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Dear Students and Families,
A lot about this academic year has not unfolded as planned amid the backdrop of a global pandemic. We are learning to adapt to being a virtual community and what that means for the college experience. And of course, we are all focused on the health and well-being of our loved ones, and doing our share to slow the spread of the virus while moving forward together.
With the shift to remote learning in response to COVID-19, we have received questions about tuition and fees, including whether or not CSU will offer partial tuition reimbursements for students enrolled in courses for Spring 2020, since classes are no longer being held on campus. Since we anticipate completing the semester of instruction for all our students, tuition and fee refunds are currently not being offered*.
We have heard from some students and families the concern that virtual instruction is not as costly for CSU as in-person instruction. Please know that it is not less expensive for the university to make this shift to remote learning to ensure we continue to serve you and our mission of access and academic excellence. On the contrary, the university has invested an enormous amount of time and energy to develop comprehensive resources to support transitioning our courses online. Any cost savings that we might have had as a result of not using our instructional buildings are more than offset by providing the infrastructure to go online, virtually overnight.
Our faculty are working hard to provide remote learning experiences for you that allow you to achieve the learning outcomes you need this semester. Learning via online platforms is a different experience for students than in-classroom learning, of course, but online learning is proven and effective for most coursework. Colorado State University is committed to learning from the experience of this spring semester and to ensuring that in future semesters our faculty will be able to navigate even more exciting hybrid modes of learning. Our students will benefit from this investment!
As for student fees, they fund a package of services, spaces, support and opportunities for our student body as a whole. Many student-fee-funded programs will continue to be available to students throughout the Spring 2020 semester through online or other virtual systems, including CSU Libraries which have created new services and strengthened existing ones to support research, teaching and learning in a fully online environment (https://source.colostate.edu/csu-libraries-are-still-here-for-faculty-and-students/). Among other support, CSU is providing online services for students with disabilities, student government and organizations, mental health services, student legal services, interpersonal violence response and safety, career advising, services and education offered to students through Off Campus Life, guidance and tailored support provided to adult learners and veterans, and technology fees. In addition, the university is investing in additional resources to support our students in their success as we deliver academic courses online.
Our faculty and staff have done extraordinary work preparing for virtual teaching under challenging time constraints and with a commitment to maintaining academic excellence. I sent out a message of gratitude  to them last week for their tremendous efforts, and would like to share this excerpt with you:
My first thought is one of extreme gratitude – and amazement – as to how everyone has stepped up to the unique, once-in-a-lifetime challenge we all have. You have responded with grace, with expertise, and with lots of extra energy, and I am humbled by what I’ve been seeing and hearing “in the trenches” as our community has committed itself to maintaining our students’ learning momentum through the end of this semester (and beyond).
I also want you to know I am grateful to you, too, and proud of all you have done to make the transition to online so you could continue to pursue your academic goals and aspirations. It takes determination and courage, and I know your families are proud of you (we’ve heard from many of them). Move forward, knowing CSU faculty and staff are working with you, and doing all that we can to ensure your academic and personal success.
Stay safe, Rams.
Rick Miranda
Provost and Executive Vice President
* CSU’s refund and tuition adjustment policy will follow the university’s regular semester protocols which can be found here: https://catalog.colostate.edu/general-catalog/financial/tuition-fee-adjustments/.
Hello,
Please find the following key updates for the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station for March 30, 2020. Please note that these updates are current and do not include previous updates. For a list of all previous updates, see our CAS COVID-19 webpage.
  • Campus Operations
  • As of 03/23, Parking Services has adjusted parking permit/pay parking requirements on CSU main, Foothills, and South campuses. Violations/ticketing will continue for “J” parking, ADA, fire lanes, bike lanes, loading zones. Read more at https://pts.colostate.edu/.
  • ABC Human Resources
  • A “Supervisors Guide to Addressing Reports of COVID-19 Exposure” has been created and is attached for reference.
  • Visit the HR FAQs webpage for more information; it is updated regularly.
  • If you are considered essential, in-person function personnel and are in need of documentation to prove your status, please use the attached letter to present to authorities if and when needed. An official memo from the Office of General Counsel will be available soon.
  • Beginning March 23 (pay period ending 3/27), new leave codes are available for supervisors to use in TimeClock Plus for employees whose work hours have been affected by COVID-19. Questions? Contact your respective department/unit liaison or your ABC HR liaison.
  • The Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration has extended the deadline for State Classified final evaluations. Final evaluations must be completed by June 30, 2020, rather than April 30. State Classified Supervisors please do NOT complete evaluations prior to receiving further email instructions this week from Joanna Holliday.
  • Administrative Professional employee evaluations are also extended to June 30, 2020, versus our own internal college recommendation to complete in the month of April.
  • Additional Employee Resources 
  • A big shout out to our IT team for all their hard work and service to the Ag family. We’re happy to welcome a few more to the team, as well. To request IT support, please continue to reach out to aghelp@colostate.edu.
  • Our Qualtrics license has been renewed for the year.
  • Student Resources
  • Many student-fee-funded programs will continue to be available to students throughout the Spring 2020 semester through online or other virtual systems, including CSU Libraries.
  • Online tutoring is available through the Native American Cultural Center for all students in need. Updated tutoring schedules and instructions are available here.
  • TILT is offering online tutoring beginning 3/30 for students enrolled in many biology, chemistry, math and physics courses. Links and scheduled tutoring sessions are available in the attached pdf.
  • About 600 students remain in university housing. Information about services and housing refunds is available at Housing and Dining Services.
  • Your Academic Success Coordinator (Advisor) will continue to work with you to plan your academic pathway. Please connect with your ASC to schedule your planning appointment, if you have yet to do so.
  • The College of Agricultural Sciences Career Center liaison, Jennifer Lammers, is available to support career inquiries and planning needs; contact her directly to set up an appointment. Also, please note that the CSU Career Center has excellent online resources for career exploration.
  • To share concerns or ask for support from the College of Agricultural Sciences Student Success Team, please complete this survey.
  • If you are in need of food, the following may be of assistance: Larimer County Food Bank, Vindeket Foods, CSU Mobile Food Pantry.
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Be aware that there are reports across the country of internet trolls accessing private video meeting services to share inappropriate imagery or offensive language. Please alert the Office of the Vice President of Diversity as soon as possible if this happens to you.
  • Student Disability Center (SDC) is offering faculty a list of students in need of accommodations for their specific courses. To request this information, contact sdc@colostate.edu. Students may submit their services needs online via the linked Student Disability Center-Accommodation Letter Request Form.
  • Registration for summer courses opened March 24. Courses will be delivered via remote learning.
  • Students can choose an S/U grade instead of a traditional letter grade at the end of the semester. See information about grading, as well as withdrawal options at Keep Learning.
  • CSU is offering remote learning for the remainder of the semester and is implementing innovative strategies for learning that will strengthen us as we move forward through this semester and beyond. We anticipate completing the semester of instruction for all our students. Therefore, tuition and fee refunds are currently not being offered.
  • Healthcare
  • Coloradoans without health insurance can sign up during a limited special enrollment period at https://connectforhealthco.com/ until April 3.
  • CSU Health Network Counseling Services are available for students who may be struggling during this time. For benefit eligible employees seeking mental health and wellbeing support, contact the CSU Employee Assistance Program.
  • If you are a student or employee and you have recently traveled to Colorado and Fort Collins from another state or any other country, you must self‐isolate for 14 days before coming to any university campus for any reason.
  • In the News
  • CSU is releasing stories about research related to COVID-19. Keep abreast on this activity by subscribing to Source, CSU’s new source. Recent articles include:
  • Engineers, disease researchers moving quickly on a disinfectant against COVID-19
  • CSU economists helped shape $2 trillion economic stimulus bill
  • CSU to lead testing qualification for protective masks in COVID-19 fight
  • Rams Take Care of Rams
  • For a list of resources available to help for CSU employees and their families in need during this time, visit the Work Life Resources page.
  • Unfortunately, incidents of bias towards individuals and groups continues to be seen. If you experience any incident of bias, please report the situation via the Bias Reporting System.
  • For students in need of additional support, email Elias Quinonez, our College’s Manager of Student Life and Diversity, so that we can quickly connect you with resources.
  • Be kind to your fellow Rams and community members. Remember, we’re all in this together.
  • A call of action has been issued for the donation of medical supplies to healthcare providers. At this time, CSU asks that university supplies NOT be donated to community drives or collection sites. If you have supplies available, please follow the proper protocol (see March 26 update from Public Safety Team).
  • Kudos
  • We’re so grateful and proud of our Rams and your contributions during all that has been going on these past few weeks. Please take time to recognize these accomplishments we’ve seen by you and our CSU community:
  • Slowed the transmission of a highly infectious virus.
  • Elevated the spirits of your coworkers and classmates with a kind word, thank you, or gif of appreciation .. and maybe a funny video or two.
  • Helped more than 7,000 employees University-wide begin to work remotely.
  • Seen more than 30,000 CSU students transition from in-person learning to remote learning.
  • Solved innumerable problems with creativity and a sense of style.
  • Provided key information with a quick turnaround.
·        General Information
·  For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit CSU’s safety webpage.
·  For an archive of communications being sent by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station regarding COVID-19, check out our COVID 19 update website.
·  Send questions to CAS_COVID-19@colostate.edu.
·  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or LinkedIn for timely updates and resources.
Take care,
The CAS Communications Team
To Our University Faculty and Staff Community:
In times of uncertainty and fear it is crucial to continue to take care of ourselves and one another for the good of our community. It is in the midst of crises like these that our most marginalized communities suffer enhanced oppression and inequities, and it is for this reason that we call your attention to continuing CSU’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and our Principles of Community. To aid you in these important efforts, we are providing guidance and resources to center equity in your new work situation. This is an unprecedented time for all of us and it will take collective action to ensure that our new virtual university environment is equitable for all staff, faculty, and students.
First off, we want you to know that we are here and we care about you. Many of us are struggling. Many of us are deeply worried about what is happening to our world, families, and communities, all while we continue to do what we can to support the university community through our in-person or remote work. We see you. We hear you. We share your feelings of concern, anxiety, and discomfort. Know that you are not alone and we are here to share the burden with you.
The following takeaways and resources have been collected from a variety of sources, including discussions on higher education social media feeds, suggestions from our own university community members, and discussions in the VPD virtual office space. These practices will aid your efforts to move forward in ways that are equitable and intentional. If you have additional suggestions or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the VPD. We are here to help you as we can.
  • When checking in with staff or faculty who are working from home, please remember to approach your expectations with compassion and thoughtfulness. Many staff members will be juggling a variety of needs in their home environment, including caring for children, pets, spouses and partners, parents, and more. Keep in mind that this additional burden of care might not be equitably distributed in your colleagues’ households, or there may be no one else available to share the burden.
  • Access to electronic resources is likely unequally available to your colleagues. Co-workers who live in rural or remote locations may not have the level of internet access necessary to support all of their efforts to work remotely, especially if there are multiple family members stretching the internet capacity. Several adults may be working from home while children are engaging in remote learning at the same time. This can be difficult both in terms of technology and physical space. As a result, colleagues may need to alter their work hours to allow for multiple family members to utilize the internet in their home.
  • Remind yourselves and your colleagues that you are more than what you accomplish. In order to take care of ourselves during this anxiety-producing time, it is important to give yourself grace as to what tasks you are able to complete in a day or week. For many staff whose work will be severely altered by moving to a virtual environment, there may be a sense of loss or confusion as to what to do next. Allow yourself to work through those emotions and know that they are valid. Consider creating “water cooler-style,” casual, virtual check-ins for your team to share where they are at and how they are feeling on a regular basis.
  • Supervisors, keep equity in mind when you make decisions about monitoring your remote employees and remember that privilege can show up here in terms of positional power. Ask yourself critical questions such as, “Who am I asking to report daily work tasks and who am I not?”; “What does professional courtesy and trust look like for our staff in this new environment?”; “On whom am I leaning more, and what extra burden might that be causing individual employees?”; and “How can I ensure the work for our office or department is shared equitably?” Consider also asking your colleagues, “How can I support you?”
  • For advisors, support services, faculty, and anyone directly serving students in the virtual university environment, consider the unusual needs that a virtual university environment will create, such as time zone differences. Now that many students have traveled home, they are distributed throughout the country and the world and these student-centric roles may need to work outside of the typical 8:00am to 5:00pm timeframe in order to effectively meet student needs. Approach your expectations with flexibility for what the workday might look like compared to our traditional approach.
  • This time is bound to induce stress, anxiety, and mental health strain. Not only are we pulling together as a community to support our students and one another, but we are also being leaned on by family, friends, and our neighbors. Be patient with yourselves and one another, and know that your mental health may experience drastic shifts from day-to-day as the situation develops.
  • Be aware that there are reports across the country of internet trolls accessing private video meeting services to share inappropriate imagery or offensive language. This form of online harassment can be deeply upsetting, and if it happens within a video meeting you are in, please alert our office as soon as possible. To protect your meeting spaces, utilize privacy setting such as the “waiting room” feature in Zoom in which the host must approve all guests prior to them joining the virtual space.
  • E-mails, comments in video conferences, and other forms of electronic communication are not immune from incidents of bias. If you experience any incident of bias, the Bias Reporting System remains a resource for your use. Please be assured that we are still responding to reports.
  • Incidents of bias towards Asians and Asian Americans have increased across the country and here in our very own university community. It is imperative that you not engage in racist narratives or promote harmful stereotypes. Do not use phrases linking COVID-19 to one country, race, or ethnic group. Scientists, epidemiologists, and experts around the world, as well as our own lived experience over the past two weeks, show us that this virus is not bound to one group of people. This is a shared crisis that we are all susceptible to and we need to come together now more than ever. Be kind and be advocates for our community.
  • Regardless of your own identities and relative status of health, it is important to prevent the spread of illness, particularly to help protect those who are most vulnerable to risks from infection, including older folks and those with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems. Following recommendations from the Center of Disease Control is a practical and necessary way to demonstrate care, support, and solidarity for others.
The Office of the Vice President for Diversity will also be releasing a variety of resources and support in the coming weeks through our monthly newsletter and on our newly redesigned website. Visit diversity.colostate.edu to continue engaging with us or email diversity@colostate.edu if you have any suggestions or needs in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Be safe, be well, and thank you for all you are doing to support one another and our community.
– Office of the Vice President for Diversity
Dear Colleagues:
We have made it through the first half week of our remote learning half-semester – things are generally going well I think! Thanks to all who have contributed; your monumental efforts are appreciated and effective.
Many of you have been asking about our plans for summer. Registration began on March 24th and we have already seen a registration increase over summer 2019.
That noted, we will be reaching out to students soon to let them know that all formerly face-to-face summer session courses/sections will be delivered via remote learning.
At this time we cannot say with certainty whether our field course experiences will be able to be run more or less as normal in the second half of the summer, but some of them may. Please stay tuned to learn of developments over weeks ahead.
Our faculty will be more comfortable in an online learning environment by May; there may well be opportunity to offer a more robust set of course selections this summer. Please consider that as amendments to the current schedule. Department chairs who want to explore opportunities for changing courses or augmenting their offerings should work closely with Ann Van Arsdall to explore those potentials.
Thanks, as ever, for all you are doing to support our students and campus community at this time.
Best regards, – Rick
Rick Miranda
Provost and Executive Vice President
Dear Staff Colleagues,
You are amazing.
Our campus—and our nation—has experienced tremendous upheaval over the last few weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you have had to cancel planned trips for business or personal reasons, have canceled annual leave, and have worked long hours under tremendous pressure to accommodate changes in CSU’s Spring schedule and operations.
I am so grateful, and not just because in stepping up and giving even more of your talents and expertise to our community, you’ve helped us continue to educate thousands of students during this uncertain time.
I’m also grateful because in doing so, you’ve shown us all what perseverance and resilience look like, and you’ve re-affirmed for me that this institution is home to extraordinary people who are committed to making our world a better place.
Please take care of yourselves and of those close to you—and remember every day how valued you are by everyone in the CSU community.
Warmly,
Joyce
Dear Colleagues,
Many of you are aware that health care providers in the county and state need, and have issued a call for, donations of masks, gloves, eye protection, and other personal protective equipment. Thanks to all those members of the CSU community who have already identified supplies to donate, have donated supplies, and have contacted leadership offices asking how they can help.
At this time, we ask that you not donate any university supplies directly to community drives and collection points. Instead, please follow the steps below, if you have supplies available. If you have already donated university supplies, please see the note below under drop off and pick up instructions.
If you have personal supplies at home that you wish to donate to community efforts, we certainly encourage you to do. 
 
