Coronavirus information

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


 


The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority. As the instances of COVID-19 increase in the U.S., Pittsburg State University is modifying operations. Here's what you need to know now.

coronavirus

University Messages

Messages and communication sent to Pittsburg State students, faculty and staff.

Current Week

Past weeks

Event Cancellations

  • Until further notice, all Pittsburg State University events are cancelled starting March 16
  • Confessions of a Video Game Addict (4 p.m. Monday, March 16, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts)

FAQ's


  • Should I cancel my spring break vacation plans?
  • What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
  • How is it transmitted?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • What is the treatment?
  • How can I protect myself and others?
  • What do I do if I have credible reason to believe I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?
  • Is it safe to travel to infected areas?
  • What is Pittsburg State University doing to prepare?
  • Are there any specific measures being taken in residence halls?
  • Are we still holding events?
  • Can I still travel to infected areas on university business or for academic reasons?
  • If I choose on my own to travel to an infected area, what happens when I return?
  • The CDC recommends staying home if coronavirus symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath) are present. Will Pittsburg State University implement a consistent process for students so they aren’t penalized by strict attendance policies by individual instructors?
  • What about employees who have coronavirus symptoms? Can they work from home?
  • Who can use the Student Health Center services?
  • How would PSU make a decision to close because of COVID-19?
  • Can I travel domestically on university business or for academic or club reasons?
Yes. We strongly encourage you to avoid travel at this time. The virus situation is evolving daily, and growth is accelerating. Destinations that seem less impacted today can change overnight and without warning. Practice social distancing, stay home as much as possible, and follow CDC guidelines for protecting yourself and others. If you do travel, expect a 14-day quarantine when you return, depending on the situation at your destination. 

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus in the family of coronaviruses.

It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This can happen from direct contact, or contact with droplets on surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and all can be mild or severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. Supportive care to relieve symptoms should be done while the virus runs its course. Severely ill people may be hospitalized.

The most important think you can do right now is to distance yourself from others. Social distancing (staying home, staying away from crowds, isolating) is an effective way to stop the spread.

Please also always follow the CDC recommendations:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home and away from others when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Carry germ wipes and wipe down shared electronic devices (keyboards, mice, printers, copiers, phones) before using.
  • Regularly sanitize your own electronic devices, and avoid sharing devices

Contact your healthcare provider (which could be the Student Health Center) by phone and explain the reason you believe you’ve been exposed. Even if you do not have symptoms, self-isolate until released by your healthcare provider. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) describe them to your healthcare provider so a plan can be put in place for your diagnosis and care.

All university-realted travel is suspended. Personal vacation travel is strongly discouraged. 

The CDC has issued travel notices and levels to determine risks in traveling to certain areas.

  • Warning Level 3:Avoid nonessential travel
  • Alert Level 2: Practice enhanced precautions
  • Watch Level 1:Practice usual precautions:
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
For the latest information on cases in the US, click here. For the latest information on travel recommendations and the global situation, click here.
We have activated our Critical Response Management Team, which is meeting daily to determine how we reduce exposure for our students, faculty, and staff, and to prepare. All university-related travel is suspended. All events on our campus are canceled for the remainder of the semester, including commencement ceremonies in May. Students were released one week early for spring break. Residence halls have closed except to those students without permanent US residences or for a few other special circumstances. Coursework is moving away from face-to-face and will resume on Monday, March 30 via alternative delivery methods for the remainder of the semester. Most campus facilities are closed for two weeks starting end of day Friday, March 20.  We’ll continue to monitor expert resources and follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This is a dynamic situation, so we will monitor and take action on a daily basis.
Residence halls have closed except to those students without permanent US residences or for a few other special circumstances. Custodial services and food service will remain for these students. 
No. All events on the campus of Pittsburg State University are canceled for the remainder of the semester, including commencement ceremonies in May.
All university-led travel is suspended for the spring semester. 
We strongly discourage travel at this time. If you proceed with vacation or other travel, you may be subject to a 14-day quarantine when you return. Please monitor travel alerts from the CDC, KDHE, and WHO for information. Travel restrictions and quarantine rules can change suddenly and without warning. 
Individual instructor attendance policies are in place. Coursework resumes via alternative teaching methods on March 30. 

