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Dear colleagues:

As we approach the start of the Fall 2020 semester, we extend thanks for your extraordinary dedication and preparation. We are committed to ensuring that our academic leaders, researchers, and instructors have information essential to keeping our community safe and sustaining our academic operations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consequently, we have developed the following informational resources specifically targeted to faculty:

  • Academic Operations Guidelines: Housed in SharePoint, the guidelines were ratified by the Academic Deans Council and authorized by the provost and provide information and direction on academic-related matters. If you have an academic-related question, please consult the guidelines; if it does not answer your question, please contact your chair or director.

  • Faculty Essential Information Video: Please review the video and its accompanying PDF), which provides essential general information, including health and safety protocols. This resource also provides guidance for working with students during the pandemic and details the SDSU Health Commitment.

  • Campus Repopulation Site: Serving as a centralized hub for information specific to university employees, the site contains additional information, including forms for reporting illness and concerns. The site is considered a live document and is continually being updated as new information becomes available.

Please help us keep our community safe by utilizing and encouraging others to utilize these sources of information.

In-Person Guidance

We also want to highlight specific guidance provided in the Academic Operations Guidelines, and the accompanying video, regarding in-class instruction.

If a student wishes to attend classes but refuses to wear a facial covering in the classroom and/or comply with other campus COVID-19 safety protocols, it is recommended that faculty take the following progressive actions to elicit student compliance:

  • Tell the student to wear a facial covering, if one is available,

  • Offer the student a new, unused facial covering, OR

  • Tell the student to leave the classroom to retrieve/obtain a facial covering.

If the student refuses to comply, tell the student to leave class for the remainder of the class period; if the student refuses to leave, you may also:

  • End the class session or meeting,

  • Contact University Police if the student displays violent or aggressive behavior, or

  • Report the behavior to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities for follow up.

If a student explains that, due to medical reasons, they are unable to comply with the SDSU requirement that all wear facial coverings while on campus, please do the following:

  • Do not engage directly with students regarding such accommodations.

  • Encourage that students contact the Student Ability Success Center (SASC) for appropriate guidance.

  • Please do not hesitate to reach out to SASC Testing Accommodations Coordinator Peter Vu ([email protected]) for any matters pertaining to test accommodations.

In Closing

We are mindful that this pandemic is requiring universities nationwide to maintain exceptional flexibility in their instructional modalities so as to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. As circumstances continue to evolve San Diego County and Imperial County, academic leaders are in ongoing communication with campus health and environmental safety officials to make wise decisions about our academic operations.

Please know we will continue to provide timely information through your deans, associate deans, chairs/directors, and the communication channels indicated in this message. Also, for your awareness, we are sharing additional guidance later today with all faculty and staff, providing direction for what they should do every day before and during work on campus.


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

Joanna Brooks, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Faculty Advancement and Student Success

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