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Horizon League and Cleveland State Suspends All Athletics Practice and Competition Indefinitely

CSU President Sands Virtual Town Halls

Virtual Town Hall - March 25, 2020
Virtual Town Hall - March 20, 2020


March 31, 2020 6:40 pm - Important information on the Pass/Fail Grading Option
Office of the Provost

Dear Students:

As was announced last week, CSU has added a Pass/Fail grading option for Spring Semester to all undergraduate and graduate courses, except those that require a letter grade for licensure or regulatory reasons. This policy change is designed to give students greater flexibility and less stress given the current situation.

Students can choose Pass/Fail or continue toward a traditional letter grade. Important points on Pass/Fail are listed below. For complete details of the new policy, please click here.

  • Before choosing the pass/fail option students are strongly encouraged to speak with their academic advisor.
  • The pass/fail option will appear on the student transcripts as an S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory).
  • Students can choose the courses for which they want the S/U grades (except where a letter grade is required for licensing or regulatory reasons).
  • For undergraduate courses, a letter grade of D or better will earn a grade of S, and for graduate courses a letter grade of B- or better will earn an S. Otherwise the grade will be a U.
  • The deadline to choose the S/U option for Spring Semester is 11:59pm, Friday April 24, 2020. Students will need to complete a form and return it to the Office of the Provost by that time in order to opt-in. Information on when the form is available will be forthcoming.
  • S/U grades are not used in calculating a student’s grade point average (GPA).
  • If students are concerned about how a Pass/Fail grade may impact future graduate school admission, they should contact their academic advisor.
  • The Pass/Fail (S/U) option is different for classes in the College of Law. Please contact Associate Dean Carolyn Broering-Jacobs at c.broeringjacobs@csuohio.edu for details.

If you have questions about Pass/Fail and how it might apply to your individual situation, please contact your academic advisor.

Sincerely,

Jianping Zhu
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


March 30, 2020 6:36 pm - Remote Learning Update

Remote Learning Update

Future updates will be sent on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

OPERATING STATUS
Campus: NON-ESSENTIAL CAMPUS SERVICES ON REMOTE OPERATIONS. DETAILS HERE
Classes: REMOTE LEARNING UNDERWAY

The Lead

  • CSU President Harlan Sands will hold a virtual Town Hall this Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. ET, on the university’s Facebook page. President Sands will provide an update on remote learning and student support services and will answer questions from students. If you are unable to watch the event live, an archived replay will be available on the Facebook page. You can also view replays of the president’s Town Halls from March 20 and March 26.

Student Engagement and Support

  • This is a very challenging time and some students may have trouble coping as a result. The CSU Counseling Center is here to help and is open online and by phone, providing free mental health services to students. To access care, call the Counselling Center at 216-687-2277. The CSUCARE Team is also working remotely and can be reached at 216-687-2048 or by email at magnusacts@csuohio.edu.
  • Remote learning is new for many students and for some it can be a challenge to adapt and stay engaged with coursework. The Tutoring & Academic Success Center is a great resource for tutoring, coaching, supplemental instruction and other services designed to help students succeed. To access help, email tutoring@csuohio.edu or call 216-687-2012.  Also check out the Keep Learning website for resources and support services available to assist students with the transition to remote learning.

Academics

  • CSU has suspended its Academic Standing Policy for the Spring 2020 term, except in instances where licensure and regulatory considerations come in to play. This means that students whose academic performance would normally put them on academic warning, probation, or dismissal (graduate level) will not have that occur this semester, and students whose academic performance would normally progress to probation or suspension under the policy, will be given an additional semester without penalty.
  • CSU is instituting a Pass/Fail grading option to give students more flexibility in the current situation. The option is available for all undergraduate and graduate classes, except those where a letter grade is required for licensure or regulatory reasons. Students can choose Pass/Fail or work toward a traditional letter grade. Details on the Pass/Fail option will be available later this week.

For Faculty and Staff

As the Greater Cleveland community comes together to respond to COVID-19, requests for services, supplies or other resources are being directed to various contact points within CSU. In order to track such requests and respond in a coordinated way, we are asking faculty and staff who receive such requests to direct them to Heather Link in the Office of the President, at 216-523-7359 or heather.link@csuohio.edu.

Staff and faculty with questions on technology such as remote meeting solutions, migrating important files to the cloud, and other issues are encouraged to visit the Keep Working and Keep Teaching websites for a complete list of resources available to facilitate remote work and remote teaching, along with tips, how-to’s and tutorials

On Campus

  • In keeping with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order, CSU campus buildings have been locked and swipe card access disabled until further notice. Only officially designated essential employees necessary for university continuity of operations will be allowed on campus. See the full announcement here. Thank you to everyone for supporting Governor DeWine’s policy and working remotely.

NEW FAQs
Questions we're recevieing:

  • When will CSU resume face-to-face classes on campus?
    We will follow the guidance of public health experts, the state and federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine when to resume face-to-face classes. That guidance continues to be to stay home, practice social distancing and take other precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.  CSU will return to face-to-face instruction on campus when health experts indicate it is safe to do so.
  • When should students expect to hear about refunds of housing, meals and parking fees?
    We appreciate students’ patience as the details of a process to issue pro-rated refunds for Spring Semester have been worked out. Complete information will be available in the coming days.

