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Important Update for the Fall Semester

To help reduce the impacts of COVID-19 and return Chico State and our community to in-person functions as soon as possible, we ask students, faculty, and staff to work together to keep everyone safe and healthy by:

  • calling the Chico State COVID-19 Hotline for help at 530-898-2222 
  • knowing what to do if you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19
  • doing your part to keep the community safe
  • understanding the safety measures the University has put in place.

Learn how we can Combat COVID-19 Together.



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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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

To provide transparency to the campus community as Chico State continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will notify students, faculty, and staff when a public health agency confirms that a member of the Chico State community has tested positive for COVID-19 and if the individual was recently on campus or at another University-owned site. While news of positive COVID-19 cases may be concerning, we want our community to be informed when a case has been identified and know how the University is responding.

Total Cases

202—the total number of positive COVID-19 cases identified in the Chico State community since August 1, 2020. This total is updated on a weekly basis every Friday afternoon.

This number represents the total count of self-reported cases over time, but does not reflect the number of currently active cases or number of individuals who have recovered. The Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) tracks general “active” and “recovered” information for the county, but is unable to provide details for University-specific cases.

What We Can & Can’t Report

Per guidance from local public health officials, the University can share only details about positive COVID-19 cases identified in the Chico State community and the locations of those cases if they occurred on campus. We are unable to provide details about the number of individuals involved in specific incidents or any identifying information to protect the privacy of those involved. Therefore, the number of incident announcements the University sends to campus will not correlate with the total number of positive cases in the Chico State community.

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Classes

As of August 31, all fall semester classes will be virtual and student support services will be online or offered through alternative modalities.

Chico State began the fall semester with 90% of course offerings online, with limited in-person classes for essential hands-on courses. However, despite classroom modifications to ensure physical distancing and strict cleaning protocols, the exponential growth in cases during the first week and the likelihood of additional cases put our students’ safety at risk. We cannot in good conscience conduct in-person activities and allow for greater exposure.

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White has announced all 23 campuses, including Chico State, will conduct winter and spring 2021 courses primarily virtual. More details will be forthcoming as Chico State receives further guidance from the Chancellor’s Office. 

Tuition/Fee Information

Chico State tuition and fees remain unchanged. Tuition, which is set by the CSU Board of Trustees, and mandatory campus-based fees cover fixed and ongoing expenses the University continues to incur during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic to finance, maintain, and operate student facilities and services, which remain available to students via remote access and/or limited in-person access.

Examples include ongoing administrative costs such as employee salaries—including many student workers—overhead costs such as student-government programs, academic retention and support, progress toward degree completion, employee wages and benefits, expenses for utilities, repair and maintenance, and payment of financing and long-term debt obligations for some facilities.

Even with instruction occurring virtually, Chico State continues to provide quality education and critical student services including academic advising and career services, tutoring and other learning-support services, medical care, mental health counseling, basic needs provisions, online research, and learning beyond the classroom, and technology assistance.

All students in the CSU system, not just at Chico State, pay mandatory tuition regardless of whether they are full-time, part-time, online, or study-aboard students—and even if they do not expect to ever use the programs or facilities they support. None of these fees are a "usage-based fee," but cover the debt services and personnel on a 12-month budget basis.

If students want the facilities and services to be available to them and others in the future, they must be supported and maintained during the pandemic.

Campus Operations

Chico State is open, but in-person University operations and services are 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.

Learn more about campus facilities and operations.

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 fres@csuchico.edu.

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.

At this time, in-person Commencement ceremonies are still planned for spring 2021—one for the class of 2020 and a separate one for the class of 2021—but a final decision will depend on how the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and will be made in accordance with guidance from state and local health officials.

If You Get Sick

Anyone experiencing any coronavirus symptoms(opens in new window), even mild symptoms, should self-isolate and contact Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222 for guidance. Calls to the hotline are voluntary and all information will remain confidential. The hotline is staffed during University operating hours.

Outside of hotline hours, individuals should contact the Butte County Public Health Department at 530-552-4000 or their health care provider.

All positive COVID-19 tests staff should be immediately reported to the COVID-19 hotline to aid with contact tracing.

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.

Butte County is on the state monitoring list, effective July 25, 2020. 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. 

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: