The Coronavirus (COVID-19)
In compliance with the California State University (CSU) system’s Executive Order 1107, this is a reminder that we are in a public health state of emergency and additional information can be accessed via SDSU’s public-facing COVID-19 site.
On Sept. 15, SDSU announced that, through a partnership with the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), all students living in on-campus housing will be COVID-19 tested, and that students are required to be tested. The university has also developed new sustained random testing initiative: SDSU’s COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Plan. With this plan, we will expand our already robust testing options.
On Sept. 28, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirmed additional COVID-19 cases within the on- and-off-campus student population. The majority of these cases are among undergraduate students living in off-campus housing that SDSU does not manage. As of Sept. 27 at 6 p.m., 1,033 confirmed cases and 44 probable cases have been reported for a total of 1,077 cases. Of the 1,077 cases, 387 cases have been connected to students living on-campus.
Please note: Of the 109 confirmed cases added to the total case count on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, only 25 are new cases. The remaining 84 cases were previously reported to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), but only recently identified, through continued cross-referencing between San Diego State University and HHSA, as having an SDSU-affiliation.
With this update, SDSU continues to urge all students and employees to:
- Avoid gatherings of any type, including through the weekends. This is critical for individual and community health.
- If you are currently in isolation or quarantine, continue to do so. Breaking isolation or quarantine may put the health of others at risk.
- If you have been in close contact with anyone who is ill or tested positive for COVID-19, prioritize getting tested as soon as possible.
- Wear a facial covering, practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly to help avoid the spread of COVID-19.
SDSU announced on Sept. 2 that, given the rate of increase in the COVID-19 cases among the student population in the past three days, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and well-being of the campus community, a pause on in-person instruction is being implemented. This, and other changes, is effective on Sept. 3.
Please visit this site often as it is updated regularly.
San Diego State University has shifted all instruction to virtual modalities. For Fall 2020, the majority of courses will be offered via virtual modalities, as aligned with the California State University system, and through a campus-wide model and plan, called SDSU Flex. Read the May 12 campus notice for more information.
All non-essential personnel, and essential personnel whose work can be accomplished remotely, are asked not to come to the SDSU campus. Such employees are asked to telework.
SDSU is closely monitoring the worldwide situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. SDSU, in its decision-making regarding COVID-19, follows the guidance of the San Diego County Health and Human Services (HHSA), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.
Learn More About SDSU Flex
Additional information regarding SDSU's flexible repopulation, instruction and business continuity plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S. Government to provide support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund, which provides funding to the nation’s colleges and universities to provide emergency grants to students. This funding also covers a portion of certain unbudgeted costs and lost revenue due to the disruption of campus activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic under the Institutional Portion. SDSU has signed and returned Recipient's Funding Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education indicating that the university will use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency aid to students.
San Diego State University was awarded $29,394,934, of which no less than $14,697,467 or 50% is being disbursed to students. Upon receiving the funding allocation in early May 2020, SDSU distributed grants to eligible students based on their documented financial need. Eligibility for students enrolled for the Spring 2020 term was determined using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award amounts differed based on full-time or part-time enrollment status, as well as by financial aid eligibility status and Pell Grant, State University Grant (SUG), and Cal Grant eligible student status. In total, 22,620 students were eligible to recieve CARES Act funding between $250 and $800 per student. To date, $13,770,235 has been disbursed to students.
Students who are eligible to file a FAFSA and have not, are being encouraged to complete one as soon as possible. The remaining funding will be awarded to students who complete a FAFSA or who apply for additional funding through the SDSU Emergency Crisis Response Team.
Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund information
The Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was signed and returned on April 22, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, SDSU was awarded $14,697,467. Although SDSU have received the authorization to draw down funds, at this time the university has not utilized the institutional portion allocated to the campus as the campus is still determining all costs incurred.
Minority Serving Institution Funds (MSI) - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
The Funding Certification and Agreement for the MSI Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was signed and returned on May 1, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, SDSU was awarded $2,286,923. Although SDSU has received the authorization to draw down funds, at this time the university has not utilized the MSI portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. These funds will be drawn down during the FY20-21 fiscal year, following the CARES Act guidance.