To see Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.

 


March 27, 2020 6:06 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

OPERATING STATUS
Campus: NON-ESSENTIAL CAMPUS SERVICES ON REMOTE OPERATIONS. DETAILS HERE
Classes: REMOTE LEARNING UNDERWAY

Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

The Lead

  • If you missed CSU President Harlan Sands virtual Town Hall yesterday, be sure to watch the archived replay on the CSU Facebook page. Thank you to students, faculty and staff who took part in the live event. Your questions and feedback will help guide future communication as we continue to respond to COVID-19 and adapt to remote learning.

Student Engagement and Support

  • Check out the Keep Learning website for resources and support services available to assist students with the transition to remote learning. In addition, a complete listing of all CSU campus services and hours of remote operations can be found here.
  • The CSU Bookstore has created a new FAQs page to assist students in navigating textbook rentals, purchases and buybacks. For student convenience, the textbook rental period has been extended 15 days. You can also learn more about free digital ebook options for this semester on the store’s website.

Academics

  • New today: CSU will suspend its Academic Standing Policy for the Spring 2020 term, except in instances where licensure and regulatory considerations come in to play. This means that students whose academic performance would normally put them on academic warning, probation, or dismissal (graduate level) will not have that occur this semester, and students whose academic performance would normally progress to probation or suspension under the policy, will be given an additional semester without penalty.
  • As President Sands shared in yesterday’s virtual Town Hall, CSU will institute a Pass/Fail grading option to give students more flexibility in juggling academic and personal demands in the current situation. The option is available for all undergraduate and graduate classes, except those that require a letter grade for licensure or regulatory reasons. Students can choose Pass/Fail or a traditional letter grade. Details on how this may affect student GPAs, financial aid, and other factors, as well as the deadline for choosing Pass/Fail will be communicated next week.

Technology

  • We are urging faculty and staff to move important computer files to the cloud for remote work. In particular, faculty and staff should not rely on working via remote desktop from individual on-campus PCs. Those systems will be subject to failure (shutting down, needing to be rebooted, etc.), and IS&T is currently not able to resolve issues with those physical systems, due to remote work and the campus closure. Information on how to migrate your data to the cloud, as well as other tech tips, such as using smart phones to scan documents, can be found here.

On Campus

  • In keeping with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order, CSU campus buildings have been locked and swipe card access disabled until further notice. Only officially designated essential employees necessary for university continuity of operations will be allowed on campus. See the full announcement here.

New FAQs 

Questions we’re receiving:

  • Will there be any interruptions in financial aid due to the campus shut down and the transition to remote operations for campus services?
    No. We don’t anticipate any interruption in federal, state or institutional financial aid as a result of COVID-19 and the transition to remote work for university staff. Students with questions about financial aid can contact Allin1 Enrollment Services at 216.687.5411 or allin1@csuohio.edu or review our financial aid FAQ here. Students receiving financial can also review this timeline to stay on top of important dates and deadlines related to financial aid.
  • What free textbook options are available?
    The CSU bookstore can provide free ebook options on a wide variety of subjects to assist students in reducing textbook costs. Please click here to learn more.
  • When should students expect to hear about refunds of housing, meals and parking fees?
    As President Sands noted in his virtual Town Hall, CSU is working diligently on a process to issue pro-rated refunds and/or credits for housing, meals and parking. Complete information will be available in the coming days.

To see Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.


March 26, 2020 7:21 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

OPERATING STATUS
Campus: NON-ESSENTIAL CAMPUS SERVICES ON REMOTE OPERATIONS. DETAILS HERE
Classes: REMOTE LEARNING UNDERWAY

Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

The Lead

  • CSU President Harlan Sands hosted a virtual Town Hall with CSU students today. Thank you for all of the great questions and feedback! This information will help us to further meet the needs of the CSU community as we continue to respond to COVID-19 and adapt to remote learning. You can go to the CSU Facebook page to watch the archived replay at a time convenient to you. You can also see President Sands’ virtual Town Hall from last Friday, March 20, on the Facebook page.

Student Engagement and Support

  • Check out the Keep Learning website for resources and support services available to assist students with the transition to remote learning. In addition, a complete listing of all CSU campus services and hours of remote operations can be found here.
  • The CSU Bookstore has created a new FAQs page to assist students in navigating textbook rentals, purchases and buybacks. For student convenience, the textbook rental period has been extended 15 days. You can also learn more about free digital ebook options for this semester on the store’s website.

Academics

  • Due to the many challenges our students are facing, CSU will institute a pass/fail grading option for all undergraduate and graduate classes, except those that require a letter grade for licensure or regulatory reasons. Details on this as well as additional steps we are taking to accommodate students academically will be forthcoming.
  • CSU’s Division of Continuing and Extended Education is offering discounts on select career and lifelong eLearning certificates including health care and business development/innovation courses for anyone signing up before April 15. Email conted@csuohio.edu for a complete list of discounted, online certificate courses.

