Students encouraged to prepare for multi-faceted fall learning environment

University Communication to Students
Distributed: 08/13/2020
Posted: 08/21/2020

Dear Students,

This week brought warm weather, increased pedestrian traffic in Oakland, and the return of student leaders to campus. Student athletes will begin arriving tomorrow, August 14, as we move toward opening a new academic year in these unprecedented times. Important updates for this week are:

Beginning next week, we will send out daily student email communications with important COVID-19 protocol and opening year information. Please check your email for these communications.

Prior to coming to campus, all students are required to complete informational training videos titled “Returning to Campus Safely During COVID-19.” They can be accessed via the “ Videos & Resources ” box on the re-entry section of our website .

The COVID-19 Re-entry and Resiliency Plan calls for campus screenings to be conducted. Beginning next week, in-person screenings will be required as you enter campus. As shared last week, we ask that all students self-screen prior to coming to campus. An effective self-screen includes taking your temperature, the outcome being lower than 100.4 and having “no” answers to all screen questions (attached). Those who do not pass the screen will be referred to Health Services for further review and may be asked to return home for a 14-day quarantine period.

A reminder as you prepare to fully engage in a multi-faceted learning environment, it is critical that you have proper technical hardware and software. The Center for Digital Learning and Innovation (CDLI) has provided a Celtic Online Student Tool kit noting the important materials and steps. If you find yourself with limitations , please submit a report and let the team know about your needs, questions or concerns. We will be in contact to assist you.

We look forward to having you back on campus and to delivering a safe, healthy, and effective learning experience.


Timothy P. Phillips, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students