Always stay home if you have a fever, are coughing, or have shortness of breath to avoid the risk infecting others and worsening your own condition. Campus facilities are closed for two weeks starting end of day Friday, March 20. 

All current students who pay fees can use the Student Health Center. Students in online degree programs who do not pay the Campus Privilege Fee and are therefore not eligible for access to the Student Health Fee may pay the student health fee ($76, paid at the Student Recreation Center) and get access to the Student Health Center. Visits are free, though charges could result if tests are necessary or medicine is prescribed. Employees of Pittsburg State University (faculty and staff) can use the Student Health Center for a $30 fee per visit, with additional charges for tests and prescriptions. The Student Health Center does not require any students, faculty, or staff to have health insurance.

Pittsburg State University is moving all instruction to alternative delivery methods starting March 30. No face-to-face courses will be held for the remainder of the semester. Campus facilities are also closed for two weeks starting end of day Friday, March 20. We are closely following the recommendations from the CDC, the KDHE, and the Crawford County Health Department for reopening facilities. 

All university-led travel is suspended for the remainder of the semester.     

University Messages



Campus facilities closure extended through April 19

Tuesday 03/31/20 12:00 PM

In accordance with the stay-at-home order issued by the Crawford County Commission on March 27, and Governor Kelly’s order on March 30, the facilities of Pittsburg State University will remain closed at least until April 19.

Originally, we announced that facilities would close for two weeks, reopening April 6. Given new guidance the campus facilities will remain closed an additional two weeks. This may be extended, so please pay close attention to future updates.

The closure of academic labs will remain in place for the remainder of the semester.

Please note that nearly every department on campus is working remotely. Emails and voicemails will be answered, and students can chat online with Admission, Gorilla Geeks, Registrar, Student Financial Assistance, International Programs and Services, Cashiers & Student Accounts, Student Success Programs, Student Life, and the Library.

We will continue to assess necessary campus functions with supervisors, and will make adjustments as we move forward.


Order of Governor of Kansas Laura Kelly

Monday 03/30/20 08:00 AM


Student Laptop Checkout

Monday 03/30/20 08:00 AM

If you need a laptop to complete this semester’s courses, no worries – we have you covered.

Students can check out a laptop for the remainder of the semester next week at Axe Library's main entrance.

   -  Monday, March 30 from 8:00-4:00
   -  Tuesday, March 31 from 8:00-4:00

Students should line up outside with social distancing in mind. Students will be allowed into the Axe Library lobby one at a time to check out a laptop.

Students must present their PSU student ID and email.

If students are already enrolled in summer courses, they may keep the laptop until fall.

Laptop return procedures will be announced at later date via email, so stay tuned.

Order of the Crawford County Board of Health

Tuesday 03/24/20 12:00 PM


All central IT services are open

Monday 03/23/20 09:00 AM

If you are working or learning remotely and need IT assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to the ITS Help Desk (aka The Gorilla Geeks):

Call-In and Email Hours For the Weeks of March 22nd and March 29th:
  • Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Live Chat Hours for the Week of Mar. 22nd:
  • Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
  • No Sunday Chat Hours on Mar. 22nd (Due to Spring Break)
Live Chat Hours for the Week of Mar. 29th:
  • Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Check out our Remote IT Support page for tips and best practices!

Update for Thursday, 3/19/2020

Thursday 03/19/20 09:00 AM

As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the nation, the facilities of Pittsburg State University will close for two weeks starting on Monday, March 23.  

During this time, employees able to work remotely, as determined by their supervisor, will do soAll employees will continue to be paid.  

Coursework will resume as planned on March 30 via alternative delivery methods.  

A small number of employees will be required to work on campus. Those employees will be notified by their supervisor with additional information. 

Student employees will continue to be paid. More guidance on this and for reporting time is forthcoming next week. 

