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Columbus State University

August 20, 2020 - A Message from President Markwood

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As you read in yesterday’s email from Dr. Chip Reese, we are expanding our efforts to keep you apprised of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our campus — specifically, the number of positive cases that are being self-reported.

Like you, we are all balancing the excitement that accompanies the start of a new school year with some trepidation resulting from this pandemic’s uncertainty.

By now, you probably know at least one person who has battled this virus. For some of us, the virus’ fatal effects on family and friends are a reality. University leaders are taking our current public health situation extremely seriously, and we need each of you to do so as well.

If you test positive, suspect you have been exposed to someone testing positive, or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, it is imperative that you report that information. You can do so on our online self-reporting form. Someone from our COVID-19 Notification and Support Team will follow up to provide guidance on what you should do to protect yourself and others on campus.

Whether you are living and studying on campus or off campus this semester, all of us have a part to play in demonstrating that #CougarsCare. Wearing your face covering is essential, but maintaining six feet of physical distancing space between you and your classmates or coworkers is also vital.

This is not an either-or option. Given our current understanding of this virus, you need to do both. Reminders are strategically placed in classrooms, dining facilities and other campus spaces — please abide by them. And, please help model our “Cougars Care” philosophy in the community as you travel about Columbus.

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 https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/.

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

President Chris Markwood