Recovery Coordinating Committee

College of Agricultural Sciences & Agricultural Experiment Station COVID-19 Updates

The Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is committed to supporting faculty, staff, and students of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station during the pandemic. For the most current and comprehensive information, please see Colorado State University’s COVID-19 Recovery website.


CSU Resources for Students, Faculty and Staff

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COVID-19 Resource Pages

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:


RCC Updates

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 7/1/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for July 1, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Teaching and Learning – Fall 2021 Updates

  • Nearly 88% of course sections will be held in CSU classrooms and be conducted fully in-person.
  • The Office of the Registrar has added 97,686 face-to-face seats to the Fall 2021 class schedule, and will continue partnering with academic departments to make additional changes as needs arise (as is done every summer), but the vast majority of class changes are now complete.
  • We encourage students who have not yet completed their Fall 2021 course registration to visit RAMweb as soon as possible to finalize their schedule and to explore open seats still available.
  • The University will continue to offer a small number of online sections and hybrid courses (i.e., a mix of face-to-face and remote instruction) to accommodate students who need options in course delivery.
  • We also will continue to offer faculty technology support and professional development training through The Institute for Learning and Teaching to help with course delivery innovation.

ABC Human Resources

Operations

  • Student Life – Fall 2021 Updates
    • We anticipate full in-person capacity at The Rec and the return of intramural and sport clubs.
    • There will be expanded sit-down dining options across campus including dine-in seating in dining centers and the Lory Student Center.
    • There will be many in-person events across the university including with student organizations, cultural and resource centers, and campus activities.
    • The Student Support website provides information about various support services available for students, including the cultural and resource centers.
  • Public Health Guidance
  • New CSU Parking and Transportation Services Parking Options
    • Permits: CSU Parking and Transportation Services will offer partial-week semester and annual permit options: Monday/Wednesday, Wednesday/Friday, or Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. These are in addition to the existing Tuesday/Thursday and Monday/Wednesday/Friday permit options.
    • Scratch-off hangtags are available for $10 each (reduced from $13) with additional volume discounts when purchasing 10 or more (10 at $9 each, 20 at $8 each, or 30 at $7 each), effective July 2021-April 2022 and will expire December 31, 2022.
  • Vaccines
    • Supervisors may not ask their employees about their vaccination status, nor can they require employees to get vaccinated.
    • The vaccine is free for all adults at any location, even if you do not have health insurance or citizenship documents.
    • Submitting Vaccine Records
      • Students
        • Students can choose to submit their vaccine records through the CSU Health Network. Students should watch their CSU email for information about how to voluntarily submit their records.
        • Exemptions will be available when the official CSU policy is in place after full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
      • Faculty and Staff
        • Human Resources is working on a similar platform to provide employees with a system to submit their vaccine records and exemption requests. More information about that system will be announced soon.
    • Additional information:
  • Saliva Screening
    • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff (engaged in in-person activities on university grounds or living in university housing or a fraternity or sorority house) who are not vaccinated will continue through Summer 2021.
      • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
      • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
      • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
        • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter at https://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
        • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
        • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
    • Students, faculty and staff who are on campuses and are fully vaccinated are not required to screen.
    • Additional information, including updated hours and locations: https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/

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  • Caring for others effectively starts with self-care. Should you need mental health and well-being assistance, please reach out, tell someone, and consult the below resources
  • CSU Human Resources, (970) 491-MyHR (6947)
  • Well-being trainings offered by CSU Talent Development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 970) 491-1527
    • EAP offers 6 free sessions of counseling per person in the household per issue per year through our 3rd party provider, ComPsych. Call 800-497-9133 OR the Employee Assistance Coordinator at 970-491-3431.
    • The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) – Provides guidance and support to all State Employees they offer services such as counseling, professional coaching, mediation and webinars.
    • EAP will offer bi-weekly supervisor and wellness webinars through ComPsych
  • CARE Program – provides employees with information and referrals to departments/programs at CSU and  to agencies and organizations in NoCo. Visit their website to learn more about CARE services.
  • Commitment to Campus (C2C)
  • CSU Center for Mindfulness
  • SilverCloud Health is a self-guided program based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles that can be accessed 24/7. Each module offers information, tips and interactive activities to better understand one’s emotional well-being
    • Modules include: resilience, anxiety, depression, Covid-19, sleep, social anxiety, stress and chronic pain
  • Office of Ombuds
  • Psychological Services Center
  • Counseling and Career Development Clinic (CCD Clinic) is scheduling new and returning clients for this semester in their virtual clinic. Everyone is welcome to participate in counseling services at no charge. Visit https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/soe/programs-and-degrees/advising-and-support/counseling-services/counseling-request/ to start the scheduling process. Please contact chhs-soe_ccd@Mail.ColoState.EDU with any questions.

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 6/17/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for June 17, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. ABC Human Resources

  • Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program (VRIP)
  • The voluntary retirement incentive plan will provide a substantial and well-earned benefit to eligible employees which helps facilitate the ability to retire earlier than otherwise may be financially possible.
  • Eligible employees may apply for the plan from June 1, 2021, until June 30, 2021, 5 p.m. MT. The voluntary retirement incentive plan date will be August 31, 2021 or December 31, 2021.
  • For an application to be approved, an employee’s retirement must result in a cost savings to the University.
  • There is no guarantee that the voluntary retirement incentive plan programs will be offered again.
  • Questions? Please contact HR_Retirement@colostate.edu or visit the HR website for additional information.
  • Leave
  • Don’t forget to get in some Rest & Relaxation as we near the end of the fiscal year. Curious what your balance and cap may be? View your “Leave Balances Report” in Employee Self Service.
  • For eligible faculty, administrative professionals, and other non-classified staff, annual leave accumulated in excess of 48 days is forfeited on July 1 of each year.
  • For state classified staff, annual leave maximums are based upon years of service. State classified staff can also donate their annual leave to the leave sharing programto help colleagues in need.  Email donation forms to Shelly.Lynch@colostate.edu in CAS ABC HR for further processing and coordination.
  • Upcoming Supervisor Town Hall – June 2021, exact date and time TBA

 Operations

  • Public Health Guidance through July 31
  • Guidance issued for Summer and Fall 2021 (https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/pandemic-preparedness-team-broad-guidance-for-all-summer-and-fall-2021-activities/) has not changed due to the changing CDC, Colorado, and Larimer County Guidance.
  • Now through July 31, the following guidance is in effect:
  • Masks are required inside university buildings, even for those who are fully vaccinated. This includes meeting rooms, unless an individual is alone in the space.
  • Masks are not required in private spaces, such as a private office when an individual is alone, or in one’s residence hall room.
  • Masks are not required when outdoors.
  • Anyone with symptoms or possible exposure to COVID, or who tests positive, is required to report through the COVID Reporter, which continues to be a resource for individuals who want to report a concern in their or academic space, too.
  • Weekly saliva screenings for anyone who is not vaccinated are required.
  • Additional information:
  • https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/public-health-guidance-through-july-31/
  • https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/may-16-pandemic-preparedness-team-public-health-update/
  • https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/pandemic-preparedness-team-broad-guidance-for-all-summer-and-fall-2021-activities/
  • Vaccines
  • CSU Vaccine Appointments – Friday, June 18
  • Larimer County is hosting a public COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. this Friday, June 18, at Moby Arena on campus.
  • Important Vaccine Information
  • The Moderna vaccine will be given at this clinic; it requires two doses received 28 days apart. Before scheduling your appointment, please ensure that you will be available to receive your second dose on the morning of Friday, July 16, at Moby Arena.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free, even if you do not have medical insurance or citizenship documents.
  • You cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have had any other vaccinations in the last 14 days.
  • This clinic is open to the public; you can share this information with others who would like to get a vaccine.
  • If you need transportation for your appointment, fill out the online COVID Vaccine Transportation Request form at least 24 hours in advance. Transportation may not be free.
  • How to schedule your appointment:
  • Go to https://larimerhealth.secure.force.com/Vaccine
  • Select date of 6/18/2021
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, past the appointments located The Ranch, to see the Moby Clinic appointments
  • Select the appointment time that works best for you
  • Complete the online registration forms to confirm your appointment
  • Submitting Vaccine Records 
  • Students
  • Students can choose to submit their vaccine records through the CSU Health Network. Students should watch their CSU email for information about how to voluntarily submit their records.
  • Exemptions will be available when the official CSU policy is in place after full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Human Resources is working on a similar platform to provide employees with a system to submit their vaccine records and exemption requests. More information about that system will be announced soon.
  • Supervisors may not ask their employees about their vaccination status, nor can they require employees to get vaccinated.
  • The vaccine is free for all adults at any location, even if you do not have health insurance or citizenship documents.
  • Any student, faculty or staff member can sign up to get a vaccine at these public Larimer County clinics: https://larimerhealth.secure.force.com/Vaccine/.
  • Additional information:
  • https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/csu-to-require-vaccines-for-fall-2021/
  • https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/vaccinations-for-csu-faculty-staff-and-students/
  • Saliva Screening 
  • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff (engaged in in-person activities on university grounds or living in university housing or a fraternity or sorority house) who are not vaccinated will continue through Summer 2021.
  • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
  • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
  • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
  • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter athttps://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
  • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
  • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
  • Students, faculty and staff who are on campuses and are fully vaccinated are not required to screen.
  • Additional information, including updated hours and locations:https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/

Rams Take Care of Rams

COVID-19 Resource PagesFor helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

 General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 6/3/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for June 3, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

ABC Human Resources

  • Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program (VRIP)
  • The voluntary retirement incentive plan will provide a substantial and well-earned benefit to eligible employees which helps facilitate the ability to retire earlier than otherwise may be financially possible.
  • Eligible employees may apply for the plan from June 1, 2021, until June 30, 2021, 5 p.m. MT. The voluntary retirement incentive plan date will be August 31, 2021 or December 31, 2021.
  • For an application to be approved, an employee’s retirement must result in a cost savings to the University.
  • There is no guarantee that the voluntary retirement incentive plan programs will be offered again.
  • Questions? Please contact HR_Retirement@colostate.edu or visit the HR website for additional information.
  • Upcoming Supervisor Town Hall – June 2021, exact date and time TBA

 Operations

  • Public Health Guidance through July 31
  • Guidance issued for Summer and Fall 2021 (https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/pandemic-preparedness-team-broad-guidance-for-all-summer-and-fall-2021-activities/) has not changed due to the changing CDC, Colorado, and Larimer County Guidance.
  • Now through July 31, the following guidance is in effect:
  • Masks are required inside university buildings, even for those who are fully vaccinated.
  • Masks are not required in private spaces, such as a private office when an individual is alone, or in one’s residence hall room.
  • Masks are not required when outdoors.
  • Anyone with symptoms or possible exposure to COVID, or who tests positive, is required to report through the COVID Reporter, which continues to be a resource for individuals who want to report a concern in their or academic space, too.
  • Weekly saliva screenings for anyone who is not vaccinated are required.
  • Additional information:
  • https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/public-health-guidance-through-july-31/
  • https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/may-16-pandemic-preparedness-team-public-health-update/
  • https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/pandemic-preparedness-team-broad-guidance-for-all-summer-and-fall-2021-activities/
  • Fall 2021 Updates Town Halls – Recordings
  • Recordings of the two town halls hosted in May 2021, captioned in both English and Spanish, are available at https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/town-halls/.
  • Vaccines
  • CSU to require vaccines for Fall 2021
  • CSU strongly encourages everyone to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester. If you are not yet vaccinated and are not able to get a vaccine over the summer, there will be on-campus vaccine clinics in August. More information will be available when those clinics are scheduled.
  • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/csu-to-require-vaccines-for-fall-2021/
  • Students
  • Students can choose to submit their vaccine records through the CSU Health Network. Students should watch their CSU email for information about how to voluntarily submit their records.
  • Incoming students and continuing students will follow different processes to voluntarily submit their records. Complete the steps outlined on the vaccine page of the COVID website based on your student classification.
  • International students currently located outside of the U.S. should consult your family members and doctor before leaving your home country in order to obtain your immunization record. Your immunization record must be translated into English.
  • Exemptions will be available when the official CSU policy is in place after full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Human Resources is working on a similar platform to provide employees with a system to submit their vaccine records and exemption requests. More information about that system will be announced soon.
  • Supervisors may not ask their employees about their vaccination status, nor can they require employees to get vaccinated.
  • The vaccine is free for all adults at any location, even if you do not have health insurance or citizenship documents.
  • Any student, faculty or staff member can sign up to get a vaccine at these public Larimer County clinics: https://larimerhealth.secure.force.com/Vaccine/.
  • Additional information, including FAQs: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/vaccinations-for-csu-faculty-staff-and-students/
  • Saliva Screening 
  • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff (engaged in in-person activities on university grounds or living in university housing or a fraternity or sorority house) who are not vaccinated will continue through Summer 2021.
  • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
  • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
  • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
  • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter athttps://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
  • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
  • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
  • Students, faculty and staff who are on campuses and are fully vaccinated are not required to screen.
  • Additional information, including updated hours and locations:https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/

Rams Take Care of Rams

COVID-19 Resource PagesFor helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

 General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 5/20/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for May 20, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

ABC Human Resources

  • Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program (VRIP)
    • The voluntary retirement incentive plan will provide a substantial and well-earned benefit to eligible employees which helps facilitate the ability to retire earlier than otherwise may be financially possible.
    • Eligible employees may apply for the plan from June 1, 2021, until June 30, 2021, 5 p.m. MT. The voluntary retirement incentive plan date will be August 31, 2021 or December 31, 2021.
      • For an application to be approved, an employee’s retirement must result in a cost savings to the University.
    • There is no guarantee that the voluntary retirement incentive plan programs will be offered again.
    • Questions? Please contact HR_Retirement@colostate.edu or visit the HR website for additional information.
  • Upcoming Supervisor Town Hall – date and time TBA
  • Resources for Transitioning Back to Campus
    • CSU’s Telework Policy and its application are currently in development and will be finalized soon.
    • CSU Human Resources provides extensive resources to support employees and supervisors as they transition back to work.
    • Reinventing the Workplace Toolkit is offered by the Office of Talent Development.
      • The Office of Talent Development staff are also available to meet with individual departments and units to discuss innovations and efficiencies as the transition back to in-person work.
  • Leave
    • Don’t forget to get in some Rest & Relaxation as we near the end of the fiscal year.  Curious what your balance and cap may be?  View your “Leave Balances Report” in Employee Self Service.
    • For eligible faculty, administrative professionals, and other non-classified staff, annual leave accumulated in excess of 48 days is forfeited on July 1 of each year.
    • For state classified staff, annual leave maximums are based upon years of service. State classified staff can also donate their annual leave to the leave sharing program to help colleagues in need.   Email donation forms to Shelly.Lynch@colostate.edu in CAS ABC HR for further processing and coordination.

