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Safe on the Summit Plan for Reopening

CSU leadership, using guidelines from the CDC and the PA Department of Education, has developed the Safe on the Summit plan to responsibly welcome students and employees back to campus for the fall 2020 semester. Highlights of the health and safety measures specifically for students are highlighted below.

Before you Arrive to Campus
  • If you are coming from an area considered a COVID-19 hotspot, it is recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days prior to your arrival at CSU.
  • It is recommended that you limit your travel for 14 days prior to your arrival at CSU.
  • Before departing for CSU, it is strongly recommended that you have a personal healthcare plan that includes:
  • Conversing with your primary care physician and health insurance company about access to healthcare while at CSU.
    • Conversing with your primary care physician and health insurance company about access to telehealth options and COVID-19 testing options for while you are at school.
    • Discussing with your parents or guardians what your best plan of action is in regard to quarantining at home or on campus if you become COVID-19 symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19. If you return home to quarantine or isolate, no refunds will be given for this time period away from campus.
  • Before departing for CSU, it is strongly recommended that you and anyone traveling with you undergo a wellness check, including:
    • Learn and check for symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Check your body temperature.
    • If you register a fever or have symptoms of COVID-19, you should delay your arrival to campus and contact your resident director to make accommodations.
  • Be sure to bring the following items to campus for your personal use (required):
  • Personal face coverings (washable are recommended)
    • You may also want to bring the following items with you to campus:
    • Digital thermometer (A thermometer will be provided to each student, but you are welcome to bring the thermometer you prefer for your own personal use.)
    • Hand sanitizer (This will be available at many locations across campus, but you may want to have some for your room or personal use.)
    • Disinfectant or alcohol wipes
Arriving on Campus

Your resident director will coordinate a designated move-in time for you. When you arrive on campus before fall classes begin, your family may help you move into your residence hall during the designated time. Outside of that time, no off-campus visitors will be permitted in the residence hall, including short or overnight visits.

According to guidance from the CDC, a phased approach to student arrival and move-in is recommended. We’re able to make small adjustments to our regular move-in approach to help the process go as safely and smoothly as possible. The phases for student move-in are listed below:

  • Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14: Student leaders including resident assistants, residence hall officers and the Student Leadership Council Executive Team
  • Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21: New students
  • Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23: Returning students (non-leadership team members)

When you arrive, you and your guests will need to wear face coverings and move-in while keeping a six-foot physical distance between yourself and those who are not in your own family. You and your guests may also have your temperature taken during the day.

Academic Experience

Hybrid Course Delivery Format

All of your residential courses will be delivered in a hybrid format, combining face-to-face and remote instruction. For each three-credit class, two hours of instruction each week will be in the classroom, and one hour each week will be delivered remotely. (You can find your course schedule through your Student Portal.) This will reduce the face-to-face time for each class by using remote tools to ensure high-quality instruction. It also allows us to utilize our classroom space to the fullest extent while we practice the recommended in-classroom physical distancing.

Your Learning Spaces

All classrooms have been reconfigured to meet CDC and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania physical distancing guidelines. In most cases, this reduces the seating capacity in each room by half. The hybrid plan mentioned above is able to make this happen without reducing the number of courses offered. We’re also creatively repurposing non-traditional classroom spaces, such as the Recreation Center, the second floor of the Murphy Memorial Library and other open-air spaces.

Each classroom will be deep-cleaned on a daily basis, and surface cleaning of high-touch student desk areas will be administered by instructors and students at the conclusion of each class.

In classrooms, you will be required to wear face coverings and will sit in assigned seats according to physical distancing recommendations. Faculty members will follow guidelines for safe physical distancing in their classroom teaching practices.

Remote Delivery Options

If necessary, a remote delivery option has been created for each course. This is helpful in case remote delivery is necessary for an individual and/or campus-wide at any point in the semester. It allows CSU to quickly accommodate a need if a student or instructor:

  • Is considered high-risk for COVID-19 infection
  • Becomes infected with COVID-19
  • Needs to be quarantined for precautionary reasons
Resident Hall Life

Because the residence halls are uniquely constructed and relatively small, each residence hall will be considered a “living unit.”

Although face coverings will not be required when you are within your “living unit,” caution should be exercised to help minimize risk. Physical distancing of at least six feet is recommended.

Students are required to wear face coverings in any space outside of the residence hall, including walking to campus buildings, when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.

To minimize risk within the residence hall:

  • As much as is possible, maximize ventilation in residence halls and classrooms by keeping windows open.
    Suite bathrooms can be used by two people only when six feet of spacing can be attained.
  • Suite bathrooms are to only be used by the residents of that suite.
  • The laundry room will be limited to use by two people at a time.
  • The kitchen (Shaffer Hall and Commons Hall) will be limited to use by two people at a time
  • Residence hall lounges are limited to use by twelve people at a time.
  • Commuter students must declare a specific dorm to associate and fellowship with at the beginning of the semester.

