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Covid-19: Support from Senate

Fall 2020 Support for Faculty: We're Here to Help

 This page has been created to provide current updates from Senate and important resources as we work through Covid19 challenges. Please check back for the newest updates on senate business related to Covid 19. Our sincere thanks for all that faculty do to provide a high quality education to CSUSM students!

Three campus offices ready to support CSUSM Faculty:

Faculty Center

The programs and activities  offered by the Faculty Center are designed to support the professional development of faculty in the areas of teaching and learning, research, and service. 

Academic Senate

The Academic Senate formulates, evaluates, and recommends to the President of the university policies and procedures which pertain to the development, maintenance, and improvement of the University program in academic matters.

Registrar's Office Webiste Important Links Related to Academic Policies:


The California Faculty Association (CFA) represents all CSU faculty members, including all coaches, counselors, lecturers, librarians, and tenure-line faculty members. CFA negotiates our Collective Bargaining Agreement, promotes academic freedom, and upholds faculty rights.


Documents Related to Covid-19 Pandemic Response

Date Description Link to Document
March 25, 2020 Interim Provost Basu Communication Regarding Faculty Work in Spring 2020 (for download and inclusion in faculty WPAFs) Provost Communication memo
April 3, 2020 President's approval to conduct University business virtually during the pandemic Virtual Meeting Memo
April 10, 2020 Resolution Calling for Temporary Modification of Academic Policies Due to Covid-19 Pandemic and President's memo in support of the resolution.  Memo and Resolution AS 755-19
April 10, 2020 Information supplement to Resolution Calling for Temporary Modification of Academic Policies Due to Covid-19 Pandemic Information Supplement
May 6, 2020 Resolution Supporting Lecturer Faculty During the Covid-19 Pandemic Resolution AS 756-19
May 6, 2020 Amendment to Resoulution Calling for Temporary Modification of Academic Policies due to Covid-19 Pandemic Amendment to Resoulution AS 755-19
June  19, 2020 Memo from Interim Provost Basu regarding consideration of sabbatical work conducted and/or interrupted in spring 2020. (for download and inclusion in faculty WPAFs) Faculty Sabbatical Memo June 19
June 28, 2020 Memo from Interim Provost Basu regarding information about the impact of the pandemic on faculty research and creative activity to be included in RTP files. (for download and inclusion in faculty WPAFs) Faculty RTP Memo June 28

Summer Updates

Friday, July 17, 2020  

A couple of key announcements this week:

  • Welcome to our new Provost, Dr. Carl Kemnick. Senate looks forward to working with you!
  • Much gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Ranjeeta Baus, Interim Provost. Thank you for your months of hard work during this extremely difficult time.  We are happy to have you back in the faculty!
  • The Chancellor's Office has banned most domestic and international travel until June 30, 2021. 
  • Interim Provost Basu sent a communication to faculty regarding the inclusion of Covid-19 related information in WPAFs for fall 2020.  Academic departments will be considering pandemic-related events/actions and faculty review in the fall.
  • The Chancellor's Office has sent a notice to campuses regarding preparations for possible lay-offs. For more information, please contact CFA President, Darel Engen.  Senate is monitoring this situation and will post more information as it becomes available.

As San Diego County is now experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases we encourage everyone to wear your mask, wash your hands, adhere to social distancing requirements, and avoid crowded indoor venues.  And just as important, be sure to connect with those you care about with a phone call, a zoom meeting, or an old fashioned card in the mail!  It will brighten their day - and yours. 

Sharon Hamill, Academic Senate Chair

 Campus Resources

FAQs for Faculty, Staff and Students
Keep Teaching (for Faculty) - Tips on virtual teaching including who to contact for support (NOTE: INFO ABOUT PROCTORING EXAMS IS INCLUDED AT THIS SITE)

1:1 Help for Faculty is available from the TRC 10 am to 11 am and 12pm to 4pm, Monday through Friday.    Link to Office Hours 

Keep Learning (for Students) - Tips on virtual learning and who to contact for support 
IITS For YouTrainings and Office hours for help with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other applications
Cougar Central -- Send students here for virtual appointments related to Admissions, Registration and Financial Aid questions.
Cougar Cares Network (CNN) -- If you have a concerns about a student, please contact CCN.

Useful Community Contacts: Basic Needs 

Feeding San Diego -- Information for food banks and where to get food or volunteer in San Diego.
211 San Diego  - This is a resource that can put you in touch with a variety of services available in SD County.

211  Also available by phone at (area code) 211.

Southern Caregiver Resource Center – For resources related to family caregiving for older adults.

 County of San Diego Resources for seniors

 If you are caring for (or worried about) an older family member, the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP)  has wonderful resources for you/your loved one to access on their "Community Connections" page. This includes opportunities for seniors to connect with volunteers through phone calls or on-line meetings.

Resources for You

Mindfulness - Free Online Course (English and Spanish)
Mindfulness Exercises (audio) from CSUSM Faculty Member, Dr. Anne Randerson.
Mindfulness Practices from Mindful CSUSM