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Emergency

For information about the ongoing campus closure, please call 707-826-INFO (4636).

General information and frequently asked questions can be found at humboldt.edu/emergency/faq

Campus Locking Plan for Summer and Academic Year

May 21, 2024 - 11:11am

The new locking system is a significant step toward improving safety for the campus community and addresses concerns raised by faculty and staff in recent years. Under this plan, most buildings on campus will remain locked at all times. All classrooms will be open 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

 

OPEN BUILDINGS
Library, Gutswurrack Student Activities Center, Student Health & Wellbeing Services, Student & Business Services, Student Recreation Center, College Creek Marketplace, the J, and the Depot will be open to the public during normal business hours, which will vary depending on the time of year. 
 

FACULTY and STAFF
Faculty and staff will have key access to academic buildings, their own offices, and other necessary workspaces. 

 

  • Access 24/7 to the building where their department/offices are located.

     
  • Access to all academic buildings below during business hours, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
     
  • Alistair McCrone Hall 
  • Art A
  • Art B
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Forbes Gym
  • Forestry
  • Founders Hall
  • Gist Hall
  • Harry Griffith Hall
  • Kinesiology & Athletics
  • Van Matre Hall (First Floor)
  • Music A
  • Music B
  • Natural Resources
  • Nelson Hall East (starting in August)
  • Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Science A
  • Science B
  • Science C
  • Theatre Arts
  • Siemens Hall (starting in August)
  • Wildlife & Fisheries 

 

STUDENTS  

Students will have key access to buildings where their classes are held, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Students will be emailed the date and time they can pick up their keys. 

 

Building access  

  • Alistair McCrone Hall
  • Art A
  • Art B
  • Behavior & Social Science
  • Founders Hall
  • Gist Hall
  • Harry Griffith Hall
  • Kinesiology & Athletics 
  • Music A
  • Music B
  • Nelson Hall East (starting in August)
  • Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Science A
  • Science B
  • Stewart
  • Theatre Arts


EVENTS, CONFERENCES, CAMPS (ON-CAMPUS)

Primary key holders will be responsible for the following:

  • providing event participants access to buildings
  • be designated by appropriate organizers in advance of the event
  • ensure doors are not propped open and remain fully closed. A detailed list of security expectations will be provided to each primary key holder.  

Guests staying in residence halls will be provided a Housing key or PIN code for the duration of the conference. Keys will not be provided to youth. 

Larger events: Buildings for larger public conferences, camps, and events can be unlocked as long as entrances are staffed or monitored by event personnel.

Events, conferences and camps are permitted to take place in the following buildings during Summer 2024. 

Buildings available for Summer 2024 events:

  • Science A
  • Science B
  • Theater Arts
  • Art A
  • Art B
  • Music A
  • Music B
  • Allistair McCrone Hall
  • Kinesiology & Athletics Building
  • Harry Griffith Hall
  • Gist Hall
  • Stewart
  • Rec & Wellness
  • Founders Hall
  • Behavior and Social Science

     

Buildings available for events starting Fall 2024

All academic buildings

  • Alistair McCrone Hall 
  • Art A
  • Art B
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Forbes Gym
  • Founders Hall
  • Forestry
  • Gist Hall
  • Harry Griffith Hall
  • Kinesiology & Athletics
  • Van Matre Hall (First Floor)
  • Music A
  • Music B
  • Natural Resources
  • Nelson Hall East (starting in August)
  • Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Science A
  • Science B
  • Science C
  • Theatre Arts
  • Siemens Hall (starting in August)
  • Wildlife & Fisheries 

Commencement for the Class of 2024

May 15, 2024 - 12:49pm

With the support of thousands of families, the campus community and local partners, Cal Poly Humboldt celebrated the Class of 2024.

“I’m so happy for all our graduates and their families and am thrilled they were able to mark this momentous occasion in the manner they deserved—surrounded by those who have supported them throughout this journey,” says Advancement Events & Commencement Coordinator Shannon Collart. 

The University adjusted its main Commencement plans, holding multiple ceremonies organized by majors across three local off-campus venues.

The ceremonies took place concurrently in the Eureka Theater, Eureka High School, and the Blue Lake Casino Sapphire Palace. The University also hosted its second annual Regional Commencement ceremony at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Introduced last year, the regional event is designed to help more families and friends from Southern California celebrate the moment with their graduates.

In total, 1,120 graduates and 258 faculty participated in Commencement and 10,089 guests joined them. 

The University modified Commencement due to the campus closure and security concerns. Despite the change of scenery, the ceremonies were just as festive, energizing, and boisterous.

“At each ceremony, you could feel the energy of the crowds. Everyone was cheering—and in some cases very loudly—for their grads,” Collart says. “We know this has been an emotional time, so it was amazing to see how the Lumberjack community came together to make this happen. The families were very appreciative of being able to celebrate this milestone. ”

Shifting to multiple graduation ceremonies in just 10 days underscored the resilience of Humboldt’s community. 

Cal Poly Humboldt is deeply grateful to Blue Lake Rancheria, Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Police Department, Eureka Theater, Eureka High School, Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Yurok Tribal Police Department, Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department, Arcata Police Department, and Eureka Community Emergency Response Team.

See Commencement Photos: College of Arts, Humanities & Social SciencesCollege of Natural Resources & SciencesCollege of Professional StudiesRegional Commencement (Saban Theatre)

More Commencement Information
New graduates are encouraged to register for FREE with Forever Humboldt, the official association for the Cal Poly Humboldt community. Registered members receive ongoing Library access, special discounts at local businesses, access to career resources, special invites to Forever Humboldt events, and more. Get more information on the Forever Humboldt website.

Students are also encouraged to take the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, a Commencement tradition that began at Humboldt in 1987 and has been used by more than 100 universities worldwide.

Information Regarding Campus Soft Opening and Transition Timeline to Normal Operations

May 13, 2024 - 9:41am

Information Regarding Campus Soft Opening and Transition Timeline to Normal Operations

The University will begin a soft opening of campus on Monday, May 13, with the intention of transitioning to an open campus for the start of the summer session on Tuesday, May 28.

On Monday, May 13 all employees—including student employees—whose work necessitates it, may come to campus. Authorized personnel will no longer need to check in to the G11 parking kiosk when coming onto campus. 

Employees will continue to work remotely when possible, but if the nature of the work requires staff and faculty to work on campus, the appropriate administrator may grant approval. 

Students needing access to research or other business on campus may do so under the supervision of a faculty or staff member on a 5:1 ratio. 

Buildings will remain locked, but employees will have their regular key access to buildings and offices starting at noon on Monday. Contact Facilities Management with issues related to key access.

During this period, cement and wooden barriers on campus entryways will be removed. However, access inside Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall East is prohibited, as are the areas near both buildings and the University Quad within the fenced area, as recovery of those areas continues. 

Parking lots will be open for anyone accessing campus during this week, and parking permit enforcement will resume as normal. Bus pick up at Library Circle will resume starting Monday afternoon. 

The Cashier's Office will operate out of The Campus Store in Arcata on Wednesday, May 15, through Friday, May 17, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Students and employees will be able to pick up paychecks, financial aid checks, reimbursement/refund checks, and cash advance checks as well as make payments on student or staff accounts. Photo ID is required at the time of pick up. 

