Weekly Updates Archive

Week of jan. 18 - jan. 24, 2021

  • 1/22/21 – Student Affairs and ASI President Shayna Lynch shared an important message with students about the importance of adhering to public health guidelines throughout winter quarter. To view the Jan. 22 message in its entirety, see Campus Updates

Presidential Order

As part of the university’s ongoing and collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the university requires students to comply with all university mandatory ongoing testing requirements and safety and mitigation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic (winter and spring quarter 2021 unless amended). See the Presidential Order at https://president.calpoly.edu/.

California Stay-At-Home Order

The state’s stay-at-home order for the Southern California region, which includes San Luis Obispo County, took effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Employees currently working on campus should continue performing their essential functions in accordance with their supervisor or appropriate administrator. Other campus operations will continue as they were prior to the order.

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Week of jan. 11 - jan. 17, 2021

Presidential Order

As part of the university’s ongoing and collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the university requires students to comply with all university mandatory ongoing testing requirements and safety and mitigation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic (winter and spring quarter 2021 unless amended). See the Presidential Order at https://president.calpoly.edu/.

California Stay-At-Home Order

The state’s stay-at-home order for the Southern California region, which includes San Luis Obispo County, took effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Employees currently working on campus should continue performing their essential functions in accordance with their supervisor or appropriate administrator. Other campus operations will continue as they were prior to the order.

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Week of jan. 4 - jan. 10, 2021

  • 1/5/21 - Administration and Finance announced the availability of on-campus COVID-19 testing for Cal Poly employees during winter quarter. For more information, see the Jan. 5 message in Campus Updates.
  • 1/2/2021 - Updated information on winter quarter student testing requirements and exemptions was sent to all students. The amended Presidential Order clarifies the groups of students that will be required to participate in the university’s ongoing testing program. See the order, linked below, and read the Jan. 2 message in Campus Updates.

Presidential Order

As part of the university’s ongoing and collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the university requires students to comply with all university mandatory ongoing testing requirements and safety and mitigation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic (winter and spring quarter 2021 unless amended). See the Presidential Order at https://president.calpoly.edu/.

California Stay-At-Home Order

The state’s stay-at-home order for the Southern California region, which includes San Luis Obispo County, took effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Employees currently working on campus should continue performing their essential functions in accordance with their supervisor or appropriate administrator. Other campus operations will continue as they were prior to the order.

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Week of Dec. 21 - Dec. 27, 2020

  • 12/23/20 - Campus Health and Wellbeing shared testing reminders with students, including the pre-arrival verification process. See the Dec. 23 message in Campus Updates.

Presidential Order

As part of the university’s ongoing and collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the university will require students residing on campus or in San Luis Obispo County during the COVID-19 pandemic (winter and spring quarter 2021, unless amended) to comply with all mandatory ongoing testing requirements. The growing number of cases in San Luis Obispo County and potential impact on hospital capacity has prompted the university to issue a Presidential Order on COVID-19 ongoing testing and safety protocols. See the Presidential Order at https://president.calpoly.edu/.

California Stay At Home Order

The state’s stay-at-home order for the Southern California region, which includes San Luis Obispo County, took effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Employees currently working on campus should continue performing their essential functions in accordance with their supervisor or appropriate administrator. Other campus operations will continue as they were prior to the order.

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Week of Dec. 14 - Dec. 20, 2020

Presidential Order

As part of the university’s ongoing and collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and the associated health and safety implications, the university requires students residing on campus or in San Luis Obispo County during the COVID-19 pandemic (winter and spring quarter 2021 unless amended) to comply with all mandatory ongoing testing requirements. The growing number of cases in San Luis Obispo County and potential impact on hospital capacity has prompted the university to issue a Presidential Order on COVID-19 ongoing testing and safety protocols. See the Presidential Order at https://president.calpoly.edu/.

  • 12/17/20 - President Armstrong shared updated information and guidance with the campus community for winter quarter. Campus Health and Wellbeing sent a follow-up message to students with detailed information about testing procedures. For more information read the Dec. 17 messages in Campus Updates.

