Cal Poly Report — March 18, 2020 

Please note: Cal Poly Report will not publish during spring break (March 25 and April 1). The newsletter will resume on April 8.


Continue to Check Campus Health and Wellbeing Website for Updates on COVID-19 and Campus Response

COVID-19 Updates and InformationOn March 16, university leaders made the difficult decision to take several actions to minimize the population on campus over spring quarter, based on guidance from the Chancellor's Office and recent announcements by California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling for greater social distancing and other preventative measures. The campus remains open, and services to support students and employees are available. Updates are being released frequently via email and on the coronavirus website, so employees are encouraged to check back often for the latest information. The website contains information about health, classes, housing and dining, events, travel guidance, information technology services and human resources. The university continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and is proactively engaged in planning and response.

Anxiety and Financial Counseling Available to Employees

Human Resources wants everyone in the campus community to stay safe and take the time to ensure the health and well-being of family and friends as well as themselves. Human Resources wants all employees to know that there are services available at this time to help with anxiety and financial concerns. These services can help with an employee’s emotional health and well-being as well as other life management services such as financial counseling. With the ongoing changes in work and the manner in which that work gets done, as well as the stress of new routines, please remember to take care of your personal health and well-being. Please remember that there are services available — it is a stressful time and Human Resources is here to help. Visit the Human Resources Wellbeing and Work/Life Balance webpage or reach out to

Open Forums for Two Provost Finalists to be Rescheduled

The recruitment for provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs has been postponed, as the campus continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation. The two candidates slated to visit campus this week will be rescheduled to a later date to ensure that faculty, students and staff have the opportunity to meet with each candidate and for each candidate to have an equitable experience at Cal Poly. An announcement will be made when candidates are rescheduled for their respective visits.

PolyCard Purchases to be Unavailable March 23 and 24 During System Upgrade

For two days during spring break, campus community members will not be able to use their PolyCard to make purchases at Campus Dining venues. Information Technology Services and Cal Poly Corporation are jointly working to upgrade PolyCard’s CSGold application and move it to Amazon Web Services. This move will create a better user experience and more system reliability. To make this happen, the PolyCard system will be unavailable March 23 and 24. This means customers will not be able to add funds to Campus Express, purchase meals using Gold Plate Club, place orders via GrubHub or use their PolyCard to pay for meals at Campus Dining locations during these two days. While PolyCard payments will be unavailable during this time, cash, credit and debit cards will still be accepted. Please email with questions or concerns.


Village Market Now Accepting SNAP/EBT Payment

Village Market is now accepting SNAP/EBT payment on approved items, in an effort to reduce food insecurity on campus and help students meet their nutritional needs. SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — is a federal program that provides low-income individuals with an EBT card and ancillary funds to purchase nutritious foods at grocery stores and farmers markets. Campus Dining’s application was recently approved by the Department of Agriculture to accept EBT payment. To help every student stay focused on their studies, Campus Dining and other Cal Poly organizations have implemented programs to fight student hunger, including Mustang Meal Share, Feed Cal Poly and the Cal Poly Food Pantry. EBT cards will be accepted at Campus Market, no questions asked, and with complete confidentiality so everyone can have access to a nutritious, balanced diet. Have questions or need a little help yourself? Inquire about the program by contacting Campus Health and Wellbeing at or ext. 6-1211.

Faculty & Staff

TAPS Seeks to Improve Electric Vehicle Drivers’ Experience

Many campus community members take their sustainability commitments to the next level by driving electric vehicles (EVs). To reward their mindfulness, Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) wants to ensure the best on-campus experience possible. As EV use increases, TAPS is seeking feedback on the unique challenges that drivers face. The department wants to hear your ideas to bolster transportation and parking-related programs and services for use equity among community members. For that reason, the university is launching a new group to unite students, faculty and staff members who drive EVs. TAPS is developing a campus community to facilitate communication and disseminate information on Cal Poly’s EV program. To be added to this group’s list-serve, contact Cheryl Andrus with Commuter Services at

Kennedy Library Campus Administrative Policy Available for Review

The draft Campus Administrative Policy (CAP) for Kennedy Library is available for review until April 11 at Submit feedback to

TIDE: Teaching for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Applications Due April 8

Applications are open to faculty for TIDE: Teaching for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, now in its fifth year. This program creates a community of colleagues who collaborate as they deepen their personal insights in, and practical knowledge of, diversity principles and inclusive teaching practices. The integrated program first introduces participants to inclusive teaching practices and principles of diversity and equity, and then provides support for applying those insights to teaching and learning experiences. The extended program begins in early summer 2020 and continues through fall quarter 2020. Tenure-line faculty and lecturers are welcome from all disciplines. A $1,500 stipend is available for eligible participants. Applications are due Wednesday, April 8. Learn more and apply.

