Our Fall 2020 Plan


The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a number of challenges to ways our university functions, which is true for campuses, businesses, and other organizations around the world. To meet those challenges, our campus community has spent months developing a campus-wide return-to-operations plan that includes providing a safe living environment for students in need of housing. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and upon approval from the California State University (CSU) system and guidance from public health officials, CSUF Housing and Residential Engagement has outlined its process as follows:

As a reminder, students may cancel their housing application at any time prior to July 13, 2020 and receive a full $350 housing initial payment refund. We are trying to remain flexible to work with students who need housing. We appreciate your assistance and patience.

      • Prioritizing our Applicants

        With on-campus housing being significantly reduced and in consultation with our campus partners, assignments will be made based on individual student's need for on-campus housing. Examples of need-based factors include, but are not limited to and in no particular order: enrollment in an in-person course, distance from campus, experiencing housing insecurity, etc.
        We will still work toward placing all interested students on a first-eligible, first served basis. Once we reach our established occupancy, we will notify students that they have been placed on our waitlist.

      • Assignment Process

        In response to COVID-19, we are modifying our assignment process for Fall 2020. Instead of participating in roommate or room selection for our returning, transfer, and graduate students, our team will be sending out individual offers for spaces in student housing. For our first-time freshmen applicants, we are unable to consider specific roommate requests. We encourage all students to continue to check their CSUF student email regularly for updates from our team. Students who receive an offer for a space in student housing will have a limited amount of time to respond.

      • Spring 2021

        Decisions have not yet been made regarding our operation for Spring 2021. In the event that we’re able to return to normal operations in spring, we may offer opportunities for later participation in Roommate and Room selection, though this is not guaranteed.

      • In-Person Classes

        From President Virjee’s latest communication, most (the overwhelming majority of) classes offered this Fall at Cal State Fullerton will be delivered virtually; the exception being a very limited number of classes that must be held in-person. Decisions regarding which classes will be offered in-person have not been finalized. Unfortunately, we will not be able provide guidance as to which classes will be in-person at this time.

      • Parking

        Parking in our RH Lot will still require a parking permit for the Fall Semester. Please visit the CSUF Parking and Transportation Services Page.

      • Changes to our Operations

        In accordance with CDC guidelines, more stringent cleaning policies will be in place throughout our residential facilities. We plan to increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, focusing on high-touch surfaces. Special attention will be paid to hallways, elevators, doors, entrances, etc. We still encourage our residents to practice good hygiene.

        Amenities like our lounges and study rooms will be limited or possibly closed. Our laundry facilities will remain operational with modifications and students will be required to wear a face covering.

        Residents for Fall 2020 must abide by new policies regarding COVID-19 that are still in development through the Office of Student Conduct and Housing and Residential Engagement.

        Our typical on-campus experiences will be re-imagined, with a continued focus on developing ways to engage our community through Zoom programming, passive messages in our halls, and intentional interactions with our Resident Advisors; who will still be available as a resource for residents. As one might expect, residents can expect less in-person social interaction, no events with large numbers of residents in attendance, and resident-to-resident interactions being limited following social and physical distancing guidelines.