On Monday, May 20 campus will reopen to all students, staff, and faculty for normal summer operations. On-campus services in the Student & Business Services Building will resume and the Library will reopen.

On Tuesday, May 28 the campus will fully reopen to the public. Summer instruction will continue as planned with in-person and online instruction. 

External and campus events will resume. The Student Health Center will be open for limited summer medical services. Check the website for more details.

The College Creek Marketplace will remain open throughout the summer, but the J and Depot will be closed, which is typical for summer operations. 

Spring 2024 Commencement Graduate and Guest Information

May 9, 2024 - 2:25pm

Graduates, this week we will celebrate the culmination of your hard work at Cal Poly Humboldt during the various Commencement ceremonies and Cultural Graduation Celebrations. Your resilience and dedication to completing your degree is extraordinary, and the entire Lumberjack community is incredibly proud of you.

As in previous years, graduates and guests are expected to follow standard Commencement safety protocols. Due to smaller venue spaces, additional restrictions will be in place to ensure it is a momentous experience for all graduates and families. See the Commencement website for the locations and ceremony times.

We know that some graduates may feel compelled to exercise their right to free speech. Out of respect for fellow graduates and the many families and friends who will be attending, it will be important for us to work together to ensure the ceremonies are enjoyed by all. 
 

Access and check-in

  • Graduates, guests, and faculty and staff must be registered to attend the ceremony. No walk-ins can be accommodated due to venue capacity restrictions.
  • Arrive with your black cap and gown 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony for your major. 
  • At the check-in area outside the venue, pick up your wristbands for the anticipated number of guests you entered when you registered. Distribute the wristbands to your guests.
  • Graduates, guests, and faculty will need a wristband to enter the venue and will need to wear them for the entire ceremony. 
  • A no-touch visual search for any prohibited items will take place upon entry. 


Parameters for a safe and positive experience

  • Signs to celebrate graduates are welcome, but the following guidelines are applicable:
    • Signs may not be attached to a pole or structure, or have offensive language, as determined by event personnel. 
    • Signs may not be larger than 11" x 17" to prevent obstructing the view of other guests, or in any way create a safety hazard for others as decided by event personnel.
  • Prohibited items:
    • Larger bags and backpacks. However, clear bags, small clutches, and medical and parental bags are permitted. 
    • All of our venues are not able to accommodate space for skateboards, scooters, bicycles, and bicycle u-locks 
    • Weapons or anything that can be used as a weapon
    • Noise makers and confetti cannons 
    • Outside food and beverages
    • Animals, except for working service animals
    • Tobacco products (including e-cigarettes), alcohol, and illegal drugs
    • Drones and unmanned aircraft systems
    • Structures such as canopies and pop-up tents

We look forward to celebrating your important achievements during the Commencement festivities later this week, and we appreciate your support in making sure all graduates and families are able to enjoy these special occasions.


 

Key Points for the Campus Community About the Events of April 22

May 7, 2024 - 2:32pm

The University wants to acknowledge that this has been an extremely challenging time for Cal Poly Humboldt. It has also been a very emotional time for our campus community and beyond, and we have much work in front of us to reset, rebuild, and heal. To clarify misinformation and rumors, here’s a timeline of the events beginning on April 22. We invite people to continue to ask questions and more information will be coming. 

The University’s Time, Place, and Manner policy is content-neutral, approved by the University Senate, and fully supportive of First Amendment protections. In fact, this policy exists to protect freedom of speech and assembly while also protecting the rights of the entire campus community to a secure environment that is conducive to our educational purpose.

These approved policies, which have had extensive review, should be supported and enforced regardless of context. There is no First Amendment right to enter and occupy a building to stage a protest and it is a clear violation of the University’s Time, Place, and Manner policy. 

  • Multiple people called the University Police Department (UPD) concerned due to the actions of the people who were protesting in Siemens Hall on the first day of the protest. Several staff members asked the people who were protesting to leave the building prior to UPD arriving on the scene. The people who were protesting refused.
  • UPD officers were inside the building with the people who were protesting and asked  if they could facilitate a protest in the public space of the Quad, where it would have been a lawful assembly. Those requests were rebuffed by the people who were protesting.
  • Tents in hallways and barricades were being assembled in front of exit doors, and vandalism of the building’s interior had already begun before UPD arrived.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who were not part of the protest were evacuated with the assistance of UPD. Classes were canceled out of safety concerns because exits were already being barricaded.
  • UPD ordered the people who were trespassing to leave the building. They refused to vacate the building and construction of barricades continued. UPD called for additional police presence on campus. 
  • Efforts to clear those barricades in the lobby were met with assault on officers.  Police were attempting to enforce a lawful order, arrest those who were assaulting officers, and clear the building. Several people who were protesting and police officers were injured. Additional police officers were called from throughout the county.
  • On the first night, administrators were told that if law enforcement was removed that the protesters would leave the building.  
  • The Provost, Vice Provost, and Dean Crane went into the building twice on Monday. The first time to check on the safety of the protesters, establish dialog, and to see if any needed medical attention. The people who were protesting offered a set of demands.  
  • The second time the Provost, Vice Provost and Dean Crane entered on Monday night was to announce that law enforcement was leaving the scene and that protesters could leave, as they agreed, without consequences. The people who were protesting shouted the Provost down and threw water at her.
  • The UPD Chief of Police recommended that law enforcement depart. President Jackson concurred. Law enforcement left the scene. The people who were protesting then reneged on their promise to vacate the building and continued to build barricades. 
  • On Tuesday, the focus was on deescalation, and administrators waited for the protesters to keep their promise to leave the building. They refused. Efforts to dialog occurred throughout the day with the protesters both inside and outside the building. The people who were protesting refused to let any administrators into the building.
  • After Tuesday, administrators realized the extent of the damage to the building and leaving without consequences was taken off the table. Nelson Hall East was then also occupied, doors were barricaded and protesters controlled who was allowed in or out of the building. 
  • Throughout the week, there were many attempts to get the protesters to agree to leave the buildings, beyond those efforts that were widely discussed. Faculty, staff, and administrators were actively talking with protesters throughout the week. 
  • We took the protesters' demands seriously, and researched those demands and answered them to the best of our ability on the 26th of April. 
  • A total of 12 buildings were vandalized. The John Van Duzer Theatre, Music A, Art A, Founders Hall, Van Matre Hall, Harry Griffith Hall, Student Business Services, Forestry, and the Gutswurrak Student Activities Center were either broken into or attempted to be broken into. Several others were defaced. Fortunately University staff were able to retake these buildings.
  • To date, the initial estimate is that there is more than $1.9M in financial impact, which includes physical damage to the campus and emergency operations. This number is not final due to the campus still assessing physical damage, costs to restore the damage, and gathering a full picture of the financial impact. 
  • It was difficult to dialog with the protesters to leave the building because there was no clear leadership. There were only a few students that began the protest that were on site during the arrests, which is what made ending the protest without arrest so difficult. 
  • More than half of those arrested were not students.
  • The tagging and efforts to reoccupy buildings on campus have continued since the arrests, which is why the campus has not yet been reopened.

