Blueprint for Fall 2021

CCSU BLUEPRINT

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This is a reminder that on Monday, April 4, we will be relaxing our COVID protocols. Please note, we continue to closely monitor positivity rates, along with CDC and DPH information, to determine if reinstituting any safety precautions is necessary to keep our campus community healthy and safe.

It is also important to remember that the CCSU Symptom Tracker will remain operational. All CCSU employees and students who test positive are required to complete the Symptom Tracker and not come to campus until they speak with a COVID staff member. This is the link:  https://ccsu.medicatconnect.com/.

Until further notice, the following practices are in place:

  • Wearing a face mask on campus becomes optional, though we encourage and will support those who choose to wear one. Faculty and staff cannot mandate that students or colleagues wear a mask.
  • Physical distancing will no longer be required, so normal occupancy in halls, lounges, etc., can resume.
  • Unvaccinated employees and students will not be required to undergo weekly PCR testing.
  • The campus reopens to the general public.
  • Eating/dining in designated areas is no longer required.
  • Home isolation will be required when any commuter student, faculty, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.
  • On-campus quarantine and isolation housing for resident students will remain available through the end of the spring semester.
  • Requests for commercial group travel will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Requests for hosting on-campus events will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Athletics will continue to abide by the protocols determined by the NCAA and NEC.

 

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VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

In accordance with Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system office policy, all students must be fully vaccinated before the start of the Spring 2022 semester. Faculty and staff will be required to attest to their vaccination status through Human Resources. We are encouraging everyone else associated with CCSU to get vaccinated and boosted (if due), before the start of the spring semester. Any of the three approved vaccines created by Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Moderna are acceptable.

Students: Fully vaccinated students are required to make a copy of their vaccination card and upload it to Health Services using the Medicat Portal to assist the University in developing an internal vaccination roster. Students who have received a booster should upload their updated card using the Medicat Portal (instructions below). Booster shots are not required at this time but they are strongly encouraged.

CSCU policy permits vaccination exemptions, which require students to complete a vaccination waiver request. These requests must be submitted to and approved by the University before the student attends a class on campus.

Students with approved exemptions will be required to wear a mask at all times indoors; get tested weekly for COVID-19; refrain from participating in activities that could increase the risk of infection; and remain off campus during a disease outbreak and/or be expected to quarantine.

Visit the vaccination page for complete information on vaccinations and waivers.

How to upload your vaccination information

Use your CCSU BlueNet credentials to log in.

Once there, click on “UPLOADS” and select “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.”

If you have issues or questions about your BlueNet account, visit the BlueNet account Information page.

For more information on the vaccination requirement process or exemptions, go to our Vaccination webpage.

Employees who do not disclose their vaccination status and those who apply for a non-medical exemption must undergo weekly COVID testing and wear a face mask when indoors on campus.

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CLASSES

The majority of Spring 2022 classes (85 percent) will be held on campus in classrooms that have been reconfigured to allow for the recommended amount of social distancing.

The University will offer some courses in fully online, hybrid, or HyFlex formats. Go to the Academics section of the Spring 2022 Blueprint for more information about class formats and on-ground safety precautions in classrooms.

Experiential learning: CCSU is working to provide the greatest number of experiential opportunities possible while operating from a “safety first” mindset. Experiential opportunities include practicums, internships, student teaching, and clinical and field placements. Following a review of external protocols at the off-campus sites, a campus safety team issued specific health and safety guidelines to students who will be working in experiential environments.


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HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

COVID-19 is a unique virus spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when infected individuals cough, sneeze, or talk. With this in mind, CCSU is following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines as they pertain to best practices for limiting exposure and spread of the virus through the wearing of face masks and other PPE as appropriate; physical (social distancing); crowd limitations; and aggressive cleaning and sanitization practices.

All CCSU faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors are required to follow the procedures below.

FACE MASKS

Face masks must be worn in all campus buildings, and we recommend wearing them outdoors where social distancing is not feasible.

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and have tension that reasonably seals both the top and bottom of the mask. The fabric or filter system must meet CDC guidelines. Bandanas, scarves, mesh masks, or stretched shirts are not considered safe alternatives.

The campus community is strongly encouraged to purchase their own masks. Cloth and disposable face masks will be provided for those who do not bring their own from home. Mask-dispensing stations will be offered at the University’s four former smoking huts. During the first two weeks of the semester, tents outside of academic buildings also will provide a supply of masks and information about the University’s health & safety protocols.

Note: Those with underlying medical conditions and have been advised by a medical professional to refrain from wearing a face mask or other PPE should not come to campus without obtaining prior approval. Faculty and staff must contact Human Resources before coming to campus and/or discuss options, if appropriate; students should contact Student Disability Services.

Exceptions

  • Resident students are not required to wear face masks in their residence hall room.

