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Families and Community Resources and FAQ

Updated 4/2/2020 11 a.m.

To our parents and families,

We understand the concerns you may have for the health of your student. We are committed to minimizing the impact on your student’s education, especially those who are planning to graduate this year. You, too, can be a resource by encouraging your student to persist despite the academic adjustments that are being made, which we hope will be temporary.

  • Is CSUSM part of the shelter-in-place order?

    Yes. The mandatory shelter-in-place order announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect beginning Thursday, March 19, until further notice. The mandate orders all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. Everyone must stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care or go to an essential job. This is a critical intervention to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Is the campus open during the shelter-in-place order?

    Following the mandatory shelter-in-place order, the campus remains open for core, essential functions. This order has no further impact on the continuity of instruction, advising, and comprehensive student support services in virtual settings.
  • Has anyone at CSUSM tested positive for COVID-19?

    As of April 2, we have confirmed that two members of our campus community have tested positive for COVID-19.

    The first individual is a student who does not live on campus nor has been to campus in over two weeks. This individual is self-isolating at home in the San Diego area under the care and guidance of their medical provider. We send our best wishes for a full recovery.

    The second individual is also a student who does not live on campus nor has been to campus since early March. Their quarantine ended on March 28 and we are pleased that this individual is doing well.

    Health officials have contacted those who may have been in close contact with them and need further assessment, self-quarantine or testing.

  • Are classes being canceled?

    No. From Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19, there will be no face-to-face classes at CSUSM as the university transitions to remote instruction. Starting Friday, March 20, CSUSM will shift classes to a virtual instruction model for the rest of the spring semester, including final exams.  
  • Will my child be penalized if they miss class due to an illness?

    Faculty have been advised to adjust course policies related to attendance and in-class participation so that students are not academically penalized if they need to stay home. Students should work directly with faculty if this applies to them. 
  • What should my child do if they have a friend/roommate with flu-like illness?

     Students should encourage an ill friend and/or roommate to immediately contact Student Health and Counseling Services.   
  • What resources are available to my child?

    For students in need of further support, the following resources are available: 

  • Are events being canceled?

    Yes. All university-sponsored events held on or off campus and all external client events held on campus have been canceled through the end of May. Events scheduled in June or beyond will be evaluated at a later date. All CSUSM athletic events have been suspended indefinitely.  
  • Will there still be a commencement ceremony?

    We are saddened to share that the 2020 Cal State San Marcos commencement ceremony scheduled for May 15-16 will be postponed.

    This very difficult decision was made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests at the forefront, and in consultation with public health experts and leadership from our 23-campus California State University system.

    We know how important commencement is and we are committed to moving this important milestone to a date later this year when it is appropriate and safe to do so. It’s not a question of whether, but when. In addition, we are committed to consulting with ASI student leaders as we move forward with any plans.

    We will share more information as soon as we can. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to find solutions during these unprecedented times.

    Updates regarding commencement can found at 

  • I have more questions. Who can I contact?

     Parents and families can contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 760-750-4408 or email