Updates for Campus Hard Closure during Finals Week

May 3, 2024 - 6:00pm

A hard closure of campus continues through Sunday, May 12, 2024. Access to campus is restricted, and individuals are not permitted to enter or be on campus without prior authorization. Supervisors will email instructions for the Parking Kiosk check-in procedure to personnel who are authorized to access campus. Contact your supervisor with questions regarding access. Departments will coordinate a process for end-of-semester student check-out needs when necessary.

Commencement: The University will hold Commencement ceremonies at three off-campus locations on Saturday, May 11, 2024. They will take place concurrently in the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino, the Eureka Theater, and the Eureka High School Auditorium. Each of the venues has the capacity to accommodate all of the registered graduates’ anticipated guests. For more information, please visit: commencement.humboldt.edu

Housing and Dining 

  • Housing Access: Student residents are allowed to come and go from campus and access Dining facilities, and have been emailed details. Residents and authorized staff are permitted to be in the residence halls and dining facilities areas. Residence halls will remain open to residents and housing operations will remain the same through the end of the semester.
  • Dining: The J, College Creek Marketplace, and the Cupboard will continue to operate during their regular business hours. Residents with meal plans will maintain access to these locations for their dining needs. Student residents should refer to the email that was sent to them. 
  • Housing Move-out: Housing residents may continue to move out all day throughout next week. Residents have received instructions about the move-out process and questions can be directed to housing@humboldt.edu.

Technology Support

  • Computer pickup: Information has been emailed to staff and faculty about a process for computer pick up to facilitate remote work.  
  • Laptop Loaners for students
    • A limited number of loaner laptops are available for students who need to complete instructional related work.  
    • Students must schedule an appointment with the Information Technology Services department in advance by sending an email to help@humboldt.edu with the subject: Student Loaner Laptop Request, and including the following information: software needed, description of use, contact phone number and preferred pickup time (between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday)
    • ITS will respond with a specific time confirmation and meeting instructions.
    • Please bring your Humboldt ID, we cannot get you a laptop without it.

Health and Counseling Services: 

  • Students: Student Health & Wellbeing Services is open for in-person or telehealth appointments during regular operating hours. Please email health@humboldt.edu for medical appointments or email humboldtcaps@humboldt.edu for counseling appointments. Patients with in-person appointments will be emailed details about accessing the building during the closure. TimelyCare is available 24/7 for both acute and scheduled medical and counseling sessions as well as health coaching and other resources.
  • Employees: Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program, LifeMatters, offered through Empathia 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Testing Center: Limited Testing Center access for students taking finals will start Monday by appointment only from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Email testing@humboldt.edu to request an appointment and the check-in process through the Parking Kiosk will be communicated when you make your appointment. There will be a shuttle escort available to take students to and from the Testing Center. 

Mail and Package Pickup: Shipping & Receiving remains open to receive freight and mail. Departments are asked to send a representative to pick up department-wide freight and mail. Call 707-826-3932 or come to the Shipping & Receiving building to the north of Facilities Management Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – noon, and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Check Pickup: The Cashier's Office will operate out of The Campus Store (697 8th St., Arcata) on Thursday, May 9, and Friday, May 10, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. During these hours students and employees will be able to pick up paychecks, financial aid checks, reimbursement/refund checks, and cash advance checks as well as make payments on student or staff accounts. Photo ID is required at the time of pick up.

Book Return: Library books and textbook rentals can be returned at The Campus Store in Arcata Tuesday, May 7 through Friday, May 10  from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Events: On-campus events have been canceled through May 12. Off-campus events are still continuing as scheduled. 

Off-campus academic activities: Any activities such as academic internships or field placements that can be conducted safely off-campus can continue. Buses will continue pickups for field trips and other academic activities at G15. Trip leaders will contact students with details. 

Transportation Services: The bus stop at Library Circle is currently closed. Bus riders should use the bus stop at 14th and B Streets. To help direct riders, signage has been placed at LK Wood Blvd and Plaza Ave (Library Circle), and at the 14th and B Streets bus stop. 

A shuttle is available to take housing residents from College Creek to The J cafeteria. Email parking@humboldt.edu to make arrangements.

General information about the campus closure can be found at humboldt.edu/info/faq 

Updated Schedule for Cal Poly Humboldt Commencement Ceremonies

May 3, 2024 - 12:57pm

Cal Poly Humboldt has adapted its Commencement plans so that this important celebration for graduates and their guests can be held even though the campus remains closed.

The University will hold modified ceremonies at three off-campus locations on Saturday, May 11, 2024. They will take place concurrently in the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino, the Eureka Theater, and the Eureka High School Auditorium. Each of the venues has the capacity to accommodate all of the registered graduates’ anticipated guests.

The University’s Regional Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, will take place as scheduled.

For the Commencement ceremonies on May 11, each of the three Colleges will hold multiple ceremonies, organized by major, during the course of the day. The ceremonies will be led by the Dean and Associate Dean of each of the Colleges, with support from an additional academic leader.

Graduates will be organized by major:

Blue Lake Casino Sapphire Palace - College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
(777 Casino Way, Blue Lake, CA)

8:30 a.m. - Art, Dance Studies, Film, Fine Art, Music, Theatre Arts
10:30 a.m. - Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geospatial Science & Technology
12:30 p.m. - Criminology & Justice Studies, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Native American Studies, Sociology, MA Sociology
2:30 p.m. - English, French & Francophone Studies, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Spanish, MA English
4:30 p.m. - Communication, History, Journalism

Eureka Theater - College of Professional Studies
(612 F St, Eureka, CA)

8:30 a.m. - Elementary Education, Leadership Studies, MA Education, Administrative Services Credential; Education Specialist Credential; Multiple Subject Credential; Single Subject Credential
10:30 a.m. - Business Administration, Economics, MA Business Administration
12:30 p.m. - Child Development, Child Development & Family Relationships, Psychology (Students with last names A-L)
2:30 p.m. - Psychology (Students with last names M-Z), MS Psychology
4:30 p.m. - Individualized Degree Plan, Kinesiology, Nursing, Recreation Administration, MS Kinesiology 
6:30 p.m. - Social Work, MA Social Work

Eureka High School Auditorium - College of Natural Resources & Sciences
(1915 J St. Eureka, CA)

8:30 a.m. - Biology, MS Biology
10:30 a.m. - Computer Science, Data Science, Environmental Resources Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics, MS Engineering & Community Practice
12:30 p.m. - Environmental Science & Management, MA Environmental Systems
2:30 p.m. - Forestry, Rangeland Resource Science, MS Natural Resources
4:30 p.m. - Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Zoology
6:30 p.m. - Botany, Chemistry, Wildlife

The Cultural Graduation Celebrations will be held Thursday and Friday at the Adorni Center in Eureka.

Asian, Desi, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and North African (ADPI+MENA) Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 10; 4 – 6 p.m.

Black Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 10; 1 – 3 p.m.

Latine/x Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 10; 7 – 9 p.m.

All Native Graduation Celebration
Thursday, May 9; 6 – 8 p.m.

