Chancellor's Weekly Message

Chancellor's Weekly Message

Friday, June 19, 2020 1:15 PM

Office of the Chancellor

Dear CCSF Community,

In the midst of what has been and continues to be a devastating time in our country, today is actually a good day to celebrate both Juneteenth and the recent legal victories for our immigrant and LGBTQ communities.

Juneteenth: A Day for Celebration!

Today, June 19 celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. While it has been celebrated widely across the country for more than 150 years, it has achieved new prominence during a time when our country finally begins to grapple with - and dismantle - the systemic racism that plagues this country. This quarter’s edition of Equity Times, the official newsletter developed by the CCSF Office of Student Equity, provides an excellent history of the holiday:

“Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which had become official January 1, 1863. 

There have been several attempts to make Juneteenth a national holiday, and it is my hope that our elected officials will finally give the holiday the recognition it deserves.

If you’re looking for more ways to (safely!) celebrate Juneteenth, the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle have also created lists of events throughout the Bay Area. And I hope you’ll take some time to visit our African American Program Studies page to learn more about the College’s academic offerings and the resources we offer to our Black students.

Court Wins for our Immigrant Community!

This week brought some huge wins for our nation’s immigrant community. Just two days ago, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that preserves the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides protected immigration status to 700,000 young people across the United States, and 70,000 students within the California Community College District. The Trump administration’s attempt to abruptly end DACA in 2017 instilled terror in the hearts of so many at City College, and as a sanctuary college in a sanctuary city, we vowed to stand with – and protect – our immigrant community.

And thankfully, because the Supreme Court found the Trump administration’s attack on DACA to be legally unfounded, the DACA program will continue!Thank you to all at City College who continue to support our undocumented students through resources like the City DREAM Center and Legal Services for Undocumented Immigrants.

Also, this week, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of Oakland ruled that CARES Act funding should be available to all students regardless of citizenship status, another ruling affirming the rightful place of immigrants in this country’s educational institutions. Because CCSF has already distributed all of the $3.5 million in emergency grants to students, we are exploring additional possible funding sources to retroactively provide these grants to students who qualify. We look forward to sharing more information about this soon!

Landmark Protection for the LGBTQ Community

The US Supreme Court issued yet another (long overdue) landmark decision prohibiting employers from discriminating against anyone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. While it has long been illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, gender, or religion, sexual orientation and gender identity have been inexplicably left out of these codified protections for far too long. Starting today, all workers across the United States will have the legal protection to show up to work truly as themselves. And while peoples’ hearts and minds do not change overnight, we can finally say the law is on our side. We’d like to encourage all members of our community to visit our LGBT Studies program to learn about the academic offerings at CCSF, and to view the resources available through the College’s Queer Resources Center.

After hundreds of years of work, countless deaths, and seemingly endless struggle, our country is changing perhaps slower than we all would like, but change is coming.

In Solidarity,


Past Messages

Friday, June 05, 2020 4:15 PM

Office of the Chancellor

Dear College Community,

As we end the 12th week of shelter-in-place, two weeks of protests in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, and a week of curfews, I’d like to refocus today’s note from the state of the College to the state of our country – and end the week with a few words of hope and encouragement.

Many of the news reports from around the country note the demonstrations were organized by high school and college students - the future leaders of our country - who truly believe that real, meaningful change can happen. And for that change to occur, we must start now. We must acknowledge what has to change. We must have honest, uncomfortable conversations, and follow through with action.

Most importantly, we must ask ourselves, "What is my role in this?" We must now confront the fact that our silence has allowed this oppression and violence to continue. And after watching the demonstrations, the memorial for Mr. Floyd, and the charges against the individuals who hunted down and killed Ahmaud Arbery, we must follow the advice of our Board President Shanell Williams: we must "remain reflective of what we can do to combat the venomous poison that is anti-black racism, to do our part to bring change at this tipping point."

President Williams, I stand with you ready to do my part to change the system. Not just as the Interim Chancellor, but as a person and woman of color, who is not content to simply denounce racism and social injustice. As the leader of this institution, what are some of the things I can do to help support meaningful change?

I want to refer to the State Chancellor's Call to Action to create a space for dialogue, community, and action. I am calling on our Professional Development Committee to create that safe space during Fall 2020 FLEX day, and I vow to work with the administrators to create additional space for dialogue and action.

Additional actions we will undertake include working with faculty, staff, students, and administrators to:

  1. Conduct a systemwide review of police and first responder training and curriculum
  2. Create a climate of open dialogue, facilitated by Campus leaders 
  3. Audit the classroom climate, and develop an action plan to create inclusive classrooms and incorporate anti-racism curriculum
  4. Review and update equity plans, overseen by the Board
  5. Shorten the time for the full implementation of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Plan 
  6. Engage in the Vision Resource Center “Community Colleges for Change.” 

If you see additional areas of urgency, please send a note to, as we want to hear directly from those who are most impacted by these policies.

And this is why I see a reason for hope: some of you have already stepped up to have the courageous conversations, acknowledging the sense of urgency for reform. I look forward to working with you all to do better, to make our College a safe haven for all people, and to make drastic and long-lasting change.

In Solidarity,

Dianna R. Gonzales
Interim Chancellor
City College of San Francisco

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 7:15 AM

Office of the Chancellor

Dear CCSF Community,

I join you as we join the world to mourn the public execution of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day. My heart breaks, not just because one more time, we witnessed the utter disregard of the life of a black man, but because others, who could have and should have stepped in to stop the killing of George Floyd did nothing.

The death has sparked protests across the country, both peaceful and violent. To quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 Other America speech:

“Certain conditions continue to exist in our society, which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?“

And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.”

Dr. King gave that speech 53 years ago at Stanford University. And what has changed? “And what is it that America has failed to hear?”, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As you well know, people across the nation are protesting . . . for justice. As in cities across the country, San Francisco’s peaceful protests have escalated to riotous violence, vandalism and looting. Fortunately for CCSF, so far there have been no reports of injured CCSF students, faculty, staff or buildings.

On May 31st, to protect city residents and property, Mayor London Breed announced a citywide curfew. Many cities in the region and nationwide have followed suit. Tonight, the protests and curfew continue. Please protect yourself and keep our city safe by complying with the City Curfew as we work together to enact social justice change.

These are indeed trying times – COVID19, unemployment rates the highest since the Great Depression, shelter-in-place, curfews. As we continue to navigate through these challenges, now, more than ever, we must look out for each other. Stand up for each other. Help and protect each other.

President Williams will address the College via video message later today and we invite you to join in the Call to Action sponsored by State Chancellor Oakley at 9:00 am this morning, June 3, To join this webinar please click: or City College’s own former Student Trustee, Bryan Daley, is one of the featured speakers.

Be well and stay safe.

