Fall Plan 2020 FAQs
This section was last updated on 9/30/20 and will be updated regularly.
Instruction and Classes
Can I defer admission?
Yes, but you may only defer your admission from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 for COVID-19 related reasons. For more information on deferrals, please contact CSUN at one of the following emails:
How will classes be offered this fall?
As CSUN develops plans for the Fall 2020 Semester, we are aligning our practices with the guidance provided by the Chancellor’s Office of “primarily virtual” modality, as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
A limited number of pre-approved academic activities will occur on campus because there are no available alternatives that meet academic or professional requirements.
Other colleges and universities have modified their academic calendar so the semester ends at the Thanksgiving holiday. Has the CSUN academic calendar changed?
The CSUN academic calendar has not been modified to a compressed or accelerated schedule. The Fall 2020 semester classes begin on August 22, 2020 and the semester ends on December 23, 2020.
I am concerned about the quality of the virtual learning experience.
CSUN is committed to our core mission of student success and research.
Across campus, CSUN faculty and staff are preparing to offer a full slate of impactful academic offerings through high-quality virtual learning. By Fall semester, our faculty will have completed professional development and training in virtual and distance instruction to ensure that regardless of format, CSUN students – both new and returning – will enjoy a robust and vibrant educational experience and momentum toward life-changing degrees and certificates.
Where can I find academic and technical support for virtual learning?
All Academic Support services are virtual, active and available. These services and include:
- First-time freshman advising is offered through the Matador Advising Hub and, for EOP students, at the college-based Advising Centers/EOP offices.
- First-time transfer advisement and continuing-student advisement is taking place via Zoom, phone and email by all advising offices on campus.
- The Learning Resource Center offers online tutoring, writing lab support, and supplemental instruction via zoom and other virtual tools.
- The Matador Achievement Center (MAC) will continue to offer student athletes advisement, support and tutoring through virtual tools. Please contact or call (818) 677-6356.
A range of resources and support services are available at through the Division of Information Technology.
- Cost-free Device Loaner Program for currently enrolled students. This program will allow students to borrow laptops, webcams, hotspots and headsets.
- Keep Learning website that will be continuously updated with additional resources on best strategies for online academic communications, and virtual resources and tools including off-campus internet connectivity.
- The library of downloadable software will continue to be available through MyCSUNSoftware program.
Tuition and Fees
Does CSUN offer a tuition payment extension?
No, CSUN does not offer a tuition payment extension; however, we do have tuition payment plans. For more information, please visit https://www.csun.edu/stufin/ucs-installment-payment-plan.
Can I request a refund on my Intent to Register deposit?
Submitting an Intent to Register is free at CSUN.
Is a discount available since instruction will be delivered virtually?
Across campus, CSUN faculty and staff are preparing to offer a full slate of impactful academic offerings through high-quality virtual learning, as well as the necessary modifications for those limited courses and labs that may be offered face-to-face. Since CSUN is providing students full academic credit for courses taken and delivered by alternative means, no portion of tuition or mandatory fees will be reduced, consistent with California Education Code.
The Student Experience
Will any events or activities be allowed on campus?
Although events are primarily taking place virtually, numerous departments, organizations and clubs continue to offer robust virtual events for a wide variety of audiences.
To learn more about these virtual events follow then University Student Union calendar, the Associated Students calendar and the University calendar, as well as calendars for USU Student Recreation Center classes, USU Oasis Wellness Center classes and workshops, USU Student Recreation Center Intramural Sports activities, Research and Sponsored Programs events and The Soraya.
Any request for on-campus University events and activities, excluding instruction, for Fall 2020 must go through the mandatory Event and Activity Review Process. In addition, a COVID-19 Health & Safety Questionnaire must also be completed.
Will on-campus and work study jobs for students be available? What about auxiliary jobs?
Student Assistant and Work Study positions will be available for critical work that is needed for approved on-campus functions and for office work that can be performed at home. These positions, to be coordinated through each vice president’s office, are subject to the CSU system-wide slowdown and will require a presidential exception to hire based on work need and identified funding source.
