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CCSU will begin a phased-in, partial reopening of campus on Wednesday, July 15. Summer classes are being held online. Click here for more information on the summer intercession.

Please be aware that campus is not reopening to everyone on July 15 — at this time, students are not to return to campus and no more than 50 percent of employees will work on campus at the same time.

Administrative and clerical staff will work staggered schedules. Those who do return to campus must wear a face mask in buildings per the Governor’s Executive Order No. 7BB. (If you are alone in your office or workspace, you may remove your mask.) When outdoors, face masks are recommended, but if social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, wearing a face mask will be required.

The full Summer Reopening Plan can be viewed here. Below are some of the highlights:

SUMMER PHASED-IN REOPENING

  • When we open on Wednesday, July 15, it will not be business as usual. Facilities teams are still in the process of installing plexiglass and other safety measures to make offices and classrooms safe.
  • Employees are not to come to campus except when scheduled. (For contact tracing, we need to know who was on campus and during what time period.)
  • Where possible, teams within an office or department will be created. Each team will work on campus during the same time period. This cohort strategy provides a layer of protection in continuity of service. If a team member tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to a positive case, one group instead of the entire department would be affected.
  • Not every office will be open for walk-in service. If the square footage of an office does not allow for appropriate social distancing, business and services must be conducted by appointment.

FACULTY

  • Throughout the summer, academic faculty eager to get into their offices will still have the opportunity to make arrangements. Please follow this link to schedule an appointment.
  • We are still awaiting approval from the System Office on our applications for reopening research labs this summer. The review process will likely be completed this week and access to labs is expected by July 15. 

We remain hopeful that by July 24 we will have approval from the CSCU System Office and the state on our fall reopening plans.

CCSU is in the process of developing operational strategies for the Fall 2020 semester. At this time, our intent is to begin the academic year with a combined on-ground and online strategy.

  • While some classes will be fully online, we will also implement a HyFlex model. It is a flexible approach allowing faculty to simultaneously teach a class to students, some who are in the classroom and some who are online. The “live” class is streamed while also being recorded for future playback; 
  • Residence halls will reopen on August 24; 
  • The first day of classes will be August 26; and
  • Following the Thanksgiving break, the last week of classes and finals will be conducted online. Resident students will be expected to move out of their residence halls when they leave for the break (those with special circumstances may work out alternate plans with Residence Life staff).

Before our campus reopens, the following conditions must be met:

  • The prevalence of COVID-19 cases in Connecticut must be low enough (as determined by the Dept. of Public Health).
  • The state must ensure colleges and universities have adequate supplies of viral diagnostic tests and adequate financial support to obtain, administer, and process them.
  • The state should enable institutions to have adequate capacity to conduct contact tracing.
  • The state should provide specific public health guidelines for colleges and universities.
  • Nearby health care facilities must have adequate surge capacity; and
  • The state should offer an appropriate “safe harbor” from liability for institutions that bring students back to campus.

We are also required to file four plans with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, detailing how we propose to accomplish the following: 

  • Repopulate the campus
  • Monitor health conditions to detect infection
  • Contain the spread of disease when detected
  • Shut down the campus if it becomes necessary

 

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