  • Faculty and staff who work in a private office or a cubicle with 60-inch-high walls or plexiglass can remove their mask.

  • Faculty teaching behind plexiglass at a teacher’s station may intermittently remove their mask.

  • Individuals eating in university designated dining areas may remove their mask.

  • During a presentation, individuals who are at a podium at least 12 feet from the audience can remove their mask when speaking.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Following CDC guidance, we require individuals to maintain 3 feet of distance indoors and outdoors.

TESTING

In alignment with state guidelines, resident students, student athletes, residence hall staff, and commuter students will undergo periodic COVID-19 testing.

All non-vaccinated students and employees or those who can’t provide documentation of vaccination will be tested every week.

Student athletes will undergo additional testing to satisfy requirements of the NCAA/NEC conference.

The University will develop weekly rosters of students who undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR testing to identify person-to-person spread of the virus and guide the control measures taken throughout the semester. Rosters will include students randomly selected for sampling and those in specific target areas of the student population.

VISITORS

All third-party staff, contractors, and visitors are required to fill out the CCSU Symptom Monitoring Survey for Vendors & Visitors before arriving on campus.

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NOT FEELING WELL?

Do not come to campus or leave your dorm room until you take the CCSU Symptom Monitoring Survey. This applies to all students, faculty, and staff regardless of vaccination status.

Employees

After taking the survey, do not come to campus until you contact the Office of Human Resources at (860) 832-3202. Decisions as to whether or not someone is cleared to come to campus must be made by the Human Resources contact tracing team, not individual employees. Questions may be directed to Daniel Moreland in Human Resources at daniel.moreland@ccsu.edu.

Students

After taking the survey, remain in your dorm room or stay home until you speak with University Health Services.

If you test positive for COVID-19, call the CCSU Contact Tracing Center at (860) 832-3200 immediately.

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COMPLIANCE

If a member of the CCSU community is seen not complying with the University’s Health and Safety protocols, the following actions shall be taken.

Issues involving employees

HR promptly provides assistance and direction to managers, deans, and supervisors to address instances of noncompliance, working within the confines of collective bargaining agreements where applicable.

Issues involving students

  1. Faculty/staff remind student of University’s health and safety requirements.
  2. Faculty/staff direct noncompliant student to leave classroom/office/area
  3. Faculty/staff call Student Affairs Office (860) 832-1601 for immediate assistance (and a member of the Student Response Team will be dispatched to the site. The responder will determine if and when CCSU Police assistance is required.
  4. The case may be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for additional review and possible disciplinary action.

Issues involving visitors & vendors

Reports of noncompliant visitors, vendors, and others who fail to follow health and safety protocols (e.g. wearing a face mask or social distancing) should be directed to the CCSU COVID Hotline, 860.832.3200. Upon receiving these compliance complaints, designated personnel are deployed to investigate the matter immediately, identify the status of the noncompliant individual(s) and make a referral to the area responsible for enforcement.

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LIVING ON CAMPUS

Six residence halls will be open this spring. Students who reside in our residence halls are identified as a family unit and are limited to suites with an occupancy of one to four students. Students who provide proof that they are fully vaccinated will be permitted to have a nonresidential guest visit if the guest can also provide proof of vaccination.

Face masks must be worn in public areas of residence halls including hallways, stairways, bathrooms, and common areas.

Visiting residence halls

Resident students can visit all residence halls during the semester. Room visits are permitted but there can never be more than two resident guests in a room.

Family members and outside guests must complete the CCSU Symptom Monitoring Survey, show proof of vaccination, and register as a guest with the Hall Director. (Limit of two guests per room.)

Non-vaccinated students are limited to residential guests only.

Visit Residence Life for more information about living on campus.

Move-in dates

Move-in for freshmen is Monday, Jan. 17

Returning resident student move-in is Tuesday, Jan. 18

Resident students will be given a specific time slot to reduce crowding and allow for a safer move-in process.

COVID-19 testing for resident students

Upon arrival to campus, all students will be tested.

In alignment with state guidelines, resident students and residence hall staff will undergo periodic COVID-19 testing.

All resident students will be required to attend University organized orientation meetings to reinforce safety protocols.

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CAMPUS DINING

Using new technologies and modified seating, Sodexo continues to provide students with several dining options that adhere to local, state, and federal health guidelines. Safety considerations include touchless entryways; contactless ordering; cashless payment options; and Plexiglass barriers, among others.

Memorial Hall will continue to operate as the primary dining facility. Devil’s Den and Starbucks also will be open (though seating may be limited).

Grab and Go will be available during the first two weeks of the semester.

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ATHLETICS

Detailed safety protocols have been established with guidance from the NCAA, NEC, CDC, and CCSU’s athletic trainers and medical team. These protocols govern practices and coordinated team activities. Prior to each contest, a representative of CCSU will communicate these protocols to all visiting institutions. Please visit the Blue Devils website for more information.

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