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 spring 2021 semester.

Elements of CSUCI’s approach for the spring 2021 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. 

  • Student Repopulation: As detailed in the Student Repopulation Plan Spring 2021 Semester, the University has developed and implemented a framework focused on students enrolled for in-person classes and living in the residence halls during the fall semester.

  • 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 spring 2021 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 spring semester. Courses will be taught in a variety of modalities including fully virtual, hybrid and in-person. Eight academic programs (Art, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science & Resource Management, Health Science, 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 5.4in comparison to our spring 2020 course offerings. 

  • Course Preparation: The Deans and academic program chairs are 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. Teaching and Learning Innovations (TLI) also provides support for faculty and has a number of tools and resources to help facilitate a successful semester.

  • Housing: Residence halls will house approximately 200 students – approximately 14% in comparison to spring 2020 – 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 – the Freudian Sip coffee shop located at the John Spoor Broome Library. 

  • 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).

If you need additional information about the approved Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 Semester website for additional information, updates and campus resources.

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