Information about central coordination for personal protective equipment donations
CSU has health care providers at the Health and Medical Center who need these supplies, as do several of our research labs that are conducting critical research related to the novel coronavirus. In addition, our facilities and housing staff may need these supplies in certain circumstances.
The university will be gathering personal protective equipment items until Thursday, April 2, for redistribution to university departments and units that need them. After meeting university needs, we plan to make a donation to help support our community.
The university also is collaborating with Larimer County’s emergency response planning if our spaces are needed for a broader county health response.
CSU’s Emergency Manager is working directly with local emergency planners and a health care coalition that is connected to heath care providers and hospitals across the region. CSU is providing access to university supplies through that collaboration.
Stay at home order and donation organization
For the limited purposes of sorting, inventorying, and delivering supplies to Central Receiving or facilitating the pick-up of supplies, employees who are not currently working on a university campus are permitted to perform these narrow functions in person on a campus. Departments or laboratories providing these supplies should limit the number of employees helping coordinate donations and should practice social distancing and all public health precautions.
To follow stay at home orders, laboratories should designate one person per laboratory to sort, inventory and organize items for donation.
Donation Drop Off and Pick Up
CSU will be collecting supplies for the needs of the university and community. To contribute supplies:
  • University-owned personal protective equipment in CSU laboratories that can be spared should be dropped off on Main Campus at Central Receiving at 200 West Lake Street (see message above regarding state and county Stay at Home orders):
  • Between 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday – Friday
  • North West corner of the building under the CSU branded tent
  • Updates about drop off procedures will be shared here – colostate.edu/COVID-19
  • If you have a large quantity of items to donate and need someone to pick them up, email Ken Quintana (quintana@colostate.edu) and Steve Burn (steve.burn@colostate.edu).
  • Before you drop off these items, you should inventory the items you are donating, bring a copy of that inventory and give it to central receiving staff, and keep a copy of the inventory for your records for university accounting purposes.
  • If you have already donated university supplies to an off-campus location, please provide an inventory of what was donated to Ken Quintana at Ken.Quintana@colostate.edu.
  • These supplies will be inventoried and prioritized for CSU use and then assessed for donation to the county and state.
Thank you for all that you are doing to support our university and our community. We are proud of our university’s commitment and generosity.
Thank you,
The Public Safety Team
Dear Colleagues,
We’re just one day into the launch of formerly in-person courses to remote learning methods. I’m impressed with, and appreciative of, the substantial effort you’re investing to make it possible for our students to continue learning and to complete the semester successfully. We’re also under new stay-at-home orders from the County and the Governor, and although they seem to allow us to maintain the level of University operations that we’ve been working with, they will further constrain all of the rest of our lives too. It’s a dizzying set of changing circumstances, and the overall message to all of us is that a flexible and positive attitude is incredibly important.
As you begin teaching remotely, keep in mind that students who were able to participate in synchronous activities prior to break may not be able to do so now, due to limited internet access or bandwidth, illness, family members’ ill health, job loss and resulting food or housing insecurity, or other challenges. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure that students can access all course materials after the fact, including lectures. Many, perhaps most, students will be ill or otherwise unable to participate in course work for a portion of the semester. Recording any synchronous lectures or discussions and making them available after the fact will ensure that make-up work is manageable for students, and for you. Please notify students that you’re archiving these materials and where to find them.
An additional note: we’ll be giving all students the opportunity to choose an S/U grade instead of a traditional letter grade at the end of the semester, and we’ve also relaxed some of the withdrawal deadlines etc. Please see https://www.acns.colostate.edu/keep-learning/ for more details. This should not affect how you grade though: give traditional grades as is expected and the students and the registrar will handle any switches.
I want to continue to express my deep gratitude to all of you who are doing so much to help our students succeed. It’s being said that these are days that History will remember, and we’re living it! History is serious; but it can also be funny, too.
Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
             (At the bottom.)
Who designed King Arthur’s Round Table?
             (Sir Cumference.)
What do Alexander the Great and Ivan the Terrible have in common?
             (They have the same middle name.)
Now that I’ve softened you all up, it is true that all of us have a role in what our collective memory will reveal about this period, and about us. What will we think about 2020 in 2040? Temporal distance is a funny thing – it can provide clarity, and opacity, at the same time. I know all of us are working incredibly hard, and in innovative ways, to ensure that when we look back on 2020 from some distance, we will remember clearly that we did our best, and we were successful in helping our wonderful students finish the spring semester strong. History may be written by others, and will judge us in its way; but the most important judgement will be made by us. I’m sure we won’t let ourselves down!
Oh, and if 2020 is Historic, and History involves hindsight, then I suppose Hindsight is….2020?
Stay healthy, be historic, and stay tuned, – Rick
Rick Miranda
Provost and Executive Vice President
Colorado State University
Dear Colleagues,
The University has reviewed the orders from both Larimer County and Governor Polis asking residents to shelter in place and stay home.
The orders are consistent with President McConnell’s directive that all employees should work remotely or virtually unless they are assigned to perform certain essential, in-person functions. There are no changes to University operations and protocols, including those for research and academic instruction continuity, currently in place.
If you supervise student employees, please share this message with them. They will not receive this email directly.
Thank you,
The Public Safety Team
Dear Students,
We hope that you are eager to resume your courses. We know some of you may be a little nervous about moving to a remote learning system but we have every confidence in you and our faculty. You’ll do well. To help in guiding your work this semester The Institute for Teaching and Learning – TILT – has created a Keep Learning site. Please check it out at https://tilt.colostate.edu/.
We are also putting in place some practices that will help provide you options for this spring and we hope they will help to alleviate concern. Please be sure to look on the Keep Learning site for two documents. One pertains to withdrawals, repeat/delete, major changes, and incompletes. The second outlines satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading options for undergraduate and graduate students. These policies were developed in close consultation with your college deans, members of our faculty, the Office of the Registrar, and others.
These academic policies will allow you some choices as you navigate this semester. Your academic advisor and faculty advisors for graduate students will assist you in thinking through choices. You will have plenty of time to make any decisions that might be necessary as we have moved the deadlines to the end of the semester or after grade reporting. We just want you to have this information now as you begin this journey in the last half of spring semester.
In the documents mentioned above, you will see the following important information:
  • The deadline to withdraw from a full-semester course has been extended to May 8, the last day of class.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students will have the option, up until June 5, to decide on an S (satisfactory) grade rather than a traditional letter grade for any of their courses in which they are receiving a C or above. Be sure to work closely with your academic advisor or faculty advisor.
  • Students in the Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine are excluded from these temporary academic policy modifications.
Many other universities are implementing similar practices for this semester, and we expect that graduate schools, employers, and other external groups will recognize the unique nature of this semester. These extended deadlines are intended to provide you with more time to make informed choices.
Look forward to more messages about other aspects of your educational experience this spring 2020. We have a whole team of people here for you.
Sincerely,
Kelly Long
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
Dear Supervisors,
Thank you all for your responsiveness to my request that you submit a list of essential-in-person functions to the Emergency Preparedness team by the end of last week.  And if you have not yet had the opportunity to do so, please submit the names and titles of your essential-in-person employees, their status (State Classified, Admin Pro, faculty, etc.), and the details of their work functions by uploading the list as a Word document here.
While members of my leadership team and the university’s pandemic preparedness team work together to review your employee lists and confirm your unit’s essential-in-person needs, please consider all those employees whom you submitted conditionally approved as essential-in-person through Friday, March 27.  This means they can and should report for work in person this week according to your direction.
We ask that you communicate this with them directly. We also expect all employees to follow clear safety protocols while on university property:
  • Do not prop open building outside doors, section or wing doors, or your office door. Because our buildings are mostly vacant at this time, there is justified concern about theft and other crimes of opportunity.
  • Follow public-health-advised social distancing practices. Do not congregate with other faculty and staff who also have been granted access. Stay at least six feet way from each other.
  • Avoid as much as possible touching surfaces in the building. Use cleaning wipes to wipe down equipment before and after use—please note that the university has both ordered these supplies and is now making them on campus and providing directly to units. Your leadership (VPs, Deans) were made aware of the protocols for requesting and correctly using these supplies on March 23.
  • Wash your hands as soon as possible when you enter a building and again before you leave a building.
  • Minimize as much as possible the time you spend in a building to support the university’s efforts to slow the spread of illness and exposure.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms or you know you have had close contact with (you are sharing a home with, a caretaker for, etc.) someone who has COVID-19, please do not come to campus. Instead, contact your department head for assistance in determining alternatives for accomplishing what you need to accomplish.
Thank you all so much once again for all that you are doing for CSU during this difficult time. We will communicate further guidance about employee status after Friday, March 27, as soon as possible.
Warmly,
Joyce McConnell
President
Colorado State University
102 Main Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523-0100
970491-6211
Dear CSU campus partners,
I wanted to share some Education Abroad updates in case you receive questions from students you advise and support. Please share this with others in your Colleges and units as needed.
Spring 2020 programs and classes:
·      Because of increased health and safety alerts and warnings from the CDC, U.S. Department of State, and other resources, CSU has gradually had to ask all students (over 335) to return from their spring programs abroad. More information and decision making criteria can be found on the CSU International Programs website.
·      Most institutions and programs abroad are offering their courses online/remotely, so that students can stay on track to graduate. If their courses cannot be offered online/remotely, we are working with individual students to find alternative and affordable (potentially free) options. Please direct Education Abroad returnees to our Assistant Director, Sarah O’Donnell, as they have needs or questions regarding classes for spring 2020.
  • Returning students have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days per CDC guidelines and to call their medical provider for advice if they are experiencing symptoms. (They should not go to providers’ office without calling ahead first.) Most students have self-reported that they will be living with their families across the country upon return and not returning to campus.
Summer 2020 programs:
·      We are evaluating the viability of each summer experience on a case-by-case basis. We plan to make most decisions by April 15. In the meantime, we are asking summer applicants to continue with their planning but make an alternate plan with summer school or fall classes if they need courses to graduate. We also asked them to avoid purchasing non-refundable/non-transferable airfare and to wait until April 15 before making any large program payments.
Fall 2020 programs:
·      We are optimistically planning to offer fall programs and have told students that we will follow-up with them between mid-May and early July on the health and safety of their specific programs (depending on departure dates and guidance based on locations). Once again, we advised them to make an alternate plan for the most important fall courses and to not purchase non-refundable/non-transferable airfare at this time.
Education Abroad and Financial Aid advising and transfer credit approvals:
·      Like most CSU offices, we are working remotely now, but students can still email us and schedule virtual appointments. Students can email education abroad financial aid questions directly to specialprograms@colostate.edu. Instructions on how to get Transfer Credit Evaluation Forms processed and approved over email has been shared with current applicants.
Thank you for guiding students and Education Abroad questions to my team, so that we can best support our students through this unprecedented and ever-evolving reality.
We wish all the best to you and yours,
Laura
Laura Thornes
Director, Education Abroad
Colorado State University
International Programs, Laurel Hall
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1024
Tel: 970-491-2964
Dear CAS Students,
We hope this email finds you well and safe. The Student Success Team is here to support and serve you through this unprecedented time. First off, we’d like to acknowledge that you are receiving a lot of
information so this email will be condensed and highlight some best advice from across campus.
Campus access
 
