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March 26, 2020:

Special Message from the Office of the President

Dear Colleagues and Students,

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announced today that the City of Fresno’s order to “shelter in place” is being extended through April 12, 2020. More information: https://www.fresno.gov/news/mayor-announces-extension-to-shelter-at-home-order/ The State of California is also still operating under the order to stay home that went into effect on March 19, 2020 and is in place until further notice. More information: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

The University is continuing with our current status as previously communicated and listed below:

Students and Online Instruction: All CHSU campus facilities are closed to students. Online instruction for CHSU COP classes will continue through the spring semester, ending May 1, 2020.

Virtual Communications: All communications between students and faculty/staff is taking place virtually using the CHSU technology platforms provided. To minimize any disruptions to online learning, the Office of Student Affairs is working directly with all students who need assistance in accessing our technology infrastructure, internet access, devices, etc.

Campus Operations Limited to Essential Duties: Our campus will continue to operate on a limited basis, until further notice. Some University buildings are closed and others are only accessible to those with CHSU ID card access. Only essential functions which are required to be performed at CHSU buildings are taking place on campus. Employees with duties that must be performed from campus will be on-site under social distancing best practices. Campus security services continue as normal.

Essential Departments: The following areas have been identified as essential areas of operation necessary to support online instruction and critical campus functions: Admissions/Student Affairs, Library (limited services to support online instruction), IT, Registrar, Financial Aid, Security, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, and University Communications.

Employees Temporarily Working Remotely: Remote work from home is being used to the extent possible to carry out the essential functions. Supervisors are communicating with their employees to coordinate what duties must be performed on-campus. All employees who continue to work on campus must exercise caution and follow the recommended hygiene etiquette and social distancing, as we have been consistently communicating. Please remember that any employee who feels ill, is living with a person who is sick, or potentially has been exposed to COVID-19 should not report to campus.

Employees who are on campus to perform essential duties should observe social distancing practices as follows:

  • Employees on campus are to stay six feet apart from each other.
  • All meetings should be held via CHSU video or phone conferencing platforms to allow people to remain in their offices while attending or attend from off-campus when permitted by policy.
  • In-person meetings with more than 10 people are not permitted, per CDC recommendation.
  • We strongly recommend that students who study off-campus also observe the same social distancing practices to minimize the risk of exposure.
  • Campus Facilities has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, conference rooms, workstations, doorknobs and push-bars, and public areas. Employees with offices must leave their door open in order to have cleaning staff clean their office areas.  These practices will continue.

Thank you for your continued commitment to CHSU’s mission during this unprecedented time in our nation’s and our University’s history. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority, and we will do our best to support you in any way we can.

Regards,

Flo Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


March 25, 2020:

Special Message from the Office of the Provost

Dear Colleagues and Students,

We’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the CHSU College of Pharmacy, Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony that was planned for Saturday, May 16, 2020 to a future date that’s to be determined to protect the health and safety of our students and their families, our faculty/staff, and our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recognize that our Graduation Ceremony is a cherished tradition and important milestone in pharmacy education, so we plan to celebrate our graduates’ achievements with a Virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Further details will be shared in the near future.

 Please see the revised plans below for Graduation activities:

  • Convert to Online – 5/11-5/15 Virtual Grad Week Activities and RxPrep
    • Offered through Zoom; Schedule to be announced
  • Canceled – 5/14 Graduation Awards and Dinner at Copper River Country Club
  • New Online – 5/15 Virtual Graduation Celebration at 3:00 pm through Zoom
    • Details to be announced.
  • Postponed – 5/16 Graduation Ceremony at Clovis Hills Community Church
    • We hope to reschedule a modified ceremony or celebration in the future when shelter in place is lifted.

Continue to Diligently Protect Yourselves and our Community

While several new, confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in Fresno and several of our surrounding counties, the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) has posted some important reminders on their website.

Excerpt from the FCDPH:

At this time, there is no identified community spread in Fresno County but the risk to the general public is real. The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) has plans in place to inform and protect all residents, limit exposures to any new cases if identified, and address concerns as they arise. This health crisis will require everyone to play a role during this challenging time— we urge everyone to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene at all times, and stay home as much as possible to prevent catching or passing on the infection. Refer to the FCDPH website for more information: https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health/covid-19

Please continue to stay home and practice social distancing and good hand washing to protect yourselves, families, our campus community, and our community as a whole.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented situation. We hope you all continue to stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

Wendy Duncan, PhD FNAP, CYT 500
Senior Academic Vice President and Provost
California Health Sciences University


March 20, 2020:

Special Message from the Office of the President

Dear Colleagues and Students,

Governor Newsom announced that effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health has ordered 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, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.

