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Get the latest information about UL Lafayette's continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don't Wait. Vaccinate!

Don't Wait. Vaccinate.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is an essential step in ending the pandemic and returning to normal on campus.

On Monday, Aug. 23, the FDA announced full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. As anticipated, UL Lafayette students will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a physician’s certification that the vaccine is medically contraindicated, or a written dissent. Learn more about the vaccination requirement.

On-Campus Vaccination Site

A COVID-19 vaccination site is open on campus for the Fall 2021 semester for University students, faculty and staff members, and the general public. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be administered. You can walk in and register on-site.

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the former University Bookstore building at 210 E. St. Mary Blvd. This is the same location as the on-campus testing site.

Parking will be available in the E.K. Long parking lot at the corner of East St. Mary Boulevard and Girard Park Circle, and at a few reserved spots outside Burke-Hawthorne Hall.

The clinics will be administered by members of the Louisiana National Guard in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health and UL Lafayette.

Off-Campus Vaccination Sites

Schedule a vaccination appointment off campus

If you'd rather talk to someone, you can call the state's vaccine hotline at 1-855-453-0774.

Register to Win Prizes

Students vaccinated against COVID-19 have ten chances to win a prize in the University's "Don't Wait. Vaccinate!" incentives program. The sooner you get vaccinated against COVID-19, the more chances you will have to win. More importantly, the safer our campus community becomes.

Enter the vaccination drawing

Starting Monday, Aug. 16, the first 6,160 students at UL Lafayette to get their first or second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at the on-campus clinic may receive a $100 bank card as part of Louisiana’s Shot for $100 Incentive Program.

Students who will receive their second dose of the vaccine must adhere to the vaccine schedule – 21 days between doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days between doses of the Moderna vaccine. Additionally, if you have a vaccination appointment scheduled with another provider and you want to participate in the incentive program, you should cancel that appointment.

Eligible students will receive $100 only once, regardless of whether they receive two doses of the vaccine.

If you have questions about the Shot for $100 program or COVID-19 vaccines, call Louisiana's COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774.

How to Get a COVID-19 Testicon of a COVID test swab and test tube with red liquid inside

A COVID-19 testing site is open on campus for the Fall 2021 semester for University students, faculty and staff members, and the general public. You must make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 test.

It will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the former University Bookstore building at 210 E. St. Mary Blvd.

Parking will be available in the E.K. Long parking lot at the corner of East St. Mary Boulevard and Girard Park Circle, and at a few reserved spots outside Burke-Hawthorne Hall.

The testing site is administered by members of the Louisiana National Guard in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health and UL Lafayette.

See a list of other local COVID-19 testing sites from the Louisiana Department of Health.

Information for Students

Symptomatic students are reminded to complete the COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Form when told to quarantine or isolate because of exposure to COVID-19, or if they are presumed positive because of symptoms and testing.

Information for Employees

Employees who visit the testing site must complete the Daily Self-Check questionnaire before they arrive on campus. Health care personnel, and faculty and staff members who work in a health care setting, must complete the HCP self-check questionnaire before they arrive on campus.

People experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who are under quarantine will be permitted to visit campus for testing purposes only. Quarantined or symptomatic student residents will be required to return to their assigned housing immediately after testing. All others under quarantine or experiencing symptoms will be required to leave campus immediately after testing.

Guidelines for if You Feel Sick or Ill

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms associated with COVID-19, or do not feel well for any reason, do not come to class or to campus.

Students who feel unwell should complete the Anticipated or Unplanned Absence form to alert the dean of students.

If you are experiencing COVID or flu-like symptoms

  1. Go home/stay in your residence, avoid contact with others, and inform your roommates.
  2. Call the Student Health Center at 337-482-1328. If you are told quarantine or isolate because if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are presumed positive because of symptoms and testing, complete the isolation and quarantine form.
  3. A representative from the Student Health Services COVID-19 response team will call you to complete a case investigation and instruct you on next steps. You must participate in the case investigation.
  4. Contact your instructors to inform them of your situation (i.e., if you have been instructed to quarantine or isolate, etc.) and discuss possible arrangements and ways to keep up with your courses. Do not wait until you are behind to reach out to your instructors.
  5. Student Health Services will monitor your quarantine/isolation period. At the end of the quarantine/isolation time frame, you must complete a self-certification form, stating that you do not have any symptoms, or that your symptoms have improved.
  6. Student Health Services will email you a Return-to-Class form that you will turn in to your instructor. You cannot return to class without this form. If you have any additional questions regarding COVID-19, contact the COVID call center at 337-482-1399.

Guidelines for Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Individuals

Students and employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 should adhere to the following guidelines.

If you are fully vaccinated and are:

  • Asymptomatic, you do not need to quarantine and testing may be required.
  • Symptomatic, you must test.
    • If your test result is negative, quarantine and isolation will be determined by your health care provider.
    • If your test result is positive, you must isolate for at least 10 days.

If you are not vaccinated and are:

  • Asymptomatic, you must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Symptomatic, you must test.
    • If your test result is negative, you must quarantine for 14 days or follow the recommendations of your health care provider.
    • If your test result is positive, you must isolate for at least 10 days.