Technology

  • We are urging faculty and staff to move important computer files to the cloud for remote work. In particular, faculty and staff should not rely on working via remote desktop from individual on-campus PCs. Those systems will be subject to failure (shutting down, needing to be rebooted, etc.), and IS&T is currently not able to resolve issues with those physical systems, due to remote work and the campus closure. Information on how to migrate your data to the cloud, as well as other tech tips, such as using smart phones to scan documents, can be found here.

On Campus

  • In keeping with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order, CSU campus buildings have been locked and swipe card access disabled until further notice. Only officially designated essential employees necessary for university continuity of operations will be allowed on campus. See the full announcement here.

New FAQs 

Questions we’re receiving:

  • Will CSU provide a pass/fail option for spring courses?
    Yes. Due to the many challenges our students are facing, CSU will institute a pass/fail grading option for all undergraduate and graduate courses, except those that require a letter grade for licensure or regulatory reasons. Details on this as well as additional steps we are taking to accommodate students academically will be shared in the coming days.
  • What free textbook options are available?
    The CSU bookstore can provide free ebook options on a wide variety of subjects to assist students in reducing textbook costs. Please click here to learn more.
  • When should students expect to hear about refunds of housing, meals and parking fees?
    As President Sands noted in his virtual Town Hall, CSU is working diligently on a process to issue pro-rated refunds and/or credits for housing, meals and parking. Complete information will be available in the coming days.

To see Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.


March 26, 2020 1:13 pm - An important message for faculty and staff on remote work
Information Services & Technology

Dear Faculty and Staff:

I want to thank everyone for their efforts in assisting the University in transitioning to remote services. This has been a herculean effort and your support has been invaluable in making it a success!

I wanted to provide some tips on remote working as well as some resources where you can get additional information.

We are urging faculty and staff to move important computer files to the cloud for remote work.  In particular, faculty and staff should not rely on working via remote desktop from individual on-campus PCs. Those systems will be subject to failure (shutting down, needing to be rebooted, etc.), and IS&T is currently not able to resolve issues with those physical systems, due to remote work and the campus closure.

Faculty and staff who regularly access files on a shared server should also move those files to the cloud, if possible.

We have provided information on the Keep Teaching and Keep Working sites on how to migrate your data to the cloud, as well as other tech tips, such as using smart phones to scan documents. Please click here to learn more.

Again, thank you for all of your tremendous efforts in helping CSU to transition to remote work and teaching as we continue to support our students through these challenging and uncertain times. As always if you do need assistance from IS&T please contact the Help Desk at 216-687-5050.

David Bruce
Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer


March 25, 2020 7:39 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

OPERATING STATUS
Campus: NON-ESSENTIAL CAMPUS SERVICES ON REMOTE OPERATIONS. DETAILS HERE
Classes: REMOTE LEARNING UNDERWAY

Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

The Lead

  • CSU President Harlan Sands will host a virtual Town Hall, this Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. Go to the CSU Facebook page to view this live-streamed event, or watch the archived replay at a time convenient to you. You can also see President Sands’ virtual Town Hall from last Friday, March 20, on the Facebook page.

Student Engagement and Support

  • Check out the Keep Learning website for resources and support services available to assist students with the transition to remote learning. In addition, a complete listing of all CSU campus services and hours of remote operations can be found here.
  • The Center for Student Involvement will be offering multiple opportunities for students to remain engaged and connected during remote learning. Please visit their website to learn more about opportunities to get involved!

Academics

  • Tutoring for students continues to be available during remote learning.  The Tutoring & Academic Success Center (TASC) is offering support for tutoring, supplemental instruction, success coaching and structured learning assistance. More information can be found here. The Mathematics Learning Center is offering remote by-appointment and drop-in tutoring for MTH and STA classes below 300, and for MTH 358 and STA 323 and 347. For hours and other information, click here. The Writing Center is available to assist students with individual writing assignments, workshops and other services. More information can be found here
  • To provide students more flexibility given the current situation, CSU has extended the last day to finish incomplete work (grades of I) from the Fall 2019 term from May 1 to September 4, 2020. Students should contact their instructor to discuss a plan for completion based on the change in deadline. Please direct academic progress and planning questions to your academic advisors – check the Starfish Success Network for contact and scheduling information. To discuss any financial aid implications, call Campus411 at 216-687-5411 or campus411@csuohio.edu to be connected with a financial aid specialist.

On Campus

  • In keeping with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order, CSU campus buildings have been locked and swipe card access disabled until further notice. Only officially designated essential employees necessary for university continuity of operations will be allowed on campus. See the full announcement here.

New FAQs 

Questions we’re receiving from the CSU students:

  • Has CSU been contacted by the Ohio Department of Health about using our residence halls to assist local hospitals if they have overflow needs? 
    Yes. CSU has been asked to assist with this effort and we are preparing Fenn Tower for that purpose, if it is needed. We have already emptied our residence halls to help prevent person-to-person spread of COVID-19. The few remaining students who did not have other accommodations are being housed in Euclid Commons, with appropriate social distancing. That leaves Fenn Tower available in case it is needed, with no impact on students.
  • When will regular face-to-face classes resume? Will summer classes take place on campus? 
    Remote learning will extend at least through the end of Spring semester, May 8. Learning delivery mode for Summer semester will determined based on the course of the pandemic and the advice of public health officials and the CDC. We will keep students updated as decisions are made.
  • How can I apply for assistance from the Fowler Emergency Fund? 
    The Fowler Emergency Fund is a resource available to help students in need of emergency financial assistance. Click here to learn more about the Fund, eligibility and how to apply.

