Camp Fire Information

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ will be updated as questions and answers are received. (Preguntas frecuentas en español)

Last Updated: 9:30 a.m., 12/11/18

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  • Is the campus open?

    The University is closed through Friday, November 23 at midnight, which means offices are closed and no events will be held. Classes are suspended until Monday, November 26.

    The University has formally declared a state of emergency with the State of California and US Department of Education. Per the system-wide protocol, such emergency declarations will be made when, in the President's opinion, the campus is affected or likely to be affected by a public calamity, disaster, or emergency. This triggers access to additional resources and funding, and it prohibits access to campus except for essential services and functions.

  • How can I learn more about recovery efforts?

    Visit the Butte County Recovers website for up-to-date information on recovery efforts including resources for those who lost homes or property, debris removal information, and a number of assistance programs.

  • How can I learn more about the fires?

    Visit the Cal Fire Camp Fire Incident website for up-to-date information. Our Campus Updates page will have information on campus impacts and operations.

  • I have a question about air quality.

    Where can I learn more about air quality? 

    Butte County Air Quality Management District offers current information about air quality in the Butte County region. You can also check air quality in your area by visiting AirNow.gov.

    Should I wear a mask?

    Information on masks and their use is available on the California Department of Public Health website 

    What if the campus reopens, but I cannot go outside due to respiratory issues?

    Students should contact their professors if they are unable to return to class. Absences will be managed in accordance with the absence policy.   

    Faculty, staff, and management who cannot return once campus reopens need to notify their supervisors and/or deans and contact the Benefits unit at 530-898-5436 or at benefits@csuchico.edu.

    What should I do if I still experience symptoms indoors?

    Faculty, staff, and management should contact their supervisor and follow standard workplace health or illness protocols.   

    For students experiencing symptoms please visit the Student Health Center.

    How long can these smoky conditions be expected? 

    The Camp Fire continues to cause high levels of airborne particulate matter throughout the region.  Because the fire remains active the smoky conditions are expected to fluctuate for the duration of the fire.

    The local Air District updates their website each morning with the projected air quality for the day.  In addition, AirNow.gov has information explaining the Air Quality Index (AQI) and provides the current and forecasted air quality readings.  

    How can smoke exposure be reduced indoors?

    Staying inside with doors and windows closed is the best way to minimize smoke exposure.  

    The University is replacing indoor air filters, running air conditioning systems with the fresh-air intake closed to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.  Additionally, to reduce ash from being tracked inside, FMS will be cleaning entry ways.

    Other Air Quality Resources

    California Health Department -  Protect Yourself During Wildfire https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/pages/protect_yourself_during_wildfire.aspx

    AirNow – Wildfire Smoke FAQs
    https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires_faqs 

    Center for Disease Control & Prevention – Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke
    https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html

    Environmental Protection Agency -  Wildfire Smoke Factsheet
    https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/smoke_fires/reduce-your-smoke-exposure.pdf (PDF)

  • Where can I find on-campus support for those affected by the fire?

    Human Resources has created an information page listing many of the benefits available for employees. 

    On Monday, November 19 and November 26, the University hosted the Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center in the Bell Memorial Union to provide emotional support and information to any Wildcats who are struggling after the fire. The center was a one-stop shop for counseling, academic advising, employment advice, and other important services to answer questions about financial assistance, leaves, benefits, payroll, and housing. There was also information on community resources to aid with insurance and other questions. Serving as a drop-in center, it was open at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments and remain open until 5 p.m. 

    A smaller Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center continued operating throughout that week to help assist students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by recent wildfires. Faculty and staff services were located in Kendall Hall, Room 214. Students services were available in the SCC where staff outside of the admission’s office would direct you to the appropriate services between 8 am and 5 pm.

    If you have not already, please take a few moments to check your email and complete the Wildcats Rise Needs survey regarding the Camp Fire and other recent fires in California, so we can better understand how the recent fire has impacted our campus community and provide assistance and support.

  • How do I support communities affected by the Camp Fire?

    We’ve also established the Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund, which will allocate financial resources to our students, faculty, and staff who were directly impacted. Additionally, the Wildcats Rise Facebook group has been established as a place for campus community members to connect and share available resources such as transportation and housing with those who need them. Butte County has also provided a list of organizations accepting donations on their website.

  • I lost my home/belongings in the fire. Where can I apply for aid?

    The campus offers three ways to provide immediate funds to the students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by the Camp Fire:

    Additional community resources are available on the Butte County website. 

    If you have not already, please take a few moments to check your email and complete the Wildcats Rise Needs survey regarding the Camp Fire and other recent fires in California, so we can better understand how the recent fire has impacted our campus community and provide assistance and support.

  • What is University doing to assist with emergency response and community relief?

    The University’s priority is our educational mission and preserving students’ progress toward graduation. We are working hard to meet mutual aid requests as allowed by emergency protocols, policies, safety concerns, and other considerations to serve our North State community. A few of these efforts include:

    • The University has opened facilities to house law enforcement, Red Cross volunteers, and other first responders in need of shelter and showers.
    • University Police, in partnership with the CSU systemwide Critical Response Unit team, has been providing evacuation assistance, looter patrol, and search and rescue services.
    • Faculty and students from the Department of Anthropology’s Human Identification Laboratory are working with law enforcement, including University Police, to locate, process, and identify human remains.
    • Students and faculty supervisors from the School of Nursing are providing medical care in the shelters. Students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program are providing counseling support in the shelters.
    • The University will continue to host community meetings in Laxson Auditorium for Cal Fire as requested.
  • I was supposed to attend an event/activity during the closure. Is it still happening?

    Are athletics and/or entertainment events still scheduled to take place?
    All competitions, tournaments, performances and other events have been cancelled through November 16. We will provide details on those that are rescheduled when details are set.

    Is the Transfer Orientation on Nov. 16 cancelled?
    The Transfer Orientation will not happen on Nov. 16. We are working on an online solution. Participants will receive an email with additional information.

    I’m scheduled to take the GRE during the closure. What do I do?
    The Prometric Computer-Base Testing Center will be closed through Friday, November 16. It will be open for testing November 19–20. Please contact Prometric Candidate Care at 1-800-853-6769 to reschedule if they have not already contacted you.

    I’m scheduled to take the LSAT on Saturday, November 17. What do I do?
    The test is cancelled. You will be contacted with additional information.

  • Will the fall 2019 admissions application deadline be extended?

    Due to an overwhelming number of requests for extensions, the CSU will extend the Fall 2019 Priority Application Deadline from November 30, 2018, to 11:59 PM on December 15, 2018, for all applicants.

    Students who have previously requested an application extension do not need to take any further action.

    Students who are have experienced direct financial hardship as a result of the fires may also request an application fee waiver by sending an email to calstateapply@calstate.edu. Direct financial hardship is limited to damage to your home or unforeseen expenses due to evacuation from your home. 

    When requesting a waiver, please include the applicant's full name and CAS ID. The CAS ID may be located in the upper right-hand corner of any page of the CSU application at Cal State Apply.

  • How do I replace my parking pass?

    If you have lost your parking pass, email cash@csuchico.edu. and request a new pass at no charge.

Students

  • I'm a student. What does this mean for classes and coursework?

    All of us at Chico State are committed to helping you complete the semester successfully. All classes are suspended until Monday, November 26. Please be assured that no additional days will be added to the semester’s calendar. Faculty are working to ensure that critical learning outcomes are met in the remaining weeks of the semester without adding additional work. Many additional questions are answered in the "I'm an instructor. What does this mean for classes and coursework?" section of these FAQs. If you have specific questions about your courses, please contact your instructors via email.

  • Are online classes still happening? What about courses in Redding?

    All classes are suspended until Nov. 26, including online courses and classes held out of the Shasta College University Center in Redding.

  • Is the Student Health Center open?

    Yes, the Student Health Center is open November 12, 2018 through November 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Center will be closed November 19–23 and will resume normal hours on Monday, November 26, 2018. If you would like to talk with your practitioner, you can secure message them.

  • Will the fall 2019 admissions application deadline be extended?

    Due to an overwhelming number of requests for extensions, the CSU will extend the Fall 2019 Priority Application Deadline from November 30, 2018, to 11:59 PM on December 15, 2018, for all applicants.

    Students who have previously requested an application extension do not need to take any further action.

    Students who are have experienced direct financial hardship as a result of the fires may also request an application fee waiver by sending an email to calstateapply@calstate.edu. Direct financial hardship is limited to damage to your home or unforeseen expenses due to evacuation from your home. 

    When requesting a waiver, please include the applicant's full name and CAS ID. The CAS ID may be located in the upper right-hand corner of any page of the CSU application at Cal State Apply.

  • I’m a student employee. Am I expected to work?

    The campus closure through Nov. 16 includes student employees, and they do not need to report to work. You should contact your supervisor regarding your schedule during the fall break and moving forward.

  • I lost my home in the fire and don’t know where I will live. What do I do?

    Displaced students can come to the University Housing Office:
    Nov. 13–16, Tues.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Nov. 19–21, Mon.–Weds., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Beginning Nov. 26: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Students can email housing@csuchico.edu with any questions.

    University Housing can provide up to 14 days of temporary housing at University Village. These are shared rooms with other students, and will be at no cost to students. The Housing staff will also help you identify whatever needs you may have and provide information and referral to support services. This two-week transitional housing time will allow you to work individually with the Director of Off Campus Student Services Dan Herbert to seek alternative housing. He is maintaining a database of single rooms that are available near campus. Please contact him if you are seeking housing off-campus at dpherbert@csuchico.edu.

  • I have been displaced and may not be able to return this semester. What do I do?

    Please contact Academic Advising at chicoadvisor@csuchico.edu. An advisor will assist you, based on your individual circumstances, to either facilitate a withdraw or negotiate with instructors for Incomplete.

  • I am a graduate student who filed for fall graduation. Are the deadlines changed?

    Yes. The deadline for culminating project completion and thesis and project submission has been pushed back to Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Please consult with your grad coordinator and committee chair to adjust your oral exam deadline, or if you have been significantly impacted by fire and do not think you can make these extended deadlines.

  • I am a continuing student, and because of the campus closure, I’ve not been able to finish registering for spring courses. Can I still register for courses?

    Yes, the Registrar’s Office has opened another appointment period for continuing students. This period will begin at 8 a.m. on November 26 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Academic Advising Programs (also known as the Advising Office located in SSC 220) will be staffed to assist students with registration and may be reached at 530-898-5712.

  • Is the Hungry Wildcats Food Pantry open?

    Yes, the Wildcat Pantry is open this week November 12, 2018 through November 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Pantry will be closed November 22–23 and will resume normal hours on Monday, November 26, 2018.

  • Where can I find counseling support?

    Students can call the Counseling and Wellness Center 24/7 at 530-898-6345.

  • Will we have classes later into the semester because of the classes that were canceled?

    We will not be altering our academic schedule.

  • I've lost my job. Where can I go for help?

    Students and alumni can access the Chico State Career Center job database, Handshake, to search for part time, internship and career positions at its website

    Additionally, Workforce Alliance is also assisting people with expedited unemployment and job search. Their local office is located at 500 Cohasset Rd., Suite 30, Chico, CA 95926. Call them at 530-961-5125 or visit their website.
  • Is the LSAT on Saturday, November 17 still scheduled?

    The LSAT scheduled for Saturday, November 17 has been cancelled. Your LSAT Testing Office will contact you to reschedule.

  • I lost my textbooks. What should I do?
    If you've lost your textbooks, first contact your faculty to see if the materials are available through the library or other means. Additionally, the Associated Students are working on a textbook scholarship program with the Wildcat Store. Contact ASVP of Business and Finance Alex Williams at asvpbf@csuchico.edu for more information. 

Faculty

  • What is expected of faculty during the University closure?

    If you are able to, please continue to monitor your campus email during the closure. Faculty may continue their course preparation and research and service activities remotely as they are able. Faculty who are displaced and may not be able to return to teaching November 26 should contact their department chair or dean. Please see other FAQs for information about resources that are being made available to those affected by the fire.

  • I'm an instructor. What does this mean for classes and coursework?

    We ask that you rely on the principles of consistency and equity as you make each course-related decision, keeping in mind that some of our students are newly homeless; others may lack access to computers, books, and other necessary materials; and all are coping with the unexpected stress of the crisis.

    Can I continue to teach during the closure by delivering course material online?
    No. The emergency closure requires that course instruction is suspended from Thursday, November 8 at 3 p.m. through Friday, November 16 at midnight, at which point Thanksgiving break begins. The University has formally declared an emergency and this suspension is consistent with that declaration.

    Can I require students to submit or complete any work while classes are cancelled?
    No. All deadlines must be postponed until after classes resume. Due dates for assignments that were scheduled to be due during the closure must be extended until Monday, November 26 at the earliest. No additional work may be assigned during campus closure or Thanksgiving break. Please exercise flexibility and compassion in your expectations of what students can accomplish over this break.

    Can I reschedule or add additional classes once the campus is reopened?
    No. Rescheduling classes outside of the regular schedule presents many challenges of logistics and fairness to those whose schedules cannot accommodate the additional meetings.

    If I can’t make up classes, how should I decide what to focus on for the remainder of the semester? 
    Please let your course learning outcomes guide this decision. Determine what is the most essential learning in the course that has not yet occurred and prioritize this material in the remaining class sessions. Please do not attempt to force all the remaining activities into the last two weeks of the semester. Increasing student workload in this way will be very burdensome, especially if done across multiple courses.

    Can I stay in touch with my students during the closure?
    Of course. Course-related communication and general messages of support are encouraged.  

    I teach a course in a low-residency program that has concentrated instruction over a number of weekends. How can I make up for this significant lost time?
    These programs will require special accommodations. Please work with your college dean to arrange alternative schedules or assignments on or after November 26.

    What about my SETs?
    The SET administration period has been extended to December 14. 

    Can I access and use my office when the campus is closed?
    As President Hutchinson stated in her November 9 email to the campus community, "campus operations also will remain closed to faculty, staff, and student employees through Friday, November 16." If you have further questions, please contact your college dean. 

    Can I completely cancel any exams or assignments due the week of November 13-16?
    Yes. However, if the exam or assignment is part of an essential learning outcome for the course, it should be rescheduled or redesigned. If you do move the exam or assignment, be sure to reduce another part of the coursework to avoid burdening impacted students. Any such changes may require adjustments to how course grades are determined. In this circumstance, do your best to communicate any revisions to all of your students in writing, utilizing all possible communication channels.

    May I use the final exam period for replaced instructional time?
    Yes. Campus policy established by EM 17-004 states that “all classes are required to meet for one two-hour period during finals week for instruction or examination.” 

    Can I extend exam or assignment deadlines past the December 21 end of the semester?
    No. The academic calendar remains intact. We will address related issues in forthcoming updates to these FAQs.

    What support will my students have while the campus is closed? How can I help?
    Activities and support systems will be in place for students who remain on campus. This website is a one-stop shop for the campus community to discover needed resources and ways to help. This site also offers a set of general University FAQs that you may find useful. We encourage you to reach out to students with messages of support and concern. A friendly word from their instructor can have a great impact on students facing an unexpected and stressful interruption in their semester.  

    What if a student has lost all their course materials? 
    Faculty looking to make materials more available to students can contact the library, as library staff can place instructional materials on reserve so that all students have access.

    When is an Incomplete appropriate?
    As our catalog states, “Incompletes (I) will be assigned only in cases where instructors conclude that a clearly identifiable pattern of course requirements cannot be met for unforeseen reasons. An Incomplete shall not be assigned when it is necessary for the student to attend a major portion of the class when it is next offered.” You should not grant Incompletes to your entire class for work missed during the campus closure (Friday, November 9 – Friday, November 16). However, you can use the above to determine whether an Incomplete is appropriate for individual students, given their individual circumstances.

    What is the process for a student to withdraw from an individual class in fall 2018?
    Students may petition to withdraw from one or more classes for “serious and compelling” reasons. Please use your best judgement in determining whether recent events constitute such reasons. For fall 2018, the University is waiving the fee for late withdrawals.

    What constitute “serious and compelling” reasons for withdrawing from a class or from the university?
    As our catalog details, the following situations are typical of those for which "serious and compelling" is appropriate justification for approving withdrawals:

    • An extended absence due to a verifiable accident, illness, or personal problem serious enough to cause withdrawal from the University. For example, a one- to two-week absence with a doctor's written excuse.
    • An extended absence due to a death in the immediate family. This applies to absences exceeding a week due to family affairs that must be attended to by the student.
    • A necessary change in employment status which interferes with the student's ability to attend class. This change in employment status must be verified in writing by the student's employer.
    • Other unusual or very special cases, considered on their own merit.

    The following situations would not fall under the intent of "serious and compelling":

    • Grade anticipated in class is not sufficiently high, or student is doing failing work.
    • Failure to attend class, complete assignments, or take a test.
    • Dissatisfaction with course material, instructional method, or instructor.
    • Class is harder than expected.
    • Pressure of other classes, participation in social activities, or simple lack of motivation.
    • A change of major.

    What should I tell students who have questions about possible refunds and financial aid?Students who have questions about possible refunds should be forwarded to Student Financial Services, SSC 230, 530-898-5936, cash@csuchico.edu.

    I have more questions. Where can I get help?
    These FAQs will be continually updated as we work to resolve the challenges of the situation. Please direct additional questions to your college dean, who will provide guidance to you.

  • I am a graduate coordinator or committee member serving on a grad student committee. Are the fall deadlines changed?

    Yes. We have extended the deadline for culminating activities and thesis and project submission to Wednesday, December 19, 2018. We have advised students to contact you to discuss oral exam dates, or if they have been significantly impacted and may need an additional extension. If an additional extension is needed contact Sharon Barrios, Grad Studies, regarding special arrangements for these students.

  • Are there any changes to the timeline for RTP or the issuing of sabbatical award letters?

    In consultation with the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, the date for issuance of sabbatical award letters has been extended from November 16 to Friday, December 7, 2018 to allow for Office of Academic Personnel and Provost review, letter preparation, and mailing.

    The RTP Deadline Calendar has also been revised. Some Department Committee, Chair and College Committee report due dates have been extended and affected Rebuttal/Response timelines have been extended. The approved Revised RTP Deadline Calendar is available on the Office of Academic Personnel website.

  • Are there any suggestions for how best to engage with my students once classes resume?

    The return to classes when campus reopens will be a difficult time for all. Though it will be good to be back in our classroom communities, everyone will be managing varying levels of stress. Faculty are not expected or equipped to provide mental health services, but there are simple things you can do to help students transition back to their coursework for a successful end of semester. Psychology professor and licensed therapist Kyle Horst has prepared a short guide to help faculty navigate (PDF) these difficult times in their classes. It includes tips for the first day back as well as links to resources for deeper understanding of trauma in the classroom. He has also provided a flier for the Disaster Distress Helpline (PDF) that you may want to share. Finally, for an example of trauma-informed outreach to students, see Media Arts, Design and Technology faculty member Aaron Draper's message to his students (PDF), which has been shared over 14,000 times on social media.

  • My students lost their textbooks and course materials in the fire. In addition to loaning and putting materials on reserve in the library, is there anything else I can do?

    Within fair use guidelines, consider copying remaining materials for your students.

    Contact textbook publishers; many are willing to give students free copies or electronic access.

    Encourage students to engage in an informal sharing system.

    Additionally, the Associated Students are working on a textbook scholarship program with the Wildcat Store. Students may contact ASVP of Business and Finance Alex Williams at asvpbf@csuchico.edu for more information. 

  • I am a faculty. Will I be paid during the closure?

    All regular employees (management, staff, faculty, and students) who were scheduled to work during the emergency closure period will be paid their regular compensation. Employees with previously scheduled sick leave, vacation, personal holiday, or CTO will use appropriate leave accruals for that time, unless in conflict with their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

    For State Employees Called to Work During the Closure:  

    • All non-exempt employees (including students) called to work will be paid emergency pay (time and one-half) for all hours worked. Employees with a provision in their CBA that provides for a higher rate of pay will be compensated consistent with their CBA. 
    • All exempt employees called to work will be paid their normal monthly salary and are ineligible for overtime and/or emergency pay. However, represented exempt employees called to work will be allowed to take informal time off in an amount approximate to the time worked on a date mutually determined by the employee and their manager.

    For Foundation Employees Called to Work During the Closure:  

    • All non-exempt employees (including students) called to work UNDER EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES will be paid emergency pay (time and one-half) for all hours worked.
    • All exempt employees called to work UNDER EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES will be paid their normal monthly salary and are ineligible for overtime and/or emergency pay. However, exempt employees called to work will be allowed to take informal time off in an amount approximate to the time worked on a date mutually determined by the employee and their supervisor.
    • These restrictions apply equally to all work done within GRANTS AND CONTRACTS managed by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and are subject to allow ability and allocability for the specific funder.
  • How can I pick up my employee paycheck or reimbursement?

    All checks for state, Associated Students, and Foundation employees will be available for pickup on Wednesday and Thursday, November 14–15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Information Center at the corner of West Second Street and Normal Avenue. Please bring your photo ID. 

    If you cannot make it during those hours, other options may be available. Please email the appropriate entity:

    Additional information will be forthcoming on addressing payroll and timesheet submission during the campus closure.

  • Where can I find counseling support?

    Students can call the Counseling and Wellness Center 24/7 at 530-898-6345. Faculty and staff can also utilize 24/7 counseling through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-367-7474 or mylifematters.com.

  • My spouse/partner/child has lost their medical insurance, how do I add them to my insurance or get insurance for my family?

    You may enroll your spouse or domestic partner, natural, adopted or step-children to your health plan within 60 days of the loss of coverage or other qualifying event. Supplemental documentation (marriage and/or birth certificate(s), declaration of domestic partnership) and Social Security numbers are required to enroll all dependents.

    To add a dependent to your plan or enroll in a medical plan after a loss of coverage, you will need to complete the Benefit Enrollment/Change Worksheet (PDF) and submit the completed form and supplemental documentation (if applicable) to the Benefits Unit at Kendall 220. Effective date of the coverage will be the 1st of the month following the submission of all required documentation to the Benefits Unit.

    Any questions can be referred to benefits@csuchico.edu or 530-898-5436.

Staff

  • I’m staff. When do I return to work?

    Staff should report for work as usual starting Saturday, November 24, unless otherwise communicated by your supervisor.

  • I lost my home in the fire and don’t know when I will return. What do I do?
    Faculty, staff, and management who cannot return once campus reopens need to notify their supervisors and/or deans and contact the Benefits unit at 530-898-5436 or at benefits@csuchico.edu.
  • How can I pick up my employee paycheck or reimbursement?

    All checks for state, Associated Students, and Foundation employees will be available for pickup on Wednesday and Thursday, November 14–15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Information Center at the corner of West Second Street and Normal Avenue. Please bring your photo ID. 

    If you cannot make it during those hours, other options may be available. Please email the appropriate entity:

    Additional information will be forthcoming on addressing payroll and timesheet submission during the campus closure.

  • How do I know if I’m considered an essential employee?

    Your supervisor will contact you if you are needed to work. With fluctuating conditions, personnel deemed essential may vary depending on campus needs. If you report to campus as an essential employee, you must sign in and sign out at the Emergency Operations Center. FMS, University Farm, and University Housing staff should sign in and out at their respective locations.

  • Where can I find counseling support?

    Students can call the Counseling and Wellness Center 24/7 at 530-898-6345. Faculty and staff can also utilize 24/7 counseling through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-367-7474 or mylifematters.com.

  • I am a staff employee. Will I be paid during the closure?

    All regular employees (management, staff, faculty, and students) who were scheduled to work during the emergency closure period will be paid their regular compensation. Employees with previously scheduled sick leave, vacation, personal holiday, or CTO will use appropriate leave accruals for that time, unless in conflict with their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

    For State Employees Called to Work During the Closure:  

    • All non-exempt employees (including students) called to work will be paid emergency pay (time and one-half) for all hours worked. Employees with a provision in their CBA that provides for a higher rate of pay will be compensated consistent with their CBA. 
    • All exempt employees called to work will be paid their normal monthly salary and are ineligible for overtime and/or emergency pay. However, represented exempt employees called to work will be allowed to take informal time off in an amount approximate to the time worked on a date mutually determined by the employee and their manager.

    For Foundation Employees Called to Work During the Closure:  

    • All non-exempt employees (including students) called to work UNDER EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES will be paid emergency pay (time and one-half) for all hours worked.
    • All exempt employees called to work UNDER EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES will be paid their normal monthly salary and are ineligible for overtime and/or emergency pay. However, exempt employees called to work will be allowed to take informal time off in an amount approximate to the time worked on a date mutually determined by the employee and their supervisor.
    • These restrictions apply equally to all work done within GRANTS AND CONTRACTS managed by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and are subject to allow ability and allocability for the specific funder.
  • My spouse/partner/child has lost their medical insurance, how do I add them to my insurance or get insurance for my family?

    You may enroll your spouse or domestic partner, natural, adopted or step-children to your health plan within 60 days of the loss of coverage or other qualifying event. Supplemental documentation (marriage and/or birth certificate(s), declaration of domestic partnership) and Social Security numbers are required to enroll all dependents.

    To add a dependent to your plan or enroll in a medical plan after a loss of coverage, you will need to complete the Benefit Enrollment/Change Worksheet (PDF) and submit the completed form and supplemental documentation (if applicable) to the Benefits Unit at Kendall 220. Effective date of the coverage will be the 1st of the month following the submission of all required documentation to the Benefits Unit.

    Any questions can be referred to benefits@csuchico.edu or 530-898-5436.