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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Last Updated: 8/14/20

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.

Status: Campus will be open to cadets, faculty, and staff who are authorized to return to campus for the fall semester. The campus will be restricted to all other personnel in order to accommodate this institutional programming. All cadets, faculty, and staff who are authorized to return to campus will follow Health & Safety protocols in previous instructional phases for: Daily Screening, Face Covering, Social Distancing, and Proper Hygiene.

Cal Maritime Healthy Campus Daily COVID-19 Symptom Check

Health and Safety Plan for Fall Semester

Health & Safety Training for Cadets


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Campus will be open to essential personnel who are directly connected with Phase 3 Face to Face Instruction from July 24th through August 14th. The campus will be restricted to all other personnel in order to accommodate this institutional programming. Essential employees will follow Health & Safety protocols in previous instructional phases for: Daily Screening, Face Covering, Social Distancing, and Proper Hygiene.

Health and Safety Plan for Face to Face Instruction, Phase 3

Health & Safety Training for Faculty & Cadets

Please note: During Dockside Steaming, campus will be open to “non-essential” personnel to go to offices ONLY during designated days and hours as stipulated by the Health and Safety Committee. These dates and hours will be determined by when students and faculty are on the ship or in SIM Building. These hours will be announced in advance and employees will be health screened daily and must undergo PPE training.

Health and Safety Plan for Phase 2: Dockside Steaming: July 1 – July 21

June 18, 2020: Updated guidance on the wearing of face masks (PDF)

Health & Safety Training for Faculty & Cadets


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information

California State University, Maritime Academy has signed and returned to the Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement as instructed by the United States Secretary of Education to receive funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act. We have used no less than 50% of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to our students related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, CSU Maritime Academy has received $488,879 from the Department of Education.

CSU Maritime Academy based its grant policy on the 872 students who were enrolled full time during the Spring 2020 term at the time of CSU Enrollment Census. Students must be admitted to a degree program and be full time. We do not offer any undergraduate programs through on-line learning. All degree programs are offered “On-ground.” There were two funding processes. The first was based on students who were identified are US citizens or U.S Permanent Residents at the time of Admission. All students including those who did not file a 2019-2020 FAFSA were awarded a block grant of $200 to help with their expenses. There were 872 number of students who fit these criteria and the total amount expended was $174,400.

The remaining amount of CARES Act funds, $314,479 and was awarded to students based on financial need as determined need through the 2019-2020 FAFSA and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is the following: Students who have submitted the 2019-2020 FAFSA application by the first week of March, 2020 who were eligible to receive Title IV funding under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 with the exception of those students who were enrolled only in Online Courses, per the directive of the United States Secretary of Education were automatically considered to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant. The remaining funding were determined by using the California Resident Cost of Attendance minus students’ Expected Financial Contribution (EFC) derived from their 2019-2020 FAFSA with equaled “Need”. Grants in addition to the $200 allocation noted above varied based on the need ranging from $14 to $1,159 with an average grant amount of $885 for the 355 qualifying students.

All funds received for Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students have been disbursed as of April 30, 2020. Those students who were eligible received the CARES Act Emergency funds either directly in their bank account or via check to their address on file. Students were notified via email about the CARES Act grants.

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
  • 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.

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.

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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Last updated: 8/14/20