University-Issued Statements

Below are official CSUDH-issued statements relating to COVID-19, from most to least recent.

For statements from the Provost to the faculty, visit csudh.edu/alert/faculty.

March 26, 2020: Speaking Out Against Xenophobia and Racism

To: Campus Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Dear Campus Community,

Happy Thursday. I hope this message finds you well and complying with public health and government advisories.

This evening, I wanted to take a moment to speak out against a troubling trend that has occurred throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The increased incidents of xenophobia and anti-Asian racism, harassment, and bullying these past months have been disturbing to hear. In addition, stories of racist-minded people and their content penetrating our academic spaces are equally unacceptable.

While I am not aware of any anti-Asian sentiments on our campus, I am reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He argued that, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Consequently, when any act occurs that seeks to rob anyone of their dignity and humanity, it is incumbent on all of us to speak out. Thus, I am calling on all Toro to challenge whatever biases and assumptions we may have, and act to support and affirm each other in all forms of equality. Above all, our Toro Nation must stand together for inclusion and diversity in all its forms, through good times and bad.

Now is not the time for scapegoating or pointing fingers, searching for attributions about how and why this crisis has occurred. Rather, it is the time to unite and pull together even more strongly. Just as we must exercise caution against this deadly virus, so too must we fight the urge to find someone to "blame."

We must, and will, remain vigilant to ensure that all members of our campus community, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, social class, ability status, or country of origin, feel welcome, safe, and respected.

Each day of this crisis seems to deliver a new shock to the system. We are living through historically stressful times, but we must all be on guard against letting our anxiety give way to more negative emotions. We can make it through this, but only if we come together as one. There is simply no place for anti-Asian bigotry and xenophobia in this equation.

If you have experienced or witnessed any episodes of discrimination at this university, please contact Title IX office or University Police Department at (310) 243-3333. In addition, counselors in Student Health & Psychological Services are available to provide confidential support and care. Call (310) 243-3818.

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SPRING BREAK

As a reminder, Spring Break is still scheduled March 29-April 4. Class instruction should not take place. Please take this time to take care of yourselves and your families, and heed all public health cautions issued.

Our Information Technology team will use this week to perform usual technology assessments and make necessary upgrades, and certain systems will be offline.

TECHNOLOGY LOAN PROGRAM

Students, faculty, and staff wishing to check out technology devices should submit those requests through the Technology Loaner Program website.

Be well,

Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.
President

March 25, 2020: COVID-19 Update

To: Campus Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Dear Campus Community,

On January 30, when our Student Health & Psychological Services director and chief of medical services sent the first message to campus cautioning about the coronavirus (COVID-19), who would have imagined that we would be where we are today? The university and society have made drastic changes in such a short time.

The resumption of classes this week has given our campus community a needed return to some normalcy, albeit virtually. However, we cannot forget what brought us here. The latest news among medical experts and public health officials that the virus may remain more airborne and that it can live on surfaces longer than expected is a stark reminder that we must remain vigilant.

In my life as a psychologist and clinician, the biggest challenge in treating patients has rarely been with what to prescribe as a therapeutic intervention, but rather in patient compliance with the treatment recommendation. As such, I want to encourage you, in the strongest possible language, to comply with the public health recommendations that have been reiterated constantly over these past two months:

  • Stay home if you have respiratory or influenzas-like symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
    • Call your doctor or Student Health Center (310-243-3629) for medical guidance before visiting either facility.
  • Limit close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If you are unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Use your sleeve if a tissue is not available; avoid using your hands.
  • Avoid touching surfaces.Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

On a separate note, I know that despite the adaptation that students have made, a great sense of longing for connectedness exists. I feel this based on the letters we have received and social media posts we have read thanking the university for the work we have done, and complimenting the faculty on the educational experiences that they have missed in the face-to-face classroom.

While we must practice physical distancing, let us do what we can to stay socially connected. In doing so, know that we miss you all too, but appreciate the sentiments you express about our beloved Toro community.

