Citing the absence of a vaccine coupled with insufficient testing and contract-tracing capabilities, Chancellor Timothy White has decided the CSU will not be able to return to “a normal, principally in-person schedule” next year. Chancellor White’s four-page message on Sept. 10 cited a multitude of reasons for deciding to keep the majority of students and faculty online. What’s missing in the message is what steps the Chancellor and CSU leadership teams are taking to move campuses to re-open safely for everyone. A growing body of research shows that virtual instruction has negative impacts on students who are of low income and from communities of color. “One of the reasons the campuses are staying virtual is they are not able to open campuses. And they are unable to open because they are not following what we and others have proposed to ensure safe campuses,” said CSUEU President Neil Jacklin. “We have to get in front of this pandemic now that we know it is here to stay. We can’t wait for a vaccine. We need to spend money upfront and put in place rigorous safety protocols.” Click here to read the CSUEU 13-point plan for a safe CSU repopulation. The current CSU plan of giving campuses full autonomy does not seem to be working. Without a statewide repopulation plan to follow, campuses such as Chico and San Diego State have failed to reopen safely, resulting in outbreaks affecting hundreds of students in recent weeks. In fact, Chancellor White warns of more danger to come: “The virus continues to spread. A larger wave continues to be forecast for the period between October and December … A subsequent wave of COVID-19 cases in or about March 2021 is also still projected.” We need Chancellor White to take charge and recognize his job is to lead us through this crisis; the CSU needs a statewide repopulation plan now. Click here to read Chancellor White's announcement.