Fall 2021 Planning Gateway

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    Faculty/Staff Planning Gateway

Faculty and Staff Guidelines

CSUN faculty and staff are the team behind the team – the people providing a world-class education for students and to keep the university running. Whether you’re working on campus, working remotely or a hybrid of both, we’re committed to providing you with the latest tools and information needed for your success on the job, with your health and safety as CSUN’s top priority.

The university’s efforts are aligned with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the California State University, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), and CALOSHA to reduce or mitigate the risks of spreading or contracting COVID-19.

CSUN will continue to implement, update, and revise this information as public health officials and state and local agencies continue to publish new guidance for Institutions of Higher Education, workplace guidance, and specific tailored guidance for specialized programs offered by the University. The Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) will monitor the county guidance and campus updates on shifts will be provided as needed. You will receive such communication updates by e-mail and/or through your appropriate administrator.

Health and Safety: COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing, Resources and More

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccinations and testing; cleaning and disinfecting protocols; Department COVID-19 Coordinators; COVID-19 dashboard and other resources, please visit the Faculty/Staff Health and Safety information.

Faculty Resources for Teaching and Research, and Technology Support

CSUN offers numerous faculty resources to support faculty teaching and research endeavors. As we look forward to the fall semester and as guidelines are finalized, faculty resource information will be regularly updated.

Faculty Resources for Teaching

A wealth of resources have been gathered for faculty, including technology training, designing and teaching courses effectively in the online, face-to-face, or hybrid modalities, tips on working through disruptions, accessibility resources, affordable course materials resources, library services for faculty, Zoom FAQs and so much more. Learn more at Faculty Resources for Teaching.

Research and Creative Activities

The office of Research and Sponsored Programs has helped CSUN continue its research throughout the pandemic. Visit their site for information on steps to take to resume in-person research, updated guidance from funding agencies and more.

Research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA) continue to be an essential component of CSUN’s mission. In support of that, CSUN is re-opening research labs and design space as health and safety allow. The first priority is opening the research labs supporting instructional activity, followed by opening labs supporting funded research and activities, and as public health guidance allows, opening research labs and creative activity studios that enable our faculty to continue their work in support of the campus’ primary instructional, research and artistic mission.

Access to Technology Support

COVID-19 pushed technology to the forefront of our lives and minds. The Division of Information Technology is committed to delivering reliable technology services and solutions in Academic Year 2021-2022 for all CSUN students, faculty and staff. Our objectives center on student and employee success through the provision of secure technology services, support and training.

Our actions are data-driven, encompassing the results of the Student IT survey and the technology survey of new students. The array of our support will include:

  • Cost-free Device Loaner Program, for currently enrolled students. This program will allow students to borrow laptops, webcams, hotspots and headsets.
  • Training resources on how to become effective online learners, including tips on time management and engaging with peers, have been provided in partnership with Student Affairs through the New Student Orientation platform. A training course on virtual learning – Becoming an Effective Online Learner – was created by the Faculty Technology Center in collaboration with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and other CSU campuses. It is made available to all CSUN students through Canvas. Becoming an Effective Online Learner is a self-paced guide designed to prepare students for success in a virtual environment. This course is not required for graduation and will not appear on transcripts. The course provides students with tips and tricks for online learning. Though not a CSUN requirement, some faculty may ask students to complete the course for a specific class.
  • Keep Learning website that will be continuously updated with additional resources on best strategies for online academic communications, and virtual resources and tools.
  • myCSUNsoftware grants students anytime access to select software via an Internet connection from a Mac, PC, Linux, or mobile device.
  • The library of downloadable software will continue to be available through the CSUN Software Downloads page.

Faculty Technology Center (FTC) will continue updating the Keep Teaching website and provide online workshops for faculty on the robust collection of academic technologies and their integration into the in-person, hybrid, or virtual classrooms.

Universal Design Center (UDC) will continue its commitment to ensuring that campus communications and technology will be accessible to everyone through training and consultations.

Classroom Technology is staffed for immediate support for our students and faculty.

IT Help Center will provide help by phone, email, chat and online.

CSUN and the Campus Store present myCSUNDigitalAccess, a powerful and convenient program designed to ensure students get the course materials they need to succeed prior to the first day of classes.

The myCSUNDigitalAccess program delivers required course materials digitally to students when they register for any participating courses, with integration through Canvas. Learn more here.

CSUN wants our students to succeed throughout their college careers and they need the tools to do this. With the CSUCCESS program, we are excited to provide all first-time freshmen and new transfer students an iPad Air, Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio – for free – to support your academic success and to use through completion of your degree. Additionally, CSUN Ready provides free course materials for first-time freshmen through their Spring 2022 semester courses.

Work Schedules

Schedule expectations

Work schedules are established in a manner to ensure that the university effectively deploys its human resources to meet its core mission and values while operating safely on campus and remotely.
  • Administrators will provide staff a minimum of 21 days’ notice of a return to campus work schedule. A 30-day notice is preferred, if operationally feasible.

