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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updates and Advisories

Last updated: March 29, 2020 at 2:05 p.m.

There are currently no cases of coronavirus - officially named COVID-19 - within the CSUDH community.

In response to this public health emergency, CSUDH is transitioning to alternative instruction and scaling back campus operations. The university remains open.


  • Spring Break March 29-April 4. No classes.
  • Alternative instruction will continue for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.
  • All staff will work remotely unless their position is essential to on-campus operations and services.
  • Toro Computer Lab closed until further notice.
  • Toro Food Pantry closed until further notice.
  • Commencement is postponed.
  • The Chancellor's Office has issued a hiring chill across the CSU system.

For full details, please visit the Info for Faculty/Students/Staff pages.

If you have questions or concerns about the university's response to COVID-19, please contact


Support students with the Emergency Grant Fund during COVID-19

Support Students During COVID-19

CSUDH's Emergency Grant Fund helps students most in need. The grant provides $250 to $1,000 to students who would otherwise find it difficult to continue their education. Donations are particularly welcome now, when so many students are impacted by COVID-19.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the risk level for CSUDH?

    The university has had no reported or suspected cases of COVID-19. According to the CDC, most people who contract COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate illness and then recover. Those most at risk for developing a more serious illness include the elderly, and people with other underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.

    To protect everyone in our university community, we must take the necessary precautions to limit exposure and prevent community spread.

  • What steps has CSUDH taken to address COVID-19?

    As a preventive measure, CSUDH temporarily suspended in-person classes. Classes were cancelled Thursday, March 12 - Sunday, March 22 to provide faculty time to plan. This included all existing online classes. Classes resumed Monday, March 23 via alternative instruction.

    Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all staff began working remotely unless their position required them to be on campus to maintain physical operations and campus safety.

    The university has a special COVID-19 planning team to review and ready the campus, and administrators are working closely with the Chancellor's Office on systemwide responses.

    The CSUDH Student Health Center staff and Risk Management team are also working with LA County Public Health and monitoring official updates.

  • Are CSUDH events canceled for the time being?

    Yes. To maximize social distancing and out of an abundance of caution, all events on campus, including third-party bookings, are canceled until further notice. This includes theatre, dance, and musical performances.

    No new events should be planned until further notice.

  • What about Athletics?

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

  • Will Commencement 2020 still be held?

    Without a doubt, Commencement is the most important event of the academic year, and not celebrating this milestone in our seniors' lives is something no one wants to imagine. We understand that seniors and their families are planning now and would like an answer.

    Until further notice, the Commencement ceremonies and celebrations scheduled for May will be postponed. We will provide more details as soon as possible.

  • Is Spring Break Still happening?

    Yes. Spring Break will take place from March 29 - April 4 as planned. Campus will also be closed in observance of Cesar Chavez Day on March 31 as planned.

  • Can I come to campus?

    We encourage individuals to stay off campus and follow social distancing guidelines during this time. However, if you need to come to campus, it is open in a limited capacity.

  • Is the CSUDH Library open?

    Effective Thursday, March 19 and until further notice, the University Library building will be closed. The University Library will continue to provide its services online

    Also closed effective Sunday, March 29, the Toro Computer Lab on the first floor (LIB G149) will be closed. Students, faculty, and staff can request a laptop and other access devices through the Technology Loaner Program. 

  • Is the Loker Student Union open?

    The Loker Student Union will be open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please practice social distancing in the LSU and sanitize your hands after touching surfaces. 

    Only a few LSU services are open, with limited hours. Visit the LSU website for more information on resources available to students.

    The University Bookstore is now on online order fulfillment only.

    Everytable, Toro Fresh, and Union Grind are operating on limited hours (subject to change). Read dining hours and details here [PDF]

  • Where can I get free food?

    The Basic Needs Program and Toro Food Pantry will be temporarily closed effective Sunday, March 30, due to heightened public health measures. Please check back for news on a new distribution system.

    For more information about where to find free food in the South Bay, visit the Basic Needs website.

    LAist also posted a list of free food and financial resources. The posting of this link is meant to provide resources for those affected by COVID-19 and does not constitute or imply an endorsement by CSUDH.

  • Does CSUDH offer laptop loans?

    Yes. Hundreds of laptops have been made available for check-out by students, faculty, and staff through the Technology Loaner Program. Additional equipment will continue to be added over the coming weeks to address critical university instructional and operational needs.

    Note: The checkout pickup location is temporarily closed. Individuals will be notified with pickup instructions.

  • Do I have to move out of University Housing?

    CSUDH is asking students who can to move out of university residence halls and return to their permanent homes for the rest of the semester.

    Residents with limited or no options to leave campus will be permitted to continue living in University Housing.

    Dining options will be limited and available to those remaining University Housing residents and those deemed to be essential personal. All food will be provided using safe social distancing and hygienic measures. Residents should consult with housing personnel regarding dining options.

  • How can I contact Financial Aid?

    The CSUDH Financial Aid office is open, operating remotely. If you need to contact the office, email You may also find information on the Financial Aid website.

  • Have deadlines been extended for Fall 2020 admitted students?

    Yes, several deadlines for admitted students have been extended:

    • Deadline to submit the Intent to Enroll Deposit and Register for New Student Orientation: June 1
    • Deadline to apply for Housing: June 1
    • Deadline to complete Directed Self-Placement: June 1 (only applies to first year students)
  • Can I still travel on university business?

    All international and non-essential domestic travel is suspended through May 31. The determination of essential domestic travel will be made by the president in consultation with senior executives.

  • What is the refund policy for spring semester parking permits?

    Parking Services will issue pro-rated spring semester parking refunds to students in response to the COVID-19 disruption of in-person, on-campus instruction. For full details, visit the Parking Services website.

    Thank you for your patience as we developed a policy and procedure to conduct refunds in the most efficient manner.

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