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Humboldt State University is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and closely working with, and following stringent guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State of California, and Humboldt County health agencies.

  • HSU is operating virtually and all instruction is virtual. 
  • HSU’s plans are aligned with the Humboldt County 'Shelter in Place' order. All access to campus facilities is closed to the general public. 
  • The limited services remaining open for students--such as certain Dining locations and the Student Health Center--require social distancing.
  • HSU is reviewing options to replace the traditional Commencement ceremony.   

La Universidad Estatal de Humboldt (HSU) está monitoreando el Nuevo Coronavirus (COVID-19) y está trabajando de cerca con las estrictas guías de Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), el Estado de California, y las agencias de salud del Condado de Humboldt.

  • HSU operará virtualmente hasta el final del semestre y toda la instrucción será virtual.
  • Los planes actuales de HSU están alineados con la orden del Condado de Humboldt de quedarse en casa.  Todo el acceso a las instalaciones del campus está cerrado al público en general.
  • Los servicios que permanecen abiertos para los estudiantes son – Servicios de Comida y el Centro de Salud--funcionarán con personal reducido y deben implementar distanciamiento social.
  • HSU revisará otras formas de celebrar a los nuevos licenciados ya que no podrán tener una ceremonia de graduación tradicional.


Apr 8 2020 - 12:26pm

In order to promote and share online events, HSU has created the “Virtual Quad.” 

This is a place to share HSU-related virtual gatherings, including lectures, club activities, performances, and more. Please help the campus community stay connected by sharing your activities. It’s one way we can all continue to learn and have fun.

Apr 7 2020 - 4:41pm

This is a joint news release from CR and HSU. More information about HSU enrollment and budget is in this report on the Budget Office website (pdf).

College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University are both facing immense budget challenges due to COVID-19, according to early projections being shared today at a meeting of CR’s Board of Trustees and later at a meeting of HSU’s University Senate.

Apr 7 2020 - 3:20pm

In accordance with Humboldt County Public Health, effective immediately, all students who are on campus conducting essential functions (such as visiting the Health Center, doing laundry, or obtaining food or other campus services) should wear a face covering while in public.

Staff and faculty working or conducting essential functions are also encouraged to wear a face covering. 

Apr 7 2020 - 11:54am

The CSU Chancellor’s Office has enacted the emergency pay provisions in the California State University Employees Union (Units 2, 5, 7 and 9), International Union of Operating Engineers (Unit 10) and Teamsters 2010 (Unit 6) collective bargaining agreements (CBA). Generally, emergency pay is additional pay for  employees who work outside the scope of their normal duties when campus is closed due to an emergency situation.

Apr 3 2020 - 3:42pm

Under the new provisions, most state-side employees, including student employees, shall be eligible to receive a one-time allotment of up to 256 hours of paid administrative leave that can be used for COVID-19-related absences, subject to the following conditions: 

  • All hours must be used by close of business on December 31, 2020 at which time the remaining allotted hours will expire;

Apr 2 2020 - 3:02pm


HSU continues to provide essential business support functions to campus in this challenging operating environment. This memorandum will inform you of current service levels and procedural adjustments.

Essential Expenditures

Mar 30 2020 - 3:17pm

Humboldt State University has received reports from faculty members that their classes have been subject to “Zoom-bombing,” where people not associated with the University interrupt Zoom conference calls and other virtual class gatherings.

Mar 30 2020 - 2:39pm

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Siemens Hall computer labs and the University Center will close today at 5 p.m.

Those spaces had remained open to provide students with access to computers and internet so they could continue with classes. As of today, other solutions have been identified:


  • Rural students have been assisted with an arrangement with a cable provider for internet.

  • All students who indicated they needed a laptop have one or one on the way. 

Mar 27 2020 - 5:31pm

Travel to areas with community level transmission of COVID-19 increases the risk of exposure and transmission to our campus and local community.

Mar 27 2020 - 8:30am

Dear Faculty and Students,

Welcome back to instruction! We want students to be relieved from undue concern about grades as we all adjust to alternative modes of teaching and learning. We are doing everything we can to help them to keep learning. And we want them to feel confident in doing so. To lessen student anxiety, the deadline to change grade mode (LTR to CR/NC, or CR/NC to LTR) has been extended to 11:59 p.m., Friday, May 8. 