In Solidarity,


Friday, May 29, 2020 7:00 PM

Office of the Chancellor

Dear CCSF Community,

May is truly my favorite time of year, even under present circumstances, because it gives the entire community a chance to celebrate the hard work and achievement of our graduating students. While this year’s graduation is certainly bittersweet, I hope you’ll take the time to watch our special graduation video and read the 2020 graduation program, which lists all of our graduates by name. I also hope you’ll join me in a City-wide #SFGradCheer (from the safety of our homes, of course) this coming Tuesday, June 2 at 8:00pm, when we’ll open our windows and sing along to “Pomp and Circumstance” to give our graduates some cheers! Be sure to post your photos and videos on social media with the #SFGradCheer hashtag so graduates can follow along.  My hope is that this time next year, we are well past this shelter-in-place and we’ll be back to holding commencement as it should be – very public and very loud!  I invite this year’s graduates to join us next year in celebrating your accomplishments.

And even during this time of celebration, we must also acknowledge the difficult path ahead. This week’s note includes details from yesterday evening’s Board of Trustees meeting, the R2C Task Force, and benefits available to our employees.

The College Needs Your Help - Now!

This week and next week, the State Budget Committee is determining the fate of California community college funding for the upcoming 2020-2021 fiscal year. The College has been aggressively lobbying the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, the State Chancellor, state assembly members and state senators to maintain our College's revenue at a level that will allow us to continue to prepare our students to enter the workforce and fuel the economy. This includes funding for programs like allied health and English as a Second Language.

And this is where you come in! We need every student, faculty and classified staff member, administrator, and San Franciscan to send a message to the Co-chair of the State Budget Committee, District 19 Assemblymember Phil Ting, explaining why it is so critical for City College to remain fully funded.

Send the attached letter to Assemblymember Ting online here or in writing to 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14600, San Francisco, CA 94102.

President Williams, Vice President Temprano, Trustee Selby and I met with Assemblymember Ting on Thursday to advocate for the state to forgive the College’s $16.8M penalty charges, which the College pays via a $2.4M annual apportionment reduction. Assemblymember Ting is a longtime City College champion and supporter. He has agreed to consider our request. We’ll keep you abreast of our progress.

Budget and Labor Update

As I shared in last week's community message, we are working hard to close a projected $35M million deficit, which will require us to reduce spending across all areas of our budget. The College can get through this crisis and come out stronger, if we work together towards a common goal – preserving programs critical for our students that lead to graduation and completion, and jobs through our Career Technical Education and Workforce Development Programs. However, we will not be able to sustain and support critical programs if we do not work together to (1) successfully advocate for funding for the College; and (2) reduce expenses, including salaries and benefits.

To maintain the class schedule for FY20/21 at the current level (which is a significant reduction from the last two years and has already resulted in faculty losing their jobs), I am recommending that we ALL make temporary sacrifices to preserve programs critical to our students and our community.  I will be working with each of the employee group leaders during the next two weeks to achieve this goal.  I recognize that this takes us backwards after years of working towards competitive salaries and benefits for all College employees, but I believe it’s the right thing to do - to preserve our educational programs and create the foundation for long-term fiscal sustainability.  I do not take this recommendation lightly and have directed that all non-personnel spending also be reduced. Also, the Trustees and I remain committed to advocate for funding for our College.

May 28 Board of Trustees Meeting

Yesterday evening, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the PGC Budget Committee, PGC, and Board Budget and Audit Committee’s recommendation to relocate all classes from Fort Mason to Ocean Campus and other CCSF Centers by September 2020. This was a truly difficult decision, but one that had to be made to help ensure the financial health and stability of the College. We will be offering this coursework at different center locations, and encourage you to keep checking the schedule for available classes.

R2C Task Force

The R2C Task Force is making significant process to finalize plans to slowly reopen college buildings this summer, but only if we can keep our employees safe. Early next week, Institutional Research and Human Resources will share results from the CCSF Employee Survey.

Employee Resources: Employee Assistance Program

This is a very, very challenging time, which is why I want to highlight the free counseling services available through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). As City College employees, you may be eligible to receive free, confidential counseling with a licensed therapist. You can learn more about this program on the CCSF website or on the City’s EAP page, and information for the 24-hour help line is available here. Whether it is through EAP or other resources such as friends or family – please do not hesitate to reach out. We’re all in this together.

I continue to be humbled daily by the dedication and passion demonstrated by everyone in our community.  You are truly inspirational, thank you for all you continue to do for our students, our community, and each other.

In Gratitude,


Dianna R. Gonzales
Interim Chancellor
City College of San Francisco

Friday, May 22, 2020 1:45 PM

Office of the Chancellor

Dear CCSF Community,

I’m writing today with some troubling news about the College’s Fiscal Year 20-21 budget. As we have been warning for the last several weeks, based on the Governor’s May Revise, we are now projecting the same devastating loss of revenues and subsequent budget deficit as our local, state, and national partners. And while we don’t yet have the final numbers, we know that the state is facing a multi-billion-dollar deficit, which will translate to a significant deficit for the California Community College system.

While these numbers may change, and will likely worsen, we are currently projecting a loss of $27 million in state funding. If we do not adjust spending for next year, the $19 million initial deficit projection for the College balloons to a $35 million deficit. This is absolutely devastating.  And while we are continuing our advocacy work to secure more funding, the unfortunate reality is that it simply won’t be enough. The only way to survive this loss of funding and move forward is to work together to restructure the College. That is to say, we cannot keep the current structure of programs and support services, and shrink the College with more cuts.

We must focus our efforts on advocating for funding that supports our equity students in their work to graduate and transfer - students who are expressly excluded from federal funding distributed to the College. We must also enhance funding for workforce development and other programs and services.

If we work together to restructure the College and advocate for more funding, the College can be at the forefront of the City’s economic recovery efforts as a linchpin for workforce development and education.

The following information has been shared with the Participatory Governance Council Budget Committee, comprised of leadership from all constituency groups. I know this information is likely going to leave you with a lot of questions, and I along with my fellow College leaders are committed to providing you with details as soon as they are available.

Forecast for the FY20/21 College Budget

For several reasons, there is still much uncertainty around exactly how much more our budget will be impacted. The state’s revised budget issued earlier this month is still far from final, as much of it is contingent on federal funding – which is why the state will issue a revised budget in August. Based on current indicators, we are also estimating a 15% reduction in local revenues due to a significant drop in local sales tax. We are still awaiting the funding impacts to our categorical programs, such as the Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) program (formerly Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success and Support Program funding). Although the “hold harmless” provision of the Student Centered Funding Formula (SCFF) will be extended past FY21/22, the funding rate is lower than the current hold harmless level.

For all these reasons, our updated projections show a reduction of $27 million in revenue when compared to the current year, which would result in an approximately $35 million deficit and bring our reserve below the required 5% - and there is too much at stake to let this happen. The Mid-Term Accreditation report is due in October, and this would trigger FCMAT review and Special Trustee intervention. It would also jeopardize our ability to fund Proposition A, the $845 million bond recently passed by the voters of San Francisco.