  • Effective Monday, March 23, CSU has moved all operations to online and virtual services.
  • All courses at all levels will be delivered online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. You may learn more from the CSU Institute for Learning and Teaching about how to succeed in an online learning environment as a student. Please reach out to your course instructor with specific class questions.
  • No computer labs or research labs will be open for the remainder of the semester.
  • Students who are able to remain at home rather than returning to residence halls are encouraged to do so. All students not returning to residence halls may register on myhousing.colostate.edu to move out any time before May 16.
  • Students who need to return to the residence halls for part or all of the remaining semester should register on myhousing.colostate.edu by March 20. More information about Housing and Dining is available here, including information about University Apartments, refunds and waived cancelation policies during the COVID-19 crisis, cleaning protocols, and hours for the Foundry dining center.
Technology
 
  • The Libraries’ physical spaces are closed, but its online and virtual services and resources have been extended and are still available to you. Updates are available at https://lib.colostate.edu/covid-19-library-updates-and-resources
  • Laptops are being provided for student checkout for the remainder of the semester. Students may check out a laptop by coming to the main entrance of Morgan Library from 12:00-2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Laptops will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Some laptops are available to ship to students located more than 50 miles from Fort Collins, but still in the U.S. (international shipping is not available). To submit a request for a laptop to be shipped to you, please complete this online form.
  • If you are in need of IT assistance, please submit your request to help@colostate.edu, and an ACNS team member will connect with you regarding your request. No walk-in IT help is available at this time.
Learning Accommodations
  • Do not hesitate to submit the linked Student Disability Center-Accommodation Letter Request Form if you feel that this transition to online courses creates new, different challenges for your learning success. The Student Disability Center will work with you to best determine appropriate accommodations.
 
 
Academic and Career advising
 
  • Your Academic Success Coordinator (Advisor) will continue to work with you to plan your academic pathway. Please connect with your ASC to schedule your planning appointment, if you have yet to do so.
  • The College of Agricultural Sciences Career Center Liaison, Jennifer Lammers, is available to support your career inquiries and planning needs. You may email Jennifer to set up an appointment at Jennifer.Lammers@colostate.edu. Also, please note that the CSU Career Center has excellent online resources for career exploration here: https://career.colostate.edu/.
Student Employment
 
  • Student workers in all categories (hourly-wage, work-study, for-credit) are hoping to return to campus and work for the remaining part of the Spring semester. We are working hard across many campus units to explore options for all of you and will communicate with you soon. Please reach out to your supervisor to discuss options for virtual projects.
Commencement
  • The May Commencement ceremonies will be moved to December to allow all our graduates to share their achievements with their families in person. We will celebrate all CSU 2020 graduates with commencement ceremonies on campus in December 2020. The schedule for specific ceremonies will be posted in the coming weeks here.
  • CAS graduating seniors, please look for an email from CAS_DeanMain@mail.colostate.edu for more details.
Self-Care and Staying Connected
 
  • Please watch for communication from the CAS Student Success Team about College-wide opportunities to engage in and feel community support.
 
Rams Take Care of Rams
 
  • During this unique situation, everyone’s stress levels may be higher than normal. We have the opportunity to practice compassion, empathy and service. Please practice CSU’s Principles of Community and offer additional kindness in any way you can to your fellow community members. Let us be respectful of ALL identities and recognize that everyone is doing their best to adjust to these unprecedented times.
  • If you feel that you need additional support, please email Elias Quinonez, our College’s Manager of Student Life and Diversity, so that we can quickly connect you with resources.
  • Rams Against Hunger is a program that provides food to CSU students facing food insecurity. For more information, including how to help and how to get help, visit https://lsc.colostate.edu/slice/slice-engagement/rams-against-hunger/#1570735463280-ceaffed0-ae8f.
 
