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Updated Aug. 7, 2020

The Office of the President has announced its Fall 2020 operating plan for academic instruction, housing and dining services. The full communciation is available in the "Advisories" section of this page. Here are a few key elements: 

  • While most courses will be held online, 123 course sections are planned for face-to-face instruction, representing about 6 percent of the course sections offered this fall.
  • Of these, most are offered as highly flexible, hybrid sections and will use the campus to access specialized facilities, equipment or learning spaces with no classes meeting every day. For combined lecture/lab courses, lecture components are online or virtual. Some sections  will be scheduled to be in-person for the final exam only. 
  • All in-person course sections will adhere to the county guidelines for social distancing and safety requirements outlined by the Alameda County Department of Public Health and Contra Costa County Public Health.
  • Student Housing and Residence Life will accommodate students in campus housing with a ratio of one resident per bedroom/bathroom, allowing Cal State East Bay to house up to 428 students, or 27.4 percent of the normal occupancy rate, this fall.  
  • To support repopulation, the university’s dining partner, Chartwells, has developed a comprehensive social distancing food services plan. Basic safety standards will be used across all campus food venues.
  • Campus dining will include grab-and-go options only, serve all beverages in disposable cups or bottles and  offer contactless catering only.

Additional updates

  • Hayward's COVID-19 testing site has moved off the Cal State East Bay campus as of Aug. 1. The testing site is now located at Skywest Golf Course. Get more information here
  • Site-specific planIn accordance with Alameda County’s June 18, 2020 public health order, Cal State East Bay has updated the campus social distancing protocol. The site-specific plan also has additional protocols and safety information.
  • Summer and Fall semesters will be predominantly online. See the Student FAQ page for more information.
  • For the week of Aug. 3, 2020: Cal State East Bay has been notified of seven (7) students, faculty or staff members who have reported a confirmed COVID-19 test since March 2020. The last reported case was July 22.

Information for the campus community

Advisories

As of July 22, Cal State East Bay is aware of seven (7) students, faculty or staff members who have reported a confirmed COVID-19 test since March 2020.

If you are a student or employee living or working on campus and exhibit symptoms, report your situation to Student Health or your manager.

If you are concerned that someone in your residence hall or work space has COVID-19, report the situation to your Residence Advisor or your supervisor

If you are asymptomatic and have not been in direct, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are considered by public health officials to be at low risk. Continue to monitor your health.

Notifications Regarding an Immediate Threat to Health or Safety (§ 668.46)

The Clery Act and its implementing regulations require institutions to notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on campus. The Department does not interpret the statutory language as requiring institutions to give regular, on-going updates on COVID-19 or to proactively identify positive COVID-19 cases within the campus community. The Department also does not interpret the statutory language to apply to positive COVID-19 cases among individuals who are not attending classes, working, or residing on campus or to require notifications to such individuals.

An institution may satisfy the emergency notification requirements of the Clery Act and § 668.46 as follows: (1) provide students and employees a single notification through the regular means of communicating emergency notifications informing them about COVID-19 and necessary health and safety precautions, as well as encouraging them to obtain information from health care providers, state health authorities, and the CDC’s COVID-19 website; or (2) create a banner at the top of the institution’s homepage containing that same information, including a statement about the global pandemic and a link to the CDC’s website.

Dear Cal State East Bay community,

I am pleased to share that our university received approval for its Fall 2020 operating plan for academic instruction, housing and dining services from Chancellor Timothy P. White and the CSU Chancellor’s Office. While our university will serve most of our students virtually this fall, the plan shows how we are prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff who will populate the campus this upcoming Fall 2020 term.

Here are a few key elements: 

  • While most courses will be held online, 143 course sections are planned for face-to-face instruction, representing about 6 percent of the course sections offered this fall.
  • Of these, most are offered as highly flexible, hybrid sections and will use the campus to access specialized facilities, equipment or learning spaces with no classes meeting every day. For combined lecture/lab courses, lecture components are online or virtual. Some sections  will be scheduled to be in-person for the final exam only. 
  • All in-person course sections will adhere to the county guidelines for social distancing and safety requirements outlined by the Alameda County Department of Public Health and Contra Costa County Public Health.
  • Student Housing and Residence Life will accommodate students in campus housing with a ratio of one resident per bedroom/bathroom, allowing Cal State East Bay to house up to 428 students, or 27.4 percent of the normal occupancy rate, this fall.  
  • To support repopulation, the university’s dining partner, Chartwells, has developed a comprehensive social distancing food services plan. Basic safety standards will be used across all campus food venues.
  • Campus dining will include grab-and-go options only, serve all beverages in disposable cups or bottles and  offer contactless catering only.

