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Return to Campus Roadmap + Stages

View the roadmap to returning to campus for fall 2020

Emporia State University Return to Campus Roadmap

as of 6/4/2020


The Guiding Principles should guide department planning for return to campus.

  • 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 and follow, to the extent reasonably practicable, discipline-specific guidance provided.
  • 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. Each department will use the ESU Roadmap and associated planning tools to build individualized return to campus plans with department-specific timing.


ESU will follow, at a minimum, Lyon county, state, federal and other regulatory prerequisites for implementing ESU stages for return to campus. Prior to moving to a new stage, ESU will assess whether that move is prudent by evaluating the following:

  • Stable or declining incidences over 2 weeks
  • Stable or declining hospital admits
  • Decreasing number of deaths


For each stage, departments should plan how to gradually reopen while considering:

  • Staffing: Return staff incrementally to gradually increase on-campus operations.
  • Hygiene: Scale hygiene practices into cultural norms. Examples: wear masks, social distancing, cleaning practices for offices, doorknobs, desks, technology and bathrooms.
  • Innovation: Continue to provide flexible and innovative work practices. Examples:
  • Enable flexible work environment.
  • Adjust workspaces to allow for social distancing.
  • Utilize virtual meeting options.
  • Self-Assessment: Employees conduct regular symptom self-assessments.

ESU Return to Campus Stages
Progression through stages will be determined by guidance and data, from the CDC and from university, local, state and federal health professionals.

IMPORTANT: All dates are target dates only and are subject to change based on local, state and national alignment with health prerequisites.

For departmental planning purposes: Expected campus activities by Stage

  • Stage 1: May 1 – June 12 (tentative dates) - Planning + Communication
  • Essential personnel only.
  • Student services online.
  • Stage 2: June 15 – June 26 (tentative dates) –Prepare for On-Campus SUMMER2 Classes and Stage 3
  • Limited and gradual return to campus, primarily faculty and staff preparing for 14 face-to-face SUMMER2 courses.
  • Departments continue, and expand, preparation for Stage 3.
  • Student services online.
  • Stage 3: June 29 – July 31 (tentative dates) - Support SUMMER2 and Prepare for FALL/Stage 4
  • Limited and gradual return to campus.
  • Departments continue, and expand, preparation for FALL student arrival.
  • Faculty and staff supporting 14 limited SUMMER2 face-to-face classes.
  • Most student support services continue online during.
  • Stage 4: August 3 (tentative dates) - On campus preparing for start of FALL (Aug. 17 – first day of classes)
  • Most employees return to campus.
  • Face-to-face classes resume within health and safety guidelines.
  • Student services operating within health and safety guidelines.
  • Athletics and events operating within health and safety guidelines.