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Grambling State Cancels Spring Events for Campus Safety


University Coronavirus Prevention & Response Task Force Issues Important Event Updates  

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. 

“Any threat to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff takes immediate precedence over all other considerations,” said President Gallot. “We see the cancellation of these Spring events as an important step in protecting our campus from potential exposure.” 

Grambling State’s Spring Event Cancellations include the following, however other events may be cancelled in conjunction with ongoing safety precautions:  

  • Women’s History Convocation 
  • Black College Dance Exchange 
  • High School Day 
  • Tiger Fest 
  • HBCU Innovation  
  • HBCU CRNA Tour 
  • Title III Regional Event 
  • Poet Laureate Visit 
  • STEMGrambling 
  • Criminal Justice Lecture Series 
  • Presidents Prayer Breakfast 
  • Concert Choir Spring Performance in Paris

The University also requires cancellation of all activities led by Student Organizations. This list may be updated as needed. Follow @grambling1901 for more updates. 

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

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

UPDATED: December 1, 2020 – 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 January 31, 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. Follow @grambling1901 and check your email regularly for updates.

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.

With presumptive (unconfirmed) cases of the virus reported in South Louisiana, we want to ensure adequate communication and support as the safety of our students and community is our top concern.

Health officials in the state are advising people to:

  • Cover your cough,
  • Stay home if you are sick,
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or with hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available,
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces,
  • Avoid close contact – within 6 feet – of those who are sick.

Please take care to observe these recommendations and stay informed of the most current information on the developing situation by visiting the official website of the


President Rick Gallot

Grambling State University

Message Regarding the Novel Coronavirus

Faculty, Staff and Students,

Grambling State’s administration is monitoring developments related to the Novel Coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. At this time, there have been no cases of the disease on campus, in Louisiana, or even in the Southeast region of the United States. The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, has determined that the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.

However, the CDC and the U.S. State Department have upgraded warnings against travel to china to the highest level. The World Health Organization has also declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Accordingly, the University is prohibiting all Grambling State students, faculty and staff from traveling to China for university business or university academic purposes, until further notice. Travel to China for personal reasons is also strongly discouraged.

Before traveling, check the CDC’s website for health travel advisories or visit the site to learn more about this virus:

This virus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing.

If you traveled to China in the past 14 days and are experiencing these symptoms, you should:

  • Seek medical care immediately. Before going to the Student Health Center, doctor’s office, or emergency room, call ahead and inform them of your recent travel and your symptoms so they can be prepared for your arrival and minimize exposure to others.
  • Avoid contact with others and avoid travel of any kind to help mitigate the spread of the illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. (Covering with your hands will then spread the germs to anything you touch.)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Any Grambling State students who traveled to China in the past 14 days and are not experiencing symptoms should contact the Foster-Johnson Health Center at 318-274-2351 for guidance and assistance.

Members of the Grambling State community, especially those from China, who are not sick but have an increased level of anxiety about the situation can contact the Foster-Johnson Health Center’s Mental Health Service at 318-274-2351 to speak to someone or make an appointment.

The CDC also recommends every day healthy habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

Grambling State will continue to closely follow all developments related to the Novel Coronavirus and will keep the campus community apprised of any major changes in the situation.