BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — LSU students are back on campus tonight, but as the pandemic rages on, the semester will come with some changes.
“If you were here last year, you definitely noticed it as a little more empty, but since we’re all back to 100 percent in most of our classes, campus will definitely be buzzing today,” said LSU Student Body Vice President Abbie Milligan.
“Excited about the first day I see the students seem to be eager to learn. It’s good to see them back on campus. Everybody seems to be wearing a mask, complying. And that’s what we want to see. And we’re really excited about having the students back on campus,” said LSU President Dr. William Tate.
Students are adjusting to what’s considered the “new normal” with a few new rules and regulations. Some of these changes include, COVID testing, wearing masks and showing proof of vaccination.
“You either test for COVID or you have a vaccination. One or the other in order to be in the community, and we’re very confident that our students understand that, and we’re going to hold them to a higher account as members of the community,” said Dr. Tate.
“You have students who think that LSU is doing too much and that a lot of the measures aren’t necessary. But then you also have a very large student population that thinks LSU maybe isn’t doing enough in terms of classroom sizes and ventilation and maybe not offering a virtual option for every class,” said Milligan.
Dr. Tate said he and his staff will now discuss possible mandates or regulations for the vaccine.