Mar 26 2020 - 5:16pm

Dear Campus Community,

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the HSU Library--including Library Cafe-- will close on Friday, March 27 at Noon until further notice. We remain committed to supporting your learning and growth and will continue to offer several remote resources and services, listed below. 

Information Services

Mar 26 2020 - 2:42pm

Humboldt State University would like to remind University employees that the process regarding payroll has changed.

As a reminder, pay day is on the following days:

  • Staff and Faculty: March 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Students, Hourly Staff, Special Consultants:  April 15, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sponsored Programs Foundation employees: April 10 and April 24, noon - 1 p.m. 

Direct Deposit Statement

Mar 26 2020 - 12:17pm

Humboldt State University is welcoming back thousands of students today, March 26, and they are all utilizing virtual instruction and support services. 

In addition to health and safety, the University has prioritized efforts to help students continue making progress toward their degrees. Faculty and staff took advantage of the Spring Break period and an additional three days of preparation this week to prepare.

Mar 25 2020 - 3:08pm

Dear Students,

Humboldt State University is committed to supporting your education in light of the circumstances related to COVID-19. As a result, HSU has developed guidelines on refunds, which are consistent with campus policies, Title 5 CCR § 41802 (Title 5) regulations, and guiding principles established by the California State University’s Chancellor Office.

Mar 24 2020 - 3:38pm

(The following was sent today by the County of Humboldt. If you were on one of the flights listed and you live in a student residence, please contact Housing and Residence Life at (707) 826-3451.)

Mar 24 2020 - 1:50pm

Since our last employee memorandum, the Chancellor’s Office provided systemwide guidance on COVID-19 employee matters. As a result of the communication, we have revised the FAQs related to Human Resources to include CSU mandates and to clarify additional information for supervisors and employees. The employment-related FAQs will be updated as new information is available.

Mar 23 2020 - 1:33pm

The health and wellbeing of our campus community continues to be HSU’s priority as the University transitions into virtual operations and alternative modes of instruction. 

As a reminder, anyone returning to campus is encouraged to follow HSU travel guidelines, based on the international and domestic travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

 HSU Travel Guidelines

Mar 22 2020 - 6:30pm

Dear Students,

We look forward to welcoming you back to classes for the Spring 2020 semester at Humboldt State University on March 26. May you and those you love remain healthy and connected during this really challenging time for all. We know this is not how you imagined the second half of the semester. The situation changes often but your University is committed to making adjustments to support your learning. 

Mar 22 2020 - 2:35pm

Humboldt State University is working to ensure our students, employees, and the community can access the assistance they need in a timely manner. This requires consistent use of phone and email systems, as described below. 

With a virtual campus operation, HSU staff should check their office phone voicemail at least once an hour, and more frequently if needed, during normal University business hours. Please be sure to respond to all incoming calls within 24-48 hours. To check your voicemails:

    • Dial 826-6999

    • Press "#"

Mar 21 2020 - 12:10pm

Dear Students,

We know that access to campus services is as critical as ever. As we quickly adapt and move to virtual spaces, we wanted to share information on resources so you can connect with student services and continue your education, growth, and learning with HSU. 

Mar 21 2020 - 8:36am

Thank you all for your feedback, ideas, and questions during this ever changing, unprecedented time.  The purpose of this memo is to reassure you that student employment has been and continues to be a top priority for Humboldt State University. 

What follows are some common questions that we have received in the Human Resources Office, and their answers. 


Which employees are NOT allowed to come to work right now?

Mar 20 2020 - 11:39am

There will be free chartered buses from HSU to San Francisco and Los Angeles leaving Monday, March 23 at 7:30 a.m. 

The buses will only be filled at half capacity to allow students social distancing from one another, as well as for students to bring their belongings. 

There is currently enough space for 28 students. Seats are first come first serve and students will be notified if they received a seat by Saturday, March 21. If there is enough demand by Saturday, March 21 by noon, HSU may add 14 additional seats.

