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Phases to Reopen Campus

ASUN implemented a phased reopening of campuses to help limit exposure to the coronavirus, reduce density and allow departments to plan their workspaces and learning spaces accordingly, address individual accommodations and exceptions to returning to campus, and assist with operating in the “new normal.”

Date Action
May 4 Select employees and technical program faculty and students returned to campus to complete requirements necessary for students to complete the spring semester.  Limited testing.
July 13 All employees except faculty who are not within their appointment period and any employee with health concerns or daycare issues return to campus.  Limited technical program faculty and staff will return.  Limited testing and student services are available by appointment only.  No visitors.  
July 20 All employees and students must read the Return to Campus Guide, complete ASUN COVID Training, and sign the employee or student acknowledgement and agreement form. Self-monitoring goes into effect.  
August 3 All employees return except those with an accommodation, on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Leave, and faculty not within their appointment period.  
Augutst 10 All faculty return except those with an accommodation or on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Leave. 


In Phase 1, beginning May 4, only select employees who could not perform their essential duties remotely could return to campus.  A small number of technical program students were also allowed on campus to complete Spring 2020 coursework.  During Phase 1, ASUN maintained limited check-in stations on each campus and an approval list for entering campus.  All employees, students and visitors entering campus were required to have their temperature checked, to complete a COVID-19 risk factor questionnaire, to wear a mask, and to abide by social distancing guidelines.  


Phase 2 of ASUN’s reopening plan will commence July 13, 2020.  During Phase 2, all employees will be allowed to return to campus. Employees who have concerns about returning to campus on July 13 due to their own health condition, the health condition of a loved one, childcare issues related to COVID-19, or for other reasons related to COVID-19 should work directly with their supervisor to discuss an extension of the remote work arrangement through August 3, 2020.   Several additional technical programs will be allowed to resume coursework during Phase 2 but many programs will remain online.


Phase 3 of ASUN’s reopening plan will commence August 3, 2020.  During Phase 3, all employees will be required to return to campus and in-person classes will be permitted to resume.  Any employee requesting an exception to returning on August 3 must contact Sara Moss in Human Resources to apply for an accommodation or leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).