During this time, most campus buildings are closed, including but not limited to academic labs, administrative and academic offices, Axe Library, the Rec Center, and any other physical space. Bryant Student Health Center remains open to serve students.   

These are unprecedented times, and we appreciate your patience. Our plan is influenced by Governor Kelly’s announcement about executive branch employees on March 17, and adapted to fit the unique nature of our university as we work to preserve progress toward degrees for our students.  

Please keep in touch with your supervisors, check your email dailywatch Pitt State social media, and monitor pittstate.edu/coronavirus for future alerts and information about our university’s response.  

IMPORTANT MESSAGES 

  • University facilities are closed for two weeks starting March 23 
  • Employees able to work from home during this time will do so 
  • All employees will continue to be paid, including students 
  • A small number of employees will be required to work on campus 
  • The University will issue further guidance during the next two weeks  

Update for Tuesday, 3/17/2020

Tuesday 03/17/20 12:00 PM

As you know, the situation with COVID-19 in our region is evolving every day. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment believes the widespread transmission of COVID-19 will accelerate during the next several weeks. In addition to proper hygiene, the most effective method of mitigating the spread of this highly contagious respiratory illness is social distancing. 

Given guidance from federal and state public health officials for the next eight weeks, Pittsburg State University will deliver courses via alternative delivery methods through the end of the spring semester. This removes further disruptions for faculty and students. 

In-person commencement ceremonies are also canceled, along with all commencement-related activities. We will soon begin work on alternative ways to celebrate this great accomplishment, so please stay tuned for more information. Graduates will also be welcomed to walk at future ceremonies.  

Residence halls on our main campus will close starting March 23. All residential international students and a small number of domestic students in exceptional circumstances will be allowed to stay but should be prepared to move to different room to reduce density. The closure does not apply to the student residences at Block22. Students in main campus housing will receive additional instructions about moving out by Sunday, March 22.  

These decisions are not easy to weigh and finalize, but we must prioritize the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and community based on expert recommendations. Though none of this is ideal, we also know removing ambiguity is helpful and settling in these uncertain times.  

IMPORTANT MESSAGES: 

  • Pittsburg State University will deliver courses via alternative teaching methods through the end of the spring semester. 

  • In-person commencement ceremonies are canceled 

  • Residence halls on our main campus and Gibson Dining Hall will close starting March 23 


COVID-19 Update from the Bryant Student Health Center

Monday 03/16/20 02:00 PM

Bryant Student Health Center wants you to be informed about Pittsburg State University’s response to COVID-19 and how you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. We are working with our University, local and state officials to ensure the health and safety of the PSU community with guidance from CDC.

RECENT TRAVEL

Discuss all travel with your supervisor before leaving. Closely monitor KDHE/CDC website for the most up to date travel guidelines. New recommendations include 14 day home quarantine if someone has traveled on a cruise ship, or to a state with known widespread community transmission (currently California, New York, Washington, and some counties in Colorado). *Travel to these community spread areas are reportable to the county health department for home quarantine monitoring.

If you have traveled recently to an area with confirmed cases of COVID-19 (international or within the US) that does not meet the community spread criteria, please monitor your health and seek medical advice for any symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) for 14 days after your return home or to campus.

STAY HOME WHEN SICK

Do not come to work if you are sick, especially if you have a fever and upper respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.

CALL FIRST

If you have symptoms (fever AND cough or shortness of breath) and concerns of exposure to COVID-19, please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first; your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

Start with calling any of the following medical facilities first:   (COVID-19 testing requires prior approval by KDHE.)

  • your personal medical provider
  • Crawford County Health Department—620-231-5411 (Monday—Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm)
  • Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas—866-888-8650 (Monday—Sunday 7 am to 7 pm)
  • Bryant Student Health Center—620-235-4452 (Monday—Friday 8 am to 4 pm)

**DO NOT go to the emergency room for COVID-19 screening UNLESS YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FEVER AND RESPIRATORY DISTRESS.**

WORK LEAVE

If home-isolation or quarantine related to COVID-19 is recommended by a healthcare official, please ask for appropriate documentation for submission to your supervisor.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Call KDHE at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) if you have general questions regarding COVID-19.