To put the reduction of revenue in perspective, our tentative revenue projection for FY20/21 is approximately $163.5 million, which is even lower than the 2008/09 Unrestricted General Fund amount the College had during the Great Recession. (To clarify, U-fund dollars can be spent without restriction, whereas categorical funds which can only be used for specific purposes).

While there is some uncertainty about the final budget figures for next year, we cannot wait to take action - and the best action to take is to be decisive now.

What it will take to maintain a 5% U-fund Reserve

Even if we are successful in our advocacy efforts for additional revenue and debt relief, we will still need to make significant cuts to the budget. More than 90% of our U-fund budget is spent on employee compensation, which means that in order to achieve a 5% reserve for next fiscal year, we will need to undertake a combination of the following:

  • Freeze all salary increases
  • Implement furloughs or other compensation reductions for all employees
    • The FY20/21 salaries for Senior Vice Chancellor Tom Boegel and I will not only remain at the current level (the Senior Vice Chancellors did not receive a pay raise in the current fiscal year) but will also be reduced next fiscal year by 12 furlough days.
  • Further reduce the schedule from 1200 FTEF to 1100 FTEF
    • Initial work on the 2020-21 academic year schedule was based on a budget of 1200 FTEF, leading to a reduction of approximately 800 classes.
    • A schedule with 1100 FTEF would result in an additional 450 classes being eliminated.
  • If we are not able to negotiate the required salary concessions from our constituency groups, we will be forced to furlough or lay off more employees and potentially drop down to 900 FTEF, which would be a catastrophic blow to our community. I will be working with all our labor leaders from the AFT, SEIU, Buildings and Trades, Local 39, Department Chair Council, and our Administrators Association to discuss next steps. Because Fall 2020 registration is currently underway, we hope to reach agreements with all our employee groups by mid-June to avoid further reductions in the schedule for registering students and more layoffs.

We will also pause all hiring except for the Senior Vice Chancellor for Facilities, a position for which we continue to recruit. While recruitments for various positions are underway, no job offers will be made until we can assess the hiring impact to all funds. The Board will also continue to recruit for an Interim Chancellor to be effective July 1, 2020.

May 28 Board Action

We will be presenting the budget projections and the impact on the College’s educational program and services at the upcoming Thursday, May 28 full Board of Trustees meeting. We will need to make changes to the currently published Fall schedule to reflect our budget situation. I encourage everyone to attend this meeting and want to remind the community that you can submit questions and comments up to 30 minutes before the meeting begins.

Again, while there is some uncertainty about the final budget figures for next year, we cannot wait to take action, and the best action to take is to be decisive now. We will send out additional updates as soon as there is more information to share, and I truly regret that I have to be the bearer of this difficult news. But I know that together we are strong, we are dedicated, and we are focused – and we will get through this.

In Solidarity,


Dianna R. Gonzales
Interim Chancellor
City College  of San Francisco

Friday, May 15, 2020 6:00 PM

Office of the Chancellor

Dear College Community,

I’ll be the first to say this week brought mixed news for the College community. While we wrap up our 9th week of shelter-in-place, things remain as uncertain as ever – and we have some challenging times ahead of us. But I am confident that through partnerships with each of you, we will make it through this, and serve as the strong economic engine our city so desperately needs.

Even in the midst of these challenges, we certainly have something to celebrate: our graduating class of 2020! More than 1,600 students are graduating with degrees in disciplines that include Construction Management, Cybersecurity, Latin American/Latino/a Studies, LGBT Studies, and Vocational Nursing – just to name a few.

And even though we aren’t able to hold Commencement this year, we are determined to do something to honor our graduating students. Beginning May 27, 2020, please visit the CCSF Commencement webpage for a special message from City College leadership, along with a list of this year’s graduates. We’re also inviting all our graduating students to participate in next year’s Commencement Ceremony, one I am hopeful we will get to hold in person again.

Last night, I was honored to be invited to participate in the annual Friends of the Mission Campus Scholarship Recognition virtual event. This year, 32 scholarships were awarded to students of CCSF’s Puente, Construction Administration & Professional Services Academy (CAPSA), and Transitional Studies. The students were incredibly inspirational, and their accomplishments are particularly commendable during these challenging times. Many thanks to Dr. Carlota Texidor del Portillo and Dean Gregoria Cahill.

Please join me in congratulating the class of 2020 – we are so proud of you!

I hope you’ll continue reading for an update on our Fall 2020 plans, real estate developments from yesterday’s Board of Trustee Committee meetings, the state of our budget, and the work we’re doing to secure more funding for the College.

Return to Campus Taskforce Update: Virtual Fall 2020 Classes

You may have already seen the news that the California State University system, Stanford University, and some Bay Area community colleges have announced that their Fall 2020 instruction will be offered in a remote, hybrid format. We are continuing to coordinate with all stakeholder groups on the Return to Campus (R2C) Taskforce. Today, the R2C Taskforce received recommendations from the various subcommittees, which includes Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Facilities, and Administrative Affairs. The recommendation from all stakeholder groups – including students – was to continue holding classes primarily in a virtual format, with some face-to-face classes as necessary. Academic Affairs will continue working with their subcommittee members to plan accordingly.

Please visit our R2C portal on the CCSF website next week for updates on this topic, including the recommendations from Student Affairs, Facilities, and Administrative Affairs. Watch for an employee questionnaire from Human Resources to assist with continued R2C planning, which will be soon followed by a survey for students. We want to ensure we create a safe environment for everyone when we do return to campus, and want to continue involving the community in these discussions. 

The College’s Fiscal Position

I strongly encourage everyone to join us for the upcoming PGC Budget Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 19, where we will be discussing the College’s budget situation and future actions. We encourage everyone from all constituency groups to submit their FY 20/21 budget questions and concerns to Jeevan Rijal at by noon on Monday, May 18.

Unfortunately and perhaps unsurprisingly, the College is in the same financial position as every educational institution in the state: we are being hit hard by this financial crisis, and are weighing very difficult choices.

We’re making the best financial projections we can, but the true extent of state and local funding impacts remains unknown. However, we do expect these funding losses to be significant, and are doing our best to plan for a new, even more constrained budget reality.

Reductions in government funding will greatly impact not only the next fiscal year, but our current one. Given that the state accrediting agency requires all California colleges to maintain a minimum 5% reserve, these funds will have to be replenished – which creates an even more challenging budget situation. With this in mind, I’ve included a summary of some of these impacts below:


As with all budgeting decisions, we are trying to keep funding cuts as far from the classroom as possible. Towards that end, we have done everything possible to maintain as many classes as we could afford, with an emphasis on those that lead to graduation and transfer.

