Archive: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates


CSM Shifts to Phase 2: Restricted Operations Beginning July 7

Last Updated: 9/2/2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) enacted Phase 2 of our Return to Campus Plan on July 7 and shifted from Remote Operations to Restricted Operations. This change in status eased some restrictions on campus access and in-person student services. Please read the following information carefully for how this may affect you. (Bear in mind that this is an overview; you can find greater detail on the Return to Campus Plan here.)

HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

“Is it safe?” is the question on all our minds as we lift some of these constraints. The health and well-being of our students, our employees, our faculty, 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.

In conjunction, the college has implemented comprehensive health and safety guidelines governing on-campus activities and interactions.

Everyone—whether student, faculty​​​​​​, employee, or visitor—must abide by these guidelines at all times while on campus.

These include: mandatory temperature screenings; the use of face coverings or masks by persons over the age of 2; strict physical distancing; and more. We strongly urge all members of the college community to read these guidelines before arriving to avoid delays or difficulties.

LIMITED CAMPUS ACCESS

Our campuses are open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to allow for some in-person student services on a carefully-regulated basis. Appointments are required for most services.

By coming onto a CSM campus, you indicate that you have read, understand, and will comply with the health and safety rules and requirements outlined at ready.csmd.edu. You assume the inherent risk of exposure and possible infection related to novel coronavirus/COVID-19 by coming to campus.

Read the full Statement of Shared Responsibility and Acknowledgement of Unique and Individual Risks.

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. Your instructors will advise you if this pertains to you and, if so, what the schedule and procedures will be.

STUDENT SERVICES

In-person student services are available on a limited basis; most services require an appointment, although walk-ins will be accepted for some, such as the College Store and Student Account Services (Bursar).

Learn More about Campus Access

Please be aware that the availability and type of service (appointment or walk-in) will vary.

As with instruction, student services will continue to be provided primarily online, and we recommend that, for your well-being and that of your college community, you continue to take advantage of online options whenever possible.

COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVISORY

In response to the Maryland Department of Health’s Out of State Travel and Public Travel Advisory (issued July 29, 2020), CSM is implementing the following guidelines regarding out-of-state and out-of-country travel:

Employees and students are strongly advised against traveling to states with positivity rates above 10%. This applies to personal, family, or business travel of any kind. Public health officials advise you to postpone or cancel travel to these areas until their positivity rates decline.

Any employee or student who travels to a state with a COVID-19 test positivity rate above 10%, or travels out of the country, is required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return.

As of August 10, this advisory applies to Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Idaho. An up-to-date list can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#testing.  The District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia are exempt from these guidelines.

Employees must notify their supervisor and the Human Resources Office at hrd@csmd.edu if traveling to one of the states or receiving visitors with a high COVID-19 positivity rate. Employees who are able to telework may continue to work during this quarantine period. Employees who are required to report to campus in order to perform their work duties need to take sick and/or annual leave on the days they are scheduled to work during the 14-day quarantine period.

Employees who have visitors from states with positivity rates above 10% are subject to the same quarantine requirements.


CSM to Remain in a Remote Operations or Restricted Operations Mode through August 16

Last Updated: 6/3/2020

CSM will remain in a Remote Operations or Restricted Operations mode through August 16, the last day of summer sessions. This time may be extended if it is not yet safe for us to return to our campuses. Access to CSM’s campuses is restricted to pre-approved and authorized personnel.

CSM will continue to communicate with our communities often to keep everyone apprised of any additional changes that are made in these unprecedented times.

Summer and Fall Classes

You can register now for summer and fall. Summer classes will continue all online until August 16.

All classes during the Fall 2020 Semester will be taught primarily in a virtual environment. There will be differences in how CSM’s various course offerings will be presented in one of three categories based on teaching and learning methods.

Learn More

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation, and online learning may be extended if called for.

Student Support Services 

An updated resource page is available on the website for students to be able to access information about the IT Help Desk, myLearning, and online availability for tutoring, advising, and counseling. 

COVID-19 Reporting Form Available Online 

We ask that any CSM student or employee who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness or who have had contact with someone who was identified as having COVID-19 to complete the COVID-19 ID Form.

CSM College Store Updates

The bookstore is still open for business! We have just moved all our operations online while our campuses are closed. Please visit www.csmcollegestore.com to purchase your books and get free shipping.



All Instruction Remains Online; Campuses Closed and Student Services Operating Remotely until April 24 (Revised)

Last Updated: 3/27/2020

All instruction remains online through April 30. Student services will continue to operate remotely until April 24. Access to CSM’s campuses is restricted to pre-approved and authorized personnel through April 24

CSM will continue to communicate with our communities often to keep everyone apprised of any additional changes that are made in these unprecedented times.

Here are a few reminders about recent decisions affecting students:

Instruction and Student Support Services 

All instruction remains online through April 30. Student services will continue to be offered remotely through April 24. These dates may be extended as needed. 

An updated resource page is available on the website for students to be able to access information about the IT Help Desk, myLearning, and online availability for tutoring, advising, and counseling. 

Withdrawal and Audit Deadlines 

The last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade has been extended to April 11. Before withdrawing from a course, please e-mail: advisor@csmd.edu.