To see Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.


March 24, 2020 7:50 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

The Lead

Remote learning is off to a strong start! Thank you to all of our students, staff and especially faculty for making this transition happen. Early outcomes are very encouraging, with good engagement by students and faculty in the virtual learning environment. As one student noted yesterday in a message to her professor, "I really appreciate how faculty are pouring themselves into helping students." Onward, Vikings!

CSU President Harlan Sands will host a virtual Town Hall, this Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. Go to the CSU Facebook page to view this live-streamed event, or watch the archived replay at a time convenient to you. You can also see President Sands’ virtual Town Hall from last Friday, March 20, on the Facebook page.

Student Engagement and Support

  • Check out the Keep Learning website for resources and support services available to assist students with the transition to remote learning. In addition, a complete listing of all CSU campus services and hours of remote operations can be found here.
  • We know that some students may be experiencing financial hardship during this difficult time. The Fowler Emergency Fund is one resource available to help students in need of emergency financial assistance. Click here to learn more about the Fund, eligibility and how to apply.
  • The CSU Counseling Center is open online and by phone, providing free mental health services to students. Crisis call-in is available Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 at 216-687-2277. The CSUCARE Team is also working remotely and can be reached at 216-687-2048 or by email at magnusacts@csuohio.edu.
  • To help students, faculty and staff stay active in both mind and body, the CSU Recreation Center has introduced Virtual Rec!, a range of virtual fitness and wellness classes, with more being added all the time. Check out the offerings here, and on Facebook and Instagram.

Academics

  • We urge all students to review the new course materials created for remote learning and then email their professors with any questions. If you are unable to connect with your professor, click here for a list of contacts for each college who can also provide academic support and assistance.
  • Tutoring for students continues to be available during remote learning. The Tutoring & Academic Success Center (TASC) is offering support for tutoring, supplemental instruction, success coaching and structured learning assistance. More information can be found here. The Mathematics Learning Center is offering remote by-appointment and drop-in tutoring for MTH and STA classes below 300, and for MTH 358 and STA 323 and 347. For hours and other information, click here. The Writing Center is available to assist students with individual writing assignments, workshops and other services. More information can be found here.
  • To provide students more time given the current situation, CSU has extended the last day to finish incomplete work (grades of I) from the Fall 2019 term from May 1 to September 4, 2020. Students should contact their instructor to discuss a plan for completion based on the change in deadline. Please direct academic progress and planning questions to your academic advisors – check the Starfish Success Network for contact and scheduling information. To discuss any financial aid implications, call Campus411 at 216-687-5411 or campus411@csuohio.edu to be connected with a financial aid specialist.

Technology

  • We are working hard to support students who need assistance with technology or internet access for remote learning. If you have tech needs and did not previously fill out the Remote Learning Survey, please do so here. If you previously filled out the survey, but your needs have changed, please contact Campus 411 at 216-687-5411 to be connected with the appropriate resources.

On Campus

  • In keeping with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order, CSU campus buildings have been locked and swipe card access disabled until further notice. Only officially designated essential employees necessary for university continuity of operations will be allowed on campus. See the full announcement here.

 New FAQs 

Questions we’re receiving from the CSU students:

When will regular face-to-face classes resume? Will summer classes take place on campus?
Remote learning will extend at least through the end of Spring semester, May 8. Learning delivery mode for Summer semester will be determined based on the course of the pandemic and the advice of public health officials and the CDC. We will keep students updated as decisions are made.

When should students expect to hear about refunds of housing, meals and parking fees?
CSU is working through the details of how refunds will be made, while we also address the need to shut down our campus and transition to remote work for staff and remote learning for students and faculty. We ask for your patience at this time. As President Sands said in his recent virtual Town Hall, CSU will do right by students as it relates to refunds.

I’ve seen people out and about despite the Governor’s order to “stay at home.” Can I come to campus?
No. To protect the members of our CSU family, we significantly reduced the number of people allowed on campus to minimize the risk of person-person transmission, since we know that some asymptomatic persons can pass the virus. Since testing is very limited, we have no way to tell if someone is an asymptomatic carrier. This was the reason for the Governor’s order: to reduce the risk of transmission. As such, only officially designated essential employees, who must come to campus to work, are allowed on campus. All campus buildings have been locked and only designated essential employees have access. Access Control has been instructed to not grant access to any others, unless specifically approved by the Provost’s Office.

A fellow student I know doesn’t have internet access, since the public hotspot locations are all closed. Because of that, they haven’t been getting the emails CSU has been pushing out. They also need a laptop and can’t afford one. What should they do?
CSU is making every effort to get students the support and technology they need to fully participate in remote learning. Tell your friend that if they need a laptop or help with internet access, they should call Campus411 at 216-687-5411 for assistance.

To see Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.


March 23, 2020 7:50 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

Remote learning began today and will run through at least May 8. Below are resources and FAQs to assist students as this process begins.

