Frequently Asked Questions about Spring 2021

1. Are the pools and fitness center open? If not, when will they reopen to the public?

As of right now, our pools and fitness centers will remain closed through at least the end of the Spring 2021 semester. Our top priority at this time is to keep our students and members of the community safe and healthy. We will announce any changes in regards to the pools and fitness centers on our website.

2. Is the library open? If not, when will they reopen to students and resume normal operations?

At this time, our libraries will remain closed through at least the end of the Spring 2021 semester. Our top priority right now is to keep our students and members of the community safe and healthy. The library does provide many of their services virtually. Computer labs are also available by appointment for students who may need to come on campus to complete course work.

3. Why is the campus still closed despite Governor Hogan’s latest message?

Governor Hogan’s office has provided educational institutions with guidance on reopening and the authority to do so when they deem appropriate. CSM maintains contact with the local health departments in our region and has made the decision to continue reduced operations to safeguard the health and safety of students and employees.

4. Why did the College of Southern Maryland make the decision to move the Spring semester online so early?

The decision to remain in restricted operations for the remainder of the academic year was not made lightly. With registration for our Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 classes fast approaching, we decided to make this announcement so that our students would be able to plan their upcoming courses with the most up to date information possible. 

5. What is CSM doing to help students during these difficult times? How are staff keeping students safe when visiting campus?

CSM has created a laptop loaner program to help those students who do not have a personal laptop. The CSM Foundation has also launched CSM Hawks student emergency fund to meet immediate needs of students impacted by COVID-19. To date, the CSM Foundation has provided more than $38,000 in student emergency aid including funds for 209 students who identified food insecurity as an issue.

Additionally, our staff and faculty members are practicing proper social distancing techniques and using PPE, such as masks and gloves, during interaction with students and community members. Areas in use are properly and regularly cleaned and sanitized for everyone’s safety.

6. If you have cut costs on operations, when will those cost saving measures be passed along to students?

In an attempt to pass any cost saving methods on to our students, we have held tuition rates flat and eliminated our online fees for courses during the 2020-2021 academic year.

7. How am I supposed to contact departments that don't have phone access and aren’t responsive via email?

If you are unable to reach the individual you wish to speak with, please call the Call Center at 301-934-2251 option 0 for additional contact information and options we may be able to provide you so that your needs and concerns are met.

8. If a vaccine is made available, will the restrictions on campus change?

At this time, we do not know how a vaccine might impact CSM operations. We are committed to monitoring updates provided by the CDC and our local health departments and making well-informed decisions to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our students and community

At this time, we cannot comment how a vaccine may impact CSM and our ability to operate at a pre-COVID capacity. Once we are sure we can keep our students and community members safe, we will announce any changes to our operating procedures on our website.

9. What if classes are moved in-person but I don’t feel safe to return on campus? Will I be penalized?

When registering for classes, students must take note of the course designation. Courses with the RTT (Real Time Technology) designation are the only courses that will change to in-person instruction if the college's operational status changes. Students in these courses will be notified well in advance of status changes

10. I believe COVID is a hoax. Why are you implementing these extreme measures?

CSM is committed to following the guidelines of the CDC and our local health departments to safeguard the health and safety of students and employees.