As a reminder, we are open for business and all segments of the university are thinking about innovative ways to manage our affairs through alternate modes of instruction and service delivery. I will keep you posted as more updates become available, or as we make further adjustments to the adaption that has already occurred.

Be well.

Sincerely,

Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.
President

Read the PDF version of the March 25 Memorandum [PDF].

March 24, 2020: COVID-19 Update

To: Campus Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Dear Campus Community,

As we end day two of alternative forms of instruction and service delivery, I am thankful for and optimistic about the planning our faculty and staff have done during last week's pause. Their efforts and initiative have put us in a good position to finish the spring semester strong. Please know that we will continue to assess our progress and address those issues that are proving less successful and that are within our immediate control to remediate.

As an example of how Toros are rising to this new reality, I would highlight the following:
  • Our affinity centers and student support programs are continuing to provide services in a virtual space. I hear reports of group Zoom meetings and panels, Netflix watch parties, and other creative ways of engaging and supporting students, all while they support academic progress.
  • We also continue to deliver a few key services on campus, such as the Toro Computer Lab and our health center. We will continue to adjust these services to meet changing demands as they arise.
    • On a special note, tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25) is the first day that our food pantry will be distributing bags of food to students in need. I applaud the effort being made to continue to provide this essential service to our students.

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I encourage everyone to visit the csudh.edu/alert page often, as information continues to be added daily regarding service hours, technology resources, and responses to frequently asked questions.

Undoubtedly, the state budget and that of this campus will be impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. Consequently, we need to engage in planning and consider strategies that will better positioned this university to manage budget shortfalls and reductions should they occur. Thus, in response to a memo issued today by the Chancellor's Office advising of a system wide "hiring chill" prudence demands that we, as a campus, must exercise extreme caution in moving forward on any searches that have not been finalized. I know this news may be a surprise to many of you, but we must prepare, out of a sense of urgency and self-reliance, for a full range of possibilities regarding our fiscal health and strength. Expect to receive more guidance from your divisional vice president or academic dean in the days and weeks ahead.

Hang in there; together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,

Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.
President

Read the PDF version of the March 24 Memorandum [PDF].

March 23, 2020: Stay Strong Toros

A special video message from President Parham for spring 2020:

March 20, 2020: COVID-19 Update

To: Campus Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Dear Campus Community,

The events surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continue to evolve and try us in so many ways. We can only hope that the stay at home orders issued by LA County and the state last night will help slow the spread of the virus.

While the statewide order directs residents to remain at home, it does include exceptions that allow residents to leave for essential reasons, such as food, health, and financial, and to perform work that supports federal critical infrastructure sectors. The sector list for government facilities includes colleges and universities. The LA County order [PDF] further outlines provisions for educational institutions delivering distance learning.

What does this mean for CSUDH?

Given the exempted sector status, and the measures already in place that align with the spirit of the orders, CSUDH will be able to continue offering the services that are essential to our academic mission. As such, we can move forward as planned: Alternative instruction begin Monday, March 23. Staff will continue to work remotely wherever possible.

The university will remain open to provide essential on-campus operations, including security and facilities maintenance. University Housing residents who need to stay will remain on campus. Core student services will also maintain physical hours under revised schedules:

  • Student Health & Psychological Services will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Toro Computer Lab on the ground floor of the library (G-149) will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 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.
  • The Toro Food Pantry will be located in the LSU mediation room and open during LSU's operating hours.

Those using or staffing these services are advised to continue taking all recommended precautions regarding social distancing.

As Gov. Newsom made clear in his address last night, the unparalleled nature of this pandemic has forced us all to make some unprecedented choices. Throughout this process, the unity and resolve of the Toro Nation have come to the fore, as we join together--even while in solitude--to alleviate this public health menace. Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility throughout what has been a trying process for everyone.

Sincerely,
Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D. President

Read the PDF version of the March 20 Memorandum [PDF].

