March 16, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with the Chancellor’s Office, we will accelerate our social distancing for students and employees beginning Tuesday, March 17.

To be clear, this is not in response to a presumptive or confirmed case at CSUCI, but rather to comply with all health directives, and because we believe these actions to be in the best interest of the health and safety of our campus community.

Effective tomorrow, March 17, 2020, CSUCI is temporarily suspending all non-essential on-campus functions for the remainder of the week.

For faculty, staff and student assistant employees, this means that unless you hear directly from your supervisor that you have been identified as “Designated Personnel,” you should not come to the campus for the remainder of this week and will be asked to telecommute from your home.

All CSUCI employees, whether Designated Personnel or others telecommuting from their home, or those who because of their duties are unable to do either, will continue to get paid for their normal hours assigned this week and throughout the duration of our virtual University operations. Details and work plans for this week and moving forward will be communicated directly to employees by their supervisors.

Student assistant employees will be paid this week and supervisors will work directly with student assistant employees to ensure there are appropriate work assignments for them to complete for the remainder of the semester.

Housing and Food Services

  • Due to the rapidly changing circumstances, we strongly recommend that all residential students return to their permanent home as soon as they are able.
  • Refunds for room and board will be provided for students who leave student housing.
  • Presently, for students who do not have another place to go, student housing will remain open.
  • Housing & Residential Education will continue to send messaging via email to provide updates and more details with regards to the checkout process.
  • Dining options will be limited to remaining housing students only; all food will be provided using the safest social distancing methods possible, including ‘grab and go’ options at Islands Café, however, in-dining service will not be available.

Academic and Student Services

  • Student Health Services will remain available for students. Except in emergencies, students should set an appointment before arriving at Student Health Services and must adhere to strict social distancing.
  • Students can also access virtual counseling and 24/7 telephone support by calling CAPS at 805-437-2088.
  • All other student support services such as tutoring, academic advising, and other services will be provided virtually.
  • The Broome Library will be closed, however, virtual services for students, faculty and staff will be provided.
  • The Recreation Center and Student Union will be closed until the end of the semester.

University Police

  • Our University Police are paramount to the safety of our community and will continue to patrol and serve the campus while observing strict social distancing.

Spring Break

  • Spring break will continue as scheduled for March 23-29.

Mandatory Virtual Instruction

  • Mandatory virtual instruction will begin March 30 and continue through May 22.

Please continue to visit regularly our COVID-19 website for additional updates and information. We will continue to communicate updates or other changes with the campus community as we know them. You may also continue to send questions to or call the University's Information Hotline at 805-437-3911.

While we face extraordinary times, we face them together. Be well Dolphin Pod. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Erika D. Beck, Ph.D
CSU Channel Islands

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