SDSU plans to offer more than 100 unique undergraduate and graduate-level in-person courses in the spring 2021 semester. All other courses, which are predominately lecture and discussion style courses, will be offered virtually.
SDSU anticipates 7,000 to 8,200 students to enroll in on-campus courses during the 2020-21 academic year, and about 660 faculty, teaching assistants, and instruction-supporting staff (e.g., technicians, laboratory supply rooms staff, support staff) to deliver the in-person courses.
Through SDSU Flex, the university uses the following criteria to determine courses approved for in-person instruction:
- Discipline-relevant standards and student-learning outcomes for the course cannot be met by fully virtual delivery;
- If the class requires use of specialized equipment or supplies, which cannot be substituted in virtual delivery; or
- Accreditation and/or licensure requirements necessitate in-person experiences (to avoid impeding a future graduate's ability to gain access to advanced academic programs or field-based work placement).
The in-person course list also includes those that will be offered off-campus, representing clinical courses and internship courses students would take in hospitals, schools, and other third-party organizations, pending partner organizations’ agreement.
In spring 2021, SDSU will house approximately 1,700 students in on-campus residence halls, offering students academic support and residential programs, respecting distancing requirements and increased health and safety protections.
With public health in mind, and to allow undergraduates to be on campus with their peers, faculty, and staff as safely as possible, student housing is guaranteed to those who:
- Are non-local first-time freshmen;
- Are non-local rising sophomores who will have in-person classes;
- Students in specific SDSU programs such as Guardian Scholars, Presidential Scholars, student-athletes, students with accessibility-related needs; and
- Students with emergency housing needs or other unique needs.
All other students can request to be considered for on-campus housing by indicating their interest in the Housing Portal. The Office of Housing Administration and Residential Education Office shares more specific information directly with students.
Health and Safety Measures
Further, the Office of Housing Administration and Residential Education Office has implemented strategies in cases where a student becomes sick with COVID-19-like symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19-like symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case within on-campus housing.
Isolation and Transportation
Any student who becomes ill will be moved into a self-isolation unit, if they are not already in a self-contained space. Sick students will be advised to not return to any in-person classes or other on-campus facilities, or end isolation until they have met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) criteria to discontinue home isolation. Planning is in place to make rapid COVID-19 testing available to students, both for those in residence and those who will come to campus.
Clean and Disinfect
Areas used by any sick person, or presumed sick person will be closed off and not used until after cleaning and disinfection have occurred using CDC cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
In accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, Student Health Services will notify San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, faculty, staff and students immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), FERPA, and other applicable laws and regulations. All who are known to have had close contact with a person suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19 will be contacted to stay home, or in their living quarters, and self-monitor for symptoms, following CDC guidance.
Residential Learning Communities
Students living on-campus are provided with academic benefits to ensure a successful transition to the university. Residential Learning Communities (RLC) at SDSU provides students with a unique opportunity to connect and learn, both inside and outside the classroom. In an RLC, students live alongside other students with shared academic and co-curricular interests. These students are enrolled in a connected set of academic courses to help produce smaller, more intentional communities that promote student success. Student education is supported by faculty-in-residence and Academic Mentors through related social activities and one-on-one mentorship.
First- and second-year programming are planned, and student leaders as well as Faculty-in-Residence will conduct small group and one-on-one, face-to-face interactions providing continued academic and social support as well as mentorship opportunities.
Faculty and Staff Return to Campus
SDSU is offering flexibility for faculty and staff, encouraging those able to continue to telework to do so, with the exception of faculty approved to teach in-person courses or who are engaged in certain research and creative activities.
The health and safety of faculty, staff, and students is paramount. Faculty and staff who are able to complete their work via telework arrangements will be encouraged to do so continuing through spring 2021, with the exception of faculty approved to teach in-person courses or who are engaged in certain research and creative activities, as well as staff who are performing essential work that can only be performed onsite.
Faculty and staff whose work can only be performed onsite and are unable to do so in the spring due to medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, will receive reasonable accommodations in the form of telework assignments, where available, or will be provided with leave options consistent with California State University policies and applicable collective bargaining agreements.
In the meantime, for faculty this summer, any return to on-campus work, such as for the purpose of critical research and creative activities, will continue to be voluntary, and will require additional approval by academic and campus leadership.
Accessibility for Students and the Return to Campus
Students who are not currently served by the Student Ability Success Center (SASC) but who are eligible for accommodations due to a previously undisclosed disability (i.e., a medical condition) will receive temporary accommodations for the full semester, and as they work to obtain documentation to fully establish their disability-related accommodation.
For students who do not meet the requirements for a disability related accommodation but need an exemption because they are unable to come to campus due to COVID-related concerns (.e.g., living with a family member who is immunocompromised), SASC will provide a letter acknowledging the student has contacted their office, but will not require documentation nor register the student with SASC.
In both cases of students who are unable to safely travel to campus due to COVID-19 concerns and those who require accommodations, students will receive a letter outlining their exemption from coming to campus to provide to their instructors.
Should SDSU not be able to accommodate a student with a course in a fully virtual modality, the student will be instructed to work with their academic advisor and/or Assistant Dean to determine how best to adjust their course schedule.
Investments to Enhance Remote Teaching and Learning
To prepare faculty for the uncertainties that lie ahead during the 2020-21 academic year, the SDSU Flexible Course Design Summer Institute, provides faculty participants with pedagogical strategies to teach in a hybrid (blending online and face-to-face) or fully online environment.
SDSU will continue on-campus dining, with modifications to ensure physical distancing and health and safety protocols. SDSU Dining’s self-operated units will be managed via a flexible model and will open or adjust schedules based on overall capacity needs of campus.
SDSU Library Use
The SDSU Library is committed to providing students and faculty the services they
coursework and research in a safe environment.
The SDSU Library will continue the wide array of online services that are currently available. This includes, online chat research support, virtual instruction and access to digital content including eBooks and journal articles as well as Domeside Pickup.
Please check the library website for the most up to date hours of operation and resources being offered.
Additionally, the library has instituted safety protocols that include but are not limited to, maintaining social distancing, limiting the number of patrons in the library, use of personal protective equipment, and increasing cleaning procedures. The library has also rearanged furniture to allow for social distancing, using Zoom kiosks and safety shields, quarantining returned materials, requiring patrons to sanitize workstations and desks before and after use and increasing security among other efforts.
The SDSU Library remains committed to continually improving services provided to patrons, both students and faculty alike and maintaing their safety.
Athletic Practices and Competitions
Athletics is following National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), federal, state, local, and university guidance and will phase-in student-athlete involvement to protect the safety and well-being of all individuals engaged in intercollegiate athletic activities.