Courses will be delivered through three types of classes:

  • In-person, in-classroom- which remains our focus as much as possible
  • Hybrid of both in-person and online
  • Online

For more information about how to determine student schedules and course delivery, see the academic FAQs at this page.

For courses with an in-classroom, in-person component, we have put extensive public health measures in place. These measures are also in place for those units and offices providing in-person services on a campus.

Please see the information below about specific plans and measures already in place and being put in place for the semester.

CSU has secured a central supply of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies for use during the summer and fall semester:

  • Face shields for all instructors to wear while teaching (instructors also may wear masks if they prefer)
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting supplies and dispensers to place across campuses, including disinfectant in classrooms and workspaces
  • Plexiglass barriers for key, translational spaces, such as food courts
  • Face coverings and thermometers for students and employees who cannot supply their own

Protocols and procedures for distributing these supplies as needed will be in place to assure strategic use to preserve the university’s resources.

  • All university spaces currently in use are cleaned and disinfected daily by Facilities Management, with extra emphasis on areas touched frequently, using procedures and disinfectants endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control. These cleaning procedures will be expanded during the fall semester to cover additional use of spaces.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of buildings and areas of our campuses in use when students, faculty, and staff return will continue.
  • Disinfecting and cleaning supplies will be provided for students, faculty and staff to clean their own workspaces, desks, tables, etc. (students should supply disinfecting and cleaning supplies for their own use in their personal living spaces)
  • A COVID-19 testing plan will be implemented in August, will span several weeks, then will pivot to adaptive on-going testing. Details will be announced soon.
  • A number of students, faculty and staff who are on one of our campuses will be tested early in the semester and strategic testing will continue into the semester.
  • Contact tracing will be undertaken in conjunction with testing by the university’s Public Health Department in coordination with Larimer County.
  • All students, faculty and staff working on university grounds will be required to fill out an online daily symptom checker. A student-specific symptom checker is being developed in conjunction with RamWeb.

When positive COVID-19 cases are discovered, CSU coordinates with Larimer County (or other appropriate counties) on necessary public health steps such as quarantine, self-isolation, etc., of students, faculty and staff, as well as disinfecting spaces as needed.

CSU uses contact tracing software that is also used by the Larimer County and other Colorado public health agencies, greatly enhancing speed, coordination and communication about exposures that potentially impact faculty, staff and students;

When an individual on a CSU campus tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate while seeking appropriate medical care. CSU has a plan for those living in university housing who need to self-isolate or quarantine.

  • For campus residents, a CSU or county public health official coordinates with CSU Housing & Dining Services to arrange for appropriate housing for the student under isolation and/or roommates, depending on the situation.
  • Rooms and apartments are available to individuals in isolation or quarantine to separate infected students from others.
  • Areas where an infected person is known to have been will be cleaned.
  • CSU Public Health will coordinate daily check-ins with infected students and assist with connecting them to medical, counseling and student case management as needed.
  • For those who live off-campus, including our students, faculty and staff:

CSU is reviewing current guidance (https://covidrecovery.colostate.edu/pre-semester-public-health-precautions/) as well as public health guidance as it impacts equity issues among our community members, such as the cost and availability of testing. We will provide more information soon.

The Pandemic Planning Team is providing websites, signs, digital signs, social media messages, direct communications to students, employees, parents and families, and other communications to clearly communicate public health orders across our university community

Public health precaution social-norming campaign:

CSU will launch a social-norming campaign in August 2020 to support the start of in-person classes.

  • The campaign will instruct students to practice preventative health behaviors to slow the spread of COVID-19 (e.g., face coverings, physical distancing, etc.), will remind them of their responsibility for their own health, responsibility to others and the greater good, and encourage them to embrace these behaviors as the new normal on campus.
  • These efforts will be informed by the results of a survey sent to 5,000 current CSU students to gauge their behaviors, perceptions, and motivations.
  • CSU expects members of our community to adhere to public health orders, guidance, protocols, and University policies.
  • Compliance with public health orders, guidance, protocols, and policies will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
  • Individuals who choose to not to adhere to defined public health orders, guidance, and protocols may be subject to administrative procedures or other consequences.