Queer Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 10; 10 a.m. – Noon

Cal Poly Humboldt is unable to hold this Spring’s Commencement on campus as planned because of the recent emergency. The campus remains closed due to clean-up work, concerns about maintaining the security of buildings, and the ongoing criminal and campus conduct investigations.

Facilities staff on campus typically spend a month or more preparing for Commencement, and that has not been possible. Those same staff have been responding to the campus emergency, and now they are focused on the extensive clean-up following the restoration of order to campus. There is no way, at this point, to get the campus ready to host graduates and thousands of guests.

For questions about Commencement registration contact grad@humboldt.edu. For more information, please visit: commencement.humboldt.edu

A Message to the Campus Community

May 1, 2024 - 1:47pm

Dear Students and Colleagues,

As we all come to terms with the recent events on campus, it is important to recognize the emotional impact they have taken on us, individually and collectively. We want to acknowledge that this has been an extremely challenging week for Cal Poly Humboldt. We are hurting within our campus community and beyond, and we have much work in front of us to reset, rebuild, and heal. This will take time. We will do this together.

The unlawful actions that took place this past week stand in contrast to our values and beliefs—and can never happen again. We unequivocally support the rights of students and others to assemble peacefully, to protest, and to have their voices heard. We must also recognize the difference between free speech and unlawful activities that put others and protesters themselves at risk. This is something we simply cannot tolerate. As we call for peace, we must all practice it.

It is often the case that in extreme challenges communities come together. We have been deeply moved by the hundreds of staff and faculty who went well beyond their standard roles on campus in order to support the extensive needs of our community, and to the many organizations, state agencies, tribal governments, and law enforcement agencies who advised us and rushed to our aid in our time of great need. We are very grateful. This is who we are as a community—one that has a shared commitment and dedication to those we serve: our students.

As we get to the difficult work of reckoning with what has happened, we must also look to the future. We have already begun assessing the state of the campus and working to clean up the buildings and grounds. The campus will certainly remain closed through the end of the semester, likely much longer. Modified plans are being made for Commencement ceremonies at off-campus locations. We will continue to share updates, and more information will be available in the coming days.

We want to encourage you all to care for yourselves and others during this time—and to continue to use intellect and reason to challenge the status quo and make the world a better place. Our hope is that you are able to engage in meaningful dialogue with respect, empathy, and humanity. Lastly, let us use this opportunity to remind ourselves, our community and beyond of our shared vision at Cal Poly Humboldt: to be a campus for those who seek above all else to improve the global human condition and our relationship with the environment.

We know we will get there—together.

Sincerely,

Tom Jackson, Jr.
President

Jenn Capps
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Sherie Gordon
Vice President for Administrative Affairs

Chrissy Holliday
Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Success

Frank Whitlatch
Vice President for University Advancement

Mark Johnson
Chief of Staff

Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond
Special Assistant for Tribal Relations & Community Engagement

Nick Pettit
Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation

Connie Stewart
Executive Director of Initiatives 

Update on Cal Poly Humboldt Commencement Ceremonies

May 1, 2024 - 1:38pm

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to hosting Commencement ceremonies so that graduates and their families and friends can celebrate this important milestone. Recent challenges on campus have made it impractical to hold the ceremonies as planned. Instead, there will be a series of smaller off-campus ceremonies grouped by majors at three locations in the local area. The venues and ceremony sizes will accommodate the registered graduates and their anticipated number of guests.

The Regional Commencement ceremony in the Los Angeles area will take place as scheduled. Graduates from the Los Angeles area or with family there are encouraged to consider that option.

Graduates can email grad@humboldt.edu for any registration questions, including the option of attending the Regional Commencement. More information will be available on the Commencement website

Campus Update on Commencement and Dining Access 

April 30, 2024 - 7:56pm

Cal Poly Humboldt will hold a modified in-person Commencement with local ceremonies on Saturday, May 11, 2024. More details will be announced later this week.

All students who have a meal plan, including those who live off campus, are free to use The J, College Creek Marketplace, and the Cupboard dining facilities, which will continue to operate during their regular business hours

With the hard closure of campus in place, no one is allowed to walk through the center of campus. To access Dining facilities, students must walk down LK Wood to Granite Avenue and back. Housing residents are free to leave and return to campus. 

Hard Closure Continues—Campus Access, Resources, and Support

April 30, 2024 - 2:56pm

Law enforcement cleared and secured Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall East, as well as the area near those buildings. 31 individuals have been arrested, without incident, and there were no injuries. 

The University continues the hard closure of campus through May 10, but the shelter in place order has been lifted. Access to campus is restricted, and individuals are not permitted to enter or be on campus without prior authorization. Supervisors will contact those employees who are authorized to be on campus.

Failure to follow this directive may lead to corrective or disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

There are limited services available, and work and instruction continue remotely. 

Residents are allowed to come and go from campus, and may utilize spaces in their residence hall and access dining facilities near them. Campus Apartments and College Creek residents may go to College Creek Marketplace, and all other campus residents may go to Jolly Giant Commons. Residents should stay in these areas and NOT walk across campus.

The Children’s Center will be closed Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1. 

There will be no access to campus for computer or equipment retrieval Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1. 

Any activities such as academic internships or field placements that can be conducted safely off campus can continue. Buses will resume pickups for field trips and other academic activities at G15. Trip leaders will contact students with details. 

The Cashier's Office will operate at The Campus Store (697 8th St., Arcata) on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to pick up paychecks, financial aid checks, reimbursement/refund checks, and cash advance checks. A photo ID is required at the time of pick up.

Library books and textbook rentals can be returned at The Campus Store in Arcata from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1. 

On-campus events have been canceled through May 10. Off-campus events are still continuing as scheduled. 

Law Enforcement Secures Buildings and Restores Order at Cal Poly Humboldt

April 30, 2024 - 6:57am

On Tuesday, April 30 at about 0230, law enforcement began a series of actions to restore order on the Cal Poly Humboldt campus.

Law enforcement cleared and secured Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall East, as well as the area near those buildings. About 35 individuals were arrested, without incident. There were no injuries. 

The operation was carried out by Unified Command, which is made up of law enforcement personnel from throughout the State of California under the leadership of Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal and University Police Department Chief Peter Cress.

At the time the operation was initiated, on-campus residents were advised by University text and emails to shelter in place. Others were directed to stay away from campus, which was already under a hard closure. 

The operation’s objective was to establish control of the site; protect the rights, safety, and health of students and employees; eliminate the threat of violence and criminal behavior; and reestablish control of buildings and other property.

Those arrested faced a range of different charges depending on individual circumstances including unlawful assembly, vandalism, conspiracy, assault of police officers, and others. In addition, students could face discipline for conduct violations while any University employees arrested could face disciplinary action.

The University had made repeated efforts over the last week to resolve the situation. This morning’s enforcement action was determined to be necessary to restore order and to address the lawlessness and dangerous conditions that had developed. 

What was occurring was not free expression or a protest. It was criminal activity, and there were serious concerns it would spread even further on campus.

The hard closure of the campus remains in place through May 10, and law enforcement is continuing to monitor the situation. For employees, your supervisor will contact you if you are authorized to be on campus.

