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Columbus State University

April 28, 2020 - President Markwood's Message

Good afternoon,

We are now at a critical transition time of continuing to manage the issues this pandemic has presented to our campus community and families, to now developing our going forward strategy. This campus community has supported each other as we met the challenges with a balance of compassion and order as we continued to provide a safe environment for our students to advance toward their degrees.

Please keep in mind that after the Shelter in Place order expires on Thursday, from May 1 until further notice, CSU will continue to operate under our Essential Physically Present Employees guidelines. Individuals who have not been designated as Essential Physically Present Employees should not come to campus unless instructed to do so by the University. If a faculty or staff member who has been designated as a 100% remote worker must come to campus they should continue to follow the process of notifying our campus police to arrange the visit.

While we continue to take measures to keep our campus community safe, this afternoon, I virtually met and invited more than 60 of your colleagues from across campus to become part of the Return to Campus Taskforce. This taskforce will develop a staggered approach for faculty and staff to safely return to campus in anticipation of returning to face to face instruction (while maintaining social distancing expectations) in the fall semester. This framework is being utilized across all USG institutions. While we are beginning to develop plans to return to campus, we must also have contingencies in place in case we have to return to online or remote instruction for all or part of a semester.

As our plans develop, we will continue to update you via email, social channels, and on the resource page at https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/. Please note, that this a very fluid situation and plans may change as additional directives are issued. Please contact Chip Reese, reese_aaron@columbusstate.edu, or one of the taskforce leaders if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas.

Please keep in mind that we must continue to focus on doing what is needed to keep our faculty, staff, and students as safe as possible.

I understand this has been a time of tremendous change and stress for you, our community, and the world, but together we are adjusting to meet daily hurdles, and I have no doubt we have the ability to transform and innovate to keep making Columbus State University even better.

We have a long way to go in this crisis so please don’t stop reaching out to check on each other and helping those who may be struggling a little more than you.

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

Dr. Markwood's Signature

President Chris Markwood