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CHHS Response to COVID-19

Published March 16, 2020

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is committed to the health and well-being of our students, employees, and the general public. As our State’s public health response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, we want to keep you updated on what CHHS is doing to protect the health and safety of our campus community. For the latest updates on our campus response to COVID-19, please see the CSULB COVID-19 informational website.  

CHHS & Campus Updates 

Alternative Instruction  

Alternative instruction for in-person classes will now begin on Monday, March 23. Additionally, this virtual instruction will be extended for the remainder of the Spring Semester.

Our faculty members are working hard to transition to an online modality. Help us make this transition easier by checking for updates on BeachBoard and staying in contact with your professors. 

Alternative Grading Options 

Following guidance from the Chancellor’s Office, the Academic Senate Executive Committee has recommended, and Provost Jersky has approved, alternative grading options for Spring 2020​ courses. We know many of you have questions about this. 

While this provides students with more flexibility for Spring 2020, this option should still be used sparingly. Most students should still take all their courses for a letter grade. There will also be some limitations on how CR/NC option can be used this semester. For example:  

  • CHHS departments are currently deciding which courses may not be taken for CR/NC grading. Some courses may require a letter grade; for example, important courses in accredited degrees may not be available for CR/NC grading. Advising on which courses are unavailable for CR/NC grading will be available by the end of April. 
  • Some students may need letter grades for eligibility for their programs or financial assistance. If you are a veteran, athlete, on probation, an international student, or receive financial aid, we strongly encourage you to speak with an appropriate advisor about grade and GPA requirements to maintain your eligibility. 

Your CHHS advisors and faculty will be able to provide more guidance on how students should use this option soon. Thank you for your patience while we consider the details. We encourage most students to wait until they see their final letter grade at the end of the semester and to speak with an advisor, before selecting CR/NC grading. 

To talk with a CHHS advisor, follow our e-advising instructions outlined here: E-Advising Using Zoom

Important Closure Information  

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden: Closed until further notice. 

LifeFit Center @ The Beach: Closed starting on Friday, March 13th. We will place a hold on all LifeFit memberships and will extend memberships accordingly when we re-open. 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI): All classes and events are canceled for the Spring 2020 session (April 6 – May 30). We will make a determination about the Summer session as the situation evolves. 

Canceled or Postponed Events  

Out of an abundance of caution, and to assist with the state recommendations for social distancing, we have canceled or postponed campus events including: 

  • 3/14: CNSA: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Training 
  • 3/15: Pediatric Advanced Life Support Training (PALS) 
  • 3/18: CNSA: Care Plan Workshop 
  • 3/19: CSULB 2020 Hospitality Career Expo 
  • 3/25/20: Nursing Research Event 
  • 4/5: CNSA Monthly Meeting 
  • 4/21: CNSA Yoga 
  • 4/26: Run Ride Roll CSULB Pyramid Rally 

CHHS & Campus Resources 

Online CHHS Academic Advising

CHHS Advisors are available for drop-in advising and Freshman Mandatory advising workshops via Zoom. To talk with a CHHS advisor, follow our e-advising instructions outlined here: E-Advising Using Zoom.

Online CHHS Career Counseling 

Our Career Coordinator, Amy Gleason, has moved our career services online via Zoom. Register for workshops and Ask a Career Coach sessions on the CHHS on BeachSync.

Students may also schedule an individual appointment with Amy through SSC.

CHHS Internship Requirements and Alternatives 

For questions about CHHS internship requirements and alternatives, please contact your department internship coordinator and department Chair.

Campus and Community Resources

  • For Enrollment Services, forms and requests, such as Educational Leave and Withdrawals, visit: Forms - COVID-19
  • For other campus resources, including BMAC and the Basic Needs Program, visit Programs and Services.
  • For tutoring resources across campus, visit Tutoring at CSULB
  • For student mental health services, call Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) to speak to a counselor today: (562) 985-4001. 
  • The Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is a free resource to help faculty and staff resolve personal, family, or work-related problems. Call to make an appointment: (562) 985-7434.
  • Up-to-date COVID-19 Information: CSULB continues to provide frequently updated notifications and resources on the campus COVID-19 website

Full list of student resources 

Preventative Measures to Protect The Beach Community  

Reducing Risk of COVID-19 Exposure

Here are some preventative measures individuals can take to reduce transmission and COVID-19 exposure: 

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice Social Distancing. Social Distancing means maintaining a minimum distance of approximately 6 feet from others when possible. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are experiencing symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea, and fatigue. Close contact means being within approximately 6 feet for a prolonged period and/or having direct contact with infectious secretions.

Source: Center for Disease Control. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Reducing Transmission of COVID-19 to Others

  • In Long Beach, it is now required to wear a face-covering when visiting any essential business to slow the spread of COVID-19
  • Stay home if you are sick unless you are seeking medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap is not readily available.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.  Use detergent or soap and water before disinfection.

Source: Center for Disease Control. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Reducing Fear and Anxiety 

Mitigating fear and anxiety surrounding COVID-19 is an important strategy for reducing COVID-19 Transmission. Here are some tips to help you cope during this stressful time:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • The common cold, flu, and other respiratory illnesses can produce symptoms that are similar to COVID-19.  So if you do not feel well, do NOT Panic! Call your health care provider or local public health department to be evaluated for testing if you are symptomatic, may have had contact with a person with coronavirus, or recently traveled to countries that have community spread.


  • Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even though they are not at risk of spreading the virus.
  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in. Be compassionate. 

Source: Center for Disease Control. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Are you a CSULB student feeling stressed or anxious? Call Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) to speak to a counselor today: (562) 985-4001. 

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