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Spring Semester Update – January 14, 2021

Operating Status
Campus: DESIGNATED ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS MOVING INTO AND/OR LIVING IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS AND OTHERS ENGAGED IN OFFICIAL ON-CAMPUS TEACHING AND LEARNING OR STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES ARE WELCOME ON CAMPUS.

We hope you enjoyed your break. Spring semester 2021 officially begins on Saturday, January 16, with most classes beginning on Tuesday, January 19, after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Approximately 44 percent of classes will take place in person this semester to allow for physical distancing, and the success of our return to campus depends on all of us doing our parts to keep each other safe.

All CSU students, faculty and staff are required to wear masks at all times when on campus (except when actively eating or drinking).

Please keep at least 6 feet away from others and clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water and/or using hand sanitizer located at multiple stations across campus. Student safety ambassadors will be on hand to remind you of our campus safety protocols.

With the vaccine now approved, the finish line is nearly in sight. Until vaccines are widely available, however, we all must continue to keep our campus community safe. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Ease into the spring semester with Chillfest, our annual welcome back celebration for students. View all Chillfest activities, taking place January 19-23. We’re also providing students with welcome back packets including three new masks, a t-shirt, a water bottle and more! Pick up your welcome packet in the Student Center on Tuesday, January 19 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on January 20 and 21 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Pay Attention to Your Health

What to do if you’re not feeling well
For students, faculty and staff: If you’re not feeling well and/or are running a fever, please stay home and call your health provider. If you’re a student living on campus, COVID-19 tests are available if you’re experiencing symptoms. Please call Health & Wellness Services at 216-687-3649 for a testing appointment.

Faculty and staff: If you test positive for COVID-19, please notify Rick Horsfall in Human Resources.

Take care of your mental health this semester
With the ongoing pandemic and recent events at the U.S. Capitol, the CSU Counseling Center is here for you. Go to the Counseling Center website for more information, as counselors are available 24/7 to talk. Please call 216-687-2277 for help.

Academic Updates

Before classes begin, please make sure to confirm the location of your on-campus courses by checking your schedule in CampusNet.

If you have an in-person class followed by a remote class and you don’t have time to go home, you may take the remote class in the main library from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and in the Student Center computer lab from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The following rooms are also open for use after 6 p.m. as well:  BH 423, BU 101 and FH 314.

Campus Safety Measures

Take the daily health self-assessment
All students, faculty, staff and visitors coming to campus are required to pass a daily health self-assessment prior to arrival via the Working Well app. Click here for app download instructions.

Sign your social contract
Students, faculty and staff learning or working on campus are required to read and sign a social contract before the start of spring semester, pledging to follow university health and safety guidelines.

Enhanced cleaning/sanitizing and handwashing stations
CSU’s Facilities Management and Ancillary Services teams are continuing enhanced protocols for cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces. Cleaning materials, wipes, paper towels and sprays are also available in classrooms for student and faculty use. In addition, enhanced air filtration was installed last fall in several university buildings.

Additional handwashing and sanitizing stations have been installed across campus, including at building entrances, in dining areas, and outside of many classrooms.

Campus Services Operating Information

Dining locations
All CSU dining locations will reopen on Tuesday, January 19, including Chili’s, Papa John’s, Viking Grounds, Outtakes and Fenn Shop. Go to the dining information page for hours.

Recreation Center
The Recreation Center will once again be available for students only this semester for open recreation. Visit the Rec Center’s webpage for specific hours.

Bookstore open for in-store shopping and online pick-up
Viking Outfitters is now open for spring semester book purchases and other CSU-related items. Go to the bookstore website for up-to-date hours.

Viking Card office
Beginning Tuesday, January 19 the Viking Card office will be open weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you need to obtain a Viking Card for the first time, please submit your photo online to get started.

Parking permits on sale
Spring semester parking permits are available for purchase for permits valid through May 15, 2021. Go to CSU’s Parking Office’s webpage for more information, or purchase your permit online in the Parking Portal.

STUDENTS: Your Opinions Matter

Online readiness survey
The Ohio Department of Higher Education is seeking to develop a deeper understanding of technology challenges students are facing in an online learning environment. Take the survey here. If you are in need of a laptop computer and/or hotspot, CSU can provide them to you. Please contact the Help Desk at 216-687-5050.

Stay up to date with #SafeCampusCSU at www.csuohio.edu/safe-campus/.

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