CSU has surveyed hundreds of spaces for physical distancing capacity and furniture needs to assure best practices in the configuration of those spaces to meet public health guidance.

The university will follow public health orders regarding building occupancy.

  • Currently required to not exceed 50 percent building occupancy, as set by fire code.
  • Building occupancy limits may be increased or decreased by the county or state at any time. CSU will comply with any changes.
  • Entrance and exits in buildings will be assessed and marked to enhance physical distancing.
  • If work functions can be accomplished remotely, some offices and individuals will be encouraged to continue remote work operations.

CSU has formulated a plan to permit in-classroom academic instruction to the extent possible, in consultation with academic leadership and public health experts. Specifics include:

  • Scheduling additional class sections to allow space for physical distancing in classrooms
  • Scheduling additional evening class sections during the 4-8 p.m. block to utilize classrooms that typically would not be in use at those times
  • Transforming non-classroom spaces—including LSC ballrooms, fieldhouses, and other areas—to teaching spaces
  • Hiring instructors to teach additional class sections
  • Equipping dozens of additional classrooms with technology to facilitate in-classroom, hybrid, and online instruction, doubling the number of technology-enhanced classrooms and making it easier to accommodate students who require online course delivery for health reasons
  • Offering workshops and training to educate instructors and faculty on the use of technology to continue to deliver engaging, interactive in-classroom, hybrid, and online courses

Employees are being returned to work on a campus via a phased, measured, strategic process.

  • No office, unit or department will return to in-classroom work without the approval of the Pandemic Preparedness Team, via an application process for return-to-work.
  • To comply with public health orders that require limited building occupancy, all units that can work remotely will be encouraged to continue doing so; units that can work remotely do not have to submit a plan to return to a campus when students return.
  • Every unit that returns to any kind of in-person work will be required to follow public health orders, guidance, protocols, and university policy.
  • All employees who return to in-person work will be required to complete online training on how to maintain public health precautions.
  • Employees may apply for a temporary work adjustment  if they have concerns about working on a campus

All students, faculty and instructors will be required to follow state and county public health orders, guidance, protocols and University policies while on university grounds and in all buildings, including classrooms, laboratories, living, research and service spaces. These include:

  • Wearing masks or other appropriate face covering;
  • Maintaining physical distancing of six feet from other individuals;
  • Disinfecting their study and work surfaces (desktops, tables, etc.) regularly;
  • Staying home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe they have been exposed to COVID-19;
  • Never gathering in groups without public health precautions;
  • All faculty and staff who report for in-classroom work on a campus must fill out the daily symptom checker. A student-specific daily symptom checker is in the process of being created.

Extra precautions, procedures, and measures will be necessary to create healthy spaces for in-person learning to take place on campus.

All members of the CSU community will be responsible for educating themselves regarding risks associated with COVID-19 and must take all necessary and reasonable steps to protect their own health during this pandemic.

There will be many new protocols individuals must comply with that are required by public health orders, guidance, and protocols, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, and/or are required by CSU policy. Some of these include:

  • Wearing a mask or face covering over your mouth and nose while on university property and in class. More information for instructors regarding masks and face shields is available at the bottom of the public health precautions page.
  • Keeping a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoiding large gatherings
  • Staying home when you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19

Employees will return to work on a campus via a phased, measured, strategic process.

  • No office, unit or department will return to in-classroom work without the approval of the Pandemic Preparedness Team, via an application process for return-to-work.
  • To comply with public health orders that require limited building occupancy, all units that can work remotely will be encouraged to continue doing so; units that can work remotely do not have to submit a plan to return to a campus when students return.
  • Every unit that returns to any kind of in-person work will be required to follow public health orders, guidance, and protocols.