The following earlier e-mail messages have been shared with the SDSU campus community and include some of the university's targeted communications:
- September 28 email to all campus on Follow Public Health Guidance, More COVID-19 Updates Forthcoming
- September 21 email to main campus essential personnel on New SDSURF COVID-19 Case Confirmed, Risk to Campus Low
- September 20 email to faculty on New SDSURF COVID-19 Cases Confirmed
- September 18 email to all campus on Mandatory Testing Successful Thus Far
- September 15 email to all campus on COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Students in On-Campus Housing
- September 11 email to students on Get COVID-19 Tested, Rely on SDSU Support Services
- September 10 email to all campus on CSU Campuses to Continue with Mostly Virtual Instruction for Spring 2021, Planning is Underway
- September 10 email to all campus from the Chancellor's Office regarding Spring 2021 Instruction
- September 9 email to all campus on Safety and Compliance Encouraged, Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported
- September 8 email to all campus on SDSU Flex Instruction and COVID-19 Cases Update
- September 7 email to students regarding Stay at Home and COVID-19 Advisory Extended
- September 5 email to students regarding COVID-19 Advisory Issued: Stay at Home
- September 4 email to all campus regarding New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in SDSU Student Population
- September 3 email to all campus regarding Guidance to Prevent COVID-19 Spread
- September 2 email to instructional faculty on Flexibility to be Extended to Instructors
- September 2 email on SDSU Flex Changes Announced
- August 31 email to on-campus residents and Main Campus essential personnel on New COVID-19 Cases Among SDSU Students, Campus Risk Remains Low
- August 28 email to students on We Want to Hear from You
- August 28 email to on-campus residents and Main Campus essential personnel on Three New Off-Campus COVID-19 Cases Confirmed, Campus Risk Remains Low
- August 28 email to on-campus leadership on Building Access Protocol
- August 27 email to students on Our Collective Responsibility for Personal, Community Health
- August 27 email to on-campus residents and Main Campus essential personnel on Two New Unrelated COVID-19 Cases Confirmed; Campus Risk Low
- August 26 email to on-campus residents and Main Campus essential personnel on Two New Unrelated Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported; Campus Risk Deemed Low
- August 24 email to instructional faculty teaching in-person courses on Update: Academic Operations Guidelines
- August 21 email on We Welcome You to SDSU
- August 20 email to Main Campus essential personnel and on-campus residents on New COVID-19 Case Confirmed; Campus Risk Deemed Low
- August 20 email on SDSU’s Return to Work: What You Need to Know
- August 20 email to faculty and graduate assistants on Essential COVID-19 Information Resources for Faculty
- August 18 email on Updated State Guidance, SDSU Flex Plans Remain Compliant
- August 17 email to faculty teaching in person courses on Building Access Update
- August 5 email to Main Campus essential personnel and student athletes living on campus on Student Confirmed to have COVID-19, Campus Risk Deemed Low
- August 5 email on Budget Mitigation, Cost-savings Efforts to be Adopted
- August 1 email to essential Athletics and Facilities personnel and student athletes on Independent Contractor Tests Positive for COVID-19; Campus Risk is Low
- July 30 email to Main Campus essential personnel on COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Employee; Risk to Campus Low
- July 29 email to Main Campus essential personnel on Two, Unrelated COVID-19 Cases Confirmed; Campus Risk Low
- July 28 email on SDSU Budget Balanced, Additional Cost Saving Measures in Development
- July 20 email on the New CSU Budget Guidance Shared
- July 10 email on the New Fiscal Year Open, Update on SDSU’s Budget Outlook
- July 2 email on the SDSU Budget Outlook Update
- June 8 email on Fall 2020 Plans Approved, SDSU Flex Launching
- June 3 Document Triggers for Modifying Health Officers Order
- May 12 email on SDSU Flex, a University-wide Plan in Response to COVID-19
- May 11 email to international students on Financial Support for our International Students
- May 11 email on $14M in Federal Grants Dispersed to SDSU Students
- May 8 email on Fall Planning Update, Stay Home Order Loosens