The Chancellor’s Office is waiting for state guidance on how intercollegiate athletics may be impacted, so no decisions have been made on our Pioneer Athletics Return to Participation proposal. We will notify everyone once we have clarification.

In our plan, we estimate that 200 faculty and staff will be on campus to support in-person instruction and related activities at varying times, and not all simultaneously. Approximately 690 other employees will be on campus on staggered work schedules through the Fall 2020 semester.  These employees will work with their area managers on scheduling to accommodate business needs and continuity, while adhering to public safety guidelines. 

Cal State East Bay continues to partner with Alameda County Public Health Department, Contra Costa Health Services and the California Department of Public Health to implement key public health controls and strategies that will slow down the transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the impact on the university community. Since the Shelter-in-Place (SIP) health orders are different for our two counties, we will ensure we comply with the health order for our respective campuses in Hayward and Concord, as well as the Oakland Center. We will incorporate our public health officers' feedback into our repopulation plan, and continue to share with them any future iterations of our plan.

The safety and welfare of our students and employees is our primary focus and concern. Please refer to the Site-Specific Protection Plan for details on the steps the University has taken to minimize the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 at our campuses. We will continue to update our COVID-19 website and the Return to Campus process and guidelines. 

I am grateful to each of you for your support of each other, your innovation and your resilience. 

Go Pioneers!

Leroy M. Morishita
President

Dear Campus Community,

As mentioned in the June 12, 2020 Risk Management communiqué, the University has been busy preparing for the return of faculty and staff to campus. A short  COVID-19 Awareness Training, which all university employees are required to complete, has been developed by Risk Management, including Environment Health & Safety, and the University Communications Office.

You will soon receive an email from CSULearn with a link to the training. We request that all employees complete this training as soon as possible.

Dear Campus Community,

The University has been busy preparing for the return of faculty and staff to re-populate campus. Since April, Risk Management has been working to determine protocols for campus readiness. Last week, managers were given guidance from Environmental Health and Safety to assess readiness for a return to campus for each department. 

Each department will have their own social distancing protocols based on different factors, including number of people, office layout and shared equipment. Managers will provide protocols on the applicable revised work practices specific to your area.

While the preparation of areas will be ongoing, there are important guidelines to review before coming back to campus. 

  1. Employees will be expected to perform a self-check every morning. As a reminder, these symptoms may indicate a presence of COVID-19. If you have a fever of over 100 degrees, call your doctor, notify your supervisor and do not come to campus.

  2. Social distancing of 6 ft. is required inside buildings, including in hallways, stairways and elevators. Be mindful of respecting distancing and if necessary, wait accordingly. 

  3. Face coverings must be worn outdoors if you approach another person within 30 feet (two car lengths). 

  4. Face coverings must be worn when entering buildings or in common areas inside buildings until you reach your office.

  5. Per the county health order: by way of example and without limitation, a face covering must be worn in a space where equipment such as tools, supplies, copiers, or computers are shared.

  6. All personnel are expected to provide their own face coverings. 

  7. Be aware of signage on doors, walls, near entrances or exits, or on the floor which may have been added since you were last on campus. Break rooms and conference rooms will have specific instructions posted at the entrance.

  8. Soap and water are available in all restrooms and break rooms. Sanitization stations have been added to several high traffic locations on campus. 

  9. As a reminder, the CDC and WHO recommends the following practice for face coverings, washing hands and proper sanitization.

Environmental Health and Safety are creating a training video and as this is an evolving process, updates will be communicated regularly. Your manager will be in touch with you prior to coming back to campus to answer questions.

The Chancellor has granted up to 304 hours for employees who are not assigned to work on site, who cannot work remotely based on their duties and who have exhausted the hours available to them under COVID Temporary Paid Administrative Leave (CPAL).  These hours can be used May 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, or until the employee is required to return to work on a regular basis, whichever occurs first. Note, once the stay-at-home directives are lifted by the Governor and/or local government officials and employees are permitted to return to work on site, these hours expire and will no longer be available.

This leave, the Non-Telecommute Workers Leave (NTWL) does not supersede leave provisions under CPAL, or other leave provisions previously announced. Additionally, it does not supersede the COVID-19 emergency pay provisions announced in a memorandum on March 25, 2020.

