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CSP Moves Face-to-Face Classes to Online Format March 16

Concordia University, St. Paul has canceled all face-to-face classes scheduled on Friday, March 13 and will transition all face-to-face classes to an online format beginning Monday, March 16 through the remainder of the spring term. The health and well-being of our campus community remain our main priority and we are grateful for the infrastructure to carry on our classes for the benefit of our on-campus students.

Please note: All courses that are currently offered online will continue without interruption.

 

Adult Undergraduate Students

  • Adult Undergraduate courses that meet online will continue without interruption.

Graduate Students

  • Graduate courses that currently meet online will continue without interruption.
  • Graduate courses that meet face-to-face have moved online through the end of the current term.

Student and Coursework

  • No. Classes for traditional students will be held online for the remainder of the spring semester.

  • Students can find their courses and further instruction when they log into their Blackboard account.

  • Yes, all classes immediately transition to your Blackboard online learning environment only.

  • Yes. While the delivery is now online, courses will continue to meet learning outcomes and stay on schedule.

  • We are working with Barnes and Noble on this process.  We will communicate with all students when we have more information on the process.

  • Course instructors will communicate assessment and assignment expectations. If you have an accommodation plan, work with your professor and Student Accessibility Services.

  • Yes, international students are maintaining F-1 status by complying with CSP’s online class policy. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has released new guidance to support students and schools during the move to online instruction. CSP has reported the change to online instruction to SEVP.  The Office of International Student Services will provide updates as needed.

    • PSEO students attending courses on campus at CSP will continue with their courses, now delivered online.
    • PSEO students attending CSP classes on campus at a partner high school should follow the policies of the high school campus.
  • Please consult with academic supervisors if you have specific questions.

  • Student honors and research from both the Honors Convocation and the Research and Scholarship Symposium will be shared online. All other academic events are canceled or postponed for the remainder of the term.

  • At the discretion of hosting institutions, you are allowed to continue off-campus experiences, such as internships, student teaching, and clinicals.

Health & Wellness

  • CVS Clinics Services: Walk-In
    https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/clinic-locator/mn/saintpaul/
    1300 University Ave W. Saint Paul, MN 55104 (Inside Target)
    1040 Grand Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55105

    Allina Health Bandana Square
    1021 Bandana Blvd. East St. Paul, MN 55108
    Phone: 651-241-9700 (Clinic)
    Urgent Care-walk in hours: M-F: 8 am-8 pm Sat.-Sun. 9am-5pm

    M Health Fairview Clinic – Midway
    1390 University Ave. W. Saint Paul, MN 55104
    Phone: 651-232-4800
    Hours M-F: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    •  If you are sick, stay home from school (If you live on campus, go home to recover and minimize person-to-person spread).
    • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
    • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
    • 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 rub with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
    • STAY INFORMED – CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public. (www.cdc.gov/ncov)
  • Counseling services at CSP will continue being face-to-face as our team deems appropriate. If it becomes necessary to move to telehealth, then our counseling team will be in communication with students on next steps or additional resources. As a reminder, counseling is free to all CSP students and you can sign up by emailing counseling@csp.edu.

Residential Students

  • All accommodation plans will stay in effect, regardless of the modality of the course. Additionally, Student Accessibility Services will continue to be a resource for students as they move to online classes. If you feel you might need services with the change of classroom setting or have questions about your existing plan, please email sas@cps.edu.

    • No. The residence halls will be closed for the remainder of the spring semester.
    • Access to the residence halls will be cut at 4 pm on Friday, March 20 for anyone who has not been approved for an extension.
    • Any resident requesting to stay on campus passed March 20, must complete this form: https://forms.gle/YfPsHn6WTGk2idrbA
    • Forms must be submitted by 11:55 pm on Tuesday, March 17.
    • Very few exceptions will be made for allowing people to stay.  Please give as much detail and specific information as possible when completing the form.
    • No students will be allowed to stay after May 1 – as this is the published move-out day for the spring semester.
  • Each request form will be reviewed on an individual basis.

    • The few students that will be allowed to stay will be communicated with specific instructions about on-campus housing for the remainder of the term.  This may include moving rooms or changing halls.
    • Students that are allowed to stay will not be allowed to have guests and all campus policies will be in effect. Students that are allowed to stay will be asked to leave within 24 hours if any policy is violated.
    • Check-out cards were placed on everyone’s doors on Friday, March 13.
    • When you are all packed and ready to go, sign and date this card and then drop it in the box in the designated area for your building – the location is stated on the card.
    • You will NOT be checking out with an RA.  All rooms will be checked beginning, Friday, March 20.
    • You are responsible for moving ALL of your belongings out of your room.  There will be larger dumpsters delivered on Monday.  You are responsible for cleaning your area!  Cleaning products will not be provided.  We will be assessing damage and cleaning charges upon review of the rooms.  Emails will be sent to residents who have damage and/or cleaning charges after inspection of rooms.
    • Yellow carts will be available at the Holst Hall front desk.  Please return when you are done using so other residents can use them.
  • No. For those students moving off-campus, all items need to be moved off-campus.

