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Get the latest information about UL Lafayette's return-to-campus plan and our continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Absences from Class

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, go home/stay in your residence, avoid contact with others, inform your roommates, and call the Student Health Center at 337-482-1328. If you are told quarantine or isolate because of you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are presumed positive because of symptoms and testing, complete the isolation and quarantine form.

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 fall 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 students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear masks in public areas. View Gov. Edwards' mask mandate.

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 stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. The University will follow all CDC guidelines, which require maintaining 6 feet between people in all environments.

Class sizes have been designed to maintain at least 6 feet between all students and faculty. In some instances, seats and desks may be blocked off to ensure social distancing.

Signage in halls and common areas directs traffic flow and reminds viewers of appropriate behaviors, such as social distancing, proper hygiene and PPE protocols, and maximum room occupancies.

Tips & Prevention

You can take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Download our safety advice and tips sheet  and 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.

 

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 fall 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.