Safe Campus

FAQs

As we finalize plans for our return to campus, we encourage you to check back here for the latest updates

Students

1. What fall classes will be held on campus? Which will be virtual?
We will adopt a hybrid approach for Fall Semester that combines remote teaching and learning together with optimized use of our campus spaces to allow for the largest number of in-person classes that can be delivered with physical distancing and other safety measures in place. Based on our extensive study of classroom capacity, our current fall schedule and safety protocols, we will offer over 50% of our fall schedule on campus. Fall courses are listed in CampusNet and show whether the course is on campus or remote. Where possible, on-campus courses will offer a section that will be remote, to accommodate students at high risk.​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

2. What safety measures are being put in place on campus?
To ensure the safest possible on-campus experience, we are taking these and other measures:

  • Restructuring classrooms and other spaces to allow for physical distancing, including in some cases relocating classes to larger spaces, or staggering days and times to allow for smaller group sizes
  • Closely controlling the on-campus population with accommodations for those who are uncomfortable coming to campus or at high risk
  • Daily health self-assessments for all students, faculty and staff before coming to campus
  • Requiring all students, staff, faculty, vendors and visitors to wear masks while on campus (a supply masks will be provided to students, faculty and staff)
  • More handwashing and hand sanitizing stations across campus
  • Frequent sanitizing of spaces including classrooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces            

3. Will students be tested for COVID-19 before they return to campus?
CSU plans to test only symptomatic individuals and confirmed close contacts. Students will sign a social contract attesting that they will engage in responsible health behaviors. Students living in the residence halls will also sign a social contract covering their behavior and responsibilities in the halls. Additionally, students will complete a daily health self-assessment attesting to their state of health prior to coming to campus.

However, students who live in the residence halls will be tested through surveillance testing. For more information, click here.

4. How will the daily health assessment work?
All students are required to pass a daily health assessment prior to arriving on campus. Through the Working Well mobile app, students will answer a short series of questions to complete the assessment. Students who do not pass the health assessment must stay home or in their residence hall room and should seek medical attention; do not come to campus.

The Health & Wellness Center provides COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students on campus and for asymptomatic students who are known close contacts of a COVID-19 case.

Working Well app information:

  1. Go to your mobile app store (Apple or Google Play) and download Working Well or text Work Well to 313131 (data rates may apply)
  2. Enter CSUCLE
  3. Create your profile (have your CSU ID number handy!)
  4. Take the assessment daily
  5. Based on your answers you’ll be provided instructions to come to campus or stay home

Make it easy! Set up a daily reminder in the Working Well app. 

To log in to the Working Well app and complete your daily health assessment online visit https://workingwell.castlighthealth.com. Enter the code CSUCLE to register. Please use Chrome to access this site. 

5. Will the academic calendar change for Fall?
No. The semester will start as planned on August 22, first weekday classes on August 24 and the last day of finals on December 12. 

6. Who will live in residence halls?
We will offer a residential experience this fall, with strict de-densification guidelines that allow for physical distancing and that include enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols.

  • Students will be assigned individual, private bedrooms in Euclid Commons or Fenn Tower.
  • Priority will be given to students with a course or courses on campus for Fall Semester, students whose scholarship is tied to living on campus and returning students who have already applied for on-campus housing. 
  • Students will receive instruction on responsibilities and expectations for keeping their rooms clean and safe, as well as mitigation of risk, especially in common areas, hallways, elevators and other shared spaces.
  • Students who live in the residence halls will be tested through surveillance testing. For more information, click here.

7. Will fall sports resume?
Based on guidance from the NCAA and health experts, the Horizon League has postponed fall sports. Our Athletics Department will work with student-athletes and the league to seek to preserve eligibility of our fall sport student-athletes in hopes that they can compete in the spring.

8. What dining options will be offered?
General information may be found below. Please see additional information at dineoncampus.com/csu. Please note: For all locations, with the exception of Viking Marketplace and Outtakes, please download the GrubHub app and select “campus dining” to place your pickup order in advance to help maintain physical distancing. Enter the code “NOMS” to save $3 on your first GrubHub order.

