LSUA Advances with Initial Fall Semester Plan

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Posted by Char Thomas on Monday, July 20, 2020


3. Communication

  • Continued updates to the University’s COVID-19 webpage, hereor visit
  • Ongoing messages from the
    administration about protocols and practicesPERSONAL STEPS

    1. Monitor Your Health

    • Be aware of common symptoms (listed below) and avoid campus if you experience them

    2. Tips & Prevention

  • Wash hands frequently, including after touching common surfaces, using the restroom, or sharing office or school supplies
  • Wear a face covering and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Refrain from contact like handshakes, hugs, or other physical interactions
  • Limit gatherings and maintain social distance3. Mental Health & Wellbeing

    • This is a difficult time for many reasons, and if you need to speak to a counselor, contact the Division of Enrollment and Student Engagement at 318-767-2604 or email or to schedule an appointment; appointments can be in person or via videoconference.

    • The State of Louisiana also
    provides telecounseling options 24/7 for individuals with stress related to COVID-19 by calling 1-866-310-7977.


The welfare of students, faculty, sta , and guests is the University’s foremost concern. Accordingly, we are adopting a number of practices to minimize risks. That said, safeguarding the campus community is a mutual obligation. The University will take appropriate steps, but members of the community must also be accountable and responsible for their health and the health of the wider community.


1. Physical Distancing

  • Classroom capacity limited to 50% to reduce risk and increase physical distancing
  • Options for remote learning and HyFlex* scheduling
  • Limiting capacity for events or moving events outdoors
  • Physical divides – such as plexiglass barriers – at desks and frequently visited o ces
  • Guidance to minimize tra c in hallways between classes and at student services2. Disinfecting & Cleaning
  • Daily cleaning of classrooms, common areas, and student services desks and windows, and frequently touched surfaces
  • Disinfecting wipes available for students to wipe down spaces before and after classes
  • Increased number of hand sanitizer and soap dispensers in high-traffic areas


*See page 5



Testing, quarantine, and contact tracing are a critical part of containing the spread of SARS- CoV-2, so the University’s risk management o cer will provide weekly updates on testing locations in Rapides Parish. Testing sites are updated regularly for all parishes at the Louisiana Department of Health website, here or visit

It is critical to avoid campus if you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19,

have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had recent close (within six feet for fteen minutes or more) contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Again, DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO IS SICK. Students should attend class remotely if feeling ill.

Current recommendations and requirements for individuals who may be positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 are listed in the table below.


Symptomatic Con rmed Positive

Symptomatic Awaiting Test/Con rmed Negative

Asymptomatic Con rmed Positive

Asymptomatic COVID19 Close Contact*

Immediate 14-day isolation unless other- wise indicated by a healthcare provider

Attend class remotely

Only students who are unable to isolate at home will be provided campus accommodations

Monitor symptoms; additional testing may be necessary

Three days with no symptoms (ten days after symptoms began) before returning to campus (without fever-suppressing medication)

Compliance with local public health quarantine orders

LDH contact tracing, healthcare provider attestation to return to campus

Immediate quarantine while awaiting test results

Attend class remotely

Students are encouraged to quarantine at home

Monitor symptoms; additional testing may be necessary

Three days with no symptoms before returning to campus (without fever-sup- pressing medication)

Compliance with local public health quarantine orders

Healthcare provider attestation to return to campus

Immediate 14-day isolation unless otherwise indicated by a healthcare provider

Attend class remotely

Only students who are unable to isolate at home will be provided campus accommodations

Monitor symptoms; additional testing may be necessary

Compliance with local public health quarantine orders

LDH contact tracing; healthcare provider attestation to return to campus

Immediate 14-day quarantine unless otherwise indicated by a healthcare provider

Attend class remotely

Students are encouraged to quarantine at home

Monitor symptoms; additional testing may be necessary

Compliance with local public health quarantine orders

Medical provider attestation to return to campus

*Being within six feet of someone who is positive for COVID-19 for fteen minutes or more, with or without a face covering.