Teaching Assignments

Unfortunately, we have had to remove teaching assignments for nearly 250 part time faculty for the Fall 2020 Semester – and we truly regret the real human impact this is having on our community. The painful reality is that the College spends approximately 95% of its budget on compensation, and limiting costs means limiting personnel. 

Real Estate

The cost of the College’s extensive real estate holdings has been under review for quite some time. And with this new economic crisis, it is even more important to make changes to our portfolio. On May 14, the Board of Trustees Budget and Audit Committee made a recommendation to relocate all classes from Ft. Mason to other campus locations. This was in line with the recommendation made by the Participatory Governance Committee on April 7, and the item will be sent to the full board for consideration and official action on May 28.

The current lease at the 1170 Market Street Center will continue through February 2021. The College’s 750 Eddy Street Center is closed for seismic upgrades, and its future use is under review. With the goal of offering the best possible educational setting for the Tenderloin community, a potential use could include establishing City and non-profit partnerships that would transform the location into a multi-use facility. President Williams and have I met with District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney to brainstorm ways to preserve the College’s educational presence in the community while also assisting in the economic recovery.

Lobbying for Increased Revenue

We believe City College is critical to the economic recovery of the region, and we cannot adequately serve our students and aid in recovery efforts if we continue to be underfunded.
We will keep working with our stakeholder groups to lobby local, state, and federal legislators to secure additional funding for the College. We presented a full summary of our lobbying activities at this week’s Board of Trustees committee meetings, which is available here.

I’ve highlighted just a few of these activities below:

  • DACA Students: We are continuing our lobbying efforts at the federal level for an additional round of funding that would include all of our undocumented students, and for funding through Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) from the California Department of Social Services.

  • Permanent funding: We are making progress in our advocacy efforts with the City of San Francisco to add an initiative to the November 2020 ballot that would provide a permanent source of funding for the College.

If you are interested in joining us in these efforts, we are drafting advocacy letter and email templates for the College community to send to state and federal legislators.

In closing, I’d like to acknowledge that this is a lot of information to digest. But in these unsettling times, keeping everyone informed so that we can effectively work together is a top priority for both the Board of Trustees, and for me.

I want to again say thank you for continuing your hard work in service of our students, even in such a tumultuous time. If you have any questions, please direct them to

In Gratitude,


Dianna R. Gonzales
Interim Chancellor
City College of San Francisco

Friday, May 8, 2020 6:00 PM

Office of the Chancellor

Good Afternoon CCSF Community,

As we wrap up our eighth week of shelter-in-place, I’d like to start by calling attention to some welcome good news. Earlier this week, the City announced that beginning May 18, some retailers such as book stores, music stores, and florists may begin opening for curbside pickup. While all social distancing guidelines will stay in place and things remain far from normal, this is the first signal that we may get to resume more of the activities we enjoyed before the COVID-19 pandemic began. I look forward to seeing what more good news the coming weeks bring as the City gradually lifts the shelter-in-place order.

On Tuesday, May 5, the Board of Trustees held a special meeting to review the College’s comprehensive real estate holdings, which was the first time in recent history a report of this nature has been shared. While no actions took place, this kicked off the beginning of a series of public conversations that will take place on this topic. Discussions surrounding the lease at Fort Mason, which expires in June 2020, will continue at next Thursday’s Budget and Audit Committee meeting. The Committee may make a recommendation to the full Board, however, final action will not be taken until the May 28 regular Board of Trustees Meeting.

On that note, I’d like to turn to the Fall 2020 schedule, which will be launched this weekend. Because the Fort Mason lease expires in June 2020, there are no classes listed at Fort Mason in the Fall 2020 schedule. Instead, this coursework will be offered at different CCSF locations. However, should the Fort Mason lease be extended on May 28, we will explore adding classes back to this center Spring 2021. We made this decision because we could not in good conscience schedule classes at a location whose future is still in flux. The discussion of our real estate strategy as it relates to our overall budget and schedule will continue, and I look forward to sharing more details after next week’s Board committee meetings conclude.

  • We are working with the constituent groups exploring the feasibility of gradually resuming in person instruction Fall 2020, assuming this can be done so safely and follows all public health guidelines. To that end, all College stakeholder groups on the Return to Campus (R2C) Task Force are continuing to closely monitor the guidance issued by elected leaders and public health officials to develop a phased Return to Campus plan. I look forward to sharing more of these details in a dedicated note next week as well as via a Return to Campus section of the College website which will go live later this month.

On Thursday, the State announced a projected $54 billion shortfall for next year. The impact to the community college system will be significant – approximately $2 billion. For the College, that’s a possible $27 million reduction in revenues from the state for FY20/21. We will likely also face a reduction in local revenues due to a projected drop in sales tax revenues from the City of San Francisco. This week, several of our part-time faculty were notified they will not have assignments for the Fall 2020 semester based on the department budgets allocated, and this was before the devastating news about the state budget. I cannot emphasize enough that now, more than ever, we must pull together and double down on our advocacy efforts on behalf of the CCSF community. The Trustees and I remain hard at work to secure a permanent source of funding through the Workforce Education and Recovery Fund, formerly CHEF, to win debt relief from the state, and to provide aid to our undocumented students. Given the state’s budget challenges, we must also lobby at the federal level. City College is the lynchpin to economic recovery. However, we cannot adequately serve our students and aid in the economic recovery if we continue to be underfunded. This is not a bail out – the state and federal legislators must invest in the College to provide much needed economic recovery strategies. I urge you to join the Trustees and me in our efforts to secure funding for the College. Thank you for continuing to support our community during this difficult time.

In Gratitude,

Dianna R. Gonzales
Interim Chancellor

Monday, May 4, 2020 3:15 PM

Office of the Chancellor

Dear CCSF Community,

It’s hard to believe that we are embarking on our eighth week in quarantine. Because of the work we’ve done together to flatten the curve, new shelter-in-place guidelines will go into effect today, Monday, May 4, with some loosening of restrictions. Even so, we need to remain diligent, and only leave the house for essential reasons, always wear a face covering, and continue social distancing efforts. The curve appears to be flattening, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

Thank you for your patience dealing with the systems outage over the weekend. Unfortunately, due to shelter-in-place, equipment normally maintained by our staff failed. A HUGE thank you to everybody who worked over the weekend to repair the equipment and get us back online.

During this challenging time of uncertainty, we have enjoyed hearing stories about the inspiring things our students, staff, and faculty are doing to adapt to our evolving new normal. Please email me at with your good news stories and we’ll share them with the College Community.

The rest of my note includes updates on our government lobbying efforts, the Return to Campus (R2C) Task Force, summer registration, the dedicated staff who are continually raising the bar for our students, and how to access campus as the shelter-in-place continues.

Advocating for the College

We continue to work diligently with our government partners to secure a strong future for our students, staff, our faculty, and our College.

