Campus Operations

Cal Poly’s Emergency Operations Center been activated to provide a centralized location for planning, allowing face-to-face coordination and collaboration among personnel from throughout campus to plan for and support our campus during an emergency.

The university is also working closely with the California State University Chancellor's Office for guidance on matters such as international travel and campus operations. 

Coordinated Campus and Community Planning

The safety, health and wellbeing of all campus community members and visitors is a primary commitment for Cal Poly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of international locations, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Cal Poly is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, and 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.

Campus Operations FAQs

What is the campus doing to prevent the spread of infection? 

Custodians are modifying their work practices so the first thing they do when servicing a space or a restroom is to sanitize common-touch surfaces: doorknobs, paper towel dispenses, toilet paper dispensers and faucets. The restrooms are serviced daily. Other campus entities with their own custodians are working to follow that same protocol. Signage about proper hand-washing techniques have been posted in every restroom on campus. 

In addition, staff were instructed to clean and disinfect exterior surfaces including lids of trash/recycling containers, handrails, touch points of buildings such as door handles and accessible door buttons, and any common-space outdoor tables. We have also focused on high-traffic areas including Kennedy Library, Student Services and the Health Center.

We have acquired more hand sanitizer to have available to campus community members. The team is also making sure we have adequate stock of custodial products to meet increased demand. Campus members can inquire about availability of priority supplies by contacting the Facilities Warehouse:

ASI-managed facilities have expanded their cleaning procedures and supplies, especially in the high-touch surfaces. Hand key entry has been waived to the Recreation Center; however, entry is only available to current members. For more information about ASI Facilities,  visit

What action is Cal Poly doing to prevent spread of disease in housing? 

University Housing's custodial staff has increased sanitizing efforts for student residents who remain on campus. Signs are posted in restrooms reminding residents to frequently wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Bottles of hand sanitizers have been distributed to building lobbies, and more are on order. Sanitizing surface wipes are available, and more are on order.

Information has been placed on digital signage throughout the residential communities. Resident advisors have been given information to support student residents who have questions. 

Has the campus considered canceling classes or 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 virtually, and in keeping with the state's current shelter-at-home order, students are encouraged to take their classes remotely.

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.

All events with attendance or participation of 11 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 the Campus Events page. 

What is the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)?

Cal Poly’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) provides a centralized location where emergency management coordination and strategic decision-making can be supported during a complex incident, emergency or disaster. More information on the EOC can be found at this link: 

Cal Poly Recreation Center operations during COVID-19

Last Updated: March 30, 2020

On March 23, San Luis Obispo County announced plans for the Cal Poly Recreation Center to be possibly be used as an emergency overflow facility, in the event that local hospitals have more patients than they can treat and house safely.

The Recreation Center is not currently being used to house COVID-19 patients.

The facility would be used as an emergency overflow facility only if local hospitals are overwhelmed. At the moment, local hospitals are functioning well and are able to treat the COVID-19 cases in the county.

Cal Poly Recreation Center FAQs

Why is Cal Poly offering the Recreation Center for this purpose?

As a state institution, Cal Poly has a duty to the people of California to assist in the response to public emergencies and the requests of the governor and local authorities.

Why does the county want to use the Recreation Center?

The county has found the Recreation Center uniquely suitable to serve as an alternate care site, since it is a large facility, has excellent access to water and electricity, can be accessed by public roads that do not run through other parts of campus, and primarily contains hard surfaces that are relatively easy to sanitize.

How will Cal Poly ensure the safety of its campus community?

Should the Recreation Center be used as an alternate care site, general Cal Poly students, faculty, or staff will not be in the facility while COVID-19 patients are present. Limited essential trade workers would service the facility in the unlikely event of an infrastructure emergency. Any individual trade workers uncomfortable with servicing the building would not be required to do so. All precautions would be taken during the transport of patients and during any period that they might be present in the Recreation Center.

How will the facility be secured?

The perimeter of the Cal Poly Recreation Center has been secured with fencing. Once the alternate care site is operational by the county, 24-hour security will be present.

Will the Recreation Center be clean and safe to occupy after the alternate care site is dismantled?

Yes, every precaution will be made to ensure the safety of all staff and participants. Prior to reopening the Recreation Center, the county will oversee an industry standard hospital-level disinfection.

On-Campus Parking

The G-2 parking lot is closed until further notice and is being used only for County of San Luis Obispo emergency services personnel who are working in the Alternative Care Unit (ACU) at the Cal Poly Recreation Center. If you are an essential employee commuting to campus, please use alternative parking areas. The Grand Avenue structure and all commuter lots remain open at this time. 

Parking FAQs

Which lots are closed?

The G-2 parking lot at Longview Lane and Slack Avenue behind the Rec Center is closed. The H-11 parking lot is also closed for the Frost Building Construction Project.

How long will the G-2 lot be closed?

The G-2 is closed until further notice, or until the closure of the Alternative Care Site.

Which lots are open, and where can I park?

  • Grand Avenue Structure (for staff/faculty and commuters) 
  • Commuter lots 
  • Structure 131 (for residents) 
  • Resident students with valid resident permits may park in any resident location (Structure 131, R1, R3 or R4) at this time.

Do I need a permit?

  • Healthcare personnel in the Alternative Care Unit do not need a parking permit. People working or being cared for in the ACU will be asked to provide their license plate number to be added to the LPR system. 
  • Cal Poly faculty and staff who need to need to come to campus do not need a permit but are asked to continue to park in designated staff spaces or commuter spaces.  
  • Metered parking spaces will be enforced. 
  • Any student, including first-year residents and commuter students, can purchase a spring resident permit in their parking account for vehicle use or long-term storage during spring quarter. 


Cal Poly Department of Emergency Management

San Luis Obispo County Emergency Information Website

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