June 30, 2020
To the Campus Community:
With the health and safety of students, faculty and staff at the forefront of all preparations, CSUN will offer Fall 2020 courses primarily through virtual instruction. To maintain momentum to degree completion and maximize the student learning experience, virtual offerings will be supplemented with a limited number of face-to-face undergraduate and graduate courses and labs with physical distancing and hygiene measures in place. We call our plan CSUN as One because whether learning and working on-campus or virtually, CSUN remains a united university dedicated to transformative educational opportunity. You can learn more at the CSUN as One website, which serves as the hub for CSUN's Fall 2020 plans.
Maintaining the health and safety of every member of the campus community is CSUN’s top priority and a shared responsibility for all of us. Individually, we must all take the small steps to protect ourselves and our community, especially those most vulnerable to the serious consequences of COVID-19. Each part of these plans is aimed at offering the safest experience possible to protect all members of the CSUN community.
CSUN is supplementing virtual offerings with a limited number of face-to-face courses and labs that require in-person experiences. Approximately 4,400 students are anticipated to take part in 113 face-to-face courses and labs taught in 210 sections. Any exception to virtual learning has significant preventative health measures in place that are science-based and data-driven. All on-campus exceptions are authorized as within the safety parameters established with state, local and CSU guidance.
Student Housing and on-campus dining will be offered in a limited capacity this fall. Student Housing occupancy is expected to be at no more than 45 percent within our living communities. Providing a safe and welcoming housing environment conducive to student health, well-being and academic success guides our efforts, and CSUN has established protocols to support these goals. Living standards will address cleaning protocols and frequency, building access, ventilation standards, and dining and food service protocols.
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. We owe it to each other – faculty, staff and students – to work together to make health and safety a priority. 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 CSUN MyNorthridge web portal. This is a necessary step to protect ourselves and each other.
CSUN is committed to supporting all Matadors and ensuring every student has a strong sense of belonging and connection with the CSUN campus community. Student services and support will be rendered primarily through remote service delivery to promote student safety.
I encourage you to visit and explore the CSUN as One Fall 2020 planning website. In addition to the information above, you can also learn more about the status of campus facilities and operations, access to technology, campus dining, research and creative activities, and much more.
All of us at CSUN share 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. Together, CSUN as One, we will continue to equip students to realize bright futures through CSUN’s transformative education.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.