CSUSM Announces Reduced Days of Campus Operation Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

On Tuesday, July 21, the California State University's Board of Trustees made several decisions regarding student fees and financial aid and furloughs which, along with the system's action plan to reduce enrollment and cut campus budgets, will impact California State University San Marcos (CSUSM).

The state of California is facing a $26.3 billion budget deficit.  As a result, the CSU is facing an unprecedented $564 million revenue shortfall for 2009-10. 

The CSU has laid out a plan to address the $564 million deficit. Elements of the plan include system wide furloughs and lay-offs, raising student fees, cutting enrollment by 40,000 students over the next two years, and cutting an additional $183 million from campus budgets through a variety of cost saving options.

CSUSM's share of the budget reduction is about $14 million. This week, CSUSM announced its Reduced Days of Campus Operation Plan to help address the budget shortfall and system-wide furloughs.  A furlough is a mandated period of time off without pay. Furloughs differ from salary reductions and pay cuts in that they are temporary and do not affect employment status, health benefit eligibility or pay rate for retirement benefits. The CSU furloughs are effective August 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

This plan does not apply to the California Faculty Association (CFA). CFA members voted to accept the CSU furlough proposal. The CSU and CFA bargaining team will develop a side letter on implementation of furloughs. Additional information on faculty furloughs will be distributed when it is received. 

Additionally, Academic Professionals of California (APC) and the State Employees Trades Council (SETC) are not subject to this plan at this time. Additional information will be provided when available.

CSUSM Reduced Days of Campus Operation Plan Calendar

The adopted plan causes the least disruption to the already publicized fall class schedule, campus events, regulatory/legal deadlines, and student activity programming. This plan also provides campus departments with a structure in which to manage staff workload, work schedules, and offer adequate levels of service to our students, and direction, guidance and support for employees.

The campus may be open for instruction on reduced days of campus operation, with the exception of December 31, 2009 (Winter Break) and the week of Spring Break. On reduced days of campus operation, University Police, student housing, and limited food service options will be open. The Field House (recreation center) is reviewing their schedules and staffing to determine if they may be open. All other administrative offices and the Kellogg Library will be closed. During the week of the Spring Break (March 29 - April 2), the campus will be closed with the exception of University Police. Many services are available online to students, faculty and staff, and those are accessible 24/7.    

The following dates are scheduled as Reduced Days of Campus Operation:

August - 2 days

  • Floating Furlough Day
  • Friday, August 21, 2009

September - 2 days

  • Friday, September 4, 2009
  • Friday, September 18, 2009

October - 2 days

  • Friday, October 2, 2009
  • Friday, October 16, 2009

November - 4 days

  • Friday, November 6, 2009
  • Friday, November 20, 2009
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2009
  • Monday, November 30, 2009

December - 2 days

  • Friday, December 18, 2009
  • Thursday, December 31, 2009

January - 2 days

  • Friday, January 15, 2010
  • Friday, January 29, 2010

February - 2 days

  • Friday, February 5, 2010
  • Friday, February 19, 2010

March - 2 days

  • Monday, March 29, 2010
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April - 2 days

  • Thursday, April 1, 2010
  • Friday, April 2, 2010

May - 2 days

  • Friday, May 21, 2010
  • Friday, May 28, 2010

June - 2 days

  • Friday, June 11, 2010
  • Friday, June 25, 2010

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos has become one of the fastest growing campuses in the CSU system. Providing access to a high quality education and preparing the leaders of tomorrow remain at the core of what we do. Cal State San Marcos embraces and symbolizes twenty‐first century learning. We offer hands‐on and collaborative learning experiences, cutting edge technology and academic programs relevant to the rapidly changing global environment. Our faculty engages in the latest research and other creative activities. Our graduates are prepared to lead and compete in the digital age. Founded in 1989, CSU San Marcos is located on a 300‐acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.