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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:

  • Beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, March 26, Adams State University will follow Gov. Jared Polis’ temporary stay at home order in effect until April 11. Only essential employees, which include Adams State Police, will remain on campus while the governor’s temporary order is in place. All instruction will continue through our Blackboard course management system. Faculty who were using on-campus spaces must now conduct all courses remotely.
  • All classes will be delivered online via Blackboard for the remainder of the 2020 Spring Semester.
  • 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.
  • Adams State Nielsen Library will remain open to students and employees, but with limited hours. Your campus ID will be required to enter Nielsen Library.
  • 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.
  • Virtual tours of Adams State are available for prospective students and families. In-person campus tours and visits are suspended through the end of May.
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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.

As we approach Spring Break, we urge students, staff and faculty to closely follow all travel alerts and strongly discourage travel to areas the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified as Level 2 or 3 risks (Italy, China, Iran, South Korea, Japan). Travel alerts may also change quickly and we encourage all campus members to be flexible in their plans.

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
  • Poroviding 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.

With upcoming travel being imminent for many students and staff at Adams State University, there are several simple, yet effective precautions you can take to reduce the chances of contracting the virus:

  • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick and maintain a minimum 6-foot distance from them. The virus is most contagious when a person shows symptoms.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Alcohol-based sanitizers can be used on occasion with unsoiled hands but be sure to use soap and water if your hands are visibly soiled.
  • Use good coughing/sneezing etiquette by coughing into a tissue and disposing of it immediately; cough/sneeze into your elbow and NOT your hands.
  • Masks are NOT recommended for those who are not ill and will not prevent you from contracting the virus.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Out of an abundance of caution, Adams State is temporarily canceling University-sponsored international travel until further notice. For students, faculty and staff planning on any travel on their own outside the United States, we encourage you to monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. International travel is more difficult than usual as a result of COVID-19. Due to public health measures, travelers may encounter delays or other difficulties at the U.S. port of entry or at the port of entry of another country.

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.