Operations

Research

Rams Take Care of Rams

  • Caring for others effectively starts with self-care. Should you need mental health and well-being assistance, please reach out, tell someone, and consult the below resources
  • CSU Human Resources, (970) 491-MyHR (6947)
  • Well-being trainings offered by CSU Talent Development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 970) 491-1527
    • EAP offers 6 free sessions of counseling per person in the household per issue per year through our 3rd party provider, ComPsych. Call 800-497-9133 OR the Employee Assistance Coordinator at 970-491-3431.
    • The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) – Provides guidance and support to all State Employees they offer services such as counseling, professional coaching, mediation and webinars.
    • EAP will offer bi-weekly supervisor and wellness webinars through ComPsych
  • CARE Program – provides employees with information and referrals to departments/programs at CSU and  to agencies and organizations in NoCo. Visit their website to learn more about CARE services.
  • Commitment to Campus (C2C)
  • CSU Center for Mindfulness
  • SilverCloud Health is a self-guided program based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles that can be accessed 24/7. Each module offers information, tips and interactive activities to better understand one’s emotional well-being
    • Modules include: resilience, anxiety, depression, Covid-19, sleep, social anxiety, stress and chronic pain
  • Office of Ombuds
  • Psychological Services Center
  • Counseling and Career Development Clinic (CCD Clinic) is scheduling new and returning clients for this semester in their virtual clinic. Everyone is welcome to participate in counseling services at no charge. Visit https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/soe/programs-and-degrees/advising-and-support/counseling-services/counseling-request/ to start the scheduling process. Please contact chhs-soe_ccd@Mail.ColoState.EDU with any questions.

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 5/13/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

Based on the Town Hall today, May 13, for faculty and staff and updates to the COVID webpage, the CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) wanted to provide you with the following updates.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Teaching and Learning

  • Fall 2021
    • The majority of synchronous classes are moving from online back to in-person instruction.
    • Asynchronous classes with no date/time listed in the class schedule will remain online.
    • Lecture capture technology is available in 90% of General Assignment classrooms. Faculty are encouraged to use this resource to support student learning and success. Use of lecture capture technology is not required.
      • Departments have access to cameras and/or microphones to assist with lecture capture, should a room not be Echo equipped.

ABC Human Resources

  • Upcoming Supervisor Town Hall – date and time TBA
  • Resources for Transitioning Back to Campus
    • CSU’s Telework Policy and its application are currently in development and will be finalized soon.
    • CSU Human Resources provides extensive resources to support employees and supervisors as they transition back to work.
    • Reinventing the Workplace Toolkit is offered by the Office of Talent Development.
      • The Office of Talent Development staff are also available to meet with individual departments and units to discuss innovations and efficiencies as the transition back to in-person work.

Operations

  • Fall 2021 Updates Town Hall – Friday, May 7, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • A recording of the session, captioned in both English and Spanish, will be posted on the CSU website the week of May 10.
  • Fall 2021 Updates Town Hall for CSU Employees – Thursday, May 13, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • A recording of the session, captioned in both English and Spanish, will be posted on the CSU website the week of May 17.
  • Summer and Fall 2021 Activities and Operations
  • Saliva Screening
    • If you are vaccinated
      • If you have received your vaccine and have proof of vaccination, you may stop submitting saliva screening samples two weeks after you complete the vaccine requirements (two shots for most vaccine brands).
    • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff (engaged in in-person activities on university grounds or living in university housing or a fraternity or sorority house) will continue through Summer 2021
      • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
      • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
      • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
        • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter at https://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
        • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
        • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
    • COVID saliva screening and testing will continue throughout spring semester (https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/).
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/
  • Vaccines
    • CSU to require vaccines for Fall 2021
      • CSU will require vaccines for all students, faculty, and staff for Fall 2021, conditioned upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
      • The process for how students, faculty, and staff can submit proof of vaccines will be in announced in May.
      • CSU is developing a process for students, faculty, and staff to obtain a medical or non-medical exemption for the vaccine requirement. This information will be stored confidentially.
      • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/csu-to-require-vaccines-for-fall-2021/
    • Supervisors may not ask their employees about their vaccination status, nor can they require employees to get vaccinated.
    • The vaccine is free for all adults at any location, even if you do not have health insurance or citizenship documents.
    • Vaccination Clinics
      • The state and FEMA are hosting public vaccination clinics at The Ranch in Loveland, which is now open to walk-ins, Monday through Saturday.
      • Any student, faculty or staff member can sign up to get a vaccine at these public Larimer County clinics: https://larimerhealth.secure.force.com/Vaccine/.
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/vaccinations-for-csu-faculty-staff-and-students/

Rams Take Care of Rams

  • Caring for others effectively starts with self-care. Should you need mental health and well-being assistance, please reach out, tell someone, and consult the below resources
  • CSU Human Resources, (970) 491-MyHR (6947)
  • Well-being trainings offered by CSU Talent Development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 970) 491-1527
    • EAP offers 6 free sessions of counseling per person in the household per issue per year through our 3rd party provider, ComPsych. Call 800-497-9133 OR the Employee Assistance Coordinator at 970-491-3431.
    • The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) – Provides guidance and support to all State Employees they offer services such as counseling, professional coaching, mediation and webinars.
    • EAP will offer bi-weekly supervisor and wellness webinars through ComPsych
  • CARE Program – provides employees with information and referrals to departments/programs at CSU and  to agencies and organizations in NoCo. Visit their website to learn more about CARE services.
  • Commitment to Campus (C2C)
  • CSU Center for Mindfulness
  • SilverCloud Health is a self-guided program based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles that can be accessed 24/7. Each module offers information, tips and interactive activities to better understand one’s emotional well-being
    • Modules include: resilience, anxiety, depression, Covid-19, sleep, social anxiety, stress and chronic pain
  • Office of Ombuds
  • Psychological Services Center
  • Counseling and Career Development Clinic (CCD Clinic) is scheduling new and returning clients for this semester in their virtual clinic. Everyone is welcome to participate in counseling services at no charge. Visit https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/soe/programs-and-degrees/advising-and-support/counseling-services/counseling-request/ to start the scheduling process. Please contact chhs-soe_ccd@Mail.ColoState.EDU with any questions.

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 5/6/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for May 6, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Teaching and Learning

  • Academic Integrity
    • We expect all students to act with the utmost integrity as that is a central part of our Principles of Community. If you are ever uncertain about acceptable or unacceptable conduct, please visit the Academic Integrity website from Student Conduct Services, which explain different types of academic misconduct so that you can be sure to avoid such.
    • For faculty support in guiding academic integrity, the Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) provides videos, and other resources for online and in-person courses, including tips on how to talk with your students about academic integrity, ways to reduce academic misconduct, and what to do when you suspect misconduct.
    • It is important for faculty and students to report academic dishonesty when it is detected. If faculty suspect student(s) of academic misconduct and are uncertain as to how to handle, they should visit the CSU Academic Honesty and Integrity website. Likewise, students are expected to adhere to the CSU Student Honor Pledge and report possible violations to faculty.
    • Working together, we can protect CSU’s academic integrity. RAMS are Reliable, Accountable, Mindful, and Sincere. A core value of our Principles of Community is Integrity. We call on members of the CSU community to work together to meet our high standards for academic conduct.
    • Academic dishonesty is unacceptable under any circumstance or for any reason. We thank members of the Colorado State University community for doing their part to strengthen our cherished culture of integrity.

ABC Human Resources

  • Don’t forget to get in some Rest & Relaxation as we near the end of the fiscal year.  Curious what your balance and cap may be?  View your “Leave Balances Report” in Employee Self Service.
  • For eligible faculty, administrative professionals, and other non-classified staff, annual leave accumulated in excess of 48 days is forfeited on July 1 of each year.
  • For state classified staff, annual leave maximums are based upon years of service. State classified staff can also donate their annual leave to the leave sharing program to help colleagues in need.   Email donation forms to Shelly.Lynch@colostate.edu in CAS ABC HR for further processing and coordination.

Operations

  • Fall 2021 Updates Town Hall – scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Registration for the Town Hall has closed. A recording of the session, captioned in both English and Spanish, will be posted on the CSU website the week of May 10.
  • Fall 2021 Updates Town Hall for CSU Employees – scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Employees can register and access the session at this Zoom link. Because this session is open only to CSU employees, you will be required to use your colostate.edu email address to register. The session will be live-captioned and have live ASL interpretation.
  • Summer and Fall 2021 Activities and Operations
  • Post-Spring Break – April 19-May 14
  • Saliva Screening
    • If you are vaccinated
      • If you have received your vaccine and have proof of vaccination, you may stop submitting saliva screening samples two weeks after you complete the vaccine requirements (two shots for most vaccine brands).
    • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff (engaged in in-person activities on university grounds or living in university housing or a fraternity or sorority house)
      • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
      • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
      • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
        • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter at https://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
        • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
        • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
    • COVID saliva screening and testing will continue throughout spring semester (https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/).
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/
  • Vaccines

Rams Take Care of Rams

  • Caring for others effectively starts with self-care. Should you need mental health and well-being assistance, please reach out, tell someone, and consult the below resources
  • CSU Human Resources, (970) 491-MyHR (6947)
  • Well-being trainings offered by CSU Talent Development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 970) 491-1527
    • EAP offers 6 free sessions of counseling per person in the household per issue per year through our 3rd party provider, ComPsych. Call 800-497-9133 OR the Employee Assistance Coordinator at 970-491-3431.
    • The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) – Provides guidance and support to all State Employees they offer services such as counseling, professional coaching, mediation and webinars.
    • EAP will offer bi-weekly supervisor and wellness webinars through ComPsych
  • CARE Program – provides employees with information and referrals to departments/programs at CSU and  to agencies and organizations in NoCo. Visit their website to learn more about CARE services.
  • Commitment to Campus (C2C)
  • CSU Center for Mindfulness
  • SilverCloud Health is a self-guided program based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles that can be accessed 24/7. Each module offers information, tips and interactive activities to better understand one’s emotional well-being
    • Modules include: resilience, anxiety, depression, Covid-19, sleep, social anxiety, stress and chronic pain
  • Office of Ombuds
  • Psychological Services Center
  • Counseling and Career Development Clinic (CCD Clinic) is scheduling new and returning clients for this semester in their virtual clinic. Everyone is welcome to participate in counseling services at no charge. Visit https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/soe/programs-and-degrees/advising-and-support/counseling-services/counseling-request/ to start the scheduling process. Please contact chhs-soe_ccd@Mail.ColoState.EDU with any questions.

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 4/22/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for April 22, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Teaching and Learning

  • Course and Exam Delivery Post-Spring Break
    • Course instruction and assessments are to be delivered virtually, post-spring break, through the scheduled end of the semester including finals week exams.
    • In-person exams are not permitted; proctoring for online exams will remain the same. Please email proctoring support, if you have questions.
    • Faculty are strongly encouraged to be flexible with students whose technology or other circumstances prevent their use of an online proctoring platform. The University Testing Center (UTC) staff typically work with faculty and students to suggest alternatives.

