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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 2022.

LSU Law Center COVID Reporting Form

 


Questions and Answers

What testing and vaccination policies are in place?

Detailed information regarding testing and vaccination policies can be found here. Note that students living in on-campus residence halls and apartments are subject to additional requirements, detailed here.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

Students, faculty, and staff, as well as all visitors, are required to wear a face covering (a “mask”) at all times, in any public, indoor, area of the LSU Law Center when there is a mask mandate in place on the LSU campus. This includes, but is not limited to, all classrooms, hallways, and the Law library. When mask mandates are in place, there will be no eating or drinking in the classrooms during class absent an approved ADA accommodation. The Law Center’s designated area for food and beverage consumption is the student lounge on the second floor.

Is there a daily check-in or symptom-checking requirement?

Yes. Continuing the requirements of the last academic year, faculty, staff, and students will use the TIGER Check COVID-19 Monitoring System to help slow the spread and protect the campus community from this virus. The LSU community will be required to self-monitor their symptoms daily, and faculty, staff, and students will then respond to a daily symptom check request that will be sent via text message or can be accessed through a web-based application. The daily symptom checker requires respondents to take a one- to two-minute assessment of their symptoms. Once respondents have provided limited information, they will be provided with feedback. More details about the monitoring system may be found here.

What do I do if I test positive or am exposed to someone with COVID-19?

LSU has published physical isolation and quarantine protocols, available here. IF you test positive or are in close contact (fifteen minutes or more within six feet) with someone with COVID-19, or are primary caregiver for a child who tests positive or must isolate, you should not come to campus again until you have been in isolation or quarantine (as applicable) as directed in that protocol. Rather, 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 Associate Dean Carroll, providing the details of the isolation or quarantine period. You should review the 2021-2022 attendance policy to be sure you have followed all steps necessary to receive attendance credit for classes missed while in isolation. 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.

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?

Follow the protocol detailed here.

What do I do about class attendance when I am required to isolate?

What will happen if there is a significant outbreak of COVID-19 at the Law Center?

Although LSU is implementing a broad range of health and safety measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the campus community, it is impossible to guarantee that there will not be an increase in the infection rate. For that reason, we might at some point have to modify our current plans, whether for a significant outbreak or in the event that new federal, state, or local regulations require us to modify our plans. Barring a significant and widespread outbreak, vaccination, testing, isolation, and quarantine protocols that are being implemented to help mitigate the spread of the virus will be enacted as planned.

What happens if I do not wear a mask to an in-person class during a period of mask mandate?
What happens if a classmate does not wear a mask to class during a period of mask mandate?

If a student does not wear a mask to class during a mask mandate, the faculty member will dismiss the student from class to retrieve a mask from the student’s car, locker, or (if available) the vending machine. In some cases, the faculty member may be able to refer the student to another location in the building where a disposable mask is available. If the student refuses to wear a mask properly or at all or to leave the classroom, the faculty member is instructed to call the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs immediately before proceeding with class. The Assistant Dean will come to the classroom to speak with the noncompliant student. If necessary, the Assistant Dean will then call LSU Police to remove the student from 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?

High capacity in-room HEPA filtration units are being added to each classroom. Many areas will be stocked with individual sanitizing wipes for students to use, and hand sanitizer will also be readily available. All faculty and staff will be engaging in the same daily self-screening measures as students, and they are subject to the same general public health measures as students.

Does the LSU Student Health Center provide services to Law Center students?

The Student Health Center is available to all full-time Law students. This is part of the student health fee you have paid.

Website: lsu.edu/shc
Service Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Medical Clinic Phone: 225-578-6716

Will my tuition or fees be reduced as a result of online/distance or remote classes?

No. We are committed to providing the same high-quality education you chose when you selected the LSU Law Center for your education, and you still have the high-quality faculty you would have had if 100% of your courses had been able to be in-person courses. In addition, whether this is your first, second, or third year with us—the degree toward which you are working remains that of the state’s flagship Law Center. We do not sacrifice quality because of the pandemic. Tuition and fees were announced and fee bills posted and paid 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. 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 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, and we continue to pledge to do everything we can to keep our costs down and our quality high.

For information on financial aid, visit LSU Financial Aid & Scholarships.

What policies are in place for use of the Law Library?

The Law Library is open during the spring 2022 semester. Law Library hours are available here. 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.

  1. Masks are required in the Law Library at all times.
  2. Please do not move chairs from their designated location to other locations.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The Law Library will provide reference services remotely. If you need assistance with research or finding materials, please email (lawreference@lsu.edu), call (225-578-4042), or contact us via chat using this page.