Research Closure

March 23, 2020; 1:45 p.m.

To the LSU Research Community, 

In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order and guidance from Interim President Galligan, the LSU campus is closed except for an extremely limited number of essential personnel. Please review the governor’s order online and adhere to it. Reducing your exposure to other people is the only way to control the spread of this virus. 

What does this mean for research activities and laboratories?

  • LSU leadership is asking all researchers to transition immediately to shutdown mode for laboratories, allowing only essential personnel to continue operation.
  • Essential personnel are defined as those responding to the COVID-19 threat, and those who are required to maintain instruments, sample archives, or organisms in LSU laboratories.
  • Those required to maintain instruments, sample archives, or organisms in LSU laboratories must enter and complete activities as quickly as possible, then exit the building.
  • We realize there are experiments in progress, but these need to be shut down immediately, to be in compliance with the Governor’s 5:00 p.m. deadline for March 23, 2020.
  • Faculty offices and labs should not be used for writing, email correspondence, or related activities. Department offices in buildings will be closed.
  • All activities must be undertaken with strictest attention to CDC guidelines for social distancing and hygiene.
  • All personnel designated to provide this support for research facilities should be identified in the ORED survey that was distributed last week, along with the days that entry is requested. If you have not completed it, please do so at this 5 minute survey. 

If you have concerns about being able to comply with these research restrictions, please contact your college dean. For additional research questions or information, please visit the LSU COVID-19 Resource Research page, or send an email to ORED’s centrally monitored email,