We are dedicated to returning to campus in the safest way possible, providing the college experience you deserve while keeping the safety and health of everyone in mind. The precautions we are taking here at Nicholls State University are in place for the wellbeing of our entire campus community. We encourage you to practice them for your own health and out of respect for others. Visit this page frequently, as information will be updated regularly.

Nicholls Return to Campus Plan Fall 2020

Though we know the fall semester will be different from what we are accustomed to, we are ready to reopen for on-campus instruction this fall. As we return to traditional on-campus operations, we want to assure the Nicholls community that safety is paramount. We will follow all CDC and state safety guidance, and will do everything possible to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff.

Any updates and modifications to fall semester will be communicated on this site in the coming weeks. Check back frequently as information is subject to change if the public health and safety situation changes.




All persons arriving on campus will be asked a short series of health questions and issued either a wristband or sticker noting they have passed the questionnaire and may enter campus. Anyone on campus without the appropriate wristband or sticker will be asked to report to a checkpoint to continue their visit.


Students are asked to report to the academic hall where their first class of the day is located. Checkpoints and directions are set in each hall as noted below:

Building# of Check-in StationsComments
Ayo Hall21- entrance facing parking lot, 1 – entrance facing Madewood
Barker Hall1main entrance
Sciences and Technology21 – entrance facing quadrangle, 1 – entrance facing Madewood
Bollinger Student Union21- main entrance facing Ellendale Dr, 1- entrance facing Leighton
Brady Residential Complex1main entrance
Callais Recreation Center1main entrance
Calecas Hall1main entrance
Candies Hall1entrance next to Elkins
CJFCI – Ledet Building1main entrance
Ballroom1entrance facing Leighton
Elkins Hall1main entrance
Ellender Hall1main entrance
Ellender Library1main entrance
Galliana Dining Hall1main entrance
Gouaux Hall1main entrance
Maintenance Building1main entrance
Millet Hall1main entrance
Peltier Hall42- entrance facing quadrangle, 2- entrance facing Madewood
Education and Behavioral Sciences1main entrance
Powell Hall1entrance facing Acadia Dr
Scholar’s Hall1main entrance
Shaver Gym21- entrance facing Acadia Drive, 1- entrance facing quadrangle
Talbot Hall1main entrance
White Hall1entrance facing quadrangle
Zeringue Hall1main entrance

Student Residents:

Student residents will use check-in stations set up in the residence hall and be cleared prior to leaving the residence hall complex.


Employees will continue to report to their offices and work locations using the same protocols and procedures currently in place.


See what we’ve been doing around campus to make your return to campus safe.



Students, faculty and staff are required to wear face masks in common areas, including classrooms. Students must bring their own mask. Practices to help contain the spread of germs include avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; keeping items such as phones, computers and other tools to yourself; and frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more.

Physical DisTANCING

Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear face coverings and comply with the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing. Unless closer proximity is allowed by physical barriers such as plexiglass, you must maintain six-feet of separation for any contact lasting longer than 15 minutes. This applies to classrooms, labs, dining halls, lounges, gyms and other public spaces on campus. This guidance is subject to change as public health conditions evolve. 


The Louisiana Department of Health recommends COVID-19 testing for any patients who are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, contact your primary care physician for guidance.

Lafourche Parish

  1. Coastal Urgent Care of Thibodaux – Thibodaux
  2. Teche Action Clinic – Thibodaux
  3. Thibodaux Regional Health System with a doctor’s referral – Thibodaux
  4. St. Charles Catholic Church (while supplies last and they ask you bring your ID and insurance)
  5. Lafourche Urgent Care – Raceland
  6. Total Urgent Care – Cut-Off (register on mytotalurgentcare.com)
  7. Total Urgent Care – Galliano
  8. Lady of the Sea – Larose
  9. Lady of the Sea – Cut-Off

Terrebonne Parish:

  1. Coastal Urgent Care – Houma
  2. Ochsner Urgent Care – Houma
  3. Start Community Health Center – Houma
  4. Teche Action Clinic – Houma
  5. Teche Action Clinic – Dulac
  6. Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma with a physician’s order. 

For more information, visit ldh.la.gov

Quarantine & isolation

If a student, faculty and staff member are experiencing symptoms, tested positive or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine or self-isolate in their residences.


Our top priority has been keeping our buildings and public spaces cleaned and cared for. This includes high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, tables, faucets, doorknobs and other surfaces.

We also ask that you ensure your living and office spaces are disinfected to better protect yourself and the community.

CDC guidelines for disinfecting personal living and office spaces include:

  • Using soap and water or appropriate cleaners for surface areas.
  • Wearing disposable gloves when disinfecting.
  • When cleaning and disinfecting electronics, follow the manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.
  • Avoid getting moisture into USB ports, headphone jacks, and other openings.

For disinfection, use products recommended by the EPA.




  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  2. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  3. Avoid eating or drinking after others.
  4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  6. Stay home when you are sick.
  7. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  8. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  9. Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  10. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  11. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).


Watch for Symptoms!

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

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