In order to be eligible for NTWL, employees must meet the following criteria:

• Employee must have an appointment with a timebase that would be eligible for benefits if their timebase (exempt or non-exempt) and duration of appointment qualify for standard benefits in the CSU Benefits Eligibility Administrative Guide, even if the employee does not currently subscribe to benefits through the CSU; and
• Employee must be unable to work remotely (either full-time, part-time, or intermittently) and on-site work is unavailable due to altered campus business operations; and
• Employee must have exhausted all leave available under CPAL.

This leave excludes;

• Non-benefits-eligible employees (including employees eligible for ACA health/FlexCash),
• Hourly/intermittent employees
• Non-benefits eligible academic student employees (Unit 11)
• Non-represented student assistants
• Special consultants
• Retired annuitants
• Auxiliary/Foundation employees
• Temporary faculty employed solely to teach summer session, extension, and /or intersession, with no appointments during the regular terms (e.g. fall and spring semester) within the academic year.

Employees requesting paid leave under NTWL, must submit a leave request form to their appropriate administrator.

The form may be accessed in Adobe Sign. If you are unable to use Adobe Sign, you may download the PDF here: Income Protection - Non Telecommute Workers .

Questions regarding NTWL may be directed to your Human Resources Manager or Associate Vice President, André Johnson.

Effective immediately, new guidance now extends the suspension of all international and non-essential domestic travel to July 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously approved travel authorizations for travel between March 11 through July 31, 2020 are revoked. In light of this announcement, the university would like to provide additional guidelines around travel.

In the rare instance travel could be deemed essential, submit a written justification to your supervisor along with the travel authorization form. Supervisors must carefully review requests with a focus on employee and community safety. Requests for essential travel must be approved by the Division Vice President with final approval by the President. If approved, all standard travel policy and procedures must be followed.

Important Travel Cancellation Guidelines

For further questions contact Lana Lewis at lana.lewis@csueastbay.edu

Cal State East Bay has learned that a faculty member has been recently diagnosed with COVID-19. The employee has not been on campus nor with Cal State East Bay students, faculty or staff since March 8. This individual is currently in self-isolation at the direction of medical professionals.

Today’s communication is for information only as it does not meet public health officials’ criteria for required notification for COVID-19 cases. With the expected increase of our community members who test positive for coronavirus due to expanded testing, the university will send campus notifications only when advised to do so by public health officials. Going forward, as the university learns of individuals who have tested positive, if the cases do not meet public health criteria for broad notification to the campus community, the information will be shared on the university’s COVID-19 website.

Gov. Newsom announced on April 14 that six indicators will drive decisions to modify California’s stay-at-home order, including expanded testing.

Cal State East Bay’s Hayward campus remains open for essential university operations, including our residence halls and other offices critical to supporting our students, faculty, and staff. The university began virtual operations on March 17 and will continue virtual instruction through the Summer 2020 term.

Cal State East Bay continues to abide by Contra Costa and Alameda Counties’ shelter in place order. As the pandemic evolves, so does guidance from health officials. We will continue to keep you informed as further updates become available in this regard. Please check our COVID-19 website for the latest information.

As previously announced, due to the recent extension of the Shelter in Place order through May 3, 2020 and to minimize the health risk to our University community members, live pay warrants scheduled to be released on April 30 (master payday) will be MAILED. This updated payroll mail protocol will apply for subsequent pay periods if the Shelter in Place order is extended.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS: For the campus to mail your live pay warrants, please email payroll@csueastbay.edu and provide your current mailing address. We estimate it will take 2 to 7 business days for you to receive your live pay warrant. If you have previously contacted Payroll regarding this, there is no need to email again.

Those already on direct deposit will not be affected by this measure as direct deposit stubs will not be mailed out but stored at the Cashier's Office for later retrieval. Employees may also go to the Peoplesoft MyHR portal and retrieve paycheck information there under the Self Service area.

Thank you for your understanding and patience and remember, we are all in this together. 

If you have questions email payroll@csueastbay.edu

Dear Pioneer Community: 

The last few weeks have been filled with remarkable turns of events that have pushed each of us to redirect our personal and work lives in unexpected ways. From our respective roles in the university’s divisions, we are in awe at how our university team has come together to shift our vibrant campuses to an active and supportive online community. The genuine commitment that each of you has for our students is apparent every day as you work at providing a quality education and experience.

