This website uses cookies to ensure site visitors get the best experience on our website. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies and Privacy Statement. To find out more, please visit Southern University's Privacy Statement.

I agree

Plans continue for Fall 2020 semester amid COVID-19

Southern University continues to plan for a safe return to the Baton Rouge campus for students and employees. Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, several changes are underway. Among them are:


  • Face coverings are required at all times on campus.
  • Everyone entering campus must have their temperature checked at a designated checkpoint.


For the Fall 2020 academic semester, students have three options for classes: traditional (in-person), fully online and hybrid (blend of traditional and online instruction)). Online classes will be delivered through Moodle unless otherwise notated. Students are encouraged to continue registration for classes through the Banner system, even if classes listed do not have an “online” designation. For in-person classes, the maximum occupancy is 15 students, at least a 50 percent decrease from normal class sizes. Social distancing (work stations 6 feet apart) will also be implemented. All classrooms will have sanitization stations so students and faculty can self-sanitize seating and other classroom items before utilizing. Additionally, all buildings will be sanitized by professional custodial services regularly. Classes begin on Aug. 12. For the Fall 2020 academic calendar, click here


Residential Life and Housing has several guidelines to keep students safe as they move in and live in on-campus facilities. These includes each student bringing a maximum of two guests and two vehicles to assist with their move-in and frequent sanitization. Visitation has also been suspended during this time. For move-in dates, procedures and more information, click here. Safety precautions will also continue to be implemented by Campus Dining, inlcluding take-out meals.


COVID-19 testing and prevention services for employees and students will continue. For employees, this includes testing through CareSouth, and health consultations and medical treatment from Ochsner Health. Students will continue to receive the same services via the Student Health Center. Both students and employees will have access to adequate sanitization stations throughout campus. While the university aims to provide protective face coverings for everyone, individuals are still encouraged to bring their own daily.


Plans will continue to be updated in accordance with local, state and federal health and safety guidelines. For more information about Southern University System’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.