  • We are continuing to work closely with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and other elected leaders to secure debt forgiveness for a $2.4 million annual payment owed to the State Chancellor’s office, which would free up much-needed funding for academic programming and student support services.
  • At the state level to secure emergency funding for our undocumented students, who have been unjustly barred from accessing CARES Act funding by the federal government. We are also working on an agreement that would prevent us from losing funding should taxes at the state level be less than projected.
  • At the federal level, we are pursuing additional funding as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

We will keep the community updated on this work, and hope to have victories to share soon.


I want to thank the PGC Budget and Enrollment Management Committees for their preparing for and participating in the combined meetings held the past two weeks. It is clear, especially with the very strong likelihood we are heading for a recession, we must advocate at all levels for adequate funding for our college. Our enrollments will likely grow, at a time when traditional approaches to community college funding are reduced. More detailed information and how you can help will be shared next week. We will keep the community updated on this work, and hope to have victories to share soon.

Return to Campus (R2C) Task Force

To prepare for the reopening of campus, last week I convened the first meeting of our Return to Campus (R2C) Task Force via Zoom. The R2C Task Force, which includes leaders from each of our constituent groups, has been charged with developing a collegewide plan to reopen in-person classes, student services and operations in a phased approach in line with Governor Gavin Newsom’s recommendations. Timelines and decision-points will be driven by data, COVID-19 tracking models, best practices, and local and state health orders. Through extensive planning and preparation, we can ensure we will be fully prepared to provide our community with a safe place to learn, teach and work when the time is right. Be sure to watch for weekly Task Force updates in my Friday emails moving forward.

Summer Term Registration

In more good news, I’m happy to report that prior to this weekend’s systems outage, enrollment for Summer 2020 credit coursework was up over the same time last year! Enrollment for the Summer term remains open through June 6, and we are thrilled to already see such a positive response.

Student Support

There are so many people who have gone above and beyond to not only keep the College running, but to improve and expand existing services and programs in service of our students. An excellent example comes from our Student Affairs, Library and IT teams who have developed and launched a new student registration interface, which has already received extensive positive feedback from our students.

Campus Access Requirements

While our campus and centers remain closed, we understand that given the extended shelter-in-place, some community members may need to request access under special circumstances. Instructions on how to submit these requests, which must be followed in order to protect everyone’s health and safety, will be distributed later this week. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor directly.

I’d like to again thank you all for your continued dedication and hard work in service of our students, our community, and our City.

In Gratitude,

Dianna R. Gonzales
Interim Chancellor

Monday, April 27, 2020 6:30 PM

Office of the Chancellor

Dear CCSF Community,

As you may have heard, San Francisco and five other Bay Area Counties have extended the shelter-in-place order through the end of May (please read Mayor Breed’s announcement here). While the details have not yet been released, we expect more information to be available later this week. This does not change the College’s plans, and we will continue offering Spring and Summer coursework online.

I know how difficult this is – but I also know that the success we have had so far is a true testament to how well physical distancing works! I look forward to being in touch with you again later this week.

Thank you,

Dianna R. Gonzales
Interim Chancellor

Friday, April 17, 2020 5:00 PM


To the CCSF Community,

I hope this note finds you well, and that everyone is taking extra care of themselves emotionally, physically, and mentally during this time. I know this is particularly difficult as we care for loved ones while also trying to study and work. But even during a pandemic, it is important that we all take time to find some levity and joy. There are some great ways to do this without even leaving your home. For example, in celebration of Golden Gate Park’s 150-year anniversary, SF Recreation and Parks has launched a weekly online concert series that will feature some of the park’s most popular live performances. If you have any other recommendations, please send a note to, and we’ll continue sharing these suggestions – and others – with our community.

In COVID-19 related news, moments ago the City of San Francisco issued a new policy requiring everyone to wear face coverings when they leave their homes. Please see the attached document, which outlines these new requirements. There are a variety of videos available that demonstrate how to make masks out of homemade materials, which you can watch here. We encourage everyone to follow these guidelines to protect yourselves, and your community.

As the shelter-in-place continues, I'd like to remind everyone that we will not be resuming in-person instruction or delivery of student services for the duration of the Spring 2020 Semester. Summer courses will be those courses already geared for online instruction. We expect the Summer schedule to go live next week, and will send out a note to the community once it is available.
Please continue reading for some important news related to facilities, student services, and campus leases.

Facilities Access

We understand that there are very specific situations under which someone may need to come to campus. In this week’s Cabinet meeting, we again reiterated some procedures that must be followed before case-by-case campus access is granted. Below are some of these key points:

  • STEP 1: No one is allowed on campus without prior approval from their Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC). If you need to access campus, you must send a note to your immediate supervisor, who will forward your request to the Division AVC.

  • STEP 2: Your Division AVC will send your request to Associate Vice Chancellor Torrance Bynum, who will then work with Facilities and Campus Police to determine if your request can be accommodated. This is to ensure strict adherence to the health order issued by the City on March 31 (attached).

  • STEP 3: Your AVC will let you know whether or not your request is approved. If access is granted, AVCs will work with you to ensure you follow appropriate health orders and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used.

  • STEP 4: Facilities will provide you with an appointment time and an Administrator or Campus Police Officer will grant access at that time.

If these procedures are not followed, unfortunately you will not be provided campus access. This is to ensure the safety of you and your colleagues during the pandemic.

Student Services

We’d like to remind everyone that we are hard at work providing support to our students, even while our buildings are closed. This includes access to technological resources such as Chromebooks, which students can request through a form in the CCSF portal. I’d also like to highlight the medical and mental health services that are currently still available to our students. Our nurses are on standby to provide medical advice over the phone, and our mental health workers are also accessible to help students access critical community resources. Please read more about those services here, and be sure to fill out the appropriate forms to ensure your requests are accommodated as quickly as possible. We’re here to help!

We’d also like to share that beginning April 28, CCSF students currently receiving CalFresh benefits will be able to buy groceries online via Amazon and Walmart, and will receive free delivery on orders over $35. We hope this will help students stay home and keep healthy during the pandemic. For more information, please visit this link.


You may have heard that the College is discussing the Fort Mason and 1170 Market Street campus leases. As we’ve mentioned several times over the last several years, evaluating all of the College’s real estate is essential to balancing the budget, and that evaluation has been underway for quite some time. This item is currently scheduled to be discussed by the board at the upcoming April 23 meeting, but no decisions will be made at this time – nor have any been made. We will keep the community updated on any news related to the College’s facilities.

Just this week, this topic was discussed with the Academic Senate, AFT, LMC, Classified Senate, AAEC, at Cabinet, and at our monthly Participatory Governance Council meeting. This topic will continue to be discussed openly and extensively with all of our constituency groups.

Thank you all for all you continue to do in support of our students, our college, and the people of San Francisco. Please continue to be on the lookout for weekly notes from me each Friday, which will include important updates and news for the City College community. And, as always, we are available to address any questions and concerns at

In Gratitude,


Dianna Gonzales
Interim Chancellor
City College of San Francisco

Thursday, April 09, 2020 4:00 PM


Dear CCSF Community,

As we approach nearly one month in shelter-in-place, I have to admit that I find myself struggling to adapt to the “new normal.” Even though we have so many ways to stay in touch – phone, video, text, you name it – it’s just not the same as being together. This social distancing is particularly notable as we enter the holiday season.

The first night of Passover was yesterday evening, and I know this was bittersweet for those who couldn’t celebrate with their families and loved ones. With Easter coming this Sunday and Ramadan beginning later this month, this feeling of disappointment will likely be experienced by even more members of our community. And while I know this is hard, I am hopeful that we will find new ways to acknowledge and celebrate these holidays with our loved ones, both near and far. I’d like to encourage everyone to keep checking in on each other, and to continue offering support however we can.

In that vein of connection, I’d like to update everyone on the Virtual Town Hall that the Board of Trustees and I hosted on Tuesday to answer questions from the College community. We’d like to thank everyone who joined and submitted their questions, which resulted in a discussion that ranged from the future format of CCSF coursework, to student support services, to bond construction activities. A recording of the meeting can be found here, and a list of all questions and responses will soon be posted here. We hope this discussion proved helpful, and we plan to host more of these meetings in the future.

There were several topics discussed at the meeting that I’d like to highlight below, along with some more recent important policy decisions:

  • Commencement: After careful thought and consideration, we made the difficult decision to cancel the commencement ceremony this year. We know how important this milestone is to our students and their families, which is why this was such a difficult decision to make. However, we felt it absolutely necessary in order to protect the health and safety of our College community.

    Please know that this does not impact a student’s ability to graduate.
    We are still matriculating students, and degrees and certificates will be mailed out this fall, as they are every year. Additionally, the Student Affairs team will be sending out a survey to graduating students in the coming weeks to determine the best way to celebrate graduation later this year.

  • Spring 2020 Classes: As with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and San Francisco State University (SFSU), we will not be resuming in-person classes or in-person student services for the duration of the Spring Semester. Rather than waiting to see when the shelter-in-place will be lifted, making this determination now allows us to continue coordinating with SFUSD and SFSU to plan the instructional program for the balance of the semester, and for Summer 2020.

  • Summer 2020 Coursework: In line with the recommendation from the Enrollment Management Committee, we have determined that Summer 2020 classes will continue to be offered online. Classes for the Summer term are those that have been designed specifically for online instruction, and we are working on a detailed outreach plan to ensure we can reach as many students as possible in regards to the planned format. Priority registration for Summer opens April 20, general registration for continuing students opens May 4, and registration for new students opens May 6.

  • Student Support: City College is working hard to secure technological resources for students. We are continually working to identify additional resources for students, who we know may be having difficulty accessing the tools necessary for this new way of learning.

    • Faculty and staff are invited to submit technology requests on behalf of their students through the link included in yesterday’s CityNotes.
    • Students can send an email to with their name, student ID, and preferred phone number to be added to a waitlist to borrow a Chromebook.
    • In partnership with the CCSF Foundation, we have just launched a fundraiser to help provide our students with the technological and financial resources they so desperately need. Please continue to check the CCSF website for additional updates on student resources.

  • Fall 2020 Coursework: We have not yet made a determination regarding the format of Fall 2020 course offerings. As you know, the global health situation is continually evolving, changing quite literally from one hour to the next. We will continue to monitor guidance from public health officials, elected officials, and the California Community College system. We hope to be able to make an informed decision by this coming June.

As Robert Frost said in his poem A Servant of Servants, “The best way out is always through.” “Through” is incredibly uncomfortable and difficult - and boy, are we in the thick of it right now. But please know you are not alone. I want to thank you all for your continued hard work, sacrifice, and partnership during this difficult time. And while it might be hard to remember now, we will make it through - together.

As always, if you have any questions or find yourself in need of help, please send an email to We are also continually updating the COVID-19 section of the CCSF website with updated College policies and information, and encourage you to check for regular updates on the City and County of San Francisco’s website as well.

In gratitude,


Dianna Gonzales
Interim Chancellor
City College of San Francisco

Friday, April 03, 2020 3:30 PM

Building Access Canceled for Monday, April 6

Dear CCSF Community,

I hope this note finds you and your loved ones safe and well during this difficult time. I write to you today for the first time as Interim Chancellor of City College of San Francisco - and what an honor it is to do so. I have truly enjoyed serving the College for the last four years, and am committed to working with our stakeholders to maintain our forward progress while we continue the search for a permanent Chancellor.

As you may already know, the shelter-in-place was officially extended by the local nine Bay Area Counties through May 3, with additional restrictions established by the City of San Francisco. This order maintains the same initial guidance, such as staying at home except to perform essential activities, but also closed playgrounds, dog parks, and recreation facilities.

These next several weeks are even more important than ever to ensure we can “flatten the curve,” and prevent the spikes in COVID-19 cases that have been faced elsewhere across the country. In some welcome good news, there is evidence that California’s early efforts have been crucial in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is critical for this work to continue to prevent the jump in cases projected for later this month. But this is what we do: we protect one another, and we keep one another safe. Pulling together for each other in this way is an inspiration for all.

We know this May 3 extension may make it more challenging to conduct your work remotely. Because of this, we are providing restricted access to faculty and staff this coming Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 to retrieve the remainder of your work-related resources. Access will no longer be granted on Monday, April 6.

To keep everyone safe, we have established guidelines that everyone must follow in order to participate, outlined in the attached document. If you do not follow this process, unfortunately you will not be allowed to enter any campus building. This is absolutely essential to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
We are continuing to post the latest community updates related to COVID-19 on our website, and encourage you to check this frequently. Please also consider joining us this coming Tuesday, April 7 for a Virtual Town Hall being hosted by the CCSF Board of Trustees. If you’d like to have any of your questions answered, please submit them through this form by Monday, April 6 at 11:59pm. You are also always welcome to send a note to We are here to help.

Thank you for all you are doing to help our students stay on the path towards academic success, and for supporting one another. Together, we will all get through this – stronger than ever.

Be well,


Dianna Gonzales
Interim Chancellor, City College of San Francisco

Friday, March 26, 2020 4:00 PM

Instruction and Student Services Resume on March 30th

Dear CCSF Community:

We hope this message finds you well. This is an unprecedented time, not only in the 85-year history of City College of San Francisco, but in higher education across the country. The faculty, classified staff, and administration have been hard at work over the last two weeks preparing for the transition to remote instruction and student services on March 30th. Although campus buildings remain closed until further notice, we look forward to continuing with teaching and learning. In this message we want to remind you about some items related to this transition.

