Return to Campus: Fall 2020

Health & Safety

University Updates

We are in Phase III of our return to campus operations. In this phase, most buildings are open and the majority of staff are working on campus. Students are still attending all classes in an online format during the summer. For the fall semester, classes will be offered online, face-to-face on campus and a hybrid combination of these, depending on the course.

Face coverings are required in all buildings on campus.

Questions and Answers / FAQs

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Announcements

Face Coverings

Face Covering

Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering is required when inside a building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing.

All students, staff and faculty who will be on campus will receive a cloth LU face covering as supplies last.

Face Covering FAQs


Reporting Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Submit this form if you have a positive result for the Covid-19 Coronavirus test.


Safety Precautions

  • What kind of deep cleaning and cleaning schedules are being planned for campus?

    During the summer months, our custodial staff concentrated deep cleaning efforts in buildings throughout the campus. Everything from the floors to the ceilings have been cleaned and sanitized. As classes resume in the fall, we are committed to providing normal daily housekeeping duties, with an emphasis on disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects. All classrooms and educational facilities will be fogged daily with a disinfectant that meets the EPA’s criteria for use against the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • What hand sanitizers and other cleaning supplies will be available across campus?

    CDC recommended, alcohol-based, hand sanitizer stations will be located in all buildings, primarily at facility entrances, exits, high-traffic areas and other places where hand washing capabilities are not readily available or easily accessible. Disinfectant-wipe stations will be placed at various locations throughout campus along with posters in all bathrooms of hand washing tips and techniques. Additionally, spray disinfectant, paper towels and/or disinfectant wipes for use on shared equipment, such as computer labs and other similar situations, can be requested by submitting a work request at dept_facilities@lamar.edu or by calling Facilities Management at x8470.

  • What is being done to assist with ventilation in buildings, classrooms and other areas around campus?

    Maintenance personnel have been performing extensive preventative maintenance on our buildings’ heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. We are increasing Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value filter ratings, to the highest levels, depending on HVAC system limitations to enhance central air filtration. In conjunction with the increased filtration, circulation of outside air to building HVAC systems will be increased as much as possible. Temperature and humidity levels will be balanced, and the addition of more fresh air will help dilute airborne bacteria, reducing exposure, and making infection less likely.

    We also are exploring opportunities to utilize ultraviolet light technology in campus buildings. These systems have been installed in the HVAC ducts at several facilities and have been used to control bacterial and fungal growth on the cooling coils. Maintenance personnel are currently inspecting these systems and performing repairs as needed.

Social Distancing

COVID-19

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea are considered symptoms of COVID-19.

  • When do I need to seek medical attention if I have tested positive?

    According to the CDC, if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake or bluish lips or face, you need to call 911 or call ahead to your emergency facility, letting them know that you have or may have COVID-19.

  • What do I need to do if I test positive for COVID-19?

    Please report your positive result using our online form. This will help to notify the appropriate department at LU for faculty, staff or students who may need additional information during this time. You are to isolate at home for 10 days starting with your test date as day one.  You may resume social interaction after the completion of all 10 days. 

    Report a Positive Test

  • What do I do if my family member or someone I have been around a lot tests positive for COVID-19?

    According to the CDC, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19 if:

    • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
    • You had direct physical contact with the person.
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
    • They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
  • What is the protocol if a student is symptomatic and tests negative for COVID-19?
    Stay home and isolate for 10 days. If symptoms do not worsen, you still must complete the 10 days of isolation.  If symptoms worsen, call a health care professional or the SHC for a follow up appointment and possibly a retest.  If your test was negative or no test was done after seeing a medical provider for a second time, complete the 10 days of isolation and then return to work.  If your test was positive after seeing a medical provider for a second time, then you will start isolation for 10 days with the new test date as day one.
  • What quarantine and communication strategies will be used when students, staff and faculty test positive?

    There will be a total number of Lamar University students, faculty and staff who test positive listed at the top of this page as an ongoing total. Contact tracing will be conducted. If you are told by someone that they tested positive, encourage them to go to this page at lamar.edu/return and fill out the form listed near the top of the page. Remind them that they should self-quarantine until they have received their test results. Students need to notify their course instructors so they can keep them involved in class and not receive penalties for absences.

  • I was sent home to self-quarantine on the advice of a health care professional but my test was negative. When can I come back to campus?

    If you were sent home to self-quarantine and were exposed to someone who tested positive then you need to stay at home for 14 days from the last date of contact with the COVID-19 positive person, regardless if you yourself tested negative. 

    If you tested negative and were not exposed directly to a COVID-19 positive person and just went to get tested, then you may return to campus the next day.

    Exposure to a COVID-19 positive person means you were within six feet for longer than 15 minutes. If you do not meet both of these parameters then you were not exposed.

  • What do I need to do if a student in one of my classes notifies me that they have been tested and it was negative?
    No action is required if the student tested negative and they are not having symptoms, as long as they were not directly exposed (within six feet for longer than 15 minutes) to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • What do I need to do if a student in one of my classes notifies me that they have been tested and it was positive?

    If a student states they tested positive for COVID-19, have the student submit a Maxient report.  The Dean of Students office will then notify the student and clarify dates and times of their results and instruct the student on what actions are now needed: isolation if the test was recent, nothing if the test was done more than 10 days ago.  The faculty member will be notified if the student is not able to attend face to face class and when they may return. 

     

  • What do I do if I believe a work-related exposure made me ill?

    If you believe a work-related exposure made you ill, then you must notify your supervisor, or a higher-level person within your department, of an on-the-job injury, or first clear symptoms of an occupational disease within 30 days of that injury or first clear symptoms.

    The supervisor must notify Human Resources and complete the TWCC-121 (Supervisor’s Investigation of Employee Accident/Injury) the same day of the accident/injury/illness) and return it to Human Resources.

  • How do I notify the university while protecting their privacy if I know of an individual who may have been exposed to COVID-19?

    Identifying persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19 is essential to effective Contact Tracing. Contact Tracing is a key strategy used by local and state health department personnel for preventing further spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. It is part of the process of supporting affected individuals and warning contacts of exposure in order to stop the chains of transmission. 

    If you have symptoms of the virus, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, go get tested. If someone you know is experiencing symptoms, please encourage them to get tested. Most urgent care facilities are now offering test options and many are covered by insurance.

    If you are having a COVID virus test, please let the Student Health Center know if you are a student at 409-880-8466. If you are a staff or faculty member, please contact Bert Wagner at rwagner3@lamar.edu  or 409-880-8474. They will provide you with information you may need as you await test results.

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