March 19, 2020: COVID-19 Update - Safer at Home

To: Campus Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Dear Campus Community,

I once again extend my best wishes to everyone out there dealing with the life-altering events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Circumstances surrounding this health crisis continue to change, seemingly by the hour. In order to keep you as up to date as possible, I felt it necessary to reach out this evening with updates and reminders for the campus, and news on the latest developments locally and statewide:

  • Alternative instruction will begin Monday, March 23, as planned.
  • Students who purchased a spring 2020 parking pass will receive a prorated refund. An email regarding this will be sent out soon. University support services have begun moving into alternative and virtual delivery. This will continue to be expanded over the coming weeks.
    • Services such as advising, tutoring, mental health counseling, affinity/cultural centers, student life, career center, and many others are ready to serve. Check their websites, social media pages, and your Toromail for more details.
  • Tonight, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay at home order, minutes after Los Angeles County issued a similar directive. This news further suppresses our on-campus operations to critical personnel. As we learn more about what this means for our campus, we will provide that information.

With such rapid changes, it is easy to be overwhelmed by feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. However, I am confident that together we can come through this experience stronger and more unified than ever. The psychologist in me wishes to stress that some of the best strategies to manage those anxious feelings include: Take these advisories seriously while you plan and prepare; stay informed with the latest information; balance the more anxiety-provoking news bytes with those that frame more positive stories of preparation and recovery. Furthermore, I continue to urge everyone to practice good hygiene and public health habits; minimize exposure and maximize social distancing, even in your own home or place of residence.

This continues to be a dynamic situation. Please stay tuned for other updates. As a reminder, please visit the CSUDH Alert page. The page is being updated every day with the latest information we have been given in consultation with a full-range of people who care deeply about your health and safety.

Sincerely,

Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.
President

Read the PDF version of the March 19 Memorandum [PDF].

March 17, 2020: Accelerating Virtual Instruction and Assuring Social Distancing For Students and Employees

To: Campus Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

With the pace at which facts and data are coming at us regarding the COVID-19 health crisis — and at which we are having to adapt advisories to these conditions — I recognize the overwhelming sense of uncertainty and confusion that everyone must be feeling. I write to bring clarity to our current situation and the decisions this university has made — and inform you of new developments.

Throughout this crisis, three main principles have guided our thoughts and actions:

  1. We will always act to protect and ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty. This is our highest priority.
  2. We will remain committed to our academic mission and intervene in ways that provide the least disruption to those endeavors.
  3. We will implement strategies that help us stay ahead of the crisis and comply with local, statewide, and federal mandates and public health advisories.

The March 16 decision to pause instruction through the remainder of this week was made in great consideration to the toll this crisis will have on our way of life and the resulting drastic shift and adjustments we will make to the operations of this university, including moving to a more virtual reality where a larger percentage of our employees will be telecommuting. These additional days are giving us a little more time to help manage our personal lives during this crisis without added pressures, while we also ready the campus to resume the spring semester with as little further disruption as possible.

Admittedly, I am gratified that the Academic Senate, the California Faculty Association, and other union representatives have joined me in prioritizing the needs of our entire Toro family: students, staff, and faculty. I also appreciate them embracing the strategies we have employed thus far. I invite everyone to join me in rallying around that central belief that we will bear with the disruption and inconvenience as we act to manage the dynamics of this health crisis going forward.

As a reminder of the announcement I sent March 16, the campus is not closed. We continue to provide essential services and support, albeit in a remote and/or limited capacity.

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In consultation with the Chancellor's Office, and on advice from medical experts and health officials, we are planning for and executing the following actions:

Spring Semester

  • Alternative instruction will begin Monday, March 23, and continue through the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.
  • We will cease face-to-face instructional activities and co-curricular support.
    • All instruction, exams, instructional labs, studios, small group seminars, advising, co-curricular support services, and the like, must be offered using alternative modes of delivery.