CAS Updates
  • CAS will share regular updates via email to College of Agricultural Sciences students on Mondays and Wednesdays until further notice.
  • These notices will also be archived here (https://agsci.colostate.edu/covid-19/) for your reference.
  • For updates from our central communications office, and to submit general questions about COVID-19, visit the CSU COVID-19 homepage. 
Summer
  • We are working through how to address summer needs in the event that changes in summer courses are deemed necessary. We will be in touch with information as it becomes available.
We miss seeing your familiar faces and look forward to reconnecting with each of you, even virtually and working together to navigate another successful semester.
Take care,
Addy and the Student Success Team
Addy Elliott (she, her, hers)
Assistant Dean – Student Success and Advising
Matt Camper (he, him, his)
Assistant Dean – Teaching Practice and Academic Programs
Elias G. Quiñonez (he, him, his)
Manager of Student Life and Diversity
Susan Brown (she, her, hers)
Recruiting Coordinator
Hello,
Please find the following key updates for the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station for March 23, 2020:
  • Virtual Employee Operations and Campus Access
  • Effective today, March 23 at 5 p.m., CSU will move all operations to online and virtual services except those that qualify as essential-in-person work duties. Minimize your time on campus .. if you need to get materials, please do so and leave campus immediately. Practice good hygiene.
  • Please take the steps needed to be set up for success while you work remotely. Chat with your supervisor about getting the equipment and supplies you need to do your work. Also, there’s an easy way to forward your office phone to a cell or home phone during business hours. More info: https://telecom.colostate.edu/myphone/.
  • Facilities will only be accessible via RamCard and/or keys moving forward. Visit Keep Working website for helpful information about working remotely: https://www.acns.colostate.edu/keepworking/
  • Faculty evaluations are due April 1 to the Provost Office. Admin/Pro and State Classified evaluations are due to the Provost Office by June 30. More information about updated deadlines will be available soon.
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Online learning begins this Wednesday, March 25. Faculty, as you finalize efforts to move in-person course(s) online, please make a point to revise syllabi and post the new version by Monday, March 30. For help transitioning courses online, visit the Keep Teaching website: https://canvas.colostate.edu/keepteaching/.
  • Instructors who need to access equipment in a classroom for the purpose of recording lectures may come to campus to do so. Please disinfect the surfaces before and after your use of lecture capture equipment. Do not linger in those spaces, and do not have others join you unless they are needed for the recording. Contact Matt Camper (matt.camper@colostate.edu) regarding your recording time on campus to ensure you will have access to the classroom. We are seeking to move these recordings to Plant Sciences C101.
  • Students can get support and resources about online learning at the Keep Learning website: https://www.acns.colostate.edu/keep-learning/.
  • Computer labs will not be available for student use. The library is offering a limited number of laptops for extended checkout and they still have 75 available for checkout. For more information, visit https://lib.colostate.edu/covid-19-library-updates-and-resources. If lab closure creates a hardship for graduating seniors, contact us at CAS_COVID-19@colostate.edu.
  • Spring commencement has been moved to December 2020. More info: https://agsci.colostate.edu/about/events/commencement/
  • Housing and Dining
  • If you choose to leave university housing, all rooms on campus must be vacated by 10 a.m. on May 16. Appointments to move off campus must be made in advance at https://housing.colostate.edu/covid-19. Those moving out of Corbett and Parmelee Must do so by March 27.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23-May 15, The Foundry will be the only dining hall providing service. Service will be to-go with no dine-in options. For hours visit https://housing.colostate.edu/covid-19.
  • Giving and Support Resources
  • Ram Aid is a program at CSU that is working to provide relief to students who are, as a result of COVID-19, suffering from food insecurity, lack of equipment/resources, at risk for homelessness, and/or trying to travel home. If you would like to support this effort, visit https://advancing.colostate.edu/RAMAID.
  • Rams Against Hunger is a program that provides food to CSU students facing food insecurity. For more information, including how to help and how to get help, visit https://lsc.colostate.edu/slice/slice-engagement/rams-against-hunger/#1570735463280-ceaffed0-ae8f.
  • General Information
  • For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit CSU’s safety webpage here: https://safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus/.
  • For an archive of communications being sent by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station regarding COVID-19, check out our COVID 19 update website: https://agsci.colostate.edu/covid-19/
  • Send questions to CAS_COVID-19@colostate.edu.
  • Practice these COVID-19 prevention tips:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve. If you use a tissue, immediately throw the tissue in the trash. Do not cover your cough or sneeze with your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch frequently, such as your phone, computer keyboard, desk and doorknobs.
Take care,
The CAS Communications Team

Rick Miranda

Provost and Executive Vice President
Colorado State University
Dear Colleagues,
Welcome back from spring break week! We’re approaching the moment of truth here, with our remote learning protocols starting on Wednesday. Thank you very much for all of your efforts to prepare for this over the past week; I am well aware of the lift we are all undertaking here.
As you finalize efforts to move your in-person course(s) online, please make a point to revise your syllabus and post the new version by Monday 3/30, or earlier if possible. Doing so will help to alleviate students’ understandable anxieties about learning remotely, as many may feel unprepared for this mode of course delivery. It will also guide them regarding your expectations, thus positioning them to succeed academically.
Please be sure to address the following points, as well as any others important for your course, by explaining:
  • Any changes in the type, number, timing, weight, and frequency of your learning assessments (from weekly quizzes or discussion board posts to major exams)
  • Your expectations for the nature, frequency, and quality of students’ participation
  • Any revisions to the course grading policy and/or weight of any graded component of the course
  • Any changes in other course policies (e.g., regarding make-up work or submission of late assignments)
  • Your expectations for etiquette in online (and other) interactions, e.g., when and how to email you about concerns; expressing respect for others’ views in discussion forums; and grounding rationales in evidence and logic, rather than in personal criticism or dismissal of a group’s experiences or perspectives
  • What steps you’re taking to create an online classroom climate designed to foster learning and inclusion (see overall list for all courses and online-specific list).
Defining your policies and expectations for your course in online mode will help clarify in advance what your response will be to various student circumstances that may arise. Doing so now will save you time (and probably stress) when you need to respond quickly to such situations as they emerge. Sharing these policies and expectations with students soon will provide them with guidance and a clear message that you’re taking a pro-active approach and care about their success.
We all were attracted to working at a residential land grant university because of our love of learning, and of working with motivated and talented students in a community of scholars engaging through shared physical spaces. That’s not quite what we have here in the second half of our Spring 2020 semester. We’ll miss that kind of contact with our students, and we’ll try hard to replicate as much of the intimacy of learning as we can in the coming weeks. I’ve often closed these Keep Learning messages with something light, but instead I’ll draw on another favorite, a Shakespeare sonnet that expresses both sorrow at separation, but also acknowledging the oneness that the relationship offers. There’s a parallel in the loss of our normal way of engaging with our students, and with each other.
O, how thy worth with manners may I sing,
When thou art all the better part of me?
What can mine own praise to mine own self bring?
And what is’t but mine own when I praise thee?
Even for this let us divided live,
And our dear love lose name of single one,
That by this separation I may give
That due to thee which thou deservest alone.
O absence, what a torment wouldst thou prove,
Were it not thy sour leisure gave sweet leave
To entertain the time with thoughts of love,
Which time and thoughts so sweetly doth deceive,
   And that thou teachest how to make one twain,
   By praising him here who doth hence remain.
I recommend reciting it out loud once or twice (with an audience of course).
Stay healthy, be poetic, and stay tuned,
– Rick
Rick Miranda
Provost and Executive Vice President
Colorado State University
Dear University Community,
Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that a Colorado State University employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The test was administered on March 17, after the employee became symptomatic mid-day. The test results were received today.
The employee is a health care worker in the CSU Health Network, which provides health service to CSU students in the Health and Medical Center building on Main Campus. The employee had not worked the three days prior to Tuesday and wore a mask while at work on Tuesday as a routine precaution. She had limited contact with a small number of patients.
As part of a broader response to slowing the spread of the virus, unrelated to this employee’s symptoms, the department where the employee works had stopped seeing patients for routine visits on Wednesday, March 18. As of the 18th, the Health Network continues to provide services remotely or with medically-advised screening at the entrance to the CSU Health and Medical Center.
A medical cleaning crew performs a robust cleaning of the facility to sanitize it multiple times a day, every day, including the area where the staff member was known to have been throughout the days before she became symptomatic. The center is using cleaners approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to kill this virus. All CSU Health Network departments in the building are closed on Sundays.
This employee lives in Larimer County and is a female who is in her 30s.
“I know this information may spark both concern and fear so I want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our community,” said Joyce McConnell, CSU President. “We join communities across the globe in navigating this uncertain time, but we will get through it together by taking care of one other. There is nothing more important than the health of our community.”

Notifications of close contacts are complete

Public health officials have already traced this employee’s contacts over the last five days, identified the other individuals who may have had contact with the symptomatic employee, interviewed them to learn more about their exposure and risk, and provided them with advice to stay home and self-monitor or quarantine.
Those who have potentially been exposed have already been notified directly by public health officials. If you have not been notified, you have not been identified as a person who had close contact with the symptomatic employee. This includes those who had close contact with the employee while she was at work at the Health and Medical Center.
“At this time, we have no indication that the employee was exposed to the virus while working in the Health and Medical Center,” said Lori Lynn, co-chair of the university’s pandemic planning response task force, and associate executive director of the CSU Health Network. “At this time, based on information from public health officials responding to the case and the routine deep cleanings already performed in the space multiple times a day, a closure of the Health and Medical Center is not warranted.”
CSU is taking all necessary precautions, as outlined by Larimer County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The university also moved all classes online after Spring Break, which is March 16-24, and all operations are virtual or online beginning Monday, March 23, with the exception of functions that must be performed in person. Many employees were already working from home or remotely.

