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Fall 2020 Campus Update

Dear Cal Lutheran Students, Faculty and Staff

As you may be aware, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released its COVID-19 guidelines for colleges and universities. Our previously communicated plan to deliver all courses virtually for the start of the Fall Semester was more conservative than the guidance provided by CDPH.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow local and state public health guidelines. We understand that indoor face-to-face lectures cannot happen to start the fall, but should face-to-face instruction become feasible later in the fall we will adapt our course delivery model and keep you informed every step of the way.

We also understand that outdoor lectures and indoor “specialized” classes (science labs, art studios, etc.) are permitted, and we will be working with local health officials to deliver some classes in those formats in accordance with our Social Compact.

Student Housing and Food Services

We are moving forward with plans to welcome a limited number of students into our residence halls this fall under our Low Density Housing Plan. Food service will be available at both Ullman Dining and Starbucks at Jack’s, including carry-out and outdoor-dining options.

Employees and Visitors

To support the additional students on the campuses, limited staff will be asked to return to their place of work on August 24; those individuals will be notified by the appropriate supervisor. In accordance with the Cal Lutheran Visitor Policy, we will continue to limit visitors to our campuses to select individuals, such as invited parents.

Cal Lutheran Compact

With a limited number of students, staff and faculty returning to the campuses in the coming weeks, please be reminded that every member of the Cal Lutheran community is called upon to sign our Compact to ensure we collectively commit to important public health protocols that impact all of us.

Student Programming and Meetings

At this time, all Student Life programming, will be a mix of mostly virtual along with some small-scale programs held outdoors.  All meetings with staff, faculty, academic advisors, financial aid officers and others will continue in a virtual format. We look forward to offering more in-person opportunities as soon as guidelines permit.

Building Access

Many of our buildings will remain closed, accessible only by card swipe for essential staff. In addition to the specialized classes mentioned above, we are working with local health officials to open some indoor spaces for informal, socially distanced, student study areas.

Outdoor Spaces

We are also planning to create covered outdoor spaces on the Thousand Oaks Campus—incorporating comfortable seating, connectivity ports, enhanced wifi access, and social distancing measures—to provide both residential and commuter students with safer study areas throughout campus. We will share more details as we finalize these plans in conjunction with local public health officials.


In this ever-evolving situation, much uncertainty remains. For questions regarding plans for the Fall Semester, please contact To request assistance in setting up spaces consistent with CLU policy and State guidance, please contact

As colleges and universities around the country—in fact, the world—are called upon to reimagine higher education this fall, know that we are working diligently to ensure the health of everyone in our Cal Lutheran community, while finding new ways to build a meaningful educational and social experience this fall. We thank you for your ongoing patience and support, as we rise to this challenge with a sense of purpose and a spirit of resilience.

Ryan Van Ommeren
Director, Emergency Operations Center
Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Operations


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  • COVID-19 Dashboard
    Tue October 20, 2020

    We have launched a COVID-19 Dashboard on our KNOW site to provide updated data on positive cases within our community.

  • Looking ahead to the late fall and early spring
    Thu October 15, 2020

    I thought it would be helpful to share the current COVID-19-related guidance that has emerged since the President's Update I delivered in early October.

  • COVID-19 case
    Sat September 26, 2020

    An employee tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been contagious while working on our Thousand Oaks campus.

  • Reopening of Cal Lutheran offices
    Thu September 17, 2020

    As leaders of the pandemic planning committee, we are working with colleagues across the university to carefully and methodically design and implement a phased-in return-to-campus plan.

  • COVID-19 Case
    Tue September 1, 2020

    Someone tested positive during our planned testing of all arriving residential students.

  • COVID-19 Case
    Fri August 28, 2020

    A residential student tested positive for COVID-19 during our planned testing of all arriving residential students.

  • Daily Health Check System
    Tue August 25, 2020

    For those who have been given permission to be on university property, we have launched an electronic Daily Health Check system for the process that must be completed before coming onsite.

  • Academic Information for Students
    Thu August 20, 2020

    Our faculty have been working hard to create new ways to engage you virtually in a high quality Cal Lutheran academic experience. 

  • Fall 2020 Campus Update
    Thu August 13, 2020

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released its COVID-19 guidelines for colleges and universities.