Coronavirus Information from Administration & Finance

Administration & Finance COVID-19 Information

Throughout this COVID-19 outbreak many Cal Poly community members remain working, whether that be on campus or remotely, to ensure that essential operations of the university continue to function and to make sure that all students, faculty and staff are safe and healthy. This page will be frequently updated with information important to the staff, on and off campus, who continue to be affected by this change.

Also know that the Employee Assistance Program is available for all A&F employees. These programs offer confidential support for a variety of concerns, including emotional, relationship, health, legal and workplace issues. Information, resources and tools are available by calling 1-800-367-7474 and visiting the EAP website.

A&F Operations

Service hours

During this time of transition departments within Administration & Finance are maintaining a variety of schedules to support campus operations and students. Most departments within Administration & Finance are operating virtually. Staff continue to work remotely and are available via email, telephone and Zoom, as appropriate. Due to the reduced on-campus population and out of an abundance of caution, departments have limited in person service hours to the minimum required to maintain campus operations. These are listed below:

Student Accounts:

Campus deposits can be dropped off at the Cashier’s Office Drop Box or Student Accounts window Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon.

Cal Poly Police Department:

Safety and security services to the campus will maintain 24/7 with support from dispatch communications. The Lobby remains open 24/7 for police assistance by utilizing the lobby phone for direct contact with a police dispatcher.

Facilities Management and Development Customer Business Services:

Limited staff will be available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assist with phone calls, walk-ins and work orders.

Distribution Services:

Delivery of mail and package services will continue daily starting at 9:30 a.m. unless a hold request has been granted. A staff member will be present from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the warehouse to receive deliveries and answer phones. For more information visit the Distribution Services website.

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Human Resources

Hiring and Recruitment

Due to the impact of the COVID 19 crisis on campus operations, and per California State University System direction, all hiring and recruitment will be suspended until further notice. This does not apply to positions that have been offered and accepted and awaiting candidate acceptance letters. Staff and MPP positions currently posted will be inactivated. Exceptions will be considered for positions that are considered essential for ongoing campus operations or are necessary for campus safety. Department heads will need to carefully evaluate ongoing departmental needs. Any hiring actions submitted for consideration must be approved by the appropriate Division Vice President/Provost with final approval by President Armstrong.

Information related to faculty hiring will be issued by the Provost’s Office.

Student Assistants

Following guidance from the California State University System Office, any student assistant who was scheduled to work the weeks of March 16, 23 and/or 30, and are unable to perform essentials job duties remotely, will be paid for their scheduled hours through April 5.


In order to conform to the shelter-at-home orders from San Luis Obispo County and the Governor, telecommuting and working from home remain strongly encouraged when practical until further notice. However, the university remains open and essential employees are required to be on campus to ensure continuity of campus operations. Employees with a telework arrangement must be engaged in tasks related to their daily Cal Poly responsibilities. Department heads and managers should be in regular contact with these employees, providing appropriate guidance and engagement. Those unable to telecommute have been placed on administrative leave with pay.

If you are a manager, please review the telecommuting guidelines and COVID-19 telecommuting agreement at:

COVID-19 Related Expenses

The California State University Chancellor’s office has issued guidelines for expenses incurred specifically related to the COVID-19 response. All expenses should have the class code COV19 added to the normal chartfield (Fund/Account/Dept) for that cost. If you have specific examples to discuss, please contact Dave Marshall, director, University Accounting and Reporting.

Paycheck Distribution

Paycheck Release Procedures for Monday March 30, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, the following modifications are being made to the paycheck distribution process for the March 30th payday.

The paycheck release timeframe has been extended and is scheduled from noon to 5:00 p.m.on Monday, March 30. In order to limit the number of employees present at any one time and increase the level of social distancing, paychecks will be released at different times based on the first letter of your last name and from two Administration Building locations as follows:

Last Names Tiime Slot Location
A 12:00 p.m. University Cashiers Office
B 12:00 p.m. Administration Building Main Entrance (2nd floor)
C 12:30 p.m. University Cashiers Office
D 12:30 p.m. Administration Building Main Entrance (2nd floor)
E-G 1:00 p.m. University Cashiers Office
H-J 1:00 p.m. Administration Building Main Entrance (2nd floor)
K-L 2:00 p.m. University Cashiers Office
M-N 2:00 p.m. Administration Building Main Entrance (2nd floor)
O-Q 3:00 p.m. University Cashiers Office
R 3:00 p.m. Administration Building Main Entrance (2nd floor)
S 3:30 p.m. University Cashiers Office
T 3:30 p.m. Administration Building Main Entrance (2nd floor)
U-V 4:00 p.m. University Cashiers Office
W-Z 4:00 p.m. Administration Building Main Entrance (2nd floor)

As a reminder, only paychecks that must be taken to the bank for deposit will be released. Direct deposit advices will be released to your department at a future date. If you are unable to pick up your paycheck as specified above, please email from your Cal Poly email address to request that your paycheck be mailed to the address listed on the Cal Poly portal. Please be advised, it could take up to 10 business days to receive your check in the mail.

Temporary Paid Administrative Leave Provisions during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)

The Chancellor has granted use of paid administrative leave up to 128 hours effective March 23 through December 31, 2020 for employees unable to work for COVID-19 related reasons.

View the provision here.

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Strategic Business Services

Essential Expenditures

In an effort to preserve financial resources for strategic needs, leadership has directed managers to limit expenditures to those deemed essential and mission critical. Essential expenditures include those necessary to facilitate virtual learning, health, safety, continuing operations, or active construction projects.


As of today, most ProCards have been suspended until further notice. A small number of cards remain open for use by designated staff for essential expenditures valued less than $2,500 (monthly limits are also set at $2,500 by default, but higher limits will be considered upon written request). ProCard cannot be used for technology acquisitions. Please direct your staff to their dedicated Procurement Specialist for software and hardware requirements. You are encouraged to establish internal controls and approvals to ensure ProCard spend is carefully managed. Please note that ProCard purchases cannot be shipped to an employee’s home address.


Essential requirements over $2,500 should be submitted via requisition (PeopleSoft).


All international travel has been suspended. Domestic travel is strongly discouraged. However, if travel is essential, defined as mission critical, it requires approval from the appropriate Vice President or Provost. More information on this subject can be found at:


To ensure our suppliers, faculty, and staff are paid in a timely manner, SBS offers the following recommendations:

  1. Go paperless: Submit all forms and supporting materials electronically as a single pdf file. As typical, be sure to include the chartfield string and authorized signature.
  2. Invoice review: Given short staffing in most departments, please revisit your procedures for receipt and review of invoices. Delay in approving invoices will result in delayed reimbursement and vendor payment.
  3. Direct deposit: Encourage all employees to sign up for direct deposit reimbursement (see

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Facilities Management and Development

Facilities Operations including trades, landscape, custodial/moving and warehouse are in operation with limited staffing and will focus on the below operational priorities:

  • Campus Health and Safety support
  • Student Housing support
  • Critical Administrative Building and Facility support
  • Maintaining critical campus utilities (power, water, sewer, gas)
  • Support continuing capital (major and minor) projects

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Campus Events

In response to Governor Newsom’s directive, San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and CSU recommendations, all events with attendance or participation of 11 or more are canceled or postponed until May 10, 2020. All club sports and intramural sports have been canceled to ensure student-athlete safety. For more information please visit the Campus Events FAQ.

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Public Safety

Cal Poly Police Department (CPPD)

Due to the significantly reduced campus population, CPPD requests vigilance in ensuring buildings are secured and building entrance doors not propped open. Incidences of thefts and vandalism increase when the campus is sparsely populated.

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