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Thank you for your patience and collaboration over the last two months as we have adapted our campus efforts in alignment with stay-at-home orders. We understand this is an incredibly challenging time as you navigate working from home, virtual teaching, managing family life and staying well.

As SDSU President Adela de la Torre shared during the University Senate meeting on Tuesday, we are now preparing a plan for the repopulation of faculty and graduate students to campus. The plan, which we will communicate next week, will be similar to those currently under development at other major universities within our state and across the nation.

Our university’s initial repopulation plan will follow San Diego County, California and national public health authority guidelines, and will require CSU Chancellor's Office approval. Initial planning will address research, creative activities and community service projects conducted in all SDSU and SDSU Research Foundation spaces, both on- and off-campus. Additional communications will address staff repopulation planning, allowing for flexibility and following similar guidance.

The plan is being designed in phases to ensure 1) the health of university employees and 2) that appropriate resources, personal protective equipment (PPE), and staffing are available to keep our community and our spaces safe. Faculty will be asked to prepare specific repopulation plans for their respective spaces following campus guidelines for review and approval by campus leadership.

Given Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement this week, we expect the state’s stay-at-home orders to be eased soon. However, currently only research projects approved by campus leadership can continue operations on campus while the stay-at-home orders remain in effect. Additional research activities, creative activities, and community service projects will be permitted on campus in phases, as public health conditions improve. Until the campus returns to normal operation, all other activities that can be done remotely must continue to do so.

After release of the repopulation plan, a town hall meeting will be scheduled to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and share comments. More information will follow, and we encourage that you continue visiting the university’s COVID-19 site for updates.

We look forward to working with you to thoughtfully and safely resume activities on campus.

Stephen C. Welter
SDSU Vice President of Research and Graduate Dean

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

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