On-Campus Dining

Plans for on-campus dining meet or exceed guidelines set by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. These plans include:

  • Designated entry and exit points allow for controlled traffic flow.
  • Physical distance of six feet will be observed in dining hall lines.
  • Extended dining times allow for fewer students in dining hall at one time.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance.
  • Food will be served by kitchen staff instead of self-service.
  • Students have the option at each meal to choose a to-go box meal, which they can eat outside of the dining hall.

Residence Hall Cleaning

Resident Director Responsibilities

Each resident director will be responsible to ensure the cleaning and sanitizing of their respective residence hall. As part of this responsibility, the resident director will:

  • Develop a cleaning and sanitizing schedule for their respective residence hall according to OSD standards based upon CDC recommendations.
  • Create a checklist of tasks to be accomplished
  • Provide training for cleaning and sanitizing
  • Assign each resident cleaning and sanitizing responsibilities. In the event a student presents COVID symptoms, the Resident Director will reassign that student’s cleaning responsibility for the duration of recovery.
  • Ensure that each suite bathroom, laundry room and lounge has dedicated cleaning supplies
    • Fullsan (spray bottle)
    • Paper towels
  • Ensure the completion of these tasks with cooperation from the residence hall leadership team.
  • Ensure their own apartment is cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis, especially when residents enter the apartment.

Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to remove all personal belongings and toiletries from the suite bathroom after use.

Students are expected to regularly clean/ sanitize their room which includes sanitizing desks, dressers, mini-fridge, light switch and doorknobs.

When cleaning and sanitizing, residents shall:

  • Wash hands thoroughly prior to cleaning.
  • Wear protective gloves during cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Wear face coverings during cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Sanitize equipment such as brooms, vacuums, mops, etc. after cleaning.
  • Wash protective gloves after cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after cleaning and sanitizing.

Daily Cleaning and Sanitizing

Daily cleaning and sanitizing will be done in the following areas:

  • Common area lounges
  • Suite bathrooms
  • Stairwells
  • Laundry Room
  • Kitchen (where applicable)
  • Recycling will occur two times per week; days are determined by maintenance.
  • Trash in suite bathrooms and common areas to be emptied daily.

Cleaning when there has been a COVID-19 infection within the residence hall

In the event that an individual becomes COVID symptomatic or positive, the following cleaning procedures shall be followed:

  • If the student resides in his or her own room, the room shall be left unoccupied and undisturbed for 24 hours.
  • If the student resides with a roommate, the roommate will be temporarily assigned to another room; the room shall be left unoccupied and undisturbed for 24 hours.
  • The COVID-19 administrator will make arrangements with CSU custodial staff for the cleaning and sanitizing of the room to occur after the 24-hour period.
  • If the quarantine suite must be used, the COVID-19 administrator will arrange with CSU custodial staff for the cleaning of the room/suite to occur at least 24 hours after the affected student has vacated.
  • If the COVID-19 suite needs to be used by more than one person, the COVID-19 administrator will arrange with CSU custodial staff for the cleaning of the rooms and suite bathroom to occur 24 hours after the last individual has vacated.
Personal Hygiene, Health and Safety

As a part of the CSU family, your personal hygiene and health can help keep the entire community healthy. To help everyone understand expectations for personal hygiene and care for the greater community, all students and employees will follow the Safe on the Summit COVID-19 plan, which is detailed on multiple pages of this section of the website.

Everyone in the CSU community will be expected to follow the recommendations for personal hygiene and ways to limit the spread of COVID-19; these practices will be posted in many places on campus as reminders. You can also visit the “Health and Safety Resources” tab to learn more about how you can personally limit the spread of COVID-19 to help keep others safe.

CSU will utilize Healthy Roster for health checks of all students, employees and on-campus residents. You can expect to have a daily temperature check and to report daily if you have been exposed to anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and if you have travelled to an area considered a COVID-19 hot spot. Please find details for residential and commuter students below in the “Daily Health Checks for Students” section.

Travel and Visitors

Off-Campus Travel

To establish a baseline for campus health and wellness, some guidelines will be in effect until at least Monday, September 7, 2020, when health conditions on campus will be evaluated and guidelines will be reviewed. During our first few days together on campus, we will all work especially hard to ensure as safe of an environment as possible.

In order to provide accountability for the health of our campus and our community, all off-campus travel prior to at least Monday, September 7, 2020, must be approved by your resident director.

  • Your resident director will allow local travel for campus-sponsored activities and essential purposes (work, worship, ministry, shopping, food and grocery, exercise, personal care, medical, dental, banking and pharmacy).
  • Your resident director will not allow overnight travel.
  • Your respective associate dean of students may allow an exception based on extenuating circumstances, such as a family emergency.

