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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, students moving into the residence halls or attending on-campus courses, faculty teaching on campus and others with prior approval of the Provost’s office or Human Resources are permitted on campus.

For Students

  • CSU President Harlan M. Sands has recorded a video greeting welcoming all students back for 2020 Fall Semester.  You can view the video here.
  • Welcome Kits, including face masks and other items for new students on campus will be distributed Monday, August 24, through Thursday, August 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Rhodes Tower Plaza, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Student Center Information Desk.  Bring your Viking Card ID when you pick up your kit.  As a reminder, masks are required for all student, faculty, staff or visitors at all times on campus, indoors or out, except when alone in a private office or other private space, such as a residence hall bedroom.
  • A daily health self-assessment is mandatory for all students, faculty, staff and visitors coming to campus. The assessment will be through the Working Well mobile smartphone app. Information on how to download and use the app is available here
  • Students must also complete COVID-19 awareness training and sign a Healthy Community Social Contract online, committing to safe behaviors on and off campus while enrolled at CSU. The Student Healthy Community Social Contract is available here on the Student Affairs website.
  • The Viking Card office in Berkman Hall is open today, August 21, until 5 p.m. and tomorrow, August 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for new students to get their Viking student ID cards. Beginning Monday, all new students should go to room 146 in Berkman Hall for their Viking cards.  Hours will be Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Wednesday noon - 5:45 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Faculty or staff who need a new or replacement card should go to the Viking Card office during the hours listed above.  Physical distancing will be enforced in queueing. 
  • Students are reminded to confirm the location of on-campus courses they are taking by checking the Student Schedule in CampusNet. Nearly all on-campus classes now have assigned classrooms, but are subject to change. A guide to the various remote/on-campus icons and messages in CampusNet is available here.
  • Tips for students on campus: what to expect in the classroom
    • Always complete the daily health assessment and bring your mask and Viking card ID
    • Check your email for instructions from your professor and check CampusNet as room assignments may have changed
    • Arrive as close to the start of your course as possible to limit congregating outside classrooms
    • Sit only in assigned seating or seats with green dots – don’t move/rearrange furniture or seating
    • Use available sanitizing wipes, spray cleaners or other supplies in the classroom to clean your area before class begins
    • Faculty will dismiss students by row or seating section to ensure smooth egress.
  • For students who rely on RTA for transportation to and from campus, CSU will make a U-Pass option available for Fall 2020. Students who wish to use the U-Pass have two options: 
    • Students can complete the form at https://www.csuohio.edu/upass/upass, and the U-Pass sticker will be mailed to their permanent address listed in CampusNet within 7-10 days. The $40 charge will be applied directly to their student account. 
    • Beginning Monday, August 24, and for the first two weeks of classes, student can pick up an RTA U-Pass sticker at the Bursar’s Cashier window on the first floor of Berkman Hall. The Cashier window will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-3pm. Students must present their CSU Viking Card and the $40 U-Pass charge will be applied directly to their student account. 

    CSU students who want to ride RTA before they have their sticker can do so by showing their CSU ID through September 4, 2020. Note that the option to participate in the U-pass program is limited to the Fall 2020 semester at this time. 

For Faculty and Staff

  • Masks are in and available for faculty and staff who will be on campus this fall. Each individual will receive a pack of five reusable cloth masks. To limit the number of one-off requests, supervisors are asked to provide a count for how many of their team members will be on campus and email that information to Brandon Dugan in Facilities Management at b.c.dugan@csuohio.edu, or Dave Diggins in Environmental Health & Safety at d.diggins@csuohio.edu. Faculty and staff who will teach/work remotely this fall should not be included in counts. Masks will be delivered to your location on campus.

Campus Operations

  • Hours of operation and information on accessing campus services, including student services, counseling and tutoring, have been updated in the Safe Campus website.  Click here to be taken to the updated operations page. Note that all on-campus operations and hours are subject to change as conditions dictate.

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.
  • How does the bookstore credit incentive work for returning students?
    All degree-seeking undergraduate students returning for the 2020 Fall Semester, enrolled for at least 12 credits and earning a 3.0 GPA or higher for fall, will receive a $150 Campus Bookstore credit for 2021 Spring Semester.
  • What should I do if I am on campus and start to feel ill?
    If your symptoms are mild, you should go home or to your residence hall bedroom, limit contact with others, continue to monitor how you feel and contact your healthcare provider for assessment and treatment. Students on campus can also contact the Health & Wellness Center at 216-687-3649 to make an appointment for assessment and possible testing.If your symptoms become severe, such as a high fever or significant difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to an emergency room.
  • 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.


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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