Fall 2020 Plan and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information

Moving Forward: Fall 2020 at FSU


Last updated September 17, 2020. Updated every Thursday.

When COVID first hit the state last spring, we had little time to react or plan for what was to come. Now we return to our beautiful campus that is transformed in many ways.

You see informational signs, directional arrows and floor stickers to help with distancing, capacity limits posted on doors, reduced density and everyone wearing masks to protect themselves and others. (View a map of campus buildings and pedestrian flow for Fall 2020.)

Classes look different, as our faculty have put a great deal of effort into transforming their courses in innovative ways, all designed to significantly reduce in-person time while maintaining the quality educational experience. Activities will be different, too. We won’t have in-person Homecoming or Late@Lane, but plenty of creative and safe events are still being planned.

We are committed to following state health and safety guidelines, and if these change in the coming weeks, our operations will adapt as well. We are also committed to our mission of providing our students with a high-quality education. 


September 17, 2020 – Universal COVID Testing at FSU on Sept 21-23, 2020

Second Universal Testing: On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 21-23, we will conduct our second population-level universal COVID testing. Check for an email from FSU COVID testing (info@baseline.mail.campuslabs.com), sent around noon today, with signup information and instructions. (If you are a student who is entirely online and not on-campus, an employee not coming to campus for the entire semester, or you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 since July 1 and have documented your case with Brady Health Center or Human Resources, you are not required to test and will not receive an email.)

Outside of the group mentioned above, testing is required for ALL students, faculty and staff at the Frostburg campus. The combination of surveillance testing and population-level testing is among the several key COVID-19 indicators the University is monitoring to determine the raising or lowering of our institutional recovery response levels.

I again want to commend the team that is putting together this massive effort, as well as those who have stepped up to staff the stations in the Cordts PE Center, including an impressive showing from FSU Athletics. Thank you for your help!

Feeling the Strain: If you are feeling the strain of the circumstances surrounding this year, know that you are not alone! We reached out to Dr. Susan Mandell, clinical director of FSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for some advice.

Here is what she offered: “My first point would be to normalize that we are experiencing an unprecedented event and might be struggling with the circumstances. To combat that, some things that can reduce our vulnerability to stress are:

  • maintaining a routine,
  • getting an adequate (not too much or too little) amount of sleep,
  • eating a balanced diet,
  • engaging in exercise,
  • avoiding substances,
  • taking care of our physical health, and
  • engaging in activities that we enjoy.

“Maintaining social connections, even virtually, is important. These daily habits can make a difference in our mood. Other tips are remembering to breathe and be mindful of what we are feeling, rather than trying to distract or avoid our feelings all of the time.”

CAPS is hosting a weekly virtual support group on Fridays at noon for students through the rest of the semester. You’re invited to share your challenges/concerns in a safe and non-judgmental space. Access the support group at this link.

And as always, CAPS is also available for individual support for students if needed. Call them at 301-687-4234.


CURRENT Pandemic Recovery Level

FSU is currently at Pandemic Recovery Level 2: Telework continues, but staff incrementally return to work to complete essential functions with reduced footprint authorized by supervisors; preparations for reopening continue; faculty return when contract commences; students return to campus with limitations on size of gatherings and reduced density in residence halls; as semester begins, classes may meet face-to-face with some blended modalities and reduced capacity; social distancing, indoor face mask donning in the presence of others, hand washing, respiratory etiquette, and employee health monitoring are required.

More Information about the Recovery Level


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Do your part

The safety of our community depends on simple day-to-day actions to reduce transmission. Our safe return to campus relies on everyone doing their part.

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Wear a Mask

You can carry the virus even if you feel healthy. Wear a mask to protect others and they'll wear a mask to protect you.

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Wash Your Hands

When possible, wash hands for at least 20 seconds. If washing isn't possible, used hand-sanitizer.

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Sanitize Surfaces

Clean and disinfect high-contact surfaces such as door knobs and light switches.

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Monitor Your Symptoms

Know the symptoms and monitor your health. If you feel sick, stay home.