Spring 2022 Alert - Students

SPECIAL ALERT FOR faculty/staff


ECSU continues to follow recommendations from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the COVID virus, and watches for updates to CDC guidance.  The Omicron variant is contagious and is sweeping across the United States, and to help protect the health and safety of everyone on our campus, we are delaying the start of the Spring 2022 semester until Tuesday, January 18.  We are opening campus later in January to help reduce the exposure to COVID following the New Year’s holiday. 


Below is when faculty and staff are expected to return to campus:

  • Essential employees return in-person to campus on Monday, January 3, 2022.  ECSU Human Resources will contact your supervisor or manager if you are in this category.  If your supervisor does not contact you saying you are an essential employee, please see bullet #2.

  • Non-essential employees return in-person to campus on Monday, January 10, 2022, and will telework between January 3-10. If you are working remotely, you must complete and submit the online Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) form to your Vice Chancellor / Department Head for approval.

  • The Faculty and Staff Institute will be held on campus on January 12, 2022, along with an option to livestream. Please watch for more details next week.

  • If you received a COVID vaccination or booster shot over winter break, starting January 5, 2022, you will be able to upload a photo of your updated vaccination card online on the Viking Wellness Portal.

  • We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated and/or receive your booster shot and upload your vaccination card in medicatconnect.com as noted above. Unvaccinated employees will be required to take an on-campus COVID test each week.  No vaccination = weekly testing.


  • Masks will be required in all indoor facilities. Let’s take personal responsibility to help mitigate health and safety concerns.

Get Your Vaccination + Booster Shots

Unfortunately, it looks like COVID will be with us for quite a while.  Please get vaccinated – we cannot stress this enough.  A COVID vaccination protects you AND your friends and family.  Once vaccinated, you are less likely to catch the virus (and, therefore, cannot spread it to others), or become seriously ill.  Millions of people in the U.S. have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have undergone intensive safety monitoring.  COVID-19 vaccines were developed using decades-old scientific methods.

Please visit the vaccination clinic right on the ECSU campus in the K.E. White Graduate Center.  The clinic is open every Wednesday and Thursday from Noon to 7:00P.M. and no appointments are necessary – walk-ins only. The vaccines.gov website is also good resource for clinics across the state.

No vaccination = weekly testing

We look forward to seeing you back on campus soon.  Be safe and stay well!

Please visit Viking Compass for more information.