Students and Online Instruction: All CHSU campus facilities will now be closed to students. Online instruction for CHSU COP classes will continue as planned, beginning Monday, March 23, and through the spring semester, ending May 1, 2020.

Virtual Communications: All communications between CHSU students and faculty/staff should take place virtually using the CHSU technology platforms provided. To minimize any disruptions to online learning, the Office of Student Affairs will be working directly with all students who need assistance in accessing our technology infrastructure, internet access, devices, etc.

Campus Operations Limited to Essential Duties: In light of this new order, our campus will continue to operate on a limited basis, and some University buildings will be closed and accessible only to those with CHSU ID card access. Only essential functions which are required to be performed at CHSU buildings will take place on campus. Employees with duties that must be performed from campus will be on-site under social distancing best practices. Campus security services also will continue as normal.

Essential Departments: The following areas have been identified as essential areas of operation necessary to support online instruction and critical campus functions: Admissions/Student Affairs, Library (limited services to support online instruction), IT, Registrar, Financial Aid, Security, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, and University Communications.

Employees Temporarily Working Remotely: Remote work from home will be used to the extent possible to carry out the essential functions. Supervisors will be communicating with their employees to coordinate what duties must be performed on-campus. All employees who continue to work on campus must exercise caution and follow the recommended hygiene etiquette and social distancing, as we have been consistently communicating. Please remember that any employee who feels ill, is living with a person who is sick, or potentially has been exposed to COVID-19 should not report to campus.

We will continue sending COVID-19 updates to keep you informed, but please check your email and the CHSU coronavirus website regularly.

Thank you for your continued commitment to CHSU’s mission during this unprecedented time in our nation’s and our University’s history. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority, and we will do our best to support you in any way we can.

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


March 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm:

In light of the recent order issued by the City of Fresno to “shelter in place” starting tonight at midnight, the following new decisions have been made by the University.

Most Employees Work From Home

Beginning Thursday, March 19 through March 31, 2020, we are allowing most employees to work from home. Recognizing that we all work together as a team in keeping the University operational, each area/department will determine who will be continuing business operations on campus and who will be working remotely. Flexible and staggered work schedules onsite can help to balance the workload amongst the teams. The designated and voluntary employees who remain working on campus are critical to keeping our campus open for incoming students and current students who need access to the internet, study space, and the library. The CHSU COVID-19 policy is still in effect except that we are allowing more people to work from home during the “Shelter in place” order.

Due to the City of Fresno “shelter in place order” and notifications received today by additional rotation sites that are shutting down, the University has decided to implement the following additional changes to our March 18 student policy that was communicated this morning. This information will supersede previous communications.

Didactic Students

With concern for your safety and wellness and ongoing changes in national and regional recommendations, it has been decided that all examinations will now take place online for the remaining Spring 2020 semester. Additional details were provided to you in your email March 18th at 5:25 pm.

APPE Students

We are working hard to minimize the impact on students during this unprecedented public health crisis. ACPE has given colleges of pharmacy some latitude to be creative in managing rotations during the COVID pandemic. Students received an email from Provost Duncan March 18th at 5:25 pm with modifications to Block 7 and 8 rotations in line with ACPE standards. Students are requested to submit their Block 7 hours logs to the Office of Experiential Education ASAP and also contact that office with any questions.

California Health Sciences University (“CHSU” or “University”) administration has been continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from federal, state, local governments and our accrediting and licensing bodies. The health of our students, faculty, staff, administration, and community is our most important priority.

We know this situation is extremely difficult and may take a personal toll on some within our campus community. Please know we are with you; we are here to support you as only together will we successfully navigate the challenges that await us. We are taking every effort and using every resource to make sound decisions to try to minimize any impacts to our educational program, and most importantly to the health and safety of our campus and public community.

Placing personal and public health safety above all else is a priority for health providers and our students as future health care providers.

Please take all preventive measures seriously to ensure you stay safe and healthy!


March 18, 2020 at 9:00 am:

California Health Sciences University (“CHSU” or “University”) administration has been continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from federal, state, local governments and our accrediting and licensing bodies. The health of our students, faculty, staff, administration, and community is our most important priority.