In addition, the University Corporation’s student staffing plan will include the appropriate level of managerial and student staff to support the two campus dining locations open for fall semester: Geronimo’s and Matador Mercado in Student Housing. Both locations will serve meal plan students as well as other housing students and anyone from the campus community.
Students who support the research related to sponsored program and grant activities will also be hired as needed.
What opportunities will there be to meet other students?
Returning and new students will have engaging, interactive and community building experiences throughout the Fall 2020 semester. There are numerous opportunities for social activities, personal growth, training and support:
- Clubs and organizations – MataSync
- Recreation, fitness, wellness and training programs – Associated Students, Matador Involvement Center, University Student Union (USU), USU Oasis Wellness Center and Student Recreation Center (SRC)
- Support for LGBTQ students – USU Pride Center
- Support for student veterans – USU Veterans Resource Center
- Support for undocumented students and students from mix-status families – USU DREAM Center
Safety and Well-Being
Are CSUN students and faculty required to take a flu shot?
The CSU Office of the Chancellor and CSUN strongly recommend that all students, faculty, and staff obtain an influenza vaccination for the 2020-2021 flu season; to help prevent infection with flu virus that could cause serious illness and even death and to prevent the virus’ spread to colleagues and classmates. Getting a flu shot this September or October may reduce your chances of getting influenza; and if you do get sick, your symptoms may be less severe. What’s more, this Fall and Winter, with the COVID-19 pandemic still active, it’s possible that individuals may become infected with both COVID-19 AND influenza. Per the CDC, those at high risk for flu are also at higher risk for COVID-19, and may end up needing hospitalization and intensive care. Preventing the flu with the flu shot keeps our healthcare system from being overwhelmed and our community healthier.
Will face coverings be provided?
Governor Gavin Newsom has required face coverings in California for all those who venture outside one’s home, especially in public areas.
Everyone is expected to wear a face covering, preferably of cloth that covers the nose and mouth, and to wash the cloth face covering at least daily. Employees working on campus will be provided with one or more face coverings that should be used in the performance of their duties.
Students can purchase their own face coverings from stores, online, or with a CSUN logo, from the CSUN bookstore. If a student or employee forgets a face covering when arriving for work or a face-to-face class, a disposable surgical mask may be provided on a one-time basis so that the individual may proceed with the activity.
What will be the cleaning protocols?
Physical Plant Management has implemented an enhanced facility maintenance program emphasizing “high-touch” cleaning and disinfection of common spaces. Our custodians will prioritize increased frequency of restroom cleaning, as well as wiping and disinfection of service counters, door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc. To support the success of our facilities staff in providing these services, the campus will be investing in improved equipment, technology, and cleaning products.
A protocol for the preparation and sanitization of campus offices and work areas was developed that allowed for compliance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Are there resources for combating stigmatization, bias and xenophobia related to the coronavirus?Many of us are concerned about what the people in our communities may be experiencing, including possible stigmatization or discrimination based on racial bias or appearances. Please help others understand that the risk of coronavirus is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Any bias incidents should be reported to the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Will students be allowed to live on campus?
Providing a safe and welcoming housing environment conducive to student health, wellbeing, and academic success is a top priority. Student Housing for Fall 2020 will be provided on a limited basis. Students will be chosen to live in student housing using five tiers of priority:
Tier One – students who are returning to CSUN Student Housing and are:
- former foster youth
- homeless veterans
- students who would otherwise be homeless
- international students
- Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students
Tier Two – students who are First Time Freshman and First Time Transfer students and are:
- former foster youth
- homeless veterans
- students who would otherwise be homeless
- international students
Tier Three – students who are enrolled in classes scheduled to be held on campus
Tier Four – returning residents currently contracted
Tier Five – First-Time Freshman and First-Time Transfer students currently contracted
To learn more about housing and how to apply at CSUN Housing and Residential Life.
Will there be on-site residential staff?
Yes. Staff residing on campus includes professional Residential Life staff, Resident Assistants, and Academic Mentors. Managerial, administrative and other office staff and operational, grounds, and facilities personnel will work on-site.
Is commencement still postponed?
Yes. Spring 2020 commencement exercises are postponed until after the pandemic crisis subsides.