SCSU town halls: June 5 and 22, 2020; Masks will be required on campus

St. Cloud State University held a town hall meeting at 9 a.m. on June 5, 2020  and June 22, 2020. Speakers at the webinars included President Robbyn Wacker, Jenn Furan Super, Clare Rahm, Jason Woods, Heather Weems, Dan Gregory, Phil Thorson, Phil Moessner, and LaVonne Cornell-Swanson.

University – presented by Robbyn Wacker

Wacker shared the official statement from the University:

“We will welcome students back on campus [this fall]. Student support, learning, living, and engagement will be provided using MDH, MN State, and OHE guidelines“.

On June 22, Wacker shared the University’s new policy on face coverings.

Masks

An email communication was sent out on Monday, June 22 informing students will be required to wear masks on campus this fall.

“To that end, St. Cloud State University will be requiring the use of face coverings for at least the fall semester for faculty, staff, students and visitors in all St. Cloud State buildings and includes face coverings being worn in classrooms and labs to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” read the email.

More information will be shared when it is made available.

General Campus Operations – presented by Jen Furan Super

Offices will begin to open after July 4 in stages, but won’t be open to the public until August.

Jason Woods shared the three levels of student contact for each office. The levels depend on how well social distancing can happen in spaces and then the precautions that will need to take place in those areas.

Communication to the campus community will come in many forms such as the website, emails, social media, and the campus safety app.

Furan Super shared some expectations that the University has for the fall,

“We will expect our huskies to practice social distancing, respect group size limitations, and do our best to protect each other.”

Faculty will prepare to offer classes remotely again if the COVID-19 situation changes, such as another spike in cases.

Facilities – Phil Moessner

All spaces have been cleaned and sanitized; spaces are continuing to be cleaned after every use.

Moessner shared the expectations that the University has for everyone who comes to campus.

“[The University] assumes everyone follows basic personal health practices: 6-foot physical distancing, wash hands frequently, wear face cover, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when sick.”

The cleaners and disinfectants being used are in accordance with the CDC and EPA and provide ongoing protection for up to 72 hours.

All highly used areas will be cleaned at least two times per day. Hand sanitizer will be made available at the main doors of every building.  There are many other precautions that will be actively taken everyday. Questions can be sent to facilitiesmgmt@stcloudstate.edu

Student Life – presented by Interim Vice President of Student Life and Development Clare Rahm

Students who are living on campus will have a single room, but only be charged the price of a double room. Students will receive an email on June 22 for room selection.

There are many organizations for student support on campus: American Indian Center, International Student Services, LGBT Resource Center, Multicultural Student Services, Richard Green House, Student Accessibility Services, Veteran Resource Center, and Women’s Center.

The Atwood Memorial Center is open for the summer. Hours are limited and the space is set up for social distancing.

Student organizations are recommended to plan for face to face events and remote options. They are also advised to make sure they are registered and have their officer positions up to date so they can be apart of the decision making process.

Academic Instruction – Dan Gregory and  LaVonne Cornell Swanson

Swanson filled in for Provost Gregory on June 5.

Faculty are developing courses for the fall to be offered in person or online.

Swanson shared the University’s hope for fall instruction,

“On-campus instruction will be predominant way students will engage in their education for fall and spring semesters.”

Classrooms are currently being assessed for how they may be utilized such that social distancing can still occur and properly cleaning can be practiced.

Classes that were designed to be online or hybrid for fall will continue in that format. On the other hand, classes that were designed to be in person will be offered in person as long as it can be offered in a safe manner.

D2L Brightspace will be used for every course for the 2020-2021 academic year. Faculty are encouraged to develop those pages so classes can be offered successfully in either format.

Students and faculty who need technology assistance can always reach out to HuskyTech for help.

Information on how courses will be offered should be entered into the system by July 1 and a communication will be sent out to students. At that point, students will know what their fall schedule will look like.

The decision on how courses will be offered in the fall is being made on a course by course basis.

The decision about any online fees will be made in the next few weeks.

IT – Phil Thorson

Microphones and video cameras will be added to classrooms so faculty can offer classes remotely or in a hybrid format if needed. Zoom will also be made accessible in each classroom. More information will be coming later this week.

Events – Jason Woods

Events that typically take place still can, just altered to follow guidelines.

Spring Commencement is still scheduled for August 14. There are currently 350 people signed up for that event. There will be two different sessions and people will be located in three different areas.

Husky 1st 4 is still happening, though it may look a little different.

Athletics and Recreation – Heather Weems

The first priority is to open the strength center and individualized practice spaces; this will occur in phases.

Recruiting is still happening on campus in groups of less than 10 people.

Dome take down is now scheduled for July 13.

More information was shared during the town hall. Only new information was shared in this recap. For all information, please check out the previous town hall recaps. 

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Anna Panek

Anna is a junior at St. Cloud State University and is double majoring in Math Education and Spanish Education, with a minor in Special Education. She is the Managing Editor for the University Chronicle this year. When she is not at campus attending class, working as a learning assistant or math tutor, or writing for the University Chronicle, she enjoys volunteering, reading, being overly competitive at board games, and telling horribly funny puns.

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