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Dear Campus Community,
 
Due to modifications to LA County Public Health Guidelines related to Higher Education, we are happy to announce a pilot initiative that allows students to come to campus for studying purposes. We have designated study spaces to address a crucial basic need for our students during virtual instruction – access to an adequate space for studying and access to reliable internet. 
 
Full information can be found on the Study Spaces website. Key highlights are listed below:

  • Study Space seats are available starting today, April 5.
  • Location: lecture halls 1001 and 1002 in Building 162 (College of Business Administration). Capacity will be capped at 25% in both lecture halls.
  • Hours of Operation:
    • Monday – Thursday (12:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Friday (1:00 pm – 5:45 pm)
  • Students coming to campus for a Study Space will not need to pay for parking.

This initiative has been approved after careful planning to ensure compliance with all health & safety protocols. The study spaces will be cleaned regularly, require physical distancing and follow campus COVID-19 safety protocols. Students will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we begin to navigate this next phase of our work. We’ll continue to send updates when necessary. Please continue to visit the Safer Return website for up-to-date information.
 
Christina Gonzales
Vice President for Student Affairs
 
Leticia Gutierrez-Lopez, Psy.D.
Associate Vice President, Student Health and Wellbeing

Dear Campus Community, 
 
Last month, I became aware that a student had repeatedly raised concerns about a negative experience in May 2020 with the University Police Department (UPD), which I oversee, and did not receive a timely response. As I said in a recent Poly Post article about this student’s story, I’m not okay with what happened, and I take responsibility for it. We take the student’s concerns seriously, which are being addressed directly with the student by CPP’s Office of Equity and Compliance (OEC). 
 
I’ve also heard from many of you that we have not done enough to address concerns about race and policing on campus or to promote timely collaboration and coordination among campus departments on these issues—and I agree. I understand you’re frustrated, and you have the right to be. We must do better, and you have my commitment that we will. We are working persistently to address these issues, starting with these initial steps:

Creating an Effective UPD Complaint Process. The Police Advisory Task Force (PATF) convened in Fall 2020 and has been charged with reviewing the current complaint process for UPD and making recommendations to establish a formal complaint process that complies with California Penal Code section 832.5, which directs all California law enforcement agencies to develop a procedure to investigate complaints made by a member of the public against a peace officer. 


Improving Coordination and Adopting Best Practices at UPD.

I commend UPD for the important work they do to keep us safe, and I share their commitment to improving policies and practices. To that end, we are creating a Working Group of staff from UPD, the OEC, and the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity (SCI) to conduct an internal review of our practices, and make recommendations on:

 

  • Improving coordination between UPD, SCI and OEC; and 
  • Adopting best practices for how UPD cases are processed and referred to the District Attorney in coordination with OEC and the SCI. 


The recommendations will be shared with the PATF, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), and other members of the campus community as needed for feedback. Following completion of the Working Group’s internal review, and based on feedback received, we will commit to recommendations and provide a timeline for doing so.

Acting on the Inclusive Campus Survey. We will work to dismantle barriers to accessibility and inclusivity identified by your responses to the Inclusive Campus SurveyThat’s why we urge you to complete the survey before it closes (Friday, March 19 at midnight) and “share your view” so we can follow through.   

 
I know that these issues have been raised before and that meaningful change has not come quickly enough. More than ever, it’s time to do the hard work of healing the wounds that have festered for too long, and campus leadership has a responsibility to lead the process with our community. I expect you to hold us accountable for creating the change we need. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Christina Gonzales 
Vice President for Student Affairs