California State University will move many Fall 2020 semester classes online due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a statement Tuesday.

In the statement, White said there will be some exceptions for “in-person teaching, learning and research activities that cannot be delivered virtually.”

“This approach to virtual planning is necessary for many reasons,” White said. “First and foremost is the health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff, and the evolving data surrounding the progression of COVID-19 – current and as forecast throughout the 2020-21 academic year. This planning approach is necessary because a course that might begin in a face-to-face modality would likely have to be switched to a virtual format during the term if a serious second wave of the pandemic occurs, as forecast.”

White also said the virtual planning allows for more options for students.

In the statement, White said the decision to allow in-person classes will be “based on compelling educational and research needs, while continuing to meet safety benchmarks.”

“There will be hybrid approaches and there will be variability across the 23 campuses due to specific context and circumstances,” White said.

This announcement comes a day after the Los Rios Community College District also said it will moving classes online for the fall semester.

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