Confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus at Grambling State University

Update as of March 27, 2020

To the Grambling State University community:

Grambling State officials learned today that an affiliate who works for our custodial partner has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The individual self-reported to the University and is currently in self-quarantine with no severe symptoms. We express our well wishes on their recovery and offer our continued support.

The individual was last on campus, March 23, 2020 and had limited contact with others. Those team members who had potential contact with this individual have been contacted and instructed to self-quarantine and contact a medical professional if they experience symptoms.

Personnel who continue reporting to campus to carry out essential functions for student support are observing increased sanitation practices, social distancing, and reducing campus density.

The University continues to closely monitor this situation and will keep you informed of any impacts to the campus community. For the latest updates from Grambling State, monitor your email or If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Health Services at (318) 274-2351.

Grambling State Announces Modified Campus Life Procedures as Students Prepare to Depart Campus

University Adjusts Dining Options and Visitation in Conjunction with New Executive Order

Update as of March 24, 2020

Grambling State University announced updates to University operations for students as they transition off campus. Effective immediately, March 16, 2020, Grambling State University issues the following mandates in conjunction with today’s statewide social distancing and restaurant operations mandates from the office of Governor John Bel Edwards:

Campus Dining

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards took more aggressive measures in efforts to ramp up prevention of the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of movie theatres, bars and other establishments which garner large crowds. Additionally, restaurants in the state must no longer allow dine-in patronage, limiting orders to delivery, take out, and drive-thru options in the interest of public safety. Grambling State’s dining adjustments reflect the nature of this development as follows:

  • McCall Dining Hall will operate on a modified schedule from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily beginning with closure at 8 p.m. tonight, March 18.
  • McCall Dining Hall will begin serving only take-out for meal plan holders effective March 17, 2020.
  • Tiger Express will operate on a modified schedule from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with dining options to include Chick-fil-A and The Grid. Steak & Shake, Pizza Hut (closed March 24), Firehouse Subs (closed March 24), Taco Bell and the campus convenience store JTS and are closed as a result of reductions in available student workforce.

Campus Visitation

Visitation to campus by non-students and non-University personnel is hereby restricted. All campus dwellers must possess current University identification.

Restricted Hours of Campus Activity 

Students are hereby required to return to residence halls each night by 10:15 p.m. Campus activity must cease beyond 10:15 p.m. All campus facilities, including the dining hall, computer labs and laundromats, will close at 10 p.m.

Notification of Spring 2020 Semester Residence

All students residing on campus must complete the Spring Relocation Form no later than Tuesday, March 17. Failure to complete the form indicates intention to transition from campus housing no later than March 23 as indicated in prior University communications.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Social distancing is applicable to all members of the Grambling State community, including students, faculty, and staff. Social distancing is a best practice recommendation by the CDC designed to prevent or slow the spread of novel coronavirus by reducing the likelihood of transmission through opportunities for close contact. In observance of this practice, group gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer people, which includes all on-campus activities for the remainder of the semester. Additionally, individuals on campus are urged to remain at a social distance of 6 feet.

Due to the constant changes in this developing situation, more adjustments to Grambling State’s campus procedures are possible. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged by University administration to check campus email regularly, refer to the webpage, and follow Grambling State’s official social media handles for the latest updates as University leadership continues to monitor and follow developing recommendations from national and state medical leaders.

Grambling State Athletics Suspends Sporting Events and Practices

University Continues Preventative Efforts Against the Spread of COVID-19
GRAMBLING, La – March 12, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced that all athletic practices, sporting events travel and in-person recruiting are hereby suspended until further notice as a safety precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
“The safety of our student-athletes and coaching staff is our number one priority,” said Athletics Director, Dr. David Ponton.
The University has also issued a campus-wide travel mandate and cancelled many Spring events to help mitigate health risks on campus. Follow @gsutigers for more updates on Grambling State Athletics, and @grambling1901 for updates on University coronavirus prevention and response.

Grambling State to Begin 100% Online Classes for Coronavirus Prevention

Students Encouraged to Depart from Campus; Classes Suspended March 16-20

GRAMBLING, La – March 13, 2020 – Today, Grambling State announced that classes are suspended for the week of March 16 – 20 and that students should expect to complete classwork remotely until further notice in effort to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Students may begin the process of vacating campus for the remainder of the semester by contacting the Office of Campus Living. The University urges all students to vacate campus no later than March 23, 2020. While campus-wide student departure is strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory. If a student is unable to move off campus by March 23, they are required to send an email to stating their reason for delayed departure and timeline for expected departure from campus.

