COVID-19 updates, CSU Grants awarded & more
COVID-19 updates, CSU Grants awarded & more
 from the desk of
President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
December 14, 2020

Dear Eagle Nation:

The past couple of weeks have delivered a silver lining in the COVID-19 clouds, as we learn more about the safety and availability of effective vaccines, some of which have already been administered to their first U.S. patients. I have directed some Coppin administrators and faculty to work on providing vaccine information that is most relevant to our community, and we will update you with the details necessary to make the most informed and healthy choice. 

As of today, the Maryland Department of Health reports 236,961 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The statewide positivity rate is now 7.46 percent, and Maryland has seen 4,978 deaths, related to COVID-19.  In the City of Baltimore, there were 28,270 known positive cases and 607 deaths. The city is currently in Phase 1, where indoor gatherings at public and private facilities are limited to no more than 10 persons. Outdoor gatherings at public and private facilities are limited to no more than 25 persons, and sports gatherings at facilities controlled by Recreation & Parks are prohibited. Food service establishments (including bars and restaurants) are closed to indoor and outdoor dining, but carry out and drive through service may continue. All people age 2 or older are required to wear face coverings when in public spaces.

We will continue to follow all state and local guidelines, as they are announced and updated.

Our campus continues to see positive cases at a rate that is much lower than the state and the local average. As of December 14, we have 5 currently active, positive campus cases of coronavirus. The campus positivity rate is 1.71 percent. We have taken all necessary precautions related to these positive cases. 

We look forward to the opportunity to return to life as we knew it before this pandemic.  Current circumstances require us to make necessary adjustments to the upcoming Spring semester in order to keep our campus community safe. We will begin the spring semester, as scheduled, on January 25, 2021. We will not have a Spring Break. We will end the spring semester, earlier, with the last day of classes on May 6. Final exams will be given May 7-13. We are planning to hold the 2021 Commencement ceremony on May 14. You can view the entire Spring 2021 Academic Calendar, here.

Course instruction for the spring semester will be similar to the fall 2020 semester, as the majority of courses will be offered virtually. Click here to register for spring 2021. Students can reach out to their academic advisor or the Academic Advising Center at 410-951-3500, for further assistance.

Students who are living in the residence halls, which will remain capped at 50 percent capacity, will be able to remain in the residence halls, through the end of the semester. Students can reach out to the Office of Residence Life, at (410) 951-6766, with any questions.

Testing frequency will increase, in the spring semester, and the Community Health Center will offer testing on at least four dates, per month. Members of our campus community who must report to the campus will be required to submit to at least two COVID-19 PCR tests, per month, with negative test results. This is an increase from our current requirement of testing once per month.

Upcoming on-campus test dates

January 7 and 8, 21 and 22
January 28 and 29 (residential students only)
February 4 and 5, 18 and 19 
March 4 and 5, 25 and 26
April 8 and 9, 22 and 23
May 6 and 7, 20 and 21
June 3 and 4

I realize that these changes may come as an unwelcome surprise, as many students look forward to the opportunity to have a Spring Break, but the safety of our campus remains my top priority, and these changes have been put into place in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as much as possible. 

You have all been gracious and patient as we have weathered this pandemic as one campus community. I applaud you on your efforts. Let’s keep up the good work!

As always--Remain Coppin Strong! Masks on!

University Highlights

Coppin State University students, faculty, and staff continue to make differences in an array of areas, and I am pleased to share some campus highlights and things to look forward to:
Dr. Johnny Rice, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Joan Tilghman, Helene Fuld School of Nursing associate dean.

CSU Awarded $99,000 Grant to Help Develop Culturally Competent Nursing Tutor and Evaluation Software

Coppin State University (CSU) been awarded a one-year $99,000 research grant to help develop innovative culturally competent artificial intelligence software to help tutor and evaluate student nurses.  

Dr. Joan Tilghman, CSU’s Helene Fuld School of Nursing associate dean, has been selected  principal investigator in a partnership with Juxtopia, LLC (Dr. Jayfus Doswell) to receive the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) award grant. Titled: “Deep Learning Pedagogy Algorithm Nurse E-Trainer,” the purpose of the research is to develop a novel artificial intelligent (AI) software product, Juxtopia®Intelligent Nursing Instructor (JiNi), to autonomously e-tutor and e-evaluate student nurses on clinical skills, remote from traditional nurse simulation labs, for easily accessible independent practice.  The research team will specifically investigate “codifying” culturally competent nurse instruction andragogy into Artificial Intelligence algorithms to learn and deliver innovative e- instruction to nursing students for the acquisition and development of skill competencies while continually practicing psychomotor clinical skills taught by JiNi.

The MIPS program provides funding, with a sliding-scale match from participating companies, for research projects at Maryland's public universities that help those companies develop new products.

Congratulations Dr. Joan Tilghman, Helene Fuld School of Nursing and the College of Health Professions.

Dr. Johnny Rice, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Johnny Rice, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.

CSU Receives Grant to Study Causes of Gun Violence Among Young Black Males

Coppin State University (CSU) has received a two-year, $100,290 grant, to study the attitudes and reasons that young African-American males in urban areas pick up and carry guns.

Lead investigator for CSU, Dr. Johnny Rice, II, assistant professor of criminal justice, and a selected team of CSU students will investigate the contemporary causes of gun violence, specifically exploring why Black males ages 15-24 in marginalized urban communities possess and carry guns. The team will also explore factors that influence the impulse to carry a gun and what serve as triggers for gun use, based on the perceptions of African-American men interviewed, who live in affected communities in Baltimore city.  

The grant was awarded to CSU by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), who received a $1 million grant by the National Collaborative for Gun Violence Research. To implement the study, TMCF brought together leading HBCU Criminal Justice researchers in Houston, TX, Wilmington, DE and Baltimore, MD – leveraging the experience, knowledge and status of HBCUs in the African-American community to conduct research on attitudes toward guns ownership, possession, and usage by urban youth; the dynamics of social transmission of gun ownership and possession, carrying a gun, using a gun to threaten someone; and escalation to gun violence. TMCF also would include in this research family, community, social and environmental factors that promote or support gun ownership and gun usage in urban African-American communities. The scope of this research, combining quantitative and qualitative methods, will build a data-driven view into the mindset that underlies and perpetuates gun violence among African American youth.

Thank you, Dr. Rice, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the Department of Criminal Justice.

Virtual Open House

Coppin State University Virtual Open House entitled: "The Eagles NESTflix & Chill," is currently showing online.
Viewer can take a journey into "The Eagle's NEST," learning about admissions, academics, student and campus life, athletics and more. Live sessions with faculty, staff and students were recorded earlier this month and can be viewed as well.

To expericence our virtual open house, please visit
On Behalf of Coppin State University, The First Family Would Like to Wish You a Warm, Healthy Holiday Season and A Prosperous New Year. - The Jenkins Family

Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Coppin State University
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