All 23 California State University campuses will remain closed with most instruction moved online through the fall semester in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, chancellor Timothy White announced Tuesday. Cal State East Bay announced that its fall semester athletics are canceled as well, but it’s not yet clear how the remaining schools will handle athletics.
Note that the Cal State system operates independently of the University of California (UC) system. The UC system has yet to release an official decision, but a spokesman told CBS2 its 10 campuses were unlikely to fully reopen this fall.
“This virtual planning approach for the next academic year is necessary because of the evolving data surrounding the progression of COVID 19,” White told CSU trustees, according to ABC7.
The majority of classes across the Cal State system will be taught online, White said, with limited exceptions (like nursing courses and labs) allowing for in-person instruction. The CSU campuses, which reach about 482,000 students annually, had moved to online classes in March.
“The enrollment per section will be less; for instruction and research laboratories the distance between participants greater; the need for personal protective equipment appropriate to the circumstance prevalent; and the need to sanitize and disinfect spaces and equipment between users essential,” White said.
Cal State Fullerton had already announced in April that it would remain closed through the fall.
The closures could be devastating for men’s water polo, which is an early fall sport that historically has its strongest teams based in California. Long Beach State, which finished last season ranked No. 7 in the nation, is included in the closures.
Six of the Cal State schools have at least a women’s swim team. San Jose State, CSU East Bay, Fresno State, and San Diego only have women’s programs, while Cal Poly and Cal State Bakersfield have both a women’s and men’s team. CSU East Bay (the only Division II team) is the defending PCSC champion and San Diego State was the 2020 Mountain West champion and qualified four for NCAAs.
Six UC schools also have at least a women’s swim team. UC Davis and UCLA only have women’s programs, while UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz have both a women’s and men’s team.