Viking Marketplace (Student Center, Second Floor): ​​​​​​​
The Viking Marketplace will be open beginning Thursday, August 20, at 4 p.m. Meals will be staff-served and are available for dine-in (with limited seating to comply with physical distancing) or take-out. Guests may also exchange a meal plan swipe for a selection of grab-and-go items at the front of Viking Marketplace. NOTE: Viking Marketplace will be closed each day from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for disinfection.

Chili’s (Student Center, First Floor):
Chili’s will open for service on Monday, August 24, at 11 a.m.

Viking Grounds (Student Center, First Floor): 
Viking Grounds will open for service on Monday, August 24, at 7:30 a.m.

Papa John’s (Berkman Hall, First Floor): 
Papa John’s will open for service on Monday, August 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Starbucks at Fenn Shoppe (Fenn Tower Lobby): 
Starbucks (and Fenn Shoppe) will open for service on Monday, August 24, at 10 a.m.

Outtakes Convenience Store (Student Center, Second Floor): 
Outtakes will open for service on Monday, August 24, at 7 a.m.

9. Will CSU suspend in-person operations again if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in Greater Cleveland, or if there is a case or cases on campus?
As we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we will closely monitor guidance from local, state and federal health authorities, including the CDC.  We will be prepared to take whatever action is appropriate to safeguard the health and safety of our campus community.

10. Will the fall plan affect how much I pay or my financial aid?
No. We will continue to provide our unique brand of “Engaged Learning” for Fall Semester and deliver a high-quality experience to our students that will prepare them for life, careers and contributions to society beyond CSU.

11. What if I want to switch my on-campus class to a remote class?
Students can make changes to their schedule and select a remote class, if one is available. When making changes, students should work with their academic advisor to ensure they continue to make progress toward their degree.

If you personally identify as high risk (health, age, pregnancy or parenting a child) you can apply for an accommodation. For an accommodation based on age, pregnancy or status as a parent, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@csuohio.edu. For health-related accommodation, please register with the Office of Disability Services (ODS). If you are already registered with ODS, but require additional accommodation related to COVID-19, please email ods@csuohio.edu with your request. Every effort will be made to reasonably accommodate students who have personal risk factors for COVID-19.

If you live with or care for someone at high risk who is not your child, talk to your academic advisor to determine 1) if you can switch to a remote section of your course, if one is available, or 2) if you can take the on-campus class in a different semester and replace it with another class that advances your academic progress and is being offered remotely.

If, after exploring alternate options, the class you need is offered only on campus, talk to the faculty member to request to take the course remotely. You will not need to provide medical information to the faculty member, but they may refer your request to CARE Team or the Ombudsman for further review.

We recommend all students finalize their schedules as soon as possible prior to classes starting, or, at the latest, before the class drop deadline for a full refund of August 28th.

12. Where will I be able to go if I have an on-campus course followed by a remote course?
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The best and safest option for participating in a remote course is to do so from home or your residence hall room. If the time between your courses does not allow you to go home, the following spaces will be available for students to wait between classes or to take their online class: outdoor areas (weather permitting), where you can maintain physical distancing, the IS&T computer labs and the first two floors of the Michael Schwartz Library. After 5 p.m. each day, the following spaces will also be available if students need a space to participate in a remote course: Berkman Hall room 303, Monte Ahuja College of Business room 102 and Fenn Hall room 314. These rooms will be stocked with cleaning supplies for students to sanitize their desk before using.  

13. Why do I have to pay lab and/or supervision fees when my class is remote?
The fees are necessary to help defray the additional cost to convert existing in-person classes to remote delivery. They also help cover costs of ongoing maintenance of lab equipment (for example, through annual maintenance contracts), which are incurred whether or not students are on campus, and software for the current and future semesters, as well as faculty/staff interaction with and supervision of students through electronic means.

