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Phase 2 of CSM's Return to Campus Plan

Last Updated: September 2, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland is currently in Phase 2 of our Return to Campus Plan or Restricted Operations. Though Governor Hogan announced on September 1 that the State of Maryland was moving to Stage 3, CSM will remain in Restricted Operations for now. 

Please read the following information carefully, and bear in mind that this is an overview; you can find greater detail on all aspects of CSM’s COVID-19 response and Return to Campus Plan on CSMReady.

Health and Safety Precautions 

“Is it safe?” is the question on all our minds as we lift some of these constraints. The health and wellbeing of our students, our employees, and our larger community is our utmost priority. To ensure that we are acting safely and responsibly, CSM’s Return to Campus Plan has been vetted by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and the health officials of St. Mary’s, Charles, and Calvert Counties. 

We have enacted rigorous, COVID-19-specific improvements to cleaning and sanitization of college facilities, including more frequent cleaning of high-contact and -traffic areas, UV sanitization, physical barriers, and personal protective equipment; you can read more about these measures here.

The college has implemented comprehensive health and safety guidelines governing on-campus activities and interactions. Everyone must abide by the following:  

  • Mandatory temperature screenings upon arrival to campus
  • Usage of face coverings or masks by persons over the age of 2
  • Strict 6’ physical distancing 
  • Completion of mandatory COVID-19 Awareness Training(Register via CSMD for HRD-2600-72462)

Limited Campus Access 

CSM’s campuses are open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to allow for in-person student services on a carefully-regulated basis.  

Campus access continues to be restricted. Employees who wish to access campus and are not scheduled to work or teach as part of Restricted Operations, must receive approval in advance by their Division Vice President and by Dr. Comey or the Public Safety Office. To request access for critical operations, please complete the Campus Access Justification Form.

Employee Accommodations

CSM takes the health and safety of the college community seriously and is taking every possible step to accommodate employees and their family members who are considered “At Risk” by the Centers for Disease Control.  In addition, the college is sensitive to the challenges facing those employees who have school-aged children.  Complete information regarding the college’s procedures can be found in the Guidelines for Telework Only During Phase 2.

On September 9, 2020, President Murphy approved the following employee accommodation effective immediately: Staff and faculty needing a more stable internet connection to conduct their work are potentially eligible to use campus office space. Space use is limited to the days of the week and the hours that campuses are open for business. Interested personnel are required to fill out the Campus Access Justification Form to ensure that capacity guidelines, social distancing, and cleaning support measures are in-place for the health and safety of our community.

Technology Support

CSM understands that many employees, as well as students, have challenges with technology and internet access.  The college is committed to supporting the work of employees in the remote environment to the best of its ability; however, we do have some limitations.  Employees should work within their divisions to ensure they get the appropriate technology for their work.

Instruction  

The majority of instruction will remain in a virtual environment. In-person instruction will resume only for courses whose learning outcomes can’t be measured or achieved remotely. Faculty to whom this pertains have already been contacted by their department chairs.  

Student Services 

In-person student services are available on a limited basis; most services require students to make an appointment, although walk-ins are accepted for the College Store and Student Account Services (Bursar) only.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we move into our next phase of the Return to Campus Plan.


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