Cuesta College to hold virtual lectures during summer term

Posted at 4:27 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 19:27:24-04

All lecture courses at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo will be delivered online during the summer term to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Courses that have a laboratory component will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, according to a spokesperson for the college.

The assistant superintendent and vice president of academic affairs at Cuesta College says some laboratory courses may take place in person as long as students and staff members follow social distancing measures and proper hand washing.

"Cuesta College will follow all state and county guidelines to protect the safety of faculty and students, and these in-person meetings may be subject to modification or moved online as the coronavirus pandemic develops," said Dr. Jason Curtis.

Cuesta College students will still be able to access student support services during the summer term. Access to educational technology and resources are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the San Luis Obispo Campus Library and NCC Campus Center, according to the spokesperson. Hours are extended to include Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. through May 16.

Students will also have access to essential services such as computer check-out, enrollment support, financial aid, food pantry and transfer planning.

A spokesperson says Cuesta College is offering six- or eight-week courses during the summer term, which is scheduled to begin June 15.

College officials are also looking ahead to the commencement ceremony scheduled for May 22. The spokesperson says a decision based on a survey of more than 1,000 graduating students "will be announced at a later date."

Cuesta College events, athletic competitions and in-person Community Programs classes remain canceled until further notice, college officials said.

The spokesperson said individuals who may have been exposed to someone with coronavirus or are experiencing symptoms can use the college's self-report system on its COVID-19 webpage [].

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