Return to Campus

For students

For students, email Stacy Gilbert at stacyc@latech.edu. Please provide your name, campus ID, cell phone, whether you live on or off campus, and best method to contact you.

When a student is symptomatic or tests positive with symptoms – resides on campus

If you are a student who resides on campus and you either have symptoms of or test positive with symptoms for COVID-19, you will need to self-isolate until cleared.  If you wish to leave campus to return home, contact University Housing at 318.257.4917 to make arrangements.

If you will self-isolate on campus, University Housing may relocate you to units designated for isolation in Mitchell Hall.  A member of Student Affairs will frequently check on you and will assist with accommodations for dining and coursework.

Where possible, after 24 hours has passed, the impacted room and any common areas will be cleaned.

The student will be able to return to in-person activities once one of the following has been satisfied:

Symptom-based approach

You may return to in-person, on-campus activities after these three things have happened:

  1. after you have no fever for at least 24 hours (that is a full day of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  2. other symptoms have improved (for example, when cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
  3. at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

When a student is symptomatic or tests positive with symptoms – resides off campus

If you are a student who resides off campus and you either have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19 with symptoms, you will need to self-isolate until cleared.  A member of Student Affairs will frequently check on you and will assist with accommodations for coursework.

The student will be able to return to in-person, on-campus activities once one of the following has been satisfied:

Symptom-based approach

You may return to in-person, on-campus activities after these three things have happened:

  1. after you have no fever for at least 24 hours (that is a full day of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  2. other symptoms have improved (for example, when cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
  3. at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

When a student tests positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic

Time-based strategy

Persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test. If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based or test-based strategy should be used. Note, because symptoms cannot be used to gauge where these individuals are in the course of their illness, it is possible that the duration of viral shedding could be longer or shorter than 10 days after their first positive test.

When a student has been identified as a direct contact with someone who has COVID-19

A direct contact is defined by the CDC as an Individual who has had close contact (< 6 feet) for ≥15 minutes. Anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine based on the following guidelines:

  1. Quarantine can end after Day 7 post-exposure if a diagnostic specimen (PCR or antigen) tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (cannot be tested prior to day 6). Quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
  2. Quarantine can end after Day 10 post-exposure without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
  3. Quarantine can end after Day 14 post-exposure without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. The original 14-day quarantine period remains available if requested.
  4. Persons can discontinue quarantine IF they have remained asymptomatic during the quarantine period. If they develop symptoms at any time during the quarantine process they should get tested as soon as possible. The quarantine period will be reevaluated pending the test results.

For a direct contact who has been fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC, quarantine or testing is not required unless symptoms develop. 

CDC information on when to quarantine – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html