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal

“The law enforcement action at Cal Poly Humboldt was essential to reestablishing order on campus. When someone commits a crime and infringes on the rights of others, it becomes necessary for law enforcement to step in. I'm grateful to the agencies and officers who contributed to bringing safety back to our campus. I understand the widespread frustration caused by the campus closure, threatening behavior, and lawlessness we've witnessed over the past week. By restoring order, we've sent a clear message that the criminal and dangerous activities we experienced were not peaceful protests, but outright criminal behavior, which is unacceptable.”

University Police Department Chief Peter Cress

“The University Police Department is deeply grateful to the local and statewide agencies that lent support to our campus during this event. The support was critical in restoring an environment on campus where learning and work occur safely. UPD remains committed to a learning environment where everyone can be heard without breaking the law.”

Tom Jackson Jr., Cal Poly Humboldt President

“This is a difficult day, it breaks my heart to see it, and truly nobody wanted to see things come to this. We’ve all watched this with great concern, and always with the sincere hope that it would be resolved peacefully. Unfortunately, serious criminal activity that crossed the line well beyond the level of a protest had put the campus at ongoing risk. I commend the law enforcement team for their effort in resolving this very dangerous situation, and I’m incredibly grateful for the many agencies who advised us and who came to our aid in our time of need. I’m also very grateful for our many staff members who performed far and above their normal duties to help us protect the campus and maintain operations. Our focus for the entire time has been on doing all we could do to protect the safety of all involved, and we were very patient and very disciplined with that.”

Campus Residents Can Access Limited Dining; Hard Closure Remains.

April 30, 2024 - 6:50am

The shelter in place advisory has been lifted for residents living on campus.

However, it is important that residents stay vigilant. Police are conducting follow-up on an enforcement action. 

The campus remains under a hard closure through May 10, and those not authorized to be on campus may be cited or arrested. For employees, your supervisor will contact you if you are authorized to be on campus.

Residents are allowed to come and go from campus, and may utilize spaces in their residence hall and access dining facilities near them. Campus Apartments and College Creek residents may go to College Creek Marketplace, and all other campus residents may go to Jolly Giant Commons. Residents should stay in these areas and NOT walk across campus.

Shelter in Place on Campus; Continuing Criminal Activity on Campus

April 30, 2024 - 3:24am

Due to continuing criminal activity on campus, residents living on campus should shelter in place. Anyone who is off campus should stay away.

There is an increased level of criminal activity on campus. It is dangerous to be out on campus at this time. In order to protect life and safety, residents on campus should shelter in place in their residence halls and remain alert to their surroundings. 

Anyone off campus should stay off campus. It is dangerous to be on or near campus at this time.

Reminder of Authorized Access During Hard Closure

April 29, 2024 - 4:19pm

To ensure the safety of our campus community, Cal Poly Humboldt is currently under a hard closure. This means that access to campus is restricted, and individuals are not permitted to enter or be on campus without prior authorization. This measure is essential for safeguarding the wellbeing of the campus community.

The failure to follow this directive may lead to corrective or disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Campus Access, Resources, and Support

April 28, 2024 - 7:39pm

This has been a challenging time for all of us. The safety and security of our entire campus community are at the forefront of every decision being made. Since Monday, the University’s goal has always been to bring a peaceful end to the occupation. The University continues to talk to anyone willing to have productive and respectful dialogue. 

[See the University’s response to the protestors’ demands at humboldt.edu/emergency.]

The individuals who are occupying Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall East, or illegally camping around those facilities, are urged to leave the campus peacefully now. Leaving voluntarily will be considered as a possible mitigating factor in University conduct processes and may reduce the severity of sanctions imposed. This does not, however, eliminate responsibility for any potential conduct or criminal charges. 

Campus leaders are offering to escort individuals who are concerned for their safety off campus.

A hard closure of campus is now being enforced through May 10, and individuals are prohibited from entering or being on campus without permission. Work and academic instruction will be remote.

There have been requests by many across campus to participate in decision-making related to the recent events, and we are grateful for your desire to help us navigate this difficult time. Once the situation has further stabilized, the University will host opportunities for conversations with the campus community in order to ensure we are moving forward and healing as a campus. 

Housing and Dining: Student residents are allowed to come and go from campus and access Dining facilities, and have been emailed details. Residents and authorized staff are permitted to be in the residence halls and dining facilities areas. Residence halls will remain open to residents and housing operations will remain the same through the end of the semester.

The J, College Creek Marketplace, and the Cupboard will continue to operate during their regular business hours. Residents with meal plans will maintain access to these locations for their dining needs. Student residents should refer to the email that was sent to them. 

Commencement: Many people have asked about Commencement. The University is planning for various scenarios to help students and families celebrate this important milestone. 

Access to Campus: University Division leadership or supervisors will email personnel who are authorized to access campus to provide instructions on the check-in procedure for accessing campus, which will be effective Monday morning. Authorized personnel are approved based on their inability to maintain business continuity in a fully remote environment. 

Technology Support

  • Computer pickup: Information has been emailed to staff and faculty about a process for computer pick up to facilitate remote work.  
     
  • Laptop Loaners for students
    • A limited number of loaner laptops are available for students who need to complete instructional related work.  
    • Students must schedule an appointment with the Information Technology Services department in advance by sending an email to help@humboldt.edu with the subject: Student Loaner Laptop Request, and including the following information: software needed, description of use case, contact phone number and preferred pickup time (between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday)
    • ITS will respond with a specific time confirmation and meeting instructions.
    • Please bring your Humboldt ID, we cannot get you a laptop without it.

Health and Counseling Services: 

  • Students: Student Health & Wellbeing Services is open for telehealth visits during regular operating hours. Please email health@humboldt.edu for medical appointments or email humboldtcaps@humboldt.edu for counseling appointments. TimelyCare is available 24/7 for both acute and scheduled medical and counseling sessions as well as health coaching and other resources.
  • Employees: Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program, LifeMatters, offered through Empathia 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Events

  • The University is working to relocate athletics events and activities. Coaches will share information with athletes. 
  • All other on-campus events have been canceled through May 10. If you had catering services scheduled for your event, all services will be canceled with no fees applied.
  • Off-campus events are still scheduled.

Off-campus academic activities: Buses will not be transporting students to field trips, but any activities such as academic internships or field placements that can be conducted safely off campus can continue.

Children’s Center: The Center is open during regular operating hours.

FAQs: General information and frequently asked questions can be found at humboldt.edu/emergency/faq 

Message to Cal Poly Humboldt Students

April 27, 2024 - 6:11pm

This message was sent to Cal Poly Humboldt students

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Cal Poly Humboldt Students:

This past week has been a time of great distress and sadness for our campus, as we have grappled with a protest that has grown into a significant health and safety concern resulting in campus closure at a critical time in the semester. The safety and security of our campus community—our students, faculty, and staff—are at the forefront of every decision we are making. We know that many of you, regardless of whether or not you support the protest itself, are upset about the current state of affairs and the disruption it has caused in your student experience.

How did we get here?