  • In keeping with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order, which takes effect at midnight tonight, CSU campus buildings will be locked, and swipe card access disabled, effective at 10 p.m. tonight until further notice. Only officially designated essential employees necessary for university continuity of operations and permitted under the order, will be allowed on campus. See the full announcement here.

  • We urge all students to review the new course materials created for remote learning and then email their professors if they have any questions. If you are not able to connect with your professor, please click here for a list of contacts for each college who can also provide academic support and assistance.

  • CSU has created a Keep Learning website with a full listing of the resources and support services that are available to assist students with the transition to remote learning. In addition, a complete listing of all CSU campus services and hours of remote operations can be found here.

  • CSU is committed to providing students with the resources needed to fully access remote learning. If you have technology needs and did not previously fill out the Remote Learning Survey, you can do so here. If you previously filled out the survey, but your needs have changed, please contact Campus 411 at 216-687-5411 so that we can connect you with the appropriate services.

  • Students should make sure they are regularly checking their CSU email for the latest updates by going to the MyCSU tab on csuohio.edu and clicking on “Check my email.” We also encourage students to go to CampusNet to ensure all of their contact information is up to date.

  • We recognize that a number of our students may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. CSU is creating a list of resources to assist individuals during this difficult time. One existing vehicle is the Fowler Emergency Fund. Please click here to learn more about the Fund, eligibility and how to apply.

  • To ensure all of our students have access to the emotional support they may need through this challenging time, The CSU Counseling Center is open online and by phone, providing free mental health services to students. Crisis call-in is available Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 at 216-687-2277. The CSUCARE Team is also working remotely. Please report any critical needs or concerns for student well-being by emailing magnusacts@csuohio.edu. A wide variety of fitness and wellness classes will also be provided remotely by the CSU Recreation Center in the near future. Visit their website to learn more.

 New FAQs 

Questions we’re receiving from the CSU students:

Will the governor’s stay-at-home order impact remote learning?
No. Because we have already reduced on-campus functions and personnel to only those most critical to ensure security of the campus and support the few remaining students unable to relocate, the university is fully compliant with the Governor’s order and remote learning will continue as planned.

What’s happening to the research labs?
The best defense against the coronavirus is social distancing. This is why we have so significantly reduced the number of on-campus personnel and are identifying areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain in order to minimize the risk of person-person viral transmission. To protect our faculty, staff, and students, we are closing the labs for now. This is occurring at other universities nationally to protect researchers, their staffs, and students. Each lab on campus has identified one person who will be permitted limited access to perform critical functions to sustain experiments as best possible under current circumstances. All other laboratory activities are on hold for now and others will not be permitted access. This is about protecting our CSU family.

What is social distancing and why is it important?
Social distancing is the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance, the recommendation is at least six feet, from other people during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection. The CDC is urging all citizens to practice social distancing to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more here.

To see Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.


March 23, 2020 4:46 pm - An important message about campus safety and security

Access to campus buildings suspended effective at 10 p.m. tonight, March 23

In keeping with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order, which takes effect at midnight tonight, CSU campus buildings will be locked, and swipe card access disabled, effective at 10 p.m. tonight until further notice. Only employees officially designated essential during our COVID-19 remote work period, necessary for university continuity of operations and permitted under the order, will be allowed on campus. The safety and health of our entire campus community — including essential employees who must still do their jobs on campus — is our highest priority.

All unauthorized faculty, staff or students (except those remaining in the residence halls and unable to move home) must work remotely for now. Do not come to campus unless you have been notified by your supervisor that you are a university-approved essential employee. Help us keep our whole CSU family, and especially those essential employees and students remaining on our campus, safe and healthy.

To see Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.


March 22, 2020 11:36 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

OPERATING STATUS

Campus: NON-ESSENTIAL CAMPUS SERVICES ON REMOTE OPERATIONS. DETAILS HERE. 

Classes: EXTENDED SPRING BREAK

Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

Remote Learning Begins tomorrow, Monday, March 23, and will run through at least May 8. Below is a list of resources and FAQs to assist students as this process begins.

  • CSU will fully comply with Governor DeWine’s stay-at-home order announced today.  Details of the governor’s order can be found here.  A complete listing of all CSU campus services under the order, their status, and hours of remote operations can be found here.
  • Remote learning will begin as scheduled tomorrow, Monday, March 23. We urge all students to review the new course materials created for the transition and then email their professors to discuss specific questions. If you are not able to connect with your professor, please click here for a list of contacts for each college who can also provide academic support.
  • Students should make sure they are regularly checking their CSU email for the latest updates. We also encourage students to go to CampusNet to ensure all of their contact information is up to date.
  • CSU has created a comprehensive website to provide a full listing of the resources and support services that are available to assist students with the transition to remote learning. Visit the Keep Learning site to learn more.
  • Cleveland State is committed to providing students with the resources needed to fully access remote learning. Three tools that will be widely used are BlackboardZoom and Microsoft Teams, and more resources are available at the Keep Learning page on the CSU website. If you have additional technology needs please contact Campus 411 at 216-687-5411 so that we can connect you with the appropriate services.
  • We recognize that a number of students are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. CSU is working to put in place a portfolio of resources to assist individuals during this difficult time. One existing vehicle is the Fowler Emergency Fund. Please click here to learn more about the Fund, eligibility and how to apply.
  • To ensure all of our students have access to the emotional support they may need through this challenging time, The CSU Counseling Center is open online and by phone, providing free mental health services to students. Crisis call-in is available Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 at 216-687-2277. The CSUCARE Team is also working remotely. Please report any critical needs or concerns for student well-being by emailing magnusacts@csuohio.edu. A wide variety of fitness and wellness classes will also be provided remotely by the CSU Recreation Center in the near future. Visit their website to learn more.