Remote Work

  • The university will shift operations to a more remote work environment to reduce the number of people on campus, thereby minimizing exposure and maximizing social distance.
    • Through the remainder of the semester, employees will work remotely, unless their position requires them to be on campus. NOTE: This is a change from the March 16 message stating staff would telecommute March 17 through March 20.
    • Human Resources will provide employees with emergency telecommuting guidelines. Please stay tuned as those are developed and rolled out.
    • After consultations with their supervisor and vice president, employees who cannot perform their work remotely, will be placed on administrative leave with pay until further notice.
    • Employees 65 years old or older, and/or with underlying conditions that put them at greater risk for COVID-19 are directed to stay away from campus. These arrangements are subject to be modified as further guidance and circumstances change.

Campus Operations

  • The campus is not closed, although some services may not be available. As we assess our capacity to render services, the university will sustain essential facility, security, information technology, vivaria, farm, greenhouse, and research operations, and the like, as well as financial and business operations. Campus facilities that remain open will be modified using social distancing techniques and reduced hours.
  • Facilities and maintenance operations will continue to clean and disinfect the campus using sanitation protocols prescribed by the CDC.
  • Unused classrooms, offices, and buildings will be locked and remain closed in order to maximize our ability to deploy cleaning resources to other areas.

University Library

  • The library building will be closed for reasons of health and safety and the university's ability to maintain continued sanitation measures. The library computer lab on the first floor – LIBG-149 – will be open with restricted hours to provide essential computer and WIFI access to those who do not have technology to manage their academic or co-curricular endeavor. Hours will posted on the University Library website.
  • Librarians and library staff are available via chat, email, and text to support and assist students with their resource needs. Assistance and resources available online.

University Housing

  • While a significant number of residents in University Housing have already relocated during this crisis, we strongly encourage the remaining residents to return to their permanent homes to complete their virtual coursework for the remainder of the spring semester. For those who returning home would compromise their ability to decrease exposure and minimize social distancing, please consult with housing personnel.
  • Residents with limited or no options to leave campus will be permitted to continue living in University Housing, and we welcome them to continue residing there.
  • 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.
  • University Housing will email residents with checkout instructions and additional details within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Information Technology

  • 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.
  • To secure personal and university equipment, visit: www.csudh.edu/it/security/be-secure.
  • To set up various secure connectivity and access, as well as find links for software application access, visit: www.csudh.edu/alert/technology-resources.

Loker Student Union

  • Much of the student union will closed other than limited, essential services and on a modified schedule. All updates can be found on the LSU website.

Student Health & Psychological Services

  • Services are expected to be available starting Monday March 23, albeit with reduced hours of operation, limited clinical capabilities, and substantially reduced staff.
  • Except in an emergency, students must call the health center before coming to campus to access such services and must adhere to strict social distancing measures. Phones will be answered as of March 23rd.
  • We are trying hard to make virtual counseling services available within the week. More information will be on the Student Health and Psychological Services website as soon as arrangements can be made.
  • If students feel very ill (i.e. high fevers, shortness of breath) they should go to the nearest hospital or urgent care. Please know that these kinds of severe illnesses can only be managed by facilities that can deliver the highest level of care, and that only such facilities can currently and reliably perform COVID-19 testing.
  • People with less severe symptoms should treat themselves at home, with over-the-counter medicines. People who are not sure if they should see a doctor, should call their own physicians; students may call the Student Health Center, on or after March 23, at 310-243-3629.
  • Additionally, students should be aware of the following low-cost/no-cost medical facilities near campus where they can seek medical care when the Student Health Center is not available to meet their needs: 1) Harbor-UCLA Medical Emergency Room & Urgent Care: 1000 W. Carson St, Carson, 90502 2) South Bay Family Health Care Center, 742 W. Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA, 90247 Call 310-802-6177 for an appointment.

Athletic and Recreational Facilities

  • The university's athletic and recreational facilities are closed until further notice.

Commencement

  • Commencement ceremonies and end-of-year celebrations scheduled in the last part of April and through May will be postponed until further notice.

