GUIDELINES

Nicholls has taken several steps to ensure your safety as we get ready to return to our beautiful campus for the fall semester. It cannot stop there, however. We must work together to ensure a safe return to campus for all. The following shows some of the steps we have taken and also includes some guidance you can follow to help ensure everyone’s safety. 

Spring 2021 Semester Guidelines

CAMPUS SAFETY

  • Facilities are being prepared for the campus to re-open.
  • Signage is up to remind everyone of hygiene, wellness and distancing.
  • Lexan and plexi-glass shields are being placed in key areas.

DAILY ENTRY TO CAMPUS

  • Wear your mask when on campus including all public space such as buildings, offices and classrooms.
  • Report to a designated checkpoint to complete the Daily Health Questionnaire.
  • Temperature will be taken and a wristband or sticker will be issued
  • Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will be sent home.
 

CLASSROOM SAFETY

  • Desks in classrooms are arranged for 6-feet distancing.
  • Instructional podiums are arranged to be 6-feet from student seating.
  • Signage is visible on desks that are NOT available to use.
  • Faculty will visually verify students are wearing wristbands.
  • Office hours with students will be virtual throughout the fall semester.

HANDWASHING

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash hands.

DISTANCING

  • Maintain at least 6-feet distance between each other.
  • Avoid entering the work spaces of others unnecessarily.

FACE COVERINGS

  • Students must bring their own masks.
  • Masks in class rooms, common areas, and around others are required.
  • Disposable masks should be discarded at the end of the day.
  • Cloth face coverings should be used for a single day and laundered before reuse.

SYMPTOM MONITORING

  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • If you feel like you may have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your
    medical provider.
  • If you live on campus and are experiencing symptoms, tested positive or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, contact University Health Services at 985-493-2600 for guidance. You may need to be moved to a temporary housing location.
  • Contact your supervisor or instructor if you will not be at work/class and follow all instructions from the medical provider.

Phased Plan for return to campus:

Our University’s plan includes phased protocols for each of the following areas guided by science and recommendations by the CDC and other public health officials. Through each phase, considerations should be made for vulnerable individuals and those who share a home with a member of the vulnerable population:

Phases are defined by the White House guidelines as defined and declared by the Office of the Governor.

Telework for non-essential₁ employees should be strongly encouraged if not mandated. If employees need to return to work it should be done in phases with appropriate social distancing  protocols and common areas should be closed. In-person classes and labs should be restricted to 10 or fewer including instructors, with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines. Students, faculty, and staff shall wear masks in the classroom. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors shall comply with posted university regulations in common areas and other shared spaces on campus. Special accommodations shall be implemented for students, faculty, and staff who are members of a vulnerable population or are required to routinely be in the presence of a member of a vulnerable population.

Telework should remain an option for non-essential employees. If employees need to return to work it should be done in phases with appropriate social distancing protocols and common areas should be closed. In-person classes and labs should be restricted to 50 percent of the fire marshal’s max occupancy, with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines.

Students, faculty, and staff shall wear masks in the classroom. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors shall comply with posted university regulations in common areas and other shared spaces on campus. Special accommodations shall be implemented for students, faculty, and staff who are members of a vulnerable population or are required to routinely be in the presence of a member of a vulnerable population.

University operations should be near pre-pandemic operations with distancing and occupancy provisions in place based on the recommendations of the CDC, the Louisiana Department of Health and other public health officials. Students, faculty, and staff shall wear masks in the classroom. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors shall comply with posted university regulations in common areas and other shared spaces on campus.

The university should remain flexible should a need arise to return to Phase 1, Phase 2, or Stay at Home.

Special accommodations shall be implemented for students, faculty, and staff who are members of a vulnerable population or are required to routinely be in the presence of a member of a vulnerable population.

₁ Non-essential means those employees whose physical presence is not required during an emergency. An employee’s classification as essential/non-essential may vary in accordance with the type of emergency or the stage of emergency response. **Controlled laboratory environments may be excepted.