Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
This page will be updated as information changes. Latest updates: 7/9/2020 4:15 p.m.
SU is committed to keeping our community safe, healthy, and informed. Please check this page for updated information on COVID-19 (formerly known as the 2019-nCoV coronavirus).
The University System of Maryland has announced that all USM institutions, including SU, will welcome students back to campus this fall, with hybrid classes that include both in-person and online components. Members of SU's COVID-19 Task Force and its Planning Teams have been working hard to identify needs and begin drafting a plan to make this happen. SU's Return-to-Campus Overview is available for download.
Dear Members of the Campus Community:
Beginning Monday, July 13, 2020 Salisbury University will expand its number of COVID-19 screening locations for employees on campus. New weekday screening times and locations are:
- 6:30-8:30 a.m. – Avery Street Lot (drive-up, enter from West College Avenue, exit onto Avery Street)
- 8:30-10 a.m. – Route 13 Parking Lots A and B (outside the Guerrieri Academic Commons)
- 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Wayne Street Parking Garage (drive-up, Wayne Street entrance/exit)
- All other times – SU Police Department, East Campus Complex, Power Street (walk-up, ring buzzer at door)
In the event of inclement weather, all screenings from 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. will move to the Wayne Street Parking Garage. All weekend screenings will take place at the SU Police Department. A map of all screening locations is available at the link: SU Campus COVID-19 Screening Map (PDF).
Employees coming to campus must complete a daily COVID-19 screening before reporting to their regular worksites. In addition to temperature checks, employees will be required to answer a short list of questions regarding symptoms before swiping their Gull Cards or providing their employee ID numbers for clearance to proceed to work. All employees should have their Gull Cards ready and know their employee ID numbers before entering the screening line.
The safety measures are based on recommendations following guidance provided by the Maryland Department of Budget and Management for entry into state buildings. SU contractors are also required to complete a self-screening process before reporting to worksites on campus and to communicate daily with SU project managers. Those found to have symptoms of COVID-19 or fevers of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to not report for duty and to contact their supervisors and will be given instructions regarding self-confining and seeking medical care.
This is part of a phased plan for employees returning to campus. At this time, only those employees with approval on file with the Human Resources Office should report to campus and only as scheduled. While on campus employees should have their Gull Cards visibly displayed at all times and wear face masks as appropriate.
Beginning in August, SU expects to introduce an app that will provide employees coming to campus with the option to self-screen and report any COVID-19 symptoms digitally. Drive-up screenings will remain available for those without technology access. A campuswide announcement will be made once the app is available for download. Employees still will be required to complete a daily screening, either online or in person, before reporting to work.
Those with questions about these protocols, or about their critical/non-critical employee status, should contact their supervisors. Thank you for doing your part in helping keep our campus safe.
Previous Campus Communications [+/-]
- July 9: Updated COVID-19 Screening Locations for Salisbury University Employees on Campus
- June 24: Salisbury University Fall Return-to-Campus Planning
- May 29: Salisbury University Releases Return-to-Campus Overview
- May 28: Return to the Workplace
- May 15: Safer-at-Home Guidance
- May 13: SU Looks Ahead to Fall as Campus Buildings Remain Closed to the Public This Summer
- May 12: CARES Act Emergency Student Grants Available
- May 7 CARES Emergency Student Grant
- April 28: SU, PRMC Partner to Provide Space for Recovering COVID-19 Patients
- March 27: Salisbury University Will Issue Credits For The Spring 2020 Semester
- March 27: SU Announces Refund Plans for Remainder of Spring Semester
- March 24: Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24
- March 23: SU Community Members Self-Confined Following Possible COVID-19 Exposure
- March 17: Campus Communication
- March 12, 6:20 p.m: All SU Activities Canceled and Buildings Closed to the Public
- March 12, 10:45 a.m: Virtual town hall on coronavirus scheduled March 13
- March 12: Letter To Residential Students
- March 10: Classes canceled Thursday-Friday
- March 6: SU continues to monitor the spread of novel coronavirus
- March 6: SU Announces COVID-19 Preparations
- March 2: Campus Coronavirus Update
- February 26: SU information on COVID-19 Precautions
- January 26: Tips for Preventing Influenza and Coronavirus (From SHS)
Faculty and Staff Guide for Returning to Campus
SU’s Faculty and Staff Guide for Returning to Campus is available for download. Please check often for updates.
COVID-19 Inclusion Statement
As we adjust to operating during a pandemic, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting and sustaining a welcoming, respectful, accessible, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of the Salisbury University community. We stand against xenophobia, incivility, racism, ableism, and all forms of bias, harassment and discrimination.
We acknowledge that COVID-19 has impacted members of the SU community in different ways and created unforeseen challenges (e.g. personally, academically, professionally, as well as physically, mentally and socially). We understand that this will call for a more thoughtful approach as we proceed. We will seek to find strength across difference to uphold the common humanity that binds us together. We will remain committed to working together to demonstrate equity and inclusivity as we embrace our shared values of excellence, student-centeredness, learning, community, civic engagement, and diversity and inclusion.
