July 11, 2020

Cal State Northridge announces Fall semester will be mostly online

Officials at California State University Northridge released details Tuesday on how the school will primarily offer virtual Fall semester classes with only a handful of courses face-to-face.

The announcement came as the school launched a new website for online courses. It also follows the unveiling of similar plans by other universities and school districts throughout Southern California that are planning a hybrid model of distance learning with some in-person teaching resuming in the fall.

About 4,400 of the nearly 40,000 students enrolled at Northridge were expected to take part in 113 face-to face courses and labs taught during the fall, the school reported in a press release Tuesday.

University President Dianne F. Harrison said the school would follow closely prescribed safety measures such as physical distancing, wearing face masks and training for staff members in order to prevent transmission of the coronavirus among students and faculty.

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“We call our plan ‘CSUN as One’ because, whether learning and working on-campus or virtually, CSUN is united in providing students with a transformative educational experience that prepares then for the challenges and opportunities of the world in which they will live and lead,” Harrison said in a statement.

For students who remain on campus, the school said that limited housing and on-campus dining facilities would be available that follow guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Student housing occupancy was expected, however, to be no more than 45% of the typical 3,000 residents.

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“All of us at CSUN share a common responsibility to support the well-being of our campus community, with our primary goal being a safe and functional campus environment for working, learning and living,” Harrison said.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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