CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) has continued to maintain the health and safety of our campus, as well as the mission critical components of the University at the forefront of all decisions regarding virtual instruction, faculty and staff training for how to teach and work remotely, and reorganization and utilization of campus resources for the fall 2020 semester.

Elements of CSUCI’s approach for the fall 2020 semester include:

  • Health and Safety: CSUCI will continue to remain in close communication with Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) regarding the University’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and its efforts to plan for the future. The University’s repopulation plans have been informed by and will be vetted by VCPH. Any return to specific campus activities will have to meet or exceed strict health and safety guidelines that the University’s Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) area has developed in collaboration with VCPH, as well as following state and federal public health orders.
  • Social Responsibility: Each instructional and staff support activity will be carefully reviewed by EH&S and Risk Management to ensure that all safety plan requirements have been met. Every student, faculty and staff member coming onto campus will receive training on the safety plan(s) applicable to their activity, as well as general COVID-19 prevention. It will also be critically important for every individual who returns to campus during the fall 2020 semester to take personal responsibility for their own health and safety, and the health and safety of others.
  • Academic Schedule: CSUCI is planning for a full fall semester. Courses will be taught in a variety of modalities including fully virtual, hybrid and in-person. Six academic programs (Art, Biology/Geology, Chemistry, Environmental Science & Resource Management, Nursing and Performing Arts) have been approved for in-person instruction with each of these academic programs expected to follow all guidelines for each specific program area’s safety plan. These approved in-person courses are limited and only represent 5% of our normal fall course offerings.
  • Course Preparation: T.H.R.I.V.E. is a flexible professional development program for faculty to engage in equity-minded learning and design experiences for a virtual environment. The Deans and academic program chairs are also working to ensure faculty have technical support for successful virtual instruction. Faculty teaching the approved in-person courses are aware that remote/virtual alternatives are required to both (1) prepare for a possible immediate pivot to a fully virtual modality, and (2) provide an alternative to on-campus meetings for students who are unwilling or unable to come to the campus.
  • Housing: Residence halls will house up to 430 students – approximately 28% in comparison to fall 2019 – in order to ensure that each resident has a private bedroom and bathroom. Move-in times and days will be staggered. CSUCI has consulted with VCPH, who will inform our screening protocols for residential students including a pre-move in health screening questionnaire and COVID-19 testing coordinated through VCPH upon arrival.
  • Dining: Dining services will be limited to operate only one dining facility – possibly the Freudian Sip coffee shop located at the John Spoor Broome Library or another similar venue.
  • Working Remotely or On-Campus: To reduce the number of people on campus at any one time, most employees will continue to telework. Employees will also continue to be identified as designated personnel to work on campus on rotating or alternate schedules with established safety protocols to support on-campus activities (student support services, public safety, dining services, and facilities support). Employees with increased risk of severe illness or over the age of 65 and who are able to perform their job functions remotely, will be allowed to continue to telework for a specified period of time.

If you need additional information about the approved Fall 2020 Semester Plan and the planning documents used to inform the Plan, please contact the respective Academic Dean for the academic program or your supervisor.

Please visit our Fall 2020 Semester website for additional information, updates and campus resources.

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