*If anyone should receive a positive COVID-19 test result, he or she is required to notify LSUA by contacting Daniel Manuel (



The University is also a community, and community members are expected to avoid endangering the health of other members of the community. This is best achieved by wearing a face covering when

it is not possible to maintain six feet of distance between individuals. Coverings must be worn when indoors or when unable to distance outside, and must cover nose and mouth. Faculty and sta should also wear face coverings in shared o ce spaces. Students in violation may be charged with Failure to Comply under the Student Code of Conduct, as quoted here:

Defying the order or instruction of a University o cial, other authorized person on behalf of the University or any University policy, contract, mandate or rule. This includes emergency protocols put in place during times such as, but not only, a natural disaster or a pandemic.


The campus community is encouraged to stay abreast of the latest information about COVID-19. Monitoring for common symptoms is an
important step in protecting your health and the health of the entire campus. Symptoms typically appear between two and 14 days after exposure, but some people experience no symptoms. More information about COVID-19 symptoms and a self- check to help with decisions about appropriate care are available from the Centers for Disease Control website, here or visit

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or muscle aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose

•Nausea and vomiting


The University will follow current processes for students with disabilities who request accommodations. Students who would like
to requests accommodations should contact Daniel Manuel at Please keep in mind accommodations need to be requested each semester.


The University will o er multiple options for students to complete their coursework. This will enable every student to meet their needs, while feeling safe and comfortable. Course

o erings will include on-campus, remote, HyFlex, and 100-percent online classes.

On-campus classes have been adjusted to ensure small class sizes in larger classroom spaces. This will facilitate physical distancing for faculty and students.

Remote learning will consist of classes designed to be taught face-to-face. Lectures will be held on speci c days/times, and students are expected to login to the required video conference and participate during the designated class time. Remote courses o er students the opportunity to have a structured class environment and engage on a personal level with classmates and faculty without physically being on campus.

The HyFlex option is a hybrid between on-campus and remote. Students will rotate between meeting in a classroom and via video conference.

Courses that are 100 percent online will continue as normal. Students may login at their convenience and complete coursework and discussion online.




All regular faculty and sta support for instruction will continue. O ce hours may be held via video conference or telephone. The Writing Center and tutoring programs will also continue, with options to meet via video conference. LSUA also o ers 100 percent online tutoring via ThinkingStorm on the student’s MyLSUA portal.

Several spaces around campus will be designated as study/remote work areas. These areas will be appropriately spaced and allow students to login to their remote courses if they have other classes in-person that day.


To ensure the safety of our Residential Life sta and residents, common areas, including the Club House, will see increased cleaning. Occupancy will be limited to no more than one person per bedroom.

The move-in process will also be restructured to minimize risks. Move-in will take place over two days, with assigned days and times provided to residents. Freshmen will move in on August 21st. All other students will move in on August 22nd. All paperwork required for move-in will be signed digitally prior to arrival.

During move-in, students will drive by and show an ID through a plastic partition. Sta will con rm their room number and issue them a “move-in packet” containing keys and a map to their apartment. Instructions for reporting issues with the apartment and other key Residential Life information will be on the bed of each resident. Additionally, if a student orders books through the LSUA Bookstore and requests it, bookstore sta will place the student’s books in their bedroom prior to check-in. This will allow the student to avoid a high-tra c area.

Dining will continue to operate on a grab-and-go basis, rather than bu et style, with limited seating in the Magnolia Cafeteria. Intensive cleaning of tables and surfaces will take place daily. There will also be additional hand sanitizer dispensers in the cafeteria. More information to come.


Under the University’s plan for the Fall semester, Student Life events and organizations will follow appropriate social distancing guidelines, including holding meetings and events in virtual formats if possible. Socially distanced student organization meetings will
be allowed. Events and programs will be held outside to the extent possible.


Orientation will be held in a virtual format. Students will be able to view and interact with sessions that are designed to help them become familiar with LSUA, learn how to be- come a successful student, and (virtually) meet others in the Freshman Class of 2020! More information will be available soon. Visit the Orientation webpage at:


Athletics will follow all guidelines as directed by the NAIA, along with federal, state, and local authorities and will adhere to social distancing guidelines for campus athletic facilities. These guidelines will include reduced occupancy in the training and weight rooms and enhanced cleaning of equipment. All athletics sta will be required to wear masks.


Resources will be dedicated to daily cleaning of classrooms, high-touch surfaces, and common areas. Best practices for disinfection, according to CDC recommendations, will be followed.


• Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)or visit

• Centers for Disease Control (CDC)or visit

• American College Health Association (ACHA)or visit