Same Campus but New Campus Life
Welcome, LSU Law Students, to the Fall 2021 semester!
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many new challenges, and with those challenges come new and different responsibilities. This Q&A provides you with the requirements, protocols, and advisories which we have put in place to help limit transmission of the virus.
This Q&A should also serve to remind you that much of what you read here may change in the coming weeks, as both the pandemic and our knowledge of the virus continue to evolve. We are working tirelessly to create an environment for a safe and rewarding educational experience for you, and we will continue to provide our LSU Law community with the most up-to-date information.
Please also refer to the LSU COVID-19 Roadmap website to learn more about what campus life will be like in the fall of 2021.
Questions and Answers
What testing and vaccination policies are in place?
- 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
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.
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.
Will I be required to wear a mask?
Will the Law Center provide a mask, or will I need to bring my own?
How will physical distancing take place in the LSU Law Center building?
Is there a daily check-in or symptom-checking requirement?
What do I do if I test positive or am exposed to someone with COVID-19?
If you test positive or are required to quarantine after a close contact, you should do two things. First, you MUST fill out the LSU Law Center form to report your positive test or contact to Law Center administration. AFTER completing the Law Center form, you should email your professors and copy Associate Dean Carroll, providing the details of the isolation or quarantine period and requesting to view class recordings during isolation or quarantine to prevent you from falling behind. Note that viewing class recordings does NOT substitute as class attendance, and you remain subject to the Law Center’s attendance policy. If you exceed absences after a COVID isolation or quarantine period, you should address your situation with Associate Dean Carroll immediately.
Second, if you test positive OR you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you are required to notify LSU. You should indicate that you have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the Daily Symptom Checker.
Definition of Close Contact:
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
- You shared eating or drinking utensils.
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Do I really need to disclose my positive COVID-19 test? I consider that private information.
Review the campus guidance, which explains what individuals on campus are required to do if they test positive—whether faculty, staff, or students. We are, of course, limited in how we can manage public health and safety by individual cooperation with our policies—meaning if a student does not disclose a positive test, we will not know and cannot react. Your classmates, your faculty, and all of the staff are relying on each of you to disclose a positive diagnosis if it occurs.
Do I need to quarantine if someone identifies me as a close contact but I feel well?
What if I go get a negative COVID-19 test?
What about this “close contact” concept? Who is my close contact at the Law Center?
Is my professor my close contact? Is my entire class my close contact?
Persons sitting next directly next to you in any in-person class—in any direction—will be your close contacts here at the Law Center (immediately neighboring you in any direction).
As a result of the required process of disclosing a positive diagnosis to LSU through the automated system, “close contacts” will also be requested—the persons to be identified through this process should only be persons associated with LSU, not family members or friends unaffiliated with LSU. LSU will not be notifying non-LSU community members for whom it has no contact information. See LSU’s COVID-19 protocols for more information.
What will happen if there is a significant outbreak of COVID-19 at the Law Center?
What level of compliance with health and safety protocols, including face coverings, is required?
What happens if I do not wear a mask to an in-person class?
What happens if a classmate does not wear a mask to class?
Note that the LSU Law faculty also revised the Code of Student Professional Responsibility. In addition to the fact that “student misconduct” is not limited by the enumerated items, a new item “p.” has been added to create a clear violation of the Code for “Knowingly and intentionally failing or refusing to comply with any LSU Law Center policy relating to the public health of students, faculty, or employees of the LSU Law Center.” Students not complying with Law Center policies related to public health will face disciplinary proceedings.
What additional steps are being taken to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 in the Law Center?
Does the LSU Student Health Center provide services to Law Center students?
Service Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Medical Clinic Phone: 225-578-6716
Is treatment for COVID-19 covered by insurance?
Free COVID-19 vaccinations are also available on campus. Click here for more information on location and hours of operations.
The Student Health Center is offering telehealth in all areas and other services onsite, by appointment (In order to ensure proper screening and limit exposure, the Medical Clinic is not accepting walk-ins at this time.) Students without appointments should call one of the units as soon as a health issue arises. Contact information and other details can be found the LSU Student Health Center website.
Effective May 10, 2021, the LSU Student Health Center (SHC) has partnered with LSU Healthcare Network and is now “in-network” with most major US-based insurance plans, including Louisiana Medicaid. Students are now able to conveniently use their insurance benefits at the SHC. Detailed billing information can be found here.
A COVID-19 vaccination will always be free, regardless of your insurance status.
Coverage for treatment for illness by private insurance will vary by insurance plan, treatment received, etc.
What else can I do to assist with physical distancing and safety at the Law Center?
Will my tuition or fees be reduced as a result of online/distance or remote classes?
Tuition and fees were announced and fee bills posted and paid with knowledge of the Law Center’s plans for Fall 2021, as well as with knowledge of the uncertain situation in which we all find ourselves due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The costs of a legal education are primarily human-resource costs; those costs that are not fixed are growing with increased technology use or with the need for additional measures to provide for the safer use of the library and other public spaces, including to provide the limited number of in-person courses we can provide with lowered occupancy levels in place due to COVID-19. While our costs have been rising in recent years, including due to the pandemic, we have—knowing that costs are important to our students—worked hard to keep our tuition low. In fact, the tuition at the LSU Law Center has remained the same for the past several years.
Even though some of you may have periods of remote instruction this academic year, we will still maintain support services for you, including research assistance in the library, career services support, academic advising for 2Ls and 3Ls upon time for registration, student affairs, our advocacy programs, faculty in-person and online office hours, and much more. We also will still maintain the buildings and facilities and will still pay the faculty who are delivering instruction and the employees who are providing all these services to you. Your tuition and fees make this possible.
We realize that costs are an important issue to everyone—especially right now when all of us are feeling the effects of the pandemic. We continue to pledge to do everything we can to keep our costs down and our quality high.
For information on financial aid, visit: https://www.lsu.edu/financialaid/index.php.
What policies are in place for use of the Law Library?
The Law Library has put in place several policies to help limit transmission of the virus. Please be mindful of these policies, which must be followed whenever you are using the Law Library.
- Masks are required in the Law Library at all times.
- Individual seating in the library has been marked at six-foot intervals. Since our chairs are largely on rollers, we ask that you maintain this distance to ensure that your classmates remain safe.
- Please do not move chairs from their designated location to other locations.
- Eating is prohibited in the library. Drinking is allowed in covered spill-proof or capped containers. Eating and drinking are allowed in the Student Lounge on the second floor of the Law Center across from CC’s, and in outdoor spaces.
- Group Study Rooms are available for use. You must have at least two people in your group to use a study room, and at least two people must be present at the time of checking out the room and present in the room during the reservation period. Two members of the study group must leave a current student ID to check out a study room key, and they must return the key at the end of the period for which they have reserved the room.
- The Law Library will provide reference services remotely. If you need assistance with research or finding materials, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org), call (225-578-4042), or contact us via chat using this page.