These interventions and strategies, while well-reasoned and intentioned, represent a complex interplay of factors that collide amid this health crisis. Consequently, they are subject to change and revision as circumstances, government policies, and health advisories warrant going forward.

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Our social norms and academic sensibilities are being challenged in unprecedented ways. I am confident that we at CSU Dominguez Hills can and will rise to the occasion and exhibit the qualities and character that best reflects the institutional pride we all feel every day.

Finally, I thank the Toro Nation for your patience, understanding, and sensitivity to the public health crisis we now face.

Sincerely,

Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.
President

Read the PDF version of the March 17 Memorandum [PDF].

March 16, 2020: COVID-19 Update

To: Campus Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Dear Campus Community,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to unfold rapidly, the university must adapt in our response to these changing conditions, with health and safety as our number one priority. I am acutely aware that collective anxiety about this health crisis grows daily, impacting our ability to carry out our academic mission. We must give ourselves time to evaluate the best way for the campus to move forward. With this in mind, I have made the following decisions regarding university operations and academic instruction.

Remote Work

We are making provisions to accommodate reduction of staff and students on campus while we consider alternate modes of instruction and service delivery. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 20, all staff will work remotely. Some positions will require individuals to be on campus to maintain critical operations and campus safety. Staff members should work with their supervisors on determining the need for them to be on premise. Staff who cannot perform their work remotely, after consultations with their supervisor and vice president, will be placed on administrative leave with pay.

During this time, my administration will be finalizing a university-wide emergency telecommuting policy in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Campus is not closing, although some services will not be available. We will continue to assess the ability of campus units to provide services, and if any are deemed unable to continue, provisions will be made.

University Student Housing is fully staffed and will remain open for those student residents who do not wish to return home. We will work with residents who stay on campus to ensure their basic needs are met.

Instruction Suspended

Effective today through Sunday, March 22, all instruction will be suspended, including all existing online classes. Alternative instruction previously planned to commence Wednesday, March 18, will now be postponed also through March 22. Faculty should continue the work they've begun to transition to alternative instruction. On Friday, March 20, we will announce further updates regarding this decision.

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We understand this is not an ideal situation. We have reached a point where I believe this crisis will greatly impact the ability of the university to provide quality education to our standards of excellence.

Even though this unprecedented event requires that we scale back operations, we remain committed to supporting our students and their academic aspirations. We will continue the work on creating solutions that best deliver essential student services in alternative forms. In the meantime, we thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we navigate this uncharted terrain.

Thank you,

Thomas A. Parham, Ph. D.
President

Read the PDF version of the March 16 Memorandum [PDF].

March 14, 2020: Notification for CSUDH campus employees and students

To: Campus Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Dear Campus Community,

In light of this afternoon's proclamation by Governor Newsom: Those that are 65 and older or vulnerable to COVID-19 must practice home isolation. CSU Chancellor Timothy White directed all presidents, and I am therefore directing you, to comply with the following advisory.

Effective immediately, all CSUDH employees so categorized must stay off campus and away from the Chancellor's Office. For those employees who will not have had the benefit of reading this notification prior to arriving to work tomorrow morning, you will be directed to leave campus immediately and go home.

We are arranging with your managers so that any individuals impacted can telecommute, allowing them to remain productive and continue advancing the operations and mission of CSUDH. For others, where those arrangements are not possible, you will placed on administrative leave with pay at your current rate and for your normal scheduled work hours.

All others employees are expected to report to work, as operations at the university remain open.

As further clarity emerges from the governor's and Chancellor's Office, and public health official, and as the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to change, we reserve the right to adjust this directive.

The CSUDH Senior Management Policy Group has been meeting throughout this crisis, including this weekend, and will continue to meet to crystalize policies and practices going forward around this ever-changing health crisis.

We will be back in touch with more updates as they emerge. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these dynamics together.

Read the PDF version of the March 14 Notification to Employees and Students [PDF].