For the latest updates from the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, go here: http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/


Update for Monday, 3/16/2020

Monday 03/16/20 12:00 PM

The situation with COVID-19 changes daily, therefore our response can and likely will change daily. Please monitor email, Pitt State social media, and pittstate.edu/coronavirus for updates. 

Events 

All events on the campus of Pittsburg State University (PSU or other) are canceled through the end of the spring semester. The status of May commencement ceremonies is undecided.   

University travel 

ALL university travel is now suspended unless it is in directly related to the health and welfare of our campus community.  

Personal vacation travel 

We strongly discourage all personal vacation travel. Please note that as of today (3/16/2020) the KDHE recommends a 14-day self-isolation if you travel by cruise ship, travel internationally, or travel to Washington, New York, California, or a few counties in Colorado on or after March 15. Those traveling to these destinations will be reported to KDHE and their self-isolation will be monitored by the county health department upon return. Read about it here.  

If you choose to travel for vacation to a place not currently recommending self-isolation, please understand that the situation at your destination can change suddenly and without warning. You too could be subject to self-isolation when you return.  

Before you depart, check travel advisories for your destination, and continue to check warnings while away 

Meetings 

Use caution when scheduling face-to-face meetings. Keep meetings small, and practice CDC-recommended guidelines for hygiene and social distancing. Reconsider non-essential meetings. Use Teams or Skype to hold meetings instead.  

Use of remote work options 

Supervisors should enable and allow telework to reduce density of people on our campus. Find helpful resources for telework here. Follow the telework policy, though relax restrictions and previously-held decisions to make this work for as many people as possible (including students, if applicable). Each employee who works from home should complete the new alternative work/telework form and submit to their supervisor. These will be submitted to VPs for a consolidated record of employee agreements. The new form will be available this afternoon on the HRS webpages and also emailed to supervisors.

This is an unprecedented situation on our campus, and we must take temporary measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Please stay current on PSU’s response by checking your email, watching Pitt State social media, and monitoring pittstate.edu/coronavirus.  


Admission events - all on-campus visits sponsored by the Admission Office through March 27 are canceled.

Monday 03/16/20 08:00 AM

As of March 17, all on-campus visits sponsored by the Admission Office through March 27 are canceled. Future on-campus visits will be evaluated after this date, so please check back for updates.

This cancellation of events is very disappointing for us, as we love meeting prospective students and their families. Luckily, we have a virtual tour so you can see how beautiful our campus is, and what awesome things we offer.

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, our Admission office will remain open so we can assist and answer questions.


Student info on modified operations at PSU

Friday 03/13/20 12:00 PM

As you know, the Critical Response Management Team at PSU has closely monitored the developing public health challenge, COVID-19, across our state, region, and country. Though there are no cases in Pittsburg, our state already is impacted and Governor Kelly has declared a state of emergency. Institutions like ours in communities of our size will not be immune from this virus. Our team makes recommendations based on our priorities: 

  • Ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19  
  • Maintain transparency with thorough and frequent communication as the situation evolves 
  • Provide high-quality, though potentially alternative, experiences for our students that preserve progress toward a degree  

Pittsburg State University is releasing students in face to face courses a week early for spring break at the end of today, March 13.  

Next week, our faculty will work to redesign their face to face courses and move them to alternative teaching formats. THERE WILL BE NO SCHEDULE CHANGE TO COURSES ALREADY TAUGHT ONLINE. Extended spring break applies only to face-to-face courses. 

Courses will resume on schedule following spring break on Monday, March 30, through online or via other alternative teaching methods – indefinitely.  

We will resume face to face classes when it becomes feasible to do so based on the status of COVID-19 and at the recommendation of public health officials. 

Campus will remain open 

We will maintain normal operations in our administrative to ensure students are served remotely as they navigate this new reality.  

In addition, Axe Library will remain open to provide workspace for students who do not have internet access and computers. Depending on course content, some labs could remain accessible, though that will be determined over the next week by individual instructors and the college deans.  

