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General Information

This page contains general information about Chico State’s fall 2020 semester, how Chico State continues to respond to COVID-19, and where to find other critical information to keep our campus community safe and healthy. If you have questions about a specific campus department or service, we recommend visiting their website directly for current information.

**Note: Specific information for studentsinstructional faculty, and all employees can be found on those resource pages.

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Fall 2020 Classes

Following the Chancellor’s directive, 90% of Chico State's fall course offerings and most student support services will be online or offered through alternative modalities. Students should plan for the majority of their fall 2020 courses to be virtual.

Courses with in-person components are experiential in nature—such as clinical and field labs, performance and studio-arts classes, and capstone courses in engineering and farming—and require a certain level of hands-on learning. Classroom modifications to ensure physical distancing and strict cleaning protocols will be in place for all in-person classes to ensure the safety and health of the campus community.

The fall 2020 class schedule is updated with course delivery information.

Tuition/Fee Information

Chico State tuition and fees for the fall 2020 semester will remain unchanged.

Campus Operations

Chico State is open for the fall, but in-person University operations and services will be limited in light of COVID-19. Essential services such as building operations, grounds, maintenance, security, and animal and lab maintenance will be ongoing—with a majority of faculty and staff working remotely. Business operations and student support services will be provided mainly through phone, video conference, or email.

University museums and galleries including the Gateway Science MuseumJanet Turner Print Museum, University Art Gallery, and Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology remain open virtually only.

Residence Halls

Single-room accommodations will be provided at on- and off-campus University housing for 1,036 students, 46% of typical occupancy. Rooms will be offered at the less-expensive double-occupancy rate.

Dining services will conform with social distancing protocols while continuing to provide limited services. Online ordering and payment systems, to-go menus, and contactless pick-up and delivery systems will replace most face-to-face transactions.

All student residents and University Housing staff will receive COVID-19 training and be familiar with safety guidelines, including regular self-monitoring and cleaning protocols.

The WellCat Health Center and University Housing have established COVID-19-related health and safety plans for all residence halls. In the event that isolation is needed, studio units have been set aside for affected students currently residing in on-campus housing. Case management will be provided to residents by WellCat Health Services in conjunction with Butte County Public Health Department. Contact University Housing for more details.

Meriam Library

Physical books and media are available for checkout from Meriam Library by reserving online and picking up in-person outside the library. The library also provides online research resources including e-books and articles and virtual research support, including 24/7 chat support and the ability to schedule Zoom appointments with librarians. View all available library services.

The Grove (located on the first floor) will be open as a no-contact study space during the fall semester as state, county, and University health and safety guidelines allow. Students will reserve a desk in 90-minute increments with access to computers, a print station, and Accessible Technology Center support. Proposed hours are Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. The Grove will be operated and cleaned in accordance with campus COVID-19 safety and prevention guidelines.

Bell Memorial Union & Wildcat Store

The Bell Memorial Union (BMU) and Wildcat Store may be physically open for the fall semester; a final decision is forthcoming. This would include Common Grounds, Urban Roots, and retail locations outside the BMU. The hours of operation for the Wildcat Store would match those of the BMU with physical distancing and sanitizing guidelines in place. The Wildcat Store is available for online shopping and is offering curbside pickup during store hours.

Wildcat Recreation Center

The University is considering re-opening the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) on a limited basis in the fall. Students, faculty, and staff would sign up for 90-minute workout sessions, with the WREC facility being closed between sessions for 90 minutes to ensure workout spaces and equipment are properly sanitized. Group activities like basketball and indoor soccer that involve person-to-person contact may be phased in during the semester as safety and health conditions allow.

Virtual team building, tours, workshops, how-to videos, and live-feed workouts will be available throughout the fall semester.

On-Campus Events

Any in-person gatherings are an exception to current policy mandating virtual services and will be allowed on a very limited basis. At this time, only small and medium on-campus gatherings of up to 50 people may be considered and must follow the exception approval process. For more details, please email

This includes Admissions visitor programs such as orientation and campus tours, and all performing-arts events hosted by Chico Performances, North State Symphony, and School of the Arts. 

Athletic competitions are suspended for fall. The vast majority of University athletics, recreational sports, intramural and sport club programs will remain virtual.


All non-essential international and domestic travel will be eliminated through June 30, 2021. President Hutchinson has the authority to approve exceptions for travel when there are compelling reasons that support the academic, co-curricular, or operational mission of the campus. Exceptions will be granted on a limited basis. Additionally, CSU systemwide meetings and conferences will move to a virtual mode through June 30, 2021. More details can be found on the travel website.

Mental Health Support

This time is troubling for all of us. The uncertainty of the situation, the changing home life for many, the concern for those in the community who are facing the risks of the virus every day all contribute to these feelings. Everyone should pay attention to how you are impacted and work to actively care for your mental health in addition to physical health.

The WellCat Counseling Center offers a comprehensive list of resources on its website, which includes a 24/7 phone number to speak to a counselor immediately (Call 530-898-6345 and press 2).

Faculty and staff have a number of resources available through the Employee Assistance Program, including emotional support and counseling. The MyLifeMatters service also has a special hub of COVID-19 resource topics including supporting at-home children, financial stress and stability, caring for older adults, working remotely, and more.

Staying Safe and Healthy

Chico State urges everyone to comply with the evolving statewide Stay At Home Order and follow best practices for reducing the spread of COVID-19, including washing hands, physical distancing, staying home when sick, and wearing a face covering in common and public indoor spaces, and outdoors when physical distancing of at least six feet is not possible.

Employees who are asked to perform on-campus essential services must follow best practices for social distancing in the workplace.

To protect the health and safety of the campus community, the University will employ a broad, regimented campus-wide sanitization program. Sanitizing activities across campus in classrooms, offices, dining areas, student housing, and other facilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Daily disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in common areas, including door handles, classroom desks, tables, computers/keyboards, lab spaces, and bathrooms
  • Deploying sanitizing stations throughout campus, especially in high-traffic locations for disinfecting hands

COVID-19 in Our Region

California continues to be under an evolving statewide Stay At Home Order intended to flatten the COVID-19 curve and keep our community safe. The statewide order is reinforced by similar guidance from Butte County Public Health (BCPH) and the City of Chico.

View the latest information from the county on the BCPH website, as well as regular updates to the public via the BCPH Facebook Page.

The University continues to work closely with city, county, and state partners—and will continue adapting its planning for fall to ensure the health and safety of the campus community, and continuity of Chico State's educational mission.

If You Get Sick

Anyone experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, even mild symptoms, should self-isolate until their symptoms go away and/or call their health care providers to get guidance. It is important to call before seeking treatment to make sure you can get the care you need without putting others at risk.

Students, faculty, or staff experiencing symptoms may call the WellCat Health Center COVID-19 hotline at 530-898-5222 for information and assistance. Hotline staff can assist with identifying symptoms, provide guidance about prevention and slowing the spread of COVID-19, and refer individuals to WellCat services, including basic medical care, mental health services, support groups, access to confidential Safe Place advocates, and more. During the summer, the hotline is open Monday–Thursday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Outside of WellCat Health Center hotline hours, the campus community should contact the Butte County Public Health Department at 530-552-4000 or their health-care provider for guidance.

Students should also contact their instructors via email or phone to work out a plan for meeting ongoing academic success.

View the Centers for Disease Control's COVID-19 “If You Are Sick” guidance.

COVID-19 Information

We recommend following the most up-to-date and accurate information about the virus, prevention, and its spread through official sources including: