Faculty and Staff Update: Fall 2020 Plan

Campus Community:

Effective on August 3, NDSU will be modifying its guidance to expand the use of face coverings on campus. A copy of the new guideline along with some FAQs can be found here. We are instituting this new guidance to better protect our campus community against the spread of COVID-19. We know this is short notice, so we are expecting campus to fully comply over the course of a few days next week.

We did not take this decision lightly. We relied on public health experts, including the CDC, who have stressed that face coverings are a critical prevention technique. Reflecting the importance of this issue, campuses across the Midwest are implementing similarly stringent policies.

We all want to have a successful Fall semester, and to help make that happen, each of us needs to remember that our personal decisions influence the overall health of the community. Wearing a mask is a small act, but collectively, it can have a huge impact. If we all work together, we can help Protect the Herd.

COVID-19 tests available free to all NDSU students and employees

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.

The initial testing events are scheduled for Aug. 3-25 in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Wahpeton, Jamestown, Mayville, Bottineau, Minot, Devils Lake, Belcourt, Fort Totten, Fort Yates, New Town, Williston and Dickinson. Exact testing dates, times and locations for each city will be announced later. Pre-registration at testreg.nd.gov is encouraged to facilitate an efficient collection process and minimize your time at the testing site.

Tests are available to all current and new students, faculty and staff at any of the state’s 11 NDUS campuses. Individuals can get tested at the site nearest to their current place of residence, with the goal of getting the results prior to travelling to NDSU. NDSU is not requiring documentation of negative test results. If your results are positive, we ask you to follow public health guidelines and isolate at your home place of residence. 

Students and employees who live outside North Dakota also can participate by travelling to the nearest NDUS testing site. However, testing closer to home is encouraged if it is available and distance prohibits travelling to North Dakota. 

The full testing schedule can be found at the NDUS website

Guiding Principles

We are a student-focused, land-grant, research university, and remain dedicated to our role as an economic engine that educates students, conducts primary research, creates new knowledge and advances technology. 

We are committed to offering an in-person experience to students who choose it. Students who have health concerns about returning may contact Student Health Service for support.

This is a time to demonstrate our strengths as innovators and problem solvers, as we pursue the richest possible in-person experience for our students while minimizing risk to all.

We are guided by the best practices and advice from state and federal public health agencies.

 

Continuity of Operations planning
As outlined in the university’s Emergency Operations Plan, two groups have been meeting regularly to address the initial impact of Covid-19 closures, and now plan for reopening. The leadership group is a smaller team of senior administrators, and a Crisis Management Response Team is a larger group of representatives from all areas of campus. 
 
In addition, a large group of academic staff and faculty are working on plans for instruction. Groups from residence life, dining, the President’s Council on Campus Wellness, and the like, are focused on specific operational plans. These additional groups are coordinating their work with the leadership group and Crisis Management Response Team to implement the plans as they are developed.

Human Resources

Changes in phases will be determined by guidance and data from the CDC and from state, local, and university health professionals.

Phase 1
Incrementally return in a limited capacity. Priorities include positions that are needed for campus safety or reopening, or some jobs that cannot be effectively completed from home and are critical to ongoing operations. Plan for social distancing for on-campus employees. 

Phase 2
Carefully bring back additional personnel to increase unit capacity and functionality as needed. Refine work space habits on social distancing and hygiene. Target date is TBD, but not before June 29, 2020. Additional information to come prior to start.

Phase 3
Return with full staff/faculty while continuing to make use of telework, scheduling, and other measures to maintain social distancing, accommodation and flexibility. Target date is August 1. Additional information to come prior to start.

Please see full plan at Human Resources web site

 

Departmental resources:

Fall 2020 Plan for Students

Learn more about Academic Affairs, Student Life, Residence Life and Dining Center updates in the Fall 2020 Plan for Students.
https://www.ndsu.edu/admission/fall_2020_plan

Other Resources

NDSU President’s Council for Campus Wellbeing
https://www.ndsu.edu/presidentscouncil/resources/

NDSU and community resources
https://www.ndsu.edu/deanofstudents/assistance/

State of North Dakota Department Covid-19 resources
https://ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources

NDSU Covid-19 preparedness and response
https://www.ndsu.edu/police_safety/covid_19_preparedness_and_response/