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Student Affairs Email Wednesday March 11, 2020 5:50 pm
I am reaching out to update you on the measures that Cal State Fullerton is taking to respond to COVID-19.
As of the afternoon of March 11, 2020, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our campus community. At 1:51 p.m. today, March 11, 2020, CSUF President Fram Virjee announced that our university plans to transition to mandatory virtual instruction from March 25, 2020 through April 26, 2020. The timeline is as follows:
- March 12 – voluntary but encouraged virtual instruction begins.
- March 17 and March 18 – virtual instruction mandatory for technical trial.
- March 19 and 20 – voluntary but encouraged virtual instruction resumes.
- March 23 and March 24 – two non-instructional days to adjust and prepare.
- March 25 through April 26 – virtual instruction mandatory.
*You can find President Virjee’s full message, sent to campus on March 11, 2020, on coronavirus.fullerton.edu/messages.
In addition, due to recent travel, some members of our campus community have either chosen or been advised to self-isolate.
We know that this is a rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to provide you with regular updates as we receive new information. As communicated by CSUF President Fram Virjee, our Infectious Disease Working Group has established a campus website that contains accurate and timely information about COVID-19. For all official university updates, please reference coronavirus.fullerton.edu as well as official Cal State Fullerton social media accounts.
Accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 is also available from the following agencies:
- Orange County Health Care Agency
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
In regard to student-event related matters, numerous university-sanctioned events have been cancelled to observe the best practice of social distancing. Please contact your organization’s leader to find out about the status of an event that you may be participating in.
In regard to academic-related matters, all changes to class schedules, how the university offers courses, or other instructionally-related issues will be communicated directly from the university or from your instructors on an ongoing basis. As mentioned by President Virjee, CSUF is transitioning to virtual instruction. Many instructors will be using Zoom Video Conferencing and will conduct a Zoom conference simulation on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and Wednesday, March 18, 2020. You are encouraged to participate virtually, either on or off campus using your laptop or smartphone. Your faculty member will provide you with a link and a phone number to call into the virtual class. If your class does not meet on either of those days, your faculty member will notify you of the Zoom conference simulation date. For a tutorial on CSUF Zoom, please visit https://youtu.be/gWEPFFx9PfI. If your instructor has chosen not to use Zoom Video Conferencing, they will communicate the alternative instructional modality to you. Regardless, if you encounter difficulties joining the virtual classroom, contact the Student Help Desk at x8888.
Please note that certain courses and activities, such as some performing arts and laboratory research, will continue to meet face-to-face with approval from the respective College’s dean. In these instances, social distancing accommodations will be implemented. We will continue to work on possible non-face-to-face modalities for these classes as well. The university will provide more information to you as this ever-changing issue unfolds. In addition, please know that if you need additional academic support, you are welcome to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (657) 278-3211 or through www.fullerton.edu/deanofstudents.
Health and Wellness
For information about Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, and TitanWell, please visit www.fullerton.edu/studentwellness. Note that counseling services are available for any student who is feeling distressed or impacted by COVID-19. If you, as a student, would like to speak with someone, please come to Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) and share that you are feeling specifically impacted by COVID-19. CAPS is located in the Student Health and Counseling Center on campus and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. After hours or on weekends, you can: 1) Call 657-278-3040 to speak to an on-call Clinician, 2) Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 3) Text the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741. More information can be found on the CAPS website at www.fullerton.edu/caps
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to respond to this dynamic situation. We will continue to communicate the latest updates on this issue as they become available.
Harry Le Grande
Division of Student Affairs