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Fall Semester 2020

As College of Saint Mary prepares to resume in-person teaching and learning for the Fall semester of 2020, we recognize we are entering an academic year unlike any other. There is much uncertainty inherent in navigating a pandemic, but College of Saint Mary is a resilient community. We will adapt and thrive together because our mission endures, and our students deserve the transformative experience so unique to a comprehensive college community. 

In the months since CSM last engaged in-person, we have been preparing for a return in August that aligns with best practices prescribed by health authorities and captures the innovative spirit that helped us rapidly transition our learning model last spring. Our mission, with its foundation in Catholic/Mercy values is to provide access to education in an environment that calls forth potential and fosters leadership.  To accomplish this we are taking steps to ensure the safety of our community as we gather together again to learn and grow. The health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority.

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.

The following information has been assembled to answer frequently asked questions and equip everyone with the knowledge needed to safely return to campus. For queries not answered here, please click the question button to the right and we will work to get additional information in a timely manner.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Fall 2020 Schedule

The complete updated fall academic calendar can be found here.  Highlights are included below.

August 3, 2020 – Staff will return to working on campus rather than remotely.  New faculty orientation will begin.

August 9, 2020 – CSM Advantage and Mothers Living and Learning Move-In day (noon-4pm)

August 13, 2020 – Volleyball and Soccer Players Move-In Day (10am-2pm)

August 14, 2020 – State of the College, Faculty In-service, and Faculty who are on 10 or 11 month contracts return to campus.

August 15, 2020 – New Students move into the Residence Halls

August 16, 2020 - Returning Students move into the Residence Halls

August 15-23, 2020 - Welcome Days will take place primarily in-person while making sure that we are practicing social distancing and requiring masks during all orientation programs and events. All students, new and continuing, in addition to faculty and staff, are welcome to participate.

August 19, 2020 – Undergraduate classes begin

September 5-7, 2020 – Labor Day Holiday – no classes

November 25-29, 2020 – Thanksgiving Vacation for Students.  Classes for the remainder of the semester will be online unless otherwise notified by the Program Director.

December 3-8, 2020 – Final Exam Week – Final Exam schedule.

December 9, 2020 – Christmas Vacation for Undergraduate Students begins

December 12, 2020 – Baccalaureate Mass (5:00pm) and Commencement Ceremonies (7:30pm)

December 24, 2020 to January 1, 2021 – Christmas Break, College is closed.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.  If you still have questions at that point, please use the “Question Form” button to the right on this webpage to submit your question, and someone will contact you.

Community Health Precautions

Community Health Precautions

Masks - All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks to slow and prevent the spread of the virus.   The College is providing each individual two washable masks.  Disposable masks will be available in the Information Center (ground floor of Walsh Hall) and in the Library, with additional washable masks available for purchase in the Campus Store.

Social Distancing

  • Individuals are requested to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when possible.   
  • Classrooms have been adapted to ensure appropriate spacing and/or the addition of Plexiglas dividers.
  • Only two people should sit at each table in the library, residence hall lounges, and study areas.
  • Elevator occupancy is limited to 4 people at a time.
  • Narrow stairways have been transitioned to one-way.
  • Faculty and staff meetings will continue to be online in the fall, which has freed up meeting rooms to be utilized for additional classroom space.  
     

Classroom Cleaning – Faculty and students will be asked to wipe down any surfaces or equipment they utilized at the end of each class. Cleaning supplies will be provided and the passing periods between classes have been extended from 10 to 15 minutes to allow for additional time for cleaning without taking away learning time.

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 developed a quick and easy application: “1-Check COVID” which you can download to your android or apple phone. 

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

Hand Washing – Reminders of proper hand washing practices have been placed in all restrooms. 

Water Fountains – Water fountains will be transitioned to touchless water fill stations.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.  If you still have questions at that point, please use the “Question Form” button to the right on this webpage to submit your question, and someone will contact you.

Academics

Academics

All traditional courses will be delivered in a face to face format, with online enhancements through Canvas.

Community health precautions to create a safe learning environment include: social distancing, required masks for students, face shields or podium Plexiglass for faculty when teaching, and cleaning of desks and equipment after each class meeting. 

Science, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing lab faculty will send students messages about how labs will maintain social distance and the availability of face shields for students and faculty prior to the first day of lab sessions. 

Academic Program Directors will serve as the primary contact for any adjustments necessary to the program curriculum, clinical placements, or field experiences.

Faculty will continue to be available for at least 10 office hours per week, which may be in an online/remote format.

Similar to management of all illnesses, if a student needs to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19, faculty will make accommodations to allow for the student to complete as much of their academic studies remotely as possible.

Class schedules are now posted on Self-Service.  Note that the time between classes has been extended from 10 to 15 minutes to allow for additional time to clean between classes.   Thus, some class times have been changed slightly.  Please refer to the schedule.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.  If you still have questions at that point, please use the “Question Form” button to the right on this webpage to submit your question, and someone will contact you.

