SPRING SEMESTER 2022 COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Thanks to your commitment to our COVID-19 safety protocols and our track record of success in providing a safe environment, we remain deeply committed to providing a near-full slate of on-campus classes and activities for you this spring. Please keep these safeguards, guidelines, recommendations and reporting requirements in mind as we begin the spring semester and continue operating in this “new normal.”
Masks Remain Required Indoors on Campus
Properly worn masks that cover both your nose and mouth remain required indoors in CSU facilities for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. This applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated individuals are also strongly encouraged to wear masks outdoors when they cannot practice physical distancing.
These new requirements are recommended by our county public health officials and consistent with CDC guidelines given the rising number of infections from the more contagious Omicron Delta and variants of the virus in our community. Wearing your mask when indoors and wearing it correctly to cover your nose and mouth, will help us keep our CSU family safe and healthy.
Free Masks Available and Enhanced Masking Recommended
We are recommending, but not requiring, that you use a N95/KN95 or surgical mask instead of, or in conjunction with, a cloth mask. Studies show that these masks provide better protection than cloth masks against the Omicron variant. To help you upgrade, CSU is providing free masks to all CSU students and employees. You may obtain an upgraded mask from our student safety ambassadors, at residence hall front desks, the Student Center information desk, Rec Center front desk and in the offices of our college deans.
- Safety ambassadors will continue to monitor mask compliance, but we ask for your help. If you see someone who is not wearing a mask, or wearing it incorrectly, please politely ask them to correctly put one on.
We recognize there are circumstances where a mask is not always practical, as such, exceptions and accommodations, will be permitted in the following situations:
- When actively eating in a dining hall
- When a student is alone in their residence hall room with their roommate(s). (Students are expected to wear masks in common areas.)
- When a faculty or staff member is working alone in a private office or outdoors.
If an individual has a documented disability that prevents them from wearing a mask, reasonable accommodations will be provided.
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 every Tuesday and booster shots on Wednesdays 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.
Get tested if you are symptomatic or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Testing is also available and free for all students, faculty and staff. We strongly encourage unvaccinated individuals to be tested regularly.
The testing center is located on the first floor of the CIMP Building and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (beginning Jan. 18), Monday-Friday. 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 have 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. Assistance is also available via the TESS mental health chatbot (not for emergencies). TESS provides coaching, coping skills and strategies. Text “Hi” to 415-360-0023 and use the code “vikescare” to get started.
- 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. Human Resources will share more details on the process for using this benefit soon.