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Dean's Message Regarding COVID-19 Disruptions

Published March 26, 2020

I would like to thank the students, faculty, staff, and community for all of your hard work and patience at this time of ever-changing directives regarding operations at Cal State Long Beach.

As many of you know, the intent of the public health department, the university, and the college directives on COVID-19 are to "flatten the curve" of the spread. It is important that we act now to slow the spread of the virus. Thus, our actions have been to find ways to create more social distance, while at the same time continuing our core functions.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and greater community. While we endeavor to give our students the best educational experience we can within that priority, the importance of "flattening the curve" requires us to use instructional delivery methods that may be unfamiliar for both our students and their instructors.

I ask that we continue to be patient and kind with one another as we transition to a different style of teaching and learning. I also ask your continued forbearance: as the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing, we may need to adapt and change our plans again. But our top priority will continue to be the safety of the Long Beach Community.

Again, thank you for your patience, your understanding, and most of all for your hard work.

Curtis Bennett, Ph.D.
Richard D. Green Dean
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
California State University, Long Beach