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Masks will be required on LSU's campus during the spring semester, President Tate announced in an email to students Saturday afternoon.

"In consultation with our faculty Health and Medical Advisory Committee," Tate said, "and looking carefully at the nationwide surge of the Omicron variant, we are building on our successful approach from the fall and providing you with our protocols for the spring 2022 semester."

While LSU lifted its campus-wide mask mandate at the end of the fall semester, masks will once again be required indoors and within 50 feet of building entrances.

Other fall protocols, like the use of HEPA filters in classrooms, monthly testing for unvaccinated students and employees and wastewater monitoring will continue into the spring.

LSU also announced that all students living in on-campus housing, vaccinated and unvaccinated, must show proof of a negative COVID test within five days or a positive test within 90 days to return to their residence.

LSU says that students will receive a link to submit their results, and any form of COVID test, including at-home tests, will be accepted.

Instructors of face-to-face courses have the choice of hosting their classes in person, remotely or in a hybrid format at the start of the semester. However, if positivity rates are below 10% after the first two weeks of the semester, classes will resume their scheduled delivery.

LSU's fall vaccination mandate remains in place, meaning booster shots will not be required to be considered fully vaccinated and unvaccinated students and employees will resume routine testing protocols.

LSU says that these changes will have no impact on the academic calendar for the spring semester.

"We look forward to seeing you all back on campus soon."

For live updates on LSU's COVID-19 protocol, follow @lsutigertv on Twitter.