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Archive of Information for CSM Students on Novel Coronavirus


March 23 Update: Where We Are

We are living in unprecedented times, and things change daily—sometimes more frequently.  Amid the uncertainty that we are all experiencing, we continue to adapt, evolve, and do our best to address the current challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Your safety, well-being, and continued success are our top priorities and we are committed to keeping you informed during this process.

We are sympathetic to your situation. We are all struggling with how to keep going during this pandemic, and none of us has all the answers.  These are really tough times for everyone.  Please be assured that all CSM faculty are working hard to try to support students as best they can. Nobody saw this coming.

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 3. These dates may be extended as needed. 

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.


UPDATE: CSM Extends Payment Date for Students on the Payment Plan from March 20 to April 11

Last Updated: March 20, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland understands the significant amount of uncertainty that the current COVID-19 situation has caused for everyone in our community and on our students in particular. As such, the due date for the next installment for students on CSM payment plans has been extended from March 20 to April 11. In addition, payments due on April 20 will now be due on May 11. 

This extra time allows you, our students, to manage your resources the best you can and address your most immediate, pressing needs, in the face of these ever-changing difficulties.

Please note, when you log into your online Student Account, you may still appear to be in an “overdue” status however, please rest assured no late fees for the March payment will be assessed until after April 11. If you have any additional questions regarding the status of your payment plan, please contact the Student Accounts department at paymentplan@csmd.edu.

This change also coincides with the cut-off date to withdraw from a course or change to audit/credit without a grade. Originally set for Friday, March 20, you now have until April 11, 2020 to make that decision.

Yesterday, we asked students to respond to a survey to help us understand how you’re coping with the challenges you may be facing. We want to reassure you that the college is here and prepared to support you.  

Your well-being and continued academic success are, and will always be, our highest priorities. If you haven’t already, please fill out the survey to let us know what support you might need and what assistance we can offer to meet your needs. Survey answers are confidential. 

Complete the Survey

Please make sure to continue monitoring your CSM e-mail accounts. You should also routinely check the MyLearning course shells for your individual courses, and stay in close contact with your professors if you have any questions about your coursework.  

CSM will continue to post updates and any operational changes here. Please check back regularly for the latest resources and updates.
 
Thank you all for your patience and incredible resilience as we confront these challenges, together.


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

Last Updated: March 19, 2020

In what seems like a very short period of time, we have all come to realize how swiftly the COVID-19 situation changes, in our communities and across our country. On March 18, Governor Hogan announced that the number of confirmed cases in Maryland of COVID-19 has increased to 130, an overnight increase of 54%.  

Consequently, CSM will move to remote operations, effective Thursday, March 19 through April 3; this period may be extended, if circumstances require it. During remote operations, all instruction and most work functions operate remotely, and access to campus is restricted to authorized employees only.

Important updates: 

  • All online instruction will continue this week, March 17-20. 
  • Online instruction will resume on Monday, March 30, after Spring Break. 

We want to reassure you all that the college is here and prepared to support you. Your well-being and continued academic success are and will always be our highest priorities. Please continue to log into myLearning and stay in touch with your professors regarding your coursework. 

Be sure to access the Student Resources webpage for resources that are available to you while the college is on remote operations. 

As always, we will do our best to keep you informed.


March 16, 2020 Updates

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

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. Effective March 17, CSM campuses will be closed to the public except for employees and current students until further notice.

In addition, CSM was advised today by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that all spring sports are canceled for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.

CSM is also 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.

CSM leadership also decided today to close the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center, located on CSM’s La Plata Campus, at close of business today.


March 12, 2020 Updates

Classes and Services 

The college is moving as much instruction online as possible, beginning Monday, March 16. The college is not closed, and instruction is not canceled. Your faculty will be in touch through your courses’ myLearning shells about the expectations for your learning and interaction in the online environment.  

The majority of student services and facilities will remain available and accessible during our regular business hours for students to use the computer labs, libraries, Testing Centers, and Learning Support Services and Math Resource Center.  The 24/7 Thinking Storm online tutoring will remain available for students to get assistance with their coursework.   

Science labs may continue to meet through March 20, but faculty will make alternative arrangements for achieving learning outcomes and fulfilling time requirements during the reduced operations period. Some material can be moved online; other material will need to be made up in extended hours at the end of the semester. Faculty will inform students of how those will be made up, based on departmental guidance. 

Clinical placements can continue through March 20, following the clinical site protocol or if their accrediting body has not issued guidance otherwise. Health faculty will make arrangements for students to complete their required clinical hours once determinations are made.  

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 college may need to extend or shorten the semester as necessary, and reserves the right to do so to provide our students with the quality of education and instruction they deserve.   

College offices and services will remain open, so you can use the tutoring and math centers, the testing center, and the library, as well as advising, financial aid and counseling services. However, 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.

Attendance and Coursework 

Students should notify their professors as soon as possible if they can’t complete their coursework due to illness or complications caused by the current public health situation (for example, having to care for family members or lack of technology access). Students and professors will work together on a case-by-case basis to make accommodations for these difficulties.  

Communications 

Students should make sure they are monitoring their CSM student e-mail accounts, as well as the MyLearning course shells for their individual courses, and contact their professors if they have any questions about their courses.  

Stay in touch with your instructor and stay active in your learning by remaining connected to your course in myLearning.  

Dual Enrollments and Prospective Students

We will continue to conduct placement testing in the high schools on the regularly scheduled dates until further notice. 

Dual instruction at the local high schools will continue as long as the schools are open; dual students who take classes on any of the college campuses will move to online instruction as appropriate. 

Dual enrollments and prospective students can check the updates on our website at ready.csmd.edu, e-mail us at askme@csmd.edu, or contact our Admissions office at 301-934-2251. 

Continuing Education and Workforce Development

The college is currently exploring avenues to meet students’ learning needs for our Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs.  

Scheduled courses that have not yet started will be rescheduled to start after May 1. Students who have enrolled in those courses will be contacted to arrange for their enrollment in future sections.  

Determination of clinicals for current clinical students will be made in concert with the clinical facilities and the other healthcare programs.   

Contract training classes that are not held on CSM campuses will be handled on a case-by-case basis in consultation with clients. Contract classes held on CSM campuses will be moved to the clients location, if possible, or rescheduled for a date in May. 

The fitness center and campus pools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16.