Prevention

The best ways to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, are to:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve. If you use a tissue, immediately throw the tissue in the trash. Do not cover your cough or sneeze with your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch frequently, such as your phone, computer keyboard, desk and doorknobs
If you believe you have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19, contact the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.
CSU will continue to communicate with you as we learn more about COVID-19 and local concerns. The university also is frequently updating its coronavirus response website, www.safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus.
The Public Safety Team
Good evening,
Great job this week! As a community, we have been working to keep everyone safe by reducing the transmission of the virus, contingency planning for reduced operations and shifting our classes online. Thank you for working together with a steady eye, steady habits and with creativity. I am proud of our community, and confident that we will continue to succeed.
Last week, President McConnell instructed the university to move to virtual operations as much as possible beginning Monday, March 23. Our team communicated to President McConnell that employees will continue to need limited access to their offices, files, and equipment on campus to facilitate their continued working and teaching. This is understood and supported.
My request is for you to take home files, materials, and even computer equipment such as monitors, desktop and laptop computers, docking stations, keyboards, etc., assigned to you to facilitate your ability to work from home. Please send a note to your supervisor about the equipment you are taking home. If we inventory what is moved we can better thwart thefts of opportunity that might occur while we are out.
You are not prohibited from being on campus after Monday. However, to support President McConnell’s request, we ask you to limit your time on campus as much as possible, making quick stops into your office to pick up books, paperwork, etc.
I also understand that you may need access to classrooms and seminar rooms to use instructional technology for record lectures. Matt Camper is working with your department to provide you with access while facilitating social distancing. You will hear from him tomorrow about next steps. We also are working to coordinate cleaning protocols via Facilities Management. Look for specific requests for information on which rooms are in use when later this week.
When you enter a university building in the next few weeks, please follow safety protocols:
  • Do not prop open building outside doors, section or wing doors, or your office door. Because our buildings are mostly vacant at this time, there is justified concern about theft and other crimes of opportunity.
  • Follow public-health-advised social distancing practices. Do not congregate with other faculty and staff who also have been granted access. Stay at least six feet way from each other.
  • Avoid as much as possible touching surfaces in the building. If cleaning wipes are available, wipe down equipment before and after use. We are working with VPR to manufacture and deploy wipes across campus in areas of need; watch for more on that, too.
  • Wash your hands as soon as possible when you enter a building and again before you leave a building.
  • Minimize as much as possible the time you spend in a building to support the university’s efforts to slow the spread of illness and exposure.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms or you know you have had close contact with (you are sharing a home with, a caretaker for, etc.) someone who has COVID-19, please do not come to campus. Instead, contact your department head for assistance in determining alternatives for accomplishing what you need to accomplish.
This pandemic changing rapidly, and it is possible you may hear from me again with new, more stringent limitations about workplace access. We will continue to take steps both personally and professionally to help mitigate the spread of COVID19. A good place to start is following the President’s directive and working remotely. Keep up the good work!
Please let me know if you have any questions or need my assistance.
Be well,
James
Dear Colleagues,
I’ve been deeply moved over the past week, hearing from so many of you about your concern for students and commitment to supporting them as part of our collective effort to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s inspiring to see faculty and staff working creatively and collaboratively to ensure that we’ll be able to provide high-quality courses to students for the rest of the term. Thank you for your initiative, dedication, and focus on prioritizing students’ welfare and success! I also hope that you are taking some time to care for yourselves.
Because many faculty have written with questions about how to ensure academic integrity during online testing, I want to let you know that proctoring service is now available to all of campus through ProctorU’s auto-launch service. Our subscription covers high-stakes exams only (e.g., mid-terms and finals). You can take advantage of technologies that use low-stakes assessments to enact instructional approaches based in the science of learning. For instance, this can include using open-book Canvas quizzes to promote spaced practice or alternative assessments (e.g., Canvas discussions, essays, or projects) to encourage elaboration and deeper conceptual understanding. Please note that ProctorU auto-launch serves only in-person courses moving online. Distance courses through CSU Online should continue to use ProctorU’s live-launch service.
As teachers and leaders in and out of the classroom, we ask our students to trust us in so many ways. I suppose mechanisms that provide oversight of our academic integrity expectations may be seen as us not trusting our students. We do know that the vast majority of those studying with us are trying their best to be responsible; but our commitment to all of our students’ learning and our need for accountability puts us in the position of Trust But Verify, it seems. However, let’s try to avoid getting into a mindset of suspicion, and maybe a few silly puns will help:
Don’t trust atoms: they make up everything;
Don’t trust trees: they are kinda shady;
Don’t trust ladders: they are always up to something;
and my favorite:
Don’t trust People with graph paper: they’re plotting something!
(That hit pretty close to home, the mathematician in me loves graph paper.)
Trust can be hard to come by, and it has to be earned. I hope that we have earned that trust with our students, and with each other.
Stay healthy, be trustworthy, and stay tuned,
  • Rick
Rick Miranda
Provost and Executive Vice President
Colorado State University

Dear CSU Family,

In response to the international crisis created by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, I am mandating that, effective Monday, March 23, CSU move all operations to online and virtual services.

What does this mean?

The university will be open–-virtually. We will do our work by phone, email, Microsoft Teams or other online platforms unless the work must be performed in person. I have asked all supervisors to exercise common sense, flexibility and compassion to move employees to online and virtual work and also to identify any essential-in-person functions in their offices.

We are defining essential in-person functions as those service functions that cannot be performed via email, phone, or other online platforms, including but not limited to: feeding and serving students who remain in the residence halls; caring for animals and plants under the university’s charge; performing physical maintenance and cleaning; using on-campus equipment that is vital to academic, research, or operations continuity; and conducting critical research tasks that cannot be done virtually.

Employees should know by early next week whether their role is defined as essential-in-person or not and how to move forward with their work, either remotely or in person. Check out our university resources for remote work here.

Online Instruction
As I announced last week, all courses at all levels will be delivered online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. You can learn more from the CSU Institute for Learning and Teaching about how to succeed in an online learning environment as a student and as a teacher.

Students
Students who can remain at home rather than returning to residence halls are encouraged to do so.  All students not returning to residence halls can register on myhousing.colostate.edu to move out any time before May 16.

Students who need to return to the residence halls for part or all of the remaining semester should register on myhousing.colostate.edu by March 20. More information about Housing and Dining is available here, including information about University Apartments, refunds and waived cancelation policies during the COVID-19 crisis, cleaning protocols, and hours for the Foundry dining Center.

We know that some of our student workers in all categories (hourly-wage, work-study, for-credit) are hoping to return to campus and work for all or part of the Spring semester. We are working hard across many campus units to explore options for all of you and will communicate with you soon.

Resources for graduate students specifically can be found here.

We encourage all students to continue to engage with the many university resources in place just for them, including support for disabled students, student government and organizations, mental health services, student legal services, interpersonal violence response and safety, career advising, services and education offered to students through Off Campus Life, guidance and tailored support provided to adult learners and veterans, and technology. In addition, the university is investing in additional resources to support our students in their success as we deliver academic courses online.

Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff should please pay careful attention to the language at the top of this message describing the remote work mandate effective March 23 and the definition of essential-in-person work. The President’s Office has communicated directly with supervisors across campus urging them to use common sense, flexibility, and compassion in working with employees going forward.  Employees themselves can learn more about how to make remote work productive and enjoyable through resources like this article and this video.

We also recognize that many of our employees, both faculty and staff, have unique professional and personal situations that make this time particularly challenging.  Public schools are closed through April 17, which impacts employees who are also parents.  Many employees are immune-compromised or care for someone who is.  We encourage you to discuss any unique situations like these with your supervisor(s).  However, if you do not feel comfortable doing so, you can submit questions here so someone can address your specific concerns.

We urge you all to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors, to ask for help when you need it, and to check our HR FAQs for answers to many of your most common questions.  Human Resources leadership is also meeting weekly with Staff Council and administrative leadership to be sure we are addressing employees’ needs.

Researchers

As concerns about COVID-19 continue to escalate, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all non-essential research activities on campus as soon as practical. In order to protect our community, all labs and other research facilities will be closing by the end of the day on Monday, March 23, except for critical research and critical research operations. We will reevaluate this guidance by April 15 but anticipate that these restrictions could remain in place significantly longer. Check here for Research FAQs, including a definition of critical research, and send any questions to this inbox. Also look here at university guidance for how to keep researching.

Commencement

Following recommendations from public health officials, we have made the difficult decision to move the May Commencement ceremonies to December to allow all our graduates to share their achievements with their families in person. We will celebrate all CSU 2020 graduates with commencement ceremonies on campus December 18-20, 2020. The schedule for specific ceremonies will be forthcoming in the coming weeks and posted here.

Campus Security
CSUPD is continuing to operate 24/7 and respond to all 911 calls and texts in support of university safety, although their front desk is closed in support of limiting non-emergency in-person contact. As always, if you see something that may be a safety or security concern, please contact them by calling 911 or the non-emergency number, 970-491-6425.

Travel Advisory
All university international and domestic travel, including travel within Colorado, that has not yet commenced has been suspended effective Monday, March 23. We will re-evaluate and issue further guidelines later this spring. Rare exceptions for critical travel and/or travel in-state consistent with social distancing may be granted by Deans and Vice Presidents. The exception form, which can be completed electronically, can be found here.

On-Campus Events and Programs
To ensure social distancing, I am mandating that all on-campus events and programs, including all athletic competitions, be canceled through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. This cancellation directive includes but is not limited to workshops, speakers, celebrations, campus tours, and meetings of all but essential-in-person employees. There are many robust, university-supported platforms through which people can continue meeting remotely. You can explore those here.

Off-Campus Events and Programs

For clear public health reasons, I am also mandating that all CSU-hosted off-campus events be canceled through the end of the Spring 2020 semester (May 17).  This cancelation directive includes but is not limited to Extension programs, Colorado State Forest Service Community Events, Continuing Education sessions, and all other face-to-face non-credit educational services.  Our Extension professionals are of course also working in concert with the local public health officials in all counties and communities where they have a presence and following local guidelines and directives, some of which may exceed the limitations imposed by CSU directives.

Health Precautions
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clearly states that there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   This means that the best way to keep from contracting and/or spreading the illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.  For more up-to-the minute public health guidance, check the CDC’s COVID-19 page here.

I also urge all of you to bookmark and frequently check the CSU COVID-19 site and our related HR site.  If you have questions or concerns you do not see answered in either of these places, please submit those here.

We will get through this!  As this faculty member from another institution reminds us, we will survive!  With humor, patience, grace granted to one another, and the assurance that I can offer you all—that each and every one of you is so valued and so important to our community—together we will see this pandemic crisis through.

Warmly,

Joyce McConnell

President

Hello,

 

Please find the following key updates for the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station for March 18, 2020:

 

  • Online classes start on March 25th, and instructor feel comfortable in posting and opening your Canvas shell.  We’ve got great teaching resources at: https://agsci.colostate.edu/covid-19/ on the right-hand side of the page .. click Keep Teaching link.

 

  • All research activities that are not designated CRITICAL are suspended effective the close of business on March 23rd.  For more information, check out:

https://www.research.colostate.edu/email-from-alan-rudolph-march-17-2020/

 

Ask your department head and/or supervisor if you have questions about the critical designation.

 

 

 

  • In addition to your physical health and wellbeing, please consider the mental wellbeing of yourself and others during these difficult times. Resources for you are available at

https://health.colostate.edu/mental-emotional-health/

 

Accessibility resources and services are also generally available. Visit https://accessibility.colostate.edu/.

 

 

  • For an archive of communications being sent by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station regarding COVID-19, check out our COVID 19 update website:

https://agsci.colostate.edu/covid-19/

 

 

  • Practice good hygiene and virtual elbow bumps, and sing the fight song while washing your hands.