Please know that Cal Poly Humboldt’s leadership takes seriously our responsibility to our campus community, particularly our students, during this difficult time. This is especially true for those of us who provide leadership to areas directly responsible for our students’ success and wellbeing.

Police were called on April 22 to remove protesters from Siemens Hall because the situation was becoming increasingly dangerous. The protestors had blocked exits and other spaces, creating safety hazards, both for themselves and others who were working and attending class in the building at that time. Since Monday, hateful graffiti has been painted on campus buildings and there has been other damage throughout campus, all of which is certainly well outside the bounds of our expectations for student behavior. The University supports free speech, however, there are many options to express those views that don't put others in danger, destroy property, and completely disrupt campus.

While Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall East are most directly impacted, individuals have attempted to break into other spaces across campus. The occupied buildings create health and safety issues that cannot be ignored. We are hearing from families and students with various perspectives, including those who are asking us to end this immediately to allow students to return to the important work of learning. We are also hearing from those of you who feel unsafe because of this protest, not because of the law enforcement presence, but because of the actions of the protesters. So please know that the impacts of this are widely varied within our campus community, and we are balancing our response as best we can in recognition of that reality.

Are we working to end the disruption to campus?

Absolutely. Since the occupation of Siemens Hall began Monday, efforts have been underway to engage with protesters, while ensuring the safety and security of those who are choosing to instead focus on finishing out the semester. Much of that work has been behind the scenes and has included outreach at various times from both of us, as well as other campus and academic leaders, beginning Monday evening and continuing to current time.

On our part, that means encouraging them to cease this disruption within a space that is essential to our academic purpose. Friday, we offered to students who were in the buildings, and included this in direct messaging to all students who received notices of conduct proceedings and interim suspensions, a chance for a check-out process that ensured their safe passage from the occupied buildings at this time, but did not eliminate the conduct and legal repercussions of the recent activity. Saturday’s hard closure of campus is our next step towards restored normalcy. This is in no way an exhaustive list of all that has been done to bring this to a close, but we wanted to share some of it with you, and assure you that Cal Poly Humboldt’s primary focus is resolving this in a manner that prioritizes the health, safety, and educational success of our students.

What about Commencement?

This time is particularly difficult for our seniors, who are looking forward to graduating on May 11 and, in many cases, did not have the joy of an in-person high school graduation due to COVID. As the situation continues to evolve, we do not yet know how Commencement will look at Cal Poly Humboldt. However, our campus leadership understands the importance of Commencement to all of you and your families, and we are doing everything in our power to ensure you have the opportunity to walk across a stage and hear your family and friends cheer as you receive your diploma. Expect more communication about Commencement in the coming days.

What if I need support dealing with this disruption?

Any student who needs additional support navigating the current situation is encouraged to contact the Dean of Students office by emailing dos@humboldt.edu. Members of that team can provide assistance in connecting you with resources needed for your online classes, or connecting with faculty about special accommodations.

If you have concerns about your grades or progress in your courses, please reach out to your faculty members via email and also check Canvas, as many faculty members are posting updates and announcements that you will find helpful there.

Student Health & Wellbeing Services is open for telehealth visits and looking forward to continuing to support our students. Please email health@humboldt.edu for medical appointments or email humboldtcaps@humboldt.edu for counseling appointments. We will strive to address your needs as promptly as possible. Please know you also have 24/7 access to TimelyCare for both acute and scheduled medical and counseling sessions as well as health coaching and other resources.

We have continued to provide support for our Jewish students and all students who may feel unsafe or experience negative interactions on our campus. Those requests for support can be sent to dos@humboldt.edu, or incidents of concern can be reported using this form, or emailing complaints@humboldt.edu

Once the situation has further stabilized, the EMSS Division and Dean of Students Office will host opportunities for community conversations with our students, among other efforts, in order to ensure we are moving forward and healing as a campus. We are grateful for your participation in our campus community, and we are saddened by this difficult situation we are navigating together. We ask for your continued patience and want to reiterate that our teams are here to support you and do everything we can to return our campus to normal operations.

 

Dr. Chrissy Holliday 

Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Success 

 

Dr. Mitch Mitchell

AVP of Student Success & Dean of Students

Enforced Hard Closure of Campus

April 27, 2024 - 12:41pm

A hard closure of campus is now being enforced. Individuals are prohibited from entering or being on campus without permission.

This includes road closures at Harpst and B as well as Plaza and LK Wood.

This closure means that nobody without authorization by University Police is allowed on the campus. Anyone on campus without permission is subject to citation or arrest.

Students who live on campus in residence halls are presumed to have permission to remain in the limited area of the hall they live in and dining facilities. Until further updates, student residents do not have permission to be in other parts of campus.

The campus is closed due to ongoing occupation of Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall, as well as continued challenges with individuals breaking laws in the area surrounding the buildings and the quad.

Check-out option update

April 26, 2024 - 4:38pm

The offer for protestors in the buildings to leave with a guarantee of no immediate arrest has been extended to 5 p.m.

Those who walk out peacefully by the deadline will not be immediately arrested and will be able to leave campus without being arrested. This does not, however, eliminate University conduct-related sanctions or legal implications. In addition, voluntarily departing in this way will be considered as a mitigating factor in University conduct processes and may reduce the severity of sanctions imposed. 

See previous message for details about the check-out process at humboldt.edu/emergency.

Campus Offers Chance to Leave Buildings with No Immediate Arrest

April 26, 2024 - 2:10pm

As part of an ongoing and urgent effort to protect life and safety in the ongoing crisis of occupied buildings, Cal Poly Humboldt is offering any of those currently in the buildings the opportunity to leave with a guarantee of no immediate arrest. This does not, however, eliminate University conduct-related sanctions or legal implications.

Those who walk out peacefully by the deadline will not be immediately arrested and will be able to leave campus without being arrested. In addition, voluntarily departing in this way will be considered as a mitigating factor in University conduct processes and may reduce the severity of sanctions imposed.

This offer is open until 4 p.m., Friday, April 26.

The offer applies to both students and non-students who are currently occupying buildings and illegally camping around them.

The individuals inside the buildings were told about this opportunity earlier today. They are also being notified by email and other communications channels.

A number of individuals have continued to occupy Siemens Hall since Monday, and have made efforts to occupy other buildings on campus. While the situation is largely stabilized, there is continuing destruction of property and other lawlessness in the central part of campus. This has caused complex operational challenges that require the closure of other facilities on campus. The occupation is having a negative impact on other students, who are trying to complete classes at the end of the semester

The Cal Poly Humboldt campus is closed through the remainder of the semester, and work and instruction continue to be remote. 

Ongoing updates are available at humboldt.edu/emergency.

Campus Closed Through the End of the Semester, Remote Instruction and Work Continue

April 26, 2024 - 12:30pm

Campus is now closed through May 10, and work and academic instruction will be remote as individuals continue to occupy Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall East. More details to follow about campus operations and remote work.

The occupation of Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall East is causing ongoing inability to open other campus facilities. Since Monday night, protestors have attempted several times to break into multiple locked buildings with the intention of either locking themselves in, vandalizing, or stealing equipment. Vandalism and theft have continued across campus.

 

University Response to Protestor Demands

April 26, 2024 - 10:30am

The following was shared yesterday during a conversation with student protestors.