NEW FAQS

Questions we’re receiving from the CSU community:

  • Will the governor’s stay-at-home order impact remote learning plans?
    No. Because we have progressively been reducing on-campus functions and employees to only those most critical to ensure security of the campus, launch remote learning, and support the few remaining students unable to relocate, the university is poised to be fully compliant with the Governor’s order. Remote learning begins as scheduled tomorrow, Monday, March 23.
  • Can students come to campus?
    No. Only essential employees are allowed on campus.  All other students, faculty and staff must stay off campus and work remotely to help minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • What is the process for moving out of the residence halls?
    Cleveland State is requiring students in the residence halls to move out by today, Sunday, March 22. If you were not able to meet this deadline, please contact Residence Life immediately.
  • What is happening with Commencement?
    CSU will postpone Spring Commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 9 and the School of Law Commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 16 to comply with CDC guidelines on mass gatherings. Alternate dates have not yet been set. More details will be shared with the CSU community as they are decided. Graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 9 and May 16. Paper diplomas will be mailed to graduates shortly thereafter.
  • What is social distancing and why is it important?
    Social distancing is the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance, the recommendation is at least six feet, from other people during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection. The CDC is urging all citizens to practice social distancing to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more here.

To see Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.

 


March 21, 2020 9:10 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

Past 24 Hours 

  • Remote learning will begin Monday, March 23. Please go to CSU’s Keep Learning website for the latest information and available resources. If you have any tech support needs, please contact the IT Help Desk at 216-687-5050. For all other issues please contact Campus 411 at 216-687-5411.
  • As a reminder, the final day for move-out from CSU residence halls is Sunday, March 22. Detailed information on the move-out process, including alternatives for those unable to meet the deadline, can be found on the Residence Life website.
  • Students with academic concerns or questions should contact their professors. In the event they are unable to reach their professor, back-up contacts for each college are available to assist. Contact information can be found here.
  • To provide students more time given current circumstances, CSU has extended the last day to withdraw from spring 2020 regular session courses from March 27 to April 24. As always, students should weigh the impact of withdrawal on their progress toward graduation and financial aid eligibility. The spring 2020 academic calendar has been updated with the new deadline.
  • Students with lockers in Berkman Hall were contacted by email today to schedule a time to retrieve any needed academic materials, while maintaining appropriate social distancing. Plans are being developed for students with lockers elsewhere. This is only to retrieve academic materials (books, notes, etc). Lockers with other contents do NOT need to be emptied at this time. Do not come to campus to empty your locker except as directed and only if you need academic materials for your courses.

New FAQs 

Questions we’re receiving from the CSU community:I missed President Sands’ Town Hall. How do I access it?
CSU President Harlan Sands’ virtual Town Hall, which was held on Friday, March 20, can be viewed here.

How can students access mental health services?
The CSU Counseling Center is open online and by phone, providing free mental health services to students. Crisis call-in is available Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 at 216-687-2277. A new virtual drop-in group starts next week: Mindful Coping - Supporting each other during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Email Dr. Brittany Sommers to get the link: b.sommers52@csuohio.edu. The CSUCARE Team is also working remotely. Please contact them for any critical needs or concerns for student well-being by emailing magnusacts@csuohio.edu.

What is social distancing and why is it important?
Social distancing is the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance, the recommendation is at least six feet, from other people during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection. The CDC is urging all citizens to practice social distancing to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more about how to protect yourself here.

 


March 20, 2020 11:18 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

Important clarification for student remote equipment distribution.

Students who filled out the Remote Learning Survey by 11 p.m. Thursday, March 19 indicating technology needs to access remote coursework should have received a sign-up link Friday for distribution instructions over the weekend. Students who have not filled out the survey can still do so at https://www.csuohio.edu/coronavirus-update/remote-learning-survey for a second distribution of equipment next week. Students unable to access or fill out the survey should call campus 4-1-1 during regular business hours Monday through Friday.


March 20, 2020 9:15 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

Past 24 Hours

  • The CSU Counseling Center is open online and by phone, providing free mental health services to students. Crisis call-in is available Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 at 216-687-2277. A new virtual drop-in group starts next week: Mindful Coping - Supporting each other during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Email Dr. Brittany Sommers to get the link: b.sommers52@csuohio.edu. The CSUCARE Team is also working remotely. Please report any critical needs or concerns for student well-being by emailing magnusacts@csuohio.edu.
  • CSU President Harlan Sands held a virtual Town Hall on Friday, March 20. He discussed issues impacting students, faculty and staff including the transition to remote learning, and the University’s response to COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of our community. You can view the Town Hall replay here. We will post answers to the most frequently asked questions during the Town Hall on the CSU Coronavirus web page.
  • In an effort to further reduce the number of people on campus and reduce the risk of person-to-person spread of COVID-19, all research labs on campus have been closed. Individuals have been identified to manage animal colonies and critical functions needed in the labs. In an effort to limit personnel on campus, only these individuals will be permitted access to the labs and only during specific times. Please contact your dean or department head if you have specific questions regarding this policy.

