Keeping LSU safe and healthy

Monday, August 3, 2020; 3:30 p.m.

Dear LSU Community,

As we prepare to return to campus this fall, your health and safety remain the university’s top priorities. As outlined in our Roadmap to Fall, LSU will implement a COVID-19 Monitoring System as well as a public health study on the virus. Both initiatives will be conducted in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations of testing, contact tracing, and isolation to help effectively prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus. Our aim is to ensure a successful semester for our students, faculty, and staff. 

COVID-19 Monitoring System 

To help prevent large outbreaks of the virus on campus, we will track positive cases and perform contact tracing to the greatest extent possible. Faculty, staff, and students will fill out a questionnaire to provide us with information to help with contact tracing and providing assistance to you, should you be exposed to the virus. Everyone will also be required to self-monitor their symptoms by responding to a daily symptom-check request via text message or web-based application. 

Public Health Study 

We will also conduct a public health study on COVID-19 by randomly selecting a small percentage of the campus community to participate in virus testing. Those selected will have the option to participate – it is voluntary. Participants will first be given an antibody test, then will be tested for the virus via a saliva test multiple times throughout the fall semester. This group will serve as a microcosm for the whole campus, showing us what percentage of LSU is being exposed to the virus and how often. If you are selected to be part of this study, I encourage you to accept the invitation; you will be doing our community a great service. 

You’ll be receiving additional details soon on both of these efforts.

These preparations for our return to campus may seem complicated or even inconvenient at times, but they’re essential measures we must take to persevere through these unprecedented times. Please continue to keep an eye on our Roadmap site for the most current information.  

We may not be able to predict the future with exactness, and we may have to adjust our plans as we go, but one thing I’m sure of is that Tigers always rally to do their part for the greater good. Now is no different. Let’s show the world how Tigers come together when it matters most. 

I look forward to seeing you on campus in just a few short weeks.


Thomas C. Galligan, Jr.
LSU Interim President and Professor of Law