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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


Academics

  • Classes for 2020 Fall Semester have been updated in CampusNet to reflect remote and on-campus options, and nearly all on-campus classes now have assigned classrooms. Check the Student Schedule in CampusNet to find this information. Delivery method and/or classroom location is subject to change and students will be notified of any changes via their CSU email. A guide to the various remote/on-campus icons and messages in CampusNet is available here.

Campus Operations
Note that all on-campus operations and hours are subject to change as conditions dictate.

  • Michael Schwartz Library: Beginning August 24, the Michael Schwartz Library will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F, to current students, faculty and staff only. Safety protocols will be in place, including limited occupancy, which will be monitored. Entrance will be by CSU ID swipe-card access only. Only the first two floors will be accessible to non-library staff. The library’s computer lab will be open with limited capacity to allow for safe physical distancing. Reference, research and other services will be offered remotely.
  • Law Library: For Fall Semester the Law Library will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F, to current students, faculty and staff only. Safety protocols will be in place, including reduced occupancy that will be monitored. Entrance to the library will be by CSU ID swipe-card access only. Reference and research assistance will be offered remotely. The library’s computer lab will be open with reduced capacity to allow physical distancing.
  • Bookstore: The bookstore will open for online order pickup and textbook rentals only beginning August 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F. The pickup location will be inside the southwestern door of the bookstore and safety measures will be in place. For the week of the August 17, the main entrance will be closed and there will be no internal access for shopping. Beginning August 24, the main entrance will be open to the CSU community, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., M-F, with safety measures in place and access limited to 25 patrons at a time, which will be monitored. Online order pickup and textbook rentals will continue to be offered inside the southwestern door of the bookstore, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F for the week of August 24.
  • Computer Labs: IS&T computer labs will be open for Fall Semester with reduced capacity to allow social distancing. Labs in Berkman Hall, the Student Center and the Monte Ahuja College of Business building will be open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., M-F. The lab in Fenn Tower will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Questions we’re receiving:

  • If I want to live on campus, can I still apply to live in the residence halls?
    Yes, rooms are still available and it is not too late to apply to live on campus. Click here to apply for housing.
  • What if I want to switch my on-campus class to a remote class?
    Students can make changes to their schedule and select a remote class, if one is available. When making changes, students should work with their academic advisor to ensure they continue to make progress toward their degree.

    If you personally identify as high risk (health, age, pregnancy, or parenting a child) you can apply for an accommodation. For an accommodation based on age, pregnancy or status as a parent, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@csuohio.edu. For health related accommodation, please register with the Office of Disability Services (ODS). If you are already registered with ODS, but require additional accommodation related to COVID-19, please email ods@csuohio.edu with your request. Every effort will be made to reasonably accommodate students who have personal risk factors for COVID-19.

    If you live with or care for someone at high risk who is not your child, talk to your academic advisor to determine 1) if you can switch to a remote section of your course, if one is available, or 2) if you can take the on-campus class in a different semester and replace it with another class that advances your academic progress and is being offered remotely.

    If, after exploring alternate options, the class you need is offered only on campus, talk to the faculty member to request to take the course remotely. You will not need to provide medical information to the faculty member, but they may refer your request to CARE Team or the Ombudsman for further review.

    We recommend all students finalize their schedules as soon as possible prior to classes starting, or, at the latest, before the class drop deadline for a full refund of August 28th.
  • Where will I be able to go if I have an on-campus course followed by a remote course?
    The best and safest option for participating in a remote course is to do so from home or your residence hall room. If the time between your courses does not allow you to go home, limited spaces will be available for students to wait between classes or to take their online class. These include the IS&T computer labs, the first two floors of the Michael Schwartz Library and outdoor areas (weather permitting) where you can socially distance.

Please go to the Safe Campus page on the university website for other recently announced updates for fall, including information on health and safety measures, dining, parking, and other topics.


Questions?

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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