LSU Housing Coronavirus Information

Live Well, Be Well

We look forward to the fall 2020 semester and have been hard at work making plans to create a safe and welcoming environment in which students can live and learn. Here's how we intend to do that in campus housing amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

These plans reflect current public health guidance and are subject to change before and after classes begin. We will continue to proactively communicate any changes that may affect campus residents, including if the institution requires some or all students, faculties, and staff to temporarily vacate residencies, and/or requires students to fully vacate residencies.

Messages

July 23, 2020
Cancellation Waiver - Extended

July 8, 2020
LSU Housing - Fall Plans & Coronavirus

June 30, 2020
LSU Housing Updates - Fall 2020

June 19, 2020
Fall Housing Updates and Fee Waivers
to Fall ECA & WCA Residents

June 19, 2020
Fall Housing Updates to Incoming First-year Students

June 16, 2020
Changes to Fall Academic Calendar to All Students from LSU

June 24, 2020
COVID-19 Updates to Ed Gay Apartments

June 23, 2020
COVID-19 Protocols - Summer Apartments


Cleaning

LSU Residential Life is adhering to all guidelines and practices set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the state of Louisiana and the LSU Emergency Operation Center (EOC) regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19 and is continually modifying operations based on the evolving recommendations. Our communities will receive enhanced cleaning as follows:

  • Community bathrooms will receive a full detail clean two times per day, morning and afternoon, and an additional disinfection with an electrostatic sprayer 1-2 times per day, providing up to 4 instances of disinfecting daily Monday-Friday. Bathrooms will be treated with an electrostatic sprayer once per day on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Suite bathrooms, ECA and WCA bathrooms will receive a full detail cleaning weekly and an additional disinfection with an electrostatic sprayer one time per week.
  • Common spaces will receive a full detail clean in the morning and afternoon, with two additional treatments of disinfection with an electrostatic sprayers, providing four instances of disinfecting daily Monday-Friday. Common spaces will be treated with an electrostatic sprayer once per day on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Elevators will be disinfected several times a day as part of the common spaces protocol.
  • Computer labs, classrooms, and exterior spaces (tables, benches, chairs, bike racks) will also have enhanced cleaning protocols.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located at every entrance of every building and on every floor next to elevator buttons, so everyone can sanitize their hands going on and off the elevator.
  • Hand sanitizer will also be placed in offices, at community desks, and in computer labs.
  • Students remain responsible for their individual room’s cleanliness and taking preventative measures.

Community Standards & Resident Expectations

  • We expect all residents to follow directional signage in communities.
  • We also expect residents to wear a face covering anytime outside of your room/apartment.
    • All campus residents will receive an LSU gaitor (shown in picture above) and a refillable, personal hand sanitizer at move-in.
  • Anyone entering the community will be asked to wear a mask.
  • Review complete Coronavirus Community Standards on page two (2) of the 2020-21 Living on Campus Handbook.
  • Potential violations of these policies will be addressed through the Residential Life Student Conduct Process. If found responsible for violating the policies through the process, appropriate outcomes will be assigned to residents. Outcomes may include removal from on-campus living.

Physical Distancing

  • Furniture will be arranged at the optimal physical distancing placement upon move in. Students are encouraged to keep the furniture as is.
  • Common area furniture will be removed, rearranged, or marked as not usable to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • No more the three (3) people are allowed in an elevator at one time.
  • Residents will practice physical distancing and not exceed posted occupancy of community spaces.
  • We're evaluating all residential programming to limit group sizes while encouraging involvement and building strong communities.
  • We're cooperating with partners across campus to promote social distancing and current health protocols.

Guests

Guests are defined as any individual who is not a contracted resident of the building in question. Socialization is an important part of the college experience, especially for first-year students. We hope residents will get to know their neighbors inside their building during phases one and two, and then get to know more people in other buildings as campus enters later phases of reopening. Guests are permitted in accordance with the following:

Phases 1 & 2: No guests/visitation within Residential Life communities

Phase 3: Limited guests/visitation within Residential Life communities

  • One guest per resident.
  • Guests must always be escorted by host resident within the community.
  • Guests are limited to current Residential Life residents.
  • Visitation hours are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • No overnight guests.

Phase 4: Limited guests/visitation within Residential Life communities

  • One guest per resident.
  • Guests must always be escorted by host resident within the community.
  • Guests who are not current residents must check-in and check-out via the community front desk.
  • Visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, and until 3 a.m. on weekends.
  • No overnight guests.

Normal: Return to standard Residential Life guest and guest visitation policy

See pages 14-15 of the Living on Campus Handbook.

Prevention (Download Preventative Actions Flyer)

Members of the LSU community can reduce their risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus by following these measures:

  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing/sneezing. Dispose of tissue in the trash after use.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer, at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are unavailable
  • Limit close contact with individuals
  • Do not share food and drinks with others
  • Disinfect common, shared household objects often

General Updates

  • July 23, 2020 - Residential Life will not check out kitchen-related items, such as pots and pans, from the front desk until further notice. 