“We are actively taking every possible measure to ensure that our campus avoids contributing to the spread of novel coronavirus,” said President Gallot.

Consistent with University of Louisiana System mandates, next week’s class suspension aims to support students’ immediate transition off-campus and provide time to invest in the University’s transition to 100% online classes for the remainder of the semester.

Continued University Operations with Heightened Attention to Safety

The shift to online classes will not disrupt regular administrative functions; unless determined by department heads, personnel are expected to report to campus at the usual times.

Campus Dining Continues to Serve Student Needs Throughout the Transition

SodexoMAGIC, Grambling State’s dining provider, is prepared to continue regular 24-hour dining service for students through March 23. Students are urged to observe appropriate social distancing and handwashing consistent with prior prevention instructions.

Students are Encouraged to Depart from Campus by March 23

Campus Living will provide students with support and guidance on housing transitions and other issues related to their departure from campus. The adjusted University academic calendar can be seen at; Spring Break will take place as scheduled with no coursework beginning April 3 and online classes resuming April 14.

Graduating Seniors Should Expect to Forgo Spring Commencement

To avoid large planned gatherings, University administration has opted to cancel the Spring commencement ceremony. Spring graduates will receive their degree certificates via mail and will have the option to participate in a later ceremony to be scheduled.

Yesterday, the University issued a Travel Mandate and a notice that Spring events are cancelled.

More information on remote learning, campus departure, student support, and campus operations is forthcoming. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay informed on the developing situation by checking University email, text messages, and following official University social media handles.

GSU NOTICE: Travel Mandate Immediately Effective

University Issues Mandatory Travel Restrictions for COVID-19 Prevention  

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community are of utmost concern to Grambling State University. For this reason, the University is immediately implementing a campus-wide Travel Mandate through April 30, 2020 with the following mandatory tenets:  

University-wide Travel Mandates 

  • All university-sponsored international and domestic travel is hereby prohibited;  
  • Personal international travel is strongly discouraged by the CDC and Grambling State; 
  • Effective immediately, the University requests student and staff to disclose travel plans, both international and domestic, through the GSU Registry of Personal Travel Form (find link in your Grambling State University email.)


International Travel Regulations 

  • Grambling State strongly urges extreme caution and judgment for your personal international travel; should students or staff choose to engage in personal international travel, these persons will be required to complete a GSU Confidential Health Form (find link in your Grambling State University email) and self-isolate until receiving further guidance from University Health Services. 


Regulations for Inbound Travel and Visitors to Campus 

  • Anyone, including University affiliates and invited guests, who arrives on campus having visited or traveled through a location with a CDC levels 1-3 travel warning and areas of high-concentration for COVID-19, must complete a GSU Confidential Health Form (find link in your Grambling State University email) and self-isolate until receiving further guidance from University Health Services. Visit the CDC website for current information on travel warnings and high-risk destinations. 


Please keep in mind that your travel choices can have urgent impact on those you come in contact with upon arrival and return to Grambling State and other destinations. 

Further information on the University’s COVID-19 Prevention and Response efforts are forthcoming.  

Grambling State Cancels Spring Events for Campus Safety

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GRAMBLING, La – March 12, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced the cancellation of several Spring campus events through April 30, including the annual Spring High School Day, Women’s History Convocation and campus visit by John Warner Smith, Louisiana’s Poet Laureate. 

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Grambling State Issues Public Challenge to “Look for the Label” for University Support

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GRAMBLING, La – March 11, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University relaunched its “Look for the Label” campaign, challenging supporters to only purchase licensed Grambling State University apparel and items. 

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From President Gallot: Presumptive cases of COVID-19 reported in South Louisiana

Dear Faculty, Staff & Students,


Our administrative offices are closely monitoring developments concerning COVID-19 coronavirus in order to keep you informed of public safety notices. The University’s recently developed Coronavirus Prevention & Response Task Force has been preparing for a potential threat in our area for several weeks, remaining in constant contact with state & local health officials for guidance.

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Democratic National Convention’s Donna Brazile to Keynote Women’s History Convocation

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GRAMBLING, LA – March 6, 2020 – Democratic political strategist, Donna Brazile will keynote Grambling State University’s Women’s History Month Convocation on Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Brazile’s keynote address aligns with the 2020 National Women’s History Month theme: “Valiant Women for the Vote.”  

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