Email to Faculty, Staff and Students: CSUF Plan to Transition to Virtual Instruction
Dear Titan Family:
As referenced in the campus-wide communication from President Virjee yesterday, the rapidly-changing information and guidance provided to us by the CSU Chancellor’s Office along with local and state public health officials require that we be equally dynamic in our efforts to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 on our campus.
To be clear, our campus remains safe, and while we continue to have zero presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on or related to our campus, we are bolstering our preventative and social distancing measures to include the following:
- Effective tomorrow, March 12, 2020, CSUF permits and strongly encourages all faculty to commence the delivery of non-face-to-face teaching modalities to the full extent that it is feasible and in service to course requirements. All instructional spaces on campus have been equipped with audiovisual tools to facilitate the delivery of remote teaching. Faculty may choose to deliver the course content through synchronous (real time) or asynchronous (on demand) modalities.
- Effective March 17 and March 18, virtual teaching will temporarily become mandatory for the purpose of a two-day technology trial that will help prepare the campus for full mandatory non-face-to-face delivery.
- Effective March 19 and March 20, the voluntary period in bullet one (1) above will resume with faculty strongly encouraged to continue to teach remotely and/or virtually.
- Effective Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24 all face-to-face AND virtual instruction will be suspended with the exception that normal asynchronous online classes will continue as scheduled. The purpose for these two non-instructional days is to allow faculty and staff to make the final adjustments for alternative delivery teaching.
- Effective Wednesday, March 25, CSUF will suspend all in-person and on-campus convening of classes until April 26th, 2020, with that date being subject to reassessment based on circumstances as they develop. During this time, faculty will teach all of their classes remotely through the use of the above-mentioned technology.
- 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.
The campus will remain open during every phase of these precautionary efforts, and students continue to be welcome to utilize all on-campus amenities, including housing, food services, the Health Center, the library and CAPS. Concerned students are free to limit their physical engagement with the campus, but offices and buildings will remain open with uninterrupted operations; staff will continue to work on site.
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.
Faculty: You will receive further instruction and support from Academic Affairs and IT along with your deans and chairs. Further communications are forthcoming.
Students: Please check in with your professors and look for communications from them for their plans in the courses you are enrolled in. If you have questions, please contact your professor.
Staff: Further communications will be sent to you from HRDI. Contact your supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.
As set forth in the communications to our community yesterday, CSUF will continue to monitor any spread of COVID-19 and issue additional notices as necessary. Information is available and will be regularly updated on the University’s website at http://coronavirus.fullerton.edu/.
Thank you for your continued cooperation, empathy, kindness, and support.
Framroze M. Virjee
CSUF Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chair, Academic Senate