ABC Human Resources

Operations

  • Larimer County Public Health Guidance
    • All CSU operations and academics will continue under the current university COVID restrictions in place for the remainder of the spring semester, which ends on May 15.
      • This includes wearing a mask, complying with social distancing while in university buildings, and following other public guidelines.
      • Faculty, staff, and students who receive the vaccine are required to continue to comply with all public health guidelines.
    • The PPT is assessing the new county guidance and does not anticipate implementing changes to any unit or division regarding operations or academics until after May 15.
    • Additional information: https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19
  • Post-Spring Break – April 19-May 14
  • Saliva Screening
    • If you are vaccinated
      • If you have received your vaccine and have proof of vaccination, you may stop submitting saliva screening samples two weeks after you complete the vaccine requirements (two shots for most vaccine brands).
    • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff (engaged in in-person activities on university grounds or living in university housing or a fraternity or sorority house)
      • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
      • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
      • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
        • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter at https://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
        • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
        • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/
  • Vaccines
    • On Friday, April 2, all adults in Colorado are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Members of the CSU community are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
      • The vaccine is free for all adults at any location, even if you do not have health insurance or citizenship documents.
    • Supervisors may not ask their employees about their vaccination status, nor can they require employees to get vaccinated.
    • Vaccination Clinics
      • Larimer County is hosting vaccination clinics at Moby Arena on Mondays and Saturdays. Schedule your appointment at https://larimerhealth.secure.force.com/Vaccine/.
      • The state and FEMA are hosting public vaccination clinics at The Ranch in Loveland, which is now open to walk-ins, Monday through Saturday.
      • Any student, faculty or staff member can sign up to get a vaccine at these public Larimer County clinics.
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/vaccinations-for-csu-faculty-staff-and-students/
  • Spring semester events remain canceled.

Rams Take Care of Rams

  • Caring for others effectively starts with self-care. Should you need mental health and well-being assistance, please reach out, tell someone, and consult the below resources
  • CSU Human Resources, (970) 491-MyHR (6947)
  • Well-being trainings offered by CSU Talent Development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 970) 491-1527
    • EAP offers 6 free sessions of counseling per person in the household per issue per year through our 3rd party provider, ComPsych. Call 800-497-9133 OR the Employee Assistance Coordinator at 970-491-3431.
    • The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) – Provides guidance and support to all State Employees they offer services such as counseling, professional coaching, mediation and webinars.
    • EAP will offer bi-weekly supervisor and wellness webinars through ComPsych
  • CARE Program – provides employees with information and referrals to departments/programs at CSU and  to agencies and organizations in NoCo. Visit their website to learn more about CARE services.
  • Commitment to Campus (C2C)
  • CSU Center for Mindfulness
  • SilverCloud Health is a self-guided program based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles that can be accessed 24/7. Each module offers information, tips and interactive activities to better understand one’s emotional well-being
    • Modules include: resilience, anxiety, depression, Covid-19, sleep, social anxiety, stress and chronic pain
  • Office of Ombuds
  • Psychological Services Center
  • Counseling and Career Development Clinic (CCD Clinic) is scheduling new and returning clients for this semester in their virtual clinic. Everyone is welcome to participate in counseling services at no charge. Visit https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/soe/programs-and-degrees/advising-and-support/counseling-services/counseling-request/ to start the scheduling process. Please contact chhs-soe_ccd@Mail.ColoState.EDU with any questions.

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 4/8/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for April 8, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Teaching and Learning

  • Course and Exam Delivery Post-Spring Break
    • Course instruction and assessments are to be delivered virtually, post-spring break, through the scheduled end of the semester including finals week exams.
    • In-person exams are not permitted; proctoring for online exams will remain the same. Please email proctoring support, if you have questions.
    • Faculty are strongly encouraged to be flexible with students whose technology or other circumstances prevent their use of an online proctoring platform. The University Testing Center (UTC) staff typically work with faculty and students to suggest alternatives.
    • All technology support will continue to be available to faculty for remote course delivery.
    • Course surveys should be administered to students; here are instructions for activating the surveys in Canvas.

ABC Human Resources

Operations

  • Post-Spring Break – April 19-May 14
    • All current public health guidelines will continue through the end of the spring semester, including wearing a mask, complying with social distancing while in university buildings, and following other public guidelines, until further notice.
      • Faculty, staff, and students who receive the vaccine are required to continue to comply with all public health guidelines.
    • The University will remain open to serve students for study spaces, but some buildings might have limited hours of operation and public access.
    • University offices/units/services/labs will remain open but also may have limited hours of in-person operation (check with your unit for more information).
    • Hours for Morgan Library access can be found on the Libraries website.
    • COVID saliva screening and testing will continue throughout spring semester (https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/).
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/public-health-update-as-we-near-the-end-of-the-semester/
  • Saliva Screening
    • If you are vaccinated
      • If you have received your vaccine and have proof of vaccination, you may stop submitting saliva screening samples two weeks after you complete the vaccine requirements (two shots for most vaccine brands).
    • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff (engaged in in-person activities on university grounds or living in university housing or a fraternity or sorority house)
      • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
      • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
      • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
        • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter at https://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
        • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
        • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/
  • Vaccines
    • On Friday, April 2, all adults in Colorado are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Members of the CSU community are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
      • The vaccine is free for all adults at any location, even if you do not have health insurance or citizenship documents.
    • Planning to get vaccinated
      • Vaccine supply remains limited and it may take time to schedule your appointment.
      • CSU is not a primary source of vaccines for students, faculty and staff. You should get the vaccine at your first opportunity and not wait for an invitation to receive the vaccine from CSU.
      • You should enroll to get a vaccine through your local county, a healthcare system, your primary care provider or a local pharmacy. Find out where you can get your free vaccine in Colorado at https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/vaccinations-for-csu-faculty-staff-and-students/.
      • When scheduling a vaccine appointment, if you are getting the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, make sure you can receive your second dose on time and in the location where you will be on that date. Moderna is most effective when the second dose is given 28 days after the first dose. Pfizer is most effective when the second dose is given 21 days after the first dose. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson vaccine) is a single-dose vaccine.
      • If you are leaving the Fort Collins area before your second dose is given, it may not be possible to find a provider in another area or state that can give you the second dose.
      • Plan to get both doses from the same provider in the same location to ensure that you will be able to get your second dose and get that dose on time.
    • Vaccination Clinics
      • Larimer County started hosting vaccination clinics at Moby Arena, beginning Monday, April 5, with a goal to vaccinate 1,000 people per day.
      • The state and FEMA are hosting public vaccination clinics at The Ranch in Loveland, with a goal of providing 5,000 vaccines a day.
      • Appointment scheduling for both locations is being managed online by Larimer County at https://larimerhealth.secure.force.com/Vaccine/.
      • Any student, faculty or staff member can sign up to get a vaccine at these public Larimer County clinics.
      • Larimer County hosted two vaccination clinics at Moby Arena on Monday, April 5, and Tuesday, April 6, for a limited number of CSU students.
    • Supervisors may not ask their employees about their vaccination status, nor can they require employees to get vaccinated.
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/vaccinations-for-csu-faculty-staff-and-students/
  • Spring semester events remain canceled.

Research

  • If you are fully vaccinated and have proof of vaccination, you may STOP submitting saliva screening samples two weeks after you complete the vaccine requirements (two shots for most vaccine brands).
  • All researchers must continue to comply with all current Larimer County public health guidelines (e.g., masking, physical distancing, etc.)
  • Regarding research spaces, the guidelines are now relaxed to 6 ft in all directions (so, instead of 200 sq ft per person, it changes to 113 sq ft per person in labs).  If you elect to adopt this for your research group, you do NOT need to file an ‘Amendment’, but you DO need to post a revised, updated Standard Safety Operating Procedures form on the laboratory/research space door.  As you consider making this change, please bear in mind the workflow (movement) of people in the space. The safety and health of your lab members is of the highest priority.

Rams Take Care of Rams

  • Caring for others effectively starts with self-care. Should you need mental health and well-being assistance, please reach out, tell someone, and consult the below resources
  • CSU Human Resources, (970) 491-MyHR (6947)
  • Well-being trainings offered by CSU Talent Development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 970) 491-1527
    • EAP offers 6 free sessions of counseling per person in the household per issue per year through our 3rd party provider, ComPsych. Call 800-497-9133 OR the Employee Assistance Coordinator at 970-491-3431.
    • The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) – Provides guidance and support to all State Employees they offer services such as counseling, professional coaching, mediation and webinars.
    • EAP will offer bi-weekly supervisor and wellness webinars through ComPsych
  • CARE Program – provides employees with information and referrals to departments/programs at CSU and  to agencies and organizations in NoCo. Visit their website to learn more about CARE services.
  • Commitment to Campus (C2C)
  • CSU Center for Mindfulness
  • SilverCloud Health is a self-guided program based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles that can be accessed 24/7. Each module offers information, tips and interactive activities to better understand one’s emotional well-being
    • Modules include: resilience, anxiety, depression, Covid-19, sleep, social anxiety, stress and chronic pain
  • Office of Ombuds
  • Psychological Services Center
  • Counseling and Career Development Clinic (CCD Clinic) is scheduling new and returning clients for this semester in their virtual clinic. Everyone is welcome to participate in counseling services at no charge. Visit https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/soe/programs-and-degrees/advising-and-support/counseling-services/counseling-request/ to start the scheduling process. Please contact chhs-soe_ccd@Mail.ColoState.EDU with any questions.

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 3/25/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for March 25, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Teaching and Learning

  • Summer 2021 Academics
    • Colorado State University will continue to offer a mix of in-person, hybrid (in person and online) and remote-only course options for students during the summer session. Information about summer offerings is at https://summer.colostate.edu/. Registration for summer classes opens at noon on Tuesday, March 23  and more information about important summer session dates is at https://summer.colostate.edu/courses-registration/summer-calendar/.
    • CSU will offer undergraduate students the option of S/U grading instead of a traditional grade (A-F), as well as an extended course withdrawal deadlines for the summer 2021 semester.
    • For SM21, non-resident undergraduates will pay 30% less on base tuition. This applies to summer session courses students register for through RAMweb (not CSU Online) regardless of delivery type.
    • Need-based aid is available in SM21 through the continuation of the CSU Tuition Assistance Grant and the Summer Federal Pell Grant. Students eligible for need-based summer aid have been emailed directly by the Office of Financial Aid.
    • The summer tuition tables are located on the Financial Aid website.
    • Summer faculty – please remind students of the drop deadline for your course(s), as each term within summer session has its own schedule change period and course withdrawal period.
      • Specific deadlines can be found in the course details in ARIESweb.

ABC Human Resources

Operations

  • Summer 2021 Activities (including academic activities, camps, etc.)
    • Any activity that brings individuals together with any face-to-face component, either on or off university grounds, as well as special academic programs, must be reviewed and approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team.
    • Applications (https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/summer-2021-planning-ppt-application/) should be submitted by faculty and staff who are the activity planner.
      • Approval received for activities last summer does not carry over to this summer. Not all programs will be approved, but the Pandemic Preparedness Team will strive to support as many university activities as possible, within the confines of public health guidelines and the required university resources to provide public health oversight.
      • Faculty and staff who are program planners should continue to go through all other routine process steps for these activities, such as submitting space requests through the event management system, in addition to obtaining Pandemic Preparedness Team approval.
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/summer-2021-planning-ppt-application/.
  • Employees working on university grounds
    • Employees who have already been approved to work on university grounds through the Pandemic Preparedness Team process may continue to perform essential duties in person on university grounds.
    • Additional units wishing to resume in-person activities on campuses must go through the Pandemic Preparedness Team’s application process to ensure that proper health protocols are in place, to assist with facilities planning (such as water quality checks, cleaning and disinfecting) and to ensure that the university does not exceed building occupancy recommendations for COVID-19. The application is on the COVID website (https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/summer-2021-planning-ppt-application/).
    • In general, the Pandemic Preparedness Team continues to encourage employees who can work remotely to continue to do so through the summer, and will prioritize the return of units to working in-person based on a hierarchy of university needs, with tasks that support students receiving primary consideration.
    • Additional Information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/summer-2021-planning-ppt-application/
  • Faculty and staff summer travel
  • COVID Updates Town Hall – Recording of the  Friday, March 12, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Town Hall will be available soon.
  • Saliva Screening
    • Summer 2021 Screening and Testing
      • The Pandemic Preparedness Team will continue to require all students, faculty and staff to screen if they are engaging in in-person activities on university grounds or live in university housing or a fraternity or sorority house. More information about screening requirements and limited exceptions is available at https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/.
    • Vaccinated individuals are still required to adhere mandated weekly saliva screenings and to all public health measures, including wearing masks and social distancing.
    • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff (engaged in in-person activities on university grounds or living in university housing or a fraternity or sorority house)
      • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
      • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
      • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
        • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter at https://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
        • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
        • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/
  • Vaccines
    • An initial vaccine eligibility notification email went to faculty and instructors currently teaching face-to-face, including graduate teaching advisors, the week of March 22; eligible staff should expect a message by the end of the month. Eligibility includes students who work in university jobs with significant face-to-face contact with others. These emails may be taken to vaccine providers as proof of eligibility through Colorado’s Phase 1B.4, although most vaccine providers are not requiring proof of higher education employment or face-to-face contact with others. Read more in CSU SOURCE.
    • Faculty and staff are encouraged to receive the vaccine as soon as possible and to not wait for CSU. Faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up with health care providers now.
    • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/vaccinations-for-csu-faculty-staff-and-students/
  • Spring semester events remain canceled.

Research

  • Research activities will remain as currently scaled until further notice from the Pandemic Preparedness Team, which is working with the research community to evaluate opportunities to increase research activity capacity on campuses.

