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Coronavirus Campus Communication

Email from VCSU Safety Office 7/24/20

Jul 24, 2020

COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates & Resources for Campus Operations

We here at Valley City State University are preparing for the safe return of faculty, staff and students to campus for the fall semester.

To assist in monitoring the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, VCSU is implementing the Viking Safety Levels. The Viking Safety Level serves as a general guideline for what the VCSU community can expect and how we can help keep each other safe during COVID-19. As coronavirus cases rise and fall within our community, VCSU has three levels of safety to guide what’s allowable in academic, student life and other activities.

VCSU is currently transitioning from Safety Level 1 to Level 2.

What does this mean for our current operations?

  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet.
  • All students, staff, faculty, affiliates and campus visitors are required to wear face coverings when interacting with others on the VCSU campus, including situations where other protective measures (e.g., physical distancing, plexiglass shields) are in place. For more information, including directions for those who need medical accommodations, click here (link no longer available).
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your face.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.

If experiencing symptoms, stay home and call your health care provider.

Click here to learn more about the Viking Safety Levels (link no longer available).

In addition to the Viking Safety Levels, several updates have been made to the VCSU COVID-19 Safe Operating Procedures, including: student/employee quarantine and isolation procedures, and positive case procedure and communication plan.

For additional information, please visit the following sites:
Coronavirus Employee Information (link no longer available)
Coronavirus Student Information (link no longer available)

In developing the university’s COVID-19 procedures, VCSU pays special attention to the North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines, among other sources of expert advice; however, due to the population and mobility of our campus community, VCSU’s guidelines may differ from those in place elsewhere. A college campus is a dynamic environment, and the VCSU safety guidelines are being developed as carefully as possible with that in mind.

The pandemic is a fluid situation, and we will continue to monitor public-health guidelines and update as needed. Monitor the Coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information.

Thank you for your continued commitment to health and safety at VCSU — WE ALL ROW!

VCSU Safety Office