CSUB halts in-person meetings effective immediately


Katrina Singleton, News Editor

 On March 17, CSU Bakersfield President Lynnette Zelezny announced in a campus memo that all in-person class meetings will end at 10 p.m. and CSUB will be strongly enforcing the six-foot rule to promote social distancing. 

  There will be no meetings for midterms, which will be rescheduled using an alternate delivery method. Labs, studios, and clinicals will also be cancelled. 

   Starting Wednesday, March 18, all non-essential personnel will be forced to stay home. 

  Students who live in the CSUB dormitories will be allowed to stay on campus if they have no option to leave campus. Still, it is strongly recommended for those who are able to leave campus to do so as soon as possible. 

  The CSUB Food Pantry will continue to operate with reduced hours. New hours for the food pantry are: Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Fridays. 

  CSUBs dining services will remain open for the time being, however there will be no in-house seating. All orders will be grab-and-go. 

 Other CSUBs other services that will remain open are: 

  • University Police Department 
  • Office of the President 
  • Counseling services (hours and delivery will change) 
  • Student Health and Medical services by appointment via Telemed/Zoom 
  • The Runner bookstore (limited hours) 
  • First floor and basement of the Walter Stiern Library for computer access only (study rooms will be closed) 
  • Computer labs at the Kegley Center for Student Success 
  • Financial aid services (by phone only) 
  • Immigration legal services (by phone appointment) 
  • Services for students with disabilities 
  • Campus Advocate (by email) 
  • Student Union (during this transition week) 


  Services that are unavailable are: 

  • CSUB Children’s Center will close at the end of March 17 
  • Student Recreation Center  
  • Veterans Services Center 
  • MAGEC/Dreamers Resource Center 
  • Center for Career Education and Community Engagement (CECE) 
  • Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 
  • Office of Campus Programming 


  There is a framework beginning for partial refunds for community members who have paid to have access to the SRC. More information is to come. CSUB leadership is also looking into providing partial refunds for students who have already paid for parking passes, housing, and the Children’s Center. 

  Academic advising for fall 2020 registration will remain the same starting Monday, March 23. 

“The reality is the situation is changing rapidly. We will continue to be nimble and responsive at CSU Bakersfield and communicate with you in a timely, responsible manner,” Zelezny wrote in the e-mail sent to all CSUB students and staff. 

President Zelezny thanked everyone for their understanding and flexibility.