Rams Take Care of Rams

  • Caring for others effectively starts with self-care. Should you need mental health and well-being assistance, please reach out, tell someone, and consult the below resources
  • CSU Human Resources, (970) 491-MyHR (6947)
  • Well-being trainings offered by CSU Talent Development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 970) 491-1527
    • EAP offers 6 free sessions of counseling per person in the household per issue per year through our 3rd party provider, ComPsych. Call 800-497-9133 OR the Employee Assistance Coordinator at 970-491-3431.
    • The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) – Provides guidance and support to all State Employees they offer services such as counseling, professional coaching, mediation and webinars.
    • EAP will offer bi-weekly supervisor and wellness webinars through ComPsych
  • CARE Program – provides employees with information and referrals to departments/programs at CSU and  to agencies and organizations in NoCo. Visit their website to learn more about CARE services.
  • Commitment to Campus (C2C)
  • CSU Center for Mindfulness
  • SilverCloud Health is a self-guided program based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles that can be accessed 24/7. Each module offers information, tips and interactive activities to better understand one’s emotional well-being
    • Modules include: resilience, anxiety, depression, Covid-19, sleep, social anxiety, stress and chronic pain
  • Office of Ombuds
  • Psychological Services Center
  • Counseling and Career Development Clinic (CCD Clinic) is scheduling new and returning clients for this semester in their virtual clinic. Everyone is welcome to participate in counseling services at no charge. Visit https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/soe/programs-and-degrees/advising-and-support/counseling-services/counseling-request/ to start the scheduling process. Please contact chhs-soe_ccd@Mail.ColoState.EDU with any questions.

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 3/11/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for March 11, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website.  

Teaching and Learning

  • Class absences – COVID Class Considerations 
  • Students who have absences due to temporary or permanent disabilities or chronic health conditions should contact the Student Disability Center https://disabilitycenter.colostate.edu/ to discuss reasonable accommodations.
  • Students requesting online course arrangement that IS NOT based on an accommodation or extenuating circumstance
    should work with their advisor to find online classes that meet their degree requirements.
  • Those students diagnosed with COVID or with documented exposure to COVID, should contact our office for assistance in communicating your circumstances with instructors –
  • Additional information: https://studentcasemanagement.colostate.edu/class-absences/

 Operations

  • COVID Updates Town Hall – scheduled for Friday, March 12, 10:30 am – 11:30 am.
  • Members of the CSU community can register and access at the Zoom link. The session will also be recorded and captioned for later viewing.
  • Saliva Screening
  • Vaccinated individuals are still required to adhere mandated weekly saliva screenings and to all public health measures, including wearing masks and social distancing.
  • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Students
  • All students who are in any face-to-face or hybrid course
  • All students living in university housing (regardless of whether or not they are in a face-to-face or hybrid course)
  • All students living in a fraternity or sorority house (regardless of whether or not they are in a face-to-face or hybrid course)
  • Employees
  • All faculty, instructors, and graduate teaching assistants who are teaching a hybrid or face-to-face course or lab
  • All staff who are regularly, physically on a CSU campus or other university grounds in Larimer County (including research staff)
  • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
  • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
  • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
  • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter at https://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
  • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
  • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
  • Updates on screening locations this week
  • Due to cold and expected heavy snow fall, the saliva screening pods will be closed on Friday, March 12, and Monday, March 15. The MAC Gym screening site is expected to remain open those days.
  • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/
  • Vaccines
  • “Student facing higher education employees” will be eligible for vaccines in the group 1B.4, which may start as early as March 21, 2021. The PPT is working with government officials to determine specifics about what the phrase “student facing” means for CSU.
  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to receive the vaccine as soon as possible and to not wait for CSU. Faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up with health care providers now.
  • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/vaccinations-for-csu-faculty-staff-and-students/
  • University Housing
  • Students have the choice to move out or stay in campus housing in mid-March.
  • Based on the feedback from Fall 2020, students will have the entire week of Spring Break to move out of their campus housing.
  • CSU does not anticipate many students staying past Spring Break and thus will likely consolidate housing.
  • Spring semester events remain canceled.

 Rams Take Care of Rams

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

 General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 2/25/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for February 25, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website.  

Teaching and Learning

  • Fall 2021 Classroom Scheduling
  • The main LSC Ballrooms will not be available for Fall 2021 courses.
  • The North Ballroom is available for course scheduling
  • Instructors interested in using the North Ballroom for their Fall 2021 course should coordinate directly with their Department Head on their request.
  • Each College will only receive 2 scheduling priorities in the North Ballroom. Other courses may have the opportunity to be scheduled later in any remaining time slots after each college receives their 2 scheduling priority slots.
  • All instructors should work directly with their Department Classroom Scheduler on Fall 2021 schedules. Please do not contact Classroom Scheduling directly.

 ABC Human Resources

 Operations

  • Update on COVID-19 presence in the CSU Community
  • At least two variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 have been identified in students, faculty and staff; this is not a surprising finding given that variants have been identified across the nation and in Larimer County.
  • While this does not change our public health strategy, it does elevate the need for our community to practice vigilance and compliance. That means we expect everyone in the CSU community to screen frequently, wear a mask, wash your hands, physically distance, avoid gatherings, and stay home when sick or exposed, and follow any quarantine and isolation order.
  • Saliva Screening
  • Mandated Weekly COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Students
  • All students who are in any face-to-face or hybrid course
  • All students living in university housing (regardless of whether or not they are in a face-to-face or hybrid course)
  • All students living in a fraternity or sorority house (regardless of whether or not they are in a face-to-face or hybrid course)
  • Employees
  • All faculty, instructors, and graduate teaching assistants who are teaching a hybrid or face-to-face course or lab
  • All staff who are regularly, physically on a CSU campus or other university grounds in Larimer County (including research staff)
  • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
  • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week during screening hours
  • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
  • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter at https://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
  • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
  • Do not participate in saliva screening if you have any symptoms.
  • Updates on screening locations this week
  • Due to inclement weather, only the MAC Gym screening site will remain open as scheduled for normal hours on Thursday, February 25. All other sites are closed.
  • Additional information: https://covid.colostate.edu/register-schedule-screening/
  • Vaccines
  • Even if vaccinated, folks will still need to adhere to all public health guidelines, including wearing masks and physical distancing.
  • Supervisors should not ask employees about their vaccination status. This is considered private, medical information.
  • Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) may be requested by eligible employees seeking vaccination during work hours. Read more here:  New Colorado Leave Benefits | Human Resources | Colorado State University (colostate.edu)

Please coordinate with your supervisor and complete the PHEL notification Form for your Dept./Unit HR liaison’s reference and further processing.

 Rams Take Care of Rams

  • Student Mental Health Support and Well-Being Resources
  • CSU Health Network provides numerous resources to help students learn how to improve their mental health, manage stress, and minimize anxiety. 
  • A list of resources is available online.
  • CSU Health Network Counseling Services has trained professionals who can help.
  • Faculty may also explore CSU’s Well-Being in Academic Environments Tool Kit, a web-based resource with easy implement strategies for fostering well-being into classes, while creating effective learning environments.
  • Student Case Management compiled a list of community resources for basic student needs.
  • Faculty and Staff Mental Health Support and Well-Being Resources
  • Caring for others effectively starts with self-care. Should you need mental health and well-being assistance, please reach out, tell someone, and consult the below resources
  • CSU Human Resources, (970) 491-MyHR (6947)
  • Well-being trainings offered by CSU Talent Development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 970) 491-1527
  • EAP offers 6 free sessions of counseling per person in the household per issue per year through our 3rd party provider, ComPsych. Call 800-497-9133 OR the Employee Assistance Coordinator at 970-491-3431.
  • The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) – Provides guidance and support to all State Employees they offer services such as counseling, professional coaching, mediation and webinars.
  • EAP will offer bi-weekly supervisor and wellness webinars through ComPsych
  • CARE Program – provides employees with information and referrals to departments/programs at CSU and to agencies and organizations in NoCo. Visit their website to learn more about CARE services.
  • Commitment to Campus (C2C)
  • CSU Center for Mindfulness
  • SilverCloud Health is a self-guided program based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles that can be accessed 24/7. Each module offers information, tips and interactive activities to better understand one’s emotional well-being
  • Modules include: resilience, anxiety, depression, Covid-19, sleep, social anxiety, stress and chronic pain
  • Office of Ombuds
  • Psychological Services Center
  • Mindfulness Apps – For additional guidance about mindfulness to support your well-being, check out these apps in the Apple and Google Play stores: Unwinding AnxietyInsight TimerHeadspaceStopBreatheThinkSmiling MindThe Shine AppLiberate Meditation, and Calm are apps that offer many ways to practice and learn about mindfulness to enhance well-being.
  • Tell Someone is a university resource where you can report concerns about safety and mental health.
  • Civil Unrest Resources is a guide address safety, resiliency, coping with anxiety and trauma, and helping children navigate uncertain times.

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

 General Information

Take care,The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 1/14/21

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for January 14, 2021. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Teaching and Learning

  • Spring 2021 Phases
 Teaching Modality – Course Type
Remote or OnlineFace to Face (F2F)F2F Mixed or Hybrid
Phase 1: Jan. 19-22All Courses Begin Online Only  
Phase 2: Jan. 25-29Remote Courses Continue to Meet Online OnlyF2F Courses Shift to Meet In-Person Only 
Phase 3: Early FebruaryRemote Courses Continue to Meet Online OnlyF2F Courses Continue to Meet In-PersonMixed F2F Courses Shift to Meet in Hybrid Schedule
  • Phase 1 – Jan. 19-22 (First Week of Classes): All courses will begin online.
  • Phase 2 – Jan. 25 (Second Week of Classes): Selected, already determined, courses with high priority for in-person learning will shift from online to face-to-face (100% in-person). Select hybrid courses will also return in-person during Phase 2. 
    • Face-to-face classes return in-person during phase 2. Select hybrid courses, because of specific academic needs (such as access to specialized labs, equipment, studios), will also start during phase 2. These courses have been determined by departments; individual faculty are not permitted to start a hybrid section on campus in phase 2 unless they have been approved or directed to do so by their department chair or head.
  • Phase 3 – Early February: On Feb. 5, faculty scheduled to teach courses in the hybrid modality will be updated on the status of course transition from remote to hybrid (introducing a face-to-face component) based on Larimer County Public Health guidelines.
  • Faculty should confirm with their chair the phase(s) for their courses
  • After spring break (April 12-16), all classes will be conducted online for the remainder of the semester.

Research/Scholarly Activities

  • Reminders for those engaged in research and creative activities:
    • There are no restrictions for those working in research or creative art facilities with “return to work” plans that have been approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team.
    • Core facilities and other research services are operating.
    • Saliva screening is required weekly for those who are on a research RTW plan, engaged in research in Larimer county and have interactions with others.
      • If you have not had a previous saliva screening at CSU, you must register for one.
      • Once you register, you must schedule a window for your screening.
    • Additional information on testing can be found here: https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/how-do-i-get-tested/
    • Hours for screening can be found here: https://covid.colostate.edu/december-and-winter-break-testing-hours/
    • If you have traveled or interacted with others over the break, please monitor your symptoms. If you have symptoms, please fill out the symptom reporter tool.

ABC Human Resources

  • New Colorado Leave Benefits
    • In late 2020, the State of Colorado implemented three new leave options for State employees effective January 1, 2021. Leave options may not be applicable to all employee types, so due to differing eligibility requirements and entitlement provisions, it is necessary that each request for leave be individually evaluated, and guidance provided on a case-by-case basis. All leaves are paid at the employee’s normal rate of pay.
      • Additional information is available here.
      • Additional information will be forthcoming from CSU HR.

Operations

  • Spring 2021 at CSU Town Hall
    • CSU will host a Town Hall for the university community on Friday, January 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., to provide updates and answer questions about the Spring 2021 semester at CSU.
    • Please register and access the Zoom link. The session will also be recorded and captioned for later viewing and posted on the COVID website.
    • More information is available in the Spring 2021 messaging sent out in December.
  • Mandated COVID Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff
    • Beginning Monday, Jan. 18, the following students, faculty and staff are required to screen weekly.
      • All students living in university housing
      • All students living in a fraternity or sorority house
      • All freshman and sophomores in one or more face-to-face class or lab course
      • All staff who are regularly, physically on a CSU campus or other university grounds in Larimer County, this includes staff involved in research
      • All faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants who are teaching a face-to-face class or laboratory who are regularly, physically on a CSU campus or other university grounds in Larimer County
    • To screen
      • Screening location – if you do NOT have symptoms of COVID-19: MAC Gym – enter through East Entrance – see this map
      • Screening hours are posted on the COVID site and will be updated during the semester
      • Screening appointment: Schedule your screening once a week
      • Registration: You only need to fill this registration form out once – if you’ve filled it out already, you don’t need to fill it out again
      • If you ARE EXPERIENCING symptoms of COVID-19:
        • You are required to report your symptoms via the COVID Reporter athttps://covid.colostate.edu/reporter/
        • A CSU Public Health official will call you to discuss your symptoms and help you access an appointment for a test.
    • For more information about CSU’s mandatory screening, visit https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/mandatory-covid-screening-for-students-faculty-and-staff/.
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  • University testing strategy and protocols
    • CSU continues to conduct saliva screening and follow up nasal swab testing of faculty, staff, and students.
    • Additional information, how and where to get tested, are available here.
    • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or believe you have been exposed:
      • Report through the COVID Reporter. You are required to report. A CSU public health official can arrange a nasal swab test for you at the CSU nasal swab site. 
      • Do not go to the CSU saliva screening site.
      • You may request a test through your health care provider.
      • Free COVID-19 testing is available in Larimer County.
      • Some pharmacies offer testing.
      • If you choose to get tested at one of these non-university locations, please alert the test provider that you are a CSU employee or student when you get a test. If your test results are positive, please alert CSU Public Health immediately by calling 970-491-4600 or reporting through COVID Reporter.
      • Family members or children of students, faculty and staff should seek testing through a non-university site. CSU is unable to test or screen the children of students, faculty or staff.
  • Vaccinations for CSU faculty, staff, and students
    • Click here for more information about vaccinations at CSU.
  • Status of University Events
    • The CSU Pandemic Planning Team has canceled all Spring  semester in-person or face-to-face events until further notice, with a few exceptions Status of University events. Additional information is available here.
  • Post-Fall Break AgHelp Operations
    • Our preference is to provide support remotely, but we know that sometimes it requires an in person appointment! Below are the dates and times we have allotted for an AgHelp techs to troubleshoot your issue in person. Please send a request for an in person appointment to aghelp@colostate.edu. If you need to meet outside of the in person office hours listed below, please send an email to aghelp@colostate.edu with some days and times that you are available to meet, and we will try our best to accommodate you.
      • Dates and times for AgHelp’s in person office hours:
        • January 4 – January 15, 2021
        • Mondays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Tuesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Wednesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
    • We are also available via MS Teams, by email at aghelp@colostate.edu, or via phone at (970) 491-2444, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

In the News

CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source.