Student workers may continue in their positions if approved by supervisors. 

Residence halls will remain open 
The move to alternative delivery methods for courses does not currently impact residence halls and dining hall services. However, while completing classes online, students may choose to return to their family residence. 

Events and outreach 

Until further notice, all Pittsburg State University events are cancelled starting March 16 

Keep yourself healthy 

Please do everything you can to stay healthy and informed. Carefully follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, disinfect surfaces, stay away from sick people, and stay home if you’re sick. Stay current on public health recommendations. Limit social gatherings and other places where people congregate. Stay home as much as possible. These methods work.  

Taking action to limit exposure helps everyone. Following the guidelines helps keep our community healthy and safe. It will take everyone working together to reduce exposure and transmission of COVID-19.  

We also encourage you to remain connected with your family and friends throughout this trying time by using the technology most of have in our hands. Texting, social media, and phone calls are good ways to maintain structure and social connections. 

What can you do now to prepare? 

  • Be on the lookout for communication from instructors about the logistics of the move to an alternate delivery of classes. Be patient as some instructors will need some time – to test and practice before providing more finalized details ahead of the switch to the alternate delivery of classes. 
  • Work with your instructors to ensure that you will have access to the class content online wherever you may be – on campus or otherwise. 
  • Make sure you have current cell phone information and email in PSU GUS System as well as Canvas in case we need to contact you directly via text with any updates. 

Please watch Pitt State’s Twitter and Facebook, as well as email and pittstate.edu/coronavirus for updates and notices.  


Faculty/Staff info on modified operations at PSU

Friday 03/13/20 12:00 PM

As you know, the Critical Response Management Team at PSU has closely monitored the developing public health challenge, COVID-19, across our state, region, and country. Though there are no cases in Pittsburg, our state and region already are impacted and Governor Kelly has declared a state of emergency. Institutions like ours in communities of our size will not be immune from this virus. Our team makes recommendations based on our priorities: 

  • Ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19  
  • Maintain transparency with thorough and frequent communication as the situation evolves 
  • Provide high-quality, though potentially alternative, experiences for our students that preserve progress toward a degree  

Pittsburg State University is releasing students in face to face courses a week early for spring break at the end of today, March 13.  

Next week, our faculty will work to redesign their face-to-face courses and move them to alternative teaching formatsThere will be no schedule change to courses already taught online – extended spring break applies only to face-to-face courses.  

Faculty: Expect further communication from your chairperson or dean regarding training and preparation assistance available next week.  

At this time, the move to alternative delivery of instruction methods does not directly impact staff members other than those who will assist students and faculty who are adjusting to alternate methods of course delivery. 

Courses will resume on schedule following spring break on Monday, March 30, via online or other alternative teaching methods – indefinitely.  

Upon return from spring break and until further notice all classes will be delivered online or by other than face to face delivery as determined by the instructor but approved by the chair. 

Our colleagues in CTLT and ITS have collaborated to create a very helpful resource - IT Support for Remote Work & Instruction. This comprehensive site links to all the resources available (and there are a LOT of them) that enable remote instruction. One of the most important is the information on Canvas, which includes information about the Faculty Resources Course developed by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. 

Please discuss challenges and potential solutions with your chair and/or dean, and also share among each other so we can learn from each other. If your classes are already prepared or can be done so quickly, please help others.  

We understand this is not a small task, nor is it an easy one for many of our courses, and we appreciate the work it will take. Our goal is that our students have the best possible experiences under these trying circumstances.  

We will resume face-to-face classes when it becomes feasible to do so based on the status of COVID-19 and at the recommendation of public health officials.  

Campus will remain open - we are not “closed” 

Though students won’t be on campus, we will maintain normal operations to ensure students are served remotely as they navigate this new reality. Faculty and staff are expected to work unless they are sick, isolated due to potential COVID-19 exposure, or have chronic health conditions that put them at higher risk. Please continue to practice social distancing and other preventive measures moving forward.  

Once classes resume on March 30, Axe Library will remain open to provide workspace for students who do not have internet access and computers. Depending on certain courses, it’s possible some labs will remain in operation.  