    • For questions about move-outs, reach out to any Resident Assistant on campus.
    • For questions about special or unique situations regarding housing, reach out to Heidi Goettl and Jake Wakem.
    • For questions about class requirements, reach out to your academic advisor.
    • For any questions about mental health or accommodations, reach out to SAS@csp.edu

Facilities

    • The Student Life Center will be open from 10:30 am-1:30 pm and 4:30 pm-6 pm until Friday, March 20.
    • Comet’s Café will be open from 8 am-2 pm on Monday, March 16-Friday, March 20.
    • We will be reviewing times next week and will publish updated times as we have more information.
  • Comet’s Cupboard is open Monday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for all Concordia students, staff, faculty. If you have any questions, reach out to call@csp.edu or check out our website: https://concordia.csp.edu/call/cometscupboard/

  • Although the CSP Library’s physical building will be closed, our library staff will still be available to help you with your research or instruction needs. The majority of our resources and services are available remotely via 24/7 chat, email at library@csp.edu, and the library website at library.csp.edu.

  • While the CSP campus is closed to the public, so is the Bookstore. However, the bookstore is being staffed to process web orders for students needing course materials for Summer or just want new CSP items. Please visit the bookstore at csp.bncollege.com to find whatever it is you need.

Resources

COVID-19 Communications to Students

  • Concordia University, St. Paul has made the difficult decision to cancel its Spring 2020 Commencement, which had been scheduled for May 1-2, 2020, due to the continuing global crisis of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health of our students, faculty and staff and our responsibility and integrity to the surrounding community is the foundation for our final decision. We appreciate your continued patience and pray for your health and well-being.

    The following note from President Friedrich was sent out to the Class of 2020 graduating students:

    Dear Students,

    Greetings from Concordia University, St. Paul where we celebrate that “in Christ, we are a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

    It is with great sadness that Concordia University, St. Paul has regrettably made the very difficult decision not to hold the previously scheduled May 2020 commencement ceremonies. I am heartbroken that we must do this. As I have talked to dozens of faculty and staff since arriving at CSP, I’ve been told again and again that commencement is the most inspiring event they have experienced during their service here. I was looking forward to congratulating you, and with the entire CSP community, celebrating your accomplishments.

    Commencement is an important milestone in one’s educational journey, a time of pride and joy, where families, friends and the entire University community celebrates and recognizes publicly the remarkable achievements of you, our graduates. We are truly sorry we cannot proceed as we had hoped, however, the health and well-being of you, your family and friends was paramount in our decision.

    As you are well aware, things have changed rapidly during the past few days and are likely to continue to do so. Many of you have dealt with an abrupt end to your academic and co-curricular experience. For that, we apologize and hurt with you. We appreciate how difficult, confusing and life-altering this has been and will continue to be. We must follow federal guidelines that now limit public gatherings to no more than 10 people for the next three months in order to do all we can to support the common good of our community and nation. We do not want to jeopardize the health of anyone.

    We are currently working on alternative options for graduates to participate in future commencement ceremonies if they choose to do so, and I pray you will. As plans are made and details put in place, we will communicate with you. In the meantime, please know that you are in my prayers. May these words from God’s Word bless you today: “Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9, NLT).

    Blessings,
    Rev. Dr. Brian L. Friedrich
    President

  • Concordia University, St. Paul has canceled all face-to-face classes scheduled on Friday, March 13 and will transition all face-to-face classes to an online format beginning Monday, March 16 through the remainder of the spring term.

    The University Crisis Response Team has been monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for the past several weeks. The situation is fluid and changing by the hour, and our team has been dedicated to discussing and making decisions in the best interest of CSP’s students, faculty, staff, and the entire campus community for the best course of action.

    The core of our decision-making is maintaining the continuity of the educational experience. The health, safety, and academic well-being of our students is our top priority.

    Please be aware that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the CSP community. University officials are continuing to monitor the situation on a daily basis in collaboration with the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health and regional health care agencies.

    All campus-sponsored events, including lectures and fine and performing arts events, have been suspended until the end of the semester. CSP Honors Convocation and Research and Scholarship Symposium will be moved online. CSP will continue to evaluate the spring commencement ceremonies and will communicate further with those students.

    All CSP athletic activities have also been suspended as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) announced the suspension of all athletic activities for each of its 16-member institutions. All NSIC contests are suspended immediately. The league will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will make a determination on the remainder of the academic year later this month.

    Residence Halls and dining services will remain open through next Friday (March 20). All residential students will receive an email from Residence Life with further information.

    Students with questions about internships, student teaching, and clinic placement should contact their supervisors.