Rams Take Care of Rams

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 12/17/20

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for December 3, 2020. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Operations

  • AgHelp Operations Update
    • AgHelp will continue to provide support remotely, with limited in-person appointment, if needed. Below are the dates and times allotted for an AgHelp techs to troubleshoot your issue in-person. Please send a request for an in-person appointment to aghelp@colostate.edu. For in-person assistance outside of the hours listed below, please send an email to aghelp@colostate.edu with dates and times that you are available to meet, and they will try our best to accommodate you.
    • Dates and times for AgHelp’s in person office hours:
      • November 30 – December 18, 2020
        • Mondays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Tuesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Wednesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
      • January 4 – January 15, 2021
        • Mondays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Tuesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Wednesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
    • AgHelp is also available remotely via MS Teams, by email at aghelp@colostate.edu, or via phone at (970) 491-2444, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Additional updates for post-Fall Break and the Spring 2021 planning are posted online at:  https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/plans-for-post-fall-break-spring-2021/.

Research

  • All research functions that have previously been approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team may also continue without changes to approved building or room occupancy as approved this summer or fall by the Pandemic Preparedness Team.

Public Health Precautions & Protocols

  • Larimer County moved to RED Level – Severe Risk on Tuesday, November 24
    • The new restrictions dictate that all employees who can work remotely are required to do so; the university is required to meet limited capacity in all spaces. This is a mandate that only employees whose duties must be performed on a campus report to work in person. This is not a shift to essential employee-only status, but is a new, more restrictive limitation on building and room capacity. 
    • All employees who can work remotely should do so; we recognize that many units and offices have already made this shift and communicated it to their employees. Faculty, staff and student employees are directed to work with their supervisors to determine their status.
    • The county’s guidance restricts capacity in buildings and rooms and impacts multiple university services, as outlined below.
      • Office, academic spaces and work areas are limited to 10 percent of capacity (by room or area) or fewer than 10 people, whichever number is lower, unless otherwise approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team. Physical distancing of 6 feet between people must be maintained and should be the final determining factor of the capacity of any space. If ten people or fewer in a room still does not enable physical distancing, the capacity must be dictated by physical distancing requirements.
        • Exceptions may be made as necessary for life and safety, or critical infrastructure.
      • All academic spaces, including educational labs and computer labs, are permitted to remain open according to previous occupancy as approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team for Fall semester. Occupancy will continue to be determined by 6 feet of physical distancing (unless special guidance is in place, such as for performing arts). The 10 percent/10 people rule does not apply to these spaces.
        • Again, all research functions that have previously been approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team may also continue without changes to approved building or room occupancy as approved this summer or fall by the Pandemic Preparedness Team.
      • The Lory Student Center will remain open until nightly until 9 p.m., providing spaces for students to study. Retail spaces are limited to 50 percent capacity or 25 people by room or area, whichever number is lower. This impacts services such as the bookstore and other businesses in the Lory Student Center. More information will be shared as services are evaluated at https://lsc.colostate.edu/.
      • Food services must provide only delivery or take out; no dining in-person onsite is permitted. Look for information at https://lsc.colostate.edu/ and https://housing.colostate.edu/dining/ as it becomes available.
      • All indoor events and entertainment are canceled until further notice.
        • Larimer County Public Health and the CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team are reviewing state guidance as it applies to intercollegiate athletics (which is different guidance from K-12 and recreational athletic events).
      • The Student Rec Center, including the swimming pool, as well as other gym or exercise programs, are limited to 10 percent capacity or 10 people in rooms or areas, whichever is lower. Reservations are required to enter these facilities, and each person much provide contact information for contact tracing purposes. Additional information will be communicated on the Student Rec Center website in the coming days at https://csurec.colostate.edu/.
      • Morgan Library and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Library have moved to remote and curbside services only. Additional information is communicated at https://lib.colostate.edu/.
      • The Health Network continues to focus on online and telehealth options for students seeking medical, counseling, psychiatry and other services, unless face-to-face appointments are merited. The pharmacy remains open and curbside pickup is encouraged. Services provided in the building, including physical therapy, are restricted to 50 percent capacity of buildings and rooms or 10 people, whichever number is lower. Students should always call (970) 491-7121 before coming to the Health and Medical Center. More information is available at https://health.colostate.edu/.
      • Saliva screening and nasal swab testing on our campuses will not be impacted.
  • The PPT is asking two things of our students, faculty and staff:
    • Get screened for COVID-19. If you are in Northern Colorado, saliva screening remains available for free on campus. If you are not in the area, we urge you to get tested for COVID-19 at your location. (Family members of students, faculty and staff CANNOT be screened by CSU. Screening is only available for students, faculty and staff with a valid CSU ID number is required to register and be screened.)
    • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are required to report those symptoms to the university through the COVID Reporter.
      • Do not leave your home, apartment or residence hall, even to go to work.
      • Doing so may result in disciplinary action through the Student Resolution Center or Human Resources.
      • You must report if you test positive through a non-CSU test or if you have been exposed through the COVID Reporter.
    • Screening/Testing
      • Screening available to faculty, staff and students WITHOUT symptoms
        • Saliva screening is calibrated to be as sensitive as possible in picking up signs of the virus that causes COVID-19. Nasal swab tests are only needed if your saliva indicates you may have the virus. 
        • Again, family members of students, faculty and staff CANNOT be screened.Screening is only available for students, faculty and staff with a valid CSU ID number is required to register.
        • Saliva screening (faculty, staff and students without symptoms ONLY)
          • When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday for the remainder of Fall Semester
          • Where: MAC Gym at the CSU Student Rec Center (Enter through East Entrance – see this map)
          • If you have not had a previous saliva screening at CSU, you must register for one.
          • Please make sure your contact information is entered correctly so you can be reached with your results.
          • Students, please use our CSU local address and not your home address.
        • Once you register, you must schedule a window for your testing. If you miss your screening window, you can still submit a sample during screening hours, but we urge you to come during your scheduled time. Screening available to faculty, staff and students WITHOUT symptoms
  • Tests available to faculty, staff and students WITHsymptoms
  • If you areexperiencing symptoms of illness, DO NOT GO TO THE SALIVA SCREENING SITE. If you DO have symptoms, you must report through the COVID Reporter, even if you are not coming to a campus.
  • To get tested at a non-university testing site, referenced at “How and where do I get tested?” You should tell any non-CSU testing location when you are tested that you are a CSU student or employee to expedite contact tracing. Report positive results through the COVID Reporter.
  • If you have tested positive in the last 90 days, do not get screened or tested.
  • All public health guidance and requirements will remain in effect at all times. This includes wearing a mask, physically distancing, avoiding large gatherings and disinfecting spaces often.

In the News

CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source.

Rams Take Care of Rams

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 12/3/20

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for December 3, 2020. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Operations

  • AgHelp Operations Update
    • AgHelp will continue to provide support remotely, with limited in-person appointment, if needed. Below are the dates and times allotted for an AgHelp techs to troubleshoot your issue in-person. Please send a request for an in-person appointment to aghelp@colostate.edu. For in-person assistance outside of the hours listed below, please send an email to aghelp@colostate.edu with dates and times that you are available to meet, and they will try our best to accommodate you.
    • Dates and times for AgHelp’s in person office hours:
      • November 30 – December 18, 2020
        • Mondays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Tuesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Wednesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
      • January 4 – January 15, 2021
        • Mondays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Tuesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Wednesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
    • AgHelp is also available remotely via MS Teams, by email at aghelp@colostate.edu, or via phone at (970) 491-2444, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Additional updates for post-Fall Break and the Spring 2021 planning are posted online at:  https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/plans-for-post-fall-break-spring-2021/.

Research

  • All research functions that have previously been approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team may also continue without changes to approved building or room occupancy as approved this summer or fall by the Pandemic Preparedness Team.

Public Health Precautions & Protocols

  • Larimer County moved to RED Level – Severe Risk on Tuesday, November 24
    • The new restrictions dictate that all employees who can work remotely are required to do so; the university is required to meet limited capacity in all spaces. This is a mandate that only employees whose duties must be performed on a campus report to work in person. This is not a shift to essential employee-only status, but is a new, more restrictive limitation on building and room capacity. 
    • All employees who can work remotely should do so; we recognize that many units and offices have already made this shift and communicated it to their employees. Faculty, staff and student employees are directed to work with their supervisors to determine their status.
    • The county’s guidance restricts capacity in buildings and rooms and impacts multiple university services, as outlined below.
      • Office, academic spaces and work areas are limited to 10 percent of capacity (by room or area) or fewer than 10 people, whichever number is lower, unless otherwise approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team. Physical distancing of 6 feet between people must be maintained and should be the final determining factor of the capacity of any space. If ten people or fewer in a room still does not enable physical distancing, the capacity must be dictated by physical distancing requirements.
        • Exceptions may be made as necessary for life and safety, or critical infrastructure.
      • All academic spaces, including educational labs and computer labs, are permitted to remain open according to previous occupancy as approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team for Fall semester. Occupancy will continue to be determined by 6 feet of physical distancing (unless special guidance is in place, such as for performing arts). The 10 percent/10 people rule does not apply to these spaces.
        • Again, all research functions that have previously been approved by the Pandemic Preparedness Team may also continue without changes to approved building or room occupancy as approved this summer or fall by the Pandemic Preparedness Team.
      • The Lory Student Center will remain open until nightly until 9 p.m., providing spaces for students to study. Retail spaces are limited to 50 percent capacity or 25 people by room or area, whichever number is lower. This impacts services such as the bookstore and other businesses in the Lory Student Center. More information will be shared as services are evaluated at https://lsc.colostate.edu/.
      • Food services must provide only delivery or take out; no dining in-person onsite is permitted. Look for information at https://lsc.colostate.edu/ and https://housing.colostate.edu/dining/ as it becomes available.
      • All indoor events and entertainment are canceled until further notice.
        • Larimer County Public Health and the CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team are reviewing state guidance as it applies to intercollegiate athletics (which is different guidance from K-12 and recreational athletic events).
      • The Student Rec Center, including the swimming pool, as well as other gym or exercise programs, are limited to 10 percent capacity or 10 people in rooms or areas, whichever is lower. Reservations are required to enter these facilities, and each person much provide contact information for contact tracing purposes. Additional information will be communicated on the Student Rec Center website in the coming days at https://csurec.colostate.edu/.
      • Morgan Library and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Library have moved to remote and curbside services only. Additional information is communicated at https://lib.colostate.edu/.
      • The Health Network continues to focus on online and telehealth options for students seeking medical, counseling, psychiatry and other services, unless face-to-face appointments are merited. The pharmacy remains open and curbside pickup is encouraged. Services provided in the building, including physical therapy, are restricted to 50 percent capacity of buildings and rooms or 10 people, whichever number is lower. Students should always call (970) 491-7121 before coming to the Health and Medical Center. More information is available at https://health.colostate.edu/.
      • Saliva screening and nasal swab testing on our campuses will not be impacted.
  • The PPT is asking two things of our students, faculty and staff:
    • Get screened for COVID-19. If you are in Northern Colorado, saliva screening remains available for free on campus. If you are not in the area, we urge you to get tested for COVID-19 at your location. (Family members of students, faculty and staff CANNOT be screened by CSU. Screening is only available for students, faculty and staff with a valid CSU ID number is required to register and be screened.)
    • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are required to report those symptoms to the university through the COVID Reporter.
      • Do not leave your home, apartment or residence hall, even to go to work.
      • Doing so may result in disciplinary action through the Student Resolution Center or Human Resources.
      • You must report if you test positive through a non-CSU test or if you have been exposed through the COVID Reporter.
    • Screening/Testing
      • Screening available to faculty, staff and students WITHOUT symptoms
        • Saliva screening is calibrated to be as sensitive as possible in picking up signs of the virus that causes COVID-19. Nasal swab tests are only needed if your saliva indicates you may have the virus. 
        • Again, family members of students, faculty and staff CANNOT be screened. Screening is only available for students, faculty and staff with a valid CSU ID number is required to register.
        • Saliva screening (faculty, staff and students without symptoms ONLY)
          • When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday for the remainder of Fall Semester
          • Where: MAC Gym at the CSU Student Rec Center (Enter through East Entrance – see this map)
          • If you have not had a previous saliva screening at CSU, you must register for one.
          • Please make sure your contact information is entered correctly so you can be reached with your results.
          • Students, please use our CSU local address and not your home address.
        • Once you register, you must schedule a window for your testing. If you miss your screening window, you can still submit a sample during screening hours, but we urge you to come during your scheduled time. Screening available to faculty, staff and students WITHOUT symptoms
  • Tests available to faculty, staff and students WITHsymptoms
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, DO NOT GO TO THE SALIVA SCREENING SITE. If you DO have symptoms, you must report through the COVID Reporter, even if you are not coming to a campus.
  • To get tested at a non-university testing site, referenced at “How and where do I get tested?” You should tell any non-CSU testing location when you are tested that you are a CSU student or employee to expedite contact tracing. Report positive results through the COVID Reporter.
  • If you have tested positive in the last 90 days, do not get screened or tested.
  • All public health guidance and requirements will remain in effect at all times. This includes wearing a mask, physically distancing, avoiding large gatherings and disinfecting spaces often.

