CHICO, Calif. -- Chancellor Timothy White announced all CSU campuses will instruct its courses online for the fall semester on May 12.
“There are a lot of conversations that are being had right now in terms of what things are going to look like on campus and that includes housing, athletics, student services and things like that,” said Chico State’s Media Relation Coordinator Sean Murphy.
Chico State says there is a possibility for some in-person classes. These classes would be courses with an experimental focus such as clinical labs, performance, engineering and agriculture.
“In terms of what that would look like, we don’t know that yet, those are some of the things the university is discussing,” said Murphy.
A discussion that now includes the athletic department. The California Collegiate Athletic Association decided to suspend athletic competitions for the fall semester.
In a statement by Chico State’s Athletic Director Anita Baker: “It’s important to point out that this announcement does not mean that all fall sports are canceled or that there’s no hope for those teams to compete in 2020–21. CCAA member institutions will continue to advocate strongly to maintain NCAA championship opportunities for all of our student-athletes, including those participating in fall sports, once it is safe and appropriate for all members.”
“Just yesterday after the announcement we had a meeting with our tax consultant and so the finance team is working diligently,” said Chico City Manager Mark Orme.
Orme says sales tax, property and rentals will be impacted.
“We are continuing to look and see what those numbers will come in at and anticipate them just like over the summer months. At least we’ll have an idea of what the reduction will look like,” said Orme.
According to the Cal State page, the university generates nearly $50 million in local tax revenue, nearly 12,000 out of area students, and an annual spending related to the university generates a total impact of $761 million on the regional economy.
“We have a little bit of a buffer to lean into right now, but the unfortunate reality is that we’re really going to lean into that buffer that we have to evaluate the true costs so that we can make safe, prudent decisions on where expenditures can be reduced,” said Orme.
Orme says this decision will greatly impact the planning of the 2020-21 budget. The Chico City Council meeting is set to take place on June 2.
Chico State says additional details will be provided by the end of this month, including plans for on-campus housing, dining, services and more.