March 14, 2020: COVID-19 Update

To: University Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Dear CSUDH Community,

While we continue to manage the ramifications of the COVID-19 outbreak, I thank all of you for your enduring professionalism, understanding, patience, and flexibility throughout what has been a stressful time for all of us.

As announced on Wednesday, CSUDH has taken and will continue to take measures recommended by medical experts and public health officials to maximize social distancing. Please know that in all of the decisions we have made and will make, our top priority is the health and well-being of the entire campus community. As we strive to sustain our educational mission in these trying times, your contributions have been essential, and your continued commitment to this university is appreciated.

I know that many of you have concerns and questions due to local school closures, which will cause child-care issues. Others may be concerned about their own health or caring for family members in the high-risk group for COVID-19. Related concerns also include telecommuting options, the status of student and casual workers, campus closure, and continued use of the library and common spaces.

Rest assured that we hear you, and we are moving with all deliberate speed to consult, craft responses, and seek policy guidance on the issues that are important to you.

You may have noticed communications from other CSU campuses that have been authorized to engage in a flexible work arrangement. Please understand that each campus will exercise some flexibility as determined by the unique circumstances that are confronting their universities and their region (e.g., number of cases of suspected COVID-19 exposure, confirmation of cases). At CSUDH, our decisions have been and will continue to be made based on similar criteria.

Please continue to raise any concerns you may have to your supervisors, and together with Human Resources, they will work to address them.

I pledge to you that we will take all measures possible to accommodate the myriad of issues and circumstances that collide with the current health emergency we are confronting. While we will do our best to make reasonable accommodations, I am reminded that we must sustain university operations and be cognizant of the fact that equal treatment may not necessarily constitute the same treatment.

As always, I invite you to remember that this continues to be a dynamic, ever-changing situation, and a flexible mindset is crucial going forward. I will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

In challenging times, it is essential that we all work together. While the next few weeks will undoubtedly be busy and stressful, the strength and unity of our Toro Nation will continue to stand out in the face of adversity.

I deeply appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Thank you,

Thomas A. Parham, Ph. D.
President

Read the PDF version of the March 14 Memorandum [PDF].

March 12, 2020: COVID-19 Update

To: CSUDH Students, Faculty, and Staff
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Campus Community,

This has been a stressful and often confusing week here on campus, and I thank you all for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate this current health crisis. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our campus community, and the decisions we are making are focused on facilitating that outcome.

I am acutely aware that you have questions about the details and implications of our decisions. We have created the following email address, eoc@csudh.edu, where individuals can send their questions. Rest assured that we will address them in as timely a fashion as we can, knowing that some may merit a different tier of consideration based on our overarching priority.

I want to stress that CSUDH remains open. The entire university contributes to our educational mission, and it is essential that vital services continue to be provided to our students.

While CSUDH has no cases of COVID-19 at this time, the measures we are taking to transition to alternative instruction are designed to reduce the number of people on campus and should help to limit community exposure.

Athletic Competition Suspended

To that end, in our attempt to maximize social distancing, I am directing that all athletic competition be suspended for the remainder of the spring season, including games, practices, and recruiting visits. In addition, athletic teams or club sports currently traveling will be brought home without delay.

Thank you again for your attention, patience, and understanding during this very difficult and fluid situation. Trying times such as these require the community to unite, work together, and support one another in every way possible. I am sure that our Toro Nation will rise to the challenge.

For updated information, please continue to monitor www.csudh.edu/alert.

Warmly,
Thomas A. Parham, Ph. D.

Read the PDF version of the March 12 Memorandum [PDF].

March 11, 2020: COVID-19 Update

To: CSUDH Students, Faculty, and Staff
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Campus Community,

Like all of you, I have been intently following reports of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is an exceptional event with a global impact, and our primary concern is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. We consider the campus community's well-being to be of the highest level of importance, and we will continue to do our best to protect our beloved California State University, Dominguez Hills community.

The CSUDH leadership team, in consultation with medical professionals and public health experts, has been meeting daily to monitor and plan for COVID-19 and the safety of the campus community. This extensive work is a dynamic engagement of a situation that is changing rapidly, according to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health.