Take care,

 

The CAS Communications Team

Good morning,

A quick note .. yesterday Alan Rudolph, Vice President for Research at CSU, announced that critical research functions would be the only research functions performed at CSU for an indefinite time period. This is a decision meant to reduce the instances of COVID 19 transmission by limiting the interactions of scientists and staff in a research setting. The decision about whether a function is critical or not lies with deans of colleges and the director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. VP Rudolph’s announcement is at:  https://www.research.colostate.edu/email-from-alan-rudolph-march-17-2020/

It’s an important distinction .. all of our research is important, and it may well be the case that we can manage exposure by reducing research activities to critical functions and personnel. As an example, plants in greenhouses will still need be tended, and we may be able to rely on a few employees to take care of what’s needed rather than the full research team. It’s also true that we need not start new experiments at this time. One colleague plans to spend a fair bit of time writing up research results and reviewing the work of others  … all from home.

Likewise, our field preparation and planting are critical functions for the research center enterprise. Calving and animal husbandry are critical functions of the livestock enterprise. We will need to continue these operations albeit with some common sense approaches to reducing the chance of spreading COVID 19 and risking exposure.  So let’s use our best judgment in defining the critical research functions, and take the precautions needed to be safe.

Please work with your department heads and Jan Leach in defining critical research functions if you have not already, and also a contingency plan for instances when staffing may below. We may also find disruptions in services provided by others, so let’s be mindful to prepare for these instances which might include reducing our overall scope of activities. Let’s consult with one another on the tricky cases that don’t have a clear direction.

Our buildings are all open, but to the extent possible, let’s manage our access so as not to promote the spread of the virus. Instructors, please feel comfortable in coming to campus to record your online lectures and post course materials if you cannot do so from home, but also step away from campus  when feasible. Use disinfectant and hand sanitizer. Let’s practice good hygiene and social distancing at work. This includes virtual elbow bumps, winking, shouts of encouragement and faux high fives at distances of at least 6 feet. Singing the fight song is optional but recommended while you wash your hands.

If you are feeling sick or might have been exposed to the virus, it’s best to stay home and make arrangements to help manage your workload. Be in touch with your supervisor.  Likewise if you are a  caretaker for someone at risk, or you are at risk of complications from the virus, please speak with your supervisor about remote working options. In general, we’re promoting working remotely, and we know that it may not be feasible or desirable for everyone. We can problem solve creatively and find opportunities to still meet our work needs.

 

Your family might be like ours – we are adjusting to a new normal in which kids are out of school, and our care providers are suspending operations. Let’s have the grace to help each other adapt to a new schedule and be encouraging. We’ll work together to make it through this period of disruption and uncertainty. You are not alone, so let’s continue to touch base, ask questions and share ideas. Group creativity and problem solving is our strength.

 

Be well and stay safe,

 

James

 

 

James Pritchett, PhD

Interim Dean and Director

College of Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Experiment Station

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1101

work: 970-491-5496

fax: 970-491-4895

email: James.Pritchett@ColoState.edu

Colleagues:

As you are aware, CSU is mobilized to respond to the current COVID-19 outbreak. The CSU safety team has created an excellent website with important information related to COVID-19.

As concerns about COVID-19 continue to escalate, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all non-essential research activities on campus as soon as practical.

In order to protect our community, all labs and other research facilities will be closing by the end of the day on Monday, March 23, except for critical research and critical research operations. 

Critical research is research that if halted, delayed or interrupted, could result in:

  • Endangerment to human subjects or pose unreasonable risk to human subjects;
  • Endangerment to animal subjects or pose unreasonable risk to animal subject;
  • Loss of experiments or data that will be impossible to replicate; and/or
  • Loss of instrumentation, infrastructure, and/or an unsafe/unsecured laboratory environment or other catastrophic loss.

We will reevaluate this guidance by April 15, but anticipate this guidance could remain in place significantly longer.

We have set up an email inbox (VPR_ResearchContinuity@colostate.edu) for you to submit your questions. We will be using your questions to add an FAQ section to our website.

Additional Details:

  • Critical research operations and personnel are determined within institutes, schools and colleges, in partnership and coordination with the Research Associate Deans; the final determination rests with the Dean’s Office. All such determinations are then promptly shared with the Office of the Vice President for Research, and any concerns will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • OVPR website. The OVPR has provided guidance and resources on the OVPR website. These pages will be updated as new information becomes available.
  • Grant guidance. For specific impacts on your federally-funded or other grants, please refer to the guidance pages provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.
  • Safety and social distancing. The health and safety of our people is our highest priority. Please review your lab’s safety protocols, ensure your space and equipment are properly secured, cleaned and sanitized, and adjust as appropriate to account for any impacts to normal safety measures and cleaning procedures. Additionally, please follow social distancing practices during and outside of your time in the lab to keep yourself safe, including throughout your travel to and from research spaces.
  • Graduate and undergraduate student research. Faculty advisors are the best resource for graduate and undergraduate researchers who have questions or may need to adjust research-related protocols or operations.
  • Human research / IRB. Changes to research studies may be necessary to protect participants, staff and yourself. Federal regulatory and OSP policy requirements must still be met. The IRB must approve any changes in the ways in which you interact with study participants before implementation. Please direct any IRB inquiries to RICRO_IRB@colostate.edu.
  • Vivarium and animal research. Basic research animal care (health checks, feeding, watering and husbandry) will continue. New animal orders, imports and transfers are suspended, and no new technical service requests will be accepted without strong justification to the Director of LAR. Requests should be directed to Lon Kendall at lon.kendall@colostate.edu.
  • OVPR. The OVPR main office will remain open.

We are living in unusual times. With the current outbreak of coronavirus added to our already growing concerns about our climate, our lives are more stressful than ever. Please remember to take care of yourselves and look out for those around you.

As always, we are here to help each other in ensuring that CSU Research continues its fantastic impacts from discovery to commercialization. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office or to your neighbor for support and any further information that we can provide.

Best,

Alan

 

Alan S. Rudolph, PhD, MBA

Vice President for Research

Colorado State University

203 Admin, Fort Collins, CO 80523-2001

Phone:  970-491-7194

www.vpr.colostate.edu

Dear Colleagues,

We’re into our spring break week now, and the campus is typically quiet.  I know that belies the hard work that many of you are doing in preparing for the rest of the semester, which will be all online now.  There is lots of work being done behind the scenes to assist faculty (and students!) for the new reality.  I would encourage you to not wait until early next week to start your preparations in earnest; we know our resources will become strained as next Wednesday approaches and we don’t want to be overwhelmed.  Today’s message is two-fold: start early, and keep it simple.

As you begin designing online versions of your face-to-face courses, it’s important to balance the goal of excellent course design with the goal of supporting students (and yourself) in these challenging circumstances. Over the next several months, some of your students will likely be caring for ill family members as they themselves are ill. Other students will struggle with limited internet access or be experiencing food or housing insecurity due to lost income. A host of different stressors, exacerbated by social distancing, will undoubtedly result in mental health issues. Regardless of how resilient our students are, the next several months will be difficult for them. To help simplify the process of transitioning to online courses, our Keep Teaching team has shared several tips to help you move your face-to-face course content online:

  • Use asynchronous delivery of lectures, discussion boards, and other course content to accommodate students who may not be able to attend a synchronous online lecture.  Recording your lectures so that they can be archived in your online course will also simplify things for you since you won’t have to worry about make-up work for students who can’t attend.
  • Chunk lectures into short components (10 minutes or less–one concept at a time) so that students with limited internet service can more easily access materials. Intersperse lecture components with discussion board questions or noncredit quizzes to improve student engagement.
  • Use consistent weekly due dates/times for the rest of the semester to aid students in keeping track of assignments in the midst of challenging life circumstances. Lean towards more lenient deadlines (e.g., 11:59 pm) to help accommodate students who may be caring for their children during the day.
  • Send regular reminders of due dates, participation requirements, upcoming exams or project deadlines, and the like. Let them know that you’re available to help via email, discussion boards, or virtual office hours. This availability will reinforce your commitment and signals to students that you are eager to support them if they need additional assistance.

Above all, do your best to keep things simple. Although we all wish that we had more time to develop top-notch online courses, the current circumstances require that we do our best to ensure that our expectations for students (and ourselves) are reasonable. We hope that the recommendations listed above are helpful as you spend time over the next several weeks building out your online course.

I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from the office the other day to pick up a few things, and of course noticed many bare shelves.  Several of the other customers in the store seemed dismayed.  I went down one aisle and a couple and two younger children were peering into the freezer section.  One of the kids suddenly exclaimed: “Oh! Mom!  They Have Ice Cream Sandwiches!”

That glass-half-full sentiment brought a smile to my face immediately; and it reminded me of the value of gratitude.  Let’s remember to be thankful for what CSU does have: an incredibly committed faculty and staff who are completely dedicated to making this semester work, for our students.  Thank you all for what you’re doing!

 

Stay healthy, keep it simple, and stay tuned…

Rick

 

PS I couldn’t resist.  I bought some ice cream sandwiches too.

 

Rick Miranda

Provost and Executive Vice President

Colorado State University

Members,

The decision has been made to close all activity areas in the Student Recreation Center as of March 16 at 6pm and until further notice.

While there are no cases associated with the Rec Center, the goal is to safeguard the community. For more information on the university’s response to COVID-19, visit https://safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus/

Our Service Center will be open for limited business, Monday-Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Our staff can answer questions and assist members with getting belongings from their lockers during those times. We will not be processing any registrations or sales.

Soon, we will also post links on our website for various ideas on how to stay active from home, so please visit csurec.colostate.edu in the coming days and weeks.

Thank you,

Campus Recreation

Dear Colleagues:

These past few days of preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the strength and dedication of our incredible faculty and staff. It has shown how deeply committed you are to our students’ success and although we have asked so much of you, you continue to step up to do what you can. We know this is a heavy lift and that in addition to preparing your classes for online instruction, you also have your own self-care to do and family and friends who need you. Thank you for all you are doing to keep us moving forward with our mission of access and excellence amid this challenging event.

I would like to ask your help once again, this time to make sure everything is in place to support our students with disabilities. The Student Disability Center and the Assistive Technology Resource Center offer the following recommendations as you redesign your face-to-face courses for online delivery.  The focus is on accessibility, as well as accommodation for individual needs.  Building in accessibility at the start will enable all students to participate in your course on an equitable level (inclusive pedagogy), while certain accommodations will mitigate the effects of a student’s particular disability.

