Cal States to Remain Online for Fall 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed all 23 California State Universities to continue online instruction in upcoming fall semester

The Pollak Library at Cal State Fullerton. Photo courtesy of the CSUF Pollak Library on Flickr. License:

The California State University system plans to cancel in-person classes and remain online for the upcoming fall term.

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White announced on Tuesday that all 23 campuses will resort to alternative methods of teaching next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “First and foremost is the health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff, and the evolving data surrounding the progression of COVID-19,” Chancellor White said in a press release. “This virtual planning approach preserves as many options for as many students as possible.”

The campuses have been conducting online instruction since March. Though a majority of classrooms will be closed, there are some exceptions to this plan that would allow certain rooms to remain open, including clinical, laboratory and performing and creative arts classes.

Mt. SAC students, some of whom are transferring and some who have already transferred, had a lot to say on the recent news.

Cal State Long Beach student Kassandra Ruiz, 21, said that it is “unfortunate,” and that her biggest struggle has been not being able to meet with a counselor about classes. “I’m supposed to graduate by the end of fall… I still want to graduate on time,” she said.

Recent Cal State Fullerton transfer student Travis Jepeway, 32, is disappointed by CSU’s decision. “It was my [first] semester at a four-year university,” he said. “I feel like my ‘college experience’ was cut short.”

Meanwhile, at Mt. SAC, 21-year-old Marie Baylosis, who plans on transferring to Cal State Los Angeles, has come to terms with the stay-at-home rules.

“It’s just part of our reality,” she put bluntly.