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University outlines COVID-19 guidelines for fall 2021 semester

Graphic showing COVID-19 bubbles floating around in a red background behind a blue surgical mask. Text reads "Collegian, COVID-19 UPDATE"
(Graphic illustration by Robbie Haynes | The Collegian)

The Colorado State University Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President provided an update on the logistics of the fall 2021 semester Monday.

In an email to students, faculty and associates, Provost and Executive Vice President Mary Pedersen outlined the structure of the upcoming fall semester with regards to COVID-19 precautions and protocols. 


Many of the previous school year’s COVID-19 safety measures will be relaxed in the semester ahead, such as building capacity restrictions and online classes. According to the email, “nearly 88% of course sections will be held in CSU classrooms and be conducted fully in-person,” and buildings such as the Student Recreation Center will return to operating at full capacity. 

Further, the Pandemic Preparedness Team has removed physical distancing protocols with the approval of county health officials and University leadership. More information is expected later this summer with regards to the mask mandate on campus. 

Among the other changes outlined in the email is the return of sit-down dining at campus dining halls and the Lory Student Center; full capacity and in-person sports and intramural clubs; and in-person campus activities. 

CSU will continue to offer a small selection of online and hybrid classes during the school year in order to accommodate the needs of students who require different methods of course delivery. 

“The pandemic created disruption and losses to our way of life, but it has taught our Ram community how resilient, caring and committed we are to each other,” Pedersen wrote. “As we renew our community in the fall, one of our goals will be to listen to and respect the way people work and learn and discuss what that will mean as we … move beyond COVID(-19).” 

Natalie Weiland can be reached at or on Twitter @natgweiland.

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Natalie Weiland, News Director
Natalie Weiland is a sophomore political science student with a minor in legal studies and a fierce love of the Oxford comma. Weiland grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and served as an editor for her high school’s yearbook during her senior year. She credits the absolute chaos of the 2016 presidential election for introducing her to — and getting her hooked on — the world of politics and journalism. Her journey with The Collegian started in the fall of her freshman year when she began writing for the news desk.  In her spare time, Weiland enjoys reading and attempting to not have a heart attack every time The New York Times sends a breaking news update to her phone. She has two incredibly adorable dogs (that she will gladly show pictures of if asked) and three less-adorable siblings.  As news director, Weiland's main goal is to ensure that students trust The Collegian to cover stories that are important to and affect them, and she hopes that students are never afraid to reach out and start a conversation. Weiland is excited to see what The Collegian has in store this year and hopes to explore the campus community through reporting. 

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