Mar 19 2020 - 4:28pm

The following message was sent to the campus faculty today:

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

The COVID-19 situation continues to change rapidly. To assure instructional continuity, teaching operations need to be fully virtual by Thursday, March 26. Further, you will have access to your office only for the purpose of gathering what you need. You will need to move your on campus teaching operations to an off campus location by close of business Wednesday, March 25.

Mar 19 2020 - 2:55pm
  • HSU’s current plans are aligned with the order.

  • Essential employees in support of critical functions will work on campus. All other employees must telecommute.

  • Everyone is asked to maintain social distancing of 6 feet.


Mar 19 2020 - 8:12am

By now you’ve heard that Humboldt State University has cancelled the May 16 Commencement ceremony to protect the safety of our Lumberjack community and their families. Families and students eligible to graduate are being contacted with more details.

Please know that this decision wasn’t taken lightly. Commencement is a special day recognizing milestone achievements and we, like you, share in the disappointment that we won’t be celebrating these accomplishments in person. 

Mar 18 2020 - 4:35pm

Humboldt State has suspended all non-essential travel for the remainder of the Spring semester, which is consistent with CSU guidelines that are intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Here’s some guidance for staff and faculty on instructions for making purchases and how to cancel trips through Concur and Accounts Payable.



General Purchasing

Mar 17 2020 - 4:51pm

As HSU transitions to operating virtually through the end of the semester, many University employees will be working remotely. The appropriate Vice President, working through supervisors, must approve any telecommuting requests.

Mar 17 2020 - 12:35pm

HSU’s Information Technology Services has been working hard to help the campus switch to alternate modes of instruction, and a survey sent to faculty and students on Friday has helped guide the response.

ITS has also launched a new website with resources for working from home.

Mar 17 2020 - 9:21am

Dear Campus Community: Over the last week, I have had the privilege of observing the amazing work of so many people in their efforts to assist others. The work by all of you to not only protect yourself, but to care for your family and our students is beyond remarkable. We are a very caring Lumberjack Family and I thank you.

Mar 16 2020 - 4:58pm

Humboldt State University is working to maintain as much flexibility as possible for student employees, while also attempting to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

Based on guidelines from the California State University system, student employees are expected to continue reporting to work as long as the campus is open, they are scheduled to work, and work is available to be performed. Student employees may be allowed to telecommute if their work can be done remotely. 

Mar 16 2020 - 11:28am

Humboldt State has suspended all non-essential travel for the remainder of the Spring semester consistent with CSU guidelines intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  As a result, our office would like to offer some guidance on how to cancel trips through Concur and Accounts Payable.

Mar 16 2020 - 8:40am

HSU leadership has been working on steps to combat the spread of COVID-19 and keep our campus community safe. The following is effective immediately.

Mar 15 2020 - 8:02pm

Based on new guidelines from the State of California, all CSU employees 65 and older or with underlying health issues that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 must not come to campus and are advised to practice self-isolation. 

This new guidance is effective immediately. California’s governor asked today that individuals in these categories self-isolate. 

Mar 15 2020 - 1:25pm

Humboldt State University is aware of recent K-12 school closures in our region in response to COVID-19, and we are closely following discussions about the possibility of other school closures. Similar decisions are being made throughout California and around the country.

Mar 13 2020 - 8:58am
  • All non-essential HSU events of all sizes are cancelled on and off campus.

  • Organizers are encouraged to cancel meetings, or convert them to teleconference, if possible.

  • Practice social distancing at all times.

  • HSU remains open for operations. 

Mar 12 2020 - 3:42pm
  • All classes are cancelled on March 23-25.

  • Classes will be taught in alternative modes starting March 26 to April 17.

  • The campus will remain open and all student services will be available.


Mar 12 2020 - 1:18pm
  • Intercollegiate and Club spring sports are cancelled, including all competition, practices, and student-athlete recruitment.

  • HSU made this decision along with all other schools in the CCAA.

  • Recreation and Intramural Sports are not affected at this time.

Mar 12 2020 - 10:20am

Humboldt State University Department of Athletics continues to work diligently with HSU campus leaders to observe and take action on the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19).  Out of an abundance and caution and based decisions made by campus leaders, attendance at all HSU Athletics home events will be limited to essential personnel only from Saturday, March 14 until Friday, April 17.
Essential personnel

Mar 12 2020 - 9:39am

Humboldt State University acknowledges its important role in the North Coast in bringing thought-leaders, visitors, artists, musicians, and entertainers to campus and the local community. In an effort to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19, HSU continues to assess the impact of hosting large events on campus.