This is an initial response intending to make a good faith effort to respond, and is meant to lead to additional dialogue.

_________

 

The Cal Poly Humboldt pro-Palestine protests have elevated a remarkable number of important questions, opened a space for difficult, meaningful conversations, and also raised concerns about what principles of the community we bring into spaces of disagreement. Even in the midst of this challenging period for our community, we remain firmly rooted in our University’s purpose: to provide the highest quality and affordable college education built on the contributions of diverse students, staff, and faculty who are committed to a just and sustainable world. 

We write today in this spirit, while also reasserting our responsibility for civil discourse and fact-based debate. In particular, we would like to provide context and feedback to the stated demands of the protesters. They have asked the campus to:

 

1. Disclose all holdings and collaborations with Israel. 

It is important to highlight that Cal Poly Humboldt is among the higher education leaders in environmentally and socially responsible investing. In 2014, with extensive student involvement, an investment strategy focused on reducing investments in the fossil fuel industry and in tracking investments in socially concerning sectors was adopted. Last year, again with student involvement and assistance, a new policy focused on Environmentally & Socially Responsible (ESR) investing was adopted. This policy takes a “positive investment” approach to select funds with strong environmental, social, and governance practices, and again puts Humboldt at the leading edge of responsible investing within higher education. 

The investments in the University’s endowment does not include any direct investment in defense companies or any securities issued by Israeli companies or organizations, or to defense firms. In fact, because of the relatively small size of the endowment, the investment strategy does not include direct investment in any specific companies or securities. Instead, the portion of the investment in securities is in mutual funds, which are bundles of many securities that reflect the portfolios of numerous different investment managers. 

So any holdings of the securities in question would represent indirect investment. Our estimates put the potential indirect investment in the areas that are asked about at less than 1% of the investment portfolio of more than $51 million. Of this, our estimate of potential defense investment is less than 0.5% of the entire portfolio, though that can fluctuate over time. This estimate is probably high as these companies do not produce weaponry but rather components of various industrial products (like wind turbines and aviation parts). The portion of the indirect investment in Israeli companies or organizations is likewise less than 0.5%, and can fluctuate over time. These securities, which again are bundled in different mutual funds, are software companies and banks, and there is also less than 0.1% in bonds. Any of these holdings could be sold by the fund manager at any time. 

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the investment policies in the future.

 

2. Cut all ties with Israeli universities.

Cal Poly Humboldt has a commitment to global engagement. While we have no current ties with Israeli Universities, we are open to connecting with universities across the world in an effort to build connections and expand understanding. The Cal Poly Humboldt catalog listing for a study abroad program with the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel is a California State University International Study Abroad (CSU IP) program, not a Cal Poly Humboldt program. The CSU IP Haifa program is not currently enrolling students. Current Bilateral Exchange Programs with Cal Poly Humboldt are listed online.

Information about agreements with other universities is also available on campus websites or with an email to the Dean of Extended Education & Global Engagement. We encourage our students to speak and engage with faculty as well as campus administrators. Our doors are always open to our students.

 

3. Divest from companies and corporations complicit in the occupation of Palestine: 

Please see the investment information in #1. We do not have a way of measuring the specific language included in this request.

 

4. Drop charges against and halt the harassment of student organizers by law enforcement. 

University policy and conduct violations will follow established procedures, and there will be consequences for actions that violate policy or law. However, students who elect to evacuate the building and support efforts to clear the building will have their actions considered as a mitigating factor within those processes.

 

5. University to publicly call for a ceasefire and end to the occupation of Palestine.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to social justice and the Graduation Pledge to guide everyone’s social and environmental consequences of their decisions. We are supportive of a peaceful and just world which affords the opportunity for all human beings to flourish and achieve their potential.

 

6. “We want the university to either amend or remove the time, manner or place clause [of its free expression policy] which allows them to call the police on students for organizing in ways that they deem inappropriate.” (Link)

The University's Time, Place and Manner (TPM) policy exists to protect the rights of the entire campus community to a secure environment that is conducive to the pursuit of knowledge, freedom of inquiry, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. The policy is content-neutral in its approach to speech and assembly, protecting our freedoms while also ensuring that the rights of the rest of the campus community to a safe and secure environment are protected. Part of protecting our rights is protecting the health and safety of persons, and the security of property, for which uniformed police officers may be required. 

Update on Remote Instruction and Work, and Campus Operations

April 25, 2024 - 8:57am

Protestors continue to occupy Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall East at Cal Poly Humboldt. Campus will now be closed through Sunday, April 28, and work and instruction continue to be remote. The University is making various contingency plans, including possibly keeping campus closed beyond that.

The occupation of Siemens Hall causes complex operational challenges that require the closure of other facilities on campus. In particular, there is a risk of other buildings being occupied, as protestors have shown a willingness to enter unlocked buildings and either lock themselves in, vandalize, or steal equipment. The occupation is also having a negative impact on other students, who are trying to complete classes at the end of the semester.

Numerous laws have been broken, including resisting arrest, destroying and damaging property, criminal trespass, and more. 

As protestors have been told, the continued occupation of the building is causing the ongoing closure of other campus facilities. Upcoming activities and events are being canceled, while other important events such as IdeaFest are in question.

 

Academics

  • Classes: In-person classes and activities are transitioning to remote where possible through Sunday, April 28. Instructors are posting course updates on Canvas. 
  • Off-campus academic activities: Buses will not be transporting students to field trips, but any activities such as academic internships or field placements that can be conducted safely off campus can continue

     

Employees (Staff, Faculty, and Students)

  • Remote work: Those who are able to work remotely will continue to do so. Contact your supervisor for alternative work options. Your supervisor will contact you if you need to report to campus for work. More details to follow about employee and student pay. 
     
  • Computer pickup: Information Technology Services is working on a process for essential computer pickup to facilitate remote work only. More details to follow. 
     
  • Paychecks: The Cashier’s Office will be operating within The Campus Store on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The Campus Store is located at 697 8th St., Arcata. During these hours students and staff will be able to:
    • Pick up paychecks 
    • Pick up financial aid checks
    • Pick up cash advance checks

Campus Services and Resources: Limited services continue to be available to all students. 

  • Housing and dining: Students living on campus are safe and the residence halls are operating normally. The J, the College Creek Marketplace, and the Cupboard are all open during normal hours. Dining hours of operation
     
  • Health and counseling services: 
    • Students: Student Health & Wellbeing Services is open for in-person medical and counseling appointments during regular operating hours at the SHWS. Student Health & Wellbeing Services appointment info and hours of operation. Timely Care is available 24/7 for on demand and scheduled medical and counseling services through telehealth.
    • Employees: Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program, LifeMatters, offered through Empathia 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
       
  • The Children’s Center is open.
     

Events

  • The University is working to relocate athletics events and activities. Coaches will share information with athletes. 
  • All other on-campus events have been canceled through Sunday, April 28. If you had catering services scheduled for your event, all services will be canceled with no fees applied. 
  • The University is moving forward with plans for Commencement ceremonies and activities for our students next month.
  • Off-campus events are still scheduled.

