Colorado State University operations are primarily virtual and online, and our buildings remain closed except for those performing essential, in-person functions as approved by the Pandemic Planning Team.
On our road to recovery during these unprecedented times, Colorado State University is committed to the health of our students, faculty and staff, as well as to the health of our university and our ability to continue to empower our community through our land-grant mission of academics, research and outreach.
Fall 2020 Framework – Key decisions
June 8: The university will:
- Preserve face-to-face instruction as much as possible, with a focus on labs, studios, and first-year students.
- Expand the academic day to 8 p.m. on weekdays.
- Move all classes enrolling more than 99 students online—while still committing to offering the majority of classes face-to-face.
- Explore adding Saturday classes to the course schedule as needed, if necessary, for specialized academic work.
- Ensure that all courses are prepared to move to virtual learning after Fall Break, using best practices for online learning to follow President McConnell’s directive that we will move to remote, online classes at that time.
- Residence halls will be open in August. We will keep residence halls open during and after Fall Break for students who need to remain or return, while adjusting operations of other campus facilities as appropriate per public health guidance in place at the time.
- Develop some hybrid classes to accommodate specific curricular and class space needs. These courses will be a blend of on-line and in-person components.
- Incorporate real-time (synchronous) and asynchronous interactions into online courses, to provide both time for engagement between students and faculty and flexibility for student work.
Although public health guidance does provide for a pathway for events at the university, the CSU Pandemic Planning Team has canceled all university events through the rest of summer until Fall classes start on August 24. At that time, the university’s ability to support events within public health guidance will be reevaluated. This allows the university’s resources to focus on to the university’s core mission of academics and research to prepare for the Fall semester. All event requests after August 24 must be entered into the university’s event management system at schedule.colostate.edu. If you are planning an in-person meeting, activity or event of any kind you should enter it into this system for evaluation. If you are an event attendee, please follow up with your event host.
“Our best path forward is through a transparent, engaged process grounded in our land-grant commitment to access, success, equity, and excellence.”
~ President Joyce McConnell
We have assembled a team of experts from across the university so that our decisions are inclusive. We are working to resume on campus, in person functions as much as possible, while protecting the public health of our community.
We are guided by these goals:
Recovery Phase 3 (current phase)
- Encourage units and individuals who can work remotely to continue to do so.
- Our Pandemic Preparedness team will review applications to return to work and ensure adequate personal protective equipment and operations support, such as cleaning and disinfecting materials and custodial services.
- Prioritize reinstating research activities in a tiered structure in collaboration with the Vice President for Research.
- Faculty and staff who are authorized to return to work on a campus will be contacted by their supervisor and given instructions.
- Allow no more than 30-50 percent of our workforce in one physical area at a time, as guided by public health orders.
- Authorize returns to work on campus through executive team, deans, department heads and supervisors to ensure an organized, measured approach that maintains public health orders. No units or divisions should exceed authorized levels or return without complete authorization to ensure that the university is complying with public health orders and to ensure that public health and custodial staff support is coordinated.
- Require all faculty and staff who are currently reporting to work on a campus to monitor and report symptoms every day, symptom reporting – return to work on a campus.
- If cases of COVID-19 are reported among our on-campus faculty and staff, we will immediately trace their contacts, request testing of those who may have been exposed, and provide guidance on how to properly self-isolate.
- All faculty and staff who report to campus must agree to comply with these expectations, return to work on a campus.
- No gatherings on university grounds allowed.
- Gradually increase on-campus capacity for operations throughout the summer.
- Maintain flexibility in operations and academic planning to adhere to public health guidance.
- Prepare an environment for academic delivery that helps to prevent COVID-19 illnesses among our community and rapidly responds to positive or suspected cases. Deliver academic instruction on campus as much as possible.
Employees who report to university grounds must follow public health precautions.
- Board of Governors approves broad recovery plan, June 3-5
- Prioritized and limited operations and research allowed to return to on-campus functions
- Recovery Working Groups provide additional recommendations for Fall 2020 academics and operations details
- President determines details of Fall structure
- Status of summer event decisions made
- Final fiscal decisions and actions made before end of fiscal year on June 30
- Updated preventative precautions for summer on-campus activities and operations (on and off campus) communicated
- Recovery planning groups continue to gather input from university constituents
- Recovery planners determine recommendations for Fall structure of University Housing, operations, events
- Implement Fall 2020 structure and support systems (technology, etc)
- Adjust operations and academic plans as needed per public health guidance
- Finalize implementation of Fall 2020 preparations
- Finalize status of Fall events
- Prepare for students and increased on campus operations
Avoiding stigma related to COVID-19
We ask CSU community members to support each other and reach out to members of our Ram family who may be worried about family and friends who are where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring. Please remember the words of President McConnell in a recent university message – “We always care for one another, and Rams take care of Rams. I urge you all to make a special effort to reach out to these members of our community right now, ask what they need, and show that you care.”
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