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California State University, Fullerton
Titans Return: COVID-19 Recovery

To limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus, see the University’s COVID-19 Mitigation Measures & Guidelines (Presidential Directive No. 21).  View the full directive.

Fall 2020 Campus Plan

Working Together for a Safe Return

Leaders from across the university are working together to navigate the pandemic experience and on re-entry planning efforts. View the CSUF workgroups here.

Re-Entry Phases

Current Phase: 3

Clean and Prepare
Return of Additional Personnel
Primarily Virtual
Primarily On Campus Instruction
Resume Campus Activities
Resume Campus Events

Campus Plan

  • The majority of fall 2020 courses will be conducted virtually, consistent with the CSU system’s directive. The University has identified 239 courses as essential, meaning that they cannot be delivered virtually in the most effective way.
  • Faculty, staff, and students are expected to assess their health daily before coming to campus using the CDC self-assessment tool
  • To help contain and minimize the risk of infection from a known or suspected COVID-19 case, the university has developed a CSUF Infectious Disease Response Team that will notify impacted individuals and provide instructions for self-quarantine and referral for academic accommodations.
  • For those who will be on campus in the fall, it will be each person’s responsibility to adhere to all safety protocols to reduce the risk of infection among our campus community members and their families. This includes using facemasks, practicing good hygiene and maintaining social distance.
  • The university has begun a multiphase repopulation plan began with the return of a limited number of staff needed to prepare for in-person instruction.  
  • Please contact your manager/appropriate administrator for information about your position. Some employees will return to work on campus and some employees will continue to work remotely.  

Recognizing the pandemic is a fluid situation, we will continue to review and adjust our campus plans and services, as necessary, including the possibility of all courses transitioning to virtual instruction for the fall semester.

Protocols have been and will continue to be developed and updated for those who will be on campus. Please review the key areas below for important information on re-entry activities or virtual instruction. Regularly visit CSUF’s coronavirus information website for updates.

Resources By Topic

Academic Instruction

Updated on July 2, 2020

The majority of fall 2020 courses will be conducted virtually, consistent with the CSU system’s directive. The University has identified 239 courses as essential, meaning that they cannot be delivered virtually in the most effective way.

The course schedule will reflect if the class is online or on-campus, in-person.  A list of on-campus, in-person courses to be offered for fall 2020 is available here: Approved Course List for On-Campus Instruction (Fall 2020)


Updated on July 2, 2020

The final plan for fall 2020 sports practices and competitions is pending further guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Orange County Department of Public Health, the NCAA and the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

Athletics will continue to closely monitor the situation as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Orange County Department of Public Health, and we will work together with campus officials to make any additional changes deemed in the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. For updates, follow Titan Athletics on social media @fullertontitans.

Face Coverings

To reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 and to help prevent the spread of the virus, facemasks or cloth face coverings are required to be worn in public spaces on campus and during in-person classes, consistent with the Governor’s order and updated state public-health guidelines. For additional information on face coverings click here.

Additional information on how to protect yourself visit the Health and Safety FAQ and COVID-19 Safety Page.

View the President’s Directive No. 21 on Mitigation Measures and Guidelines.

Safety & PPE in Campus Buildings

Updated on July 2, 2020

To protect the health of all who are on campus, the facilities team has developed a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting schedule for all rooms used for in-person courses, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Other considerations include: space seating/desks at least six feet apart, and removing or taping off seats in fixed seating lecture halls. Typical classroom capacity has been reduced to accommodate proper physical distancing.

Signage will be placed on all building entry doors and individual rooms being used for in-person courses to ensure students and faculty know how to proceed upon entering. Hand-sanitizer stations will be placed at building entrances where in-person courses will be held. For additional information on safety and PPE visit the EHS COVID-19 Safety website.

Pollak Library

Updated on July 2, 2020

The physical library building will remain closed to the public, access to print materials will resume. The only face-to-face services provided will be for occasional University Archives and Special Collections materials use when digitization is impossible. Physical services will be limited to Pollak Library; the Irvine Center Library will remain virtual.

The first floor of the north tower will be open ONLY to CSUF students and solely as a study area.  Capacity will be limited to 150 students.  There will be no computers, no printers, and seats must be reserved according to a system still under development.  We will not provide any library services.  Face Coverings must be worn.  Hours will be 8-5, Monday through Friday.  PLN 130 and all offices and study rooms will be locked. 

Please check Pollak Library’s COVID-19 page for updates on library services and resources


Updated on July 2, 2020

With the approval from President Virjee, we will gradually resume the research, scholarship, and creative activities that cannot be conducted remotely. Public health information will be continuously monitored and, should negative indicators develop, research, scholarship, and creative activities will be ramped down to an earlier phase. At present, faculty have resumed research, scholarship, and creative activity at levels that equate to approximately 35% of the PI’s usual research effort. Faculty members/PIs wishing to resume on-campus research should review and follow the CSUF guidance for research integration, CSU guidance, available college-specific SWP guidelines, and complete the college-specific or generic research restart application form for approval prior to resuming research, scholarly and creative activities.

Before starting onsite research, the self-screening forms mentioned in the CSUF guidance should be used until the electronic forms are available. 

For more information, visit the research website.

Responding to Potential Exposures

Updated on July 2, 2020

 More details to follow.

University Housing and Dining

Updated July 2, 2020

Housing and Residential Engagement will provide accommodations for approximately 561 students, a 73% reduction of occupancy to ensure adequate physical distancing. With on-campus housing being significantly reduced and in consultation with our campus partners, assignments will be made based on individual student’s need for on-campus housing. Examples of need-based factors include, but are not limited to and in no particular order: enrollment in an in-person course, distance from campus, experiencing housing insecurity, etc.

HRE staff will work toward placing all interested students on a first-eligible, first served basis. Once we reach our established occupancy, we will notify students that they have been placed on our waitlist.

To view the housing Fall 2020 plan visit the Housing and Residential Engagement website.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page or campus updates.