Cal Poly will not resume on-campus classes in the fall

May 13, 2020

The Cal State University system announced Tuesday the majority of classes for the fall 2020 term will be conducted virtually, rather than in-person, which is likely to have major economic impacts to San Luis Obispo.

CSU officials say there will be limited exceptions to the virtual classes protocol, and CSU campuses will remain open and ready to serve students. The decision applies to all campuses, including Cal Poly.

After announcing the decision during a board of trustees meeting held on Zoom, CSU Chancellor Timothy White released a statement saying the limited exceptions will be allowed for in-person teaching, learning and research activities that cannot be conducted virtually and are indispensable to a university’s core mission. Those activities must occur in line with safety and welfare protocols, including those set by local governments.

There are many reasons for the virtual planning approach, White said.

“First and foremost is the health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff, and the evolving data surrounding the progression of Covid-19 — current and as forecast throughout the 2020-21 academic year,” White said.

“This planning approach is necessary because a course that might begin in a face-to-face modality would likely have to be switched to a virtual format during the term if a second wave of the pandemic occurs, as forecast. Virtual planning is necessary because it might not be possible for some students, faculty and staff to safely travel to campus. Said another way, this virtual planning approach preservers as many options for as many students as possible.”

Some critics of shelter-in-place orders have responded by saying they expect a significant impact to the local economy as a result of the the move by the CSU system, and thus most Cal Poly students likely not returning to San Luis Obispo in the fall. Likewise, the decision could potentially impact voting in San Luis Obispo in the November election.


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Rambunctious

Ahhhhh a silver lining…..


obispan

SLO rent should be a little more reasonable for the people who work here rather than the rich brats who can in fact be educated online without the frat parties and drunken downtown culture.


blackjack

“First and foremost” is in reality the fear of getting sued . What a sad, pussified situation we are unnecessarily in as a nation and society…..


saywhat

Cal Poly President Armstrong put out a slightly more positive update today: https://coronavirus.calpoly.edu/campus-updates


ratherbefishing

And Helios Dayspring will buy up all the empty storefronts


what the

Until the Feds seize all of his assets.


nunsense

But please send your check for the full price of tuition ASAP.

BTW the impact on local elections is probably a positive.


shelworth

Think of all the money they’ll save reducing the President’s and administrators salaries accordingly! Really? Never mind.


DocT

If we can just one life….or prevent 3 students from catching a bad cold…..it is worth destroying everyone’s livelihood.


kayaknut

but if even one students can no longer attend Cal Poly and mom and dad stops paying their child’s tuition and President Armstrong and the top heavy administration may not get their raises. How can we expect Armstrong to live on less than a 3 million a year.


shelworth

Don’t be silly, of course they’ll get their raises.


shelworth

But, what about the bars? Not one little thought to how the poor little bars will make out!


slomark

This decimate the SLO economy. No doubt. It was already going to struggle with the tough California lockdown rules. This is the nail in the coffin.