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August 13, 2020 - A Message from President Markwood

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Monday starts a new semester – albeit a different one from any we hoped for or experienced in the past. Getting to this point in our historic journey and our readiness for the fall semester is a testament to the resilience and patience of the entire CSU family, and the dedication, commitment and creativity of countless faculty and staff.

In a true back-to-school spirit, we’re sharing our checklist of reminders with you to make your first day of school a productive and safe one!

Pack Your "School Supplies"

  • Face coverings: Students, pick up your CSU face masks from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lumpkin Center or Riverside Theatre this Monday and Tuesday.
  • Hand sanitizer: We have hand-sanitizing stations around campus, but keep an extra bottle handy in your backpack or purse.
  • Debit card, credit card or your Cougar Card: we’re handling as many transactions as possible through contactless payment methods.
  • Vehicle registration: If you’re parking on either campus, you’ll need to register your vehicle by Friday, Aug. 21 for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Lunch or a snack: Our dining facilities will be open, but with physical distancing and limited seating guidelines in place, wait times will be longer than usual (The consumption of food and beverages in classrooms is discouraged for health reasons).

Expect Change

  • Log in to CougarView and check your CSU email frequently to ensure you have the latest updates.
  • Download our "What's Open on Campus" infographic to your phone or computer so you know how, where and when to access various campus services.
  • Remain flexible and be kind to each other — everyone is experiencing their own challenges right now.

Monitor Your Health

Navigating Classes and Campus

  • From sneeze guards to signage, campus will look very different this year. Please keep all signs, markings, and furniture in its place.
  • Instructors may incorporate flexible-hybrid models of learning to reduce class sizes and ensure physical distancing. Check your CSU email and CougarView for clarity on when, where and how you are to report to class.
  • Dining facilities will feature reconfigured indoor seating and new outdoor seating areas to facilitate physical distancing practices. To-go options will offer grab-and-go convenience and help avoid wait times.
  • Physical distancing guidelines on shuttles will affect capacity and route schedules. Budget a few extra minutes to arrive at your destination if you’re relying on shuttle transportation.

Be Safe

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly — singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" twice or "We will, we will rock you" three times while washing your hands will get the job done!
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others, and encourage others to do the same — replacement masks are just an eQuest away.
  • Practice physical distancing in buildings, shuttles, and when in line at dining facilities, the bookstore and other locations.
  • Continue physical distancing outside as well, which should also include wearing a face covering.
  • Follow instructions provided through campus signage.

Remember, although we begin Stage 4 Monday, some employees will continue their work virtually, and access to campus will be limited to essential teaching and operations.

If you have concerns on campus you believe need to be addressed, then complete our Questions and Ideas Form.

Find more information, including our Faculty & Staff Quick Guide and Student Quick Guide, at

Please continue to observe this and other posted guidance to protect yourselves, our students, and our campus community. Thanks for all you do for our students, our community, and each other.

President Chris Markwood

Virtual Advisor