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Last Updated: 6/4/20

Cal Maritime is closely assessing and monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic alongside public health and state and local officials. We are committed to the health and safety of our campus community as our top priority. We are also committed to sustaining the academic mission of Cal Maritime.

We will share important updates with you on this webpage as the situation inevitably changes. Thank you for doing your part to keep Cal Maritime safe and moving ahead.


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Last Updated: 4/29/2020

Grades will be posted by Thursday, April 30 at noon for virtual classes.  Email registrar@csum.edu with any questions.

Our University Advisors will be available for questions regarding the credit/no credit policy once you have seen your final grades (April 30th).  They can be reached at advisor@csum.edu or you can schedule an appointment through the Passport.

The Spring 2020 grading policy for undergraduate courses will be as follows:

  • For undergraduate courses, all grades of F will be replaced, by the Registrar, with a grade of No Credit (NC), except for F grades that are the result of Academic Integrity Violations.
  • Students may request to switch letter grades in the A, B, and C range to Credit (CR), and D range grades to NC. Students are encouraged to seek guidance from a University Advisor regarding how CR/NC grades can affect their academics. Requests for a grade change must be submitted within four weeks of the day that the final grade is posted. Details regarding the process to request a grade change will be communicated by the Registrar's Office.
  • In cases where students are awarded a Report in Progress (RP) or an Incomplete (I), the option for CR/NC will be extended to within four weeks of the final grade being assigned.
  • As in any other semester, if a student thinks the assigned grade is in error, the student may follow the procedures for a student-initiated grade change by following the procedures in the relevant policy.
  • A transcript notation for all Spring 2020 grades will read: "Courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic."
  • CR grades assigned during Spring 2020 semester will satisfy major and graduation requirements.
  • Courses taken CR/NC this semester will not count towards the maximum number of units a student may take CR/NC.
  • No student will be academically disqualified unless that decision is the result of an academic integrity violation. Students may be continued on academic probation if they do not meet their academic standing requirements.
  • For Spring 2020, students must take at least 9 graded units (instead of 12), excluding CR grades, to qualify for the Dean's List and President's List.

More information can be found on the Registrar's Website: /web/registrar. Information about the request process will be emailed by the Office of the Registrar in the coming week.

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. 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.

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

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.

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.

  • 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.

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 cadets in the most time-efficient manner.

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.

Last Updated: 4/28/20

Refunds will be prorated for housing and dining for the duration of March 19, 2020 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester and will be issued either by check or direct deposit if you are currently enrolled in direct deposit. Tuition and other campus mandatory fees will not be refunded.

If you lived on campus during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place or for the face-to-face instruction, the refund will reflect your time on campus.

Refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester.

Please complete the Cal Maritime Refund Request Form that provides instruction on how to process your request:


If you have any questions regarding campus housing or dining refunds please send an email to: refund@csum.edu.

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

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.

There are a number of Cal Maritime schedule modifications that have been implemented. The first is the cancellation of International Experience trips. If you were slated to go on International Experience this summer, you are strongly encouraged to take the online alternative course to ensure you meet the requirement.

At this time, we know that Cruise will not begin on the originally scheduled date. More information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

Cal Maritime is working with the Governor's Office, California Department of Public Health, the Chancellor's Office, MARAD, and participating companies to create as many commercial cruise billets as possible for the seven U.S. maritime academies. Your health and safety are the top priority of our campus leadership and of industry leadership as well.

Our academy and our industry partners are making every possible effort to ensure that you complete commercial cruises and co-ops this summer. While some companies have postponed or canceled their billets due to COVID-19 concerns, Career Services remains in contact with them and will continue to provide information directly to the cadets affected. As the COVID-19 situation progresses, we are going to need to be patient and remain flexible – and that includes recognizing when we may need to change cruise assignments.

The Library has shifted to 100% 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 cadet studying until at least May 4. Find your librarian and more at https://library.csum.edu/online.

The majority of the Library's collection has been digital for some time. Temporary 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.


Last Updated: 4/29/2020

The Commencement Committee is currently finalizing their recommendation for what celebration(s) for the Class of 2020 will look like. They intend to submit it to Cabinet this week to be able to send an updated message to all Class of 2020 cadets next week with the plan.  
  • If you have completed your coursework in the virtual format, the Office of the Registrar will start the review for degree posting during the week of May 4. As in the past, we will post all degrees by May 15 for cadets who have completed all requirements. Our diplomas are mailed out by a vendor and usually are delivered in 6 - 8 weeks but it may take longer.

Faculty and Staff

View the Cal Maritime Employee COVID-19 Resources page for employee-related information.

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

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.

View the Cal Maritime Employee COVID-19 Resources page for more information.

Health, Wellness, and Prevention

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.

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.

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.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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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