March 24, 2021
Dear Campus Community,
In December, the California State University announced the intention for campuses to return to in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester. That announcement provided current and future students and their families time to plan with assurances that the CSU would work diligently on the health protocols needed for a safe return to campuses in the fall.
Much has changed since fall 2020. At this time, all Stan State faculty and staff are now eligible for the vaccine, which is becoming increasingly available across our region and state. We expect vaccinations for students may be available this summer. Additionally, it is our understanding that the State of California will soon announce revised guidelines recommending 3 feet of social distance. The Centers for Disease Control has already made this recommendation for K-12 educational settings. The growing availability of vaccines, as well as increased protections and safeguards, makes me optimistic for an in-person fall semester.
It is important to note, Stanislaus County is making progress and has officially moved into the red tier. In consultation with the Office of the Chancellor, our goal is to plan for in-person fall semester in anticipation of reaching the orange or yellow tiers (which allow for 50% capacity in classroom and meeting spaces) in our region by the start of the fall term. Stanislaus State stakeholders have been meeting and planning for a safe return to campus. We are currently surveying students and faculty on their preferences and needs for fall. Provost Kim Greer has been meeting with and listening to faculty members, members of the Academic Affairs team, Enrollment Services and Capital Planning and Facilities Management team to determine the fall 2021 course schedule. Virtual course options will be available for students not able to attend in person.
In the coming weeks, students will receive information on fall 2021 registration. That communication will also offer resources and links for students in need of additional support, including advising, psychological counseling and accessibility services.
Additionally, faculty and staff should expect to receive more information related to how their college or unit will implement the “Return to Campus” plan in a manner consistent with the needs of the campus remaining considerate to the unique challenges created by phased repopulation for faculty and staff.
As always, the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. Our campus planning will continue to be driven by guidance from our local public health experts. We encourage all Warriors to get vaccinated when it becomes available to you. While vaccination is encouraged, it is not currently required.
More information regarding fall planning will be announced as it becomes available.
Thank you to our dedicated faculty and staff who have unceasingly gone above and beyond in teaching our students and keeping the University running during the past year. We have had to pivot and alter plans frequently throughout the past year — often without advance notice. And with each adjustment, you’ve demonstrated exceptional incredible patience and dexterity.
Ellen Junn, Ph.D.