Academic Year 2020-2021 Overview
CSUN leadership, emergency operations staff, the Academic Affairs Task Force and other campus partners have dedicated themselves to develop plans for Academic Year 2020-2021 that put the health and safety of students, faculty and staff at the forefront of preparations.
Exceptions to Virtual Instruction
In an effort to preserve the safety of our campus and the broader community, CSUN’s period of fully virtual learning and remote working has been extended until February 15, 2021. We will start the spring semester as scheduled with classes beginning on January 25 in our current fully virtual environment other than the limited, critical activities and work already approved to take place on campus. On February 15, the small number of classes with an in-person component will be able to return to campus. The majority of spring classes are scheduled to be fully virtual and will remain virtual all semester. Any exception to virtual learning has significant preventative health measures in place that are science-based and data-driven. All on-campus exceptions, when reintroduced, will be authorized as within the safety parameters established with state, local and CSU guidance.
Lower Density On-Campus Housing
The campus houses several hundred student residents within our living communities this academic year. Providing a safe and welcoming housing environment conducive to student health, well-being and academic success is a top priority, and CSUN has established protocols to support these goals. Building and room occupancy guidelines have been developed to support hygiene and social distancing. Living standards address cleaning protocols and frequency, building access, ventilation standards, and dining and food service protocols.
Health and Safety Protocols Implemented
CSUN has implemented safety protocols for the campus aligned with recommendations from the CDC, the American College Health Association and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and is operating with a minimum of employees on campus to support essential services. Measures to protect health include increased cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing and requiring everyone to wear face coverings on campus. The entire campus community owes it to each other – faculty, staff and students – to work together to make health and safety a priority.
Daily Screening Required
On a daily basis, prior to reporting to work or class, all employees and students are required to submit a personal health assessment via the University web portal. This is a necessary step to protect ourselves and each other.
As conditions permit, consistent with local and state public health guidelines, the university continues to explore meaningful ways to re-populate campus, prioritizing student engagement and involvement. Recognizing this is a continually evolving situation, we must all be flexible and resilient as circumstances require.
Everyone at CSUN shares a common responsibility to support the well-being of our campus community, with our primary goal being a safe and functional campus environment for working, learning and living. Student success remains our unwavering priority.