The above guidelines follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Louisiana Department of Health, and other agencies and is subject to change

Absences from Class

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms associated with COVID-19, or do not feel well for any reason, do not come to class or to campus.

Students who feel unwell should complete the Anticipated or Unplanned Absence form to alert the dean of students.

If you are experiencing COVID or flu-like symptoms

  1. Go home/stay in your residence, avoid contact with others, and inform your roommates.
  2. Call the Student Health Center at 337-482-1328. If you are told quarantine or isolate because if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are presumed positive because of symptoms and testing, complete the isolation and quarantine form.
  3. A representative from the Student Health Services COVID-19 response team will call you to complete a case investigation and instruct you on next steps. You must participate in the case investigation.
  4. Contact your instructors to inform them of your situation (i.e., if you have been instructed to quarantine or isolate, etc.) and discuss possible arrangements and ways to keep up with your courses. Do not wait until you are behind to reach out to your instructors.
  5. Student Health Services will monitor your quarantine/isolation period. At the end of the quarantine/isolation time frame, you must complete a self-certification form, stating that you do not have any symptoms, or that your symptoms have improved.
  6. Student Health Services will email you a Return-to-Class form that you will turn in to your instructor. You cannot return to class without this form. If you have any additional questions regarding COVID-19, contact the COVID call center at 337-482-1399.

If you are immunocompromised or uncomfortable attending classes

Consider your personal situation and determine if you can attend face-to-face classes. If you determine you should not attend classes on campus, review the course schedule and choose classes that are held online, remote, or that are HyFlex.

Though HyFlex courses have an in-person component, many can be modified to 100-percent remote delivery by working with the instructor.

If you start the semester but cannot complete it

If you realize you are unable to complete the semester in person once it begins, contact your instructor to see if there are any options to complete the course remotely.

Masks Required on Campus

All individuals are required to wear face coverings over their mouths and noses in all indoor spaces while on University property unless alone in their private offices or workspaces.  View the University's policy >

It is recommended that individuals wear masks outdoors while on University property.

Masks will be available in all face-to-face classrooms, though students are encouraged to wear their own if they have one.

Instructors will be provided with transparent face masks in face-to-face scenarios to ensure maximum clarity, particularly for students who rely heavily on visual communication.

Social Distancing

Social distancing means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing it's recommended that you stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. The University will follow all CDC guidelines, which recommend maintaining 6 feet between people where possible.

Tips & Prevention

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Vaccines are safe, effective and the most powerful tool we have to combat – and end – the pandemic.

Along with becoming vaccinated, you can take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Visit the CDC's website for more information on prevention.



Tip 1. Wash hands with soap or water for at least 20 seconds. If you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.

Tip 2. Avoid crowds or gatherings. Keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.

Tip 3. Keep objects and surfaces clean.

Tip 4. Wear a mask or cloth face covering to protect others in public areas.

Tip 5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Tip 6. Avoid contact with sick people.

Tip 7. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or elbow when sneezing.

Tip 8. Put tissues in the trash bin and wash hands.

Tip 9. Do not share eating utensils and food.

Tip 10. Increase ventilation, open windows when possible.

Some Common Symptoms

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you cannot come to campus.

If you start experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact Student Health Services at 337-482-1328 immediately.

 

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Taking care of your mental health is important.

Mental health resources

Telehealth Counseling Sessions Available

The University's Counseling and Testing Center is offering telehealth sessions. Emergency in-person appointments are available.

To schedule a telehealth session, please (337) 482-6480 or email counseling@louisiana.edu. Sessions and services are free to University faculty, staff, and currently registered students.

Learn more on the Counseling and Testing website, including the center's plans for the upcoming semester and a list of resources to help you manage stress and emotional health.

Disinfecting & Cleaning

The University is taking safety measures to maintain the cleanliness of our campus to mitigate any spread of a possible infection.

What we're doing

Our custodial staff meets daily to discuss and follow up on all safety requirements, updates, and changes regarding the COVID-19 virus. Academic building inspections are taking place multiple times a day across our campus. The staff is using approved disinfecting agents to kill all bacterial, viral, and infection droplets on all surfaces, door handles, stair rails, restroom facilities, and water fountains. All hand sanitizing dispensers are checked multiple times daily.

How you can help

Disinfecting supplies will be available in classrooms so that faculty and students can wipe down desks, podiums, and equipment between classes and labs.

Hand sanitizer will be available in all buildings and classrooms. Be sure to wear a mask and keep your hands clean.

What to do if you're showing COVID-19 symptoms

Students must be free of ANY symptoms that are potentially related to COVID-19 before coming on campus. Currently, COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Fever;
  • Chills;
  • Muscle pain;
  • Headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • New GI symptoms;
  • Trouble breathing;
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest;
  • New confusion;
  • Inability to wake or stay awake; and
  • Bluish lips or face.

Students experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the virus must remain at home and contact their primary care clinicians or Student Health Services in order to seek advice and receive clearance before returning to campus.

The University requires anyone coming from CDC Warning Level 3 countries or those who know that they potentially have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days before returning to campus. If a student develops symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 at any point, regardless of whether or not the student has traveled recently, the University requests that students contact their primary care clinicians or Student Health Services.

Students must report if they are COVID-19 positive, if they have been asked to quarantine, or isolate.