Canvas Webinars, Tool-Based Office Hours and Consultations to be Held March 23-April 3

Canvas logoAny one of an array of events can disrupt faculty’s ability to teach courses via on-campus, in-class sessions. Cal Poly’s commitment to students includes making sure that we provide students an opportunity to complete courses despite disruptions. The CTLT is providing resources to help faculty with online finals and online courses. The CTLT will be providing live and recorded webinar workshops, topic office hours, and consultations to support your Canvas needs. Please go to your Workshop and Events website for session information.

Microsoft License Change Will Limit Features for Some Users

Microsoft Office logoOn April 1, Microsoft will change Office365 licenses for higher education customers, which will limit the features available to some campus community members. All faculty and staff will still have full access to the web-based Office 365 applications, but emeritus and CSU bargaining units 5, 6 and 11 will no longer be eligible to download the desktop Microsoft Office software suite (which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote). The bargaining units affected by the new licensing model are primarily comprised of janitorial, groundskeeping and skilled craft workers. If there is a demonstrated need for access to the desktop versions of Microsoft applications for individuals impacted by this change, Information Technology Services (ITS) does have a limited amount of full licenses that can be applied in order to enable those features. Microsoft will not make any changes to student licenses as part of this update. Similarly, Cal Poly Corporation and ASI customers who have a contract with ITS for Office 365 accounts will continue to be able to download the desktop Office applications. If you have questions, contact the ITS Service Desk at or ext. 6-7000.

Canceled: March 25 Retired Faculty and Staff Association Luncheon at Kennedy Library

A luncheon with Dean of Library Services Adriana Popescu and her team with the Retired Faculty and Staff Association has been canceled. The event was set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Kennedy Library (No. 35).

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Catastrophic Leave

Yanet Aguilar, custodian in Facilities Management — Custodial Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laura McCarren at 756-5212 or  to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Encourage Student Participation in Campus Survey on Sexual Violence

Graphic reading Campus Survey on Sexual Violence February 19-March 18, 2020. Speak your truth.The university's Campus Survey on Sexual Violence is open to all undergraduate and graduate students until March 18. The purpose of this confidential survey is to collect information on students’ attitudes and beliefs around sexual violence, as well as its prevalence at Cal Poly. Survey findings will be used as part of  continuous campus efforts to improve policies, prevention education and support systems for students. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to participate in this important initiative by directing them to emails they received from Cal Poly ( on Feb. 19 or March 2. Each student received an individualized link to participate. For a list of upcoming survey events, FAQs, outreach materials and support resources available to students,  visit the survey website. Contact Safer or the Office of Equal Opportunity for additional information.

University Events Calendar Web Address Has Changed 

The University Events Calendar has been updated. Visit the new site,, and update any bookmarks or links you have saved with the previous URL. The previous site,, will direct users to the new webpage for a short period of time. The new Events Calendar webpage will provide information on what’s happening at Cal Poly, outline how to begin the event planning process on campus, highlight campus event planning policies, and catalog resources to assist those who are scheduling a campus event. Contact the Office of the Registrar, University Scheduling, with any questions related to this transition at


Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact

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For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts are available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

All athletic events through the spring have been canceled.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

For all available job openings, visit All new positions opened this week are listed below. To apply, go online and complete the application form. Current employees can also find job postings at CSU Careers, an internal job site for CSU employees. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#496410 — One Year Temporary Administrative Support Coordinator, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Agribusiness Department and Experience Industry Management Department. $34,152-$61,776 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $34,152-$39,996 per year. Open until filled.

#496421 — Senior Administrative Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), College of Engineering — Civil and Environmental Engineering. $34,152-$61,776 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $45,600-$52,800 per year. Open until filled.

#496423 — Lead Coordinator for Allyship Initiative and Center for Leadership (Student Service Professional III), Student Affairs — Dean of Students Office. $56,292-$80,196 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $56,400-$66,000 per year. Open until filled.

#496364 — Director for Student Diversity and Belonging (Administrator II), Student Affairs — Dean of Students. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#496433 — Wireless Network Delivery Analyst (Network Analyst), Information Services — Information Technology Services. $52,464-$129,504 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $75,000-$85,000 per year. Open until filled.

#496390 — Administrative Support Floater — College of Science and Mathematics. Academic Affairs — College of Science and Mathematics. $2,705-$4,592 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,000-$3,500 per month ($17.31/hour-$20.19/hour). Open until filled.

#496446 — Emergency Hire Graphic Communication (GRC) ITC (Information Technology Consultant), Academic Affairs — College of Liberal Arts. $25.22- $62.26 an hour. Emergency hire anticipated hiring range: $25.22-$27.75 an hour. Open until filled.

For a full list of available jobs, go to

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Visit for all available job openings. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. 

There are no new listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view all available job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Marketing Design Coordinator, Marketing and Communication, $46,716.80- $70,096 per year.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for open positions. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new listings at this time.


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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are required to come from or be approved by the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format or a downloadable Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.

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