Telecommute options

  • Employees working any portion of their assigned work schedule offsite, will need to complete and submit a current CSUN telecommute agreement. Please visit CSUN Telecommute Program | California State University, Northridge for details on CSUN’s telecommute Program
  • Telecommute agreements are currently not required for faculty or student employees.

Accommodations

  • Employees who have concerns about returning to work based on susceptibility to COVID-19 should consult with their medical provider and refer to the CDC guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/groups-at-higher-risk.html. Employees should share with their medical provider the campus safety protocols to demonstrate actions the campus is doing to protect them when working on campus.
  • Additionally, employees may request to explore a reasonable accommodation(s). Consistent with the request for accommodation process, medical certification will be required. Employees whose last name begins with A-K should contact Cari Morgan at cari.morgan@csun.edu and employees whose last name begins with L-Z should contact Karyn Cote at karyn.cote@csun.edu.

COVID Related Leave Options

Employee leaves are available for employees for varying medical reasons. For more information, on leaves of absence please visit Leave of Absence Programs | California State University, Northridge (csun.edu).

Employees Working Remotely

For employees who will continue working remotely, we are here to support you by providing resources that cover a range of remote-working topics, including issues related to your remote workstation, digital communication and setting healthy boundaries and habits. With on-demand courses, articles, podcasts, checklists and books, our resources will provide you with information, action items, and tips you can implement today to continue to gain confidence in your remote working capabilities and ensure you continue to feel valued, connected, and have the tools to be successful.

Please view the following webpage on helpful tips and resources: https://www.csun.edu/hr/resources-telecommuting.

Parking and Transportation

All CSUN parking lots and parking structures will be open and operational. As such, standard parking rates have resumed. For additional information please visit Parking and Transportation Services | California State University, Northridge (csun.edu).

Campus Dining and Water Filling Stations

Matador Eats At CSU Northridge

Matador Eats is excited to continue its partnership with CSUN as the campus food service provider. Your dining team’s passion is to offer students and the campus community with memorable experiences through innovation both on and beyond the plate. With a profound focus on food preferences, safety and wellness, guests will enjoy the freshest ingredients and most authentic recipes throughout each dining concept.

G’mos, one of the social heartbeats of CSUN, is a personal kitchen for our Matadors with six different stations. From a full and fresh salad bar and G8 Made-Without-Allergen station to authentic Mexican cuisine and delicious comfort food and more, G’mos is the perfect destination to enjoy a balanced meal with friends every day.

Matadors also experience new and refreshed eateries across campus that present bold flavors matched by exceptional quality and value. These include Matador Mercados, Freudian Sips, Arbor Grill, Burger King, El Pollo Loco, Juice it Up, Panda Express, G'mos, ShakeSmart and Subway.

Our locations are prepared for walk-in customers and in-house dining that is in accordance with LA County Public Health guidelines. Additionally, our guests can take advantage of the new Boost mobile ordering system. Download the Boost app on your phone to customize your order ahead of time, pay and pick up at your convenience.

As Matador Eats adjusts to the campus population needs for the semester, operations and stations may fluctuate. For the most current offerings and hours, visit the Matador Eats website.

Water-filling Stations

Water filling stations across campus will also be accessible and available for employee use. Please view this map for water filling station locations: https://www.csun.edu/sustainability/bottle-refilling

Appropriate Administrator Expectations and Guiding Principles

Appropriate Administrator Expectations

Each Administrator will need to:
  • Work with Environmental Health and Safety and PPM to obtain relevant safety materials such as sanitizer, gloves, desk shields, etc.
  • Post relevant safety protocol signage for employees where they can easily view it. Provide the guidance and education by email as well.
  • Ensure employees working on campus have received education and training about COVID prevention and CSUN protocols and policies.
  • Ensure employees working on campus complete the online screening survey each day they are assigned to work on campus.
  • If an employee advises you they have COVID-19 and/or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, complete the Manager Reporting Form.
  • Follow-up and address concerns employees raise about violations of safety protocols.

Community Resources

The Office of Community Engagement provides an informational hub where faculty, staff and students can find resources offered by local community organizations. Visit the connect page for up-to-date information that addresses financial, mental health and basic needs, as well as resources for parents and undocumented students.

Events

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 the 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.

On-Campus Event and Activity Review Process

Any request for on-campus University events and activities, excluding instruction must go through the mandatory Event and Activity Review Process and completion of the Event and Activity Rubric Form, which also details the approval process. In addition, a COVID-19 Health & Safety Questionnaire must be completed. Additionally, CSUN is currently open to reviewing commercial film shoot opportunities. Please reach out to University Licensing for details.

Travel

The Office of the Chancellor recently released modifications to systemwide travel restrictions, which lift systemwide travel restrictions effective June 1, 2021 and provide campus presidents the authority to establish guidelines and processes for approval of travel. All standard CSUN travel policies remain in place for employee and student travel. However, the current essential travel application process for employee travel through “myCSUNglobe” will be eliminated and replaced with a requirement that the Travel Authorization include documentation of approval by the appropriate divisional vice president. Student travel requests will continue to be processed through myCSUNglobe, and must be approved by the Provost. Please visit CSUN University Travel for questions or more information.