This message was sent to all students, faculty and staff on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.
Chancellor White announced last month that the California State University system will continue its current primarily virtual instructional approach for the academic term beginning in January 2021. Accordingly, CSUMB will continue the course delivery method of virtual instruction for the spring 2021 term, with few limited exceptions for in-person instructional and research activities that cannot be delivered in an alternate modality and are essential to the university's core mission. For these activities, we will maintain rigorous standards of health and safety.
The health and safety of the CSUMB community remain our highest priority. We will continue to follow our state and local health officials' guidance regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, Monterey County remains in the widespread status for COVID-19 cases, recent trends in test positivity rates are not favorable, and a vaccine is not yet available. Accordingly, Chancellor White’s decision is timely and appropriate, and our university will continue operating in an alternate modality delivery of instruction with very rare exceptions and for most other university functions.
As we do so, we have opportunities to continue to develop our use of technology and engage with each other in a virtual space. I am confident that our dedicated students will continue to make progress in their educational goals, and that our faculty and staff will provide the high level of support our students deserve. I encourage our students to remain enrolled and continue to make progress toward the timely completion of their degrees.
CSUMB will continue to provide students with increased technical support, and faculty will have opportunities to engage with additional tools and resources to enhance virtual instruction in the spring. In line with that decision, employees of the university presently performing duties in remote modality should continue this practice and expect a repopulation date no earlier than June 7, 2021. Until that time, access to the CSUMB campus will remain limited.
Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping all of our Otter family safe in these difficult and uncertain times.
Stay up to date on all COVID-19 related changes on the CSUMB COVID-19 webpage.