Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
April 2, 2020 - Message from President Markwood
I appreciate your creativity and support as we continue to manage this daily evolving environment, as our campus community and our country have been impacted by this health crisis. As you are probably aware, Governor Kemp is finalizing an executive order instituting a statewide shelter-in-place order to curb the spread of COVID-19. This order will be effective on Friday and continues until April 13.
While we have significantly reduced personnel on campus, we will need to reduce even further. Only those with explicit, written permission to be on campus will be allowed. You will receive information from your directors on the impact of this order on your work responsibilities.
I really admire our faculty and academic team for managing the huge task of getting our online educational delivery system ready for us to continue the Spring semester this week. Our students appreciate your effort in making this transition as stress-free as possible. Students, continue to ask questions and reach out to your advisors and professors if you have any questions or concerns.
The Chancellor has announced that remote learning will continue through Maymester and the Summer terms.
The latest development in this crisis is Governor Kemp is expected to sign a statewide shelter-in-place order today to curb the spread of the coronavirus. CSU employees should continue to follow direction from their department supervisors as to their designation as an essential physically present employee, and the impact on their work responsibilities.
CSU and the University System of Georgia’s 26 institutions will continue to deliver instruction remotely during May and summer semesters, with only limited exceptions. USG institutions are tentatively planning to return to normal on-campus operations for the fall semester should guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health allow it.
In the interim, all institutions have been asked to continue their current telework and flexible work strategies for faculty and staff. USG institutions overall have remained open, with only minimal staff physically on-site to ensure continuity of certain services.
We understand this issue is causing some stress and anxiety for our students, so we have created a new project as part of our Create Care team to individually and personally reach out to our students throughout the remainder of the semester to make sure they are aware of the resources that are available to them to assist them during this challenging time. This crisis has, and will continue to demand that we create new ways to educate our students, protect our campus community, and support each other.
Since my last message, we have emailed and posted the following major updates on our webpage: https://www.columbusstate.edu/coronavirus/:
- April 2, Remote Learning to Continue through Maymester and Summer
- April 2, Shelter in Place Order Impact (forthcoming)
- April 1, USG Pass/Fail Announcement
- March 30, Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID-19
Our Emergency Management Team continues to meet, by telecom, at least once a day, to review, adjust, and execute our plans to keep our campus safe and minimize the disruption to our learning environment.
No one could have predicted that we would be facing these life-changing challenges, but I am confident that together we can be leaders and creators of a new normal.
As we face these changes, one thing has not changed, our commitment to the health, wellbeing, and safety of our campus community. I am proud to see the compassionate leadership that you have shown during these weeks in this unprecedented chapter in the history of Columbus State University.
Stay strong, be safe, and be kind.
Thank you for all you do for our students, our community, and each other.
President Chris Markwood