Student Events

On-campus student activities and programming will be restricted to the number of individuals advisable by public health officials and state mandates. Attendance at student events will be limited and planned events will be evaluated to determine if the event can be held virtually or through a combination of on-campus and virtual delivery.

Residential Housing & Dining

Shawnee State will comply with all state mandates and CDC guidelines for student housing. An assessment identified the optimal number of students per room to reduce density or group exposure. Students will receive a pre-arrival communication with guidelines and expectations for check-in. Upon arrival, students will be screened. The number of guests helping with move-in will be limited. Resident Advisors will meet with students in each unit to discuss community standards, execute a roommate/housemate  agreement, and review the contents of the Student Pledge. Move-in dates for Fall 2020 will be extended and staggered to minimize congestion and gathering sizes. All housing maintenance, service and contract personnel will be required to wear masks.

The Bears Den will be open with reconfigured food delivery procedures that promote physical distancing and minimize touch. Buffet services have been eliminated. Disposable utensils will be used and surfaces will be continually cleaned. Pick-up services will be offered where feasible.

Sports & Athletics

Shawnee State will follow NAIA, MSC and local health guidance for athletic sporting activities and events. Physical distancing will be observed. Equipment will be sanitized before and after each use and enhanced facility-wide cleaning and sanitation will be conducted daily. 

Athletes will return to campus on a staggered schedule and will be screened upon arrival and every time they enter the James A. Rhodes Athletics Center. Activities will be limited to conditioning, strength training, and physical therapy over the summer. No practices will be held until after August 15.

Locker rooms will be reconfigured to provide more individual space. A risk assessment of all travel will be conducted before any trips are scheduled. Athletes will receive an orientation that covers personal safety, expectations for use of face coverings, laundry and sanitation of equipment and other topics related to health and safety. Athletes are expected to follow the SSU Student Conduct Code requirements.