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Fall Semester Update

NOTE: We will issue Fall Semester Updates as needed to share information with the campus community on plans for fall.

Operating Status
Campus: Only designated essential employees and others with prior approval of the Provost’s office or Human Resources are permitted on campus
Classes: Summer Sessions underway

As we finalize plans and preparations for safely repopulating our campus for 2020 Fall Semester, students, faculty and staff understandably have many questions about what to expect when the semester starts later this month.

Only students with courses on campus or living in the residence halls, faculty teaching on campus, and designated staff needed for essential operations or to support the increased campus footprint, will be returning to campus for fall. Staff members will be notified if they will be returning to work on campus, otherwise they will continue to work remotely for fall.

It’s important to remember that the success of our return to campus depends on everyone doing their part to keep us safe and keep our campus open for fall semester!

Here is what to expect if you are among those who will return to campus for fall:

Safety measures

  • Reconfigured spaces: To allow for appropriate social distancing, classrooms, seating in common areas (including dining) and other spaces are being reconfigured to accommodate our on-campus population for fall. In classrooms, this will mean assigned seating to ensure appropriate distancing. It’s also important that desks and other seating not be moved or rearranged. Areas where social distancing is not possible will be restricted or closed. Plexiglass is being installed in all open retail and walk-up service locations.
  • Daily health self-assessment: All students, faculty, staff and visitors coming to campus will be required to pass a daily health self-assessment prior to arriving. This is one of our first and best ways to create and sustain a safe campus, and we’re depending on everyone to complete the assessment and do so consistently and accurately. Through a mobile app, individuals will answer a short series of questions to complete the assessment. Anyone who fails the assessment must stay home or in their residence hall room and should seek medical attention. Information on accessing the self-assessment app will be available before the return to campus for fall.
  • Masks: Masks are required for all students, faculty and staff at all times on campus, both indoors and outside, except when alone in a private office or other private space. A supply of reusable cloth masks will be provided to all members of the campus community. Masks will also be available for purchase in the bookstore and through vending machines in select locations. To facilitate classroom teaching, face shields will be available to faculty upon request. Individuals unable to safely wear or remove a mask should contact the Office of Disability Services for an accommodation. A comprehensive mask protocol is being developed and will be posted on the Safe Campus page of the university website soon.
  • Handwashing and sanitizing: There are lots of good reasons to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer, and now we’re making it easier than ever! Additional handwashing and sanitizing stations have been installed across campus, including at building entrances, in dining areas, and outside of many classrooms. Signage encouraging use of hand sanitizer, proper handwashing technique and social distancing have been installed across campus.
  • Social contract: All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus will be required to read and sign a social contract at the beginning of the semester pledging to follow university health and safety guidelines and to practice safe behaviors. Students living in the residence halls will be required to read and sign a separate social contract committing to safe behaviors when in the residence halls. Details on the social contracts will be forthcoming.
  • Enhanced cleaning/sanitizing: CSU’s Facilities Management and Ancillary Services teams have developed enhanced protocols for cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces. Cleaning materials, wipes, paper towels and sprays will also be available in classrooms and students will be expected to clean their desks and seating areas before and after use. In addition, enhanced air filtration is being installed in the primary classroom buildings and other buildings where a concentration of activity is expected for fall.
  • Testing and contact tracing: Testing of symptomatic students or students who were exposed to a person confirmed to have COVID-19, will be available through the Health & Wellness Center by appointment. Priority for testing will be those students who have health coverage through CSU or are uninsured. All others should contact their primary care physician for assessment and testing. (Because of the size of our student population and finite supplies, on-demand testing of asymptomatic individuals will not be available.)  Contact tracing of confirmed close contacts on campus will be conducted by a university contact tracing team in coordination with local public health authorities.  
  • Residence halls:  Residence halls have been reconfigured to allow each student to have a private bedroom. Common areas have also been reconfigured to assure social distancing. Students living in the residence halls will be required to sign a separate social contract committing to safe behaviors when in the residence halls. Fall move-ins will be scheduled over a 4-day period (instead of the usual 2 days) and students will receive more information on how move-ins will be handled from Residence Life.


  • Several different on-campus dining and food and beverage options will be available for Fall Semester. Viking Marketplace will be the only location with on-site dining with reduced seating capacity to allow for proper social distancing, and other safety and cleaning protocols in place.  Viking Marketplace will be open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Other dining locations that will be open for take-out only include Chili’s, Papa John’s, Outtakes Quick Cuisine, Viking Grounds Starbucks and Fenn Shoppe.  The GrubHub ordering app will be used to order, except at Viking Marketplace, to help reduce lines.  Dining hours at take-out locations will vary, but will be open between 6 to 12 hours per day during the week, with only a few of the locations open during the weekend.


  • All CSU parking garages and lots will be open for fall.  Students, faculty and staff have received information in their CSU email accounts about parking plans and options for fall.  Student plans and options can be read here, and faculty and staff can read options and plans here. Multiple, lower-cost options are available for individuals who will not be coming to campus on a daily basis.


  • Due to restrictions on large gatherings, together with repurposing of large spaces to serve as classrooms, CSU will not host on-campus events this fall. This includes the Wolstein Center, which will be in use daily as reconfigured classroom space to allow for social distancing. Virtual events are strongly encouraged.

Student services

  • All student services will continue to be available for fall, with a limited number of student-facing services returning to campus and others available remotely and by appointment.

Check and bookmark the Safe Campus page on the university website for future updates.


Please email questions, comments or concerns to one of the following email accounts:
For students: safecampusstudent@csuohio.edu
For faculty: safecampusfaculty@csuohio.edu
For staff: safecampusstaff@csuohio.edu

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