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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updates and Advisories

Last updated: July 31, 2020 at 12:54 p.m.

In response to this public health emergency, CSUDH has transitioned to alternative instruction and scaled back campus operations. The university remains open.


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

Learn More about COVID-19 and Staying Healthy

COVID-19 Needs Survey

Share your technology, teaching, learning, working, and basic needs in this online survey. You can submit more than once, should you develop additional needs and/or want to contribute additional feedback.


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?

    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.

  • Should I wear a mask when out in public?

    Yes. All California residents are required to wear a mask in public and maintain social distancing. This is also advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For recommendations, visit the CDC website or watch a video explaining how to make a homemade mask.

  • Where can I get tested?

    There are many testing locations across LA County. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and are an LA County resident, you can schedule a free test and choose a convenient testing location.

    There is also free testing available in Carson and Long Beach

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

    In cooperation with the April 10 LA County Safer at Home ordinance update, CSUDH has posted signage at all entrances to campus buildings regarding social distancing guidelines. Anyone visiting or working on campus should maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from others, use face coverings while in public, and not enter any building if experiencing symptoms such as cough, a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or shortness of breath. Non-medical fabric face coverings are advised. Surgical and N95 masks are in short supply and should be reserved for health care workers, emergency responders, and medical professionals. Visit the LA County Department of Public Health website for more information about this order.

    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.

    On May 13, CSUDH also released detailed plans for Fall 2020 [PDF]

    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.

  • Will Commencement 2020 still be held?

    CSUDH celebrated the Class of 2020 with a Grad Celebration Week from May 11-15. The university will also be holding the traditional, in-person ceremonies at the end of 2020 or in 2021. The date has not been decided yet due to changing circumstances around COVID-19. 

    Visit the Commencement FAQ page for more details.

  • 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.

    Effective Sunday, March 29, the Toro Computer Lab on the first floor (LIB G149) will also 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 is closed until further notice. This includes the Toro Food Pantry and all dining services.

    The University Bookstore is now on online order fulfillment only.

  • Is the Student Health Center open?

    Yes, the Student Health Center is providing tele-medicine and tele-health services, including mental health assistance, to students Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

    Students who need an in-person medical appointment should first call (310) 243-3629 to talk to clinical staff to assess their case. In-person appointments are available during the hours of 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Visit the Student Health and Psychological Services website for more details on their services.

    Students who are having a medical emergency should dial 911.

    Students needing health services after hours should seek out their own medical providers, or consider these options:

    Harbor UCLA Medical Center:
    1000 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90502
    (310) 222-2345

    South Bay Family Health Care Center:
    742 West Gardena Blvd., Gardena, CA 90747
    Call (310) 802-6170 to make an appointment. 

  • Where can I get free food?

    Students in need can apply for CalFresh benefits, which are used instead of money at grocery stores and markets. For more information about how to apply, visit CSUDH's CalFresh website.

    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.

    A designated drive-up collection has been created for technology distribution to maintain social distancing. Instructions for collection will be emailed to those who have made a tech loan reservation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How can I contact Financial Aid?

    The CSUDH Financial Aid office is open, operating remotely. If you need to contact the office, email or call (310) 243-3691. You may also find information on the Financial Aid website.

  • Is there financial assistance available for students who are struggling?

    Students who are struggling may apply for an Emergency Grant Fund. Students deemed eligible may be awarded between $250-$1000. For more details, view the Emergency Grant tab on the Financial Aid website.

    CSUDH Basic Needs has also compiled a list of financial resources [PDF] for students in need. 

  • What about the summer session?

    Summer session will not be delivered via face-to-face instruction. Courses will be delivered via alternative instruction.

  • 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)

    For more information, visit the Future Students FAQ website.

    The CSU has also temporarily suspended the standardized testing requirement for the 2021-22 academic year. Read the CSU press release for full details [PDF].

  • 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.

  • Are CSUDH events canceled for the time being?

    To maximize social distancing and out of an abundance of caution, all in-person events on campus, including third-party bookings, are canceled until further notice. 

    No new in-person events should be planned until further notice.

    However, some CSUDH departments are hosting virtual events online. Please check departmental websites for more information. 

  • 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

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