There is no one response that works for all events. HSU understands that each event is different.

Mar 11 2020 - 5:53pm

Humboldt State University is working to maintain as much flexibility as possible for current and upcoming job searches, while also mitigating for possible impacts related to COVID-19. It is important that the University provide a consistent and fair experience for all applicants. 

Mar 11 2020 - 4:34pm
  • Please consider staying in Humboldt during Spring Break.
  • If you leave during Spring Break, plan carefully about where you travel.
  • After Spring Break, classes, assignments, and exams are cancelled on March 23-24.
  • Instruction resumes as normal on March 25.

Mar 11 2020 - 4:30pm

As we continue to monitor the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty and the continuation of our educational operation comes first.  On Friday, March 6th, a message was sent to faculty about maintaining educational continuity in the context of COVID-19.  In the message, the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) det

Mar 11 2020 - 12:43pm

Humboldt State University has suspended all University-sponsored international travel and non-essential domestic travel for the remainder of the Spring semester, consistent with CSU guidelines intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “Domestic travel” is travel outside Humboldt County within the United States.

This decision is effective immediately and continues through May 31, 2020. It applies to all areas of the University including auxiliary organizations.

Mar 10 2020 - 4:05pm

Humboldt State University has suspended all international travel and non-essential domestic travel for the remainder of the Spring semester, consistent with new CSU guidelines intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This decision is effective immediately and continues through May 31, 2020. It applies to all areas of the University including auxiliary organizations.

Mar 10 2020 - 11:58am


Dear Students and Colleagues,

I write to update you about campus planning related to COVID-19 and to reassure you that Humboldt State University is taking appropriate steps on behalf of our campus community.

As of today, there has not been community transmission of COVID-19 in Humboldt County. We have had no cases on campus.

HSU COVID-19 website

Mar 10 2020 - 12:00am

NOTE: The following was sent by the CSU on March 10. 

​​With the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to spread as more cases are identified throughout California, the California State University Office of the Chancellor has provided additional guidance to its 23 campuses. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on any CSU campuses.

​Guidance on Alteration of Operations or Campus Closures

Mar 6 2020 - 12:48pm

Dear Faculty Colleagues: The university continues to monitor the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our campus. We are not currently aware of any COVID-19 cases on campus, but realize the global situation is changing rapidly. Therefore, we are asking faculty to work with their chairs in making contingency plans in the event of a partial or full campus closure.

Mar 4 2020 - 3:20pm

As HSU last communicated on February 26, the University is taking several measures to help protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of our campus community as the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads globally. HSU has:

Feb 26 2020 - 12:08pm

We understand members of the campus community have questions and concerns about COVID-19. Because the situation is rapidly evolving and there are still many  unknowns, we have activated the Humboldt State University Emergency Operations Center (EOC). 

Feb 24 2020 - 4:49pm

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, health officials confirmed that a Humboldt County resident contracted the respiratory illness known as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which originated in Wuhan, China.

The individual is doing well and self-isolating at home and officials have been reaching out to those who may have been in contact with the person. Health officials say the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low for the community.

Jan 31 2020 - 7:06pm

NOTE: The following is information sent from the California State University Chancellor’s Office. There have been no reported coronavirus cases at Humboldt State University, and there are no HSU students, faculty, or staff studying or working in China. There are also no planned study abroad or recruitment trips to China.

Please be aware that the State Department has raised the threat level for travel to China to level 4. Effective immediately, travel to the entire country of China is not authorized.

Jan 28 2020 - 4:43pm

As of January 26, there have been five confirmed cases of novel corona virus infection in the United States, including 2 confirmed cases in Southern California involving recent travelers to Wuhan City, China. Given this news, you are encouraged to read this message in total.

Humboldt State University’s primary commitment is to the safety, health, and wellbeing of all campus community members and campus visitors. We encourage all members to actively engage in healthy habits to help prevent contracting and spreading illnesses.