Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Update for March 17

March 17 daily update includes information on social distancing best practices, guidance on group gatherings, and pay for non-represented student employees.

Social Distancing Best Practices

The University encourages our campus community to establish good social distancing on, and off, campus. Social distancing guidelines(opens in new window)recommend a 6-foot separation of individuals, but physical barriers such as doorways and cubicle walls can also be appropriate. Additional steps include:

  • Consider establishing temporary barriers such as rolling whiteboards and sealing openings between cubicles.

  • Where there are no barriers, but the appropriate distance exists, consider placing a visual reminder to maintain social distance.

  • Use phones, videos, or video conferencing to reduce the need for meetings and other close personal contact.

Guidance on Group Gatherings

In accordance with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, we are implementing enhanced measures to protect the well-being of the campus community and the public. This includes:

  • Canceling all gatherings with more than 50 participants, which includes the annual Choose Chico event and other visits that invite members of the public to campus.

  • Strongly recommending the cancellation of all non-essential events or meetings that don't meet the primary objective of supporting student education.

  • Small gatherings—those with fewer than 50 participants—should be held only if they strictly adhere to CDC guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, and fully support best practices for hygiene and social distancing.

Pay for Non-Represented Student Employees

There have been many questions related to non-represented student employees who no longer have sufficient work on campus, and whose jobs are not conducive to a telecommuting arrangement.At this time, administrative pay to non-represented student employees has been approved to cover the period of March 16 through April 4, 2020. This includes state, Chico State Enterprises, and Associated Students employees.

Timesheets for these types of employees should be submitted pursuant to campus or auxiliary protocol. Any employee that was scheduled to work during the periods identified above should have their work hours logged on a timesheet as though they worked as scheduled during that time. Please circle hours on the timesheet that were paid but not worked. Employees who were scheduled to work but did not have a set schedule should submit time for a typical week.

Telecommuting remains an option for some student employees, and we encourage departments to think about what work can be done remotely.We will provide further information as it becomes available.