SDSU COVID-19 Emergency Notification

The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In compliance with the California State University (CSU) system’s Executive Order 1107, this is a reminder that we are in a public health state of emergency and additional information can be accessed via SDSU’s public-facing COVID-19 site.

CSU Planning COVID-19 Requirement for Fall 2021

On April 22, the California State University system and University of California shared in a joint announcement that students, faculty and staff will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to be able to access campus facilities this fall. 

The CSU, of which SDSU is part, indicated two important conditions for the requirement to be implemented: The requirement is contingent upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and adequate availability of fully approved vaccines. 

Additional information and guidance, including exceptions that will be offered for students, faculty and staff, is forthcoming and will be shared at a later date. 

County of San Diego Vaccination Site at Viejas Arena

The County of San Diego opened a new COVID-19 vaccination site at SDSU’s Viejas Arena on March 23. The site is open to all members of the SDSU and regional communities currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

The county-operated Viejas Arena vaccination site is currently offering no-appointment needed, walk-up vaccination availability. The location is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More information is available on the county’s website

Senate Town Hall on Campus RepoPulation

On May 3, SDSU held the Senate Town Hall on Campus Repopulation. SDSU President Adela de la Torre and Provost Hector Ochoa spoke with other campus leaders about repopulation plans including COVID-19-related protocols and county, state and federal guidelines; office and environmental safety; the California State University's recent decision on plans to require COVID-19 vaccines for students, faculty and staff this fall; on-campus operations and in-person activities; accomodations for medical issues; and numerous other topics and issues. A recording of the Senate Town Hall on Campus Repopulation can be found here.

Please visit this site often as it is updated regularly.


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San Diego State University has shifted all instruction to virtual modalities. For Spring 2021, the majority of courses will be offered via virtual modalities, as aligned with the California State University system, and through a campus-wide model and plan, called SDSU Flex. Read the May 12 and Nov. 4 campus notices for more information. 

All non-essential personnel, and essential personnel whose work can be accomplished remotely, are asked not to come to the SDSU campus. Such employees are asked to telework.

SDSU is closely monitoring the worldwide situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. SDSU, in its decision-making regarding COVID-19, follows the guidance of the San Diego County Health and Human Services (HHSA), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.

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Learn More About SDSU Flex

Additional information regarding SDSU's flexible repopulation, instruction and business continuity plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic



Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding Disclosures

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S. Government in the spring of 2020 to provide support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund (HEERF), which provides funding to the nation’s colleges and universities to provide emergency grants to students. This funding also covers a portion of certain unbudgeted costs and lost revenue due to the disruption of campus activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic
under the Institutional Portion. SDSU has signed and returned Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education indicating that the university will use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency aid to students. San Diego State University was awarded $29,394,934, of which no less than $14,697,467 or 50% is being disbursed to Students.

In late December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriates Act (CRRSAA) was passed by the U.S. Government to provide additional support as a result of the financial challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic. Through CRRSAA, SDSU was awarded additional grant funds through the HEERF. SDSU was awarded $31,216,660 in additional Institutional funds and $14,697,467 in additional Student Aid funds. SDSU’s acceptance of the terms of this additional grant is indicated by drawing funds from the grants.

In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed by the U.S. Government to provide additional continued support as a result of the financial challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic. SDSU has not yet been awarded additional grant funds under this component of the HEERF, but anticipates receiving over $80 million, half of which will need to be used for emergency grants to students.

Student Aid Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Upon receiving the CARES Act funding allocation in early May 2020, SDSU distributed grants to eligible students based on their documented financial need. Eligibility for students enrolled for the Spring 2020 term was determined using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award amounts differed based on full-time or part- time enrollment status, as well as by financial aid eligibility status and Pell Grant, State University Grant (SUG), and Cal Grant eligible student status. Students have also been able to apply to the campus Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) for additional HEERF funding to help with continuing and extraordinary financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, a total of 33,895 students were eligible to receive CARES Act funding between $41 and $4,900 per student. As of March 31, 2021, $14,697,467 has been disbursed to 22,389 students.

SDSU disbursed additional funds awarded through CRRSAA in February 2021. Students enrolled for the Spring 2021 term who filed a 2020-21 FAFSA and met the federal citizen/eligible non-citizen requirements were eligible for a HEERF II award. Students with exceptional need (those receiving Pell Grant, SUG, and/or Cal Grants) received $750. All other eligible students received an award of $500. Students were also able to apply to ECRT for additional funding for extraordinary financial hardships. As of March 31, 2021, $14,697,467 in HEERF II funding has been disbursed to 23,416 students.

Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

SDSU was awarded $14,697,467 for the Institutional Portion of the CARES Act. As of January 31, 2021, SDSU has drawn down the full amount of this award to reimburse the campus for student refunds related primarily to Housing and Dining Services, costs related to cancelled programs and moving instruction to a virtual modality.

SDSU has drawn $11,309 of the additional funds awarded through CRRSAA. SDSU is continuing to accumulate and review the costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to evaluate which costs will be reimbursed with the additional funds from the Institutional portion of the CRRSAA HEERF funding.

SDSU has used the Institutional Portion of the HEERF as noted in the Quarterly Budget and Expenditures Reporting form as of March 31, 2021. Prior reports can be found here.

Minority Serving Institution Funds (MSI) - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

SDSU was awarded $2,305,607 under the MSI Portion of the HEERF under the CARES Act. These funds were drawn down in January 2021, following the CARES Act guidance.

SDSU was awarded an additional $3,151,669 under the MSI Portion of the HEERF under CRRSAA, but no funds have been drawn down under this grant. SDSU is continuing to accumulate and review the costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to evaluate which costs will be reimbursed with the additional funds from the MSI portion of the CRRSAA HEERF funding.



The following earlier e-mail messages have been shared with the SDSU campus community and include some of the university's targeted communications:

COVID-19 Points of Contact

SDSU has designated individuals who are responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. Use the SDSU forms for more specific concerns and [email protected] for more general concerns.




Hala Madanat, Ph.D.

Hala Madanat, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health

Jessica Rentto, J.D.

Jessica Rentto, J.D.
Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President, Business and Financial Affairs

Eric Hansen

Eric J. Hansen, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Associate Vice President - Business OperationsBusiness

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director