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Spring Sports Season is Canceled, Date to Withdraw/Change to Audit Extended

News Releases, College of Southern Maryland

UPDATE 3/18/2020 @9:00 a.m.:

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that all instruction and college work-functions will operate remotely and access to CSM’s campuses is restricted to pre-approved and authorized personnel, effective Thursday, March 19. CSM will maintain in this operational status through April 3.

“In what has been a very short period of time, we have all come to realize how swiftly the COVID-19 situation keeps changing in our communities and across our country,” said CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “I know that we will navigate the challenges of the coming weeks successfully, and we will do so together—in mutual support and understanding, and with collaboration and compassion.”

CSM will maintain a virtual learning environment for its students and the classes that shifted to remote learning this week are not canceled.

“We will continue to communicate with our communities often to keep everyone apprised of any additional changes we make that affect the way we serve our students and our community,” Murphy said, adding that the CSM community will take Wednesday, March 18 to review telework policies and ensure employees have all their questions answered. “These are unprecedented times, and the health and safety of our college community is of critical importance. I am humbled by the dedication of our students, faculty, and staff as we all try to stay on top of this rapidly accelerating crisis.”

In addition to limiting public access to campuses, CSM has made several operational changes that can be tracked at ready.csmd.edu/covid-19/.  Please visit the website often for resources and updates.

Students should make sure they are monitoring their CSM student email accounts, as well as the MyLearning course shells for their individual courses, and stay in close contact with their professors if they have any questions about their courses.

CSM remains in close contact with local, state and federal authorities, and will share information as quickly as possible when and if these new operating conditions change. All updates can be found at http://ready.csmd.edu/.

Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or any other flu-like symptoms (e.g. sore throat, body ache, congestion) should not come to CSM campuses. Anyone exhibiting these symptoms will be required to leave campus immediately.

Please join the CSM community online. Find CSM on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Snapchat.


The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will maintain a virtual learning environment for its students but limit access to its La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses in a move to deepen its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective March 17, CSM campuses will be closed to the public except for employees and current students until further notice.

In addition, CSM was advised today by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that all spring sports are canceled for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.

“In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO in a statement released this afternoon.  “As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition. We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes.”

“These are uncharted territories for all of us,” said CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “We are all doing our part and following national guidance to create additional social distancing for our faculty, staff, and students. But be assured CSM’s faculty and staff are here for our learners. We are still teaching, still providing students services, and still tutoring. We may look a little different this semester, but we are still here for our students and learning will not be canceled.”

Murphy added that CSM is also extending its cut-off date to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade. Originally set for Friday, March 20, students will now have until April 11, 2020, to make that decision.

“We want our students to have time to absorb everything that is happening all around us and not make rash decisions,” Murphy continued.

CSM leadership also decided today to close the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center, located on CSM’s La Plata Campus, at the close of business today. “Maintaining a healthy and safe environment for our littlest ones is of the highest importance,” said Murphy.

In addition to limiting public access to campuses, CSM has made several operational changes that can be tracked at ready.csmd.edu/covid-19/.  Please visit the website often for resources and updates.

Students should make sure they are monitoring their CSM student email accounts, as well as the MyLearning course shells for their individual courses, and stay in close contact with their professors if they have any questions about their courses.

CSM is in close contact with local, state and federal authorities, and will share information as quickly as possible when and if these new operating conditions change. All updates can be found at http://ready.csmd.edu/.

Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or any other flu-like symptoms (e.g. sore throat, body ache, congestion) should not come to CSM campuses. Anyone exhibiting these symptoms will be required to leave campus immediately.

For additional information about the status of COVID-19, Marylanders can call 2-1-1; text MDReady to 898211 to receive text updates re: COVID-19, or go online to 211md.org.

Please join the CSM community online. Find CSM on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.