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California Stay At Home Order

The state’s stay-at-home order for the Southern California region, which includes San Luis Obispo County, took effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Employees currently working on campus should continue performing their essential functions in accordance with their supervisor or appropriate administrator. Other campus operations will continue as they were prior to the order.

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Week of Dec. 7 - Dec. 13, 2020

California Stay At Home Order

The state’s stay-at-home order for the Southern California region, which includes San Luis Obispo County, took effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Employees currently working on campus should continue performing their essential functions in accordance with their supervisor or appropriate administrator. Other campus operations will continue as they were prior to the order.

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More Updates This Week

  • 12/9/20 – CSU Fall 2021 Announcement
    The California State University (CSU) announced that it is anticipating and planning for a return to primarily in-person instruction for the fall 2021 term. To read the announcement, visit the CSU News page.
  • 12/10/20 – Staff Forum with President Armstrong
    President Armstrong discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Cal Poly, the university’s plans for winter quarter and beyond. The live forum was recorded and available to view on YouTube.

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Week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 6, 2020

Students who are planning to leave the San Luis Obispo area and travel home for the upcoming academic break are strongly advised to read the Nov. 6 campus message on the Campus Updates page. Additional travel guidance can also be found by visiting the Travel and Study Abroad page. 

  • In an email to students, Student Affairs shared updated information on move-in procedures and testing requirements for winter quarter. For additional details, see the Dec. 3 message in Campus Updates.

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Week of Nov. 23 - nov. 29, 2020

Students who are planning to leave the San Luis Obispo area and travel home for the upcoming academic break are strongly advised to read the Nov. 6 campus message on the Campus Updates page. Additional travel guidance can also be found by visiting the Travel and Study Abroad page. 

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Week of Nov. 16 - nov. 22, 2020

Students who are planning to leave the San Luis Obispo area and travel home for the upcoming academic break are strongly advised to read the Nov. 6 campus message on the Campus Updates page. Additional travel guidance can also be found by visiting the Travel and Study Abroad page. 

  • 11/19/20 – The California Department of Health issued a limited stay-at-home order through Dec. 21 prohibiting gatherings and activities with members of other households outside the residence between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. To read the order, click here.
  • 11/16/20 – President Armstrong shared a video message urging all Cal Poly community members to get a COVID-19 test and take other precautions before the holiday break. See the Nov. 16 message in Campus Updates.
  • 11/16/20 – Campus Health and Wellbeing shared its winter quarter testing requirements in a message to students. To learn more about these important requirements, read the Nov. 15 message in Campus Updates.

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Week of Nov. 9 - nov. 15, 2020

Students who are planning to leave the San Luis Obispo area and travel home for the upcoming academic break are strongly advised to read the Nov. 6 campus message on the Campus Updates page. Additional travel guidance can also be found by visiting the Travel and Study Abroad page. 

  • 11/12/20 – Student Affairs shared important additional guidance for students traveling during the academic break. For more information, please read the Nov. 12 message in Campus Updates
  • 11/10/20 – President Armstrong announced that the university's on-campus health experts have developed saliva surveillance screenings for COVID-19, which will be implemented in the winter quarter. For additional information, please read the Nov. 10 message in Campus Updates.

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Week of Nov. 2 - nov. 8, 2020

The university has instituted an ongoing testing program to rapidly identify and isolate asymptomatic students and other Cal Poly community members. For more information, visit the Ongoing Testing page. 

  • 11/5/20 Cal Poly President Armstrong and Keith Humphrey, vice president, Student Affairs, shared an important update on COVID-19 at Cal Poly, as testing efforts in recent days have identified a jump in the number of positive cases within our student community, both on and off campus. See the Nov. 5 message in Campus Updates.

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Week of Oct. 26 - nov. 1, 2020

The university has instituted an ongoing testing program to rapidly identify and isolate asymptomatic students and other Cal Poly community members. For more information, visit the Ongoing Testing page. 

  • 10/29 – The Office of the Dean of Students urged students to take health precautions during Halloween festivities and to be aware of the city's Safety Enhancement Zone. To read the message in its entirety, visit Campus Updates

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Week of Oct. 19 - Oct. 25, 2020

The university has instituted an ongoing testing program to rapidly identify and isolate asymptomatic students and other Cal Poly community members. For more information, visit the Ongoing Testing page. 