    Campus Ministry will continue during regular Chapel hours via Facebook Live. Student services will be available online.

    Faculty and staff will receive additional information from the Director of Human Resources shortly. Students working on campus will be contacted by their supervisors.

    The health and well-being of our campus community remain our main priority and we are grateful for the infrastructure to carry on our classes for the benefit of our on-campus students.

  • In-person classes are continuing as normal at Concordia University, St. Paul as of March 12. CSP is aware that a number of universities across the country have transitioned to online classes due to concerns about COVID-19, however, their circumstances are not present at CSP.

    “At this time, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is not recommending closure of higher education institutions or shifting all learning online. Minnesota currently does not have evidence of ongoing community transmission of COVID-19, nor are there any cases currently in a college or university setting.” 

    – Minnesota Department of Health Press Release 3-11-2020

    Per guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), they are not recommending closures at this time.  There are no recorded cases of the virus in our University community. CSP officials are continuing to monitor the situation on a daily basis in collaboration with MDH and regional health care agencies.

    At this time CSP is not canceling large group gatherings on campus, including all athletics contests, but will update as needed based on information provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NCAA.  CSP supports the CDC recommendations that any individual who has underlying risk conditions should exercise caution when attending large group activities.

    “Information regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at a local, regional and national level is being utilized to make informed and student-centric decisions,” said CSP President Brian Friedrich. “The university continues to monitor the circumstance to ensure your educational experience will be of high quality and in a safe environment.”

    Actions To-Date

    The University has canceled a planned student trip to Italy due to the viruses’ spread in the country as well as a recent travel advisory issued by the U.S. State Department advising against non-essential travel.

    CSP already delivers many academic programs in a fully online model and is prepared to move traditional undergraduate classes online in the event that CDC and MDH recommend moving to a fully online academic delivery is warranted.   Face-to-face faculty already have the core courses in our Blackboard Learning Management system and faculty continue to plan for the contingency in the event it is warranted.

    Proactively, the campus student life team has worked directly with residential students to communicate steps taken to ensure a safe living and learning environment.  These steps have also been taken with Sodexo Food Services, all campus facilities and operation staff have increased cleaning frequency of common surfaces (door handles, table surfaces, etc.) and have installed additional hand sanitizing stations.

    As in all situations, CSP encourages students, staff, and faculty to observe CDC health best practices — wash hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are considered in a CDC high-risk demographic individual seek the advice of your healthcare professionals.  If you are ill, stay home, except to receive medical care. Do not run the risk of spreading illness. Protect yourself and your classmates. The faculty will be understanding and accommodating in your academic work.

    For additional information or guidance on frequently asked questions, please see the University’s COVID-19 webpage.  As the situation changes, CSP officials will inform the campus of the next steps.

  • The University Crisis Response Team continues to monitor the situation regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and prepares for business continuity and student safety in the event that action is required.

    Concordia St. Paul will communicate with the entire campus community if/when our pandemic plan needs activating and/or we receive guidance from St. Paul, Minnesota and national health authorities. CSP is prepared to conduct traditional undergraduate classes online in the event the illness becomes widespread in Minnesota (traditional student experiences would be similar to snow day online learning.)

    Proactively campus facilities and operation staff have already installed additional hand sanitizing stations and have increased cleaning frequency of common surfaces (door handles, table surfaces, etc.)

    As in all situations, we encourage students, staff, and faculty to observe health best practices — wash hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are ill, stay home, except to receive medical care. Don’t run the risk of spreading illness. Protect yourself and your classmates. The faculty will be understanding and accommodating.

    If the situation changes, CSP officials will inform the campus of the next steps.

  • Residence Life is proactively working with our Facilities team to clean common areas/surfaces with disinfectant more often.  We will also be placing Clorox wipes and other cleaning materials in common areas that you are free to use to wipe down the space before and after you use the area.

    If you are not feeling well – please travel home where you can relax and get some good rest.  Our staff is not equipped to take care of you/check in on you. If you become sick staying in campus housing may put the entire living area at risk as some illnesses can be transferable to others – especially when using the same bathrooms, kitchen areas, eating areas, etc.  If you are not feeling well, let your RA or Hall Coordinator know.

    Please email your professors to let them know that you will be missing class.  If your doctor recommends for you to self-isolate and you will be missing for an extended time, please connect with Student Accessibility Services (sas@csp.edu) for short-term accommodations.

    Please let Jake Wakem (wakem@csp.edu) or I know if you have any questions or concerns.

This is a time for you to take care of yourself and get healthy

If you are feeling anxious, please connect with Counseling Services (counseling@csp.edu) and/or CSP Ministry (Pastor Tom – gundermann@csp.edu or Shelly Schwalm – schwalm@csp.edu).

We do encourage you to keep monitoring Blackboard as the University will post pertinent information.