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Columbus State University

March 11, 2020 - Update for Students

Dear Students:

As a student at CSU, your health and safety are of utmost importance to Columbus State University. CSU is also committed to provide you the opportunity to complete the coursework necessary for your degree. While the current risk level associated with COVID-19 remains low, the leadership of the University System of Georgia and Columbus State University have COVID-19 contingency plans to ensure continuity of learning. Please keep in mind, Columbus State University has no suspected cases of coronavirus, and Columbus State has not been notified of any member of the campus community with the virus.

However, out of an abundance of caution, should the need arise, Columbus State University, like all University System of Georgia institutions, is making the necessary preparations to shift to online or remote learning. If it becomes necessary to close physical access to campus, your faculty is preparing to teach courses remotely to ensure that instruction continues with minimal interruption. We know that many of you have taken a full or partially online course with us through CougarVIEW. This will be the platform for course delivery. For those who have no previous experience with CougarVIEW, we will provide the assistance you would need. In some courses, we are considering alternative plans for lab and clinical course requirements. Our goal is to provide you with the academic content as soon as possible in the event this situation escalates quickly. At this time, we are planning and preparing for a worst case scenario. All CSU classes are meeting as scheduled.

President Markwood has charged the Columbus State University Emergency Response Team with providing guidance to the university as this situation evolves. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Emergency Management Coordinator, Dr. Chip Reese, is leading that effort. The university will provide updates at https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/. Please direct all coronavirus and preparedness questions to Dr. Reese at reese_aaron@columbusstate.edu.

All students are advised that, according to the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html, and the Georgia Department of Public Health https://dph.georgia.gov/, those who travel domestically or internationally, whether for personal reasons or on business, may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, and other challenges when returning home or accessing health care while abroad. While the current risk level associated with COVID-19 in the United States remains low, you are encouraged to seek travel guidance from the CDC https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

If you plan to travel out of state, or internationally, either for personal or university-related reasons, we are encouraging you to voluntarily register in our Travel Registry: https://columbusstate.formstack.com/forms/travel_registry. This is voluntary and not mandatory; however, it does allow Columbus State to better assist you, as needed.

We recognize that this is a challenging situation. Columbus State is known for rising to a challenge, and for being creative and innovative in difficult times. Thank you for your flexibility and for your ongoing commitment to continuing your education at Columbus State University.

Sincerely,

Gina Sheeks, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs