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Dear SDSU Community,

Our region is, again, experiencing some widespread power outages, as some SDG&E power plants across eastern and southern San Diego have temporary shut off power for public safety and to reduce wildfire risk. This decision has followed reports of all-time record wind gusts through this morning, with high winds projected to continue through tomorrow in certain parts of Orange and San Diego County. SDG&E has reported that they will work to restore power to impacted areas as soon as conditions are safe to do so.

We are aware that, as of this morning, thousands in the southern region of our state are without power. Red flag warnings alerting to fire dangers have also been put into place in various locations, and some communities, including San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura county mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley, and others have been issued mandatory evacuations.

At present, there is no expectation of impact to the campus or to any campus facilities. However, because the COVID-19 pandemic has physically dispersed our community, we are offering this message to ensure all are aware of the support and resources available should you, your peers or colleagues, or your students be impacted.

Support, Campus Access to Wifi, Other Essentials

For Our Students

SDSU is ready to help assess your situation and help connect you to either a campus resource, or an off-campus referral. Our university also provides specialized support to students who are undocumented or from mixed status families.

If you are directly impacted by any natural disaster, or if the prolonged power disruption will create any urgent needs for support or accommodation, please contact the Dean of Students office by calling 619-594-5211 or emailing [email protected].

If you are in need of psychological support, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services by calling 619-594-5220 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). The team offers individual, group, and emergency counseling. When the office is closed, there is an option to talk with a crisis counselor by dialing the same number and selecting the option to speak with an after hours or emergency counselor.

The Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) is a group of on- and off-campus members who connect SDSU students with resources when they have an immediate need. This can include hot-spot Wi-Fi, food or housing support, and many other immediate or expected future needs. Email [email protected] or fill out the ECRT assistance request form.

For Students, Faculty and Staff

The SDSU Library continues to offer Domeside Pickup hours for students, faculty and staff, offered Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Interlibrary Loan, Remote Labs, and also virtual support for research, instruction, and computing remain available. The SDSU Imperial Valley Library also continues to offer virtual support.

Outdoor Study Areas remain available throughout campus to provide easy and reliable access to Wifi. University parking lots are not suited to supporting WiFi-based student studying or other academic activities.

The San Diego Access and Crisis Line is also available, and is a no cost, 24-hour service that may be reached by calling 1-888-724-7240.

More information about campus support services is available online.

For Faculty Only

SDSU has prepared several classrooms in the Education & Business Administration (EBA) Building to host individual faculty who need a space to deliver their virtual courses or call into virtual meetings. These classrooms are regularly cleaned to meet COVID-19 public health guidelines and are available to you if you are experiencing power outages. Should faculty need access, they may contact Interim Vice Provost Bill Tong by emailing [email protected].

For Faculty and Staff Only

The California State University (CSU) system and SDSU maintain resources for faculty and staff.

CSU employees and their family members who have been affected by the fires in California may be eligible to access payroll and benefits resources. More information is available online.

SDSU faculty can also contact the Office of Faculty Advancement by emailing [email protected], and staff can contact the Center for Human Resources at 619-594-6404 for support.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers SDSU faculty and staff confidential support for a variety of concerns, including emotional, relationship, health, legal and workplace issues. Information, resources and tools are available by calling 1-800-342-8111 and visiting the EAP site.

Campus Readiness

As always, SDSU is prepared to assist whether you have an emergency need, require academic or workplace support, and if you need emotional support. We care about you, and we appreciate the culture of compassion and care on our campus. Please do not wait to call on the teams available as you need support.

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

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

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

 
 
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