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ASU REOPENING
MOVING FORWARD
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This guide will be updated as we monitor data and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will continue to keep the campus family and ASU stakeholders informed as developments occur.
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Athletics
ASU Athletics aims to positively transform the lives of our students academically,
athletically and personally through a competitive intercollegiate athletics program that
enhances the reputation and visibility of the University by creating champions in sport
and most importantly in life.
ASU Athletics represents an integral part of the campus fabric and supports the
University in achieving its goals through impactful, holistic exposure. Consistent with
the guiding principles established by Alabama State University, the health, safety
and well-being of student-athletes, coaches and staff is a top priority for as planning
occurs to return to play.
››› Return to Campus
Student-athletes will return in waves. Each student-
athlete will be tested for COVID-19 prior to engaging
in on-campus activity and, assuming a negative test
result, spend the rst few days completing physicals,
various screening and educational activities.
At this time, the primary focus for the ASU Athletics
Return to Play Committee is to bring student athletes,
coaches and staff back to campus this summer safely
and efciently in a gradual progression, working toward
in-person instruction in the fall and the playing of fall
sports as scheduled.
The ASU Athletics Return to Play Committee has
developed a subcommittee that will work through
gameday operations and fan experience for football,
particularly in regards to the potential for high-volume
crowds. The schedule is being developed and more
information is forthcoming.
It is the intent of the
institution to proceed with a fall football schedule.
ASU Athletics will develop contingency strategies for
the summer and beyond in relation to the state’s phase
system and and its effects on operations, as well as any
changes to the intended in-person instruction model for
the fall semester.
››› ASU Athletics Protocols
The ASU Athletics’Return to Play protocols include
the requirement to stay home if specied symptoms
are present, daily wellness self-screenings, pre-return
training for coaches, staff and student-athletes,
continuation of virtual meetings, social distancing
when face-to-face interactions do occur, face
coverings required in Athletics buildings, and enhanced
cleaning focused on frequent touch points, restrooms
and common areas. In addition, ASU Athletics will
implement the following protocols:
n All athletic facilities will remain locked, and a single
point of entry will be designated to manage building
access and administer the on-campus wellness
screening process for student-athletes, coaches and
staff.
n Student-athletes will be grouped into small cohorts
for activities to minimize potential for cross-
contamination.
n Workout schedules (including cardio and weightlifting
sessions) will be staggered to promote physical
distancing.
n Coaches and support staff will wear masks during
indoor training sessions when physical distancing
cannot be maintained.
n Increased mental health services will be available to
the student-athlete populations.
For more information regarding the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
“Return to Play” plan, please visit bamastatesports.com
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