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Fall Semester Update - August 31, 2020

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 living in 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.
Classes: Fall Semester underway with both on-campus and remote courses

The Lead

CSU President Harlan Sands spoke at the City Club of Cleveland’s live, virtual forum on Friday, August 28. President Sands was interviewed by City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop about CSU’s data-driven repopulation plan for fall semester, as well as ongoing efforts to re-imagine the university as “CSU 2.0.” Following the interview, he took questions from the virtual audience. View a replay of the forum on the City Club website.

On Wednesday, September 2 at 1 pm, please bring your questions and join President Sands on CSU’s Facebook page for the next virtual town hall.

On Thursday, September 3, as part of the virtual Spark 2020: Grit to Great conference, President Sands will speak at 10:30 am on Creating an Innovative Culture, along with the presidents of John Carroll University and Oberlin College.

For Students

  • The Recreation Center will open to students only with restricted hours and reduced capacity, seven days a week beginning Friday, September 4. Open recreation only will be available – all programming (group classes, instruction, etc.) will remain virtual. Hours will be:
    • Monday: 6:30 - 9:30 am, and 6 – 8 pm
    • Tuesday: 6:30 – 8 am, and 4 – 8 pm
    • Wednesday: 6:30 - 9:30 am, and 6 – 8 pm
    • Thursday: 6:30 – 8 am, and 4 – 8 pm
    • Friday: 6:30 - 9:30 am, and 12 – 7 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am – 4:30 pm
    • Sunday: 10 am – 4:30 pm

    Masks are required to be worn by all students and staff at the Recreation Center and all exercise equipment has been spaced at least 6 feet apart. Please visit the Recreation Center website for more guidelines, policies and procedures.

    The Recreation Center will welcome back faculty and staff in a later phase, conditions permitting.

  • The Viking Outfitters bookstore has updated hours. Beginning today, the bookstore will be open from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday.
  • For students still in need of Viking Card IDs, during the week of August 31, the Viking Card office in Berkman Hall, Room 112 will be open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. Physical distancing will be enforced in queueing and students may be asked to come back at another time to limit lines.
  • Where to go between classes: 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 are 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, the Law Library and outdoor areas (weather permitting) where you can physically distance.
  • After 5 pm each day, the following spaces will also be available if you need a place to participate in a remote course:

      • Berkman Hall, Room 303
      • Monte Ahuja College of Business, Room 102
      • Fenn Hall, Room 314

    These rooms will be stocked with cleaning supplies so that you can sanitize your desk before using.

  • A reminder that a daily health self-assessment is mandatory for all students, faculty, staff and visitors coming to campus. Complete your daily assessment through the Working Well mobile smartphone app. Information on how to download and use the app is available here.
  • Students must also complete brief 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.
  • Tips for students on campus: What to expect in the classroom
    • Always complete the daily health assessment, wear your mask and bring your Viking ID
    • Check your email for instructions from your professor and check CampusNet as room assignments may change
    • 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 – please do not move/rearrange furniture or seating
    • 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 online 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 U-Pass charge will be applied directly to their student account.
    • For the week of August 31, students can also 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, 10 am-3 pm. Students must present their CSU Viking Card to pick up a sticker. The $40 U-Pass charge will be applied directly to their student account.

For Faculty and Staff

  • Masks are 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 should 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.
  • Recreation Center membership information for faculty and staff: If you would like a refund for any months of membership purchased prior to March 2020, please contact Jason Mandula, Assistant Director - Facility Operations. If you would like a refund for fitness & wellness programming, please reach out to Melissa Albers, Assistant Director - Fitness & Aquatics. The Recreation Center Will continue to offer and expand its virtual programming during the Fall Semester and invite you to take full advantage of these offerings. A full list of virtual offerings can be found here, including:

Questions we are receiving

  • What should I do if I am on campus and start to feel ill?
    If you are experiencing mild symptoms, 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.
  • I missed my opportunity to pick up a Welcome Kit last week. Can I still get one?
    For students who missed the Welcome Kit distribution, a limited number of kits are available at the Student Center Information Desk, Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 8 pm and Friday, 7 am – 7 pm. Present your Viking Card ID to receive your kit.

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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