COVID-19 Entry Test Procedure

In order to comply with the COVID-19 Fall 2021 entry protocols, all LSU students will need to provide one of the following items:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 5 days prior to your arrival on campus
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Proof of a positive COVID-19 test result no more than 90 days prior to your arrival on campus

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 during this process should report their positive test in LSU’s Daily Symptom Checker and should isolate at home according to LSU’s COVID-19 protocols.

Students who have a positive test result within 10 days of move in must first isolate for a full 10 days from the date of test and be symptom free prior to arrival on campus.

To show compliance with LSU’s entry protocols, students must access the Fall 2021 COVID-19 Entry Test Verification Portal and upload appropriate documentation. Documentation should be complete, legible, and meet the time periods detailed above for test results. Students will receive a confirmation email, which they should keep and be prepared to show upon arrival to campus.

Even if students have already filled out LSU’s vaccine reporting survey, they still need to complete the verification portal, because the two systems ask for different information.

These entry protocols are required of all LSU undergraduate and graduate students appearing on campus or participating in on-campus activities, whether living on or off campus, including those living in Greek housing, students of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and students of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Students moving into on-campus residence halls and apartments must complete this process before move-in day. On-campus residents will be expected to show their confirmation e-mail to Residential Life staff at their time of arrival to proceed with their move-in.

Students already on campus should complete this verification as soon as possible. For those already on campus, free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are available on campus. Appointments are not necessary.

Please note that submitting falsified information regarding vaccination may result in suspension from campus and referral to Student Advocacy & Accountability for discipline including expulsion. All LSU students should have submitted the entry protocols no later than 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Students have until September 10 to come into compliance before they are unenrolled from the university. 

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to comply with LSU’s COVID-19 Fall 2021 entry protocols, all LSU students will need to provide one of the following items prior to arriving on campus for the Fall 2021 semester:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 5 days prior to your arrival on campus
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Proof of a positive COVID-19 test result no more than 90 days prior to your arrival on campus

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 during this process should report their positive test in LSU’s Daily Symptom Checker and should isolate at home according to LSU’s COVID-19 protocols.

Students who have a positive test result within 10 days of move in must first isolate for a full 10 days from the date of test and be symptom free prior to arrival on campus.

This is required of all LSU undergraduate and graduate students appearing on campus or participating in on-campus activities, whether living on or off campus, including those living in Greek housing, students of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and students of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Students will receive a confirmation email, which they should keep and be prepared to show upon arrival to campus.

Students must access the Fall 2021 COVID-19 Entry Test Verification Portal and upload appropriate documentation. Documentation should be complete, legible, and meet the time periods detailed above for test results.

It is possible to opt out of the vaccine requirement by completing an exemption waiver.

Masking and testing are the least invasive ways that LSU can use to protect the health of its community, and these requirements apply to everyone. However, there is a possible exemption for masks for those with certain medical conditions.

Yes. The two systems ask for different things, because when the Vaccine Reporting Survey was created last spring, filling it out was optional and proof of COVID testing was not required like it is now. So, the new Entry Test Verification Portal must be filled out by all students. The good news is that it only takes about 2 minutes to do so.

Yes. Even if you were on campus all summer, or if you came back to campus for the fall semester early, you still need to fill out the Entry Test Verification Portal by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Yes. Students moving into on-campus residence halls and apartments must complete this process before Move-In Day. On-campus residents will be expected to show their confirmation e-mail to Residential Life staff at their time of arrival to proceed with their move-in.

No. If you receive at least the first shot of your vaccination, you will not be required to provide proof of a negative test. You will need to fill out the verification portal and include information that includes the date of your second dose. Additionally, you may be asked to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated later in the semester.

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 during this process should report their positive test in LSU’s Daily Symptom Checker and should isolate at home according to LSU’s COVID-19 protocols.

11:59 p.m. on Aug. 22, 2021. But those who live on campus will need to do so before they move into their campus residence hall, apartment or Greek house.

PCR and rapid tests administered by a healthcare provider are approved for the Entry Testing program. Antibody and take-home tests will not be accepted.

No. In lieu of a negative test, students may provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test result from no more than 90 days prior to their arrival on campus.

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 during this process should report their positive test in LSU’s Daily Symptom Checker and should isolate at home according to LSU’s COVID-19 protocols.

Students who have a positive test result within 10 days of move in must first isolate for a full 10 days from the date of test and be symptom free prior to arrival on campus.

No, but proof of a positive COVID-19 test result no more than 90 days prior to your arrival on campus is acceptable.

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 during this process should report their positive test in LSU’s Daily Symptom Checker and should isolate at home according to LSU’s COVID-19 protocols.

Students who have a positive test result within 10 days of move in must first isolate for a full 10 days from the date of test and be symptom free prior to arrival on campus.

A rapid test performed by a medical professional is acceptable. An over-the-counter self-test is not acceptable proof for the entry testing requirement.

To avoid inconvenience and delays, we strongly encourage students to get tested prior to coming to campus. However, some COVID-19 testing options will be available on campus. Learn about testing options on LSU’s Roadmap website, www.lsu.edu/roadmap

Each state maintains a website that provides information about COVID testing and vaccination sites. Please visit your state’s Department of Health website. In Louisiana, that site is www.ldh.la.gov.

Yes. Unvaccinated students must test regularly throughout the semester, and potentially more often if they live on campus or in Greek housing. Vaccinated students will not need to test regularly.

Students living in residence halls and Greek housing may be required to get tested, whether vaccinated or not, if their residence hall or Greek house shows a high prevalence of COVID-19 virus during wastewater testing. There may be some other specific cases where vaccinated individuals are asked to test, such as when someone has been directly exposed to COVID-19 has been identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19..

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available on campus. Visit LSU’s Roadmap website for details at www.lsu.edu/roadmap. Students outside the Baton Rouge area can find vaccine locations in their cities and states at https://www.vaccines.gov/.

We strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated. The vaccine is free and, according to the CDC, it is safe, effective and provides protection against variants of the virus. The vaccine is also the way that we can return to a more normal college experience for our students.

Yes. For the fall semester, we extended the mask mandate currently in place, which means masks or face coverings continue to be required indoors at all times, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, except for on-campus residents while in their rooms. This is consistent with the Governor’s recent order. In addition, we require masks outdoors within 50 feet of entrances to buildings, where crowds tend to gather.

According to the CDC, vaccination provides enough protection that individuals who are vaccinated and asymptomatic do not need to test. However, there may be some specific cases where vaccinated individuals are asked to test, such as those who have been identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, exposed to COVID-19, or students living in a residence hall or Greek house that shows a high prevalence of COVID-19 virus during wastewater testing.

The CDC has stated that there is evidence that the current vaccines provide protection against variants. Visit www.cdc.gov for more information.

Yes. The Daily Symptom Checker is still in use and should be filled out every day that you come to campus. You should still report any positive COVID-19 test results through the Symptom Checker.

The Roadmap website has more information on LSU's fall protocols.

General information about how classes will be conducted this fall can be found at www.lsu.edu/roadmap. For information specific to your particular classes, it is recommended that you contact your professors directly.

The health and safety of the LSU community is of the utmost importance to us and will always be our guidepost. While all of us are potentially at risk for COVID-19 disease, please keep in mind that there are students, faculty and staff of the university who are at high risk, based on age, compromised immune systems, and other factors. We must all do our best to protect each other. We also want to have as “normal” a semester as possible, without having to return to fully online classes or other extreme measures. Vaccines, testing, and masking are the ways that we can accomplish that.