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Week of Oct. 12 - Oct. 18, 2020

The university has instituted an ongoing testing program to rapidly identify and isolate asymptomatic students and other Cal Poly community members. For more information, visit the Ongoing Testing page. 

  • 10/14/20 - Administration and Finance sent a message to employees inviting them to make an appointment for a COVID-19 test as part of the university's ongoing testing program. See the Oct. 14 message in Campus Updates.

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Week of Oct. 5 - Oct. 11, 2020

The university has instituted an ongoing testing program to rapidly identify and isolate asymptomatic students and other Cal Poly community members. For more information, visit the Ongoing Testing page. 

  • 10/9/20 – Campus Health and Wellbeing shared a message with students outlining their ongoing testing requirements for fall quarter. For additional details, read the Oct. 9 message in Campus Updates.

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Week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2020

  • 10/3/20 – The university has instituted an ongoing testing program to rapidly identify and isolate asymptomatic students and other Cal Poly community members. For more information, visit the Ongoing Testing page. 

Visit the new Fall 2020 Checklist page for important dates to remember, technology support, advising and accommodations information, on-campus food service and much more. 

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Week of Sept. 21 - Sept. 27, 2020

  • 9/24/20 — President Armstrong shared an update on the campus coronavirus testing and surveillance efforts. See the Sept. 24 message in Campus Updates.

Visit the new Fall 2020 Checklist page for important dates to remember, technology support, advising and accommodations information, on-campus food service and much more. 

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Week of Sept. 14 - Sept. 20, 2020

Visit the new Fall 2020 Checklist page for important dates to remember, technology support, advising and accommodations information, on-campus food service and much more. 

  • 9/18/20 – Administration and Finance shared a message with faculty and staff outlining some of the health and safety work conducted to prepare for fall quarter. View the Sept. 18 message in Campus Updates.

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Week of Sept. 7 - Sept. 13, 2020

  • 9/10/2020 — Student Affairs shared updated guidelines and resources to prepare students for the first day of instruction on Monday, Sept. 14. For complete details, read the Sept. 10 message in Campus Updates.
  • 9/9/2020 — Administration and Finance shared information about the Fall Work Plan — Return to Work Protocols for COVID-19. See the Sept. 9 message in Campus Updates.
  • 9/7/2020 — The Vice President for Student Affairs sent a message to students on ways to safety explore San Luis Obispo while following public health guidelines. View the Sept. 7 message in Campus Updates.
  • Residential students can now complete the COVID-19 test verification process before move-in. Within minutes, students can submit documentation that will generate a COVID-19 Screening Pass that allows students to move in and participate in on-campus activities such as classes, services, and work. Students living off-campus will receive their unique test verification instructions next week. Learn more on the COVID-19 Testing page.
  • Getting ready for fall quarter? Be sure to visit the new Fall 2020 Checklist page for important dates to remember, technology support, advising and accommodations information, on-campus food service and much more. 

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Week of August 31 - Sept. 6, 2020

  • Residential students can now complete the COVID-19 test verification process before move-in. Within minutes, students can submit documentation that will generate a COVID-19 Screening Pass that allows students to move in and participate in on-campus activities such as classes, services, and work. Students living off-campus will receive their unique test verification instructions next week. Learn more on the COVID-19 Testing page.
  • Getting ready for fall quarter? Be sure to visit the new Fall 2020 Checklist page for important dates to remember, technology support, advising and accommodations information, on-campus food service and much more. 
  • 8/31/20 – Student Affairs shared an email with students outlining important health and safety information and resources for students, including COVID-19 testing procedures prior to move-in, quarantine and isolation procedures, and more. See the Aug. 31 message in Campus Updates

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Week of August 24 - August 30, 2020