There are many stories of how our faculty and staff are assisting our students in remarkable and meaningful ways. There are faculty purchasing groceries for students who are now food insecure, and staff who have helped coordinate services for students sleeping in their cars because they have no other place to go. 

We know that there are many more students who need our help, and unsurprisingly, the university has received inquiries about how to make a gift to students in need. We have created the Presidential Pioneers Emergency Fund, a resource that is part of Pioneers for H.O.P.E. to help students with essential needs and services such as food and supplies, emergency housing, lost wages and other critical needs. Students can apply through the Pioneers for H.O.P.E. site

In just the first two weeks of this fund’s creation, we have raised nearly $48,000 to help our students affected by these unprecedented times. Any gifts to this fund--no matter the size--will help our students, and 100 percent of your donation will go directly to help meet their most critical needs. 

Thank you for your continued support of our students’ learning, connectivity and emotional well-being. You are their Pioneer family and role models, and the work you do provides them a sense of continuity and reassurance in these unparalleled times. There are undoubtedly many more anecdotes among us of faculty, staff and students helping each other through meaningful acts, small and large. Please let us know of these stories of our Pioneer heroes, so we can celebrate them along with the outcomes from the Pioneers Emergency Fund.   

We wish each of you and your loved ones continued health, and look forward to when we can all be together again.

Go Pioneers! 


Edward Inch, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs
Suzanne Espinosa, Vice President, Student Affairs
Debbie Chaw, Vice President, Administration and Finance and CFO
William Johnson, Vice President, University Advancement 

Cal State East Bay has learned that a lecturer has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and provides this notification to the campus community as information only.

The employee works remotely and has not been on any Cal State East Bay site during the Spring 2020 term. This individual is currently being cared for by a medical center near this person’s home. 

There is no evidence suggesting that this person has been in physical proximity to any faculty, staff or student from Cal State East Bay. Therefore, there is no specific risk to individuals in our campus community. 

Cal State East Bay’s Hayward campus remains open for essential university operations, including our residence halls and other offices critical to supporting our students, faculty, and staff. The university began virtual operations on March 17 and will continue virtual instruction through the Summer 2020 term.

Cal State East Bay continues to abide by Contra Costa and Alameda Counties’ shelter in place order. As the pandemic evolves, so does guidance from health officials. We will continue to keep you informed as further updates become available in this regard. Please check our COVID-19 website for the latest information.

Dear Pioneers,

Thank you for doing your very best to keep learning and teaching while we are all under shelter in place orders.  And, thank you for all the support you have given to one another in working through our rapid change to on-line course delivery.

This change prompted a number of students and faculty to express concerns about how grades could be calculated and how finals could be delivered.  In response, the Academic Senate and Office of Academic Affairs appointed the Rapid Action Advisory (RAA) to develop recommendations. Over spring break, a very hard-working group with student, faculty and staff representatives developed temporary changes to our grading policies, withdrawals and summer teaching.  President Morishita and the Academic Senate have approved their implementation.   

Below is a summary of these important changes.  Please note that more information on grades and withdrawals is contained in two FAQS posted on the Academic Programs and Services website (one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students).  

More information on Summer Session can be found on our Continuing Education website.  And, just a reminder: registration for Summer and Fall begins this coming Monday, April 13, 2020.  Please remember to check your enrollment appointments on MyCSUEB.

SUMMARY:

A. Withdrawals: The deadline to withdraw from classes has been extended to the last day of instruction, Friday, May 8, 2020.  Students should be careful in using withdrawals as they may impact financial aid eligibility or other aspects of their programs.  Questions? Please contact your major advisor or aace@csueastbay.edu for General Education advising.

Any withdrawals made in Spring 2020 will not count against the total number of withdrawals a student is allowed at East Bay (usual limit is 18 units).    The process for asking to withdraw from a class is the following:

  1. Fill out the withdrawal form.

  2. Obtain consent from your instructors via email.

  3. Forward the emails along with the withdrawal form (you may send a legible picture) to reg@csueastbay.edu.  Your withdrawal packet must be received electronically by Friday, May 8, 2020.

B. Grades: By default, all classes that were graded A-F are now considered “ABC/NC”.  Between April 20 and May 8, 2020, a student can decide to change this to Credit (CR) / No Credit (NC).  Instructions about how to do this can be found on p. 5, “Edit a Class” in the online registration instructions.  Otherwise, the student will receive a letter grade if you get an A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, or C- and an “NC” if you get a grade of “D+” or worse.  To help you choose what is best for you, please see the FAQ (undergraduate students or graduate students) or see your academic advisor.  Students who use the default ABC/NC pattern and receive a grade of D+ or D may petition to receive the D+ or D, after consulting with their academic advisor  The deadline for this special petition is August 31, 2020.  

