Colonels Coming Home – COVID-19 Guidelines

In consideration of the University’s commitment to maintaining healthy and safe environments during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following guidelines are expected.  If changes are made to these expectations, the appropriate notification will be made.  Please be mindful of these new expectations established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the resources and support information available on the COVID-19 pandemic site. These expectations, as well as the policies outlined in the Student Policy and Procedure Manual, prioritize the safety and welfare of all members in our community. Individuals who do not abide by the expectations and policies are subject to referral to the Office of Conduct and Accountability.

Violation of COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines Reporting Form


    1. COVID 19 – Corona disease that emerged in 2019.
    2. Signs – Objective measurements (temperature/breathing)
    3. Symptoms – Not objectively measured ( How a person is feeling)
      1. Common Signs and Symptoms
        1. Fever – A measured temperature of 100.4° F or greater, or feels warm to the touch.
        2. Difficulty breathing – shortness of breath
        3. Muscle pain – pain throughout your body.
        4. Fatigue – Tired, worn out, exhausted, feeling run down.
        5. Chills – A feeling of coldness.
        6. Headache – a continuous pain in the head
        7. Cough
        8. Lost of taste/smell
        9. Sore Throat
        10. Congestion or runny nose
        11. Diarrhea
    4. Asymptomatic – No signs but can infect someone else.
    5. Infectious period – The time when someone infected can infect other people (2 days before the start of the signs and symptoms throughout the illness).
    6. Timeline – People can infect people 2 days before they know they are sick.  They are most infectious when experiencing heavy symptoms.
    7. Isolation – separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
    8. Quarantine – separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Entry/Exit Control

Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored.


Sign/Symptom Monitoring

Everyone is expected to complete a daily wellness check prior to entering all buildings.  The checkpoint will be located at entrances throughout the campus.  The check will consist of a short questionnaire and a temperature check using a touch-less thermometer (if available).

Upon successfully completing the wellness check a wristband (color of the day) will be issued.

Individuals must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to enter any building.

Residence hall students will complete their wellness check and receive a wristband prior to leaving the building.


Physical / Social Distancing

Maintaining space between you and others is a best practice and is to avoid exposure to the COVID-19  virus and to slow its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others whenever possible, even if you have no symptoms. Physical distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk. Everyone on campus should follow these physical distancing practices:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) away from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid gathering.
  • Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others, even when you wear a face covering.

Face Coverings

In the interest of creating a culture where health and safety are promoted and realized, face masks/coverings are mandatory for all individuals on campus in public settings (e.g., in class, common work spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, campus outdoor spaces, in restrooms, etc.). The mask/face covering will not be required when eating. Emblems and/or insignias that promote profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or hate type slogans are prohibited. Please remember, No Mask-No Entry.

Appropriate use of face masks/coverings is important in minimizing risk to the wearer and those around them. A face mask/covering is not a substitute for physical distancing.  For more information about appropriate use of mask/face covering please go to the World Health Organization.


Guarded Gatherings and/or Events 

With the health and safety of all students at the forefront, guidelines and protocols are provided to assist with planning a safe and successful meeting or event. By balancing health and safety with engagement opportunities, the goal is for the student experience to continue to be positive and safe. All meeting and event guidelines and protocols will be adjusted as needed in accordance with CDC , state, Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and university guidance. Please also see the RSO COVID-19 Event Planning Guidelines.


Residential Living*


  1. Entry/Exit Control – Each resident is required to use their Colonel Card to enter (where applicable), and you may not hold or prop open doors for any other person. After entering a building, sanitize your hands at the nearest sanitizer station and follow signage and all physical distancing guidelines outlined.  Be mindful and be prepared to change your daily routine to adhere to the new campus experience.
  2. Students who reside in residence halls, family housing, and Brady Complex must comply with all orders set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) government (national/state/local), the Office of the President, the Residential Living Handbook, and the Student Policy and Procedure Manual.
  3. Students must wear face coverings while moving about the residence halls outside of their own personal room space. Residents violating the face-covering policy will be subject to disciplinary action.
  4. Residence hall students are not permitted to access area amenities outside of their assigned hall (except for area desks and dining hall commons) or exercise any type of visitation until further notice
  5. At this time, all common area amenities (game lounge, TV lounge, community kitchen, etc.), will be closed to residents. As guidelines change, some areas may open up. This does not include the computer rooms or laundry room. Students should limit occupants to 2 inside these spaces and remain socially distant.
  6. In the interest of community health, residents are not permitted to have guests or visitors of any kind (this includes guests from the same building). The only exception to this guideline is that the visitor is a personal care attendant for students with disabilities.
  7. Please note, due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, Residential Living reserves the right to reassign students as needed for health and safety reasons. If needed, Residential Living will inform students of the timeline and procedures with as much advance notice as possible.
  8. Maintenance Procedure Update – If a maintenance staff member is to enter an apartment/room to complete a maintenance work order, the assigned resident must wear a mask while the maintenance personnel is working in their space. The maintenance staff member will also be required to wear a face-covering while inside the resident’s room, apartment, or suite.
  9. Enhanced Cleaning Procedures in Shared Restrooms – All residents who share a restroom must clean and sanitize their restroom/bathroom space (including toilet, tub, sinks, etc.), at least once per week. Enhanced sanitizing in shared restrooms of rooms with 4 or more will occur (Ellender and Calecas Hall).
  10. Sign/Symptom Monitoring –  Residence hall students will complete a daily wellness check prior to leaving the building. The check will consist of a short questionnaire and a temperature check using a touchless thermometer (if available).  Upon successfully completing the wellness check, a University-approved daily health screen indicator will be issued to those who pass the health screen (sticker, bracelet, etc.).
  11. Signs/Symptoms – Reporting is required (mandatory) – When a person has the virus, they may have a fever (above 100.4° F or 38° C), cough, and difficulty breathing. Additional symptoms may include muscle pain, fatigue, chills, headache, cough,loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and/or diarrhea. These symptoms overlap with several other common illnesses, including influenza. All COVID-19 symptoms must be immediately reported to Health Services at (985) 493-2600.
    1. Quarantine – Asymptomatic residents must be quarantined must follow the COVID-19 guidelines and are asked to self-report their status to Health Services. Should symptoms develop they must immediately contact Health Services.
      1. Once the COVID-19 test results are available, Health Services will determine if a resident is able to return to their regular housing assignment. If it is necessary to move into isolation, Residential Living will work with the resident to determine what they may need from their regular housing assignment.
    2. Isolation – Residents who are remaining in isolation due to COVID-19 symptoms and/or testing positive (based on the direction of a healthcare provider) may be assigned to a designated residential space. It is necessary that these residents remain in isolation for at least 10 days after the onset of the illness (no fever for more than 3 days and symptoms are improving).
      1. For proper containment in the event that a resident has COVID-19, residents in isolation are only permitted in their single room and in the bathroom. All food will be delivered to their door.
      2. Residents in isolation may not interact in person with other people in the hallway or common area, and may not leave their room.
      3. If a resident in isolation needs an item from their regular housing assignment, they should contact the RA on duty.
      4. Guests are not allowed. A student in isolation who violates this expectation will face significant student conduct action which could include interim suspension from the residence halls.
      5. If a resident is required to leave campus, they will be required to provide a medical clearance prior to being allowed to return.


* Nicholls State University Office of Residential Living and the Office of Conduct/Compliance reserves the right to change or alter these procedures at any time. The current ACHA and CDC guidelines will be monitored.

Updated: 7/31/20