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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and FAQs

Last updated: 4/2/2020

Current Status: In-person classes have been suspended. Virtual courses resumed March 19. 

Q: What if I have to remain in the area?

For those who remain on campus or at locations nearby, services will still be available at the campus, including housing and dining services for cadets. County-initiated shelter-in-place orders going into effect in the area allow exceptions for travel between home and higher education institutions. 

  • The pool, athletic classes, intramurals, and other activities have been canceled.
  • The shuttle to Maritime North will be suspended starting tonight at 1800
  • Keelhauler Shops will be closed until further notice, but if you need assistance, email shops@csum.edu

Q: Do I have to move out of the residence hall?

No. If you are unable to travel home or leave the area, housing and modified dining services will still be available. Dining operations have shifted to take-out meals only on a schedule (Pickup time 1000 - 1300) at the Dining Center only. Order online daily before 0900 at bit.ly/DineCSUM or by phone 707-654-1008. A valid Cal Maritime port pass is required for pickup. Regular meal swipes will be available beginning Saturday April 4. Updated options and hours will be posted in the Residence Halls and the Dining Center. Morrow Cove and the Bistro are closed. If you have left, please do not return to campus unless you absolutely need to - this is due to the the shelter-at-home and social distancing protocols which are currently in place. If you must return, please notify housing@csum.edu .

Q: Will meals be available during Spring Break?

Yes.Meals will be available for cadets that are staying on campus. Dining operations have shifted to take-out meals only on a schedule (Pickup time 1000 - 1300) at the Dining Center only. Order online daily before 0900 at bit.ly/DineCSUM or by phone 707-654-1008. A valid Cal Maritime port pass is required for pickup.

Q: What is the schedule for virtual classes?

All classes that have been converted to virtual format will continue in that format for the remainder of the semester, including finals week.  The schedule for virtual finals is the same as what was previously published, unless otherwise stated by your individual professor.  

Q: When will in-person classes resume?

All classes that could not be converted to a virtual format will resume as soon as possible after the virtual courses conclude. Once these courses resume, you can plan for 3 ½ weeks of classes, to include final exams.  The deck and engine faculty are also working diligently with the administration to develop a face-to-face schedule upon your return to complete courses that accrue sea time and/or have practical assessments that need to be completed. 

Q: Is the Admission Office offering accommodations for incoming freshmen?

  • If needed, an extension of the May 1st deadline may be granted for completing the Intent to Enroll form, paying the enrollment deposit, or submitting the Housing Agreement.
  • If you are experiencing financial difficulties, a waiver may be available for the $500 enrollment deposit. Adjustments to financial aid packets may also be available.
  • The deadline for submitting health forms may be extended if you cannot get an appointment your doctor to complete your health forms by the May 1 deadline.

The Office of Admission is responding to emails during normal business hours. To request a deadline extension or exception, please email admission@csum.edu.

Q: Is watch ongoing?

Watch is suspended until further notice.

Q: What about STCW classes?

STCW classes are suspended as well. The six State Maritime Academies and Kings Point continue their work with MARAD and the U.S. Coast Guard to approve measures that would allow the academies to modify their approved programs to assess all licensed track students in the most time-efficient manner.

Q: What about Coast Guard exams?

All of the Coast Guard Regional Exam Centers are currently closed until further notice.  Questions about your MMC, testing, or make-up exams should be directed to Ms. Robyn Christopher or you can view current updates on the website.

Q: What is happening with fall registration?

Registration is now open and will run through Spring Break.  For resources on dates, holds, electives, and more, check out the Registrar's website.

Q: What about Cruise and summer payment deadlines?

There is currently no deadline for summer payments.  If you still need to pay for the summer session, you can mail your payment so you do not incur the online processing fee and no late fee will be charged.  Payments need to be received prior to the start of your summer experience.

Q: Will  I receive refunds for room, board, or fees?

No specific decisions have been made regarding refunds yet.  The Chancellor's Office will be providing some guidelines, and campus is reviewing the impact it would have on financial aid, loans, etc. More information to come.

Q: What is happening with on-campus housing selection?

Housing selection began on March 23 and runs through the remainder of this week. For more information, check out the Residence Life Page.

Q: My classes have resumed through remote instruction. When is spring break?

Spring Break for cadets is March 26-April 5. 

Q: What if I need to move back onto campus when in-person instruction resumes?

In the next week, Residence Life will be reaching out to all off-campus cadets to assess needs. 

Q: I am a student worker. Will I be paid?

All student assistants that were scheduled to work during the week of March 16 – March 20 will be paid even if they did not work on campus. If this applies to you, please submit your time sheet electronically via Peoplesoft – HR with the hours were scheduled for. 

Q: What about Commencement?

