All CSU campuses will continue mostly virtual classes through spring semester, chancellor announces

The Long Beach-based California State University system, which is holding primarily virtual courses during the fall term, will continue with predominantly online instruction for the academic term beginning in January, Chancellor Timothy White announced today.

In a message to the university community, White said he wanted to make the announcement early so students and staff will have plenty of time to prepare.

“This decision is the only responsible one available to us at this time,” White said. “And it is the only one that supports our twin North Stars of safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and communities, as well as enabling degree progression for the largest number of students.”

He said the decision was made “after extensive consultation with campus presidents and other stakeholders” and with regard to the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

White said the CSU’s 23 campuses will publish lists of course offerings in the coming weeks so students can select classes and campuses can allocate resources to meet student demand.

CSU officials noted that the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission, the accrediting body for all CSU campuses, must approve distance-learning plans for courses previously approved for on-site instruction.

White said all campuses will continue following protocols they established for the fall term, allowing flexibility for the possible offering of in-person classes at campuses that may be located in areas less impacted by the coronavirus after the new year.

The CSU system decided in May to hold most classes online in May, when the coronavirus pandemic was spreading through the state.

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