Student Resources

Student Resources

Campus Store - No more than 10 people will be allowed in the Campus Store at one time.  The Campus Store will open for regular hours on Monday, August 3, 2020.  See the Frequently Asked Questions for information about ordering books online.

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.  See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.  As of August 3, 2020 the Express Center will be open from 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.  Staff will be available for new students on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 11am to 3pm.

Dining Hall - The Dining Hall will be open for regular hours beginning the evening of August 9, 2020.  Seating will be limited to six people per table and students will be asked not to move tables or chairs.  All food will be pre-packaged or served to students.  There will be no self-serve buffet or salad bars containing unpackaged food.

Library - The Library will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To ensure safety, seating at group tables will be limited to 2 per table.  Students are asked not to move the tables.  Plexiglass will be inserted between the computers to ensure social distance. 

Emotional/Mental Health Counseling - These services will continue to be available in both a face to face or remote format.  For information and questions about accessing counseling services, contact Director of Counseling Andrea Joyce at ajoyce [at] csm.edu.

Tutoring – These services will 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.

Child Care – CSM is currently working on a plan to assist CSM students, faculty and staff who have children in OPS (or other districts utilizing a 3/2 plan) and are in grades kindergarten through 6th by providing tutoring and activities on campus for the days children are e-learning. We are referring to this as “CSM OPS Kids Club”. If you have interest in this option, please complete the CSM OPS Kids Club Interest Form.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.  If you still have questions at that point, please use the “Question Form” button to the right on this webpage to submit your question, and someone will contact you.

Residence Halls

Residence Halls

Move In

  • Students will be assigned a time slot (communicated the student’s CSM email via the Director of Residence Life) in order to manage the number of students moving in at once.  No more than two guests may assist each student.   
  • Before admittance into the residence halls, students and guests will have their temperatures checked via touchless thermal thermometers and will be asked a few simple questions to screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All students and guests are required to wear facial coverings during the entire move-in process and practice 6-foot social distancing with other students and their guests.
  • Immediately after students are moved in and unpacked, guests will be expected to depart campus
  • We are asking new students to complete check-in paperwork ahead of time to prevent lines and groups that would normally occur while completing paperwork in person. New students should check their CSM email for these forms, print and complete them, and bring to their designated move-in timeframe.
     

Guests - For the fall semester, College of Saint Mary will not allow non-CSM residents, including commuting CSM students, to visit the residence halls.

Social Distancing – Residents should exercise safe social distancing (of at least 6 feet) and wear a mask when in the common spaces and hallways of the residence hall.  No more than 4 resident students can be in one residence hall room at a time.   Elevators will be limited to 4 people at a time, with one designated as the “up” and one the “down” elevator.

Cleaning - Common areas, including restrooms, will be disinfected more frequently and complimentary sanitization products will be provided in these spaces

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 temporarily move home. Support services for meals, laundry, trash removal, and package delivery will be provided.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.  If you still have questions at that point, please use the “Question Form” button to the right on this webpage to submit your question, and someone will contact you.

Athletics

Athletics

Participation - Fall athletic teams will be able to practice and compete, per the NAIA guidelines.

Screening – Student athletes and coaches will be required to be screened for COVID-19 prior to every team practice, team meeting, and all home or away competitions.

Spectators – Spectators will be welcomed to CSM sporting events.  They will be required to wear masks and the number of attendees will be aligned with state guidelines.

Weight Room – The weight room in the Walsh Hall Annex will be open, but limited to 15 users at a time.  Users will be asked to clean equipment immediately after each use.   Hours starting August 17, 2020 will be: Monday to Thursday 7am-10pm, Friday 7am-6pm, and limited hours Saturday and Sunday.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.  If you still have questions at that point, please use the “Question Form” button to the right on this webpage to submit your question, and someone will contact you.

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 developed a quick and easy application: “1-Check COVID” which you can download to your android or apple phone. 

Testing – Free COVID-19 testing is available through Test Nebraska.

Confirmed COVID-19 – If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your health care professional and please complete the “Health Self Reporting Form” (button also found to your right on this page). A CSM employee will get in contact with you to help you in making any accommodations to your living, learning, or working conditions.  You will need to be in isolation for 10 days from a positive diagnosis and/or the start of symptoms.

Exposure to COVID-19 – If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, contact your health care professional and please complete the “Health Self Reporting Form” (button also found to your right on this page). A CSM employee will get in contact with you to help you in making any accommodations to your living, learning, or working conditions.  You will need to be in self-quarantine for 14 days from the possible exposure and/or the start of symptoms.

Resident Students – 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 temporarily move home. Support services for meals, laundry, package delivery will be provided.

Contact Tracing – The Douglas County Health Department has the primary responsibility for conducting contact tracing of individuals in the County who test positive for COVID-19.  The College will help supplement and support their work by having several staff members who are trained in contact tracing through John Hopkins.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.  If you still have questions at that point, please use the “Question Form” button to the right on this webpage to submit your question, and someone will contact you.