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Cleveland State University

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we have communicated to our campus community over the past several days and weeks, we have been closely following the COVID-19 outbreak and the recently confirmed cases of the disease here in Cuyahoga County. As of now, there are no confirmed cases on the CSU campus or those associated with CSU. We also communicated that while our students are on Spring Break – this week – our senior team and faculty would develop plans for online and other remote delivery options in the event of a cessation of face-to-face classes.

Today, in close consultation with faculty, staff, health officials, Governor DeWine’s office and our trustees, we have made the decision to extend Spring Break another week and to shift classes to remote delivery and cancel on-campus classes when classes resume on March 23. We will deliver classes in this way through April 10 with the intent to resume on-campus classes on April 13, although we will continue to reassess this approach. Even though on-campus classes will be cancelled, the university will remain open.

CSU Classes and Instructional Meetings

Following our extended spring break period, beginning Monday, March 23 and until further notice, CSU will suspend all face-to-face instruction, lectures, discussion sessions, seminars and other similar classroom settings, and move to remote instruction. Our Provost, Deans, Chairs and faculty leaders continue to work on multiple options to ensure we can deliver coursework in such a way to ensure the best educational experience for our students.

In the coming days, students will hear from their professors on how their classes will be delivered, along with instruction on how to access the material. Faculty and staff are working to develop remote teaching approaches best suited for their college and its curricular programs. We are also looking into alternatives for labs and other specialized situations. Students will need a computer, cell phone and internet access. Students will soon receive a survey on whether or not they have these things and we will work to get all students what they need. We are also creating hotlines to assist faculty and students, if needed. More information on those will be forthcoming.

While completing classes remotely, students are strongly encouraged to remain at home. We will make special accommodations, to include dining arrangements, for anyone unable to go home.

Persons at Risk

We continue to closely follow CDC guidelines for members of our CSU family who are considered to be at higher risk. We will issue further guidance next week for work center supervisors and leaders that will help ensure the health and well-being of those members of our campus community.


We will continue to support athletic events, with some limitations on the number of spectators who attend. This includes the NCAA swimming event on campus this week. The swim meet will take place, but we will not allow spectators. Other indoor and outdoor athletic events will continue, however without spectators for indoor events. Decision on events that will be held at the Wolstein Center will be announced by the sponsoring organizations.

Other events that will have fewer than 100 people will continue. Those that will have more than 100 people, such as concerts or large meetings, will be cancelled or rescheduled. As of now, this policy will be in effect until the end of the month – March 31. We will continue to reassess the situation and schedule of events on a regular basis. We will be putting a complete list of cancelled and/or delayed events on the website.

International Travel

We have cancelled all funded overseas travel until the end of August and have cancelled our Summer Abroad programs. We are asking people who have returned from overseas to contact campus Health and Wellness Services. In addition, we are following CDC guidelines for all returning passengers from all destinations. Specifically, people returning from level 3 countries are being told to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

Domestic Travel

We are following CDC guidelines for domestic travel.

Remote Work

We are following our current policies regarding telecommuting for those who qualify. We are closely following CDC guidelines for members of our CSU family who the CDC considers to be at higher risk. We are developing guidance for work center supervisors and leaders to comply with that guidance. Further guidance will be issued this week.

Contact the University if you have a question

Please read the above information, links and other navigation on this page. The university has created a CSU coronavirus web page which can be accessed through the university home page: www.csuohio.edu. Also, visit the University Health and Wellness Services website: www.csuohio.edu/health


Harlan M. Sands, J.D., M.B.A.

Cleveland State University

Forrest Faison, M.D., Sc.D. (hon), FAAP

Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation and Chief Healthcare Strategy Officer
Cleveland State University

Jianping Zhu

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Cleveland State University

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