Over 85% of our credit classes will resume on March 30th with modified remote instruction. The others will resume when we are able to return to face-to-face instruction, the timing of which is still being determined. In the meantime, students can log onto Canvas to get specific information about their particular courses. For more information about using Canvas, students can visit our online Remote Course Support Center. We are particularly thankful to our Office of Online Learning team, especially Cynthia Dewar, Carol Reitan, Alan Lin, Alex Hosmer, Lisa Yamashiro, Jen Kienzle and Nancy Webb.

In addition to moving course content onto Canvas, we have worked with the State Chancellor’s Office and individual companies to deploy services that help support remote learning. Highlights include providing home access to Adobe Creative Cloud software to over 1,800 students and implementing new software to better support instructor/student communication in Canvas.

Student services will resume remotely on March 30th as well. This includes Counseling, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Disabled Students Programs & Services and Veteran’s Services. Details including hours of service are available on the individual department’s websites and in this Resource Guide. Students can also access library services online and tutoring services in Canvas through NetTutor.

We know that students and other community members have specific questions about the College and this transition to remote instruction and student services. Many of the most frequently asked questions are answered on our Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update page. Please be sure to review that page regularly for updates. If you have questions that you don’t see there, please ask us at

We are continuing to plan for City College’s future. At tonight’s Board Meeting, the CCSF Board of Trustees is expected to approve a number of contracts related to the construction and revitalization of the City College infrastructure, including the new Diego Rivera Theatre, STEAM complex, Student Success Center, and renovations to the John Adams and Evans Centers.

City College and the rest of the higher education community are attempting an unprecedented transition in instruction and student services. We know that there may be some bumps along the way, but we also know that the last few weeks have shown that our faculty, staff, and students are resilient. We remain committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for all of our students, now and in the future.


Senior Vice Chancellors
Tom Boegel
Dianna Gonzales
James Sohn
Friday, March 20, 2020 10:00 AM


On the COVID-19/Coronavirus Emergency


First Day of Spring

Dear CCSF Community:

I hope this first day of spring finds you and your loved ones healthy. Thanks to you, the college is coping with this unprecedented emergency as best we can.

Although, we in San Francisco have been under “shelter in place” since last Tuesday morning, the Governor’s announcement for all Californians to stay at home is a significant step to do all we can do to prevent the spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus.

Some few CCSF employees will be formally designated as “essential”, such as our public safety officers. The senior vice chancellors have the delegated authority to designate in writing “essential” personnel for specific purposes that comply with the governor’s order. They will contact you if you are so designated. The others of us are to stay at home and see to our health and that of our families and loved ones.

Then the most important thing is to get off the line and take a break this weekend. This is the best thing we can do for the college. I know that we will all get to the other side of this together. The work you are doing is selfless and heroic.

Thanks and take care,



  1. CCSF INFORMATION RESOURCES AVAILABLE NOW. Please look to the sidebar of the CCSF COVID-19/Coronavirus web portal and click through the links for further information for specific communities, of students, staff, faculty and administrators. Look through this information and if you can’t find the answer you need, please email: You will receive a real response from a real person if you leave your contact information.
  2. STUDENT HOTLINE COMING SOON. While all employees, including student workers, will continue to be paid, our highest priority is to see to students in particular distress. Perhaps some do not have internet; perhaps others are homeless or without food; perhaps a student or a member of the family is ill. We are training right now to install a student hotline late next week so that any student in distress for any reason can speak to a human being directly and obtain assistance. More details on this forthcoming.
  3. RECONNECTING ON MONDAY, MARCH 30. As many of you return from Spring Break on Monday, March 30, you can look forward to online access to your teachers and your classes via Canvas, as well as remote online access to Counseling, Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, the Book Store and the Student Health Center. CCSF has tapped into our talented faculty and staff this week to equip CCSF employees with the tools and training needed to serve students, faculty and staff.

For now, the most important thing is to take care of yourself and your families.

If you have any immediate questions, please email them to:

Thank you and be well,

Dr. Mark W. Rocha, Chancellor

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:00 PM


On the COVID-19/Coronavirus Emergency

Dear CCSF Community:

You have my earnest wish that you and your family are healthy and adapting as best you can after this second day of the City’s “shelter in place”. Please take heart and know that we move toward the day when this emergency will be over. These extraordinary restrictive measures will have the effect of “flattening the curve” of the spread of coronavirus so that we can bring an end to this global pandemic as soon as possible.

I also want to say how proud I am of you for the way you are responding with characteristic humanity and care for each other. Thank you, CCSF!

Here I want to provide the highlights of the facts on the implementation of our plan to continue instruction and student services on March 30 via online, remote and modified methods:

  1. CCSF INFORMATION RESOURCES AVAILABLE NOW. Please look to the sidebar to the right of the COVID-19/Coronavirus landing page and click through the links for further information for specific communities, of students, staff, faculty and administrators. Look through this information and if you can’t find the answer you need, please email: You will receive a real response from a real person if you leave your contact information.
  2. SHELTER IN PLACE MEANS NO EMPLOYEE OR STUDENT MAY COME TO ANY CAMPUS OR CENTER UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS “ESSENTIAL”. The official exceptions granted by the state and the city include our public safety officers and staff in facilities and maintenance. All others who have not received this official designation from me or one of the senior vice chancellors may not meet or work at any campus or center.
  3. THOSE OF US (LIKE ME) WHO ARE OVER 65 HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE GOVERNOR TO “SELF-ISOLATE”. We really need to be careful and cautious. Even those who believe themselves to be in generally good health may not be aware that they have an underlying condition. Believe me, I know how hard this is. But please stay home until we receive further guidance from the Department of Public Health.
  4. STUDENT HOTLINE COMING SOON. While all employees, including student workers, will continue to be paid, our highest priority is to see to students in particular distress. Perhaps some do not have internet; perhaps others are homeless or without food; perhaps a student or a member of the family is ill. We are training right now to install a student hotline late next week so that any student in distress for any reason can speak to a human being directly and obtain assistance. More details on this forthcoming.
  5. BOARD COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW AS POSTED. However, these will be entirely remote zoom meetings. Please click here to find the agenda and zoom information:

    Board of Trustees Meetings 2020

We will have more information tomorrow. For now, the most important thing is to take care of yourself and your families.

If you have any immediate questions, please email them to:

Thank you and be well,

Dr. Mark W. Rocha, Chancellor

Monday, March 16, 2020 1:30 PM


On the COVID-19/Coronavirus Emergency




Dear CCSF Community:

Moments ago, Mayor Breed announced an official order for all residents to “shelter in place”. This means that we are to stay home except to conduct essential tasks such as going to the grocery, pharmacy or bank.

The complete announcement and the Mayor’s executive order are attached. Please read them and act in accordance.

For CCSF, this means that all buildings and facilities will be closed effective at 5pm today. Facilities and public safety will continue essential operations as directed by Senior Vice Chancellor James Sohn.

All other faculty, staff and administrators are to prepare now to leave the building and not return until at least April 7.

We will update this message and have more detailed information later today. For now, the most important thing is to take care of yourself and your families.