SU CARES Act Report
Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
Salisbury University Grant# P425E200233
4/20/2020 – 4/19/2021
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Following the initial disbursement of 1,868,100 to over 4,000 students covering transportation and technology expenses, Salisbury University (SU) offered additional funding to cover other expenses, up to $1,000, for those who applied through an online scholarship system. Each applicant provided a description and had to certify that the expenses they incurred were due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each student awarded funds was deemed eligible (for more information see: CARES Emergency Student Grant) by the Office of Financial Aid. (Initial Report can be viewed here)
Salisbury University awarded an additional $433,383 to eligible students through the application process. Students were notified of the opportunity through campus-wide e-mail and social media. In addition, SU reimbursed students who were charged for books that were not returned to the Bookstore due to the inability of students to return to campus. That totaled $24,650. SU is currently in the process of distributing $39,300 to students incurring additional technology costs over the summer as ALL SU instruction is online.
To summarize, Salisbury University has disbursed $2,326,133 to 4205 students since being awarded the CARES Act funding. The breakdown of expenses is shown below. The remaining funds will be distributed to students this fall once it is determined how the COVID 19 Return to Campus plan affects the incoming or returning students.
Awarded Amount Total Awarded Amount 2,979,729 Transportation and Technology Distribution 1,868,100 Misc. Expense Reimbusement 433,383 Book return Reimbusement 24,650 Summer Student Expenses 39,300 Remaining Funds 614,296
Submitted June 26, 2020
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Hand sanitizing stations are located in all campus academic, residential and administration buildings.
- Avoid contact with those who are ill, if possible.
- Clean high-touch surfaces in your room and/or office with anti-bacterial cleaner (bleach wipes are very good).
- Cough into your sleeve or a tissue, not directly into your hands, and wash your hands immediately.
- Avoid touching your face both when you are ill and when healthy. This spreads germs!
- Avoid sharing food, utensils, cups, and water bottles.
Information on Masks and Gloves
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- Forms for Employees
Most activities on campus have been suspended and campus buildings closed to the public until further notice.
To help slow any further spread of COVID-19, most summer camps, academic events and other campus activities have been canceled or moved online. Participants who have pre-paid registration fees for canceled in-person events should contact event organizers to coordinate refunds.
Salisbury University and the University System of Maryland (USM) are actively monitoring the global outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The governors of Maryland and surrounding states have issued stay-at-home orders and have asked residents to restrict all non-essential travel.
SU has recalled all students studying abroad. Those returning from countries with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or U.S. Department of State travel advisories were asked to self-confine at home for 14 days, according to the University System of Maryland Statement on Self Isolation of Students, Faculty & Staff.
The CDC discourages any non-essential international travel independent of any CDC or USDOS advisory levels. SU has suspending authorization for travel using institutional funds to or from any country with a USDOS Travel Advisory Level 3 or Level 4 or a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 1-3. Exceptions must be approved by the Office of the Provost. Faculty and staff who already have arrangements for university-funded travel to impacted countries should contact their dean or direct supervisor for more details.
SU recommends that all members of the community reconsider any non-essential domestic travel, including by motor vehicle, plane, train or boat. Members of the University community should contact their dean or direct supervisor for more details if a pre-approved conference or event has been cancelled.
The University also encourages all members of the community to exercise caution when traveling for essential reasons either internationally or domestically.
- Keep your immunizations up-to-date including an annual flu shot.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Wash your hands often with soap and water following the CDC’s handwashing guidelines (or use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60 percent if soap and water are not available)
Any member of the SU community who travels to a country with a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 1-3 is required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to campus. Further direction on self-isolation can be found at the University System of Maryland Statement on Self Isolation of Students, Faculty & Staff. Employees should contact direct supervisors upon completion of domestic or international travel. If members of the University community develop cold- or flu-like symptoms during or after travel, the CDC advises that individuals call ahead and notify their health care providers of symptoms and recent travel history. Contact with others should be avoided until a health care provider has provided an evaluation. Visit the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisories page for the most up to date information on current warning levels.
Visit the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisories page for the most up to date information on current warning levels.
The The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the novel (new) coronavirus, COVID-19 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The CDC is working with the World Health Organization (WHO), which has declared the outbreak a global pandemic.
Risk is dependent on exposure. People in contact with those with COVID-19 are likely to be at greater risk of infection and should take the precautions outlined in the CDC’s guidance for preventing spread in homes and communities.
The CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. Currently, the CDC also recommends avoiding all non-essential domestic and international travel.
What SU Is Doing
As directed by the University’s Emergency Operations Plan, SU has convened our Emergency Preparedness Committee. A subsection of that committee has been appointed to a Coronavirus Working Group, which is meeting regularly to coordinate SU’s response to the COVID-19 virus.