Currently, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported among our community; however, in the best interest of all concerned, we must do our due diligence and take the necessary precautions to limit exposure. I write today to update you on significant near-term changes that will maximize social distancing and minimize exposure among members of our campus community.

Accordingly, I have decided to take the following measures:

INSTRUCTION

CSUDH is temporarily suspending the in-person, on-campus convening of classes. To allow our faculty to make final preparations for alternative delivery of instruction, face-to-face classes are cancelled beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, through Tuesday, March 17, although the campus will remain open. Current online courses will continue as normal.

Alternative instruction will begin Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, April 12. For many classes, that would include online modalities of instruction. Some classes that require more hands-on activity may continue to meet in person in a limited capacity based on preferences of the faculty in consultation with campus officials.

The decision to move to alternative instruction was not made lightly. The goal of these changes is to minimize the need to gather in large groups or spend prolonged time in close proximity in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings.

Students: Please look for communications from instructors about plans for individual courses. Reach out to your instructors if you have questions.

We expect face-to-face classes to resume Monday, April 13, pending consultation and advice from medical experts and public health officials.

CAMPUS OPERATIONS

Again, the university is not closing. Campus offices and buildings will remain open and many operations will continue normally, including student housing and related dining facilities. Students who need computers or Wi-Fi can continue to use the library and computer lab spaces on campus.

Staff should continue to report to work on site. However, if individuals have underlying health concerns that they believe put them in a high-risk group, please notify supervisors so that appropriate accommodations may be considered in consultation with the division vice president.

The university will continue to employ good public health measures that protect our campus.

EVENTS

To maximize social distancing and out of an abundance of caution, all events on campus, including third-party bookings, scheduled through April 12 will be cancelled and/or rescheduled where possible. Planning should continue for events already scheduled after April 12; however cancellation and/or postponement may be necessary based on the health assessment moving forward.

No new events should be planned until further notice.

TRAVEL

Effective immediately, 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. Please refer to the Chancellor's Office memo concerning travel [PDF].

IN SUMMARY

Thank you for the continued steps you are taking to protect your health and the health of the campus community. I ask all Toros to be supportive of their classmates and colleagues as we navigate this difficult time together. You can find the latest information about COVID-19 campus planning, preparedness and prevention on the CSUDH.edu/alert webpage.

We recognize and empathize with the fact that these actions may pose challenges; however, they are necessary to avoid putting the campus community at risk.

Warmly,

Thomas A. Parham, Ph. D.
President

Read the PDF version of the March 11 Memorandum [PDF].

March 6, 2020: Campus Update on Coronavirus

To: Campus Community
From: Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., President

Campus Community,

Understanding that recent news regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) may cause concern and uncertainty, we want to assure the Toro community that the safety and well-being of everyone who studies, works, or visits our campus is a top priority, and that we take this potential health risk very seriously.

Current Risk Level at CSUDH

The university has had no reported or suspected cases of COVID-19. According to LA County Public Health, the immediate risk of exposure to the general public in the county remains low despite local state of emergency declarations.

NOTE: 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.

What CSUDH is Doing

Staff in our Student Health Center and Risk Management office routinely monitor official health updates about the virus and are in contact with individuals at LA County Public Health. In addition, we have convened a special planning team to review and ready the campus. Everything is on the table, from custodial protocols that we can implement now to instruction via virtual classrooms, should the need arise. We also are working closely with the Chancellor's Office, which is coordinating systemwide preparations. At this time, we see no need to modify campus operations; all classes and events will continue as planned. We will follow guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials in making any decisions.

Travel Advisory

The Chancellor's Office is directing all faculty, staff, and students to temporarily avoid all non-essential university-related travel to countries that are designated with a CDC Warning-Level 3 Travel Notice. In addition to banned travel to China, this now includes South Korea, Italy, and Iran. The CSU also recommends that students and university employees on state business avoid non-essential travel to countries in Asia and Europe where the CDC has identified that sustained transmission of COVID-19 has transpired, or where the virus has spread.

