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ESU Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Info + Resources for faculty, staff + students

It will take all of us doing our part to stay on campus this semester

To protect ourselves and our campus community:

  • Conduct a daily self-assessment to identify COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Masks are required in all campus buildings and outside when social distancing of 6 ft. is not possible.
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 ft.

Rigorous protocols have been developed across every area of campus to reduce the spread of COVID-19 including instructional + classroom procedures and alterations to student services + amenities.

If you have symptoms or feel like you have been exposed to COVID-19, students should contact the Student Health Center at 620-341-5222, and faculty/staff should contact their primary care physician.

Academic Calendar

Aug. 17 - First Day of Class | Nov. 20 - Last Day of In-Person Class | Nov. 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30 - Dec. 4 - Remote Classes + Finals | Dec. 11 - Last Day of the Semester

Campus Communications

Repository of information and updates sent via email + video replay of campus forums.

Work Adjustment Information

Information for faculty and staff regarding COVID-19 work adjustment request regulations and procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common COVID-19 + the workplace questions

Information For Students

Visit this page for student information from fall move-in, to class delivery, policies, student services + resources.

Campus Information + Resources

Health + Safety Guidelines

Students, faculty and staff are expected to follow these personal health and safety guidelines. Stay well and help protect your Hornet Family.

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Conduct a daily self-assessment before coming to campus or going to class. If you are experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptoms stay home and contact your healthcare provider.

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Face mask Policy

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear a face mask while in campus buildings. They must also be worn outside where safe social distancing of 6 ft. is not possible.

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Course Delivery + Class Schedule

Course delivery will be face-to-face, hybrid (blended f2f + online) or fully online/remote based on the safest way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Classroom Safety Protocols

Guidelines for faculty, staff and students regarding instructional planning and classroom safety.

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Student Services

Modifications to delivery of service, hours of operation and other procedures have been made to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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On-Campus Housing

Residential Life will implement safety protocols including reduced occupancy, increased cleaning and social distancing measures.

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Academic Calendar

The fall 2020 semester has been adjusted in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Events + Functions

University-sponsored events, gatherings and programming should be limited and follow health + safety guidelines.

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Travel Guidelines

Students, faculty and staff must evaluate all University-related travel for purpose, risk and value to ESU.

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Technology Handling

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through multiple-use technology and equipment, follow these guidelines.

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Customizable COVID-19 Signage

Use these customizable signs for classrooms, common and office areas for specific departmental requirements.

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Learn, Teach + Work From Anywhere

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Learn Anywhere

Tips for students on learning remotely.

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Teach + Work Anywhere

Tips + resources for faculty + staff for learning and working remotely.


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Guiding Principles

Return to campus plans are built using these principles

  • The safe return of ESU students, faculty and staff is paramount.
  • High-quality learning. ESU will continue to deliver highest-quality learning opportunities for students.
  • Look to experts. ESU will adhere to health guidance and benchmarks from university, local, state and federal entities.
  • Forward progress. ESU will take reasonable and prudent measures and will transition to the next stage when we have, at minimum, fulfilled guidance from state and local health officials.
  • Additional steps. ESU may apply additional restrictions to provide a safe environment for our campus community.
  • Recognize individual circumstances. ESU will work with employees and students who are members of vulnerable populations or who live with someone who is a member of a vulnerable population.
  • Remote work. ESU will encourage and support remote work to the greatest extent possible for as long as necessary, with supervisor approval.
  • Target dates and stages will be used to provide timelines and parameters to gradually return faculty, staff and students to campus.

Roadmap + Stages

View this page for complete text of the stages.

COVID-19 site

Follow this link to the original COVID-19 site, which includes previous communications, links + resources.