Following elevated state guidelines, most activities at SU are canceled and buildings closed to the public until further notice.
USM/SU Meeting Guidance
- Attempt to achieve social distancing and leave at least six feet between one another.
- Remember to thoroughly wash your hands.
- Hold in-person meetings only when they are absolutely necessary.
- Ensure that you and no one else is in the room that has symptoms of an upper respiratory infection, fever or known exposure to a high risk COVID-19 situation.
This situation is quickly evolving, please remain vigilant and check www.salisbury.edu/coronavirus for regular updates.
Information from Student Health Services
Salisbury University’s Student Health Services (SHS) is not currently accepting walk-in or in-person appointments, but continues to provide telehealth appointments for students via Zoom.
No COVID-19 tests will be administered through SHS. Those demonstrating symptoms should call their primary care physicians or local hospitals and follow their instructions.
SHS is in communication with local county and state health officials and will share any additional information on this webpage as it becomes available
Students may contact SHS by email. In the message, please include your name, student ID number and a phone number. Do not include any personal health information. A provider will contact you as soon as possible between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Diversity and Civility
Avoid making assumptions about individuals who you believe may or may not have come into contact with someone who is carrying the virus. In some cases, public reactions to the virus have been sensationalized, and there have been individuals at institutions of higher education who reported encountering discrimination and harassment due to biased assumptions and overreactions. We treasure our international community members, students of color and everyone who may be affected by this situation. We remind all members of our community to embody SU’s core values of diversity and civility by providing understanding and support during this evolving situation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has issued guidance on stigma and resilience related to COVID-19.
Information About SU Athletics
Out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, Salisbury University varsity athletic, club and recreational practices and activities currently are not taking place.
SU is following suit with several conferences and schools across the country on the recommendations of health officials and medical professionals to reduce the risk from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization has declared the virus a global pandemic, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers a serious public health concern in the U.S. and many other countries. For additional information visit the CDC website.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may be similar to the common cold or influenza, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure.
How is it transmitted?
Coronavirus is spread from animals to humans, as well as from person-to-person.
How is it treated?
There is currently no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for the virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces frequently.
What is the guidance for travel?
The CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential domestic and foreign travel. The governors of Maryland and surrounding states have issued stay-at-home orders and encouraged residents to cease all non-essential travel to help slow the virus’ spread. Only those with “critical employee” designations should report to campus, and only for duties that cannot be completed from home.
Can Student Health Services screen for possible cases?
Student Health Services currently is not seeing patients in person. All testing for coronavirus will be coordinated through the CDC, by communicating with the local and state health departments. The CDC advises that individuals call ahead and notify their healthcare provider of symptoms and recent travel history. Contact with others should be avoided until a healthcare provider has provided an evaluation.
Should I wear a mask?
Wearing a mask may assist in preventing the spread of a virus. Until further notice, face masks or similar coverings (bandanas, etc.) must be worn in all stores and on all public transit in Maryland by order of Governor Larry Hogan. All SU employees and contractors must wear masks while working on campus.
- Helpful Resources
Information for Recent Travelers
Any member of the SU community who travels to a country with a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 1-3 is required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to campus. If members of the University community develop cold- or flu-like symptoms during or after travel, the CDC advises that you call ahead and notify your health care provider of symptoms and recent travel history. Contact with others should be avoided until a health care provider has provided an evaluation.
Information for Those With Underlying Health Conditions
- Identify yourself as an individual with a chronic illness, and notify your healthcare provider if you are ill and have recently traveled, or have been exposed to someone who has been exposed to COVID 19.
- If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, visit your healthcare provider immediately.
- Get your yearly flu shot to prevent complications.
- Make sure your vaccines are up to date.
- Wash your hands often (or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available).
- Limit visits with young children; they frequently have colds or the flu.
- Avoid contact with anyone who has a cold, the flu or another contagious condition (such as measles, etc.)
- May 29, 2020: USM Institutions Plan a Fall Semester of Hybrid In-Person and Remote Instruction
- March 30, 2020: Statement by University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay A. Perman on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, USM’s Community Crisis Response, and Emergency Relief for Students
- March 27, 2020: Statement by USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman: Partial Refund of Student Fees
- March 19, 2020: Statement by USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman on the Remainder of the Semester, Commencement, and Other Issues
- March 16, 2020: USM Statement Regarding Staff Remaining on Campus During Current Telework Period
- March 13, 2020, USM Statement on Room and Board Policies for Residential Students
- March 12, 2020: USM Guidance to Presidents
- March 10, 2020: Guidance on USM Spring Break, Distance Learning, and Related COVID-19 Preparations
- March 6, 2020: Statement by USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman on Novel Coronavirus Preparation
- March 6, 2020: USM Prepares for Impending Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in State of Maryland
- March 3, 2020: USM Statement on Self Isolation of Students, Faculty & Staff
- UMB Recommendations for USM Campuses
- January 24, 2020: University System of Maryland Chancellor Letter