Most Asked Questions

In consultation with campus health professionals, protocols for dealing with sick and well students will be in place. The first option is for the resident to quarantine or isolate at home, if feasible. If not, plans will include quarantine and isolation accommodations using a mixture of on- and off-campus facilities.

Residents that exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or that have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must:

  • Contact a medical provider within one (1) business day and self-quarantine.
  • Self-quarantine means not going into the public and/or interacting with other people.
  • Inform their community’s Residence Coordinator (RC) that they are going into self-quarantine. 

If a resident’s health provider has confirmed or suspects they have COVID-19, the resident must:

  • Inform their community’s Residence Coordinator (RC) that they are going into self-quarantine.
  • Inform their community’s RC that they are either in need of accommodations to isolate, or that they are leaving campus to isolate.
  • We encourage residents to report their status to LSU by emailing reportcovid@lsu.edu.
  • Residents must disclose all travel per policies set forth by the LSU EOC at lsu.edu/coronavirus.

After isolation, the resident's space will be left vacant for seven (7) days, if possible, then receive a spray disinfection treatment followed by a detail cleaning by staff.

The first-year live-on expectation remains university policy. Students are welcome to submit an exemption request if they feel other housing arrangements are better for their well-being during this time. Email reslife@lsu.edu for exemption details.

To consider your options, we are extending cancellation fee waivers through July 31, 2020. If you decide to cancel your on-campus housing contract, complete this form.

The housing contract remains an academic-year contract with cancellation fees starting August 1.

Checking out before the end of the semester will not result in a housing credit. Rent rates will remain as published. We continue to work hard to keep rent rates steady and act as good stewards of resources amid the rising costs of operating during the ongoing pandemic.

To consider your options, we are extending cancellation fee waivers through July 31, 2020. If you decide to cancel your on-campus housing contract, complete the form at lsu.edu/cancelhousing.

Residence Halls

Residence halls will remain open through the last day of finals and close for winter break as usual. When classes move online after the Thanksgiving break, November 25-27, 2020, students living in the residence halls have the following options:

  1. Return home for the Thanksgiving break and remain home until the spring semester. You should prepare your room for winter break closing, turn in your key or sign out at the front desk, and take everything you could need over the winter break. You will not have access to your building until the communities reopen in January.
    or
  2. Remain on campus for the Thanksgiving break and through the end of finals. You will prepare your room for winter break closing, turn in your key or sign out at the front desk, and take everything you could need over the winter break by the end of finals week, December 12, 2020. You will not have access to your building until the communities reopen in January. LSU Dining options may be reduced after Thanksgiving.

Apartments

Apartments remain open through Thanksgiving break and winter break as normal. Like the university, we hope to reduce the chances of an outbreak of the virus that could be caused by exposure through travel and encourage you to limit travel.

We're adding more move-in dates and assigned move-in times to reduce the volume of students and families on campus at any given time and minimize contact with other families and staff. Your designated move-in time will show in the “My Details” page of the housing portal beginning July 15, 2020.

  • Move-in for first-year students is planned for August 15-19, 2020.
  • Move-in for students living in apartments is planned for August 16-23, 2020.

Each student will have a 2-hour window to move in. Roommates will be assigned together.

No volunteers will be available to assist.

No more than two individual people may accompany a student who is moving into the community.

Students will also be limited to two cars to move in.

Move-in details will be added to lsu.edu/moveinday.

We anticipate housing all first-year students on campus who want to live on campus.

First-year students who are currently on the waitlist and do not have a room assignment will receive a room assignment this summer. Check the “My Details” page in the housing portal for your room.

We understand it’s tough to be patient on something so important, but we assure you we are diligently working to move students from the waitlist to their fall room assignments.

We are preparing to convert upperclassman apartment building(s) into a first-year community because of the large size of the entering class. If this happens, we will begin moving West Campus Apartments residents into available spaces in East Campus Apartments and Nicholson Gateway Apartments. If rooms are still needed after that, we will reassign residents to an off-campus partner property, within walking distance to campus and staffed with LSU resident assistants. Depending on the community and apartment style, the rent rates may vary. The earliest we will know if we will use an partner property is late July.

We understand this is not ideal for you and you may prefer to live elsewhere for your well-being, so we are waiving contract cancellation fees through July 31, 2020, if you prefer to live elsewhere. Advance rent is non-refundable during the July 11-31, 2020, waiver extension period. 

Cancel your 2020-21 on-campus housing contract at lsu.edu/cancelhousing.

Per the housing contract, you contract for a space, not a particular space. The institution can require some or all students, faculties, and staff to temporarily vacate residencies and may require students to fully vacate residencies.

We can't predict what the semesters will be like, but we will continue to monitor public health, state, and university guidance. We will continue to proactively communicate any changes that may affect campus residents.

Per the housing contract, the institution can require some or all students, faculties, and staff to temporarily vacate residencies, and/or require students to fully vacate residencies.