Spring Academic Schedule Updated, Number of Employees Approved to Work on Campus will Reduce

December 11, 2020 - 11:17am

Like most of the country, Humboldt County is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

In response, the Governor’s Office announced a regional “stay at home” order and the Chancellor’s Office has requested that all CSUs reduce the density of people on campuses during the Spring ‘21 semester to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Because of this, Humboldt State will modify its academic calendar for the Spring ‘21 semester to ensure face-to-face instruction can be done safely. The changes to the calendar will not alter the number of instructional days or academic work days. 

Spring 2021 Academic Schedule

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19: Fully virtual Spring instruction begins
  • Feb. 22-26: Spring Break
  • Monday, March 8: Limited face-to-face instruction for approved courses will begin and continue through to the end of the semester
  • Monday, May 10: Final exams begin

Housing for Spring 2021

  • Friday, Feb. 19: Move in for new Housing residents and those who left over the Winter Break 
    • Housing will send out a communication to all residents, Winter Break stayovers, and new applicants about move-in details. All residents must check out with Housing when they leave for the break.

Watch a recording of a Dec. 11 information session about the Spring semester here. 

Humboldt State is also proactively reevaluating the essential personnel process in order to reduce on campus staffing to a minimum. Divisional leaders along with MBU leads will review who will continue to work on campus in order to perform critical functions. As our situation continues to evolve, we need clarification on who would need to physically come to campus, why, and when.

The following is guidance on how to determine critical work/functions and the information that will need to be provided for those who will continue to need access to campus:

Critical Function: Critical Functions are which are critical to the baseline operation of the University during a 30-day disruption. Here are some examples:

  • Process and distribute payroll for staff, faculty, and hourly workers
  • Process loans and grants
  • Provide student housing/dining
  • Preserve research projects
  • Care and safety of animals 

Typically these functions fall under one of the three following categories:

  1. Life and Safety
  2. Law/regulations require that function to be completed within a 30-day window
  3. Contractual obligations that require that function to be completed within a 30-day window

Based on this criteria, a minimal staffing footprint will be submitted to each division by the MBU leads. This list will go into effect within 24 hours of the Northern California region moving into a stay at home order. Once a region has moved under the State’s stay at home order the region will remain under that order for at least three weeks.

Once the order is in effect, all employees who are able to work remotely will continue to do so. Some employees may be reassigned work that can be done remotely. Employees who are unable to do their work remotely will be put on administrative leave. Student employees who are unable to work remotely may be reassigned temporarily to areas with remote work available. All student employees, whether working for the University or one of the auxiliary organizations (Sponsored Program Foundation, Associated Students, and University Center) should speak with their appropriate administrator with any questions about work schedules. 

For now, all employees should continue working as is until told otherwise by their supervisors. Humboldt State University is committed to keeping our students, staff, and faculty safe during this time. 

Learn more about the campus repopulation plan and other information on the Campus Ready Website.

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