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published on May 12, 2020 - 1:56 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

California State Universities will not return to on-campus education in the fall, according to published reports arising from today’s CSU Board of Trustees Zoom conference meeting.

Fresno State is part of the CSU system.

With certain exceptions, courses will be continued to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our university when open without restrictions and fully in person… is a place where over 500,000 people come together in close and vibrant proximity,” White said at a meeting of Cal State’s Board of Trustees, reported by the Los Angeles Times. “That approach sadly just isn’t in the cards now.”

Fresno State reported fall enrollment of 23,622, according to The Collegian, Fresno State’s campus newspaper.

A “Fall 2020 Planning Task Force” assembled by Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro released a statement on the chancellor’s announcement Tuesday.

“We are grateful for the Chancellor Office’s guidance, as well as their demonstrated flexibility by understanding that each campus has its own geographic, population-density and public-health variables.

“Our Fall 2020 Planning Task Force, which includes students, faculty and staff, is considering two planning scenarios for fall 2020 as outlined in President Castro’s May 7 campus message.”

These scenarios include:

  • “Planning scenario #1: For public-health reasons, Fall 2020 instruction remains fully virtual, a limited number of students live in campus housing, and major events and activities remain suspended.
  • “Planning scenario #2: Fall 2020 instruction is mostly virtual but also includes a limited number of specialized, in-person classes, and with a limited number of students living in campus housing. For this to occur, plans will need to be developed and implemented that ensure physical distancing, safe hygiene practices, health screenings, cleaning in between classes, and proper technology to livestream and record the limited number of in-person classes.”


The task force is consulting with working groups from different aspects of campus, including athletics, and will submit a conceptual plan for both scenarios to President Castro by May 22. 

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