March 15, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor and respond to the ongoing and fluid situation regarding COVID-19. We know that the rapidly changing landscape can be very unsettling, and our campus community and entire nation are being profoundly impacted as a result of this pandemic.

As stated throughout our ongoing communication, we continue to have zero presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on or related to the CSUCI campus.

However, in consideration of local K-12 school closures and the Governor’s announcement today asking seniors (65 years and older) to self-quarantine as well as other guidelines, and in consultation with our Academic Senate leadership, CSUCI is taking further action to safeguard our community by accelerating our transition to virtual instruction as noted below:

  • Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19: Classes are canceled. Faculty and staff make final adjustments to transition to virtual instruction
  • Friday, March 20: Mandatory Virtual Instruction Begins
  • March 23-27: Spring Break
  • March 30 through May 22: Mandatory Virtual Instruction; no in-person class sessions permitted unless otherwise approved by the respective Dean.

Given the current circumstances, the assessment of extending virtual instruction past the original May 1 date has also been accelerated. As such, the University has determined that virtual instruction will remain in effect through the end of the spring semester ending on May 22, 2020.

Throughout this time, and absent a change in circumstances, CSUCI will remain open and all faculty, staff and student employees will continue to work and be paid. However, effective immediately all employees who are 65 years and older or are vulnerable to COVID-19 must practice home quarantine and must stay off campus. Hopefully, for many such individuals, a telecommute working arrangement can be established allowing them to remain productive and continue advancing the operations and mission of the University. If you are categorized into either group, please discuss options with your supervisor.

Faculty who need assistance with virtual instruction best practices are encouraged to visit: Keep Teaching for additional assistance.

We know that many students also rely on our services to address housing, food security, technology and connectivity needs. While many students are also concerned about the transition to a virtual learning environment, please know that our faculty are working diligently to prepare for this transition, and we also have resources available for students who need technological support and guidance. Below you will find direct links to the COVID-19 FAQs that will provide you with other updates and important information.

Campus Access and Services
Instructional Support Resources – Keep Learning!
Refunds for Parking, Meal Plans, and Campus Housing
On-Campus Housing Residents
Student Assistant Hours and Employment

Please know that we are here for you and are working diligently to see the campus through this trying time. In the meantime, please remember to take care and stay informed by visiting our coronavirus website and FAQ’s regularly for updates, resources and accurate information.

CSUCI will continue to monitor daily with Ventura County Public Health and provide the campus updates as we know them. Thank you for your continued cooperation, patience and support.

Sincerely,

Erika D. Beck, Ph.D.

President

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