June 24, 2020 Weekly Chronicle

Dear CSN Family,

The feedback we are receiving from our most recent weekly Virtual Town Hall meetings has been extremely positive. Well over 400 people attended last week’s faculty and staff town hall, and while there were many different topics covered, there were several questions about employee furloughs and campus safety. I will touch on both of those topics today.

First, all CSN employees — academic faculty, administrative faculty and classified staff — will be required to take one unpaid furlough day per month beginning in July. This amounts to a 4.6 percent reduction in pay, and it is being implemented at all NSHE institutions through directives from the governor’s office and the Board of Regents. As you know, all state agencies were required to submit proposals for budget reductions of as much as 19 percent for the coming fiscal year due to a large drop in expected revenues resulting from the COVID-19 shutdown. We will soon release more specifics regarding furloughs.

We have noted that our Return to Campus plan, which has been approved by the Board of Regents, includes many measures designed to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors as we gradually reopen campus operations in preparation for the fall semester. Among these are:

  • Masks will be required by all parties on campus when in classrooms, shared spaces and anywhere people are in close proximity to one another.
  • Plexiglass will be used in places where face-to-face interaction is necessary, such as library desks and so on.
  • Social distancing will be mandatory on campus — including in classrooms. Our return-to-campus team is hard at work ensuring that there is adequate space for all on-campus classes.
  • High-touch areas will be cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectant frequently.
  • Employees must conduct health screenings daily. Anyone who feels sick, even slightly so, must not come to campus.
  • All employees will undergo mandatory COVID-19 Employee Return to Campus Training. There will be more information from CAPE regarding this training soon.

Again, employees will be notified at least 10 business days before they are required to return to campus. Please keep in touch with your supervisor on this topic.

As the fall semester gets closer, I want to reiterate that we have a robust schedule available for our students. There will be a mix of in-person, hybrid and online courses. Approximately 45 percent of our classes this fall will be fully online and 55 percent will be in-person or hybrid. Some of you have asked about the two categories of online classes listed. Web-Online classes are our traditional online offerings, while Web-Remote are those courses that were originally scheduled to be in-person classes but will now be online.

We are all working very hard to be prepared for a safe return to campus for all our employees and students, and I am looking forward to seeing you all again. 

Stay safe and God bless.

Federico Zaragoza
College of Southern Nevada

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