Academics

Face Coverings Required

Masks or face coverings are required indoors at all times, except when individuals are alone in their offices. Masks are also required outdoors within 50 feet of entrances to buildings.

Despite the pandemic, our goal remains the same: to protect your well-being while delivering on our promise of a top-tier education. For academic coaching, tutoring, and other resources, visit the Center for Academic Success.

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Classes

  • Fall semester classes will be held at a 100 percent occupancy rate, unless the university is in a “peak infection period” as defined by the LSU Health & Medical Advisory committee.
    • During a peak infection period, faculty teaching class sections with 100 or more students may opt for a hybrid format where only 50% of students are in the classroom each day. When infection rates decline significantly for two consecutive weeks, all large classes resume full classroom occupancy.
    • As of August 4, 2021, LSU is in a peak infection period. If you are currently enrolled in a class with more than 100 students, your faculty member will notify you if the class is temporarily going to be held in a hybrid format.
    • LSU students, faculty, and staff will be notified via e-mail if the university is no longer in a peak infection period.
  • Face coverings will be required, classroom podiums will be situated more than six feet away from student seating, and there will be enhanced cleaning throughout the buildings.
  • One-way hallways and planned ingress and egress from classrooms will dictate traffic flow, so please pay attention to directional signage.
  • Students must complete the daily symptom checker before coming to class each day.

Placement/Credit by Examination

The LSU Testing Center plans to be open for Fall 2021 beginning Sunday, August 15. Placement Exams for incoming freshmen students and Credit by Examination for continuing/incoming transfer students are two separate processes. 

  • Placement Exams - incoming freshmen may take placement exams in person during LSU Welcome Week or remotely via ProctorU.
  • Credit by Examination – continuing students or incoming transfer students may take credit by examination in person or remotely via ProctorU.

LSU Library

LSU Library and Hill Memorial Library are open to the public. University policies and procedures for wearing masks and social distancing must be followed in the libraries. The Libraries has enhanced cleaning procedures in place, and hand sanitizer stations to help provide a safe and healthy environment. Many services and resources are available online, and remote assistance is available through the “AskUs” link at lib.lsu.edu for LSU Library and at lib.lsu.edu/special for Special Collections. Visit the Libraries website for up-to-date information about hours of operation.

Quiet Zone Spaces

Quiet zone spaces are available around campus for students that are in hybrid courses during a peak infection period. Please note that these spaces will allow students to attend classes, but they are not areas that are conducive to active participation (speaking).

The following spaces are open from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

  • Electrical Engineering Building Room 149 (36 spaces)
  • Tureaud Hall Room 202 (16 spaces)
  • LSU Student Union Quiet Zoon, located near Room 358J (20 spaces)
  • LSU Student Union Evangeline Room, located in Room 306 (12 spaces)
  • LSU Library has a dedicated study space on the third and fourth floors.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is up to the discretion of the faculty member how they hold their office hours. This can be in-person, virtual, or a hybrid of both.

Only courses enrolling 100 or more students are allowed to opt into teaching a hybrid format during peak infection times. Courses under 100 students must remain at full capacity. However, there is an avenue to apply for an accommodation for faculty with personal COVID-related health concerns. If this is the case, the faculty member must submit the request packet due to COVID-19. Visit the LSU Civil Rights website to find more ADA compliance resources.

Yes, quiet zones are available for students that are in hybrid courses during a peak infection period. Please note that these spaces will allow students to attend classes, but they are not areas that are conducive to active participation (speaking).

  • Electrical Engineering Building Room 149 (36 spaces)
  • Tureaud Hall Room 202 (16 spaces)
  • LSU Student Union Quiet Zone located near Room 358J (20 spaces)
  • LSU Student Union Evangeline Room, located near Room 306 (12 spaces)
  • LSU Library has a dedicated study space on the third and fourth floors.

For technical support, faculty members may reach out to the Faculty Technology Center.

As always, if a faculty member cannot meet with their class face-to-face, they should coordinate with their department chair to make appropriate arrangements.

You should direct students to fill out the daily symptom checker and report positive cases or exposure via that method. For class absences, the student is responsible for providing reasonable prior notification—at as early a date as possible—and appropriate documentation of the reason for the absence. Please review Policy Statement 22 for guidelines on student absences. 

No. The student that is positive should report close contacts through the daily symptom checker.

The EOC can advise on whether this is needed depending on the situation.

No, you cannot ask for the student’s symptom checker QR code.

You can view testing results on the COVID-19 dashboard. Compliance with required testing is monitored by the EOC and the COVID response team.

Yes, all classrooms will be supplied with a portable HEPA air filter.

In the event the HEPA filter in our classroom stops working, please contact Facility Services.

We had a high level of compliance with the mask requirement last year, so we do not expect this to be an issue. However, please consult these facemasks compliance instructions should the need arise.

Faculty should continue to follow the guidelines in Policy Statement 22 if a student has a valid reason for absence. Faculty maintain the authority to determine the best method for students to makeup the coursework, whether through class recordings or other means. Faculty teaching hybrid courses are required to provide synchronous (live streaming) courses. Ultimately, it is up to the faculty member whether they want to also record the class, but it is recommended.

If you choose to have an attendance policy, you must clearly list it on your syllabus and follow Policy Statement 22  for excused absences.

No, check the dashboard on the Roadmap website for university statistics.

Students should contact the Office of Disability Services to properly document their limitations and determine a plan for accommodation.

Please refer to the latest guidance from LSU Accounts Payable & Travel on their website.