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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

In preparation for the start of classes, we want to update you on our COVID-19 safety protocols for the fall semester. Given the effectiveness and widespread availability of vaccines and boosters and based on the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effective Tuesday, August 9, masks will be optional on campus.

We recognize and appreciate that some members of the community will choose to continue wearing a mask. That is consistent with CDC recommendations to wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status when levels are high. Free masks are available at the information desk in the Student Center. Do what is best for you while respecting the choices of others!

Please remember that vaccination plus booster shots offer the absolute best protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. We continue to provide free vaccinations and boosters for students, faculty and staff at CSU Health and Wellness Services by appointment at the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions, Suite 205 (2112 Euclid Avenue). For other area locations offering free vaccines and booster shots, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

COVID-19 testing is also available by appointment at the Center. Call 216-687-3649 to schedule appointments for testing, vaccination and boosters.

We understand that some members of our community may be immunocompromised or unable to be vaccinated and may need to discuss learning or work-related accommodations. Students should contact the Office of Disability Services at ods@csuohio.edu or 216-687-2015 and review this information. Faculty and staff should consult with their supervisor and Human Resources at hr@csuohio.edu or 216-687-3636.

We will continue to monitor and adapt our safety efforts based on guidance from the CDC and public health officials and keep you updated on any changes.

Thank you for helping keep our community safe. We look forward to seeing you back on campus!

Vaccination and Boosters Offer Best Protection

The science has never been clearer. Vaccination plus a booster shot offers the absolute best protection against serious illness, hospitalization or death from COVID-19. Vaccines and boosters are readily available.

CSU Health and Wellness Services continues to provide free vaccinations and booster shots for students, faculty and staff by appointment in Room 205 at the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions (2112 Euclid Avenue). Call 216-687-3649 to schedule.

If you have questions or concerns, contact your primary care physician and refer to the CDC website. Please note that when you arrive for your booster appointment, you must have your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card with you, or the vaccine will not be administered. If your card is lost, please contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination records prior to your appointment time.

COVID-19 Testing

Get tested if you are symptomatic or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Testing is also available by appointment and free for all students, faculty and staff. We strongly encourage unvaccinated individuals to be tested regularly.

The testing center is located in room 205 of the CIMP Building by appointment only. Call 216-687-3649 to schedule. Results are available immediately. Testing is free and open to all members of the university community.

Tests are also available through the covidtests.gov website.

What to Do if You Test Positive

If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate and follow CDC guidelines. Stay home!

  • FOR STUDENTS: Please email our CARE team and let your course instructors know that you will not be in classes. We have asked faculty to provide resources for you to keep up with your course work.
     
  • FOR FACULTY AND STAFF: If you test positive, isolate and follow CDC guidelines. Please notify your supervisor and Human Resources at 216-687-3636. Faculty teaching courses should also review the procedures, guidance and overview of available resources provided by Vice Provost John Holcomb shared via Campusnet on Jan. 12.
     
  • Contact your medical provider.

What to Do if You’re Not Feeling Well

If you’re sick, stay home! The health and safety of you, your classmates, your colleagues and our entire community remains our top priority. If you are sick, please stay home and get better before returning to campus.

Building Improvements for Better Air Quality

We completed enhancements to our heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in our residence halls, high-traffic buildings and major classroom buildings. These upgraded systems are designed to improve air quality and may provide additional protection from viruses like COVID and remove other contaminants. 

Mental Health and Wellness Assistance

We understand that you may have concerns or anxiety about fully returning to the classroom or the workplace–please take care of your mental health! Help is available.

  • FOR STUDENTS: If you wish to seek mental health support and assistance, it is available for you 24/7 through the CSU Counseling Center.
     
  • FOR FACULTY AND STAFF: Employees can get support through Impact Solutions, our employee assistance program.

Recognizing the added strain that the pandemic has placed on all of us, CSU is pleased to be able to add an additional paid “mental health day” off for all full-time university employees this year.