LSU announces new changes coming this fall amid COVID-19

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New changes coming to LSU will affect incoming students who will live on campus. Alex Wells says he’s concerned he may catch the coronavirus when he moves into his dorm at LSU this fall.

“I’m scared to get it, hopefully, I don’t get it,” Wells said.

Wednesday LSU leaders announced changes to its housing policies amid the coronavirus.

“We’ll continue to create the safest spaces that we can for [students] and make sure we’re doing our best to keep the space safe and clean as we move forward,” a representative from LSU’s residential life said during a zoom meeting Wednesday.

This comes one day after we reported a petition circulating demanding change. Students say they believe their health is at risk.

Changes include dorm furniture will be spread out, community bathrooms will get a full cleaning twice daily and more. Another change limits the number of people in common spaces such as the elevator.

“This is going to be a very different experience than what we’re used to,” the residential life representative said. “Our number one priority is not creating excessive exposure to a space or putting ourselves in places where too many folks in one place at a time.”

Currently, thousands of students are expected to move in this fall. Wells says having that many students in the same space isn’t ideal during this time.
Move-in day is August 15. Wells says for now all he can do is make sure he continues to do all he can to stay safe.

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