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COVID-19 Information

2021-2022 Update

At College of Saint Mary, our mission is to provide access to education for women in an environment that calls forth potential and fosters leadership with dignity, compassion, inclusivity, and integrity. We do this by addressing concerns through a spirit of mutuality and social responsibility. We are intentional and collaborative in developing strategies to prevent and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Below you will find information and resources related to COVID-19. 

Being a part of the CSM community means that each of us must take extraordinary steps to stay well and protect each other both on campus and in the community. As such, we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to read and take to heart our community pledge. Take the pledge here

    University Info & Resources

    Academic Calendar

    Academic Calendar

    The complete updated academic calendar can be found here.   

    Community Health Precautions

    Community Health Precautions

    Vaccinations – All faculty, staff and students are expected to be vaccinated.  Health Professions students are required to show proof of vaccination.

    Booster Shot – Getting a booster shot helps protect yourself, your loved ones, and the CSM Community. You are eligible if you have received your Pfizer or Moderna 2nd dose more than five months ago; or received your Johnson & Johnson dose more than two months ago. 

    Masks – Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks while indoors to slow and prevent the spread of the virus.  

    *We understand that individuals cannot wear a mask in rare situations due to health issues. In these instances, please use a face shield, continue practicing social distancing, and send a notice of this on the “Health Self Reporting Form” (we will inform the faculty who teach your courses). 

    Elevators – Elevator occupancy is limited to 4 people at a time.

    Self-Screening – All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to self-screen daily. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has  a quick and easy application: “1-Check COVID,” which you can download to your Android or iPhone. 

    Hand Sanitizer – Hand sanitizing stations are at high traffic entrances of buildings. 

    Hand Washing – Proper handwashing practices are encouraged and reminders are placed in all restrooms. 

    Water Fountains – All water fountains have been transitioned to touchless water fill stations.

    Academics

    Academics

    Courses – All traditional courses will be delivered in a face-to-face format.

    Faculty and masks - Faculty must wear a mask when teaching unless they are at least 6’ from students.

    Faculty office hours - Faculty will continue to be available for at least ten office hours per week. If a student contacts a faculty member via email during office hours, the student can expect a response before the end of the day.

    Quarantine or Isolation accommodations – If you are vaccinated and exposed to a COVID positive person, you need not quarantine unless you have symptoms.  However, it would be best, if you have been exposed and you are vaccinated, to get tested within 3 – 5 days.

    If you are not vaccinated and you are exposed, please quarantine for 10 days if you have not been tested, or get tested on day 5 and if negative, quarantine for two more days.  If test is positive, isolate for at least 10 days.

    In order for students to receive permission to zoom into class they must email proof of a positive COVID test to Mary Barber, mbarber [at] csm.edu, in the Academic Affairs Office.  We ask that they fill out the health form as well.  All their faculty will be notified and we will do contact tracing as needed. 

    Student Resources

    Student Resources

    Campus Store - The Campus Store will open for regular hours. Students can go to the Campus Store to check for textbooks. Payment options include financial aid, although to use your financial aid you must make arrangements with the Express Center prior to picking up your books. For any questions, call the Campus Store at 402-399-2462.

    Express Center – For their convenience, students are asked to do as much as possible online or over the phone. To promote social distancing, no more than two students will be allowed in Express Center at one time. Please see our how-to guide for answers to many of the frequently asked financial aid and student accounts.

    Dining Hall - The Dining Hall will be open for regular hours. Please be sure to wash your hands before entering the Dining Hall to prevent the spread of germs. 

    Tutoring – These services continue to be available in both a face-to-face or remote format. For information and questions about accessing tutoring services, contact Mary Schlueter, Director of Learning Support, at mschlueter [at] csm.edu.

    ADA Accommodations – These services will continue to be available in both a face-to-face or remote format. For information and questions about accessing ADA accommodations, contact our ADA Accommodations Coordinator, Christina Tingwald at ada [at] csm.edu.

    For additional resources or questions, please email studentsupportservices [at] csm.edu.