New FAQs 

Questions we’re receiving from the CSU community:

What is social distancing and why is it important?
Social distancing is the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance, the recommendation is at least six feet, from other people during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection. The CDC is urging all citizens to practice social distancing to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more here.

Can students, faculty and staff come to campus?
No. Only essential employees are allowed on campus. All other students, faculty and staff must work remotely and not come to campus. This is extremely important to help minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and transmission.

Will CSU be providing refunds to students for housing, meals, parking and other fee services that are now not available?
As President Sands said during today’s Town Hall, Cleveland State is committed to doing right by students in these challenging times. We are working out specific plans to address refunds and will be providing more information shortly on next steps.

Should students sign up for summer and fall classes?
Yes. CSU is committed to continuing to provide access to education, whether virtual or face to face. We encourage students to sign up for classes for summer and fall. We are working on plans for summer term and will keep you updated on how we expect to deliver coursework, as we continue to follow CDC guidance and advice of local, regional, state and federal health officials.

What should I do if I have books from the library or rental textbooks from the bookstore that I need to return?
Hang onto them. As President Sands noted in today’s Town Hall, no late fees will be assessed for library books or rental textbook as a result of the campus shutdown and transition to remote learning.


March 19, 2020 8:45 pm - DAILY CSU COVID-19 UPDATES

Past 24 Hours 

  • Only officially designated essential employees should be on the CSU campus. It is vital to the health and safety of the CSU community, including our essential employees, that all other students, faculty and staff stay off campus and work remotely until given further guidance.
  • Remote delivery of Spring Semester courses starts Monday! It’s important for students to check their CSU email frequently for messages from instructors and other important updates. You can also click here to access resources and support related to remote learning.
  • Our IS&T team has been reaching out to students who indicated a need for technology support via the survey that went out last week. If you still need support such as a laptop or internet access, contact Campus 411 at 216-687-5411.
  • CSU President Harlan Sands will hold a virtual Town Hall on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET. He will provide an update on the University’s response to COVID-19 and take questions from students. The event will stream live on CSU’s Facebook page.

New FAQs 

Questions we’re receiving from the CSU community:

What is social distancing and why is it important?
Social distancing is the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance, the recommendation is at least six feet, from other people during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection. The CDC is urging all citizens to practice social distancing to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more here.

How do I access my courses remotely?
Cleveland State has created a dedicated webpage to assist students in making the transition to remote learning. Students who need access to technology resources can call Campus 411 at 216-687-5411. In addition, all students should regularly check their CSU email to receive the latest updates and information from their professors regarding the start of classes on Monday, March 23.

Can students, faculty and staff come to campus?
No. Only essential employees are allowed on campus. Unless specifically designated as essential employees, all other students, faculty and staff must stay away and work remotely to help us minimize the risk of person-to-person COVID-19 transmission to others in our CSU community.


MARCH 19, 2020 6:29 PM - PRESIDENT SANDS HOSTS FACEBOOK LIVE DISCUSSION

President Harlan Sands welcomes students to remote learning with virtual Town Hall event

CSU President Harlan Sands will hold a virtual Town Hall to address students and answer questions during a Facebook Live event on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET. The event will stream live on CSU’s Facebook page.

President Sands will give an update on the university’s CoVID-19 response and the transition to remote learning for the rest of Spring Semester, and will take questions from students. Students can post question prior to the start of the event as well as live during the event.


March 18, 2020 8:58 pm - Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

OPERATING STATUS

Campus: NON-ESSENTIAL CAMPUS SERVICES ON REMOTE OPERATIONS. DETAILS HERE. 

Classes: EXTENDED SPRING BREAK

Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

PAST 24 HOURS

  • CSU has been notifying students about how course content will be delivered remotely. Remote courses start March 23. All students should hear from their professors by the end of today, Wednesday, March 18. If you have not heard by then, please email your professor.
  • Some students have expressed a need for technology support such as laptops, phones or internet access to enable them to access remote learning content. CSU will begin reaching out to these students tomorrow, March 19, to discuss details and a process and to address their needs.
  • On-campus residents who have not signed up for a time slot to move out of their dorm rooms are urged to do so as soon as possible so they can move out by Sunday, March 22. To maintain social distancing, students must sign up for a specific time slot so that no more than two students will be on each floor at the same time. Detailed information on the move-out process, including alternatives for those unable to meet the deadline, can be found on the Residence Life website.

NEW FAQs
Questions we’re receiving from the CSU community:

Q1: Will I receive refunds for housing and dining fees for the balance of Spring Semester? Also, will I be charged additional fees as a result of going to remote learning?
Students in CSU dorms and on meal plans will receive pro-rated refunds from March 16 through the end of Spring Semester No additional fees will be charged as a result of transitioning to remote delivery of coursework Additional details on refunds will be forthcoming.