14. Why am I being charged an athletic fee?
This fee supports the entire athletic program, including course content, practices, activities, equipment, facilities and personnel in our athletic program. We will continue to review this in light of changes to the athletic seasons, as well as other factors that impact students and changes on campus as a result of the coronavirus. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

15. Why are some classes charged the E-Learning fee and others are not?
A course that is denoted WEB or BLENDED is a course that was specifically created and planned to be a web course (100% online) or blended course (mix of online and in person) prior to the pandemic. WEB and BLENDED courses are charged the E-Learning fee. A course that is denoted REMOTE was meant to be face-to-face, but is now delivered online because of COVID-19. The university does not charge the E-Learning fee for REMOTE courses because they were originally meant to occur face-to-face.

16. Will the RTA U-Pass be available this fall? 
CSU will continue to offer the U-Pass this fall for students to ride with no additional charge on all Greater Cleveland RTA buses and rapid trains. All travelers will be expected to follow RTA protocols regarding physical distancing and facial coverings.

If you have other questions about Fall Semester, please send them to safecampusstudent@csuohio.edu.

Faculty and Staff

1. Which employees will return to campus for Fall Semester?
Along with designated essential employees, minimal additional operating personnel and faculty required to support an increased on-campus footprint will return to campus. All support services and administrative functions that can effectively be delivered remotely will continue to work remotely for Fall.

2. What safety measures are being put in place?
To ensure the safest possible on-campus experience, we are taking these and other measures:

  • Restructuring classrooms and other spaces to allow for physical distancing, including in some cases relocating classes to larger spaces, or staggering days and times to allow for smaller group sizes
  • Closely controlling the on-campus population with accommodations for those who are uncomfortable coming to campus or at high risk
  • Daily health self-assessments for all students, faculty and staff before coming to campus
  • Requiring all students, staff, faculty, vendors and visitors to wear masks before entering a CSU building (a supply masks will be provided to students, faculty and staff)
  • More handwashing and hand sanitizing stations across campus
  • Frequent sanitizing of spaces including classrooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces
  • Installation of plexiglass shields in areas with high person-to-person/retail contact and directional signage to control foot-traffic flow through buildings
  • Signage and educational materials that clearly spell out protocols and safety directives

3. Will faculty and staff be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus?
CSU plans to test only symptomatic individuals and confirmed close contacts. Students and employees who test positive, as well as confirmed close contacts, will be required to self-quarantine at home.

4. How will the daily health assessment work?
​​​​​​​All CSU faculty and staff members are required to pass a daily health assessment prior to arriving on campus. Through the Working Well mobile app, faculty and staff will answer a short series of questions to complete the assessment. Faculty and staff who do not pass the health assessment must stay home and should seek medical attention; do not come to campus.

Working Well app information:

  1. Go to your mobile app store (Apple or Google Play) and download Working Well or text Work Well to 313131 (data rates may apply)
  2. Enter CSUCLE
  3. Create your profile (have your CSU ID number handy!)
  4. Take the assessment daily
  5. Based on your answers you’ll be provided instructions to come to campus or stay home

Make it easy! Set up a daily reminder in the Working Well app. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To log in to the Working Well app and complete your daily health assessment online visit https://workingwell.castlighthealth.com. Enter the code CSUCLE to register. Please use Chrome to access this site. 

5. How are the decisions to repopulate campus being made?
Decision making has followed the guidance of local, state and federal public health officials, including the CDC. We have been a leader among the other Ohio public colleges and universities, through the Intra-University Council (IUC), in developing data-driven plans to repopulate our campus in a way that keeps the safety and health of our campus community as our highest priority. Here at CSU, our planning and decision making has been guided by cross-functional teams of faculty and staff, with input from students, on the best and safest approaches to repopulating our campus and preparing for Fall Semester.

​​​​​​​If you have other questions about Fall Semester, please send them to safecampusfaculty@csuohio.edu or safecampusstaff@csuohio.edu.

About COVID-19

1. How is COVID-19 transmitted? 
According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths, noses or eyes of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. ​​​​​​​

2. What should I do if I become aware that a student/faculty member/co-worker I have been near has tested positive for COVID-19? 
You are not at increased risk for infection unless you are a close contact, which is being within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes. Unless you meet these criteria, you are not at increased risk of infection. As you should do anyway, continue to monitor your symptoms and seek medical care if needed. If you are deemed to be a close contact of that person based on CDC guidelines, you will be contacted by public health or our contact tracers with additional information and guidance.  ​​​​​​​

3. What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay home or in your residence hall. Do not come to campus and do not leave your home except to get medical care. You shouldn’t visit public areas either. Be sure to get rest and stay hydrated. Take over the counter medications, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better. Seek emergency medical attention if you show any of the following signs: trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion; inability to wake or stay awake; or bluish lips or face.