    Residence Halls

    Residence Halls

    Masks - As a reminder, College of Saint Mary will continue to extend our indoor mask requirement. We ask that all members of our community, including guests, continue to wear a mask (covering your nose and mouth) when indoors. CDC recommends either wearing an N95/KN95 masks or doubling up on your cloth masks using a three-ply mask. Masks may be removed when eating, when alone or with your roommate in your residence hall room, and during performance practices.

    Guests – Starting on August 25th, visitation of guests will be available from 10:00 a.m – 12:00 a.m, Sunday – Thursday and 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. All guests are to be checked in at the front desk and provide a photo ID upon check in starting at 7:00 p.m. daily.

    COVID-19 – If a resident student has been exposed to or has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be able to remain in quarantine or isolation on campus or can choose to move home temporarily if located in Douglas County. Residence Life Staff will provide support services for meals, laundry, trash removal, and package delivery.

    Athletics

    Athletics

    Participation – All Flames athletic teams will be able to practice and compete, in accordance with NAIA guidelines.

    Spectators – Spectators are welcome at all CSM athletic events. At this time, masks are required to be worn by all spectators attending indoor events at the Lied Fitness Center. For outdoor venues and events, masks are encouraged.

    Masks in the Lied Fitness Center – Masks are required for people upon entry to the Lied Fitness Center and are required unless exercising or participating in practices or competition.

    Weight Room – Masks should be worn when moving to and from the weight room but are not required during active exercise.

    COVID-19 Symptoms and/or Diagnoses

    COVID-19 Symptoms and/or Diagnoses

    Self-Screening – All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to self-screen daily, but at a minimum please do so at least twice a week. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has a quick and easy application: “1-Check COVID” which you can download to your Android or iPhone. 

    Testing – Use the interactive map provided by Douglas County Health to find a testing site that is best for you. Sort testing options by locationprice and more. 

    If You Were Exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 Vaccinations:

    1. Complete the “Health Self Reporting Form” (button also found to your right on this page).
    2. Stay home and quarantine for at least five full days.
    3. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.
    4. Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least five days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.  
       

    After Quarantine 

    1. Complete the “Health Self Reporting Form” (button also found to your right on this page).
    2. Watch for symptoms until ten days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    3. If you develop symptoms-isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay at home until you know the results.
    4. If you do not develop symptoms- Take precautions until day 10. Wear a well-fitted mask around others. Avoid being around people who are at high risk and avoid traveling. 
       

    If You Were Exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date with Vaccinations OR had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

    1.  Complete the “Health Self Reporting Form” (button also found to your right on this page).
    2. No quarantine-You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
    3. Get tested-Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least five days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    4. Watch for symptoms until ten days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    5. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.
       

    If You Have Symptoms, Regardless of Vaccination Status

    1. Complete the “Health Self Reporting Form” (button also found to your right on this page).
    2. Stay home and get tested as soon as possible.
    3. If you are negative, no need to quarantine.
    4. If you are positive, follow the instructions below.
       

    If You Test Positive for COVID-19

    1. Complete the “Health Self Reporting Form” (button also found to your right on this page).
    2. Stay home for five days and isolate yourself from others in your home.
    3. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.
    4. End Isolation after five full days only if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.
    5. If you did NOT have symptoms-end isolation after at least five days after your positive test. Take precautions until day ten by wearing a mask, avoid being around people at high risk, and avoid travel. 
    6. If you were severely ill with COVID-19-you should isolate for at least ten days and consult your doctor before ending isolation. 
       

    Resident Students – If a resident student has been exposed AND IS NOT VACCINATED, or has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be able to remain in quarantine or isolation on campus or can choose to temporarily move home if from the metro area. Support services for meals, laundry, and package delivery will be provided if remaining on campus.

    Contact Tracing – The Douglas County Health Department is primarily responsible for conducting contact tracing of individuals in the County who test positive for COVID-19. The College will help supplement and support their work with several staff members trained in contact tracing through Johns Hopkins.