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Cleveland State University

CSU to move to remote instruction after Thanksgiving; last day of on-campus classes is Wed., November 25

Given current community trends reflecting significant spread of COVID-19, CSU will move to a full remote teaching and learning environment beginning Monday, November 30. Changes to the scheduled fall semester classes include all lecture courses currently offered in face-to-face and hybrid formats, and a majority of in-person labs, exams and tests.

We have done an extraordinary job of keeping our campus safe, following our data-driven model and our 7 layers of protection, and we thank all of you for your continued partnership. Our CSU family is doing a great job protecting themselves and others on campus. It was our initial intent to complete the fall semester schedule as designed, but the physical safety and mental health of our campus community is our top priority. We must be flexible and act responsibly to limit risk of spread to our CSU community given the significant increase in cases locally. We are making this decision out of an abundance of caution and in broad consensus with our Faculty Senate Steering Committee, academic leadership and student leadership.

“At CSU, we will always place faculty, student and staff health and well-being first,” said CSU Provost Jianping Zhu. “After reviewing our community health data and assessing potential for additional risk to our campus community when students return from Thanksgiving break, we have made the decision to forego the last week of on-campus classes and on-campus final exams. In the coming days, I will be working with our deans and faculty to ensure each student completes their courses, clinical and research experiences and labs as planned.”

CSU colleges, schools, departments and faculty will share more information about specific courses, labs, clinical experiences, practicums and exams where an on-campus component is required.

Mental health support is always available here.

What stays the same:

  • Campus remains open.
  • Campus office operations will continue to follow fall semester operating guidelines.
  • Students whose field placement, clinical experience, internship, lab or studio course that will continue to meet in person after Thanksgiving will be notified via email from their faculty advisor, mentor, clinical supervisor or instructor in the coming days.
  • Residence halls will remain open. For students who go home for Thanksgiving and wish to return, they will be required to comply with our reentry protocols. Details will be made available in the coming days.
  • Dining facilities are open with current guidelines. After Monday, November 30, dining facilities will offer take-out service only.
  • Health & Wellness Services operations remain as-is.
  • Student employees should contact their supervisors.
  • Read additional FAQs here

The revised schedule is:

  • Today through Wednesday, Nov 25: Fall semester classes continue
  • Thursday Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 29: Thanksgiving break: No classes
  • Monday, Nov. 30: Classes resume remotely
  • Monday, Dec. 7 through Saturday, Dec. 12: Final exams
  • Saturday, Dec. 12: Fall semester ends
  • Sunday, Dec. 13: Virtual fall commencement

For students returning home over Thanksgiving, limited COVID-19 testing will be available before the Thanksgiving break. Details will be made available in the coming days.  

As we move into the last week before Thanksgiving, it becomes even more critical that we all continue to be vigilant and to strictly follow all safety protocols. Only with your continued support can we keep our campus safe. Keep up the good work!

Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

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