Campus Closed Through the Weekend Amid Ongoing Protest

April 24, 2024 - 2:14pm

The following was shared with news media

ARCATA, California — Protestors continue to occupy Siemens Hall, plus another building at Cal Poly Humboldt. Campus will now be closed through the weekend, and work and instruction continue to be remote. The University is making various contingency plans, including possibly keeping campus closed beyond that. 

The safety, health, and wellbeing of our students is paramount as the situation has become increasingly complex. There are unidentified non-students with unknown intentions, in Siemens Hall. This creates an unpredictable environment. In addition, all entrances to the building are barricaded, creating a fire hazard. Adding to health and safety concerns, many toilets are no longer working.

The occupation of Siemens Hall causes complex operational challenges that require the closure of other facilities on campus. In particular, there is a risk of other buildings being occupied, as protestors have shown a willingness to enter unlocked buildings and either lock themselves in or steal equipment. The occupation is also having a negative impact on other students, who are trying to complete classes at the end of the semester.

Campus officials are communicating with protestors and continuing to encourage them to leave as soon as possible. 

As protestors have been told, the continued occupation of the building is causing the ongoing closure of other campus facilities. Upcoming activities and events are being canceled, while other important events such as IdeaFest are in question.

In recent days, hateful graffiti has been painted on university property. The University condemns in the strongest terms all forms of hatred, bigotry, and violence. Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, hatred, and bigotry in all forms have no place at Cal Poly Humboldt. The University is actively offering support to all students and has been in touch with local Jewish community leaders.

The University supports free speech through open dialogue that is respectful and constructive. That does not include behavior that involves destroying and damaging property, and disrupting students, faculty, and staff from learning, teaching, and working. Everyone deserves to be in an environment where everyone can feel safe, included, and respected. 

Numerous laws have been broken, including resisting arrest, destroying and damaging property, criminal trespass, and more.

Multiple local, state, and federal agencies are providing additional resources and support.

Campus Operations Update as Protests Continue

April 23, 2024 - 5:35pm

Dozens of protestors continue to occupy Siemens Hall and have barricaded themselves in the building by blocking entrances with furniture, creating safety hazards. 

The campus community and families of students are understandably concerned. Campus officials continue to encourage protestors to cooperate and remain open to dialogue around a peaceful resolution to the situation. 

Significant world events and crises often hit close to home for members of our campus and local communities. The University supports free speech through open dialogue that is respectful and constructive, but will not tolerate endangering people, destroying property, and disrupting campus. 

As a community, we are committed to keeping our students, staff, and faculty safe and fostering a learning and working environment where the campus community can feel safe, included, and respected. 

Check humboldt.edu/emergency for updates. Details on the campus closure are below.

 

Remote Work, Instruction, and Campus Operations

The campus remains closed through Wednesday, April 24 for the safety of the campus community. Buildings are locked down and key cards won’t work. 

Academics

  • Classes: In-person classes and activities are transitioning to remote where possible through Wed., April 24. Instructors are posting course updates online. 
  • Off-campus academic activities: Buses will not be transporting students to field trips, but any activities such as academic internships or field placements that can be conducted safely off campus can continue.

Employees

  • Remote Work: Those who are able to work remotely will continue to do so. Contact your supervisor for alternative work options. Your supervisor will contact you if you need to report to campus for work. 


Campus Services: Limited services will be available to all students. 

  • Housing and dining: Students living on campus are safe and the residence halls are operating normally. The J Dining Hall will be open until 9 p.m. and will continue normal hours of operation. The College Creek Marketplace will open at 4 p.m. today until 9 p.m. tonight. The Cupboard is open normal hours, 5 p.m. to midnight. Dining hours of operation
     
  • Health and counseling services: Timely Care is currently available to students and Student Health & Wellbeing Services will reopen for in-person medical and counseling appointments starting Wednesday morning for regular operating hours. Student Health & Wellbeing Services appointment info and hours of operation

Events

  • The University is working to relocate athletics events and activities. Coaches will share information with athletes. 
  • All other on-campus events have been canceled through Wed., April 24. 
  • The University is moving forward with Commencement ceremonies and activities for our students next month.

Protestors Continue to Occupy Cal Poly Humboldt Buildings

April 23, 2024 - 12:11pm

The following was shared with news media

Protestors continue to occupy Siemens Hall, an academic and administrative building on the campus of Cal Poly Humboldt.

Three protesters were arrested overnight stemming from the occupation and confrontation with law enforcement both inside and outside the building. 

Dozens of protestors remain inside Siemens Hall. Through the evening, they barricaded every entrance to the building with furniture, creating a hazardous situation for protestors inside. 

An unknown number of students have occupied another building in the area.

The University is concerned about the safety of the students who remain in the building, and has been asking the students to remain open to dialogue around a peaceful resolution. 

The University supports free speech through open dialogue that is respectful and constructive. There are many avenues and options to express views that don't involve disrupting operations and vandalizing campus, which interferes with the campus community's rights to a safe and peaceful environment. 

University police continue to closely monitor an evolving situation. The University has had strategic meetings with law enforcement and fire officials about the health and safety of those barricading themselves inside the building.

The campus community is advised to avoid the area of the building.

On Monday night, the University announced that the campus will be closed through Wednesday, April 24 for the safety of the campus community. Buildings are locked down and limited campus services, such as Dining, are available.

At 4:50 p.m., University Police received reports of dozens of protesters occupying the first and second floors of Siemens Hall.

Classes in Siemens Hall were canceled. Students and faculty of five courses that were in progress and employees inside were evacuated. The building was shut down after protesters began disrupting classes and University operations, and vandalizing University property.

They blocked entrances and elevators with tents and at one point shut doors using chains and zip ties at various locations, violating fire codes and creating extreme safety hazards for those inside. Protestors were given multiple warnings and opportunities to exit the building voluntarily.

Those who are able to work remotely have been directed to continue to do so. In-person classes and activities are transitioning to remote where possible. Instructors are posting course updates online. 

Campus Closed, Remote Instruction and Work

April 22, 2024 - 11:58pm

Campus Closed, Remote Instruction and Work

The campus will continue to be closed through Wednesday, April 24 for the safety of the campus community as protestors continue occupying Siemens Hall. Buildings are locked down and key cards will not work. 

Those who are able to work remotely will continue to do so. Contact your supervisor for alternative work options. Your supervisor will contact you if you need to report to campus for work.

In-person classes and activities are transitioning to remote where possible. Instructors should post course updates on Canvas. 

Please check humboldt.edu/emergency for updates.

Campus Closed as Dangerous Situation Continues at Siemens Hall

April 22, 2024 - 8:30pm

Campus is closed through Wednesday, April 24 for the safety of the campus community as protestors continue occupying Siemens Hall. 

The campus community is advised to avoid the area of the building, as it is a dangerous and volatile situation.

The University is deeply concerned about the safety of the protestors who have barricaded themselves inside the building. The University is urgently asking that the protestors listen to directives from law enforcement that have responded and to peacefully leave the building.

In-person classes and activities are transitioning to remote where possible. Check in with your instructor or supervisor for next steps.

Please check humboldt.edu/emergency for updates.