2019 Novel Coronavirus Information

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

Concordia University, St. Paul has canceled all face-to-face classes and transitioned all face-to-face classes to an online format through the remainder of the spring term. The health and well-being of our campus community is our top priority and the adjustments we have made are in support of all of our current and future Golden Bears.

We are grateful for the infrastructure to carry on our classes for the benefit of all our students and we want you to know that while our campus has physically closed, our faculty, staff, and resources are still here and available to you.

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

COVID-19 Information/Communications for CSP Campus Community

Spring 2020 Commencement Update (March 19, 2020)

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

 

More information can be found here.

CSP Moving Face-to-Face Classes to Online Format Monday, March 16 (March 12, 2020)

Concordia University, St. Paul has canceled all face-to-face classes scheduled on FridayMarch 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.

2019 Novel Coronavirus Information for CSP Campus Community (March 11, 2020)

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.

Current information specific to the state of Minnesota can be found here.

Information about COVID-19

What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.
What is the Risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Symptoms and Transmission

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.
Prevention

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Currently, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the U.S., so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • 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.
  • Both students and employees are encouraged to stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

More information can be found on the CDC website.