  • Getting ready for fall quarter? Be sure to visit the new Fall 2020 Checklist page for important dates to remember, technology support, advising and accommodations information, on-campus food service and much more. 
  • 8/28/20 – The university is requiring all students to complete COVID-19 online training prior to arriving on campus or before classes start on Monday, September 14, whichever is sooner. For additional information, see the Aug. 28 message in Campus Updates
  • 8/27/20 – Based on new information and additional guidance, Student Affairs shared revised COVID-19 testing requirements and information with students. For more information, see the Aug. 27 message in Campus Updates and visit the COVID-19 Testing page.
  • 8/27/20 – In an email to faculty and staff, Administration and Finance shared the university's Fall Work Plan and additional return to work protocols. See the Aug. 27 message in Campus Updates.
  • 8/26/20 – In a follow-up to President Armstrong's Aug. 25 message, Student Affairs shared additional testing information and resources with students. See the Aug. 26 message in Campus Updates and visit the COVID-19 Testing page for additional information. 
  • The university will hold an online town hall discussion at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. Visit https://www.calpoly.edu/fallplans for details.
  • 8/25/20 - President Armstrong shared a message with the campus community addressing concerns and sharing information about COVID-19 testing, campus housing and in-person classes. Read the Aug. 25 message in Campus Updates.
  • 8/24/20 – Student Affairs announced that the university has made the decision to house students in single rooms this fall, in consultation with local public health officials. Read the Aug. 24 message in Campus Updates

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Week of August 17 - August 23, 2020

  • 8/18/20 – The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department is seeking volunteer contact tracers. Interested community members must complete 21 hours of free online training in order to be eligible. To learn more, visit the Health and Wellbeing page.
  • 8/18/20 – The university unveiled updated event guidelines. To help keep our campus community healthy, all fall 2020 events and gatherings should plan to be virtual. See Campus Events for more information. 

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Week of August 10 - August 16, 2020

  • 8/12/20 – President Armstrong shared a campuswide message comprehensively outlining the university's approved plan for fall quarter. Read the Aug. 12 message in Campus Updates for additional information. 
  • 8/12/20 - San Luis Obispo County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein has reviewed and concurs with guidance documents for the modified reopening of higher education institutions in the county. Read the county's news release.

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Week of August 3 - August 9, 2020

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Week of July 27 - August 2, 2020

  • 7/31/20 – President Armstrong provided the campus community with a brief update on the status of the university's fall plans. See Campus Updates to read his July 31 message. 
  • 7/29/20 - Cal Poly Athletics announced the delay of Big West Conference fall sports until January 2021. The decision does not cover Cal Poly football (Big Sky Conference), wrestling (Pac-12 Conference), and men's and women's swimming and diving (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation). For more information, see the July 29 message in Campus Updates.
  • 7/29/20 – The university announced that the California State University (CSU) has eliminated all non-essential domestic and international travel for employees through June 30, 2021. See the July 29 message in Campus Updates for more information. 

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Week of July 20 - July 26, 2020

  • 7/24/20 - Cal Poly Human Resources and Health & Wellbeing shared a message outlining a variety of resources and information for university staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the July 24 message in Campus Updates for more information. 
  • 7/20/20 - California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy White and President Jeffrey Armstrong updated the campus community on the state of the CSU and university budgets. For more information, see the July 20 messages in Campus Updates.

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Week of July 12 - July 19, 2020

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Week of July 5 - July 11, 2020

  • 7/9/20 - Cal Poly's Emergency Operations Center sent a notification that a member of our student community, living off campus in the local community, has tested positive for COVID-19. View the July 9 message in Campus Updates for more information.
  • 7/7/20 – Public health officials announced that San Luis Obispo County is expected to end up on the state's COVID-19 watch list after exceeding its case rate criteria over the weekend. 
  • 7/5/20 – Cal Poly's Emergency Operations Center issued a notification that an on-campus employee tested positive for COVID-19. For more information, view the July 5 message in Campus Updates.

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Week of June 28 - July 4, 2020

  • 7/1/20 - The city of San Luis Obispo issued an order requiring bars, nightclubs, breweries, pubs, wine tasting venues and other on-sale alcohol establishments to close no later than 10 p.m. July 2 through July 6. Restaurants are exempt. For more information, visit the city's website.

  • 6/30/20 – Human Resources shared a reminder message with Cal Poly employees regarding the expiration of the CSU Non-Telecommuting Workers Leave (NTWL) program. For more information, view the June 30 message in Campus Updates.

  • 6/29/20 – In a message to Cal Poly employees, the Office of the Registrar shared several changes to the summer 2020 and fall 2020 academic calendars. View the complete June 29 message in Campus Updates.

