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 social distancing and other safety measures in place. Based on our extensive study of classroom capacity, our current fall schedule, and safety protocols, we will expect to 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 social 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 accommodation 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 area 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. Students will also complete a daily health self-assessment attesting to their state of health prior to coming to campus.

4. How will the daily health assessment work?
Details on the health assessment are still being finalized. The plan is to have a short form online and/or through a smartphone app. Students would answer a brief set of questions before coming to campus attesting to the state of their health (e.g. that they have taken their temperature and do not have a fever, have not recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, etc.). If students do not successfully complete the required health attestation on a given day, they will not be allowed on campus.

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 social 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.

7. Will fall sports resume?
Our Vikings Athletics Department has developed a detailed, phased “return to play” plan for a limited number of sports, in keeping with both CDC and NCAA guidance. Recently, the Horizon League – the league in which most of CSU’s teams compete – made the decision to pause competition in fall sports until October.

8. What dining options will be offered?
We are finalizing plans for dining and will update the campus community in the near future. A range of options, including take out and grab-and-go items, are being planned.

9. When will I know how and when my classes will be offered?
Class schedules and classroom assignments will be released as soon as possible.

10. 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.

11. 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.

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 social 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 accommodation 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 area 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?
Details on the health assessment are still being finalized. The plan is to have a short form online and/or through a smartphone app. Faculty and staff would answer a brief set of questions before coming to campus attesting to the state of their health (e.g. that they have taken their temperature and do not have a fever, have not recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, etc.). Faculty and staff who do not successfully complete the health assessment on a given day will be required to stay home.

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 out highest priority.  Here as 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.

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