COVID Entry Test Procedure

*Updated Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Monday, August 8, 2021

Dear Students,

In order to comply with the 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.

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 must complete the entry protocols no later than 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 22.

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. Students outside the Baton Rouge area can find vaccine locations in their cities and states at

Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus community safe. The health and safety of the LSU community is of the utmost importance to us.

LSU Emergency Operations Center