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Universities across the country are implementing online courses and canceling classes or finals as direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health agencies is coming in. 

California State University System (CSU)

There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus at any of the campuses, according to a March 10 statement from the California State University (CSU). However, the CSU System has provided its 23 universities with guidelines on how to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Cal Poly

At this time, Cal Poly will continue to hold in-person finals, according to President Jeffery Armstrong March 10.

Cal Poly Pomona

On Wednesday, March 11, Cal Poly Pomona announced they will be pausing all face-to-face classes and switching to a digital format by mid-week next week.

Cal State University East Bay

Cal State East Bay announced they will be transitioning to online classes for a short period of time until further notice. In order to ease the online transition, all classes have been cancelled from March 11-16. Instruction will resume online March 16 at the regularly scheduled date and time, according to their university website.

Chico State University

President Gayle Hutchinson announced the cancelation of all in-person classes form March 13-24 and will resume classes March 25 after spring break.

Cal State University Long Beach

With three coronavirus cases reported in the city of Long Beach, CSULB canceled in-person classes from March 12-17 and alternative classes will start March 18. Several students who attended a large event in Washington D.C. are in self-quarantine and three of those students tested positive for COVID-19, but none of the students are currently experiencing any symptoms according to the university website.

San Diego State University

San Diego State’s Senate announced their decision to transition all classes to virtual instruction to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus March 10.

San Jose State University

At San Jose State, all in-person classes are suspended from March 10-13, President Mary Papazian said in a statement. During this time, faculty and staff are encouraged to prepare for the transition from in-person instruction to “distributed” or “fully online” instruction.

Sacramento State University

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen said professors and instructors can elect to shift part or all of their remaining courses online, but it is not yet a requirement, according to The State Hornet.

San Francisco State University

SFSU suspended all face-to-face courses and will continue classes online as of March 10, according to the Golden Gate Xpress. All classes will be online until April 5.

University of California (UC)

UC Irvine

At UC Irvine, Chancellor Howard Gillman said the campus is holding remote final exams. In addition, events with more than 100 people will be cancelled and UCI sporting events and competitions will continue as closed events, meaning no spectators will be allowed inside. 


UCLA reports no confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus at this time, but the university has also suspended in-person classes. The suspension will remain in place until April 10. 

UC Riverside

Winter exams at UCR will not be held in person, according to a Campus Emergency Status statement by the university. Instructors were told to plan to teach Spring courses fully online.

UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara announced it will be transitioning to online classes for the remainder of Winter 2020 and the start of Spring 2020, according to a statement by Chancellor Henry Yang March 10. Remote instruction will take place until at least the end of April. 

UC Santa Cruz

At UC Santa Cruz, in-person classes are suspended due to a second confirmed case of coronavirus in Santa Cruz County and a rising number of cases in nearby Santa Clara County, according to an email sent by the campus Public Affairs Department.

“While the campus will stay open, we encourage all students who are able to do so return to their permanent residence and continue their studies remotely through April 3,” the UC Santa Cruz email read.

Other colleges in the University of California are moving to online instruction, including UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. This story wast updated at 11:45 a.m. March 11. 

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