Commencement will not happen on May 2 as planned. As we gain a greater understanding of the situation in the coming weeks, we will be able to make decisions about rescheduling commencment.

Q: Should staff and administrators continue to report to work?

Yes, Cal Maritime staff and administrators not impacted by the Governor's March 15 proclamation will continue to report to work. They are permitted under current, local shelter-in-place orders to continue commuting to and from work under exceptions for travel between home and higher education institutions. Those impacted by the Governor's proclamation will continue with alternative work arrangements as per department operational needs and capabilities.

Cal Maritime leadership will continue to make all reasonable efforts to assist staff and administrators to remain productive and continue advancing the operations and mission of the Academy during the shelter-in-place orders. Staff members with questions about this message should contact their supervisors. Supervisors needing further information or assistance should contact their appropriate administrators. Appropriate administrators needing further assistance should contact Human Resources.

Q: Is the Library open?

The Library has shifted to 99% virtual service: all teaching, consultations, research assistance, and digital article requests are being handled remotely. For the same health reasons that in-person classes have shifted online, the library building is closed for student studying until at least April 6. Find your librarian and more at https://library.csum.edu/online.

The majority of the library's collection has been digital for some time. This week, additional content has been added to some major collections, such as JSTOR and Project Muse, and is available via the OneSearch tool. All digital content can be found on https://library.csum.edu/online.

If a student or faculty member needs material (books or equipment) from the Cal Maritime library, they may arrange for pickup at the front door by calling 654-1090 or emailing library@csum.edu. All equipment, including laptops, have extended loans to April 20.

Q: What if I am 65 or older or otherwise considered vulnerable to COVID-19?

In response to governor Newsom's proclamation, effective immediately all Cal Maritime faculty and staff 65 and older or vulnerable to COVID-19 must stay off campus. Impacted faculty and staff members should contact their supervisors to explore alternative work arrangements where reasonably feasible, including in some cases telecommuting. At this critical time in the school year, all reasonable efforts will be made by Cal Maritime leadership to assist faculty and staff to remain productive and continue advancing the operations and mission of the Academy. Where alternative work arrangements are not possible, until otherwise directed by the Chancellors Office, impacted faculty and staff will be placed on administrative leave with pay at their current rate and for their normal scheduled work hours.

As further clarity emerges from the Governor's office, and as the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to change, the CSU reserves the right to adjust this directive. Supervisors needing further information or assistance should contact their appropriate administrators. Appropriate administrators needing further assistance should contact Human Resources.

Q: What about cruise, international experience, co-ops, and commercial cruise?

There are a number of Cal Maritime schedule modifications that have been implemented. The first is the cancellation of International Experience trips. The Chancellor has canceled all international travel and all non-essential domestic travel until May 31. Co-ops and commercial cruise will likely face some modifications subject to guidance from the Governor's Office, California Department of Public Health, the Chancellor's Office, MARAD, and participating companies. At this time, we know that Cruise will not begin on the originally scheduled date. More information will be disseminated as it becomes available. 

Q: What about faculty and staff who plan to travel to conferences or on business?

The Chancellor has canceled all international travel and all non-essential domestic travel until May 31.

Q: What can I do to stay healthy?

Currently, there are no vaccines for COVID-19. The best way to stay healthy is to avoid exposure. The following help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, preferably using an EPA approved disinfectant https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-03/documents/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020.pdf or if unavailable another similar household disinfectant product.  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Q: What precautions is the campus taking?

A: Cal Maritime continues to monitor the coronavirus respiratory disease (COVID-19) and we are regularly updating this webpage with Frequently Asked Questions for you to review, and links to external sources.

We are also taking additional efforts toward preventing the spread of germs. In the residence halls, Dining Hall, classrooms and offices, procedures include regular disinfection of all common spaces and regularly touched surfaces. Hygiene stations have been installed in every residence hall. Food service is checking water temperatures and ensuring frequent glove changing.

Q: What do I do if I am sick?

A: Students should call the Student Health Center at 707-654-1170 and can access a nurse advice line after hours. All employees should stay home if they are sick. Notify your professor or your manager if you will miss school or work. Contact your health care provider.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

A: Symptoms may be mild or severe, and may include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. At this time, more than 80% of confirmed cases have been mild.

Q: Do I need to wear a face mask?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that healthy people wear face masks. They are not effective for preventing transmission of this disease.

Q: What do I do if I think I have, or someone close to me has, COVID-19?

A: If you are sick and have risk factors for COVID-19 you should self-isolate and contact a healthcare provider. Notify them that you suspect COVID-19 and ask what precautions should be taken before you arrive for any appointments. Inform your professors or manager that you will be missing class and/or work.

If you have had COVID-19 exposure but are not sick, self-quarantine is recommended for at least 14 days.  Contact your medical provider.


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