NOLA universities requiring COVID-19 tests, flu vaccines before students return to campus

Updated: Jan. 5, 2021 at 4:55 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - College campuses in New Orleans are requiring students to take extra precautions, including proof of negative COVID-19 tests and flu vaccinations before returning for the spring semester.


All new and returning students will be required to take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus at Tulane University, school leaders announced Tuesday, Jan. 5.

New this spring, students are also required to have a flu vaccine. The campus will be providing shots, but school leaders encourage students to take advantage of local pharmacies.

More information can be found here.


All new and returning students will be required to provide negative test results prior to move-in. Dates for testing vary, based on their Safe Spring Return campaign.


Students will need to test for COVID-19 within five days prior to their return to campus. Students who are learning completely virtual and not engaging with the campus at all are exempt. Read more here.


Testing will be required to return to Dillard’s campus in January. Residential students will not be permitted to move into their rooms or attend classes without proof of testing. School officials encourage students to contact local pharmacies or primary care physicians and schedule an appointment within seven days of returning.

Employees are also required to complete and provide proof of testing before returning to work this spring. Read more here.


All UNO students will begin the semester virtually from Jan. 29 through Feb. 13.


Classes will be a combination of in-person, online, and hybrid with approximately 70% of classes online and 30% of classes including Nursing, Health Science classes, and labs in person.

With most classes online and with school officials adhering to strict temperature checks and enforced mask-wearing, COVID tests will not be required for students and staff who are returning to campus on January 19.

For classes that cannot be taught remotely, UHC officials will adjust class structures to accommodate 6-foot physical distancing and provide hand sanitizers in buildings. Cleaning and disinfection procedures will be in place for all campus classrooms and offices.

Campuses are also requiring students to participate in ongoing COVID surveillance throughout the semester.

Officials are requesting that students take precautions and quarantine for 5-7 days prior to their return to New Orleans.

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