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Campus Updates

Adams State has no knowledge of any cases of COVID-19 associated with our residence halls or with the University. However, Adams State will do its part to avoid any unintended spread of the virus by taking the following immediate steps:

  • Adams State is planning on in-person classroom instruction for fall 2020. In June and throughout the summer, we will continue to release additional information and details about the fall semester.
  • To prepare for the fall semester we have created a Safe to Return Taskforce. This taskforce will have two working committees: one focused on internal campus processes and the second focused on external community impact.
  • Spring Commencement Virtual Ceremony will be held June 6 at noon.
  • Adams State summer courses have begun and are offered through Blackboard online instruction. The initial 6-week summer Maymester runs May 11 through June 21. The second 6-week summer session is June 22 through July 31, also with Blackboard instruction.
  • Adams State also has scheduled a 3-week summer face-to-face class instruction from June 29 through July 17. We will adjust that session if necessitated by COVID-19 concerns.
  • Students can register for summer courses.
  • Adams State introduces Grizzly Persistence Aid to assist students and support their degree attainment. Grizzly Persistence Aid online application.
  • Adams State is expected to receive an additional $784,000 through the CARES Act to bring its total allocation of federal aid to $1.5 million. It will be used for institutional COVID-19 expenses.
  • All classes will be delivered online via Blackboard for the remainder of the 2020 Spring Semester.
  • Undergraduate students can convert any of their spring semester 2020 grades to Pass/Fail after final grades have been submitted by faculty members in May. COVID-19 Pass / Fail Policy.
  • Students whose permanent residence is their campus housing room/apartment may remain in campus housing through the remainder of the semester. All students are encouraged to leave their room/apartment, if possible, however, you may stay if desired and/or needed.
  • Prorated adjustments to housing and meal plans will begin to be made to student accounts starting April 24, 2020.
  • All non-university events scheduled for the Adams State campus have been suspended through the end of May 2020. Future events will be considered, based on guidance from state and federal agencies combating COVID-19.
  • Students who receive approval to remain on campus will also receive instruction via Blackboard and must prepare for severely limited on-campus activities, services, and interactions, including limited housing and food service.
  • Online tours of Adams State are available for prospective students and families. In-person campus tours and visits are suspended through the end of May.
  • Instructional Continuity
  • Student Blackboard FAQ

The best prevention for COVID-19 continues to be what we should practice every year during flu season: wash your hands often, cough into your elbow, avoid touching your face and stay home if you’re sick.

If you know you’ve been exposed or if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 virus, students should immediately notify Vice President for Student Affairs Ken Marquez before returning to campus, and faculty and staff should immediately notify Tracy Rogers in Human Resources.

Essential and Critical Functions

Adams State University has closed the campus to all but essential personnel and activities. Essential functions for postsecondary educational institutions include:

  • Police and campus security
  • Janitorial, maintenance, and facilities services
  • Medical and mental health services
  • Legal services necessary to comply with applicable law
  • Housing and food services
  • Critical research
  • Providing care to animals that may be in labs
  • Financial services, including payroll and necessary contracts
  • IT support and computer services to support distance learning and the above

To support the above functions, critical personnel include:

  • IT support and computer services to support distance learning and the above. The minimum number of staff required to maintain housing, food and health
    services for students remaining on campus.
  • Non-instructional faculty and staff involved in critical research as noted above and as referenced in Public Health Order 20-24. In determining what is critical research, institutions should consider whether the research is supporting the public health and safety of Coloradans. Institutions should take into account the personal protective equipment required to carry out such research, and ensure that it is being used for the most urgent needs.
  • The minimum janitorial, maintenance and facilities services staff required to maintain a safe and clean campus for remaining students and other essential personnel
  • Information technology personnel required to maintain and secure technology infrastructure, including that needed to support remote instruction.
  • Instructional faculty are not considered critical, however faculty with no alternative to accommodate their instruction can use the computer lab in the Adams State Student Union from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. to facilitate their Blackboard instruction.

The President’s Office and Executive Management Team are closely monitoring details and impact of the COVID-19 in the United States and Colorado. Adams State is prepared to take the necessary precautions to contain any spread of the virus on the University campus and in the community of Alamosa and the San Luis Valley.

Any contingency plans directly impacting the Adams State campus will be communicated to you directly through email notices and through the Campus Alert system.

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How to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses:

If you are healthy

  • Continue your normal daily routine. This means you can continue to participate in public gatherings such as work, school, or social activities.
  • Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.

If you are sick

  • Stay home
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.

COVID-19 in the community

  • It’s important to remember that the risk to most Coloradans from COVID-19 is low. If an individual does not have a high risk of exposure, it is very unlikely they have novel coronavirus. But anyone who is ill and concerned should contact a health care provider.
  • Colorado state and local public health are working together, following federal guidance, to assess Colorado travelers returning from China to determine the need for monitoring, restriction of movement, quarantine, or other action to prevent the spread of the virus.

Cares Act Transparency Notice

The hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt deeply by our students and their families. Like many colleges and universities, Adams State University has requested and received an allocation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. This assistance enables the University to help offset the unexpected expenses some students have experienced related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

The Department of Education’s electronic announcement dated May 6, 2020, and titled “Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting-Emergency Grants to Students” requires the following disclosures in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated 45 days thereafter.”

Adams State University acknowledges that President Lovell signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to the Department of Education on April 17, 2020. The university intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under the Cares Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The emergency relief funds were received on April 25, 2020, in the amount of $784,457, and Adams State University notified students of the application process and eligibility requirements immediately. The Director of Financial Aid began posting awards to student accounts on April 27, 2020. As of the date of this posting, (May 17, 2020) $160,750 has been issued directly to students. The estimated total number of students eligible to participate was determined by the number of students in programs that are not exclusively online. As of the date of this posting, (May 17, 2020)

To date, ASU has received 651 applications, of which 530 students met eligibility requirements. ASU has awarded a total of $356,300 in emergency aid by an application process. All students have been notified multiple times via email and telephone to let them know about the availability of funds as well as the steps to apply. Awards range from $500 to $800. The formula used to determine amounts is based on the number of credit hours taken in the Spring semester, demonstrated financial need and enrollment in Summer or Fall courses. Payments continue to go directly to students, bypassing any account balance.

Emergency Aid Applications acknowledge the following:

You certify that you are requesting emergency funds for expenses you have incurred as a result of campus operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic and that all information is true and complete. You also acknowledge that you may be asked to provide additional statements regarding expenses and will check your campus email for follow-up requests.