Dec. 10, 2020 

Dear Campus Community:

To follow up on my last communication regarding the need for the campus to review our instructional plans for spring 2021, the Spring Planning Task Force (SPTF) recently met to discuss necessary adjustments to our schedule in consideration of the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases across our region and state.

In order to provide sufficient time for students, faculty and staff to make necessary adjustments, as well as provide additional measures for the continued health and safety of our campus community, our spring 2021 schedule has been adjusted as follows:

The spring 2021 semester will begin as scheduled on January 25, 2021; however, all classes will be held virtually through February 7. Those classes which were previously approved for in-person instruction may begin in-person instruction on February 8.

Spring recess will continue as scheduled for March 15-21; however, beginning March 22 all classes including those previously scheduled for in-person, will be held virtually through April 4. The campus will be closed Wednesday, March 31 for the Cesar Chavez holiday. Classes approved for in-person instruction will be held in person again starting April 5.

Nursing classes scheduled for clinical instruction and Health Science classes completing service learning will follow the previously established spring 2021 schedule. Faculty completing individual academic research may continue to do so and those activities should be coordinated and approved by their respective Dean.

Timeline Summary

  • January 25: spring 2021 semester begins
  • January 25 – February 7: all classes held virtually
  • February 8: previously approved in-person classes begin in-person instruction
  • March 15-21: spring recess
  • March 22 – April 4: all classes held virtually
  • March 31: campus closed for Cesar Chavez holiday
  • April 5: approved in-person classes continue in person as scheduled

These timelines for resuming in-person classes are subject to change, depending upon regional conditions related to COVID-19.

Faculty who need additional guidance or have questions should discuss with their respective Dean. Students who have questions should contact their professors directly. Staff who have questions should inquire with their supervisor.

We understand the ongoing pandemic is distressing and anxiety producing for many people. If you would like to talk to someone about how this situation is impacting you, support and resources are available for the campus community. Students may contact Counseling and Psychological Services and employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program.

We will continue to provide updates as needed and recommend that the campus community continue to regularly check University emails and visit our website for updates at:

Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as we get through this situation together. I wish you all a safe and healthy winter break.

Erika D. Beck, Ph.D.

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