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Campus Plan-Fall 2021

Concord Community,

As we prepare to bring students and faculty back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, it has become necessary to adjust our course of action as it relates to on-campus operations.

Mask Mandate
Effective immediately, masks are required for all individuals (both fully vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated) while indoors on campus.  Masks are NOT required when outdoors.

Individuals who are FULLY vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated, upload your records HERE.  By verifying your records prior to August 16, 2021, you will not be required to undergo testing at the beginning of the semester.

Individuals who are NOT vaccinated
If you are not vaccinated, you are required to submit a valid COVID-19 test (PCR or Rapid Antigen) result HERE.  Test results must be received no later than August 16, 2021 for commuter students. Tests MUST be administered within 72 hours prior to move-in for residential students or the first day of class for commuter students.

Local COVID-19 Testing is available at

MedExpress Urgent Care - Princeton 

Bluestone Health Center - Princeton 
Princeton Community Hospital 
Mercer County Health Department 

  

If you received your COVID-19 vaccine on campus,  you do not need to submit documention.

Concord University will continue to conduct random sample testing among certain groups of students, faculty and staff who are on campus and have not been vaccinated or have not verified their vaccination status with the university.

  • If you have verified your vaccination records, you are exempt from the random sample testing.
  • Certain groups may be asked to complete testing on a weekly basis based on their potential exposure to COVID-19 and vaccination status.

Many faculty, staff and students have been fully vaccinated. We encourage everyone who is elligible to be vaccinated as soon as you can.

Our expectations for the fall semester include:

  • Face to face learning (properly-fitted mask required for everyone, indoors)
  • Residence halls at full capacity
  • Buildings and facilities, including dining operations, the library and the fitness center will return to normal hours and increased capacity
  • Spectators permitted at all athletic activities


Fall Return to Campus Schedule
Students report on Monday, August 16, 2021, for the first day of classes consistent with the published academic calendar. CU intends to operate at full capacity with in-person classes in the fall, restoring as much normalcy as possible while certain precautions for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 remain in place.


Campus Health and Safety Protocols
Concord University plans to follow all health and safety protocols recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), and other orders, regulations, etc. CU continually monitors the guidance issued from federal and state authorities and updates our protocols accordingly. As additional information becomes available, CU will update the Return to Campus page.


Not Fully Vaccinated
Current safety protocols for members of the campus community who are not fully vaccinated:

  • Daily monitoring for COVID symptoms, including temperature checks
  • Staying home if sick with COVID symptoms
  • Washing your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is required.
  • Maintaining social distancing indoors recommended
  • Utilizing contact tracing to identify close contacts
  • Observing quarantine requirements
  • Reporting positive COVID test result: to HR, if employee; to Student Health Center, if student
  • Reentry COVID testing upon return to campus in the fall (see above)
  • Submitting to periodic surveillance testing

Fully Vaccinated
Current safety protocols for fully vaccinated members of the campus community:
  • Daily monitoring for COVID symptoms, including temperature checks
  • Staying home if sick with COVID symptoms
  • Washing your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
  • Utilizing contact tracing to identify close contacts
  • Reporting positive COVID test result: to HR, if employee; to Student Health Center, if student
  • Out of state travel beyond contiguous counties limited, subject to prior authorization at the Cabinet level.
  • Provide evidence of vaccination to be exempted from quarantine requirements for close contacts. To the Office of Human Resources for employees and on-campus contractors or to SHC for students.


COVID-19 Training
Faculty, staff, and students will participate in safety training on COVID-19 prevention by viewing PowerPoint presentations before the fall semester begins. The information in the training programs will be updated periodically to reflect the latest safety information available.


Vaccination Information
As more students and employees are vaccinated and the closer we get to community immunity, the more likely it is we will keep our rates of infection at CU low, continue reducing the COVID-19 protocols in place, and have more activities on campus. It is possible that the CDC may establish standards for revaccination or boosters, at which point these guidelines will be revised.

Vaccination Encouraged
Student Vaccinations – Encouraged but not required

Students are encouraged to provide a copy of their vaccination information to the Student Health Center (SHC) for inclusion in their medical record. Students who were vaccinated at the SHC will have a vaccination record on file.

Employees and On-Campus Contractors Vaccinations – Encouraged but not required

Faculty and staff members and on-campus contractors desiring exemption from quarantine protocols must provide HR with proof of vaccination. If you were vaccinated at CU, then your information is complete.

Welcome Week Activities
Welcome Week activities are being planned and will be posted at the following site when updated: www.concord/welcomeweek.


Academics
While CU will continue to offer online courses, as is standard in a typical semester, our priority is to return to in-person instruction this fall. A number of classes have been listed as “hybrid,” with some components of the class in-person and other portions online. Hybrid classes are not “online” classes. It is intended that students enrolled in a hybrid class participate in both the in-person and online portions of hybrid classes as scheduled.

To ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we will continue to follow public health guidance to start the fall semester. Physical barriers, i.e., Plexiglas, will remain in place or be available in classrooms for use by instructors. Classrooms will be restored to full seating arrangements.

In addition to physical barriers, continuing classroom precautions include, taking attendance, and using seating charts to aid in contact tracing as needed.


Reopening University Venues
The University is providing space for activities and programs consistent with available safety guidance. At this time, University facilities such as the fitness center, remain closed to individuals outside the campus community. We anticipate limited expansion of the use of the fitness center in the fall to permit wider accessibility to students, staff, and faculty. Access will be adjusted based upon infection rates and then current guidance.


Residence Halls
Residence Hall move-in will be Saturday, August 14th from 8:30 am - Midnight and Sunday, August 15th from10:00 am - Midnight. No appointment is necessary.

Each resident may have two helpers for move-in, and everyone is expected to follow all safety protocols and social distancing guidelines in accordance with the CDC, as well as any other protocols posted by Concord University officials.  Masks are required.


Dining Services
The cafeteria, beginning June 14th, will be open Monday - Thursday 7:30am – 8:30am for breakfast, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for lunch and 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm for dinner. Self-service options will not be permitted to ensure guest safety. Enhanced cleaning procedures will continue.

The Subway area is being renovated this summer and will open August 14th or sooner, construction work permitting.

Wingspan and Starbucks will be open on the first day of fall classes, August 16th.


Campus Personnel to be On-Campus
With a few exceptions, faculty and staff should plan for on-campus work for the fall semester. Telework may be used in limited situations by prior arrangement or when directed in response to changing circumstances.

Reasonable ADA accommodations and non-ADA modifications will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Employees requesting an ADA accommodation or a non-ADA modification for the fall semester must submit the application and updated medical documentation to the Office of Human Resources by July 1, 2021.

Employees who had previously received accommodation or modifications related to COVID may not qualify under the current circumstances.

The University has a limited number of positions available for telework. In such cases, the individual assigned to work remotely will vacate on-campus space, which may be utilized to address programmatic growth.

Let us each do our part to keep Concord the safest and healthiest University in West Virginia!

 

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