Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Last updated: August 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm
San Diego State University and SDSU Global Campus are closely monitoring the worldwide situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). While the immediate risk of the coronavirus to the SDSU Global Campus community is believed to be low at this time, we each have a personal responsibility to assist in mitigating this emergent public health threat. SDSU Global Campus students, instructors, and staff are asked to maintain healthy habits to help prevent the spread of disease.
As a reminder to anyone who will be on a SDSU campus or property this fall, the university has implemented a facial covering policy. Facial coverings are required by SDSU and also the county for everyone on campus — indoors and outdoors. Only the following limited exceptions are offered:
- If you are alone in a private office.
- If you are eating inside or outside while physically distanced (at six feet or more).
- If the individual is a child under the age of 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the facial covering without assistance.
- When students are in their assigned residence hall room, suite, or apartment.
- When engaging in physically distanced (at six feet or more), individual strenuous exercise outdoors.
- When required as part of an instructional music education course while physically distanced (at six feet or more), as directed by the instructor.
During the times when an individual is not wearing a facial covering pursuant to the limited exceptions, the individual is advised to have a facial covering available to wear as physical distancing could be compromised by another person.
More information is available on the university’s General Prevention site.
More details from SDSU Global Campus and the status of our programs will be shared below as they are discovered. This is a very fluid situation, please continue to visit this page for more information.
San Diego State University is following the guidelines of county, state and federal public health officials and other authorities as it continues its academic and research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the university’s COVID-19 site and SDSU Flex site for more information.
- Virtual Support and Resources for Students
- SDSU Coronavirus (COVID-19) Virtual Instruction Resources for Faculty
- SDSU COVID-19 Testing for Students
- San Diego County COVID-19 Testing
- Report a Positive COVID-19 Case
- SDSU COVID-19 Case Alert Protocol
- SDSU Health Commitment
SDSU Global Campus Program Updates
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements outlined below that applicants for graduate study at SDSU submit scores for the GRE or GMAT are suspended for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycles.
In addition, a number of students were admitted conditionally for Fall 2020 without submitting standardized exam scores, an earlier accommodation to the pandemic. Conditions established at the time were that those students must submit official exam scores by the end of the calendar year. Those conditions have been waived.
Announcement Regarding Fall 2020
On May 12, CSU Chancellor Timothy White announced that all 23 campuses in the CSU system, including San Diego State University, will move forward with planning for virtual instruction, with some exceptions, for Fall 2020.
In a statement on the CSU website, Chancellor White explained that the decision “is necessary for many reasons. 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 — current and as forecast throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
“This virtual planning approach preserves as many options for as many students as possible.”
For SDSU Global Campus students, this decision means that all classes will continue to be held online through the Fall 2020 semester. Please check our Program Updates and Status page, as well as your individual program pages, for the latest course scheduling updates.
For our students currently enrolled in fully online programs and courses, no changes unless notified by your instructor.
Withdrawal and Grading Policy Changes
On April 20, President Adela de la Torre sent out an email notifying SDSU community members of several major changes that have taken place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes affect students in SDSU degree programs, for-credit certificate programs, Open University programs, and Semester@SDSU students.
If you’re currently enrolled in one of those programs, please click here for information regarding your program’s updated grading policy.
Graduate Program Application Process Update
We understand that many potential applicants are having difficulty scheduling their GRE/GMAT exams and reporting their test scores and official transcripts, which are required parts of the application process for our to our graduate degree programs and advanced certificate programs under normal circumstances.
However, the SDSU Division of Graduate Affairs has allowed us to revise our admission requirement for applicants interested in applying for Fall 2020. You can be conditionally admitted to our programs with your GRE/GMAT scores and official transcripts due by the end of your first term.
Please review the official policy change notice from the Division of Graduate Affairs to learn how these changes may affect your application process.
General Program Updates
To see the current status and plans for your Face-to-Face classes, please go here.
General Information for Our Students
On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians. In response, many businesses and organizations have either closed or moved their services online. The order also limits the daily activities of individuals across the state of California in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
To view the text of the Executive Order N-33-20, click here.
What does this mean for me?
In general, you should stay at home unless you need to access essential services. Limiting your exposure to yourself and those in your household is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you need to go out in public, you should maintain a social distance of six (6) feet between yourself and others.
What are Essential Services?
- Food: grocery stores, outdoor farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, and restaurants that offer take-out and/or delivery
- Laundromats/laundry services
- Gas stations
- Essential state and local government services
- Dine-in restaurants
- Bars, nightclubs, and entertainment venues
- Public events and gatherings
- Public events and gatherings
- Hair and nail salons
- Convention centers
What can I do while the order is in place?
- Mobile outdoor recreation, such as hiking, biking, running, jogging, and walking, as long as you maintain a social distance of six (6) feet between yourself and others
- Indoor exercises in your home, such as yoga or calisthenics
- Meditate, read, cook, or practice a hobby
- Spend quality time with members of your household
- Virtual hangouts with friends and family outside of your household
How can I protect myself?
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with either alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and warm water.
- Avoid individuals who aren’t feeling well.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Properly dispose of any used tissues immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, you can use your elbow or arm.
- If you’re accessing an essential service, you should wear a facemask to minimize your chance of exposure in public. If you don’t own one, you can make your own facemask using several common household items.
I’m not feeling well. What should I do?
- Stay home and self-isolate, even if you’re only experiencing mild symptoms.
- If your symptoms begin to worsen, or you develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention promptly.
- If you’re not feeling well and you’ve traveled within the last 14 days to an area where COVID-19 was present, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your recent travel.
SDSU Global Campus Email Archives
May 8 Fall Planning Update, Stay Home Order Loosens
April 30 President Adela de la Torre's Video Message | COVID-19 Update | 2020 Planning
March 18 Student Move-Out Expedited, Exams Suspended
March 17 CSU Guidelines: New Telework Requirements, Social Distancing for Students and Employees
March 15 Regarding Instruction Pause: Face-to-Face Classes Have Ended, Including Labs
March 14 Regarding a case of COVID-19 within our SDSU community
March 12 Regarding a pause of face to face instruction for Spring 2020
March 11 Regarding suspension of Osher Learning Institute courses
March 9 Regarding study abroad suspensions and community health guidelines