Updates

6/4/20

Student Campus Access

Summer 2020

Columbia State buildings will remain locked during the Summer 2020 term. Faculty, advisors and student services continue to be offered virtually. Most classes are offered online or Live Streaming and will not have access to campus. A few labs will be meeting in small groups or by individual appointment. Students in these classes will receive times from instructors when to be on campus. 

Computer Lab Access

Students may schedule appointments to use computer labs as described on the Student Resource webpage under Computer Lab Access. Students making an appointment to access a computer lab or attend an on-campus lab must complete a Safe Health questionnaire each day before coming to campus. For computer lab access, the questionnaire should be completed before noon on the day of the visit. On the day of the visit, students with class meetings prior to 1 p.m. should complete the questionnaire by 7:30 a.m. or by noon on the day of the visit for a classes meeting 1 p.m. or later.

Safe Health Questionnaire 

The Safe Health Questionnaire is available to complete online. You should be able to complete from a computer or a smart phone. You will be required to enter your Columbia State PVT username and password to access the form. Watch the Safe Health Questionnaire video to learn how to complete the survey. You will only be allowed to submit the questionnaire once daily. Answer the questions honestly and accurately. Upon completion of the questionnaire, you will receive either an Acceptance message indicating you may come to campus on that day or an Access Denied message. If accepted, make a printout or a picture of the acceptance message on your phone and bring to campus to show faculty/staff before entering a building. If you cannot bring the acceptance message to campus, staff will be able to check your acceptance status or have you complete a new questionnaire on paper. 

Columbia State Requirements

Students must also agree to follow the health guidelines of the CDC and the following Columbia State requirements while on campus:

  • Bring a mask and wear it at all times while on campus.
  • Practice social distancing at all times while on campus.
  • Only enter approved areas. 
  • Do not bring guests on campus.
  • Do not open doors to allow others to enter the building.
  • Do not congregate in common areas with other students or faculty.
  • Report any personal illness or potential exposure to COVID-19 to college staff supervising the lab.

Inform your instructor or college staff immediately if your health conditions change while on campus.

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College officials continue to monitor the latest news and recommendations regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in concert with local public health officials. The health and safety of our college community is a priority, and we have a preparedness plan in place for contagious illnesses. At this time, there have been no cases connected to Columbia State. 

The CDC is reporting increased concerns of spread in the United States. We encourage you to be aware of the symptoms of the coronavirus, which are similar to the flu and include a fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

As a reminder, if you experience any flu-like symptoms, we ask you to stay home and let your professors or supervisor know. 

We will continue to closely monitor the virus and provide any additional updates to you via email. Any changes in normal operating hours will also be updated on the Columbia State homepage and at 931.540.2515.

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.  

How is it spread?

The virus is a respiratory illness and is thought to spread person to person through coughing or sneezing. It may be possible that a person can get the virus by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.  

Help prevent the spread of illness by taking steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others:

  • Do not go to school or work if you are sick. Stay home, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

Resources

Tennessee Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
CDC Fact Sheet: What the Public Should Do