CSUDH is complying with this directive and has called back all students in university-sanctioned study abroad programs in these areas. Steps to Staying Healthy As a reminder, practicing good personal hygiene is the best defense against COVID-19 and other flu-like illnesses.

Please follow these preventive steps recommended by the CDC:

  • Stay home if you have respiratory or influenzas-like symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath - and call your doctor or Student Health Center (310-243-3629) for medical guidance before visiting either facility.
  • Limit close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If you are unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Use your sleeve if a tissue is not available; avoid using your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Be Considerate of Others

You may see people on campus wearing face masks. Although the CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for people who are well, please remember that it is a social norm in many countries to wear a face mask during cold and flu season. Do not assume that a person wearing a face mask is infectious, or that they should be avoided.

Treating all members of our community with respect and consideration is as important now as at any other time.

Update Emergency Contact Info

Now is the perfect time to review and update contact information on ToroAlert, the university's emergency notification system. In the event of a campus emergency, ToroAlert will send notifications to the devices provided. Login to your my.CSUDH portal and click "Toro Alert (Update Contact)" under the &"My Personal Info" tab.

Campus Updates and Resources

If circumstances change that affects the normal operation of the university, we will alert the campus community. For your convenience, we have established a web page, www.csudh.edu/alert, as a quick reference to the latest, accurate information. Lastly, we recognize that this is a stressful situation for many members of our community.

Please know that there are campus resources available to support you:

Student Health & Psychological Services

Employee Assistance Program [PDF]

Dean of Student Affairs

Read the PDF version of the March 6 Memorandum [PDF].

January 30, 2020: Enhancing Personal Awareness Regarding the Coronavirus

To: CSUDH Students, Faculty, and Staff
From: VP of Student Affairs

Dear CSUDH Students, Faculty, and Staff,

While national and local media have been calling attention to the Wuhan coronavirus, we want to reassure the Toro community that there is no threat to the campus at this time. This is a campus informational communication only; there are NO cases of Wuhan Coronavirus on campus.

There have been two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) reported in California since Jan. 26, 2020. In the interest of ensuring the health and safety of our campus by disseminating current and accurate information, we encourage you to read this message in its entirety.

CSUDH's Student Health Services team and campus Risk Management are actively monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak. The team is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the L.A. County and State of California Public Health Departments.

What is the coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. The novel, or new, coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and has since resulted in a growing number of confirmed cases around the world. The CDC reports that patients with novel coronavirus have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Severe illness is more common in people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems and older adults.

What Should I Do?

Actively engaging in healthy habits can help protect against influenza-like illness and respiratory infections. Certain active measures include:

- Washing your hands often with soap and water

- Staying away from sick individuals

- Ensuring that coughs and nasal secretions are directed into disposable tissues which are promptly thrown out

There is no specific treatment for this infection, and supportive measures, as well as over-the-counter remedies for cold and flu, are recommended.

Students on campus may seek medical attention from Student Health Services. If you are feeling unwell and have traveled to Wuhan, China during the month of January, please use a face mask and notify a member of the Student Health Services team by calling (310) 243-3629 before visiting the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their primary care providers for support.

If you have symptoms of influenza-like illness or other respiratory infections, please stay at home and do not come to campus for school or work. If your symptoms are (or are becoming) severe, contact your healthcare provider to seek medical attention as soon as you are able.

More Information

Accurate and up-to-date information about the coronavirus, as well as additional information about the details of the symptoms and methods to prevent spread of this infection, is available on the CDC's website, the LA County Dept. of Public Health website and the CA Dept. of Public Health website. If there is a change in circumstances that affects the CSUDH campus, we will immediately provide further advisories. For the time being, this is simply a proactive advisory.

Janie MacHarg, Ph.D.
Director, Student Health & Psychological Services

Irina Gaal, M.D.
Chief of Medical Services