C. Financial Aid: Anyone concerned about the impact of these Spring Semester, 2020 policies on financial aid should contact: finaid@csueastbay.edu.

D. International Students: International students should consult with kelly.moran@csueastbay.edu in International Programs before withdrawing or choosing CR/NC grade(s).

E. Incompletes and In-Progress Work: Students who are completing “I” grades or have “RP” grades that are due to expire this semester will instead expire at the end of Fall Semester, 2020.

F. Academic Probation: Students who are on academic probation this semester will be contacted by their Pioneer Success Coach.   

G. Summer 2020 Session: Because the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic is unknown at this time, our expectation is that Cal State East Bay’s Hayward, Concord, and Oakland campuses will not be available for in-person instruction for Summer 2020  Therefore, all Summer 2020 courses will be taught on-line. Our hope is that all locations will be open for in-person courses for the Fall 2020 semester. The President with the concurrence of the Academic Senate Chair has extended the temporary online instruction rules from Spring through the Summer.  

Thank you to each and every member of our community.  You continue to be Pioneer Strong--working together, caring for one another and learning.  I am proud to be with you at this moment and moving forward!

Edward S. Inch 

Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs 

COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave

The Chancellor has granted up to 256 hours of COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave (CPAL) effective March 23 through December 31, 2020 for employees unable to work for COVID-19-related reasons.

Under this provision, most employees, including student employees, are eligible to receive a one-time allotment of up to 256 hours of paid administrative leave to be used for COVID-19-related absences. This one-time allotment for CPAL absences is subject to several conditions and may be used at any time during this designated period. All hours must be used by close of business on December 31, 2020 when any remaining allotted hours will expire.

This paid leave allotment does not supersede the paid leave provisions announced by the Chancellor in March 17, 2020 which provided indefinite leave for employees with underlying chronic medical conditions and/or who are 65 years or older AND unable to work remotely.

Employees requesting paid leave under CPAL must submit a Request for COVID-19 PaidAdministrative Leave Form (in Adobe Sign) to their appropriate administrator and must self-certify on the form that the request and need for leave is valid. To access Adobe Sign and the form, please see these instructions. If you are unable to use Adobe Sign, you may use the PDF.

The complete memorandum can be found here.

Questions regarding the COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave provisions or how to complete the request should be directed to your Human Resources Manager or André Johnson.

Yesterday, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, along with those from five other Bay Area counties, extended their shelter in place orders through Sunday, May 3, 2020. This extension has limited impact on our virtual campus operations, as Cal State East Bay continues to deliver all classes online, including final exams, through the end of the Spring 2020 term. By order of the Health Officers of Alameda County and Contra Costa County, the Cal State East Bay campuses (Hayward, Concord and Oakland) will adhere to the March 31  “Shelter in Place” which is in effect from 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. May 3, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended.

Since the March 16 shelter in place order, for the safety of our students, staff and faculty, we have significantly reduced the density of our campus population. About 200 students have elected to remain in campus housing.

A limited number of employees continue to be on campus to ensure continuity of essential services. All classes will continue online and campus work, events and activities continue to be cancelled through this time frame. Residence halls and Pioneer Kitchen (the Dining Commons) will remain open for those who have no other housing options or have expressed other concerns.  Those employees designated to maintain the minimal services and public safety personnel should continue to report as required by their supervisor. 

Human Resources has developed an updated Temporary Telecommuting Agreement. If a manager determines that an employee may temporarily telecommute as a means of physical social distancing, they are encouraged to work with their staff to complete the form and submit electronically.  In addition, Human Resources will provide additional information on new guidelines for paid administrative leave for those whose situation meets certain criteria.  

For those wishing to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Presidential Pioneers Emergency Fund will provide immediate financial help for essential items and services such as food, supplies, and emergency housing. To donate, visit the Presidential Pioneers Emergency Fund website.  

Thank you for your continued adaptability, flexibility and understanding. Please keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe.

