Updated: May 10, 2022

Employees

COVID-19 Reporting & Protocol

Faculty, staff, and students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result or have been identified as a close contact are required to notify LSU through the TIGER Check Daily Symptom Checker.

The following protocols have been implemented to provide the safest possible work environment for those on campus.

Staffing and Workplace

High-Risk Individuals

If you have a documented health issue that you believe prohibits your return to campus and wish to inquire about FMLA eligibility or use of sick leave, contact the FMLA Specialist at hrfmla@lsu.edu in the Office of Human Resource Management to discuss accommodations and leave.

Return to Campus

Faculty and staff should consult their supervisor for information about reporting to campus.

HRM Guidance for Returning to Campus

Remote Working Policy

FASOP HR-03: Remote Working Arrangements gives guidance and outlines the various criteria to be considered when an employee wishes to ask their departmental leadership about the possibility of working remotely. It is important to understand that in order for an employee to work remotely, their department head and leadership within their chain of command must agree their position is a good fit and approve them to work remotely.

Remote work decisions will be entirely handled at the departmental and organizational level of the particular unit without HRM approval unless the employee is intending to work remotely outside the physical boundaries of the state of Louisiana.

The provision prohibiting dependent care during the remote work day originally included in this new policy has since been removed given the uncertainty that employees that are currently caregivers currently face due to the pandemic. LSU will revisit that provision once the environment begins to return to normal, but for now that is no longer part of this policy.

Physical Modifications

Any department or unit that has an interest for physical modifications of the workspace and building to respond to COVID-19 should first get approval for these modifications and any related expenses from the department head or dean, followed by their executive vice president. Following these approvals, the department can submit a request to Facility Services, and Planning, Design & Construction will develop plans for the modification in coordination with EOC. Once plans are finalized, facility services will work with department or unit to complete the project. Contact Facility Services at facilityservices@lsu.edu with questions.

Procuring Personal Protective Equipment

The sanitation supplies and PPE to be provided by the University are being procured in bulk quantities and will be available to the entire campus community through University Stores to ensure the safest possible return to campus experience. The items being procured by the University include the following:

  • Hand sanitizer and dispensers
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Disinfectant spray and dispensers
  • Paper towels
  • Disposable masks
  • Nitrile (non-latex) Gloves

Building Services staff will deploy and replenish these supplies and commodities in classrooms, labs, and other public access areas as necessary and consistent with current CDC guidance. Any questions on these specific items should be directed to facilityservices@lsu.edu.

View full update on PPE procurement.

Leave Policies

If an employee has been exposed to COVID-19 and is a.) subject to a quarantine or isolation order, b.) is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, c.) has been diagnosed with COVID-19 d.) is caring for an immediate family member as a result of COVID-19, e.) or is caring for a child as a result of loss of care due to COVID-19 and is unable to report to the physical premises for work or perform work remotely, they may use their personal accrued sick, annual, and/or compensatory time in accordance with policy. View expanded sick leave guidelines .

If you have a documented health issue that you believe prohibits your return to campus and wish to inquire about FMLA eligibility or use of sick leave, contact the FMLA Specialist at hrfmla@lsu.edu in the Office of Human Resource Management to discuss accommodations and leave.

Resources

Human Resources

Teaching Resources

Remote Working Tips

Faculty FAQs

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.

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.

No. You should direct students to report positive cases or exposure via the new reporting tool available through the myLSU homepage.

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.

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

No. A student may decide to disclose this information to you, but they should not be compelled to do so. Please keep in mind that some students may not be able to get vaccinated for various health reasons. You may consult the LSU COVID-19 Roadmap Dashboard to see overall numbers for the campus.

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

Yes.

No. 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. 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 COVID-19 Dashboard on the Roadmap website for university statistics.

Requesting online formatting for in-person classes is not an offered accommodation. We recommend students search if online sections are available for the course.