Updated: November 16, 2021

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 LaTausha Duncan lataushab@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.

Employees are required to respond to a daily symptom check on days they will be on campus. The daily symptom checker requires respondents to take a one- to two-minute assessment of their symptoms. Once respondents have provided information about their symptoms, they will be provided with feedback. The QR approval may be requested in high traffic campus buildings.

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.

Resources 

Human Resources

Teaching Resources

Remote Working Tips

Faculty FAQs

Each faculty member will determine this and communicate it to their students.

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.

ADA Compliance Resources

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 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. However, if the student would like to make up missed work due to COVID-related absences, the student can willingly provide the Daily Symptom Checker result as valid documentation.

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. 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 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.

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