SAN DIEGO — One day after reporting 120 new COVID-19 cases and with a holiday weekend just beginning, San Diego State University ordered students in on-campus housing to stay home Saturday.
The ‘stay at home’ order issued by the university requests all students stay in their homes except for essential needs.
The university’s order also included guidance who live off-campus in the surrounding College Area, urging them to follow state and county guidelines on social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding holiday crowds.
“Asking students to stay in their current residences except for essential needs, SDSU officials have issued a ‘Stay at Home’ order for students living in the SDSU on-campus residence halls,” the announcement, which was emailed to students, read.
“This order is in effect beginning 10 p.m. tonight, Sept. 5, 2020. The order remains in effect until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.”
Students who live off university property were also “asked to abide by the County and University advisories to remain home.”
The order comes one day after SDSU reported another 120 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases among its student population, raising the university’s total caseload to 184 since fall semester began in late August.
San Diego County public health officials have also confirmed multiple clusters of COVID-19 cases within the university community. School officials claim none of the cases under investigation are related to on-campus educational activities, including classes or labs.
All of the university’s in-person classes — which SDSU President Adela de la Torre said comprised just 7% of all courses — were moved online Wednesday. SDSU also paused all on-campus athletics training and workouts for two weeks starting Thursday due to COVID-19.
“Only a small fraction of students have met in person,” de la Torre said.
SDSU has a student body of more than 35,000. Nearly 8,000 students live on campus.
Full letter to SDSU students:
Dear SDSU students,
As we are actively working together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the on- and off-campus student community, we want to thank all of you who have continued to abide by public health guidelines.
At this time, due to the increases in new cases around the College Area, and because of the holiday weekend, the following message provides additional direction to two populations of students:
Students living in on-campus housing, who are asked to abide by the below “Stay at Home” order;
and College Area students, who are asked to abide by the County and University advisories to remain home.
Please read this message in total, as it provides clear guidance for both groups of SDSU students.
“STAY AT HOME” ORDER FOR ALL CAMPUS RESIDENCE HALL RESIDENTS
Asking students to stay in their current residences except for essential needs, SDSU officials have issued a “Stay at Home” order for students living in the SDSU on-campus residence halls. This order is in effect beginning 10 p.m. tonight, Sept. 5, 2020. The order remains in effect until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. At that time, this order will be revisited and updated as necessary.
Violations of this order may result in disciplinary consequences. Additional SDSU COVID-19 policies can be found on the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities site.
Students should stay in their current residences, except to take care of essential needs, including medical care, accessing meals, shopping for necessities such as food/meals and medical supplies, exercising outdoors (with facial coverings), and traveling for the purposes of work.
Significant increases in diagnosed COVID-19 cases of students living in the broader college area have necessitated the need for students to limit their exposure to others. As shared yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirmed an additional 120 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases within the on- and off-campus student population. This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases among this population of students to 184 COVID-19 cases since the start of the fall term, on Aug. 24.
In addition, we ask all students to:
Maintain physical distancing guidelines and avoid all gatherings, including those planned for the Labor Day weekend
Wash your hands frequently
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Wear a facial covering over your mouth and nose
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
Monitor your health for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of COVID-19
Students are encouraged to complete daily health checks via Presence or other health-screening applications. Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine in their living space. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 should complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form, and abide by University isolation policies. Further information regarding quarantining and isolation can be found on the quarantine and isolation page.
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY COVID-19 ADVISORY
SDSU is experiencing a significant increase in diagnosed COVID-19 cases of students living in the college area. We need your help to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and reduce exposure. We need to stay safe and protect each other.
We encourage all SDSU students to be mindful of general prevention guidance provided by SDSU and county public health officials and please stay at home, except to take care of essential needs. Students should also reconsider travel plans, especially those plans that involve exposure to people in high-risk groups.
In addition, because close contact with others can spread infections very quickly, refrain from hosting or attending gatherings of groups larger than described in the guidelines provided by the state of California, San Diego County, and San Diego State University, and when you must get together with others, please be socially responsible by wearing appropriate face coverings and maintaining physical distancing requirements. As noted above, we also ask all students to follow public health guidelines to protect yourself and others.
Regarding daily self-assessment, students should follow the same direction, no matter their housing location in San Diego: Complete daily health checks via Presence or other health-screening applications. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, quarantine in your living space. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form and isolate. Again, quarantine and isolation information is available online.
FOR ALL STUDENTS
COVID-19 protocols and policies are designed to protect the health and safety of the entire campus community. Students who violate SDSU policies and public health orders will be referred for student discipline proceedings, which could lead to sanctions up to and including suspension and, in extreme circumstances, expulsion.
And, as a reminder with SDSU’s decision to shift in-person instruction to the virtual space for the next four weeks, we are offering opportunities and services that will continue to be available to you this term, including virtual Aztec Night events. We are here and will continue to support you through the fall semester and beyond.
Also, students who need a space to study or access to the Internet for academic purposes can use the spaces designated on this interactive campus map of the Outdoor Study Areas. University parking lots are not suited to supporting WIFI-based student studying or other academic activities.
SDSU is committed to ensuring that every student can safely continue their education. If you have an ongoing or permanent need for wifi please contact the Emergency Crisis Response Team who may be able to assist you. Additional SDSU COVID-19 information is online, and student policy details can be found on the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities site.