COVID-19 Update: Campus Accelerated Social Distancing Measures

March 16, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

As many of you have now heard, the global COVID-19 pandemic is evolving swiftly. We are attempting to keep all faculty, staff and students informed, not only about campus preparations and directives, but also guidance received from the Chancellor’s Office, Governor’s Office, California Department of Public Health, Stanislaus County Health Services Agency and San Joaquin County Public Health Services. Please continue to check our campus COVID-19 FAQs for the latest information, as well as archives of campus communications.

In consultation with the Chancellor’s Office and system leadership, we are accelerating the transition to virtual modes of instruction and operation. Effective immediately, designated ESSENTIAL employees will be contacted by their managers to discuss reporting to work on campus or to make arrangements for working remotely beginning Tuesday, March 17.

THE CAMPUS IS NOT CLOSING. All divisions are asked to implement their business continuity plans. All staff able to work remotely, even if not designated as essential, will be working with their manager to arrange for remote work as needed and where possible.

If you reside in a county that has been told to shelter in place, are age 65 or older, or have a condition which makes you vulnerable to COVID-19, please remain at home. If you are not able to work from home, you will be placed on paid administrative leave. We are especially grateful for those who will work as usual to keep our campus community healthy and safe.

To increase social distancing and significantly reduce the population of students, faculty and staff on campus, the Student Recreation Center, Library and University Student Center will close March 17. The Student Health Center, Psychological Counseling Services, Warrior Food Pantry and Housing and Residential Life will remain physically open. All other Student Affairs departments and programs will continue to be accessible remotely (e.g., the Learning Commons, Academic Success Center, Disability Resource Services, and more). Main Dining and Residential Life Village Cafe services have moved to take out only. Our Warrior Food Pantry will be open and Food Box Distribution will continue.

Some student services will also remain available at the Stockton Campus this week, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Please check the Stockton Campus website for updated hours and services.

We will share regular updates with information about actions taken at Stan State and what we know is coming in the weeks ahead. If you have specific questions, you can ask through the button at the top of our FAQs page; questions are monitored daily and will be answered as quickly as possible.

Below is a summary of recent information:

Educational Continuity: All face-to-face classes have ceased as of 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Faculty are transitioning to alternate modes of remote instruction, and beginning on Wednesday, April 2, ALL courses will be offered in online or virtual modalities.

Temporary Telecommuting Agreement: We are attempting to maintain services while providing opportunities for staff and essential student workers to telecommute. Managers and supervisors may offer flexible work arrangements for employees when possible, while still maintaining continuity of business.

Events and Meetings: Large events (convening more than 50 people) are cancelled. We are tracking all campus events and providing daily updates.

University Travel: All non-essential University travel is suspended.

We have also communicated with the wider community in many other ways – you may find some of this information useful as well:

Currently, on-campus residential units remain open. However, the Housing and Residential Life staff will communicate directly with all residents this week on next steps.

Given this unprecedented global health challenge, all campus plans and precautionary actions are subject to change as circumstances warrant. Thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility as we continue to monitor, modify and implement our next steps.

Please watch your emails and texts closely for important updates.

Take care of yourselves and continue to practice social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, respect those around you, and stay up-to-date on COVID-19-related developments on campus.

Sincerely,

Ellen Junn
President

Steven Filling
​Speaker of the Faculty