  • Design for asynchronous delivery.  Students may be accessing your course from different time zones, while students with disabilities may need to work around the effects of their disability.
  • Record your lectures and have them available for a longer period of time (more than two weeks).  Increased access to lectures for all students gives them the opportunity to review points they may have missed when first presented.  It also allows students to use other accommodations, such as sign language interpreters, more effectively.
  • Caption and transcribe recorded lectures.  Students have different strengths in how they learn. Captions and transcripts help those who have stronger visual modes of learning.  They are especially helpful for students with hearing disabilities.
  • Be sure that all content is accessible.  Not all PDF, power points, videos, etc. will be accessible, due either to format or to the limits of specific technologies.  Students may have different types of technology, some of which will make some content difficult to access.  Some content (e.g., PDFs) may not be compatible with assistive technology, such as screen readers, unless the content has been reformatted.  A helpful guide: https://accessibility.colostate.edu/
  • Provide access and accommodation for exams. Many of the students with disabilities simply need extra time for exams due to the effects of their disability.  It’s easy to provide extra time for exams in Canvas.
  • Be able to alert Proctor U of any accommodations needs.  If using Proctor U, faculty will need to request the accommodation for any student, such as extra time, word banks, page of notes, etc. Please be sure that you are aware of the needs of your students with disabilities using the information provided to you through Accommodation Letters from SDC.

The SDC and the ARTC recognize that these recommendations may require a bit more thought and work as you move your face-to-face courses online.  TILT, ACNS and CSU Online are working hard to assist you  with these processes.  The steps for building accessibility will be made explicit on the “Keep Teaching” site. Links to more thorough and robust tutorials are available at https://accessibility.colostate.edu/.

You can submit a ticket for assistance with these aspects through the “Keep Teaching” site.

Following these recommendations will enable all students, and especially those with disabilities, to have the opportunity to be as successful as possible in your courses.  Both the SDC and the ATRC are here to help you, and we encourage you to reach out if you have any concerns or questions as to how to provide access and accommodation for your courses.

Students will also be encouraged to let us know if they encounter any unanticipated barriers to their participation in your courses.  If they do, you will be contacted by us to help find a way to resolve the barrier.   These are challenging times for all of us, but together we can enable successful learning for all students.

Please feel free visit these websites:

Student Disability Center:  https://disabilitycenter.colostate.edu/

Assistive Technology Resource Center:  https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/atrc

Again, thank you for your dedication. Don’t forget to take care of yourself – stay healthy (and stay tuned…).

Rick Miranda

Provost and Executive Vice President

Colorado State University

Good afternoon,

I trust this email finds you well and in good health.

Please see the following COVID-19 updates from College of Agricultural Sciences for March 16, 2020:

  • CSU is open for business, just be sure to stay informed as the situation is dynamic.
  • We’ll be teaching classes online for the remainder of the semester. For more information, visit www.safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus.
  • Check out our new COVID 19 update website for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station:

https://agsci.colostate.edu/covid-19/

Practice good hygiene and virtual elbow bumps,

 

The CAS Communications Team

Good Afternoon Ag Family,

Whether the Ag Business Center staff is working remotely or on campus, ABC operations will definitely continue amidst COVID-19.  The ABC is structured to be nimble and flexible with built in backup and cross training across our business operation functions.  We are all on Microsoft Teams.  The chat function and meetings utilizing Microsoft Teams are strongly encouraged.  We feel like our structure is constructed for this type of event and we are confident in the continuity of our operations.

Since much of the required paperwork can be submitted electronically, we highly recommend utilizing some sort of scanning software/app to ease the submission process.  Below are some recommendations, but any mechanism to send documents electronically should work.  Campus mail to 1101 Campus Delivery is also a great option for getting paperwork to the ABC.

Purchasing (Jennifer Garwood, Sherri Rhule, Paul Cudmore):

Grant Facilitation (Cliff Schulenberg, Reagan Lu, Jordan Roggen):

Department/Research Finances (Jessi Fuentes, Sarah Solano, Paula White, Jennifer Scheffing, Linda Moller):

  • Department Business Managers will be actively managing department and research finances, as well as providing backup to each other.
  • If you are the Principal Investigator of a grant, cooperative agreement or contract (award) and you anticipate that your award deliverables will be delayed by the pandemic, please contact your Program Officer immediately to let them know of your work plan adjustments, copy the Director of Sponsored Programs (diane.barrett@colostate.edu) and your Department Business Manager on the communication. Diane will make sure that the OSP staff are aware. Additionally, please prepare a brief explanation of the delay for your next progress report. The explanation should outline the alternative work completed and your plan for accomplishing the original deliverables.

Human Resources (Joanna Holliday, Shelly Lynch, Jennifer Garwood, Paul Cudmore):

  • Normal hiring process – Contact us early as appointments will be required for in-person new hire paperwork due to limited on-campus staffing.
    • Joanna Holliday and Shelly Lynch for salary personnel.
    • Jennifer Garwood and Paul Cudmore for hourly personnel.

 

Our main goal is to continue serving our customers with minimal disruption, however we ask for a little patience and grace as we all navigate the changing circumstances.  Please feel free to reach out to me or any of the ABC staff with questions and we will address these as a team.

 

Stay safe and well,

 

Jessi Fuentes

Executive Director of Finance

College of Agricultural Sciences &

Agricultural Experiment Station

970-491-1931

Scanning Apps (Android and iOS)

  • Microsoft Office Lens
  • Scanbot
  • Scanner Pro

If you have an iPhone, Apple added a very handy document scanner into the Notes app, which comes preloaded.

  1. Launch the Notes
  2. Tap the New Note button in the lower right.
  3. Tap the (+) icon and click on the camera picture, then choose Scan Documents from the list that pops up.
  4. Line up the document – you’ll see a yellow rectangle over the document, and if you hold your iPhone or iPad steady, it should take the photo automatically. If it does not take automatically, you can press the button.
  5. The scan will move down to the lower left; you can tap it to see how it came out, and then press Done or Retake at the top of the screen.
  6. To make a single multi-page document, just keep taking scans of additional pages. When you’re done, press the Save button in the lower-right, which will show how many pages you’ve scanned.
  7. Tap on the Share icon to share/copy/save or further edit.

For example, Markup can be useful for signing the document, then sending.

Good morning,

I hope this email finds you rested after a good weekend.  Much has happened in the last week, hasn’t it?  You are doing a great job of being nimble and flexible under changing circumstances. Thank you for your hard work and creative ideas as we adapt to the  COVID 19 transmission and spread.

The situation is fluid, and we’ve been receiving a fair bit of information from many sources. It can feel a little bit too much, can’t it? Let’s see if we can make the information flow a little more manageable.

With that in mind, the communications team and I plan to send you systematic, succinct update emails – twice a week—so that you have a summary of updates. We’ll plan to send these out on Monday and Thursday at 3 pm, and archive these at our college website of https://agsci.colostate.edu/ .  We will also send additional updates if needed, but will keep these to a minimum.

Updates

Travel – Important News from CDPHE:

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE)  issued an alert advising all visitors in the past week and residents of Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties in Colorado to self-isolate and avoid as much contact with others as possible. Due to extensive spread of COVID 19 in a number of mountain resort communities, visitors and residents of these counties are being ask to work from home and avoid social contact.

If you live in Colorado and are leaving one of these communities, you should minimize contact with other people for 14 days and watch for the development of symptoms like cough, fever, and shortness of breath. If you have symptoms, stay where you are, isolate yourself from others, and call a health care provider or nurse line before seeking care. Do not fly. Do not use public transportation or ride-shares.

If you have been in any of these counties, please do not report to work and contact your supervisor as soon as possible to make work arrangements.

Travel Reminder:  CSU business travel internationally and out-of-state is no longer authorized at this time. Beginning March 23rd,  CSU business travel within the state is also suspended until April 10th.  Exceptions for essential travel are possible. Please contact your department head and me to discuss an exception.

Research:  Research Associate Dean Jan Leach and I have been receiving a fair number of questions regarding research activities. Kudos to Jan for her rigorous and systematic efforts.  Here’s the latest on the current standing for research and pandemic planning:

  • Currently, it’s business as usual for CAS research. This means that all authorized personnel – undergraduate students,  graduate students, research associates, research scientists and faculty — can work without restrictions.
  • As COVID 19 spreads in Colorado, we are planning for a potential scenario of restricted access to facilities if it is needed to help slow the pandemic. This means we will limit the individuals allowed to enter research facilities and academic buildings. It’s best to plan for this potential scenario.
  • The planning for restricted access research involves identifying those individuals who are essential to the research programs. Be sure to connect with Dr. Jan Leach, if you have not already, to identify the essential individuals in your research programs and the chain of command for your lab/program.
  • A scenario also exists in which CSU will only allow access to critical research. The Vice President for Research holds the responsibility for determining critical research and implementing restrictions. Please plan for this potential scenario. Dr. Leach is collecting information about critical research, and you can provide this information to your department head as well.  Critical research is that in which there is potential for
    • Endangerment to human subjects or pose unreasonable risk to human subjects;
    • Endangerment to animal subjects or animal suffering;
    • Loss of experiments or data that will be impossible to replicate; and/or
    • Loss of instrumentation, infrastructure, and/or an unsafe/unsecured laboratory environment.
  • The Office for  the Vice President of Research provides great advice for managing research in this time of disruption at:

Research Continuity Guidance During COVID-19 Pandemic

Teaching

Out of an abundance of caution, President McConnell announced that classes will remain online for the entire Spring 2020 semester. We’ve been migrating our courses to online platforms, so this long term announcement helps us with planning appropriately.

Here are some handy resources:

Keep up the good work! Together we’ll continue to plan, adapt and take care of one another.

Stay well,

James

 

James Pritchett, PhD

Interim Dean and Director

College of Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Experiment Station

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1101

work: 970-491-5496

fax: 970-491-4895

email: James.Pritchett@ColoState.edu

Dear University Community,

Last week, I communicated with you our decision to move courses online through April 10, at which time we would reevaluate. Due to the speed at which the COVID-19 global crisis is evolving we in higher education around the world find ourselves in unprecedented territory, with new information emerging each day.  Please know that all our decisions are driven by our commitment to you, to your health and wellbeing, and to all of those whom we educate, serve, work with, and consider to be valued members of our community and Ram family.  I know that many of you are working incredibly hard right now, driven by this same commitment.  I deeply appreciate all you are doing and know that your care, concern and commitment are what distinguish CSU as a higher education community

All classes continuing online for Spring 2020 semester

With the advice of public health officials and weighing many public health factors, we have made the decision to extend online course delivery through to the end of the Spring 2020 semester.  In keeping with this decision, we are also advising the suspension or online delivery of off-campus educational programming and events (including in CSU Extension and Continuing Education) for the remainder of the semester.

Moreover, this morning, in partnership with CSU International Programs, we advised our international students who want to return home to do so for the remainder of the semester.

I know that every new decision we make raises many questions for all of you.  We will answer them as quickly as we can in the coming days. But I want to emphasize again that public health—your health—is our priority.  While we are unaware of any positive case of COVID-19 in association with our CSU community, the virus continues to spread, and no community is immune. If we were to have a positive case among our staff, faculty, students or guests, we will consider new recommendations, precautions, and constraints on campus-based interactions.