To see Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.


March 17, 2020 9:59 pm - Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

OPERATING STATUS

Campus: NON-ESSENTIAL CAMPUS SERVICES ON REMOTE OPERATIONS. DETAILS HERE. 

Classes: EXTENDED SPRING BREAK

Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

PAST 24 HOURS

  • CSU will extend remote delivery of classes through the end of the semester on May 8, which includes Final Exam week. The university will be closing all residence halls with limited exceptions. Move-out will be tightly controlled to avoid crowds and residents will sign up for a time to move out. Read more here.
  • Students needing Internet access should contact their local Internet provider now to explore what services are available. If they still need internet or computer access for remote classes and have yet to communicate that to the University, students should complete this survey. If you are not able to access the survey for any reason, please call Campus 411 for guidance at 216-687-5411.
  • CSU will postpone Spring Commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 9 and School of Law Commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 16 to comply with CDC guidelines on mass gatherings. Alternate dates have not yet been set. More details will be shared with the CSU community as they are decided. Graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 9 and May 16. Paper diplomas will be mailed to graduates shortly thereafter. Read more here.
  • Effective immediately, the university has ended all CSU-sponsored domestic travel through the end of the semester. We will re-evaluate this as the situation evolves.
  • The Cleveland State University Foundation today announced that it is postponing this year’s Radiance event to raise funds for CSU scholarships that was scheduled for April 28.

NEW FAQs
Questions we’re receiving from the CSU community:

Q1. My roommate doesn’t have any symptoms, but was a close contact of someone with Coronavirus and was asked to self-quarantine. Should I also self-quarantine?
The CDC does not recommend that contacts of contacts self-quarantine at this time. Your roommate should be self-monitoring for respiratory symptoms and to check for fever at least twice daily, seeking medical advice and testing if they develop symptoms and a fever. If your roommate doesn’t develop symptoms or a fever, then there is no need for you to do anything other than what has already been recommended: wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, practice respiratory etiquette, and stay away from sick people.

Q2. If faculty and staff still need something from their office, will they still have access?
Faculty and staff will have card access through regular business hours. They should coordinate that with their department chair or supervisor. If they need assistance, they should call campus security at 216-687-2020.

Q3. Can faculty and staff work from their office?
No. Faculty and staff should quickly retrieve what they need and leave.

Q4. With remote learning now extended for the rest of the semester, will the residence halls close?
The residence halls will close and students will be required to move out their belongings. A controlled process for limiting the number of students in the buildings will ensure we continue to keep our campus community safe. Details of this process will be communicated directly to residential students by midnight tonight and posted at the Residence Life website.

Q5. Now that Spring Commencement and the Law School commencement have been postponed, will there be any delay in receiving my degree?
No. Graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 9 and May 16, respectively. Paper diplomas will be mailed to graduates shortly thereafter. Read more here.

For a complete list of all related Coronavirus FAQs, visit our website at www.csuohio.edu.

OTHER RESOURCES
For more information about the coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

QUESTIONS? 
Please email questions, comments, concerns to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu.



March 17, 2020 9:33 pm - CSU Announces Extended Remote Learning, Commencement Postponement
CSU Pandemic Response Team

In an ongoing effort to maintain the health and safety of the CSU community and in response to the evolving CoVID-19 outbreak, Cleveland State University will be taking the following additional actions:

  • Remote learning will continue beyond April 10th through the end of the semester, May 8, which includes final exam week.
    • Remote delivery of classes will commence Monday, March 23, as previously announced.
    • Faculty are reaching out to students this week to provide them with information on how to access remote learning. Information will be forthcoming about exam week.
  • Dormitory move-out will be tightly controlled to avoid crowds and completed by Sunday, March 22.
    • Details of this process will be communicated directly to residential students tonight and posted at the Residence Life website.
    • Students who do not have access to off-campus housing will be allowed to remain, and the university will continue to provide meals and other services for them.
  • Commencement ceremonies for both CSU and the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law are postponed.
    • New dates will be announced when available.
    • The delay of commencement ceremonies does not affect the dates of degree conferral, which remain unchanged.
    • Special arrangements for seniors needing to complete clinical placements for certification or licensure programs, or other specialized degree requirements, will be communicated separately to those students.


Messages sent prior to March 17, 2020

March 16, 2020 10:09 PM – Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

March 15, 2020 11:03 PM – Daily CSU COVID-19 Updates

March 14, 2020 8:35 PM – A Very Important Message for Students, Faculty and Staff
CSU Pandemic Response Team

March 13, 2020 5:24 PM - An Important Message for CSU Faculty and Staff
Harlan M. Sands, President

March 11, 2020 2:37 PM – A Very Important Message from CSU Leadership 
Harlan M. Sands, President
Jianping Zhu, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Forrest Faison, Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation and Chief Healthcare Strategy Officer

March 10, 2020 11:53 PM - URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
Harlan M. Sands, President

March 9, 2020 11:04 PM - Message to Students
Jianping Zhu, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

March 9, 2020 11:04 PM - Message to Faculty & Staff
Jianping Zhu, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs