Frequently Asked Questions
How will you keep us safe as we return to the Law Center?
- We are collaborating working with Ochsner Health to devise a plan to keep our employees safe. We’re asking all employees to wear a mask in public areas and when they are around others, and to follow proper hand hygiene. To help, we have installed desk shields in the classrooms and frequented customer service offices, hand sanitizer stations in public areas, thermal imaging cameras to detect temperatures, and signage that serves as a reminder to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. We’re also encouraging social distancing, so you may see some changes to our break areas, and signage to that effect.
- Ochsner will be on-site to provide daily temperature checks at entryways. Employees who aren’t feeling well will be encouraged to work from home.
- Employees can also take advantage of our onsite Virtual Employer Clinic, powered by TytoCare. The Virtual Employer Clinic allows your employees to talk to a provider virtually without leaving the building. When not in the office, they can also download the Ochsner Anywhere Care app to start an urgent care virtual visit from wherever they are. No appointment is needed, and providers are available 24/7. You’ll also receive priority when making an appointment for either a virtual or in-person visit.
- You’ll also have access to a COVID-19 Information Line and symptom tracker.
How did you determine what our business needed to do to safely bring employees and customers back?
- Members of Ochsner’s Employer Solutions Survey Team visited our location and provided a comprehensive assessment of our current workplace conditions. From there, they provided recommendations that we have implemented to improve the safety of both our staff and our customers/clients return.
What if I’m not feeling well, and think I might have COVID-19?
- If you have developed COVID-19-related symptoms, you can call Ochsner’s COVID-19 Info Line at 844-888-2772 to speak to a nurse 24/7. If you test positive for COVID-19 and are safely recovering at home, you can also enroll in Ochsner’s text-based symptom tracker.
- Students- You are required to report positive cases of Covid-19 to the Law Center administration as soon as possible. Please send an email to Shenequa Grey, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org further information will be provided regarding next steps.
- Ochsner has also provided us with a concierge phone line so that you can have expedited provider appointment scheduling – either in person or virtual. Calls will be answered as “Preferred Employer Concierge Appointment Scheduling.”
- Results from your COVID-19 test will also be expedited.
Should I cancel my on-campus event or meeting?
- We strongly urge canceling non-essential events or meetings of 10 people or more. This social distancing measure will limit the spread of illness. For gatherings of any size, take steps to lower risk: use video- and teleconferencing options such as Zoom; and remind attendees to practice social distancing and avoid shaking hands.
- Events with speakers invited from off campus—whether the speakers are international or domestic—should be cancelled, postponed, or conducted remotely. The purpose of this guidance is to reduce the chance of transmitting illness into or out of the Law Center community.
When and how can employees and students use Zoom for meetings?
- Events with Given the extraordinary additional demand anticipated, and our need to prioritize academic use, below are some basic guidelines for employees using Zoom sensibly:
- Consider whether you need to hold a meeting.
- Use alternative means to communicate when possible (telephone, Slack, Microsoft Teams, email).
- If you hold a Zoom meeting, keep it short.
- Video calls are most effective when they are 45-min or less.
- Consider adopting a 10-min "stand-up" approach-a meeting not long enough to sit down-and focus on priorities of the day
- Close out of your Zoom session when you are done. Do not host a persistent Zoom session.
How do I practice social distancing?
- Social distancing is a way to reduce exposure, slow the spread, and minimize transmission of contagious diseases. We must practice universal social distancing to protect everyone. Limit your movements outside of your home. Avoid public spaces, large gatherings, and proximity in confined spaces. Maintain at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and others when you go out. Avoid shaking hands with anyone and close physical contact with individuals displaying symptoms. Use collaboration, video conferencing, and teleconferencing tools instead of holding in-person meetings when possible. All members of the Law Center community are asked to help in these social distancing efforts.
Are visitors allowed on campus?
- The Law Center’s goal is to reduce the number of people on campus—including visitors—in order to slow the potential transmission of the virus and protect vulnerable populations from exposure. All members of the Harvard community are asked to help in this effort.
- Events with speakers invited from off campus—whether the speakers are international or domestic—should be cancelled, postponed, or conducted remotely.
- Individuals, programs, and groups are responsible for informing their guests about the Law Center’s coronavirus policies. Review the meeting and event guidance. Any visitor arriving to campus from a location with a CDC Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 must follow the same guidance the recommended policy: self-quarantine for 14 days in another location upon arrival/return. The CDC designation can change quickly, and anyone welcoming a visitor should confirm the location’s CDC travel designation. There is widespread, ongoing transmission of COVID-19 worldwide. This includes international locations and locations in the United States.
Are campus tours still offered?
- Effective March 10, all public and private in-person tours of Southern University Law Center have been discontinued until further notice. The Law Center is taking steps to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other. Our actions are consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. We have an online photo gallery for anyone who would like to explore the Law Center from home.