FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HEALTH & SAFETY

Yes!

Louisiana National Guard (LANG) COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine during August 2021

WHEN: Monday – Friday
TIMES: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Leadership Suite (behind the Cotillion Ballroom)

  • PCR testing
  • Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines available
  • The LANG clinic is open to the public

Click here for map.

FILL OUT THIS FORM BEFORE RETURNING TO CLASS OR WORK

When you can return to campus depends on a variety of factors. 
  • If you test positive, you must quarantine for at least 7 days from the first sign of symptoms and not run a fever for 24 hours before you can return to campus. 
  • If you test positive but are asymptomatic, you must quarantine for 10 days from the date of the test. 
  • If you have a weakened immune system or lingering effects, your healthcare provider may recommend staying at home for long periods of time. 
  • Practice everyday preventative measures such as wearing a face mask, washing your hands and staying socially distanced. 
  • Bring to campus a face mask, tissues, and hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. 
  • Students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a Return to Campus form when they return, to provide Nicholls with information that you have complied with all CDC guidelines and are free of symptoms.
  • If you were in close contact – within six feet for 15 minutes or more with or without a mask – with someone who tested positive, fill out the appropriate FORM below and isolate for 10 days since your last exposure to that individual.  

STUDENTS – FILL OUT THIS REPORTING FORM.

FACULTY / STAFF – FILL OUT THIS REPORTING FORM.

Yes. Students must bring their own mask. We must help protect ourselves and the community by wearing our masks in public spaces around campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend cloth face coverings as a way to slow the spread of the virus by decreasing the chance that individuals infected with the virus spread it to others.

You will be required to wear a mask when in buildings, bathrooms, classrooms and hallways. Masks are also required for walking across campus. The only time it is acceptable to remove your mask is when you are in your office, office suite or dorm room.

We are providing both in-office and telehealth services.  Please be aware that we have limited our in-person hours. We will be in the office Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

Our doors will remain locked, so please call us at 985.493.2600 (leave a voicemail if no answer), or contact us via email at healthservices@nicholls.edu, to screen and/or schedule an appointment.  Masks will be required for all in-person appointments.  We may be responding through email or phone calls that may appear from an unknown number. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Health Services Webite

The University Counseling Center is still available to students, faculty and staff. We are offering both in-person and teletherapy appointments. For a teletherapy appointment, all you need is a webcam and internet to participate. Leave a message on our phone line at 985.448.4080 or send an email to counseling@nicholls.edu. Someone will contact you during normal business hours to help you get set-up for an appointment. The center is operating in its normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Counseling Center Website

VACCINES

The vaccines were evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their independent advisory board, which after very careful analysis and review deemed them safe and effective. Prior to the FDA’s review, the vaccines underwent the most rigorous level of clinical trial testing, which is the gold standard for evaluating the safety and efficacy of vaccines in people.

See Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines for additional information.

Current scientific evidence suggests that the vaccines provide a significant degree of protection against all variants, including minimizing the risk of serious outcomes such as hospitalization.

If you only received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, it is critical to get the second dose to be optimally protected; in particular, a single dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines does not fully protect against the delta variant.

If you are not vaccinated but you have been infected with COVID-19 previously, you definitely need to be vaccinated, especially because natural immunity may not protect you against some of these variants. Most recently more than 99% of COVID-related deaths in this country have occurred in the unvaccinated.

Learn more about COVID-19 variants

 

This is a work in progress and only time will tell as we continue to assess the protection afforded by vaccination. However, vaccination induces an even better immune response than natural infection, which lasts at least eight to 10 months. Extrapolating from that, people who are vaccinated should be able to get at least a year and possibly more than a year of protection against COVID-19. 

If you only received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, it is critical to get the second dose to be optimally protected; in particular, a single dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines does not fully protect against the delta variant.

If you are not vaccinated but you have been infected with COVID-19 previously, you definitely need to be vaccinated, especially because natural immunity may not protect you against some of these variants. Most recently more than 99% of COVID-related deaths in this country have occurred in the unvaccinated.

Learn more about how the vaccines work

Immunity conferred by infection is much more variable than that conferred by vaccination, particularly if your infection was asymptomatic or mild. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

It has also become clear that if you were previously infected and then get vaccinated you will have a tremendous immune response that is predicted to be highly protective and long-lasting.

The vaccines were tested in 40,000 people and now more than 400 million doses have been given. Emergency use authorization (EUA) of the vaccines does not equate to being experimental. EUA status was obtained after two months of safety data; full licensure requires six months of safety data.

After 400 million doses have been administered, the safety profile of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines look very good. It’s important to note that both Pfizer and Moderna are now applying for full licensure and it is fully expected that both of these will receive it.

 

Learn more about how the vaccines were developed

COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to build protection. People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or 2 weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

STUDENTS

All Nicholls students will need to have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine shot or have submitted written dissent by Oct. 25 to complete Spring 2022 registration. As of 10/02/21, 56 percent of students have received at least their first COVID-19 shot. I strongly encourage all students to do this as soon as possible to avoid any disruption in registering for spring classes. The COVID-19 vaccine is now on the schedule of required immunizations for all college students at Louisiana’s four-year public institutions. 

Students already vaccinated in Louisiana against COVID-19 do not need to provide proof of vaccination, as the information is stored in a statewide database (LINKS – Immunization Information System) as part of your permanent immunization record. However, students vaccinated within 2 weeks of the October 25 deadline should also upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the UHS patient portal to ensure we have you on record. 

If you still wish to provide a written dissent, or you have a medical contraindication for the vaccine, you must print and fill out this form. 

