LSU will require students to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or negative test for the fall semester, university president William Tate announced Wednesday.
"I urge each of you – students, faculty, staff and your families – to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so. The vaccine is free, safe, effective and readily available on campus and throughout most communities. It is the single most effective thing you can do to help us restore 'normal' operations to the university," Tate said.
Unvaccinated students will have to test monthly throughout the semester.
Tate added that a mask mandate will remain in effect, requiring face coverings indoors or within 50 feet of building entrances.
"As we have done throughout, we will continue to monitor the progress of the pandemic and be prepared to modify our approach as conditions warrant. Our decisions will be based at all times on the latest available data and expertise from the Centers for Disease Control, Louisiana Department of Health and our own health and medical experts," said Tate.