If you have any immediate questions, please email them to Leslie Milloy:

Thank you and be well,

Dr. Mark W. Rocha, Chancellor


Sunday, March 15, 2020 5:15 PM

Sunday, March 15, 2020
On the COVID-19/Coronavirus Emergency

Dear City College Faculty, Students, Classified Staff Members and Administrators:
cc: CCSF Foundation, Members and Partners of the Extended CCSF Community

I pray this finds you and your family and neighbors healthy and well and managing through this global emergency.

I write to you today not as Dr. Rocha nor as the Chancellor, but just plain old Mark. I am doing my best with my colleagues to manage the college through this emergency while I also do my best to manage my own fear and anxiety. Your responses to this COVID-19/Coronavirus emergency have been universally caring, supportive and understanding. This more than anything else gives rise to the certain hope that we will pull through together and get back on track. The 85- year history of City College of San Francisco is testimony to this fact.

The COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic is developing rapidly. Our first planning principle has been to protect the health of everyone in our community through maximum social distancing. Accordingly, I clarify and reiterate the following elements of our emergency plan:

  1. We are now under suspension of all face-to-face classes, meetings and events at ALL City College facilities. There will be no faculty-student classes or meetings, large or small.
  2. The San Francisco Department of Health has suspended ALL student clinical rotations at all San Francisco hospitals and healthcare facilities. This applies to all of our Allied Health and Nursing programs. Please stand by. We will have further information from Academic Affairs in the coming week about how these programs will move forward.
  3. As announced last Thursday, all employees will have access to buildings on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, from 8 :00 AM – 5:00 PM. There will be no further building access after Tuesday until further notice. Therefore, please make every effort to use Monday and Tuesday to obtain what you need for continued instruction. Senior Vice Chancellors Tom Boegel and Dianna Gonzales will have further guidance for both teaching and non-teaching faculty in a separate memo.
  4. Classified staff and administrators will continue to work with their direct supervisors to prepare to work remotely for the duration of the emergency. As stated in the update of March 12th, Student Affairs will be rolling out information this week for how student services will continue virtually.
  5. Building and Grounds, Public Safety, Construction Teams will work with their supervisors this week on adjusted and augmented schedules.
  6. Administrative Affairs will provide further guidance on business continuity via virtual and remote methods.
  7. Board of Trustees Committee meetings and regular meetings will be held as scheduled, via Zoom, as permitted under Governor Newsom’s recent Brown Act waiver. Tomorrow we will have the agenda posted for the Board Committee meetings on Thursday, March 19th, along with details on the conduct of the meetings.
  8. Finally, please note that a short time ago Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated, “The worst is still in front of us.” Moreover, Governor Newsom announced moments ago, among other new measures, that all individuals over the age of 65 should self-isolate at home. Please be safe and take maximum precautions at this time. We may also expect that there will be additional restrictions and measures at both the federal, state and city levels as this state of emergency continues.

Perhaps most importantly we will be establishing this week a phone hotline/internet chatline so that any member of the college community can talk to a helpful person with a question, concern or even for practical advice and referrals. We want to know about anyone who is in distress for any reason so that we can help. It is always our City College instinct to help anyone in need. And in this case, we must also do so for the practical reason of reducing the spread of this coronavirus.

If you have any immediate questions, please email them to Leslie Milloy:

Thank you and be well,

Mark Dr. Mark W. Rocha, Chancellor
City College of San Francisco

Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:00 PM

Building Access Plan for March 13-20      General FAQs

Dear City College Faculty, Classified Staff, Administrators and Students:

The most important thing is your health and safety.  I hope you and your families are well. 

We all feel deeply how we are in a very difficult moment of an unprecedented emergency.  We will come out of this together and it will all be okay.

I feel this way because I see how well you have responded and participated in the plan to take care of our students.  This truly is your finest hour and I thank you for it.

As we prepare to suspend both face-to-face classes and student services tonight until March 30, 2020, many plans have been implemented.

Over the week of March 23, faculty will be teaching online classes and working remotely to convert face-to-face classes to the online Canvas platform. Most staff members will be working remotely to develop student services process and run the operations of the College. Public Safety, Student Health Center employees and Facilities staff will continue to work onsite. Spring Break for most students and employees will be held March 23-29, 2020.

In order to keep you well-informed and help guide student, faculty and staff activities through March 20, we have developed a great deal of information that appears above, including the attached Building Access and Emergency Plan and updated FAQs. Please check the website for the latest updates beginning next week. 

Thank you and take good care,


Dr. Mark W. Rocha, Chancellor

City College of San Francisco

Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:05 AM

Dear CCSF Community:

The most important thing is your health and safety.

While today will be the last day of face-to-face classes and regular operations, please stay home if you have symptoms of any kind, if you think you may have been exposed or if you are at higher risk for COVID-19.

All face-to-face classes, meetings and events will be suspended today as of 10:00 PM, Thursday, March 12, 2020.

We will have updated and further detailed information by 4:00PM today on what to do starting tomorrow.  In the meantime, please review the previous updates and FAQ’s.

PDF: Modified Learning FAQs


Thank you and take care.

Dr. Mark W. Rocha, Chancellor

City College of San Francisco

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

School is open tomorrow, March 12, 2020. Classes will be in session and events will take place throughout the day and evening. Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, face-to-face classes and College events will be suspended while online and tech-enabled classes will continue without interruption. Watch for a detailed communication for all students and employees Thursday afternoon. Thank you for your flexibility and stay well.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

FAQs         Message to Students

Monday, March 9, 2020

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COVID-19/Coronavirus Emergency


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of City College of San Francisco has officially declared a state of emergency for the college, following the City of San Francisco’s official declaration of a state of emergency on February 26, 2020.

Accordingly, the CCSF Board of Trustees also announced a temporary suspension of face-to-face classes, meetings and events, effective at the end of the instructional day on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

CCSF will also move up its scheduled spring break from the week of March 30th to the week of March 23rd. This will enable the college to suspend normal operations while it completes an implementation plan to continue instruction through online and modified learning. The college will continue student services and administrative operations by working remotely and by providing services online.

Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, March 30th, via modified and online learning formats. Classes will remain in these formats until the end of the semester and commencement on May 21, 2020; or until the current state of emergency is officially lifted by the Board of Trustees.

During the week of March 16th, there will be no CCSF classes or events. Faculty and staff, however, will remain in service for this week, either on campus or working remotely. Faculty and staff will use this week to prepare to deliver
instruction and services through modified and online learning and working remotely upon the resumption of the spring semester on Monday, March 30, 2020.

The week of March 23rd will be the CCSF spring break week in which classes and events are not scheduled.

Please note: The Cabinet will meet on Tuesday throughout the day with faculty, staff and student leaders to review this decision of the Board and to discuss implementation.

If you have any questions, please email:

Leslie Milloy, Chief of Staff, Chancellor’s Office