We know this situation is extremely difficult and may take a personal toll on some within our campus community. Please know we are with you; we are here to support you as only together will we successfully navigate the challenges that await us. We are taking every effort and using every resource to make sound decisions to try to minimize any impacts to our educational program, and most importantly to the health and safety of our campus and public community.

Placing personal and public health safety above all else is a priority for health providers and our students as future health care providers. This means that as clinical rotation sites make decisions regarding the safety of their facilities related to student rotations that student progression will likely be impacted. This also is affecting all pharmacy students across the nation, and we are working with our program accreditor, ACPE, and other sites to find alternative solutions for students wherever possible. We already have received some guidance from ACPE that allows us greater flexibility in making individual student accommodations while continuing to meet the ACPE standards and guidelines. We are working hard to minimize the impact on students of this unprecedented public health crisis.


March 17, 2020:

California Health Sciences University administration has been continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from federal, state, local governments and our accrediting and licensing bodies, and the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America posted by the Centers for Disease Control on March 16, 2020.

CHSU announced new policies and procedures for the CHSU COVID-19 response applicable to employees from March 17, 2020 through May 1, 2020 regarding Employee Illness, Time Off and Remote Work from Home. These policies and procedures will be updated by the University administration as new information and guidance becomes available. Employees can reference the entire policy on the CHSU Teams internal platform.

University Facilities & Operations

  • All work-related employee travel is suspended until further notice. Employees are directed to cancel all work-related hotel, airfare and travel reservations.  Questions regarding expense reimbursements related to travel should be directed to the CHSU Business Office.
  • All University, College of Pharmacy and College of Osteopathic Medicine events are canceled through May 1, 2020.  The University is exploring options to allow for CHSU College of Pharmacy (“COP”) graduation to be attended virtually. Students should be advised to consider this when making plans for family and friends to attend.
  • All University-sponsored or CHSU-related student group/organization events are canceled through May 1, 2020.
  • All College of Pharmacy (“COP”) didactic courses will be shifted to remote online platforms beginning March 23, 2020 through May 1, 2020.  More information regarding the implementation of the temporary online courses will be sent to students, faculty, and staff this week.
  • COP final exams are currently planned to take place on-campus under social distancing and other physical restrictions as recommended by federal, California and Fresno County Department of Public Health. The location and further details related to the COP final exams will be announced closer to the exam dates, including information regarding student accommodations that may be needed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • All campus facilities, including the Library, will remain open and social distancing practices will be observed by students, faculty and staff who are on-campus, as follows:
    • Employees should always stay six feet apart from each other.
    • All meetings should be held via Webex or other video or phone conferencing platforms to allow people to remain in their offices while attending or attend from off-campus when permitted by this policy.
    • In-person meetings with more than 10 people are not permitted, per CDC recommendation.
  • Since March 9, 2020, campus facilities have implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, conference rooms, workstations, doorknobs and push-bars, and public areas.  Employees with offices must leave their door open in order to have cleaning staff clean their office areas. These practices will continue.

March 16, 2020:

Temporary Online Instruction Planned to Begin Monday, March 23, 2020

CHSU plans to implement online instruction starting Monday, March 23, 2020 through the last day of finals on May 1, 2020 for the College of Pharmacy courses, as permitted by its program accreditor, ACPE. Additionally, CHSU is in the process of finalizing procedures to support students on IPPE and APPE rotations. More information will be sent out throughout this week regarding these temporary changes. The University asks that students and employees monitor their CHSU email accounts closely for more information and instructions.


March 13, 2020:

The University has decided to postpone several CHSU events until this summer based on guidance received from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.

Canceled CHSU Career Fair – Friday, March 13, 2020 (will not be rescheduled due to short time left in semester)
Postponed CHSU Scholarship Gala – Friday, March 20, 2020
Postponed CHSU VIP Reception for COM Building – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Postponed CHSU Ribbon Cutting for COM Building – Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Postponed CHSU Anatomy Bootcamp – April 4-25, 2020

We will reevaluate events planned for April and May as new information becomes available.

At this time, we are planning to maintain all other normal classes and business operations. However, we will continue to monitor recommendations received from the CDC, and state/local public health agencies and provide updates on this page.


March 12, 2020:

View our COVID-19 “What You Need to Know – March 12,2020” PDF.

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