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Week of June 21 - June 27, 2020

  • 6/24/20 – President Armstrong announced Cal Poly's schedule for fall quarter, including an update on in-person courses and information about SLO Days, WOW and winter commencement. Please see the June 24 message in Campus Updates for more information. 

  • 6/24/20 - President Armstrong announced the launch of the student COVID-19 Virtual Transition Survey. Students are asked to complete the survey by July 2. For more information, see the June 24 message in Campus Updates.

  • 6/24/20 - Cal Poly posted an overview of when face coverings should be used on campus. The California Department of Public Health has mandated that people must wear face coverings when outside their homes in specific circumstances. Visit the Prevention page for more information. 

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Week of June 14 - June 20, 2020

  • 6/18/20 – The California Department of Public Health issued a statewide mandate requiring all Californians to wear face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
  • 6/16/20 – The state health department released updated guidance for activities protected by the First Amendment, including protests, religious services, cultural ceremonies and more. Activities taking place outdoors will no longer have an attendance restriction, as long as strict physical distancing measures are observed.  

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Week of June 7 - June 13, 2020

  • 6/12/20 – Academic Affairs announced it is delaying the release of the fall schedule of classes and the start of fall registration until June 29 in order to respond to changes requested by the CSU Chancellor’s Office. For more information, see the June 12 message in Campus Updates.
  • 6/9/20 – The County of San Luis Obispo announced that it has reviewed and approved guidance from state health officials to reopen several business sectors no sooner than Friday, June 12. Approved sectors include day camps, movie theaters, campgrounds, RV Parks and more. Visit emergencyslo.org for additional information on the county's reopening plan.
  • 6/8/20 – President Armstrong announced the launch of the COVID-19 Virtual Transition Survey for faculty and staff. The survey is open through June 23 and seeks to learn more about Cal Poly employees' transition to virtual work and instruction during the spring quarter. See the June 8 message in Campus Updates for more information. 

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Week of May 30 - June 6, 2020

  • 6/5/20 – The Cal Poly International Center has suspended all fall 2020 study abroad programs that operate entirely abroad, effective immediately. All fall 2020 study abroad and internship programs that are offered entirely virtually will be allowed to proceed. For more information, visit the International Center website.
  • 6/4/20 – President Armstrong shared a campuswide message in support of students, faculty, staff and other community members participating in local peaceful protests. Please see the June 4 message in Campus Updates.
  • 6/4/20 – Academic Affairs announced it has delayed publishing the fall schedule of classes until next week due to pending CSU approval of limited in-person class offerings. Please see the June 4 message in Campus Updates. 
  • 6/4/20 – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a statement warning college students of ongoing COVID-19 phishing scams. Visit the FTC website to read the statement in its entirety. 
  • 6/3/20 – Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary Pedersen and the college deans shared a message of support and guidance on finals to all students. Please see the June 3 message in Campus Updates. 
  • 6/3/20 – Cal Poly Commencement launched its new Spring Commencement 2020 page, featuring information on regalia, gifts and memorabilia; signs, social media graphics and other downloadable content; and additional alumni and career resources.
  • 5/30/20 – President Armstrong and other cabinet leaders shared a campuswide message regarding the death of George Floyd and the ongoing nationwide protests. Please see the May 30 message in Campus Updates. 
  • 5/30/20 – New Student and Transition Programs announced that SLO Days orientation programming will be offered in an entirely virtual format this summer. Please see the May 29 message in Campus Updates. 

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Week of May 23-29, 2020

  • 5/27/20 – Cal Poly Human Resources provided an update to the campus community on the state budget, emergency pay provisions and teleworking. 

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Week of May 16-22, 2020

  • 5/20/20 - San Luis Obispo County has received approval to move fully into stage 2 of California's Resilience Roadmap. The news comes after the county issued a press release on May 18 to announce that it has met the state's variance criteria for stage 2.

  • 5/19/20 - University Housing seeks Cal Poly employees to assist students who are returning to campus to retrieve belongings from campus apartments and dormitories. Cal Poly employees can sign up for a shift here. For additional information, visit the University Housing website
  • 5/18/20 - President Armstrong participated in the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health's media briefing to discuss planning for the Fall 2020 term.

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