CFA COVID-19 Update: CSU Temporary Administrative Paid Leave Policy

4/21 UPDATE: CSU now has guidance and information on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Paid Leave. This is the federal guidelines on paid leave for COVID-19. It’s in addition to CSU’s own paid administrative leave. You can read the federal policy here.

4/01 UPDATE: CSU has doubled its paid administrative leave from 128 hours to 256 hours after the President extended the federal social distancing guidelines through the end of April. For the full details of the change in policy, click here. 

3/30 UPDATE: After CFA’s advocacy, the CSU expanded the leave to include non-benefits eligible faculty. The COVID-19 paid administrative leave was granted March 23 and lasts through the end of the calendar year, allocating up to 128 hours of paid leave time. Click here to see the updated guidance in full.

See below for CFA President Charles Toombs’ original message on March 23, 2020 about CSU’s COVID-19 temporary paid administrative leave program: 


Dear Colleagues, 

I hope everyone had a relaxing, safe, and healthy weekend.

Since our message last Friday, the CSU Chancellor’s Office has announced a new temporary paid administrative leave benefit that officially starts today (Monday, March 23), lasting for the remainder of the calendar year.

This administrative leave option provides immediate benefits for many of our members:

  • The CSU temporary paid leave plan allows up to 128 hours of additional time off beginning today for a) all benefits-eligible employees, b) academic student employees, and c) non-represented student assistants.
  • The hours can be used at any time – either before or after – any accrued leave or other paid leave is used, but policy requires the hours be used for COVID-19-related reasons. You can see their full explanation here.

According to the technical letter, the policy could change due to the federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was signed into law on March 18 and becomes law on April 2. CFA is reviewing the memo and is in communication with CSU Labor Relations staff to better understand the policy’s impact on all of our members. We will update you when new details arise.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24), the CSU Board of Trustees will meet virtually at 9:30AM beginning with public comment. Because of COVID-19, public comment will take place via a call-in system. CFA Vice President Kevin Wehr and I will be addressing the Board. You can tune in here to watch.

As a reminder, CFA has a website with our COVID-19 resources. I urge you to check the page regularly for updates on the latest information concerning higher education, CSU faculty, and issues relating to our union’s activities around the pandemic.

Please be safe, remember to take time for yourselves and your loved ones. Continue to look out for your fellow community members who are the most vulnerable right now. If you haven’t yet become a member of CFA, you can sign up here.


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