Student workers may continue in their positions if approved by supervisors.  

Leaders are encouraged to use flexibility when evaluating alternate work schedules and telecommuting, as governed by our Telework and Alternate Work Schedules PolicyLeave policies can be found here 

We know spring is an important time to hire new faculty and staff and engage with prospective graduate students. Please limit face-to-face contact and travel by using Skype/Teams as much as possible. Reach out to ITS if you need assistance – 620-235-4600 or geeks@pittstate.edu.   

Residence halls will remain open 
The move to alternative delivery methods for courses does not currently impact residence halls and dining hall services. However, while completing classes online, students may choose to return to their family residence. 

Events and outreach 

Until further notice, all Pittsburg State University events are cancelled starting March 16Employees are encouraged to limit the size of meetings or move meetings online when possible using Skype/Teams 

Large group visits of prospective students will be transitioned to virtual tours with accompanying online/phone meetings. Single student visits will continue, though advance arrangements are required. This could change at any time.       

Travel 

All university-led travel outside Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas is suspended for the remainder of the spring semester. More information on resumption of travel during the summer will come later.  

Look out for yourself, your family, and our community 

Please do everything you can to stay healthy and informed. Carefully follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionwash your hands, don’t touch your face, disinfect surfaces, stay away from sick people, and stay home if you’re sick. Stay current on public health recommendations. Limit social gatherings and other places where people congregate. Stay home as much as possible. These methods work.  

Taking action to limit exposure helps everyone. Following the guidelines helps keep our community healthy and safe. It will take everyone working together to reduce exposure and transmission of COVID-19.  

We also encourage you to remain connected with your family, friends, and colleagues throughout this trying time by using the technology most of us have in our hands. Texting, online meetings, social media, and phone calls are good ways to maintain structure and social connections.  

Our team will continually update pittstate.edu/coronavirus to keep our students, faculty, and staff current.  

Thank you everyone – students, faculty, and staff – for the work, flexibility, and patience required as we chart a path through this difficult time.  


Faculty Canvas Support

Thursday 03/12/20 03:00 PM

For resources to support teaching within Canvas:

  1. Log into Canvas
  2. Click on the Help icon at the bottom of the global navigation
  3. Select, “Faculty Support” from the help menu

This takes faculty to a landing page with contact information for support by college as well as a link to currently “join” the Faculty Resources Course.  This course includes information to get up and running with the following tools:

  • DesignPLUS
  • Respondus LDB and Monitor
  • Turnitin
  • VidGrid
  • Zoom

Event Cancellation Guidance

Thursday 03/12/20 01:58 PM

If your department or program cancels an event, please follow these steps. 

  1. Add the word “Canceled” to the title of the event on the University Calendar at www.pittstate.edu. Do not delete it. If your department/program does not have access to the events in CMS and you need assistance with this, contact Andra Stefanoni in University Marketing & Communication at astefanoni@pittstate.edu. 
  2. If a Facebook event exists for the event, use Facebook’s option to cancel the event. Anyone who has subscribed to the event will get an automatic alert that it has been canceled. 
  3. On that Facebook page, write a short note announcing the cancellation. Sample: Please note that the trombone recital planned for March 18 in McCray Hall has been canceled. Questions? Call Bob at 235-4474. 
  4. If a news release has already been sent out about the event or a news release is in process, notify Andra in UMC at astefanoni@pittstate.edu. 
  5. If the event is listed on your department’s/program’s websitedo not delete it. Please add “Canceled” next to the event so it is visible (recommended in red) to anyone who goes to that page. 
  6. If posters are hanging on bulletin boards for that event, please ensure they’re all removed. 

Questions? Contact Andra at ext. 4124 or by email at astefanoni@pittstate.edu.


Coronavirus + All Travel

Thursday 03/12/20 10:13 AM

Please note that this guidance can change at any time given the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 public health challenge.

As of today, March 12, 2020, Pittsburg State University is suspending all university-led travel outside Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. 

