Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Update for March 19

March 19 update includes information on housing and parking refunds, guidance on document approvals, Commencement postponement, guidance for employees 65+, and new travel advisories.


Guidance on Housing, Parking Refunds

As detailed in the University's March 18 announcement(opens in new window), the majority of Chico State residence halls will not reopen after spring break. (Students with no other housing options are being accommodated.) Prorated refunds for room and meal charges are being processed. Contact University Housing(opens in new window)with specific questions.

Parking fees will be refunded automatically based on the original paymentmethod. Parking decals paid by cash, check,or credit card will be refunded on a prorated basis. Please allow up to 4 weeks for refunds to be processed.

  • Employees—Parking permits paid via payroll deduction will have the April deduction automatically suspended. Unless you want to permanently cancel your parking permit, please retain your current permit as it is non-expiring and will be valid when we return to regular operations. Future deduction periods will be evaluated at a later date. Employees wanting to permanently cancel their parking deduction are required to return the parking placard. 

  • Students—Parking refunds will be processed automatically. Students do not need to request the refunds.

Guidance on Document Approvals

The University recognizes it may no longer be possible to secure actual signatures on documents. Therefore, until further notice, departments can accept emails from and accounts if physical signatures cannot be obtained. This process is solely for internal approvals. No emails may be sent if they contain level 1 or level 2 data(opens in new window), such as social security numbers, medical records, or bank or credit card information.

  •  If a document only requires an employee’s or student’s signatures, the form can be emailed directly from the employee or student to the appropriate office.

  • If a form requires multiple signatures, it will need to be routed via email to each signatory before submitting it to the appropriate office.

For any questions regarding this process, please contact Risk Management at in new window). For questions related to email and data confidentiality, please contact in new window).

Chico State 2020 Commencement Postponed

As we shared Wednesday, Chico State is postponing its May Commencement ceremonies. The University recognizes the understandable disappointment felt by deserving graduates, commends them for their years of hard work, and plans to celebrate their accomplishments at a future date. Information about regalia refunds is available on the Commencement website(opens in new window), and more details will be added soon. In the coming weeks, we’ll announce plans for a special virtual celebration on May 15.

Updated Directive for People 65+

Over the weekend, Governor Newsom directed everyone 65 and older, or individuals with serious chronic medical conditions (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, lung disease), tohome-isolate until further notice.Weask all faculty, staff, and students who meet this criteria to follow this directive and stay home. If you are not a candidate for the temporary telecommuting program(opens in new window), administrative leave with payat an employee’s current rateand normally scheduled hoursmay be available. Employees 65 and older who perform essential services related to on-campus work may remain on campus with approval from their division vice president.

United States Issues "Do Not Travel" Advisory

The US State Department today raised its worldwide travel advisory to Level 4: Do Not Travel—its highest level. The elevated advisory instructs US citizens not to travel internationally and requires that citizens abroad return to the United States or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Earlier this week Chico State recalled the remaining spring 2020 students studying abroad, and we have been assisting our Wildcats with their safe return. The University is working to place returning students whose programs do not have virtual instruction options into Chico State courses to ensure their continued educational success.