Press Release Coronavirus

California State University Campuses to Accelerate Transition to Virtual Instruction




​​​To better implement mass gathering guidelines established by the California Department of Health, all California State University campuses will immediately transition in-person operations of the university to a virtual mode.

“The health and well-being of our students and employees is always a foremost priority, and we are especially mindful of this during these unprecedented circumstances," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “As we address a new reality where groupings of people can potentially foster the spread of infection, we must collectively work to limit the gathering of students, faculty and staff as much as possible, while fulfilling our academic mission."

To accomplish this, CSU will expedite the transition of all operations – including instruction – to a virtual mode and lower the campus population of students and employees.

Gatherings and events including commencement ceremonies will be postponed, with commencements likely rescheduled at a date later this calendar year.

All campuses have moved to or established a timeline to reduce in-person instruction, and all face-to-face instruction will cease as campuses will now move all curriculum including instructional labs or any small group work and exams to virtual delivery.

Campuses will significantly reduce student and employee populations including campus housing communities. Students who can are encouraged to return home as appropriate, and campuses will facilitate the orderly departure of students in campus housing. Essential services will continue to be provided to students who must remain in campus housing. Most employees will transition to telecommuting and some employees will also remain to maintain essential operations. For students or employees that must remain on campus, social distancing techniques will be adhered to.

Campus presidents have been delegated the authority to best implement this guidance in the most timely manner.

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