4. How long should I stay home if I tested postive?
​​​​​​​Check with a medical provider on how long you need to stay home. The CDC recommends 10 days after either your symptoms started or you tested positive (the last 24 hours of which has to be fever free) and, if you have symptoms, they need to be improving.

5. What is quarantine?
Quarantine is used when describing a person who is a confirmed close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, someone who is symptomatic but does not yet have a confirmed positive test or someone who is coming from a “hot spot” area. Individuals in quarantine should stay by themselves, avoid contact with others and monitor their health daily. Quarantine should extend for 14 days from the last known contact with the individual who tested positive, or the last day the individual was in a “hot spot” area. If the 14 days pass with no symptoms, it is considered safe to resume normal interactions.

6. What is isolation?
Isolation is used when describing someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who are isolating should stay by themselves, avoid all contact with others and seek medical attention as needed. Isolation should extend a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms AND 24 hours of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND all other symptoms continuing to improve. Individuals in isolation should also get a negative test result and certification from their health care provider before resuming normal interactions.

7. I work/train in a health care setting where COVID patients may be present. Am I allowed on campus?
Yes, you are allowed on campus unless someone at the health care facility where you work or train tells you specifically that you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus or are reasonably suspected of having been exposed.

For the question on the Daily Health Assessment, “Have you had close physical contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?,” please answer “No” unless you have been told by the health care facility that you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are suspected of having been exposed. (Of course, answer “yes” if you have been in physical contact with someone with COVID-19 outside of your health care setting.) 

If you are unsure of how to answer and you are working in a health care facility as part of your training, please reach out to the program director in your field. If you are not enrolled in a health care program at CSU and have questions, please contact Health and Wellness.

Surveillance Testing

Surveillance testing will only be conducted for students in the residence halls.

1. What is surveillance testing all about?
The purpose of surveillance testing is not necessarily to diagnose individuals, but to collect data that allows our health care leadership understand how the COVID-19 outbreak is spreading on our campus, know how effective our prevention strategies are and help plan for the coming weeks and months.

Ultimately, it’s about helping keep the CSU community safe.

2. Why am I being asked to test?
If you are selected for surveillance testing, your name was selected randomly as part of an overall strategy to sample the residential student population.
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3. How will I know when it’s my turn to be tested?
You will receive an email from Health & Wellness Services with the appropriate information.

4. If I haven’t received a surveillance testing invitation, can I still test?
Surveillance testing is not elective and requires an invitation. However, if you have symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately for evaluation and, if indicated, testing.

5. What if I’ve already been tested?
If you’ve already been tested and were found to be negative, you may still be tested through surveillance testing. If you were found to be positive, then please get those test results to Health & Wellness so we can remove you from the eligible pool of students for 90 days from the date of the positive test.

6. What if I am sick and have symptoms that might be COVID-19?
Please call Health & Wellness Services at 216-687-3649 to schedule an appointment for a diagnostic test.

7. Who’s paying for the test?
The test cost is being covered by the university. It will not cost you anything and we are not billing your insurance.

8. What type of COVID-19 test is CSU using?
We are using the PCR test (nasal swab), which is currently the most accurate test.

9. What if I am selected for surveillance testing and don’t do the test?
The CSU community has a responsibility to take care of each other and protect each other’s health. Failure to comply could result in a referral to the Dean of Student’s office as well as being quarantined for 14 days. You would be expected to complete all your academic work during this time.

10. Will my results be used in any disciplinary actions?
No. We will not use COVID-19 test results, nor data from the COVID-19 reporting form, to pursue conduct violations. If you test positive, you will need to enter isolation. It is important to know that this is a public health requirement and not a disciplinary action.

If you have other questions, please email Health & Wellness Services at healthandwellness@csuohio.edu

 

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