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Buenas tardes,

Over the last two weeks or so, we have all been receiving messages from the President's Office and other university officials, as the email sent on March 10, as it relates to COVID-19 and actions in response to this situation.

Please read these announcements carefully so you have the latest information about how SDSU is proceeding, which applies to SDSU Imperial Valley as well. I am in direct contact with President de la Torre and Provost Ochoa as it relates to anything specific and relevant to SDSU Imperial Valley. We are also in direct communication with the Imperial County Public Health Department to be aware of any local directives as it relates to COVID-19.

I am also confirming that SDSU Imperial Valley is currently working to transition all of our courses to be offered virtually before the end of spring break. Faculty in their respective courses will be notifying their students when their classes have been modified and are ready to be offered remotely; do know some of our faculty are already teaching their classes remotely. In the meantime, as we transition our in-class meetings over the next couple of weeks, do remember previous recommendations as listed below:

  • Please stay home if you are sick, and to seek medical attention when needed, until you are free of symptoms, including fever, cough or airway infections. It is very important that each of us prioritizes our own wellness to help prevent the spread of illnesses. Make sure to notify your instructor that you will be absent and why you will be absent.

  • Rely on reliable and current sources of information about COVID-19. The main authority for our nation is the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which has a COVID-19 site. Please also visit SDSU’s website on the coronavirus (COVID-19) for information and updates.

  • Take routine safety precautions to include:
    • Avoiding contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% to 95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

SDSU Imperial Valley's administrative team is currently reviewing all planned campus events to determine how best to proceed with each event; all travel plans/arrangements have been cancelled through May 31. In a previous email, the university announced that all study abroad programs through the end of the summer have been suspended and students needing to meet international graduation requirements that are graduating in May, August, or December of 2020 will be waived.

As this continues to move forward, I will be sending additional information and updates. I suggest you also visit our website and add our social media accounts so you have multiple ways of accessing information related to SDSU Imperial Valley. In addition, I am including the email address to our AS Council student leaders so you can reach out to them directly with questions, ideas, and concerns. Here are the links/accounts:

Finally, even though all of our courses are being transitioned to be offered virtually, our campus is open for you to access the services we usually provide, to include tutoring services, library access, advising, etc.

Do know I am appreciative of your patience and understanding through these challenging times as SDSU looks for ways to address the challenges brought about by COVID-19.

Respectfully,

Gregorio A. Ponce
Dean SDSU Imperial Valley


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