Refund Policy 

The college is currently following the standard process for issuing course refunds. Please refer to CSM’s Emergency Withdrawal and Refund policy for details. Appeals can be submitted via e-mail to appeals@csmd.edu.  

Payment Plan Due Dates Extended

The payment installment due dates for CSM payment plans have been extended. The payment that was due on March 20 is now due on April 11 and the payment due on April 20 is now due on May 11.   

When you log into your online student account, you may appear to be in an “overdue” status. Please be assured that you will not be accessed late fees for payments due in March or April. If you have any additional questions regarding the status of your payment plan, please contact Student Account Services at paymentplan@csmd.edu.

Student Resources Survey

CSM has developed a survey to identify the financial and technological needs students have so that we can provide resources to help you be successful. If you haven’t already completed the survey, please do so HERE. Responses are due by Friday, March 27. 

COVID-19 Reporting Form Available Online 

We ask that any CSM student or employee who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness or who have had contact with someone who was identified as having COVID-19 to complete the COVID-19 ID Form. 

Registration for the Summer and Fall 2020 Terms

As of now, we anticipate that all summer and fall courses will be held as scheduled.  You can register now for the summer sessions. Fall registration opens April 23.

Please continue to check this page for the latest updates. We appreciate your flexibility and resilience as we persevere during this unprecedented moment in our history.


CSM Faculty and Staff Move to Teleworking, Classes Remain Online, Campuses to Close March 19

Last Updated: 3/17/2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announced today that all instruction and college work-functions will operate remotely and access to CSM’s campuses is restricted to pre-approved and authorized personnel, effective Thursday, March 19. CSM will maintain in this operational status through April 3.

CSM will maintain a virtual learning environment for its students and the classes that shifted to remote learning this week are not canceled. Any students who still had on-campus lab obligations to complete this week, should expect to be contacted by their instructor. Spring break for all CSM communities is still scheduled for March 23-27.

CSM will continue to communicate with our communities often to keep everyone apprised of any additional changes that are made in these unprecedented times.


CSM Revises Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, Continues Students Services, But Limits Public Access to all Campuses

Updated: 3/16/2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will maintain a virtual learning environment for its students but limit access to its La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses in a move to deepen its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CSM is extending its cut-off date to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade. Originally set for Friday, March 20, students will now have until April 11, 2020 to make that decision.

Effective March 17, CSM campuses will be closed to anyone who is not an employee or current student until further notice.

Effective March 17, the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center, located on CSM’s La Plata Campus is closed until further notice.

CSM was advised by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that all spring sports are canceled for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester. All competitions will be canceled for the remainder of the academic year.

For additional information about the status of COVID-19, Marylanders can call 2-1-1; text MDReady to 898211 to receive text updates re: COVID-19, or go online to 211md.org.

Please read the following guidelines, which apply to everyone, including students, staff, faculty, volunteers, vendors, and contractors. Students, faculty, and staff should consult their respective CSM RESOURCES page in the navigation sidebar.  

Health Concerns/General Wellness

Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or any other flu-like symptoms (e.g. sore throat, body ache, congestion) should not come to CSM campuses or any CSM events. Anyone exhibiting these symptoms will be required to leave campus immediately. This included students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. 

In addition, if you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, the flu, or any flu-like illness within the last 14 days, you should not come to campus, even if you are currently symptom-free.  

All students, faculty, staff, and community members should practice social distancing, which is defined by the CDC as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

Faculty/Staff/Student Travel

In keeping with CDC guidelines, anyone who has returned from traveling to a country designated by the CDC as a “Level 3 Travel Health Notice” should stay home and monitor their health for at least 14 days after returning to the US. 

All college-related international travel is prohibited. All personal international travel is strongly discouraged. All college-related domestic air travel must receive prior authorization by the appropriate college division head.  Employees are strongly urged to consider avoiding personal air travel or cruise line trips. 

For information regarding your particular roles, please see CSM RESOURCES for students and families, faculty, and employees on the right navigation bar on the right.  

Impacted Activities, Facilities, and Events

Any activities, facilities, or events that have been affected by CSM’s reduced operations measures will be listed at the following link: www.csmd.edu/calendar/event-updates

Student Life and Men of Excellence will suspend all student activities, events, and meetings between March 16 and April 30. We will carefully monitor the situation, and if conditions warrant it, we will extend the suspension beyond April 30.  

All other official CSM events and events hosted at CSM campuses are cancelled or postponed until further notice. We will only reserve space for new events scheduled after May.

Athletics

The NJCAA has canceled all Spring competition, which includes all practices, regular season, postseason, and national championship play.

Campuses and Student Services

Campuses will remain open, and the majority of student services and facilities will remain available and accessible to students. 

The campuses will remain open during our regular business hours for students to use the computer labs, libraries, Testing Centers, and Learning Support Services and Math Resource Center.  

An updated resource page is available on the website for students to be able to access information about the IT Help Desk, myLearning, and online availability for tutoring, advising, and counseling. 

The 24/7 Thinking Storm online tutoring will remain available for students to get assistance with their coursework.