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Dear SDSU Community,

I take great pride in how our university community has both responded to and prepared for future challenges. The resolve you have shown is what makes our community strong.

With this campus update, I am sharing a video message with all members of our community:

 
 

Also, California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy White is sharing a systemwide message, appreciating all employees across the 23 campuses for the great show of persistence and perseverance. “Despite the exhausting pace of the past two months, we have engaged in an inspired, university-wide effort to pivot to our new reality – which is not yet close to our next new normal,” White noted in his letter, which will be sent to SDSU faculty and staff later today.

COVID-19 Outlook

The CSU has extended the travel suspension through July 31. This travel suspension, originally imposed in March, restricts all international and non-essential domestic travel at least through July 31 due both to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the U.S. Department of State’s worldwide travel advisory remaining at a level 4. SDSU is fully supportive of the CSU’s decision in the interest of individual well-being and community health. Further, the university reminds all students, faculty and staff to continue following public health guidelines, restricting physical distancing, as well as stay-at-home orders.

Also, while we are seeing improvements in the accessibility and reliability of COVID-19-related data, we still do not have the strongest projections of how COVID-19 may spread in the months ahead. COVID-19 remains poorly understood. It is also apparent that the nation’s economy will continue to decline, and the ongoing pandemic will continue to have far-reaching effects for our state. On April 27, we shared SDSU’s budget update and financial outlook, and, given the persistent uncertainty with the pandemic, we are preparing for a future, in many ways, unlike our past.

2020 Planning

While so much remains uncertain and unknown, we are taking important actions as a campus community. I have charged several teams representing all areas of the campus to begin preparing for the next academic year, with a particular focus on Fall 2020. This work is occurring in addition to the daily meetings and coordination led by our emergency response team, which has been activated for more than two months.

The newly developed teams, which were organized earlier this month, are modeling and assessing every viable scenario, working in consultation with our county partners and California State University system. While we have not yet decided on instructional delivery for Fall 2020, every promising scenario indicates that we will be able to continue to offer exceptional instruction, maintain our research focus and continue with meaningful community engagement.

In defining our campuswide solutions for Fall 2020 and beyond, our priorities will be to ensure:

  • Continuity in our teaching, research and community support at the highest possible levels;

  • Continued access for students, including through the offering of robust financial aid and scholarships;

  • Alignment with repopulation frameworks already established by county, state and federal agencies to ensure the safety of our community, respecting physical distancing orders that will remain with us for the indefinite future.

The immersive work of the new teams will continue into the beginning of May. At that point, I plan to announce plans for Fall 2020. These plans will leverage the full creativity of our faculty, our staff, and our region, and all that we will be able to accomplish given a summer to prepare. We will position our university for a strong recovery and repopulation of campus, and to also responsibly steward our financial resources in a wise way for the long term.

We are Here

Meeting challenges head on with confidence is in our DNA at SDSU. As a reminder to our students, a great number of tools and resources are available to help you cope with ongoing challenges and also thrive socially, academically and, eventually, professionally:

I have confidence, no matter the future with COVID-19 before us, that we will continue delivering on our core mission, building community and providing meaningful contributions to improve the lives of our students and the communities we exist to serve.

Adela de la Torre
San Diego State University President

 
 
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