- May 7 email on Continued Major Construction Projects and Delays
- May 6 email on SDSU's Research, Creative Activity, and Community Service Program Repopulation Plan in Development
- April 29 email on Fall 2020 Plan in Development
- April 27 email on SDSU's 2020 and 2021 Budget Update and Financial Outlook
- April 20 email on Credit/No Credit Option for All Spring 2020 Courses
- April 15 email on Grade Change, Financial Options and Community Support Available
- April 13 email on Suspension of Fall 2020 International Exchange Programs
- April 8 email on Summer Session Moving Online, Student Assistance Resources Expanding
- April 6 email on SDSU Imperial Valley Students Encouraged to Rely on SDSU Virtual Resources
- April 1 email on Building Access Restricted Further, No Course Activities during Spring Break
- March 30 e-mail on Student Resources Expanding, Distancing Extended, COVID-19 Case Confirmed
- March 27 e-mail on December 2020 Commencement Ceremonies
- March 27 e-mail on Protecting Yourself, SDSU from Phishing Attempts
- March 26 e-mail on Contracts with Academic Student Employees
- March 26 e-mail on CSU Hiring Slowdown Implemented; SDSU Hires on Hold
- March 24 e-mail Remaining Events Suspended, Spring Recess Guidelines Provided
- March 23 e-mail to SDSU Research Foundation – COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave Policy
- March 23 e-mail to faculty Comprehensive Virtual Training, Resources Available for Instructors
- March 21 e-mail SDSU Imperial Valley Student Resources; COVID-19 Risk Remains Low
- March 20 e-mail on in-person Commencement postponed; virtual celebration scheduled
- March 19 e-mail to campus after "shelter at home" order and COVID-19 case
- March 19 email to SDSU Imperial Valley post-"shelter at home" order message
- March 19 email to students abroad and their families
- March 17 e-mail to campus community regarding expedited move-out, suspension of exams
- March 17 e-mail regarding expedited move-out and student exceptions
- March 17 e-mail to full-time Associated Students employees
- March 17 e-mail to Aztec Shops employees
- March 17 e-mail to J-1 Sponsor Faculty
- March 16 e-mail on additional guidance for SDSU Imperial Valley
- March 16 e-mail on CSU guidelines: new telework requirements, social distancing
- March 15 e-mail on California, CSU System providing new direction
- March 15 e-mail on face-to-face classes ending, telework offered, SDSU remains open
- March 14 e-mail to faculty on course evaluations, probationary period extensions
- March 13 e-mail to SDSU student-athletes regarding academics
- March 13 e-mail regarding confirmed case and low campus risk
- March 13 e-mail regarding university staff and university operations
- March 12 e-mail regarding updates on COVID-19 decisions
- March 11 e-mail regarding virtual course support offered to faculty
- March 11 e-mail regarding Student Success Fee Program cancellation
- March 11 e-mail to SDSU Imperial Valley students on COVID-19 decisions
- March 11 e-mail regarding accommodations from the Student Ability Success Center
- March 11 e-mail regarding suspension of Osher Learning Institute courses
- March 10 e-mail regarding virtual instruction, campus events, and travel
- March 10 e-mail regarding the cancellation of Explore SDSU
- March 9 e-mail regarding study abroad suspensions and community health guidelines
- March 6 e-mail to the community regarding study abroad updates and campus planning
- March 6 e-mail to faculty regarding online instruction training
- March 4 e-mail to the community regarding updates on COVID-19 decisions
- March 4 e-mail to supervisors on COVID-19 concerns
- March 3 e-mail to faculty regarding instructional resources during emergencies
- March 2 e-mail to the community regarding Italy study abroad programs
- February 27 e-mail to the community regarding South Korea study abroad programs
- January 28 e-mail to the community regarding travel restrictions
- January 24 e-mail to the community about coronavirus
COVID-19 Points of Contact
Hala Madanat, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health
Jessica Rentto, J.D.
Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President, Business and Financial Affairs
Eric J. Hansen, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Associate Vice President - Business OperationsBusiness
Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director