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Dear SDSU Community,

First, we want to thank San Diego State University’s faculty, staff, and students for their understanding as we have had to reduce the size of the on-campus population, including the research population, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With this campus update, we are sharing information about access to buildings and also reinforcing that classes should not be held this week, during spring recess.

Restrictions to Buildings and Facilities

Beginning Wednesday, April 8, at 8 a.m., access to main campus and SDSU Imperial Valley buildings or in SDSU Research Foundation facilities will be further restricted to critical on-site research personnel and critical on-site staff only. Such individuals will retain intermittent on-site access, but access to others will be restricted.

Reducing the number of facilities and custodial staff, in addition to efforts to secure additional cleaning supplies while supporting county efforts, is a significant limiting factor for SDSU’s ability to retain full building access. This decision to further restrict building access through April 30 follows directly from this concern and our priority to maintain the health, well-being, and safety of our community. This allows custodial efforts to focus on residential housing and those spaces with ongoing critical research following the criteria noted below.

All SDSU employees, including researchers, are asked to spend the coming days retrieving any important materials before April 8 at 8 a.m. Teleworking and virtual adoption are continuing.

Faculty researchers will be notified by their deans if they have been granted continuing access beyond April 8. These faculty, students, and staff approved as critical on-site research personnel will continue to have access to their buildings or facilities using current card key or key access.

We ask that if you are granted continuing building access that you assist in keeping buildings secure. Please do not leave doors unsecured or grant entry to other personnel. Custodial services scheduling will also be modified. If there are immediate building needs, faculty and staff may submit a request to Facilities Services.

Criteria used to determine critical on-site research personnel are as follows:

  • Responsible for maintaining the viability of research subjects, including the well-being of animals in vivarium and non-vivarium facilities.

  • Research personnel needed to preserve highly perishable and difficult to replace research materials (e.g. primary cell lines that cannot be stored), such that considerable time and costs would be associated with their loss.

  • Individuals responsible for regular maintenance of equipment that, if not done, could result in damage to the equipment and/or extraordinary cost.

  • Researchers working on experiments that have a small window for completion — for example, data collection might be required in the immediate time-frame as a long-term experiment comes to fruition or for research that relies on the ability to make specific measurements only at certain times a year.

  • Research critical to helping address the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Research where a pause will negatively impact the care of participants on a clinical trial.

Those who have not been approved in the categories above, and who are not critical on-site staff maintaining the health and safety of our physical infrastructure, will no longer have building access. This includes a temporary restriction of their RedID card swipe access.

Those without access may re-enter buildings with the approval of the dean, associate dean and/or vice president overseeing their college or unit.

SDSU Research Foundation Grant Support Offered

While the further reduction of on campus faculty, staff and students may result in the pause or delay of many important research areas on campus, it is a necessary step to protect the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students as well as the broader San Diego community.

SDSU Research Foundation grant specialists are available to work with grant-funded researchers who may need to contact funding agencies to modify grant funded activities. For support, contact your grants specialist directly. If you need help identifying your grants specialist, contact Renée Lechner, director of Sponsored Research Administration, by emailing [email protected].

Spring Recess Continues this Week

As a reminder, no course activities should occur during spring recess, which is this week. Classes resume on Monday, April 6.

Instructors who have implemented class requirements during spring recess, to include class meetings or exams, are asked to halt such activities this week, and until classes resume on April 6.

As always, we thank you for your flexibility and resilience as we work through the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Assessment and Response is Ongoing

SDSU will continue to review access protocols in response to the dynamic environment brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Further adjustments may occur in the future, and will be communicated accordingly.

Continue to visit SDSU’s public-facing COVID-19 site for information and updates and remain persistent in following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for helping to protect yourself and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Salvador Hector Ochoa
SDSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Stephen C. Welter
Vice President of Research and Graduate Dean

Michele Goetz
Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the SDSU Research Foundation

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