Update on Fall Instruction - 8/18/20

Dear students and family members,
 
Campus is full of activity as we prepare for your arrival. As we come together in person, we are counting on you to be thoughtful in your choices and actions so that we can reduce risk for each other.
 
Here are a few reminders before we begin classes in less than a week.
 
Check your class schedule
It is recommended that students check their fall schedule on a regular basis in Campus Connection as the location of some classes may have changed as we work to promote social distancing in the classroom prior to the start of the semester. Also, be sure to check your course syllabus as it will detail the course expectations for your class during the fall semester. You will find your course syllabus in Blackboard closer to the start of classes.
 
Monitor your symptoms
Please monitor yourself daily for symptoms of COVID-19. We ask that you do not attend campus activities if you have a fever of 100.4 or higher or are experiencing other symptoms.
 
Get tested
The North Dakota University System (NDUS) in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Health is arranging mass testing events for COVID-19 in multiple locations across the state. NDSU current students, incoming students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get tested.
 
Report if you are positive
Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 or have been notified by the state health department that they were identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should complete the NDSU reporting form so that NDSU can reach out to offer support. Reporting forms and information on quarantine and isolation procedures are available here.
 
Help Reduce the spread
We all need to do our part in reducing the risk associated with COVID-19. We ask that you adhere to our general risk reduction guidelines including practicing social distancing, monitoring your symptoms, wearing a face covering and washing your hands with soap and water often.
 
Reach out – we are here to help
Each of us will approach this fall with a different mindset. Some of us may feel stress and anxiety. Others are excited and ready to get to interact and socialize. These are normal feelings in a typical year, and, are magnified as we adapt to the pandemic.
 
Please know that regardless of how you are feeling, you are not alone. Many NDSU faculty and staff are ready to support you. The Dean of Students Office is a great place to start if you are struggling and not sure where to turn. Please reach out to us.
 
Please continue to submit questions to NDSU.fall2020@ndsu.edu. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
 
Sincerely,
 
Laura Oster-Aaland
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Pronouns: she/her/hers
 
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Dept 2830, PO Box 6050
Fargo ND 58108-6050
p: 701.231.7052
www.ndsu.edu