LSUS to require vaccine, regular testing for in-person courses

LSUS Chancellor Larry Clark has notified students and faculty that proof of vaccine or regular COVID testing will be required for attending in-person courses.

Clark relayed this via a letter to students and university employees Tuesday night.

“This has been a challenging summer for us as we dealt with the ever-changing dynamics of the current COVID-19 surge that is driven by the Delta variant. We are committed, however, to providing a safe environment for all of those on campus for the Fall semester,” the message read. “These are difficult times for us all, and I urge you to be diligent in maintaining your personal health and welfare, as well as helping to safeguard the health and welfare of those around you. As always, these plans may change as the landscape of dealing with the virus evolves in the coming months. Let us all do our part to stay safe as we learn, grow, and work together.”

Clark’s letter said the Food & Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for anyone age 16 and over was a major factor for the decision.

The requirements notes that any LSUS student enrolled in one or more face-to-face academic courses, to remain enrolled, must present evidence of at least one COVID vaccination shot or begin regular COVID testing beginning Sept. 13, 2021.

Testing will be available on campus throughout the Fall 2021 semester, and the university will host regular vaccination days beginning this week.

LSUS will provide additional information, including a schedule of vaccination dates, testing days and locations, along with how to submit your official proof of vaccination, in the coming weeks.

Students can report their vaccination status HERE.

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