Jul 12, 2020

Updates on COVID-19 at Fresno State

Here’s what we know:


  • Update as of 8:35 p.m. March 18: The University Student Union will be closed until further notice starting March 19. [LINK]
  • Update as of 6:34 p.m.: The MCJ Equipment Checkout Room is closed until further notice. MCJ Professor Candace Egan said this via email: “Based on the announcement this morning, that all classes are going virtual, the equipment checkout room was closed today until further notice. I am so sorry we had to do this, but the health of all of us is paramount.”
  • Update as of 11:38 a.m. March 17: [LINK]
  • Duration of Virtual Instruction: Virtual instruction, which will begin this Friday, March 20, will remain in effect through the end of the spring semester, ending on May 22, 2020.
  • Scope of Virtual Instruction: All face-to-face instruction will transition to virtual instruction, effective March 20, including laboratory classes and courses in areas such as performing arts, arts and kinesiology.  
  • University Farm Laboratory: Agricultural operations will continue on our farm.
  • Degree completion: Students who have registered to graduate at the end of the spring semester will be able to complete the semester and graduate, subject to the completion of requirements.
  • Commencement: Fresno State will not be conducting commencement ceremonies in May as originally scheduled.
  • Library: Beginning Friday, March 20, use of the Madden Library will be limited to essential services including the DISCOVERe Hub and other library resources (including the Center of Faculty Excellence) that are focused on supporting delivery of virtual instruction.
  • Campus Dining: Limited to-go food options will be offered solely in the Residence Dining Hall, which is open to all campus community members while advised social distancing is maintained.
  • Student Housing: Those who remain living on campus are encouraged to do so by Friday, March 20.
  • Update as of 4:13 p.m. March 16: The Fresno State Student Recreation Center will be closed, effective on March 16 at 7 p.m., from March 17 through April 27 or until further notice.
  • Update of 1:39 p.m. March 14: Fresno State suspends the Bulldog Shuttle service starting Monday, March 16.
  • Update as of 5:11 p.m. March 13: President Castro shares his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic and how it is affecting local communities and the University’s temporary transition to virtual instruction for most courses.
  • In-person classes are canceled effective Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19 due to concerns of coronavirus, according to a press release on March 12. [LINK]
  • Virtual instruction will begin on Friday, March 20. The campus anticipates resumption of regular operations on Monday, April 27. [LINK]


  • Update as of 12:44 p.m. March 18: NCAA unlikely to grant an extra year of eligibility to winter sports athletes, according to a report by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. [LINK]
  • Update as of 6:55 p.m. March 16: Fresno State Athletics said in a statement that all organized team activities will be suspended until at least April 13 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This encompasses all team practices, strength and conditioning activities and team meetings, according to the statement.
  • Update as of March 14: Fresno State Football suspends all organized football activities until March 29. The date was pushed back from the original March 19 date. [LINK]
  • Update 6 p.m.: The Big 12 Conference said in a statement that all organized team activities whether organized or voluntary, including team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings, have been suspended until March 29 and will be re-evaluated at that time. [LINK]
  • Update as of 3:34 p.m.: The NCAA Division II Administrative Committee has granted an additional season of eligibility to athletes in spring sports and waived sports sponsorship requirements for schools canceling spring seasons. [LINK]
  • Update as of 12:30 p.m.: The NCAA Division III Administrative Committee has granted an additional season/semester of eligibility for student athletes participating in spring sports. [LINK]
  • Update as of 12:00 p.m.: The NCAA has granted eligibility relief to all Division I student athletes who have participated in spring sports. Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time. [LINK]
  • Update 9:35 a.m. March 13: The Golden Coast Conference is currently in suspended status. This weekend’s games have been canceled and the next set of conference games is scheduled for March 27. The GCC Executive Committee will meet on Monday, March 23 to further discuss the situation. [LINK]
  • Update 5:11 p.m.: The Mountain West Board of Directors officially cancels spring sports competitions and MW Championships. [LINK]
  • Update 3:43 p.m.: The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation cancels all remaining winter competitions and suspends all spring sports competitions indefinitely, including conference, nonconference and championships competition. [LINK]
  • Update 3:13 p.m.: The Big 12 Conference suspend all regular-season competitions, on- and off-campus recruiting and out-of-season practices until March 29. [LINK]
  • Fresno State Athletics announced in a statement on Thursday, March 12, that all spring competitions will be suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. [LINK]


