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Columbus State University

March 24, 2020 - Message from President Markwood

Thank you for your patience and commitment to keeping our campus community as safe as possible, while minimizing the impact on our learning environment. Our academic and technical teams are working hard, especially this week, as we test our online class delivery format to get ready for the semester to continue on March 30. Students, don’t hesitate to reach out to your professors if you have class questions.

I know this is an incredibly difficult lift for many of our faculty, but I know we will do our best to serve our students during this time. Our Center Of Online Learning is available to assist you.

Since my last message, we have emailed and posted the following major updates on our webpage: https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/:

  • March 23, FAQs for Instructional Continuity
  • March 20, Health Resources Available to Students
  • March 20, Commencement Ideas

Speaking of commencement, we received numerous responses from our students for ideas on creative alternatives to traditional commencement ceremonies in May. Hopefully, we’ll have updated news in the next few days.

To continue to provide the services our students may need, the Campus Health Center, Counseling Center, and Food Bank remain open. If you know of students who need these services, please encourage them to seek our assistance. Follow our regular email system to access hours of operation and for other information.

We will continue to serve meals to students who remain on campus. More information is forthcoming. The shuttle service is running on a very limited basis. Watch for an announcement in the next few days for detailed information about the shuttles.

Yesterday the Governor issued a limited “stay at home order.” Please check the news reports and if you fall into one of the categories of people who are requested to stay at home, please contact HR and your supervisor.

This challenge has changed our normal. It will change our institution, our community, our economy, and our society. But as difficult as that change may be, I am reminded of something Maya Angelou once said: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Columbus State University is the institution it is because of the people who choose to associate with it - our faculty, our staff, our students, our alumni, our partners, and our supporters - never settling for the way things are done elsewhere.

Together we will navigate this challenge and the change it will bring. Together we can be leaders and creators of a new normal.

We will continue to update you via email, social channels, and on the resource page at https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/ as this situation develops and additional directives are issued. Contact Chip Reese if you have any questions, reese_aaron@columbusstate.edu.

Stay healthy, stay engaged with our students, stay in touch with each other - and wash your hands!

Thanks for all you do for our students, our community, and each other.

Dr. Markwood's Signature

President Chris Markwood