Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Weekly COVID-19 Update — August 28

This is the first installment of weekly updates we'll send with important news about Chico State's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our efforts to keep the campus community safe and healthy.

Announced: August 28, 2020, 1 p.m.

To: Faculty & Staff
From: Emergency Operations Center

Welcome to Chico State's fall 2020 semester. This is the first installment of weekly updates we'll send with important news about Chico State's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our efforts to keep the campus community safe and healthy. Our COVID-19 News & Information website is also updated regularly, and we will send other standalone emails when necessary. 

COVID-19 Updates for Week of August 24 

COVID-19 Commitments 

The best chance at a safe and healthy semester—and one that allows current in-person instruction to continue—is for all Wildcats to do their part in following COVID-19 best practices. We're asking students, faculty, and staff to commit to the following:  

  • Complete mandatory COVID-19 training
  • Wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces and outdoors when six feet of physical distance isn’t possible 
  • Perform symptom monitoring daily 
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others 
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer 
  • Contact Chico State’s confidential COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222 or regarding COVID-19 questions or concerns 
  • Visit the COVID-19 News & Information website for additional resources and details about the University’s COVID-19 response protocols.  

Outdoor Study Spaces & Campus Wi-Fi Coverage 

In accordance with state guidance, while Butte County remains on the state’s monitoring list—which it has been on since July—all in-person indoor activities or gatherings are prohibited except for approved and limited in-person instruction.  

We know students may need an on-campus option for study space and internet access when no virtual or at-home alternative is available. Check out this map of all outdoor Wi-Fi coverage on campus. (Please make sure “Services,” then “Outdoor Wi-Fi coverage areas,” are checked.) Additionally, we have identified the following outdoor study spaces that meet health and safety guidelines, as well as provide strong Wi-Fi:   

  • Table seating with umbrellas: Existing covered tables are in place outside Selvester’s Café-by-the-Creek, in front of the Bell Memorial Union, and between Meriam Library and the Student Services Center. 
  • Social distancing circles on the Trinity Hall and Glenn Hall lawns: Spaces will be marked on the lawns to designate proper social distancing. No power access or seating will be provided. 
  • Outdoor tent in Warrens Center courtyard: A large open-air event tent has been installed with tables, chairs, and power strips for charging devices. Users should access the courtyard from the gate facing Big Chico Creek near Holt Hall. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with two 30-minute closures for cleaning and sanitizing. 

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure, we ask students to study at home or in other non-public spaces off campus when possible, and to utilize outdoor campus spaces only if they have no other option. Once Butte County is removed from the state monitoring list, we hope to open and announce a limited amount of indoor study spaces on campus. 

Events, Gatherings, & Activities 

  • Indoor 
    While Butte County remains on the state's county monitoring list, all in-person, indoor student activities or gatherings remain prohibited except for approved, specialized instruction. This applies to the use of Chico State, Associated Students, Chico State Enterprises, and University Housing facilities. Face-to-face interactions for one-on-one advising, or other essential campus operations may be permitted after completing the return-to-campus process and establishing proper health and safety protocol.  
  • Outdoor 
    In-person outdoor student activities or gatherings may be allowed on a case-by-case basis, subject to the Exception Process described below, as well as all current, local, state and CSU guidelines. 
  • Off-Campus Events Sponsored by Campus Organizations 
    Events sponsored by Chico State or organizations affiliated with Chico State will abide by the same restrictions outlined in this directive when sponsoring events or activities at off-campus locations and venues. 

Campus Visits and Recruitments 

  • Campus Visits 
    Departments sponsoring programs that invite members of the public to campus are advised to suspend those programs until further notice. In addition, the CDPH Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education directs campus to limit, to the greatest extent permitted by law, any nonessential visitors or volunteers from accessing campus. 
  • Recruiting 
    Potential Employee Recruitments—All applicant in-person interviews for non-essential staff and administration employment vacancies are suspended until further notice. Until further notices, Campus Vice Presidents must approve and seek Presidential approval to host an applicant on campus. Questions about current vacancies should be directed to Employment Services or the Office of Academic Personnel as appropriate. 

    Student Recruitments—All types of in-person student recruitment (non-employment) are suspended until further notice. This includes campus tours and off-campus recruiting. Any employee currently engaged in off-campus recruiting must cease in-person recruitment immediately.