In the News

CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source.

Rams Take Care of Rams

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 11/19/20

Good afternoon, Colleagues,

The CAS Recovery Coordinating Committee (RCC) is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for November 19, 2020. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Operations

  • Professional Development Days – November 23-25
  • Post-Fall Break Operations – starting November 30
    • CSU Building Access
    • As a default, most University buildings will be unlocked from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Access outside these hours will require an access card or hard key.
  • Some buildings may be locked 24 hours per day if they:
    • do not have GA classrooms,
    • do not have facilities important for serving students, and
    • have security issues.
  • Study spaces and computer labs will be available to students 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily to provide space for participating in online classes, studying and completing course work.
  • Colleges and departments will communicate administrative office operating hours to their students, faculty, staff through college/department websites and email.
  • Morgan Library and Lory Student Center will be open to students, faculty and staff; verify hours of operation online at:https://lib.colostate.edu/about/hours/ and https://lsc.colostate.edu/about-us/lsc-building-hours/.
  • CAS Departmental Offices
    • Some CAS departments are changing in-person office hours and working remotely. Departments will communicate changes with their faculty/staff/students and the Dean’s Office.
  • AgHelp
    • AgHelp will continue to provide support remotely, with limited in-person appointment, if needed. Below are the dates and times allotted for an AgHelp techs to troubleshoot your issue in-person. Please send a request for an in-person appointment toaghelp@colostate.edu. For in-person assistance outside of the hours listed below, please send an email to aghelp@colostate.edu with dates and times that you are available to meet, and they will try our best to accommodate you.
    • Dates and times for AgHelp’s in person office hours:
      • November 23, 2020
        • 8 am to 4 pm
      • November 30 – December 18, 2020
        • Mondays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Tuesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Wednesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
      • January 4 – January 15, 2021
        • Mondays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Tuesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
        • Wednesdays: 8 am to 2 pm
      • AgHelp is also available remotely via MS Teams, by email ataghelp@colostate.edu, or via phone at (970) 491-2444, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
    • Central Receiving
      • Mail delivery will continue through Fall Break, including Professional Development Days, and after Fall Break.
    • Additional updatesfor post-Fall Break and the Spring 2021 planning are posted online at:  https://covid.colostate.edu/kb/plans-for-post-fall-break-spring-2021/.
  • The Student Disability Center and Alternative Testing Center will be remote starting November 23.
  • The University Testing Center will remain open during Fall Break and Winter Break, operating during normal business hours of M – F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They will observe the CSU holiday schedule. They are open for in-person testing, if needed. Please connect with Alisha Zmuda, the Coordinator of Alternative Testing Accommodations, at Alisha.Zmuda@colostate.edu or over the phone at 970-491-3574 if you have questions.
  • Spring Break changed to April 12-16, 2021.
    • After spring break, all course instruction and exams for the remaining three weeks of the semester and finals week will be delivered remotely. The timing of final exams will remain unchanged and are scheduled for the week of May 10-14.

Teaching & Learning

  • All classes and final exams will be delivered virtually beginning November 30 through December 18. Course instruction and assessment will continue during this time. All regular exams and final exams will be administered remotely.
  • GA Classroom Access:  November 30 through December 18
    • Faculty may use their assigned general assignment classrooms during this period for remote course and exam delivery. (Students are not permitted to attend classrooms for in-person instruction.)

o    Faculty may access assigned classrooms during their regularly scheduled class period(s). (If other accommodations are needed for classroom access, consult with your department scheduler or chair/head.)

o    Faculty may use classrooms for the purpose of synchronous delivery of their courses remotely or to record course lectures for asynchronous interaction.

o    All technology support and solutions will continue to be available to faculty to support remote course delivery and instruction.

o    All disinfecting stations will be maintained as we have since in-person instruction began in fall.

o    Classroom access for course delivery allows faculty access to classroom technology, and creates a sense of instructional continuity for both students and faculty in the late-semester transition to online-only teaching.

Research

  • Post-Fall Break
    • At this time,research operations are expected to remain unchanged after Fall Break.  If there is a change in county guidance, CSU will adjust accordingly and communicate to faculty and staff directly.
  • Research-related Travel
    • For research-related travel that has been approved through the Return to Work process:
      • If no reimbursement is required, no BSF travel exemption authorization is required.
      • If a reimbursement is required, a single travel exemption authorization (https://operations.colostate.edu/forms/) can be used for multiple travel days to the same location.

Public Health Precautions & Protocols

  • Larimer County moved to Level 2 of Safer at Home on November 6.
    • Larimer County and the CSU Pandemic Preparedness Teamare increasing strong encouragement to all employees who can work remotely to do so, to reduce the number of people on university campuses.
  • All students, faculty and staff must report COVID-19 symptoms immediately through the COVID Reporterregardless of whether or not they are coming to a campus to work or attend class and regardless of the day of the week.
    • In addition to COVID-19 symptom reporting, the COVID Reporter is a platform to report the following:
  • Positive COVID-19 tests administered at non-CSU sites;
  • A COVID-19 concern in an academic, work or living space associated with the university;
  • A potential COVID-19 exposure;
  • A public health behavior violation you have witnessed by a member of the CSU community, on or off campus.
  • The Pandemic Preparedness Team (PPT) will continue to administer COVID screening and testing protocols post-Fall Break and through Winter Break. The latest information can be found atCSU’s COVID Information & Resources website. We expect faculty, staff and student employees who return to work on campuses to participate in these processes as recommended by the PPT. Please keep in mind that pandemic conditions in Larimer County and the state may change at any time, and we will all need to be prepared to shift how we operate based on the direction of our public health experts.
  • The Pandemic Preparedness Team encourages faculty, staff, and students to take a saliva screening, which will also determine if a follow up nasal swab is needed to test for COVID-19. More info.

o    WHAT TO DO

§  If you are not experiencing any symptoms of illness, we urge you to get a saliva screening. This is fast easy, right here on campus. The saliva screening is calibrated to be as sensitive as possible in picking up signs of the virus that causes COVID-19. Nasal swab tests are only needed if your saliva indicates you may have the virus. If the screening doesn’t indicate the need for a nasal swab test, it will provide peace of mind as you travel and/or see family and friends, knowing that you are not putting anyone at risk for COVID-19. If your saliva screening does indicate the need for a nasal swab, we urge you to get that test done before traveling or interacting with loved ones.

§  If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we urge you to get a nasal swab test immediately. Given the rising number of cases of COVID-19 among our CSU community, in Larimer County and Colorado, we must all do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus, to save lives and prevent lasting health issues. The sooner you know whether you are positive for COVID-19, based on a nasal swab, the sooner you can isolate to focus on your own recovery and protect others.

o    HOW TO DO IT

§  If you do NOT have symptoms:

·         Saliva screening (for people without symptoms ONLY) will be available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 – Friday, Nov. 20 and again on Monday, Nov. 23 in the MAC Gym at the CSU Student Rec Center. Enter through East Entrance – see this map.

  • If you have not had a previous saliva screening at CSU, you mustregister for one.
  • This only needs to be completed the first time you submit a screening, but please make sure your contact information is entered correctly so you can be reached with your results.
  • Students, please use your CSU local address and not your home address.
  • Once you register, you mustschedule a window for your testing.
    • If you miss your screening window, you can still submit a sample during screening hours, but we urge you to come during your scheduled time.
    • The CSU saliva screening process is fast; most individuals check in and provide their sample in less than 10 minutes.
    • Saliva screening results are usually available within 24-48 hours; please double-check that the contact information your provided at registration is complete and accurate to ensure your results reach you.
    • Only individuals whose screening indicates that they may have the virus are required to get a nasal swab follow-up test.
  • Please note: the CSU saliva screening has not yet completed the process for FDA approval as a COVID-19 test, so it does not meet requirements as proof of a negative test for airlines.
  • If you DO have symptoms:
    • Nasal swab testing (for those who have symptoms or believe they have been exposed)will be available via a limited number of appointments at the ticket kiosk in Canvas Stadium (see map) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 21, and Monday, Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24.
    • **Nasal swab tests will only be available to those whoregister AND schedulean appointment. 
      • Walk-up nasal swab testing isnot available at CSU.
      • You may also choose to get tested at a non-university testing site, referenced at “How and where do I get tested?” You should tell any non-CSU testing location when you are tested that you are a CSU student or employee to expedite contact tracing.
    • Reminders if you are experiencing symptoms:
      • If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, donot go to the CSU saliva screening site.
      • Report your symptoms to the university through theCOVID Reporter. This is a requirement.
      • Get tested as soon as possible at atesting facility that is conducting nasal swab tests. Again, do not go to the saliva screening site looking for a nasal swab test. You will be turned away.
    • If you have tested positive in the last 90 days, do not get screened or tested.
  • All students can get a free flu shot by appointment from the CSU Health Network. Call 970-491-7121 for an appointment and seehere for the list of free clinic times.
  • All public health guidance and requirements will remain in effect at all times. This includes wearing a mask, physically distancing, avoiding large gatherings and disinfecting spaces often.

In the News

CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:

Rams Take Care of Rams

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The RCC and CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 11/5/20

Hello,

The Recovery Coordinating Committee is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for November 5, 2020. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. 

Public Health Precautions & Protocols

  • The COVID Reporter tool launched on the university’s COVID-19 website. CSU students, faculty and staff no longer need to fill out the Daily Symptom Checker, and no longer need to document for CSU Public Health their daily screening when they are not experiencing symptoms of illness. However, students, faculty and staff must report COVID-19 symptoms immediately through theCOVID Reporterregardless of whether or not they are coming to a campus to work or attend class and regardless of the day of the week.
    • In addition to COVID-19 symptom reporting, the COVID Reporter is a platform to report the following:
      • Positive COVID-19 tests administered at non-CSU sites;
      • A COVID-19 concern in an academic, work or living space associated with the university;
      • A potential COVID-19 exposure;
      • A public health behavior violation you have witnessed by a member of the CSU community, on or off campus.
  • The Pandemic Preparedness Team implemented saliva screening, which will enable the university to assess significant numbers of faculty, staff and students a week and determine if a follow up nasal swab is needed to test for COVID-19. More info.
  • All students can get a free flu shot by appointment from the CSU Health Network. Call 970-491-7121 for an appointment and see here for the list of free clinic times.
  • Free on-campus flu shot clinics are available for employees and their dependents enrolled in a CSU Anthem or State of Colorado medical plan. If you are not enrolled, the cost of the flu shot is $37 (for those under age 65). Appointment slots available November 3 and 11. Register here.
  • All public health guidance and requirements will remain in effect at all times. This includes wearing a mask, physically distancing, avoiding large gatherings and disinfecting spaces often.

In the News

CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take care,

The CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 10/22/20

Hello,The Recovery Coordinating Committee is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for October 22, 2020. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the CSU COVID-19 website. Operations

  • The university will remain open from November 30-December 18 to serve students and will limit hours of operations and public access to buildings. All PPE Stations will be maintained during this time.
  • Morgan Library and the Vet Library will be open after Fall Break.Hours will be posted on the Libraries website. The Libraries will continue to offer laptops to students for checkout after Fall Break.
  • All university travel must follow CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team and Centers for Disease Control guidelines and be approved by the employee’s Dean or Vice President. All travelers must complete and submit the travel authorization form and receive approval before traveling. Please take care to fully complete the travel authorization form with the most current and correct information.
  • Once classes go remote on November 20, faculty or staff who can work remotely instead of on university grounds should do so, even if they were reporting to a campus during face-to-face instruction.
  • During the university holiday dates (Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 23-25 and Jan 1), access to university buildings will be restricted (requiring a key card) as it normally would be during a university holiday.
  • Expect that otherwise, from Nov. 20 through the start of the spring semester on Jan. 19, university offices and buildings may be open (virtually or face-to-face) with limited hours and limited public access. Hours, building access and virtual vs face-to-face services will be determined by individual departments and units.
  • Check the websites of individual units about their plans for operations, such as hours, building access and face-to-face and virtual services. This includes Morgan Library, the Health Network, Lory Student Center, Rec Center, Employee Assistance Program, Human Resources and other student, faculty and staff support services. Those decisions will be made by these units in the coming weeks and, if those units determine that changes are necessary, information shared as it becomes available.
  • It is important not to rearrange furniture in university spaces that was marked off for physical distancing. Please also do not remove public health guidance signs.