Leroy M. Morishita

President 

Dear East Bay Campus Community,

Following Governor Newsom’s announcement last week directing all Californians to Stay at Home to protect our public health, we are making the following updates for the campus:

Instruction: All classes, including final exams, will continue to be held virtually through the end of the semester.  For questions related to instruction, email academic_affairs@csueastbay.edu

New travel restrictions: International travel is prohibited until further notice. Cal State East Bay students in study abroad programs are required to return to the U.S. as soon as possible and as long as it is safe to do so. Contact Thomas Tyner at the Center for International Education at 510-885-7510 or email thomas.tyner@csueastbay.edu for assistance.

Housing: Students living in campus housing are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent home residences, where they can attend the remainder of the semester virtually. However, those who have no other housing options or have other concerns, such as limited access to technology, will be allowed to remain in housing on a case-by-case basis. Residents will receive a notice from housing today with further move-out instructions. For any other assistance, please contact housing personnel at housing@csueastaby.edu. Residence halls and campus dining will remain operational with social distancing measures enforced. 

Commencement:  With great regret, the in-person May commencement,  which is our communities’ most important day of the academic year, is being postponed and we are exploring and seeking input on ways to recognize, honor and celebrate our graduates for their remarkable achievements. We understand the significant impact of this decision and the disappointment each of you are feeling. Consideration of public health for all attendees and participants will determine rescheduling. We will provide an update to the university community when we have more information. For questions concerning commencement, email commencement@csueastbay.edu for assistance.   

For additional information, advisories, FAQs, and resources, please visit our website and review our FAQs for detailed information.  

We appreciate your understanding as these changes occur. Please know that each decision is made after much consultation and with the goal to safeguard everyone in our community as best we can.

 

Leroy M. Morishita

President

Dear Cal State East Bay Community,
Today, I want to inform you that Chancellor Timothy P. White has asked me, and I have agreed, to extend my service as President of Cal State East Bay through December 31, 2020. The presidential search will be paused and restarted later this year. 
The last few weeks have been filled with unexpected life changes, as we have altered our delivery of instruction and learning, social circles, daily habits, work and school schedules. Providing continuity in ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty is the highest priority, given the uncertainty and quickly changing landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am committed to carrying out this request and focusing on the needs of our university.
As always, please use our COVID-19 website as a resource for information and announcements. 
Take good care of yourselves and each other.
Leroy M. Morishita
President

To our East Bay Campus Community,

We are writing to notify you that a member of our campus community may be infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  A possible positive result was obtained yesterday from a test that was not developed for diagnosing COVID-19. While the positive result has not been validated by a laboratory-approved test, we are nevertheless sharing this information with our campus community out of an abundance of caution.

The individual who was tested is a graduate student who does not live on campus.  The individual has no symptoms and is self-isolating at home, as recommended by local public health authorities. 

We have coordinated closely with the Alameda County Public Health Department and have followed guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and local public health authorities in responding to this possible case of COVID-19. 

In situations like these, we will protect the privacy rights of individuals while also ensuring the health of our broader campus community.  We will work with local public health authorities to determine whether there are members of the campus community who may be affected by this incident.  We understand that the news we are sharing may be unsettling to some, but we want to assure you that your health and safety remain our priority.  We will continue to communicate information as needed and will be diligent about consulting with the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the CDC, and the American College Health Association, as appropriate, to provide you with the best-known information and resources. 

This is a challenging time for our community and for the world given the unprecedented circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a reminder for us all, please be mindful of the measures everyone can take to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Remain at home if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow; immediately throw the tissue in the trash if you use a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Practice social distancing and maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands with others during this health crisis. 

For additional information, advisories, FAQs, and resources, please visit our websiteand the websites of the Alameda Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Suzanne Espinoza
Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

 Dr. Abayomi Jones
Executive Director, Student Health & Counseling Services  

By order of the Health Officer of Alameda County and Contra Costa County, the Cal State East Bay campuses (Hayward, Concord and Oakland) will adhere to the “Shelter in Place” order from 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. April 7, at which point it will be either extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. During this period, we will significantly reduce the density of campus population in the interest of safety and health for our students, staff and faculty. 

A limited number of employees will be available on campus to ensure continuity of essential services. All online classes will continue as planned; however work, events and activities are cancelled through this time frame. Residence halls and Pioneer Kitchen (the Dining Commons) will remain open. Those employees designated to maintain the minimal services and public safety personnel are to report as required by their supervisor. 

We will work with those affected to develop a telecommute working arrangement where possible and will provide accommodations in other instances. As we obtain further clarity from the County Public Health Authorities, Chancellor’s Office and the Governor’s Office and if circumstances change, this directive may be adjusted. 

