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Cal Poly summer classes to be virtual, university putting a hold on most hiring

Posted at 2:10 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 00:12:41-04

Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong released a new video message Wednesday with updates on the university's plans moving forward.

President Armstrong said summer classes will continue virtually and the university will offer more summer classes than usual and at a lower price.

Cal Poly is still working on plans for fall quarter classes. Armstrong said what that will look like "is still uncertain," but it could include students returning to campus with some in-person instruction.

"In-person learning would only occur in combination with some virtual learning and the necessary physical distancing to minimize the potential of infection and help protect vulnerable faculty, staff and students who can not be in the classroom," he said.

Armstrong said the university will have plans in place for a variety of scenarios that could play out as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, such as spikes in infection rates or additional shelter-at-home orders.

"We will continue to work with the CSU, county health officials, and local, state and federal government officials to ensure that, regardless of the situation in the fall, we incorporate appropriate safety measures that best manage risk for the campus and broader community, including those who are most vulnerable," he said.

Armstrong said the pandemic will affect Cal Poly's budget over the next two to three years and he expects funding from the state and other sources will be decreased.

As a result, the university has paused most hiring efforts and will not fill some other positions that become vacant.

Cal Poly is the largest employer in San Luis Obispo County with about 3,000 employees, according to the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

Click here to watch Armstrong's full statement.