March 20: Online Learning Details

Dear CSB/SJU students, staff, faculty and parents,

Earlier today, we announced that CSB/SJU will extend online instruction to the end of the semester. We continue to make real-time decisions to ensure the health and safety of each person in our community and the academic success of our students. We hold each of you in our thoughts and prayers as we navigate these unique times, and we will continue to provide thoughtful guidance on next phases of planning and response. 

  • Residence halls and apartments at CSB/SJU will close for spring semester on Wednesday, March 25 at 5PM. Additional information for students has been provided by Student Development and ongoing updates will be sent via email. 
  • Faculty and staff should plan to work remotely through March 27. We are working on a plan that will provide more HR information for all employees.
  • All on-campus and off-campus sponsored events are canceled through May 8.
  • We understand how special and important commencement ceremonies are to our Bennie and Johnnie community. We are working intently to find opportunities for all of us to gather to celebrate commencement.

Guidance for students

  • All students are encouraged to prioritize their personal wellbeing. Counseling services are available online and via telephone to all currently enrolled CSB/SJU students.
  • The CSB Health Center is open for in-person and virtual appointments for CSB students. Please call ahead to schedule at 320-363-5605, or log into the Health Services Patient Portal to complete a virtual appointment.
  • SJU students should utilize the CentraCare Clinics in Albany and St. Joseph. Call 320-200-3200 to connect with nurses who can offer advice, provide care options and schedule appointments.
  • Students in the process of student teaching, internships, undergraduate research and other experiential learning opportunities should connect with your faculty advisor to consider your individual situation and options that may be available to you.
  • Accessibility accommodations, tutoring and writing center help, and advising services remain available. Visit the COVID-19 website for more information.
  • Liaison librarians are available via chat reference, email and Zoom. Learn more about accessing library resources remotely.
  • On-campus student employees may have the option to work remotely, as determined by your supervisor. Please consult with your supervisor for more information.
  • Registration for the fall semester has been moved to April 15-23. Be sure to contact your advisor for advice and your PIN.
  • Room and board costs will be prorated for the time classes are held online for all students leaving campus. Additional information on refunds will be forthcoming.
  • Emergency funds are available to assist with travel, food and other unforeseen expenses. To find out how to access funds, please connect with the following:

Students on campus

Residence halls and apartments at CSB/SJU will close for spring semester on Wednesday, March 25 at 5PM. All students are strongly encouraged to leave campus as soon as possible. If you need assistance or resources, please contact your RD/AC (CSB) or FR (SJU). If you remain on campus, please support the community expectations shared by Residential Life on March 18, 2020. Students living on campus should uphold recommendations for social distancing (six feet between people). We are committed to providing you the resources needed to ensure your personal wellbeing and academic success.

  • Limited dining services are available, at Gorecki Center and the Reef, for students approved to stay on campus and other essential staff. These hours are subject to change.
  • Computers are available in each residence hall.
  • The CSB/SJU Libraries are closed to the public, but you will still be able to pick up and drop off materials. More information on accessing library resources remotely is available here.
  • Saint Benedict’s Monastery, the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint John’s Abbey, and the University and Abbey Church are closed to visitors until further notice. All Catholics in Diocese of St. Cloud are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this time.
  • If you are unable to travel off-campus for necessary items such as groceries, cleaning supplies and other incidentals, please contact your RD/AC (CSB) or FR (SJU).

Students off campus

Spectrum and Comcast offer free high-speed internet services to students. Students can contact those companies to set up an account at your home address. Students may need to create a new account under their name. Check with Verizon and Sprint for hotspot availability and cost.

Guidance for staff

  • All employees are required to work from home if possible, continuing through March 27. If staff must access their offices during this period, they should minimize their time on campus.
  • Employees whose work requires them to be physically present will be notified by their supervisors to report to campus. Please work with your supervisor to develop a work plan. 
  • If you have children at home, we know you may be unable to commit to a full day of work. We understand that and thank you for your best efforts. You do not need to take vacation or sick time, through March 27, to make up any perceived difference. Do what you can and take care of your family.
  • CSB and SJU leadership will continue to work through details and provide communication about work expectations after March 27.

Guidance for faculty

  • Online learning resources and support are available through IT Services.
  • While we ask all individuals to avoid coming to campus through March 27, faculty will have ID card access to their department buildings as needed to conduct online classes.
  • Remember fall registration has been moved to April 15-23. Contact your advisees to help them register for fall semester. Student PINs are available on Banner and via emails from the Registrar.

Thank you for your continued commitment to our shared community during these difficult times. Countless individuals are working around the clock, volunteering to help others, supporting each other, and going above and beyond. Together, we will continue to overcome the challenges this unique situation poses for all of us. I know this is a lot and will be difficult. Please reach out if you need help or support.


Richard Ice
CSB/SJU Provost