CFA COVID-19 Message: Chancellor White’s Announcement on Fall 2020 Planning

Dear Colleagues,  

I know that it was only yesterday that you last heard from me, but I felt it was important to reach out to you today about Chancellor White’s announcement regarding fall planning.  Thank you for your patience with our multiple communications as CFA strives to keep you up to date.  

At the CSU Board of Trustees meeting this morning, the Chancellor announced that all of the CSU’s 23 campuses will plan for virtual instruction and program delivery for the Fall 2020 term.  White said there will be limited exceptions for: clinical classes; lab work for physical and life sciences; creative arts; engineering, architecture, and agriculture capstone projects for seniors; and hands-on training for maritime programs.  These exceptions will adhere to “rigorous safety measures,” White said.  

Unions were built to protect workers in times like these. We will continue to work on behalf of the front line lecturers, tenure-track faculty, librarians, counselors, and coaches in the CSU system to make sure that they have the resources, ability, and opportunity to provide the education and support programs our students need to complete their schooling and succeed in their dreams.  I understand that campuses are working on programs to help faculty improve their virtual course offerings and support programs, but I want to remind you that off-contract work over the summer should not be work that is performed for free.  

CFA laid out our path forward to protect the safety of faculty, students, and staff, as well as higher education, student access to the CSU, racial and socioeconomic equity, and faculty contractual rights, jobs, and benefits.  CFA will achieve these objectives by continuing to work with campus administrations and the Chancellor’s Office.  We will demand a role in decision making.  

A strong, united membership helps CFA accomplish our advocacy.  If you are not a member of CFA, please join us to safeguard the health and safety of faculty, students and staff, quality education, and the livelihoods of our campus communities.  

For regular updates, visit CFA’s COVID-19 website. The webpage also has contact information for your CFA chapter president or faculty rights representative if you have specific questions or concerns about your safety, working conditions, and any contract-related issues.  

The Governor plans to release his 2020-21 budget May Revise Thursday, and CFA will be in touch once we know more about what this means for our state, for higher education, and for the CSU.  

Thank you again for your tireless work on behalf of students, and for staying informed.  Stay safe.  

In union,

Charles Toombs, Ph.D.
President, California Faculty Association
Department of Africana Studies
San Diego State University