Once the prohibition for overnight travel is lifted, if you desire to travel overnight, you must gain permission from your resident director in advance.

The Office for Student Development reserves the right to prohibit day trips and overnight trips to “hot spots” as defined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In order to prevent or limit the spread of COVID, the following behaviors are strongly encouraged when you receive permission to leave campus:

  • Exercise caution when leaving campus, remembering to observe face covering requirements and physical distancing as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the CDC.
  • Continue to maintain proper personal hygiene like hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Avoid gatherings and settings that could compromise your health or the health of others.
  • Visiting local college campuses is prohibited.
  • Attendance at parties of students from other college campuses (on or off campus) is prohibited.
  • Consistent with our current policy, attendance at dance and party clubs continues to be prohibited.

Visitors from On-Campus

Residential students may not visit other residence halls until at least Monday, September 7, 2020. At that time, health conditions on campus will be evaluated, and this limitation will be reviewed. Pending review, students may be allowed to visit other residence halls, provided they wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

Visitors from Off Campus

Campus access for visitors is between the hours of 6 a.m.–midnight.

Upon arrival to campus, visitors will check-in at the Campus Welcome Center at the main entrance to campus. Find more about campus guests on the “Visitors and Vendors” page.

Residential students may not have off-campus visitors (including friends and family members) as day or overnight guests within the residence halls. Family may only enter the residence hall to assist with move-in during the designated time.

Care and Containment for Sick Students

If you manifest COVID-19 symptoms or receive a “red screen” from Healthy Roster, you must:

  • Report immediately to your resident director electronically through email, text, messaging or video call.
  • In addition, you will be contacted by the campus COVID-19 administrator to discuss expectations, options for health care and contact tracing.
  • Refrain from attending classes, entering campus buildings and entering the dining hall.
  • Refrain from all institutional-sponsored activities and events.
  • Refrain from campus employment.
  • Consult with a qualified medical care provider to discuss options for testing and treatment.
  • Begin self-quarantine at home. If that is not possible, begin self-quarantine in the designated quarantine suite of your residence hall.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • You should make arrangements to isolate at home. If traveling home is not possible, you will be relocated to a COVID-19 isolation room in Shaffer Hall or Commons Hall.
  • Contact tracing will be performed, and those who have come in “close contact” with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19 must enter into quarantine. Close contact is defined as:
    • Being within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
    • Provided care to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
    • Had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged or kissed them).
    • Shared eating or drinking utensils.
    • Was exposed to sneezing, coughing or respiratory droplets.
  • Quarantine for those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 shall continue until the last day of quarantine is 14 days from the date of close contact.

Quarantine or isolation for those who think they have COVID or have tested positive for COVID shall continue until the following is met:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
    At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND
    Symptoms have improved.
  • Person is symptom free and received two negative tests in a row at least 24 hours apart.

Daily Health Checks for Students

CSU will utilize Healthy Roster for health checks of all students, employees and on-campus residents. You can use Healthy Roster on your smart phone, computer, laptop or tablet.

Residential Students

You are required to submit a daily health check using the Healthy Roster app, which will begin within 24 hours of your arrival on campus.

Residential student self-health checks will be conducted daily (Sunday to Saturday) between 5 and 11 p.m.

Each day, Healthy Roster will send you a text message or email to prompt you to engage in the survey to report potential COVID-19 exposure, presence of COVID-19 symptoms and body temperature.

  • A satisfactory survey will result in a “green screen” indicating you are approved to access campus buildings.
  • An unsatisfactory survey will result in a “red screen” indicating you are not approved to access campus buildings.
  • If you receive a “red screen,” you must remain in your room and immediately contact your resident director electronically through email, text, messaging or video call.
  • In addition, when you receive a “red screen,” you will be contacted by the campus COVID-19 administrator to discuss expectations and options for your health care.
  • If you receive a “red screen,” you must:
    • Refrain from attending classes, entering campus buildings and entering the dining hall.
    • Refrain from all institutional-sponsored activities and events.
    • Refrain from campus employment.
    • Consult with a qualified medical care provider.
    • Begin self-quarantine.
Commuter Students
  • You will be required to use Healthy Roster daily (Sunday to Saturday), regardless of your class schedule.
  • Each day, Healthy Roster will send you a text message or email to prompt you to engage in a survey to report potential COVID-19 exposure, presence of COVID-19 symptoms and body temperature.
  • A satisfactory survey will result in a “green screen” indicating you are approved to access campus buildings.
  • An unsatisfactory survey will result in a “red screen” indicating you are not approved to come to campus.
    • If you receive a “red screen,” you must remain at home and immediately contact the Office for Student Development.
    • If you receive a “red screen,” you should consult with your medical care provider to discuss options for testing and treatment.
  • You will begin using Healthy Roster within 24 hours of your first arrival on campus.

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