The Louisiana National Guard is offering the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday in the Leaders Suite behind the Student Union. 

Newly vaccinated students, faculty and staff are eligible for a $100 gift card through the Louisiana Department of Health. Visit Shotfor100.com for details. There are also weekly drawings in the Nicholls Shot at Normal to award prizes to students who have protected themselves and the community by getting the vaccine. Visit www.nicholls.edu/covid-19/ to enter today. 

Yes, students must bring their own mask. We must help protect ourselves and the community by wearing our masks in public spaces around campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend cloth face coverings as a way to slow the spread of the virus by decreasing the chance that individuals infected with the virus spread it to others.

You will be required to wear a mask when in buildings, bathrooms, classrooms and hallways. Masks are also required for walking across campus.

Self-isolate at home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and follow the directions of your healthcare provider. If you are experiencing symptoms or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, contact your healthcare provider to see if you should be tested. Nicholls is dedicated to providing a safe place to work and learn, so we are requiring anyone meeting these criteria to self-isolate until you are cleared from your healthcare provider.

FILL OUT THIS FORM if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms, you do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or State or local public health officials recommend you take one.

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate in your home. The CDC provides these guidelines to follow if you are sick.

Absolutely! Recruitments for all councils are still scheduled for the fall semester. While we are working diligently to determine how these recruitments may look, we know that some virtual aspects may be be included. We have pushed the formal recruitment weeks up to align with the change in start date for the fall semester. Our PHA recruitment is scheduled the week of Aug. 9-12, and our IFC recruitment is scheduled the week of Aug. 16-20. The Office of Greek Life is working with national headquarters to figure out exactly how our Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils’ formal recruitments will be structured. Some virtual aspects may be included.

Our NPHC groups are also expected to have an intake process throughout the fall semester, though each process is specific and different between each chapter.

To register for PHA or IFC recruitment or to learn more about any of our councils, including the NPHC intake process, visit www.nicholls.edu/greek.

Our NPHC groups are also expected to have an intake process throughout the fall semester, though each process is specific and different between each chapter.

To register for PHA or IFC recruitment or to learn more about any of our councils, including the NPHC intake process, visit www.nicholls.edu/greek.

Events and how they will look will be determined by state and university policies just like all RSOs. Groups will be mindful of social distancing and room capacities and hold events accordingly, including our formal recruitments.

Tutoring and freshmen advising are expected to use a blended approach of face-to-face and virtual. This approach enables students to maximize social distancing through the online mode while still having small group options for face-to-face. For more info visit the tutoring website.

For the health and safety of everyone and in accordance with the statewide face covering order Proclamation 89 JBE 2020 and until further notice, even if fully vaccinated,  MASKS are REQUIRED to be worn AT ALL TIMES when using the Rec Center.  This includes when you are actively working out as well as moving around the facility.  Thank you for continuing to help keep everyone safe. 

 

Yes. All decisions about fall programming, activities and Intramural leagues will be guided by the university, state and CDC guidelines at the start of the fall semester. All class offering and activities will be evaluated as to whether they can happen and meet all of the safety guidelines. If a class or activity can be hosted safely and maintain all health and safety guidelines, we will continue to offer those opportunities. It is a possibility that some classes, activities and sports may not be able to happen based on health and safety guidelines in place.

Yes, the majority of courses will be able to offer accommodation to students in need. Unfortunately, it is not known at this time if 100 percent of courses will be offered online to students needing accommodation. Students seeking accommodation should go through Student Access (https://www.nicholls.edu/student-access-center/) with documentation from their healthcare provider showing they are immune compromised and in need of accommodations. Student Access will work with deans and department heads to provide accommodation for the student.

IN THE CLASSROOM

Students in need of tech support can email: itsupport@nicholls.edu

Faculty/Staff in need of tech support help can email: helpdesk@nicholls.edu

 

CALL OR TEXT FOR SUPPORT

IT will use the following phone number to take calls or texts for support in technology in classrooms for the first few weeks of the semester.

(985) 387-5716‬

 
The number will be monitored from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
We are asking for the following information on each request.
Building, Room #, Faculty Name, and a brief description of the issue.
 
Please note that we will make absolute best efforts to respond as quickly as possible to all support requests for classroom technology issues.  We ask for patience in the event that we can not respond immediately.  In a normal semester, we are not fully staffed with student workers until a few weeks into the semester.  Due to the current situation, we are understaffed in student employees in comparison to the start of a normal semester. 

You are safe to continue class. Unless the student or instructor who tested positive was in close contact, defined by the CDC as less than 6 feet from you for more than 15 minutes with or without a mask, the CDC guidelines do not consider you exposed. You would not need to isolate or seek medical attention unless you become symptomatic.

STUDENT HOUSING

If you test positive and live on campus, contact University Health Services at 985-493-2600. They will help guide you on the steps to take from there. Students should not return to your in-person classes. Students testing positive with COVID-19 may need to be moved to temporary housing locations.

The dining hall and Chick-fil-A are open. Masks are required for dine-in at Galliano Hall and Chick-fil-A. 

Monday through Friday, the dining hall’s hours are:

  • Breakfast: 7 to 8 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 

  • Brunch: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Chick-fil-A is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 

Yes, you will be required to wear a mask when going through the line at Galliano Hall or moving to your seat. Seats are arranged to accommodate social distancing, and you can take your mask off to eat. But you must put your mask back on when you leave your table.

HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? ASK HERE!

STUDENT COVID TEST REPORTING FORM

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

FACULTY/STAFF COVID TEST REPORTING 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.

COVID-19 Testing consent form

RETURN TO CAMPUS ONE-SHEET

STUDENT FORMS

HELPFUL LINKS

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.

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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