Transitioning from 1 to 2
Required for Viking Safety Levels 1 and 2
• Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet.
• Wear face coverings when interacting with others.
• Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
• Do not touch your face.
• Clean surfaces frequently.
• If experiencing symptoms, stay home and call your health care provider.
Viking Safety Levels
The Viking Safety Levels serve as general guidelines for what the VCSU community can expect and how we can help keep each other safe during COVID-19. As coronavirus cases rise and fall within our community, VCSU has three levels of safety to guide what’s allowable for academic, student life and other activities.
The guidelines are fluid and subject to change based on new information from the CDC and State of North Dakota. Exceptions may apply.
Viking Safety Level 1:
High Community Spread
Viking Safety Level 2:
Low to Moderate Community Spread
Viking Safety Level 3:
Vaccine or Treatments Available
|Learning||All remote||Mix of in-person and online||New normal with recommended safety precautions*|
|Working||All remote and essential employees only||Mix of in-person and remote||New normal with recommended safety precautions*
|Meeting and Socializing||
||New normal with recommended safety precautions*
Housing and Dining
||New normal with recommended safety precautions*
*VCSU has an event approval process. VCSU follows the State of North Dakota’s Smart Restart guidelines for event/meeting capacities, but our guidelines may be stricter at times due to the density and mobility of our campus population.
Change in Viking Safety Levels
VCSU is actively monitoring the following indicators to determine the recommended Viking Safety Level that the University should adhere to at any given time. If one or more of the indicators impacts the VCSU community, it may trigger VCSU to move to from one Viking Safety Level to another.
It’s important to note that depending on the prevalence of COVID-19 in the VCSU community, the University may have fluid movement between levels and among types of activities from month to month, week to week or day to day. In the best interest of our VCSU community’s health and well-being, students, faculty and staff may need to “pivot” between on-campus operations and remote work and classes.
Revert to Level 1 from Any Level
• Substantial rise in new COVID-19 cases relevant to the VCSU population;
• Substantial number of cases tied to VCSU cannot be tracked to known cases (i.e., community spread);
• Inability to conduct case investigation of new COVID-19 cases;
• Inability to rapidly isolate all newly identified COVID-19 cases;
• Inability to provide testing of symptomatic and identified close contacts of newly identified cases;
• Insufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet demand; and/or
• CHI Mercy Hospital and/or referral hospitals are no longer able to treat all patients requiring hospitalization without entering crisis mode.
From Level 1 to Level 2
• Sustained reduction in new COVID-19 cases at VCSU;
• Ability to conduct case investigation of new COVID-19 cases;
• Ability to rapidly isolate all newly identified COVID-19 cases;
• Ability to provide testing of symptomatic and identified close contacts of newly identified cases;
• Sufficient supply of PPE to meet demand; and/or
• CHI Mercy Hospital/referral hospitals are able to safely treat all patients requiring hospitalization without entering crisis mode.
From Level 2 to Level 3
• A proven, FDA-approved vaccine is available to the VCSU community; and/or
• Other therapeutic options for prevention or treatment show a measurable impact on disease activity, help rescue very sick patients, and are available to the VCSU community.
Process for Viking Safety Level Decisions
The following process is used to determine Viking Safety Level changes at VCSU:
• Members of VCSU’s Emergency Management Team consult regularly with the appropriate entities in Barnes County and the State of North Dakota.
• The Emergency Management Team meets bi-weekly, at minimum, to discuss COVID-19 issues. Frequency may change based on the current safety level.
• Based on the presence of the indicators above, the Emergency Management Team provides Viking Safety Level recommendations.
• The President’s Cabinet will meet, as needed, to discuss specific COVID-19 issues and to advise the President.
• The President makes the final decision on any Viking Safety Level changes needed to keep the VCSU community safe.
Viking Safety Level Notifications
VCSU’s current Viking Safety Level is indicated continuously on the coronavirus website and main website banner.
If there is a change in VCSU’s Viking Safety Level, the same process used to notify the VCSU campus community of weather-related closings or other emergencies will be used (even if the change is an improvement), including the following options:
• Mass emails
• Text notifications
• Social media
• Website emergency banner
• Digital signage
Departments hosting visitors or affiliates are responsible for notifying them of Viking Safety Level changes.