefore, their costs are also different.

The LSU UREC is offering a COVID-19 Extended Membership to LSU students who were full-time during the Spring 2020 semester.
Additionally, the UREC is offering virtual GroupX classes to enjoy your favorites at home. No equipment is needed. All GroupX classes are taught by trained instructors, free to all who want to join in! (Note: you do not need to be a member to participate). Visit lsuuniversityrec.com/virtual-groupx-classes for more information and to see the schedule.

The LSU Student Health Center is open and committed to meeting the health and wellness needs of students with telehealth visits in the Medical Clinic, Mental Health Service, and Wellness and Health Promotion. In addition, in-person medical visits are available, by appointment only, after an initial virtual visit. For more information, visit lsu.edu/shc.