COVID-19 FAQ for Faculty & Staff

As we begin AY 20-21—almost entirely remote—we are asking everyone to do their part by staying up-to-date on the latest campus and CHHS updates so that you can communicate effectively with colleagues, students, and community partners. 

This page was updated on September 8, 2020. Please refer to the One Beach page for up-to-date campus information. 

Campus Status

Is the Campus Safe to Open?

The campus is open and operational, but grounds and buildings are restricted to authorized persons only. This includes designated, on-duty staff, enrolled students, faculty teaching face-to-face courses, and those performing necessary contracted services. 

At this time, alumni, community members, visitors, and employees who have not been granted approval by their respective manager or dean should not be coming to campus. 

Are all classes virtual? 

The vast majority of courses this fall are being held virtually. Only a select number of specialized studio or lab courses that require hands-on instruction will be meeting face-to-face. 

Questions about how we are offering alternative instruction can be found in the Academic Continuity Plan

What Buildings Are Open?

Some buildings are completely closed until further notice. There is a map on the campus website showing which buildings are open/closed. 

What Dining/Retail are Open?

  • Retail: The Bookstore, Art Store, and Corner Market Convenience Store are open 
  • Dining: The Outpost, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Subway are open 

All are subject to revised/limited hours of operation. Check the Where to Shop and Eat: Fall 2020 page for updates.

Are Any Events Allowed On Campus?

In compliance with current health orders, no events, gatherings, or performances of any size or kind are allowed on campus until further notice (at least until January 1, 2021). 

What is the Status of Athletics?

Fall sports competition has been postponed until after January 1, 2021. Refer to the Athletics website for more information. 

Health and Safety 

Where Should I Report COVID-Like Symptoms or a Positive COVID test result? 

What Health Protocols Are in Place on Campus?

Before coming to campus you should get approval. 

  • Faculty members should request authorization from the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Grace-Reynolds Fisher
  • 48 hours before coming to campus, staff should get authorization from Admin Services Manager, Michael Clements

Authorized persons who are coming to campus must: 

  • Complete a pre-entry health screening questionnaire each day they are coming to campus (available on their Single Sign On) 
  • Wear a face covering over the mouth and nose 
  • Adhere to physical distancing (at least 6 feet distance between persons) and any directional signage posted 

Certain buildings, such as the USU, or certain departments, such as Athletics, may institute temperature checks as well. 

Are Face Coverings Required on Campus? 

Yes, face coverings are required for everyone coming to campus. They must be worn in all indoor public spaces, when interacting with others, when working near food, when walking through common areas, and outdoors when 6 feet of distancing cannot be maintained. 

Can Face Coverings Be Purchased on Campus? 

Face coverings are available for purchase in eight vending machines on campus as well as the campus Bookstore and Corner Market Convenience Store. 

Vending machine locations are shown on the interactive campus map

Where Can I Get Tested for COVID-19? 

Students who are symptomatic or were close contacts with a confirmed case should call Student Health Services to be tested. Employees are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider. 

There are several public testing sites throughout Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach:

What is the Protocol is There is a Positive COVID case on campus?

The affected area will be isolated, flushed with outside air, and a disinfection team will be dispatched to perform cleaning. In the event several people in one area test positive, the entire building will be closed for 4-5 days and the HVAC system will be flushed for three days. 


Where is Wi-Fi Available on Campus?

Several Wi-Fi hotspots have been added to outdoor spaces throughout campus. View campus Wi-Fi coverage

Parking Lot G4 has been identified for students who wish to remain inside their vehicle and access Wi-Fi while parked. 

Are Computer Labs Available for Students to Use? 

  • The USU Ballroom is now a computer lab with twenty stations available to reserve for up to 2 hours at a time. 
  • Learn how to connect to the Student Virtual Lab
  • Students can rent a Chromebook by calling 562.985.5587. 

Are Campus Shuttles Operating?

  • No. On-campus shuttles will not be operating due to primarily remove instruction and physical distancing requirements. 
  • Beachside Shuttle will not be operating as Beachside is not occupied this semester. 
  • Los Coyotes Shuttle has been discontinued permanently. 

Will Tuition or Other Campus Fees Be Adjusted for Virtual Courses? 

No. Tuition is established by the Board of Trustees. At this time, there are no adjustments planned for tuition fees. 

There are no adjustments planned for other campus fees as student services are still available in alternative formats. 

View available Student Services during COVID-19

Are Parking Permits Being Enforced? 

Yes. Parking is being enforced 24/7 campus-wide. There are new parking packages available for those who will be coming to campus less regularly, including a new monthly permit for $40. 

Permit info

Will Spring 2021 Semester Be Virtual?

We do not know yet. When a decision is made by the Chancellor’s Office it will be announced to the campus.