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Dear SDSU Community,

We are all aware of the many issues creating anxiety and stress in our lives. We know that any period of recession and budget reduction creates uncertainty, and that can be difficult and painful.

This week, the California State University (CSU) system has begun more involved conversations with both labor and campus-level leaders to support CSU decision-making. A number of other CSU campus presidents will be sharing budget updates that consider their specific campus priorities and situations. At SDSU, we remain committed to keeping you informed as we move toward finalizing our university’s budget.

To be clear, the wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff is paramount. Most every university is grappling with this same uncertainty, and we are working to ensure the long-term financial health and mission of our university. We are continuing efforts to create more clearly defined budget expectations and models through our shared governance practice. The President's Budget Advisory Committee (PBAC) will hold its first meeting of the new year on July 23, and will allow us to follow through with conversations with University Senate and Associated Students committees, as well as other faculty, staff and students. These conversations will help us decide how best to address our university’s anticipated $32 million base budget reduction.

As shared earlier, our SDSU Flex plans for Fall 2020 are in compliance with county, state and federal public health guidelines. Conversations with local labor leaders about more detailed guides to support faculty and staff returning to work are in process.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time, and we ask that you continue to take great care of yourselves and your loved ones, and be safe.

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

Salvador Hector Ochoa, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Agnes Wong Nickerson, MBA
Interim Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer