A look ahead at Fall 2021 at Colorado State University

With the announcement that COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for faculty, staff and students returning to the CSU campus for the Fall semester, the University has started the process of returning classrooms to full capacity.

There are still a lot of unknowns for the CSU community as far as what the fall semester will look like. Therefore, the following information may be helpful, but is also subject to change based on the Larimer County Health Department’s guidelines. 

The Pandemic Preparedness Team will be sharing more information about public health requirements for fall, including what this means for returning to work on campus, over the summer.

As of May 16, the University will lift the requirement issued in March 2020 that as many employees as possibly work remotely. There is no longer a directive to minimize the number of faculty and staff on university grounds.

This will be a gradual shift, according to the PPT, and all employees are not expected to return to campus all at once. Human Resources will provide detailed guidance on issues such as how to gradually on-board faculty and staff back to work sites; application of the telework policy currently in development; and guidance for both supervisors and employees on how to phase back into in-person work.

In an email to campus May 4, campus leaders strongly encouraged flexibility with employees during this time of transition leading up to fall.

What will remain

Screening for COVID 

  • Saliva screenings will still be available to the CSU community. 
  • Pods for screenings will remain on campus but may change locations.
  • Faculty, staff and students should still use the online COVID Reporter to report any symptoms.
  • CSU will still be doing wastewater testing and other protocols that ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. 

Move-In and Ram Welcome 

  • Residence hall move-ins will still be scheduled and take place over three separate days with activities during those days. 
  • Ram Welcome will invite 2020 first-year students to participate for the in-person experience they missed last fall. 

Other campus/community-wide events 

  • Homecoming and Family Weekend will be in person, Oct. 6-7
  • Comprehensive guidance for all university activities is available on the CSU COVID Information and Resources page.

For more information and the latest updates, visit the COVID website, covid.colostate.edu.

The administration will also be sending out emails and messages to the community with updates and more information throughout the summer.