To ensure that individuals who need to pick up their paychecks are able to do so, checks will be available on Monday, March 30 between 10:00-12:00 p.m. at the cashier’s office (first floor in the SA Building. As per normal protocol, identification is required in order to pick up checks.You will receive an email update from the university before April 8 as this situation evolves. 

I appreciate everyone taking the extra step to be kind and patient with one another. As always, continue practicing these four ways to prevent spreading COVID-19 and check the website for updates. Taking these safety precautions is to the benefit of us all.  

Leroy M. Morishita
President

As outlined by Governor Newsom and Chancellor White, to best protect the well-being and health of all Californians, beginning tomorrow, March 16 2020, Cal State East Bay employees at all three campuses who are 65 years of age or older have to stay away and work from home. Further, any CSUEB employees who have compromised immune systems also have to stay away and work from home. If you seek clarification about the latter, please contact Andre Johnson, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, at (510) 885-2164 or at andre.johnson@csueastbay.edu

We will work with those affected to develop a telecommute working arrangement where possible and will provide accommodations in other instances. As we obtain further clarity from the Chancellor’s Office and the Governor’s Office and if circumstances change, this directive may be adjusted. 

Thank you for your continued understanding and adaptability to the quickly changing situation we are in. Even I will be abiding by Governor Newsom's directive and will be working from home and not be on any of the campuses.

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Leroy M. Morishita
President

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you for the compassion you have shown for one another and our students.  I appreciate your understanding and flexibility in altering how we are now providing instruction given these unforeseen circumstances that we all must now face together. New information is emerging on a daily basis— if not hourly— that requires adjustments and adaptations. Activities, conferences and events that took months to plan are now cancelled or postponed. None of us imagined this for our Spring Semester. 

Cal State East Bay’s highest priority is keeping everyone healthy and safe. Right now, practicing “social distancing” in order to protect our health and those of our families is in the interest of our greater community. By moving instruction almost totally online, we have reduced the need for most of our 14,000+ students to be on campus during the week.  From the facilities workers who clean the classrooms to our students, we are taking this situation extremely seriously. Canceling and postponing events is disappointing to us all, and we are making these decisions after careful discussion and consultation with professionals and public health officials

For students feeling worried or overwhelmed, please refer them to the Student Health & Counseling Center at 510 885-3735. Faculty and staff can contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1 800 367-7474.

I appreciate everyone taking the extra step to be kind and patient with one another. To protect yourselves, family and colleagues, continue practicing these four ways to prevent spreading COVID-19, check the website for updates, and if you feel unwell, please stay home. Taking these safety precautions is to the benefit of us all.  

Leroy M. Morishita
President

NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships on Thursday.

This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

Cal State East Bay athletics had already canceled all home events in an effort to protect at-risk populations and prevent the spread of the evolving COVID-19 situation.

The East Bay women's water polo game against McKendree on Thursday, March 12 has been canceled. In addition, all baseball and softball home contests next week are canceled, as well as men's golf's Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout March 16-17 at Corica Park in Alameda.

In addition, In consultation with the California Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) Presidents/Chancellor Board, the CCAA suspends all intercollegiate athletic activities, including in-person campus recruiting (on and off campus) until further notice effective immediately.

While there are no confirmed cases on any East Bay campus as of Wednesday, the university's goal is to reduce the density of people on campus in order to help mitigate the spread of the transmission of COVID-19.

Cal State East Bay Athletics continues to work diligently with CSUEB campus officials to take preventative measures and combat the evolving coronavirus situation in our region. 

Pioneer Athletics will continue to monitor the situation and follow advice from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). 

As a reminder, good hygiene and staying home when sick can help protect individuals and the greater community from COVID-19 and other germs. Everyone is reminded to:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (contains at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, if you are ill;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick;
  • Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well.

To date, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 affecting any Cal State East Bay campus and the health risk to the general public remains low.

The health of our students, staff, and faculty always guides our decision making. Equally important is our mission that we provide our students with a quality academic experience and support the completion of their degrees. We have been in regular contact with the Alameda and Contra Costa departments of public health as well as the California State Department of Public Health.

