If you are a student who who has tested positive for COVID, has been tested and awaiting results due to COVID symptoms or close contact, or has been in close contact with a COVID positive person Please use the link below to fill out the Google form. (Must use Nicholls email address.)

Return to School Self-Certification FORM


If you are a faculty/staff who  has tested positive for COVID, has been tested and awaiting results due to COVID symptoms or close contact, or has been in close contact with a COVID positive person Please use the link below to fill out the form.



If you or anyone you know would like to be tested for COVID-19, the Louisiana National Guard is providing free COVID-19 tests in front of Bollinger Memorial Student Union. Testing is open to the public and takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  If you have previously been tested, it is okay and even encouraged to retest for current results. To receive a free test, you must provide a telephone number or email address. Photo ID is not required. Registration is not required but will help speed up the process.

You can register at To use the express line, have the QR code provided at registration on your phone or printed out.

Tests are available for all Louisiana residents ages 5 and older. Children under the age of 16 must have a guardian present. eTrueNorth will process the tests and provide them through email or through the patient portal on their website. Results will be available to patients in 3-5 days after testing.

Contact tracers will reach out to individuals who test positive by calling from 877-766-2130. During the call, they will connect you to resources available to help you safely quarantine. Anyone who tests positive or is in close contact with anyone who does is reminded to report the information to the university by filling out the appropriate form below.



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.


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





Know how it spreads

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common will work.

Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

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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