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Classroom Guidance

CSU Pueblo is dedicated to following all guidance, to the extent possible, provided by and authorized by the Governor of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE).

The following guidance is subject to change as the situation evolves, or as guidance from the agencies listed above changes. Last updated time stamp: November 11, 2020.

Academic Instruction

  • Academic courses will move online or to remote instruction by no later than end of day on Friday, November 13
  • Exceptions for critical in-person instruction and research may be allowed with support from the college Dean and with pre-approval from the Provost
  • This is a virtual classroom, therefore, appropriate classroom behavior is expected.
  • Log into your class or meeting from a distraction-free, quiet environment.
  • Please keep your audio on mute until you want to speak. This will help to limit background noise.
  • Consider using a headset with an external mic for best hearing and speaking capabilities.
  • Close unneeded applications on your computer to optimize the video quality.
  • If you would like to speak or answer a question, use the “Raise Hand” feature. Then unmute yourself after you are called on by your teacher.
  • When you are speaking, let others know that you are finished by saying something like, “That’s all,” or “I’m done,” or “Thank you,” so that everyone knows you have finished your comments.
  • If you would like to use the chatbox, remember that it is public, and a record of the chat is kept and archived.
  • Keep paper and a pen or pencil handy to take notes.
  • Make sure your video is on (if you have camera capabilities) so your teacher and peers can see you.
  • Be mindful of your background lighting. If you are sitting with your back to a window, you may be silhouetted by the light coming through. Your overhead light might also need to be adjusted for the best image quality.
  • Please take care of your personal needs (appropriate dress, basic hygiene, eating, chewing gum, talking to others in your home, etc.) prior to entering a Zoom classroom.
  • Please do not use profanity or inappropriate language.
  • Remember to sign out or “leave the meeting” when the session is finished.

Students with COVID-19

Reports of students with COVID-19 will come to the university’s COVID-19 Response and Planning Team through a variety of methods: 

  • Student notifies COVID-19 Response Planning Team (RPT)
  • Student notifies faculty or staff mentor/advisor, who reports the information to the COVID-19 Response Planning Team
  • Faculty member who hears update from student notifies the COVID Response Planning Team immediately
  • Wolfpack Wellness Center test results
  • County or Primary Care testing follow-up will flag that individual attends CSU Pueblo

Students reporting symptoms, a potential exposure, or a positive test result through the COVID RPT or screening will be flagged for outreach from the COVID RPT and instructed to self-isolate or quarantine pending guidance from the Wolfpack Wellness Center. The COVID RPT will then do the following:

  1. The COVID RPT will assess the concern and begin any necessary internal, CSU Pueblo (only) contact tracing in order to determine close contacts that may have had a significant exposure to an infected person.
  2. CSU Pueblo COVID RPT members will immediately contact CSU Pueblo’s liaison at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment to coordinate efforts and assess risk. 

Students are responsible for notifying faculty of absences from class or work study or other on-campus positions.

In every official email communication from the COVID RPT, students are provided details for contacting the Dean of Students, marie.humphrey@csupueblo.edu, for assistance in communicating with faculty or on-campus supervisors, and both students and impacted employees are asked to contact The Wolfpack Wellness Center in order to make arrangements for a “return to campus clearance.”

Each case is unique, as are the risks, and every clearance, therefore, requires medical clearance in order to mitigate risk. 

Student Conduct and Privacy  

Students are required to follow health and safety requirements. 

  • Failure to comply with health and safety requirements falls under the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Students who receive a COVID-19 test should notify the Response Planning Team and must quarantine away from campus (or in Residence Halls, as directed) until test results are available.
  • If you test at your own health care provider, or at a designated state testing site, you should identify yourself as a CSU Pueblo student and provide a local address for notification purposes.
  • Test results, positive or negative, must be provided to the team at the Wolfpack Wellness Center in order to be cleared to return to campus.
  • If you are ill, stay home. Contact professors and the COVID RPT if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Faculty and staff will not be given details of absences or student specific information.
  • If a student chooses to reveal this personal, medical information, faculty and staff should confirm that the COVID RPT is aware, but should otherwise protect that information and will not share specifics with colleagues, students, or campus leadership, unless asked during the course of internal contact tracing protocols.
  • Best efforts will always be made to protect the privacy of students, to the extent possible, in a public health emergency.

If students need assistance working with faculty or instructors regarding missed classes or assignments, because of isolation, illness, or quarantine (both related or unrelated to COVID-19), they should contact Dr. Marie Humphrey, the Senior Associate VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, whose team can intervene, as requested or necessary. She can be reached by email at marie.humphrey@csupueblo.edu or by phone at 719-549-2919.

Students in need of accommodations, or those seeking an exception to this policy, should contact the Disability Resource and Support Center at dro@csupueblo.edu.

Quarantine and Isolation Procedures

Non-Compliance

Everyone on the CSU Pueblo campus is learning as we go. Our primary focus is to “Protect our Pack,” but if you or your team encounter a group or individuals — employees, students, or visitors who, after encouragement and professional reminders, still refuse to wear a mask/face covering, do not adhere to social-distancing guidelines, or who are practicing other risky behaviors, please contact our Health Screening Team at 719-549-2373.

  • Face masks are required at all times — unless an accommodation has been approved by the Disability Resource and Support Center.
  • Face shields are not an appropriate replacement for a mask. In some cases, both a mask and shield may be worn in a clinical setting.
  • Social distancing — stay two ThunderWolves apart — should be maintained on campus.
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Spring 2021 Semester Plans

Read CSU Pueblo's spring 2021 semester plans for academic instruction and campus operations. For up-to-date information visit the coronavirus website and refer to the Colorado COVID color dial for guidance.

COVID-19 Response Planning Team

RPT Members

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