Although guidance from these departments of public health have not recommended limiting in-person instruction, recent announcements by other local universities have amplified concerns within our community. After consulting with the leadership of the Academic Senate and Associated Students, Incorporated, the university is taking the following actions for all three East Bay campuses beginning Wednesday, March 11. Our goal is to reduce the density of people on campus in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

March 11-March 15:

  • All in-person lecture, discussion, and seminar courses are to be moved online. To allow preparation time, all of these courses are canceled through the end of this week. Instruction will resume on Monday, March 16 at the regularly scheduled date and time.
  • While most activity, workshop, lab, and studio courses may not permit alternative modalities and will continue to meet in person, those that can be taught in alternative modalities should move online. Faculty will be advised on how to manage instruction in a safe environment.
  • Courses currently offered online will continue as scheduled.
  • All faculty should notify their students of the next class session.
  • All campus operations including the University Libraries, Housing, Dining Services, and Student Health & Counseling Services will remain open. Advising and tutoring will continue to be provided online, in-person and by phone.
  • University facilities remain available to students needing to participate in their courses.
  • At this time, all athletic events will proceed as planned.
  • Faculty support for these changes can be found at our Online Campus website that provides resources for using online tools and obtaining technical support.
March 16-April 12:
  • All redesigned in-person courses proceed online at their scheduled day and time.
  • The campus operations will remain open.
  • Spring break remains March 30 to April 2.
Wednesday, April 8
  • A decision will be made whether to continue with these revised modalities based on the latest COVID-19 information at that time.

All campuses will remain open. During this time staff and faculty should maintain their presence on campus.

In closing, I would ask each of you to take good care of yourselves and of each other as we learn more about COVID-19. Spreading misinformation and stereotypes will only feed into greater fear. Maintaining the health and safety of our Cal State East Bay community remains our greatest priority and each of us can play a part in helping us to stay informed and prepared. We can and must support each other in a creative, positive and collaborative manner.

Questions can be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs at academic_affairs@csueastbay.edu.

Leroy M. Morishita
President

Cal State East Bay, in accordance with guidance provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department, Contra Costa County Health Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the Greater Bay Area. We are not aware of any cases at any Cal State East Bay campus or facility, or with any member of our campus community, and are only providing this information to raise awareness.  

Student Health and Counseling Services are vigilant and on alert to potential infectious disease presentations consistent with our protocols for patient care.

The risk to the general public remains low and there are no new recommendations beyond routine sanitation and illness precautions. 

Nonetheless, here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Wash hands frequently 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Refrain from shaking hands 
  • Minimize time in densely crowded spaces 
  • Drink plenty of water, eat regular meals, and get a full night’s rest

Although coronavirus has been identified in over 30 countries, there are few isolated cases within the United States and currently there are no reported cases in Alameda County. Yesterday three patients from the quarantined cruise ship in Japan were transferred from Travis Air Force Base in Solano County to Contra Costa County hospitals for treatment. According to health officials, while the three patients have tested positive for the virus, none have begun exhibiting symptoms. Health officials are actively monitoring travelers and potential external sources of infection, going as far as quarantining travelers and investigating potential cases. The risk to the general public remains low and there are no new recommendations beyond routine sanitation and illness precautions.

Cal State East Bay, in accordance with guidance provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department, Contra Costa County Health Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is carefully monitoring the situation to ensure the health and safety of our university community. Monitoring developments in the spread of coronavirus is our priority, and we will continue to provide updates as needed.

If you or someone you know has recently been in contact with someone suspected of having the coronavirus, and are experiencing fever, cough or any symptoms of respiratory distress, call ahead before going to the doctor but please seek medical care.

All students, staff and faculty are reminded to practice healthy habits and good hygiene.

  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
  • Avoid sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water and get sufficient rest.
  • Stay current with your vaccinations.
These are the closest hospitals to Cal State East Bay’s Hayward campus:
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Cal State East Bay officials continue to closely monitor information about an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China last month and has begun to spread to other countries, including the United States. The university is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community in accordance with guidance provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department, Contra Costa County Health Servicesand the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At this time, Cal State East Bay is not aware of any students, faculty or staff who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Cal State East Bay’s Hayward and Concord campuses, as well as the Oakland Center, remain open.

“It is cold and flu season,” said Dr. Abayomi Jones, executive director of student health and counseling. “The flu is much more common than the coronavirus. It is best to practice healthy habits and good hygiene in general, which can reduce the risk of many infections.”

Healthy habits include:

  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
  • Avoid sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water and get sufficient rest.
  • Stay current with your vaccinations.
Students are able to seek medical attention by calling the Student Health and Counseling Center at (510) 885-3735. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their primary care provider for support.
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