Teaching & Learning

  • All classes and final exams will be delivered virtually beginning November 30 through December 18. Course instruction and assessment will continue during this time. All regular exams and final exams will be administered remotely.

Public Health Precautions & Protocols

  • All students can get a free flu shot by appointment from the CSU Health Network. Call 970-491-7121 for an appointment and see here for the list of free clinic times.
  • Free on-campus flu shot clinics are available for employees and their dependents enrolled in a CSU Anthem or State of Colorado medical plan. If you are not enrolled, the cost of the flu shot is $37 (for those under age 65). Appointment slots available October 28 and November 11. Register here.
  • The Pandemic Preparedness Team is implementing saliva screening and is currently in the pilot phase. This screening will enable the university to assess significant numbers of faculty, staff and students a week and determine if a follow up nasal swab is needed to test for COVID-19. More info.
  • All public health guidance and requirements will remain in effect at all times. This includes wearing a mask, physically distancing, avoiding large gatherings and disinfecting spaces often.
  • Continue to report any symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test result or potential exposure through the university’s COVID-19 website at https://covid.colostate.edu/daily-symptom-checker/.

ABC Human Resources

  • United Way 2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital information, including COVID-19 specific services and resources. Visit  https://www.211colorado.org/ to search by category.
  • The CSU CARE program website includes a compiled list of local community resources under COVID related impacts.

In the NewsCSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:·        CSU leads study promoting food security during pandemicCOVID-19 Resource PagesFor helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:·        CAS COVID-19 webpage for resources and announcements from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. ·        COVID-19 University Communications page for a listing of all previous updates from CSU’s University Communications, including messages from President McConnell.·        CSU COVID-19 page for information about COVID-19 and key related decisions made by CSU in response.·        Keep Teaching for webinars and tips about teaching remotely.·        Keep Learning to learn more about how to find success in online learning.·        Keep Engaging to help stay connected to others and take care of your well-being.·        Keep Working for answers to FAQs about supporting routine work and academic functions.·        Keep Partnering for resources to help you adapt your engagement with external partners to virtual and socially distanced environments.·        Return to Work for answers to FAQs related to returning to work at CSU.·        CSU HR FAQs webpage for answers to FAQs from faculty, staff, and student employees about the impact of COVID-19 on leave, work arrangements, and other work-related concerns.·        COVID-19 Research Resources webpage, created for the CSU research community to help with planning and continuing research.General Information·        Send questions to the College of Agricultural Sciences at  CAS_COVID-19@colostate.edu or Colorado State University’s general COVID-19 email at ucomm_covid-19@mail.colostate.edu.·        Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and/or LinkedIn for timely updates and resources.Take Care,The CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 9/24/20

Hello,The Recovery Coordinating Committee is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for September 24, 2020. Updates will be sent every other week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the COVID-19 Recovery website.    

Teaching & Learning

  • Students have reported loss of internet connection during their attempts to complete Canvas-based assessments (ex: quizzes). Instructors, please be flexible with students and consider assigning assessments that allow more than one attempt, offer the option to drop one or more quizzes, and/or give assessments that are available for completion over a longer time frame, so a student may complete their assessment during a time with stronger connectivity. 

 Public Health Precautions and Protocols

  • If a co-worker, including a student employee, tests positive for COVID-19, you will be notified by a contact tracer only if you are considered a potential close contact. The name of the person with COVID-19 will remain confidential, as will the names of potential close contacts. More information about the process is here.

 ABC Human Resources

  • While the Governor’s Office has announced the possibility of furloughs for Colorado state employees beginning November 27, 2020, Colorado State University is not required to implement furloughs. At this time, CSU is not examining furloughs. Contact CSU Human Resources with questions.
  • Results from the Return To Work Survey that was administered in July are now available here.

 In the News

CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:

 COVID-19 Resource PagesFor helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

 General Information

·        Send questions to the College of Agricultural Sciences at  CAS_COVID-19@colostate.edu or Colorado State University’s general COVID-19 email at ucomm_covid-19@mail.colostate.edu.

·        Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and/or LinkedIn for timely updates and resources.

Take Care,

The CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 9/17/20

Hello,The Recovery Coordinating Committee is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for September 17, 2020. Updates will be sent each week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the COVID-19 Recovery website.    

Teaching and Learning

·        The Student Disability Center (SDC) will be proctoring students with in-person exams only.

·        If the exam format is online the SDC will be relying on faculty support to implement accommodations for students.

·        The SDC asks students to schedule their exam with us at least 7 days prior to the exam date.

·        More information about this process can be found in the SDC’s Faculty Guidebook and at the Keep Teaching website.

 Public Health Precautions and Protocols

·        Students, faculty and staff who are not identified for targeting testing by the university but want to receive a test may go to a Larimer County testing site. 

ABC Human Resources

·        Temporary Work Arrangementso   Instructors involved in spring courses need to communicate their face to face vs. online teaching arrangements to their department head no later than Sept. 23.o   If you have already been approved for a Temporary Work Adjustment (TWA) by the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) as a Vulnerable Individual or by CSU Human Resources (HR) for Caring for a Vulnerable Individual, there is no need to reapply for spring semester.

o   If you have already been approved for a TWA through HR for fall 2020 semester to care for a child/dependent and anticipate the need for a modification to continue into spring 2021, please work with your supervisor to confirm the ongoing nature of the assignment. The local school districts have not announced their spring plans yet. CSU recognizes this causes uncertainty and that your plans may change later in the year.o   If you have not formally applied for a TWA, please formalize your request via the process outlined on the OEO website. This link will also help you understand whether you need to apply for TWA.

·        At this point the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is set to expire at the end of 2020. It may not be renewed at all or until after spring semester starts. Please watch your email for additional information. In the NewsCSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:

·        Looking forward from COVID-19

·        Why I wear a mask 

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

·        CAS COVID-19 webpage for resources and announcements from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. 

·        COVID-19 University Communications page for a listing of all previous updates from CSU’s University Communications, including messages from President McConnell.

·        CSU COVID-19 page for information about COVID-19 and key related decisions made by CSU in response.

·        Keep Teaching for webinars and tips about teaching remotely.

·        Keep Learning to learn more about how to find success in online learning.

·        Keep Engaging to help stay connected to others and take care of your well-being.

·        Keep Working for answers to FAQs about supporting routine work and academic functions.

·        Keep Partnering for resources to help you adapt your engagement with external partners to virtual and socially distanced environments.

·        Return to Work for answers to FAQs related to returning to work at CSU.

·        CSU HR FAQs webpage for answers to FAQs from faculty, staff, and student employees about the impact of COVID-19 on leave, work arrangements, and other work-related concerns.

·        COVID-19 Research Resources webpage, created for the CSU research community to help with planning and continuing research. 

General Information

·        Send questions to the College of Agricultural Sciences at  CAS_COVID-19@colostate.edu or Colorado State University’s general COVID-19 email at ucomm_covid-19@mail.colostate.edu.

·        Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and/or LinkedIn for timely updates and resources.

Take Care,

The CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 9/10/20

Teaching and Learning

Hello,The Recovery Coordinating Committee is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for September 10, 2020. Updates will be sent each week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the COVID-19 Recovery website.   

  • To help with contact tracing, please send your seating charts for classes and labs to Kirsten Slaughter-Rice and Matt Camper by September 11. The college will manage submitting seating charts to anyone else who might need it. Please use the subject line: Course number – Classroom location (Last Name). Templates can be found here.
  • CSUOnline is collaborating with experts to provide faculty support when they need assistance with their courses. More info.
  • Watch this video from the Office of the Vice President for Diversity for more information about creating an inclusive classroom environment.
  • TILT has recently designed a system of cohort-based tutoring sessions. Students commit to attending two 50-minute virtual group sessions for up to a 15-week series. Sessions will include a mix of preplanned activities and open question time. More info.

 Operations

  • Reminder: Please do not move desks, tables, or chairs in the classrooms.
  • Registered Student Organizations must adhere to COVID-19 Guidelines including tracking attendance, not gathering in groups larger than 10 people, and wearing face coverings. View the complete listing of guidelines here.

Public Health Precautions and Protocols

  • The Pandemic Preparedness Team has created guidelines for what to do when there is a suspected case of COVID-19 in the classroom. For information about how CSU is addressing exposure and illness for COVID-19, click here.
  • The COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy is posted online. Please review.

ABC Human Resources

  • Career Services recently released an email that includes several resources for supervisors that oversee student employees. Information addresses questions like “What if a student employee cannot physically report to work due to the daily symptom checker and/or a positive COVID-19 test?” and “What if a student employee who has work study cannot report physically to work and I also cannot provide remote work options during isolation?” To receive the update and/or for questions, contact Sarah Roeder. More info is available on the HR website.

In the News

CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:

Rams Take Care of Rams

  • Pocket pantries are now available for students in need of food supplies. Locations are at Lory Student Center and Aggie Village Family Apartments. More info.

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

General Information

Take Care,

The CAS Communications Team

CAS COVID-19 Updates, 9/3/20

Hello,The Recovery Coordinating Committee is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for September 3, 2020. Updates will be sent each week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the COVID-19 Recovery website.   

Teaching and Learning

  • This new webpage includes helpful tips and information for how to teach with technology.
  • A set of online videos has been created for Fall Ramp Up. Videos focus on topics related to professional development, accessible learning, teaching effectiveness, and Echo360.
  • Please remind students to disinfect their chairs and desktops/tables when arriving to class. Disinfectant is provided in a central location and is refreshed often by Facilities Management.  If there aren’t supplies in your classroom, please contact your departmental office and Facilities Management at (970) 491-6709.
  • To help with contact tracing, please send your seating chart Kirsten Slaughter-Rice and Matt Camper ASAP. The college will manage submitting seating charts to anyone else that might need it. Please use the subject line: Course number – Classroom location (Last Name)
  • new website that details CSU-sourced online tutoring resources is now available. Please direct your students to this comprehensive link.

Operations

  • If you are carpooling to CSU grounds, it is recommended that you limit carpools to no more than one person per row of seats in the vehicle and wear a face covering. More info.
  • Visitors and guests on CSU grounds do not need to fill out the paper symptom checker. The symptom checker is for CSU students, faculty and staff. Visitors such as guest lecturers should come in virtually. Venders do not fill out the symptom tracker as their own business/organization have protocols in place.

ABC Human Resources

  • The Pandemic Preparedness Team has created a training for faculty and staff about proper disinfecting, public health requirements on campuses, and other important COVID-19 information. To access the training, search in the learning library for “Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Training” and register for the course to take the course. Log in to the learning library using your CSU eID and password.

In the News

CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:

 Rams Take Care of Rams

COVID-19 Resource Pages

For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:·     

  • CAS COVID-19 webpage for resources and announcements from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.      
  •  COVID-19 University Communications page for a listing of all previous updates from CSU’s University Communications, including messages from President McConnell.       
  • CSU COVID-19 page for information about COVID-19 and key related decisions made by CSU in response.      
  • Keep Teaching for webinars and tips about teaching remotely.·        
  • Keep Learning to learn more about how to find success in online learning.        
  • Keep Engaging to help stay connected to others and take care of your well-being.       
  • Keep Working for answers to FAQs about supporting routine work and academic functions.       
  • Keep Partnering for resources to help you adapt your engagement with external partners to virtual and socially distanced environments.        
  • Return to Work for answers to FAQs related to returning to work at CSU.        
  • CSU HR FAQs webpage for answers to FAQs from faculty, staff, and student employees about the impact of COVID-19 on leave, work arrangements, and other work-related concerns.        
  • COVID-19 Research Resources webpage, created for the CSU research community to help with planning and continuing research. 

General Information

  • Send questions to the College of Agricultural Sciences at  CAS_COVID-19@colostate.edu or Colorado State University’s general COVID-19 email at ucomm_covid-19@mail.colostate.edu.       
  • Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and/or LinkedIn for timely updates and resources.
  • Take care,

    The CAS Communications Team

    CAS COVID-19 Updates, 8/27/20

    Hello,The Recovery Coordinating Committee is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for August 27, 2020. Updates will be sent each week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central communication office at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the COVID-19 Recovery website.  Teaching and Learning

    • Faculty Council has collected a set of curated materials to help you start the school year. More info.
    • Echo 360 lecture capture technology is available in more than 130 classrooms across campus. Echo 360 has been scheduled to begin and end automatically for each course scheduled in an Echo360 classroom, so you do not have to remember to start and end the recordings. You can verify which of your course sections are scheduled to automatically record, schedule new recordings, and cancel scheduled recordings by clicking here. When having a private conversation where a lecture recording has been scheduled, remember to either turn off or mute (light turns red) the classroom microphone to ensure privacy, or physically step away from the podium. Additional resources and info: Echo360 help.
    • Seating charts for General Assignment (GA) classrooms are available here. The Pandemic Preparedness Team (PPT) will use these seating charts for contact tracing, as needed. Faculty are asked to send their seating charts for their classes to Kirsten Slaughter-Rice and Matt Camper.
    • Check out these FAQs for how students can navigate both online and in-person classes this semester.
    • Holding classes outside is discouraged as it creates complications for contact tracing and may not be accessible for all students.
    • A new webpage has been created that includes information about different modalities of instruction. This resource includes a comparison table of instructional technology options.
    • Classroom instructors can access advice regarding the first week of classes, including an in-classroom checklist and FAQs.
    • Students needing to rent or purchase a laptop can do so here.
    • Please remind students to disinfect their chairs and desktops/tables when arriving to class. Disinfectant is provided in a central location and is refreshed often by Facilities Management.

    Research

    • A Research Continuity Open Forum will take place on 9/10, 1-2 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.

    Operations

    • CAS IT encourages faculty and staff to continue to participate in the strategic partnership with HP by routing all computer, tablet, and monitor purchases through AgHelp or by going through CDW-G in Kuali. This does not include MAC purchases. You can reach AgHelp via email: AgHelp@colostate.edu or call: 970-491-2444.  More info.
    • Faculty and staff are asked not to visit Housing & Dining locations, including Lory Student Center, during the first two weeks of classes.
    • To purchase PPE for research and operations, visit this website. Faculty and staff are encouraged to coordinate with their departmental staff prior to ordering PPE. PPE in General Assignment and Departmental classrooms is managed and refilled by Facilities Management.
    • The CSU Pandemic Planning Team has canceled all in-person or face-to-face university events through fall semester. Virtual events are permitted. More info.
    • Colorado State University faculty or staff members who are working on university grounds are asked to take this training for more information about COVID-19, university disinfecting protocols, and reporting concerns.
    • More than 7,400 people were tested for COVID-19 during student move-in last week. This includes both students and staff. Out of those who opted in for testing, only 11 active cases were confirmed.
    • Free COVID testing is available tomorrow, 8/28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at pop-up tents on Main Campus at Allison and Academic Village on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you can’t make the drop-in time, and you ever feel like you need a test between CSU testing opportunities, contact the CSU Health Network, your physician, or visit the Larimer County free testing site.

    ABC Human Resources

    • If an employee reports symptoms via the Daily Symptoms Checker, their supervisor will receive a templated message that the supervisor may use to send out to workgroups and offices in response. More info.
    • The Public Health Behavior Report online form may be used to help identify behavior that appears to violate the University’s COVID public health guidance.
    • All faculty and staff can access fall semester start FAQs.

    Public Health Precautions and Protocols

    • Information for faculty and staff about what to do if a someone reports exposure to COVID-19.
    • “Close contact” is defined as “face-to-face contact with someone for at least 15 minutes within a distance less than 6 ft.” More info.
    • This video explains what is expected of students, faculty, and staff in the classroom, workspaces, and on university grounds.

    In the NewsCSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:

     COVID-19 Resource PagesFor helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

    General Information

    Take Care,

    The CAS Communications Team

    CAS COVID-19 Updates, 8/20/20

    Hello,

    The Recovery Coordinating Committee is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for August 20, 2020. Updates will be sent each week on Thursdays to all staff, faculty, and graduate students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

    To see a listing of communications from the central offices at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the COVID-19 Recovery website.  

    Teaching and Learning

    • To help navigate the new teaching landscape at CSU this fall, a Teaching Checklist for Instructors has been created and is available here. Multiple checklists are included in the document, including a checklist for Face-to-Face Instruction, Hybrid Instruction, and Online Course Delivery. Also included is the required language to be added to your syllabi.
    • First Day of Classes FAQs for Instructors are available here.  This document includes answers to questions such as “What will my classroom look like?,” and “Do I have to wear a mask while teaching?”.
    • Hosting a field trip? Please follow these guidelines, including submitting a Travel Exemption Form.
    • Preparing for Fall: Faculty Town Hall was hosted this past Monday, August 17. View the recording here.
    • Instructors may access seating charts for classrooms through an online system.

    Operations

    • Custodial services and frequency of services has been adjusted to meet current CDC cleaning guidelines and protocols for COVID-19. This includes using EPA-approved disinfectants, PPE requirements, and updates about staff now emptying trash and recycling receptacles. For information about what custodial staff are and are not cleaning, see attached.
    • CAS will host CAS Office Hours on the Quad during the week of 8/24 to welcome students during the first week of classes. Interactions will be outside and social distancing will be practiced.
    • Student move-in began 8/15. Testing is being performed. The guest policy for this academic year references that guests are only allowed in the lobby and public areas.
    • For updates about parking and transportation, visit the Parking & Transportation Services website. Here you’ll find information about public transit, parking, and transportation services.  Also, see the City of Fort Collins Transport site for information about temporarily suspended CSU routes.
    • Faculty and staff are asked not to visit Housing & Dining locations, including Lory Student Center, during the first two weeks of classes.
    • Digital signage communicating proper health precautions is now available. Contact Ag-Comm@colostate.edufor digital display signage. For print signage needs, contact K.slaughter-rice@colostate.edu.
    • Mountain West has postponed all fall sports. More info.
    • In alignment with CSU and CAS Admissions, departmental and building tours and in-person appointments with prospective students will be postponed until further notice. Please continue to meet virtually with prospective students and encourage them to consider one of CSU’s virtual options instead. Building and facility tours for visitors/guests are not currently available at this time.
    • Classrooms are marked with an “x” where students SHOULD sit. Signs stating “do not sit here” are posted where students SHOULD NOT sit.

    ABC Human Resources

    • Employees (including student hourlies) with COVID-19-related childcare needs may be eligible for expanded Family Medical Leave created by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including caring for a dependent child whose school or place of care is closed (or childcare provider is unavailable) as Emergency Public Health Leave for Childcare (EPHL).
    • Employees can apply for a temporary work adjustment through an online application.  CSU Human Resources and the CSU Office of Equal Opportunity will work with supervisors and employees to explore options.
    • Employees who qualify as a ”Vulnerable Individual” or who live with or care for a “Vulnerable Individual” may choose to apply for a temporary work assignment using the same application if they have been asked to return to work on-site work and need to remain off-site. The Office of Equal Opportunity will coordinate with the employee and with their supervisor to identify a modified assignment.
    • CSU has also provided a “Script for Supervisors Around Wearing Face Coverings and Following Public Health Orders” on the OEO website.

    Public Health Precautions and Protocols

    • Testing for select faculty and staff started 8/13 at the Lory Student Center. Faculty and staff were selected by their dean, director or vice president based on the level of face-to-face contact. Student testing began on 8/15 as part of move-in procedures. More info.
    • Scripts have been created for faculty and supervisors to use to support adherence to face covering guidelines. Scripts, as well as the Face Covering Exemption form can be found here.
    • Faculty, staff and students are required to wear masks or other face coverings while on a campus as well as follow all other public health orders. CSU’s Pandemic Preparedness Team is following state and county guidance for signs, public health measures, cleaning and disinfecting, contact tracing, etc.
    • As a Colorado State University student, faculty or staff member, you may be concerned about how you would know if you have been exposed to someone who tests positive. Find information about contact tracing here.
    • dashboard showing positive cases associated with the university community is available. This dashboard shows only confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and does not reflect those in quarantine for potential exposure. Positive cases reflected in the dashboard include faculty, staff and students who have not necessarily been on a campus.
    • A video outlining Public Health Requirements on Campuses, University Grounds, Workspaces and in the Classroom is available here.

    In the News

    CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:

    Rams Take Care of Rams

    • Ram Aid is a program at CSU that provides relief to students who as a result of COVID-19 are suffering from food insecurity, lack of resources, and in need. More info.

    COVID-19 Resource Pages

    For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

    • CAS COVID-19 webpage for resources and announcements from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.
    • COVID-19 University Communications page for a listing of all previous updates from CSU’s University Communications, including messages from President McConnell.
    • CSU COVID-19 page for information about COVID-19 and key related decisions made by CSU in response.
    • Keep Teaching for webinars and tips about teaching remotely.
    • Keep Learning to learn more about how to find success in online learning.
    • Keep Engaging to help stay connected to others and take care of your well-being.
    • Keep Working for answers to FAQs about supporting routine work and academic functions.
    • Return to Work for answers to FAQs related to returning to work at CSU.
    • CSU HR FAQs webpage for answers to FAQs from faculty, staff and student employees about the impact of COVID-19 on leave, work arrangements, and other work-related concerns.
    • COVID-19 Research Resources webpage, created for the CSU research community to help with planning and continuing research.

    General Information

    Take Care,

    The CAS Communications Team

    CAS COVID-19 Updates, 8/13/20

    Hello,The Recovery Coordinating Committee is working to provide you with up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 planning and precautions at Colorado State University, especially as they pertain to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Please find the following key updates for August 13, 2020. Updates will be sent each week on Thursdays to all staff and faculty within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station.To see a listing of communications from the central offices at Colorado State University, see the COVID-19 University Communications page. For all updates and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, please see the COVID-19 Recovery website.  

    Teaching and Learning·        

    • To help navigate the new teaching landscape at CSU this fall, a Teaching Checklist for Instructors has been created and is available here. Multiple checklists are included in the document, including a checklist for Face-to-Face Instruction, Hybrid Instruction, and Online Course Delivery. Also included is the required language to be added to your syllabi.        
    • Scripts have been created for faculty and supervisors to use to support adherence to face covering guidelines. Scripts, as well as the Face Covering Exemption form can be found here.       
    •  Faculty are encouraged to relay information about no-cost tutoring resources available to your face-to-face and online students. Resources include:§ TILT ServicesTILT facilitates tutoring in a cohort-based setting for students enrolled in select courses. Students can choose to participate in twice-a-week group tutoring sessions with the same 12-15 students. For students unable or unwilling to commit to group tutoring sessions, TILT tutors also hold virtual office hours each week.  Additionally, TILT will be piloting a Supplemental Instruction approach to tutoring in SP21.§ CSU Writing Center Services Offers no-cost support to students, staff, faculty, and alumni as well as the local Fort Collins community. The CSU Writing Center facilitates campus-based conversations about the importance and process of writing in different contexts and media. Face-to-face and online consultation available.§ RamTutorCSU Online’s on-demand tutoring service is available online 24/7. RamTutor, powered by Tutor.com, is a service of The Princeton Review and is available to all CSU students at no cost.
    • The Canvas Support Team recently released an email message with great tips and hot topics to help with preparing your classes for fall. Attached is the message. Contact canvashelp@colostate.edu for more information and support.       
    • Read about “netiquette”, ground rules for online discussions.       
    • The Accessibility by Design website includes Steps for Inclusive Content, a step-by-step guide for professors who are on a wide spectrum of experience with accessibility. There is an expectation that faculty will try at least two of these steps during their fall courses.        
    • The Office of the Provost will host a virtual Faculty Town Hall on August 17 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to address questions and updates related to campus and academic operations, as well as pandemic preparedness for fall 2020. The virtual event is open to instructors. Register here.       
    •  Facilities Management is arranging furniture in classrooms for physical distancing. Faculty will have access and control for lab spaces as desired. Watch for an update from the Provost Office for more information. If you would like to request technical support, please contact aghelpdesk@colostate.edu. Resources are also available online at Keep Teaching. Please note: Clark and Eddy will NOT be accessible. It is also likely that non-classroom buildings will not be accessible due to cleaning and reestablishing essential services.        
    • If you decide to opt for only a face shield instead of a mask, it is required that you maintain 12 ft. distancing. A mask is still required by other parties.      
    •  Please note that time for cleaning and sanitation of personal workspaces should be included in course time. Students are not expected to disinfect their stations during transition time between classes.       
    • Additional information regarding what health precautions to take in the classroom is here. 

    Operations

    • CSU has released a new 4-minute video outlining CSU’s Health Protocols for Fall 2020. Watch this informative video here.
    • If you would like to offer food during a class and/or event, please submit a request to the Pandemic Planning Team.

    ABC Human Resources

     Public Health Precautions and Protocols

    • For information about the student testing plan, visit CSU’s Recovery webpage.
    • An email message was sent to faculty and staff on August 11 from the Pandemic Planning Team regarding COVID-19 testing. High contact faculty and staff are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test between August 19-22, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Lory Student Center. Register for testing hereIt is mandatory for identified faculty and staff to check in on the portal. You are strongly encouraged to be tested for the health of our community; once checked in through the registration portal, you can choose to opt out of testing. Please refer to the message from the Pandemic Planning Team for more information.
    • Supervisors: If one of your employees has been exposed to COVID-19 and/or is showing symptoms, have them submit the Daily Symptoms Checker and stay home. They can also complete the Leave Request FFCRA and EPSL self-certification forms. You will enter EPSL into TimeClock Plus. Questions? Contact Shelly Lynch or Joanna Holliday.
    • If students show symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19 prior to arriving on campus for move-in, they should complete the Daily Symptoms Checker and will be advised on next steps by public health officials.

    In the News

    CSU releases stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep updated by subscribing to SOURCE, CSU’s news source. Recent articles include:

     COVID-19 Resource Pages

    For helpful resources related to COVID-19 and the happenings surrounding these uncertain times, please visit:

     General Information

    Take Care,The CAS Communications Team

    Fall semester 2020 preparations and health measures

    Fall semester 2020 preparations and health measures

    The Pandemic Preparedness Team has outlined university public health requirements, measures and strategies for the  summer and the fall semester.

    Request a temporary work adjustment

    The university has created a system for faculty and staff to request temporary work adjustments if their unit, division, college, department or office is returning to in-person work on university grounds.

    • Temporary work adjustments for all faculty and staff with health concerns, childcare concerns or who is caring for someone who is a vulnerable individual

    Status of Events

    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.

    More info found here.