Spring break gives us the opportunity to plan for the transition to online course delivery beginning March 25, though I know—as a faculty member myself – many of our faculty will essentially give up their break to redesign their courses for online computability and remote teaching and learning.  Thank you.  I know that you do what you do because you care about your students. I also recognize to pivot this way may mean you do not have the time over break to devote to your family, your scholarship, and your community engagement.  Furthermore, we have heard from faculty who are concerned for students with limited or no computer access off-campus, limited or no internet, and other complicating factors.  I assure you that we are working to make accommodations for those students. We have made arrangements for additional student laptops and are looking at creative ways of continuing work with students even if it means through written correspondence delivered by U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FEDEX or other delivery services.

I also assure you that even as many of us work to set up systems to support academic and business operations for the remainder of the semester, our custodial staff will take the opportunity of fewer people on campus during Spring Break to perform extra cleanings. Our amazing custodial team and facilities leaders are committed to the health and safety of these frontline workers and are on top of providing appropriate protective gear and training.

Impacts to students who live in university housing

The decision to move course delivery online has the most obvious implications for our students who live in university housing.

We are asking students who live in university housing who have left for Spring Break NOT TO return to campus immediately. In the interest of public health, Housing & Dining Services needs time to create a plan that implements public health and social distancing best practices while providing an orderly way for students and families to make decisions about campus housing moving forward.

Housing & Dining Services is committed to emailing all campus residents by close of business on Tuesday, March 17 regarding your residence hall and meal plan options. We want to assure apartment residents that the university apartments will remain open year-round as they typically do. Housing & Dining Services is committed to working with students who are experiencing housing insecurity and at least some residence hall housing and dining will remain open for the semester to serve students who need to remain on campus.

Spring Break housing will continue as planned and students who have remained on campus for break are welcome and encouraged to stay as future plans are developed.

Pending decisions about working remotely and maintaining university operations

Again: our greatest responsibility is to the health of our university staff, faculty and students. Our decision to move courses online is one of several decisions and clarifications we will communicate in the coming days. Like you, we are working to define and clarify the outcomes of each decision.

During the coming week, as soon as possible, we will provide clear guidance to our staff and faculty, as well as to student employees who wish to continue working on campus. This guidance will help with decisions about how to balance university operations and the duties of staff and faculty, including information about telecommuting.

In the interim, I want to convey that I am committed to each and every one of our faculty and staff members and I promise you: you will continue to be paid.  We find appropriate telecommuting or in-person assignments that support the university’s mission, while providing you with support and equipment to minimize health risks.

We appreciate your patience

I—along with the university’s Preparedness Planning Team—thank each of you for your patience as we work through these unchartered waters and answer your many valuable, necessary and important questions.

Warmly,

Joyce McConnell

President

Due to extensive spread of COVID-19 in a number of mountain resort communities, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a strong recommendation that anyone who lives in or has visited those communities in the past week minimize their contact with other people, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties in the past week should minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.

Please see the full message from the Colorado Department of Public Health here:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/news/cdphe-strongly-advises-all-visitors-and-residents-eagle-summit-pitkin-and-gunnison-counties.

Dear Campus Recreation Members,

First, we apologize if you received this email in duplicate.

In order to do our part to safeguard the health of our campus community, Campus Recreation is announcing changes to some operations, effective Saturday, March 14.

We know that physical activity and recreation are important components of overall wellbeing, and we look forward to having the following drop in and informal recreation opportunities available to you:

  • Pool
  • Main Gym
  • Mac Gym
  • Climbing Wall
  • Fitness Center (cardio and weight areas)
  • Weight Rooms
  • Fitness Studios

We have adjusted our hours for the extended spring break and you can find those hours on our website: https://csurec.colostate.edu/facility/hours/ 

For the same goal of safeguarding our community, the following in-person programming will be suspended for the duration of the online academic schedule:

  • Aquatic Programs (including swim lessons and American Red Cross certification classes)
  • Climbing Wall Programs (including clinics and classes)
  • Dance and Martial Arts
  • Group Fitness (including cycle, yoga, and group exercise classes)
  • Intramural Sports
  • Massage Therapy
  • Outdoor Program (including Outdoor Gear Rental, trips, and clinics)
  • Personal Training

Campus Recreation staff will contact participants about registration fee refunds on or around March 25. This also means we have supsended sales of many of these programs until further notice.

Campus Recreation has implemented additional practices to enhance cleanliness. Those practices include:

  • Self-swiping at our Service Center so that participants are not exchanging their memberships cards with our front desk staff.
  • Our staff is disinfecting high-use areas, equipment, and surfaces more frequently. We have plenty of stock of disinfectant to ensure this continues into the foreseeable future. In addition to our staffs’ cleaning efforts, we ask all patrons to ensure they are also wiping down equipment after use.
  • Increased amount of hand sanitizer available throughout the facility for staff and patrons.
  • Increased digital and physical signage around the building and on equipment to encourage our community to utilize CDC-informed best practices.

 

Any future changes to our operations will be shared through csurec.colostate.edu and/or social media.

 

Thank you,

Campus Recreation

Good afternoon,

As I walk through the college or speak with our research center managers across Colorado, it’s easy to observe how well you are working collaboratively to help each other, and how you are taking positive approaches overcome adversity.   Well done! We will be successful together.

Our plans continue to unfold, and we can use your help with ideas and suggestions.  If you would like to contribute an idea, or perhaps want to ask a question, we’ll be monitoring the email address:

CAS_COVID-19@colostate.edu

The following is an abbreviated list of resources:

  • The President’s message and important resources can be found at:

https://www.safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus

  • We’ll continue to support you in the transition to online teaching. Stay tuned for the resources to support your online efforts at:

https://canvas.colostate.edu/keepteaching/   and locally, please send your course and IT requests for help to: aghelp@colostate.edu

Safe travels for those of you heading away from home during the next week, and we look forward to our next chance to connect with one another.

 

Be well,

James

 

James Pritchett, PhD

Interim Dean and Director

College of Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Experiment Station

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1101

work: 970-491-5496

fax: 970-491-4895

email: James.Pritchett@ColoState.edu

Good morning CAS students,

President McConnell and Provost Miranda have outlined our next steps in minimizing the spread of COVID 19  so that we can do our part in safeguarding public health and safety. Our goal is to continue to deliver on the high quality education, research and engagement to which we are committed, and at the same time be mindful of what needs be done to keep our community healthy. It will require a bit of problem solving, flexibility, creativity and adaption, and I’m confident we are up to the task.

We realize the potential stress that some of these drastic changes may bring and ask that you support each other and take care of yourselves. We encourage you to stop in at Interim Dean Pritchetts open forum today at 1pm to discuss next steps.

Here are a few reminders:

Classes are in session today (Thursday, March 12) and tomorrow (Friday, March 13). Spring Break starts on Saturday, March 14.

  • We’re hosting an open forum about next steps today at 1:00 pm in 161 Animal Sciences. Our focus will be on answering student questions, and we will address other questions as well. You are welcome to attend.

The following is an overview of the overall CSU approach in response to COVID-19 and some best practices:

Overall Strategy

  • Practice common sense approaches to reduce the transmission of germs .. a good place to learn about these approaches is https://www.safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus.  President McConnell’s communication is found on this webpage.
  • We’re open for business – no restrictions are in place for  operations EXCEPT for course delivery and hosting medium and large events with non-CSU personnel.  We’re also restricting access to Morgan Library to the CSU community. See more details about this below.
  • If you are sick, best practice is to stay at home and get better! We can adapt in the workplace, and find ways to work remotely if needed.
  • If you are a caretaker for someone who is at risk , or if you at risk yourself then please be in touch with your supervisor to discuss potential accommodations.
  • Stay informed. In addition to the CSU response https://www.safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus, you can learn more about Colorado’s situation and recommendations at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.

Campus Operations: Campus operations will remain at normal levels. University buildings will operate as follows:

  • The CSU Health Network will be open regular hours, including over Spring Break, to see students for medical and counseling concerns.
  • Residence halls, university apartments, and dining halls will remain open as usual, including over Spring Break.
  • The Lory Student Center, Student Rec Center, UCA, and all academic, business, and service buildings will remain open for business as usual.
  • The Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Lab will remain open for business as usual.
  • The Morgan Library will be open for campus community members only.

Moving Courses Online

Our strategy is to shift courses to an online delivery format beginning Wednesday, March 25. In this way we will reduce the transmission rate of the virus. Please reach out to your instructor for specific details about how their course and lab content will be delivered moving forward. Instructors are moving quickly to adapt to this change, so please be patient.  We will work to support one another at every step. If you are headed home and have trouble finding the resources needed to complete your online-course, please reach out to your instructors to brainstorm options.

Advising Appointments

You are welcome to meet with your ASC for your advising appointment in person.  However, if you will not be on-campus, your ASC has the ability to meet with you via a video-chat.  ASCs will help you work through what approach is best.

Undergraduate Research and Employment

If you are employed on campus as a student hourly or work study, please reach out to your supervisor to evaluate how to move forward.  You are welcome to continue working if you feel comfortable being on campus.  However, please be in touch with your supervisor to talk through specific details.

In the CAS, we have a reputation for being creative problem solvers that are hard working and dedicated to our mission and each other. I’m confident we can adapt to changing circumstances. Together we’ll meet this challenge.

As you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Student Success Team (Elias – Elias.Quinonez@colostate.edu or Addy – Adriane.Elliott@colostate.edu or Matt – Matt.Camper@colostate.edu).

 

Be well and let’s take care of one another.

 

Sincerely,

Addy and the Student Success Team

 

 

Addy Elliott (she, her, hers)

Assistant Dean – Student Success and Advising

 

Matt Camper (he, him, his)

Assistant Dean – Teaching Practice and Academic Programs

 

Elias G. Quiñonez (he, him, his)

Manager of Student Life and Diversity

 

Susan Brown (she, her, hers)

Recruiting Coordinator

Due to ongoing concerns and preventative measures regarding COVID-19, prospective student events between March 16 and April 30 have been canceled, including: College of Agricultural Sciences and Equine Science Tours, CVMBS tours, College of Engineering tours, College of Business individual visits, College of Liberal Arts individual visits, Warner College of Natural Resources individual visits, Women in Business Visit Day (March 27), and Engineering 101: A Day in the Life (April 2), Spotlight on Design and Merchandising Day (April 17). Colorado State University will continue to monitor the situation and will reassess future visits ahead of that date. The University will provide updates on the dedicated website here: https://safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus.
Additional virtual visit and engagement opportunities will be added and communicated to you soon. If you have any questions regarding the impacts on prospective student visits, please visit https://admissions.colostate.edu/2020/03/12/coronavirus-impacts-to-admissions-events/.
The Office of Admissions will be standing by to answer any questions you may have at this time. Please click the button below to contact us with any questions.

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