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Titans Return: COVID-19 Recovery

Update on Temporary Telecommuting with Limited Onsite Operations

Monday May 11, 2020 12:55 pm

Dear Titan Family:

Thank you. Despite unimaginable obstacles and, often times, in the face of your own stress, you stood tall and stayed true to the North Star by which we set out to navigate this pandemic: The health and safety of all Titans and our extended communities, and the continuity of an equitable, high-impact academic curriculum with unobstructed paths to degree.

There are so many countless benchmarks that underscore our success in these two endeavors, but given the time of year, it is perhaps most poignant to point to the upcoming virtual celebration of what will be the largest graduating class in the history of likely not just CSUF, but the entire CSU system. Yes, we like to say “It Takes a Titan,” but the truth is, during this difficult time, it has and will continue to take our entire Titan Family. 

It has not been easy any more than it has been without some concern and fear — for our students, for our communities, and yes, for ourselves, our loved ones, and each other — but above all and through it all, it has always been together and as family. I am proud and thankful that we are now coming together to engage in the robust conversations and planning around when and how we will re-introduce face-to-face work, teaching, and research modalities on our campus. 

To give us the time and resources to take in the ever-evolving direction from the governor, the chancellor, and other sources on this critical decision, we are extending mandatory temporary telecommuting for all non-essential personnel whose jobs can be performed remotely through June 30, 2020. As before, this date is subject to change depending on circumstances and/or federal, state, or local guidance.

Building on the ingenuity behind our swift transition to online modalities, we are collaboratively planning for a variety of fall semester possibilities. To that end, as we move into the summer, there will be an increased presence of facilities staff and others on campus to prepare for the eventual re-entry and return of faculty and staff when that is possible.

In the meantime, be kind, stay healthy, and know that we will continue to get through this together and as one Titan Family.

Sincerely,

Fram Virjee
President