  • Updates as of 11:38 a.m. March 17
  • All Commencement Ceremonies scheduled to take place May 15-16, have been postponed until further notice. [LINK]
  • Updates as of 5:00 p.m. March 16
  • Vintage Days 2020, scheduled to take place on April 17-19, has been canceled in accordance with the mandate from Gov. Newsom of the state of California regarding events larger than 250 people and the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding events with 50 or more people. [LINK]
  • Updates as of 11:17 a.m. March 16
  • The Class of 2020 GradFest event scheduled to take place in March is canceled. Grad box pick-up is postponed until further notice. [LINK]
  • Updates as of 1:07 p.m. March 13:
  • Baby Shark Live!, scheduled at the Save Mart Center on April 3, has been postponed at the recommendation of public health officials. Tickets purchased for the April 3 show will be honored on the new date.
  • Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out Tour, scheduled at the Save Mart Center on April 5, has been postponed and has been actively rescheduled. Tickets purchased for the April 5 show will be honored on the new date.
  • Coffee with the Candidates, hosted by ASI, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 from 12-1 p.m., is canceled. The debate hosted by The Collegian taking place on Tuesday at the USU lower level, will still happen, but will be live streamed. The debate takes place from 1-2 p.m.
  • The 4th Annual Lao Education Conference (ALEC) hosted by the Laotian-American Community of Fresno (LACF), scheduled for March 27, is canceled.
  • Arts in Motion, scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Concert Hall has been canceled. The College of Arts and Humanities will be exploring different ways to highlight the scholarships and student distinctions that were to take place at the event. The following Arts in Motion events scheduled from March 22-28, listed below, have been canceled.
  • Detroit ‘67, 7:30 p.m., scheduled for March 20 and 21, 2 p.m., March 22, and 7:30 p.m., March 24-28. Tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded. Those who purchased tickets in-person should call the Department of Theatre and Dance at 559-278-3987 for a refund.
  • A Sudden Making/Reading, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 23.
  • Learn Portuguese through Brazilian Dance, scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, March 23.
  • Taking Sides: Student Debate, scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, March 23.
  • Advertising and Public Relations Day, scheduled for 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 24.
  • Young Writers’ Conference with Naomi Shihab Nye, scheduled for 9 a.m. March 25 at Satellite Student Union, for refunds, contact tanichols@mail.fresnostate.edu or 559-278-1569.
  • Big Bands at Fresno State, scheduled for 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 25. Tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded. Those who purchased tickets in-person should call the Music Department at 559-278-2654 for a refund.
  • Voicing Ideas, scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, March 26.
  • MCJ Student Film Screening, scheduled for 5 p.m., Thursday, March 26.
  • World Cultures Celebration, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26.
  • Interior Design Student Show, scheduled for 5 p.m., Friday, March 27.
  • CineCulture screening of Anbessa, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 27.
  • The 62nd annual Peach Blossom Festival at Fresno State has been canceled
  • The MCJ Film Screening Festival has been canceled
  • FresYes Fest has been postponed until Fall 2020 [LINK]
  • The following events at the Save Mart Center have been postponed or canceled: [LINK]
  • Fresno State’s in-person Preview Day has been canceled and is now an online experience [LINK]
  • President’s Lecture Series featuring “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan scheduled for March 17, has been canceled. [LINK]

The Collegian will continue to update the student body on news, athletics and entertainment affected by COVID-19 concerns.