The safety, health and wellbeing of all campus community members and visitors is a primary commitment for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly is actively monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are proactively engaged in pandemic planning with our public health partners, including the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department and the CDC. Cal Poly is following the guidance of the CDC and our local health officials.
Latest Campus Updates
Last updated: 3/28/2020
- On March 24, Cal Poly was notified that an out-of-area student tested positive for COVID-19. For additional information, please see Campus Updates.
- Confirmed cases in San Luis Obispo County: 67. The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department has reported 67 confirmed cases in the county. See the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Information website for more information.
- On March 26, President Armstrong spoke at the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department press briefing on Cal Poly's role in assisting the county during the COVID-19 situation. He also asked that any Cal Poly student who has returned home, outside of SLO County, to stay home and not return to campus after spring break. Visit Campus Updates to view the video and transcripts.
- The San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health announced a shelter-in-home (place) order, effective at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. This order does not change the status of employees, as all non-essential employees have been asked to remain off campus and telecommute, if possible.
Students who feel safer at the university, who have no other housing options and/or those who may have limited access to technology and the internet, can remain on campus. Residence halls and campus dining will remain operational with social distancing. Students may also choose to leave campus to travel to their permanent home residences, but are asked not to return until further notice to help minimize potential spread of the virus.
Students who plan to stay locally are strongly encouraged to complete this short survey so that the university can prepare to support you.
- Spring Break has been extended by one week. Spring term classes will begin on April 6. All spring quarter classes will be held virtually for the entirety of the quarter. Faculty will communicate the logistics for these courses prior to the start of the term.
- Employees: All non-essential employees are asked to telecommute and not come to campus.
- Travel restrictions: Travel abroad is currently prohibited through 5/31/2020. Cal Poly students studying abroad are required to return to the U.S. as soon as immediately possible. Cal Poly International Center is available to support all affected.
- Event/programs: Cancellation or postponement for all events with attendance or participation of 50 or more.
- In-person spring commencement has been postponed and we will look to an alternate form of recognizing our graduates.
- Cal Poly Athletics: All games and practices are suspended until further notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Campus Still Open?
Residence halls and campus dining will still be operational with social distancing, though any student living off campus with concerns about safety or housing is asked to reach out to the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who plan to remain in San Luis Obispo, either in on- or off-campus housing, are asked to complete this short survey so that we can be prepared to support you. Spring Quarter classes will be held virtually.
How do I find information on confirmed cases in SLO County, and current public health guidelines?
What about travel and study abroad programs?
Students are strongly encouraged to limit nonessential travel and to remain in their permanent residences if possible.
Cal Poly has suspended all study abroad programs and students studying abroad are required to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. For more information, visit the Cal Poly International Center website.
Has the campus considered canceling classes or large events in light of coronavirus, or taking other broad preventative actions? Should large public events on campus be canceled?
All spring quarter classes will be delivered online, and in keeping with the state's current "shelter-in-place" order, students are encouraged to take their classes remotely.
All events with attendance or participation of 50 or more have been either canceled or postponed. This includes PAC events, Big West Athletic events, and campus tours for prospective students.
All club sports and intramural sports have been suspended to ensure student-athlete safety. For guidelines on small events, visit https://chw.calpoly.edu/coronavirus/events. See more information on how coronavirus is affecting Campus Operations.
How will students attend classes given the statewide “shelter-in-place” orders currently in effect?
All spring quarter courses will be delivered virtually. Faculty will communicate logistics of their classes to students prior to the start of the spring quarter.
We strongly encourage students to plan on attending the spring quarter virtually from their permanent home residences. However, those who feel safer at the university, those who have no other housing options and/or those who may have limited access to technology and the internet, are welcome to remain on campus.
Are University Housing and Campus Dining still open?
Yes, University Housing and Campus Dining are open. We have no immediate plans to close for spring. However, President Armstrong has recommended that residents return to their permanent homes, if they can. Students who feel safer staying at the university, have no other housing options and/or those who may have limited access to technology/internet, may remain on campus.
Staff — including Coordinators of Student Development and a limited staff of Resident Advisors — will remain in student communities to support residents.
All Housing Administrative offices will observe normal business hours. The Campus Dining venues that would normally stay open over break — The Avenue, Campus Market and Starbucks UU — will have extended hours.
What do I do if I think I have, or someone close to me has, coronavirus?
Any student who believes they may be exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus is asked to call the university’s Health Center for further instruction. Students are asked to visit the Health Center and not go directly to the emergency room.
Employees should call ahead before visiting their doctor. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have coronavirus. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Stay home except to get medical care and separate yourself from other people and pets in your home. Wear a face mask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
Other tips to keep you healthy include:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean your hands often
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
- Monitor your symptoms
- Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening
- Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, coronavirus
- If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for coronavirus. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive See more information on how coronavirus is affecting Health and Wellbeing.
I’m thinking about travelling internationally during spring break, or on university business. What should I do?
Cal Poly continues to urge all students, faculty and staff to consider canceling plans for non-essential travel, including over spring break.
Faculty and staff who were to travel abroad on university business not deemed essential must cancel plans for international travel immediately. International insurance coverage and fees will be reversed. Those who are currently abroad should assess whether staying abroad or returning is the safer course of action, given current information.
Am I required to come into work during the coronavirus outbreak?
At this time, while there are no known reported cases of coronavirus at Cal Poly, the county and state have issued shelter-in-place orders.
All non-essential personnel are required to stay home or telecommute until further notice.
Please consult your supervisor to determine if and how your department will continue to operate during the quarantine period.
I’m concerned. How do I get in touch?
For health-related concerns: If you feel like you may be getting sick, call the university health center at 805-756-1211 or visit My Cal Poly Portal.
That phone number can also be used to contact counseling services.
For Travel and Study Abroad concerns:
- International students and scholars should contact email@example.com
- Anyone with study abroad inquiries should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or specific study abroad advisors and coordinators
- Faculty and staff with questions about international travel should email email@example.com
For questions about campus housing, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions on campus dining, contact: email@example.com
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