Previously, we announced that all university-led international travel is suspended for the remainder of the spring semester. We are now extending that suspension to all domestic travel. This includes conferences, meetings, or any other university-related reason. Travel in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas is currently exempt from this suspension, though please watch for further guidance on a daily basis. Exemptions from the suspension will be made only under very specific circumstances determined by the vice presidents.  

All existing university-led travel for the summer (any trips departing after May 15) will be reevaluated.  

If you have already booked travel and require help cancelling, please contact the dean of your college or your director.  

We understand travel suspensions are disappointing, and additional scrutiny can be frustrating. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, and these precautions are part of our plan to reduce the impact of this global health threat.


Coronavirus + International Travel

Tuesday 03/10/20 04:40 PM

Given the growth of reported cases and the dynamic nature of COVID-19 worldwide, all university-related travel outside the US for the spring semester is suspended. This includes upcoming study abroad programs, international travel by student groups, and international faculty travel. This directive goes into effect immediately.

If you have already booked travel and need help securing refunds for yourself or your students, please contact the dean of your college or your director.

All existing university-led international travel for the summer (any trips departing after May 15) will be reevaluated. At this time, no new programs for the summer that include international travel will be considered, and no travelers will be added to any existing trips.

Currently domestic travel is decided on a case-by-case basis. Travel requests will be evaluated weekly by the vice presidents to determine necessity and risk.

We understand travel suspensions are disappointing, and additional scrutiny can be frustrating. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, and these precautions are part of our plan to reduce the impact of this global health threat.

Increased Sanitation

Monday 03/09/20 08:00 AM

As the instances of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, grow in the US, Pittsburg State University continues to prepare. There are no cases reported in Pittsburg, but we fully understand the virus spreads easily so we’re taking steps to limit its presence among our students, faculty, and staff.

First and foremost, we have increased disinfection of high-traffic areas and high-use surfaces. We have implemented a daily sanitation regimen for door handles, light switches, bathroom surfaces, frequently-used counters, and hand rails in stairwells.

In addition, the Critical Incident Management Team convenes each morning to discuss the status of the situation on our campus and determine preparedness and response plans. This group is carefully monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 

Preventive Measures

Wednesday 03/04/20 08:00 AM

At Pittsburg State University, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are top priority. We are committed to regular communication and guidance as the nation prepares for the potential spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Currently there are no cases in the four-state region, and risk of exposure is low at this point. We are carefully monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and reports from Student Health Services. 

Members of President Scott’s council are actively developing plans to address concerns. Our institution will follow the procedures set forth in our existing Critical Incident/Crisis Response Management Operations Plan, plus any additional recommendations specific and unique to COVID-19. More information and guidance will be released in the coming days.

In the meantime, remember that COVID-19 has the same basic symptoms and is spread in the exact same way as influenza – through droplets produced when coughing or sneezing. The same measures you’d take to reduce risk of contracting (or spreading) the flu will be effective for COVID-19. Please always follow the CDC recommendations:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home and away from others when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Carry germ wipes and wipe down shared electronic devices (keyboards, mice, printers, copiers, phones) before using.
  • Regularly sanitize your own electronic devices

You can also choose to not shake hands, hug, or otherwise contact other individuals.

If you have travel plans, please check the CDC website for the list of high-risk areas in which the virus is active and spreading. Traveling to destinations that are high-risk is not advised, and could result in health screenings and restricted movement (potential quarantine) for up to 14 days by the federal government upon your return.

Coronavirus

Friday 02/28/20 08:00 AM

In addition to the seasonal flu, there is now concern with the emerging outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of a well-known coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. There are currently only five confirmed cases in the US. While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is low at this point, everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging outbreak with the following recommendations:

  • Recognize symptoms of the coronavirus which typically begin about two-weeks after exposure. Symptoms are similar to flu and other respiratory illness - fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and wheezing.
  • Evaluate recent travel to Wuhan or contact with someone from Wuhan, China who is experiencing respiratory or influenza-like symptoms.
  •  Seek medical attention immediately If you have had travel to Wuhan, or have had contact with a sick person from this region within the last two weeks, and are experiencing these symptoms.