As Appalachian State University begins a phased return of staff and faculty to work on campus, safety is paramount. Our top priority in all decisions is the health, safety and well-being of the App State community.
This website presents COVID-19 safety protocols to help create a safe and supportive work environment for employees as they transition back to campus. These protocols were developed based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the State of North Carolina.
This is not a full guide for returning to classrooms, laboratories, internships and other learning environments. That work is ongoing, and you can read about the many teams involved and their work here.
As scientific knowledge of the coronavirus continues to evolve, the COVID-19 pandemic changes over time, and government and public health officials issue new orders and guidance, App State will update procedures and plans as needed. The university will follow all state and federal orders, directives of the University of North Carolina System, CDC and state and local public health guidelines in order to ensure the safest possible on-campus environment.
All faculty and staff are expected to fully comply with the latest procedures, protocols and requirements published here and in any linked documents and websites, as well as with any additional guidance received from their supervisors and the Office of Human Resources.
This website is updated regularly. Please continue to visit this site for the most updated return to work guidance and information.
Last update: July 3, 2020
Campus health and safety signage
University Communications (UComm) and Environmental Health, Safety, and Emergency Management (EHS&EM) collaborated with AppHealthCare to develop clear and consistent health and safety signage for campus buildings.
As we prepare to return to campus, Facilities Operations is installing health and safety signs at building entrances/exits, on elevators, outside and in classrooms and labs, in hallways and common areas, and in restrooms. Facilities Operations staff will replace common area signs as needed and will remove non-approved signs.
Departments and units on campus will be provided signage for use in office areas at no charge.
Health and safety signage inventory, ordering and delivery information will be available to campus next week.
Course delivery and class schedules
The Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes is being updated by the Registrar's Office to reflect adjustments to room assignments, class times and class delivery methods. The new schedule will offer a variety of course types to allow greater physical distancing in classrooms and flexibility for faculty and student needs. Options will include:
- Face-to-face courses held in classrooms arranged to provide 6 feet of physical distancing.
- Hybrid, which has both online and face-to-face components, including rotating student groups, synchronous broadcast and HyFlex, in which students have multiple options to achieve course goals.
- Online courses (synchronous or synchronous), in which students will participate from their residences or other designated learning areas across campus set up for physical distancing.
Learn more about these options here.
Students are encouraged to work with academic advisors over the summer, should they wish to make changes to their schedules. Teams from Academic Affairs and Facilities Operations are working on customized classroom configurations to allow for appropriate physical distancing. This work will continue throughout the summer.
On-campus student housing move-in process:
University Housing is working on assigning rooms and move-in times for on-campus, residential students. Student move-in will be by appointment and access to residence halls will be limited. Move-in will not utilize campus volunteers as in past years. University Housing will continue communicating with students who will be living in residence halls throughout the summer. Read the latest information on University Housing’s website here.