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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 TO REQUIRE COVID-19 VACCINE FOR FALL 2021

On July 27, the California State University (CSU) system announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for students, faculty, and staff, including auxiliary employees in order to access campus this fall. As outlined by the CSU, this requirement is not contingent on the full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, and therefore removes some of the earlier uncertainty regarding the policy’s effective date.  This is an update to the CSU’s April 22 announcement. 

The CSU is currently in the meet and confer process with its labor unions. Details for represented employees will be shared at a later date once finalized. 

Students and all non-represented faculty and staff, including auxiliary employees, must submit their completed vaccination documentation to HealtheConnect, the university secure online health portal. Please note: This is a different process than the self-attestation form, which most faculty and staff have already completed.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine. 

Members of the SDSU community with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to complete regular COVID-19 testing. 

Additional information and guidance was shared in an all-campus message and can be found here.

Medical or Religious Exemptions 

The CSU COVID-19 vaccination requirement allows for students, faculty and staff to seek an exemption based on medical or religious grounds. 

Students who receive an approved vaccination exemption will be required to have COVID-19 testing results on file every seven days through the end of the fall semester, at which point the university will re-evaluate transitioning to biweekly testing based on county conditions.

Information on submitting an exemption request can be found online.

Enforcement of Vaccination and Testing Protocols 

While SDSU and the CSU are allowing limited medical or religious exemptions to the vaccination requirement, no such exemptions are being offered for the testing requirement for those who are unvaccinated or who have not uploaded proof of vaccination.  

While details are still being finalized for faculty and staff, students who are on an approved vaccination exemption will receive weekly reminders about ways to get tested.

Because of the serious nature of COVID-19 and the importance of vaccination for individual and community wellness, the university will take action should any student not adhere to the COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirement. Students who miss their testing windows during the fall will receive reminders via their official SDSU email accounts. 

Students who remain non-compliant for more than 5 days after missing their testing window will need to meet with the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities (CSRR). In the interest of individual and community safety, examples of sanctions possible for students who do not comply are warnings, probation, and separation.

County-Operated Testing Site 

The County of San Diego reopened its COVID-19 testing location at San Diego State University on Friday, August 6. The site is open to members of the campus community as well as the general public. 

Testing is available at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, 5250 55th Street, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Appointments are not required. Parking for those getting tested, including spaces for individuals with disabilities, is located in a designated area on the second level of Parking Structure 7. Anyone visiting for COVID-19 testing is required to wear a facial covering. 

Information is available online about other county-run testing locations. 

Those seeking a COVID-19 vaccine should contact their medical provider. SDSU’s Student Health Services is also offering each of the three available vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — to SDSU students, faculty and staff.

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 is planning for mostly in-person instruction and activities for Fall 2021, as aligned with the California State University system, and through a campus-wide model and plan, called SDSU Flex. Read the April 7 campus notice for more information. 

The university began slowly repopulating campus with the return of more faculty and staff during spring 2021. This gradual repopulation will continue during the summer. 

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

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HEERF DISCLOSURES

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.  SDSU
was awarded $2,305,607 under the MSI Portion of the HEERF under the CARES Act.

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 $14,697,467 in additional Student Aid funds and $31,216,660 in
additional Institutional funds. SDSU’s acceptance of the terms of this additional grant is indicated by
drawing funds from the grants, which occurred in February and May respectively.  SDSU was awarded an
additional $3,151,669 under the MSI Portion of the HEERF under CRRSAA.

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.
Through ARPA, SDSU was awarded additional grant funds through the HEERF. SDSU was awarded
$40,379,009 in additional Institutional funds, $40,516,163 in additional Student Aid funds, and $5,386,314
in additional MSI funds under ARPA.  SDSU’s acceptance of the terms of this additional grant is indicated
by drawing funds from the grants. 

SDSU has used the Institutional Portion of the HEERF as noted in the Quarterly Budget and Expenditures Reporting form as of Sept. 30, 2021. Prior reports can be found here.

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 June 30 2021, $14,697,467 in HEERF II funding has been disbursed to 23,390 students.

SDSU began disbursing HEERF III emergency grants to students on August 5, 2021. Under HEERF III,
all matriculated, enrolled students at the San Diego, Imperial Valley, Global, and Georgia campuses are eligible to
receive funding (37,822 students). Students with exceptional need (those receiving federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant,
and/or CSU State University Grant) will receive $875 per semester. Low income students who are not grant eligible
(those with Expected Family Contributions (EFCs) up to 20,000 calculated from their Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADA) Applications) will receive $500 per semester. All other students
will receive $315 per semester. As of September 30, 2021 a total of $20,309,684 has been disbursed to
37,822 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 was awarded $31,216,660 for the Institutional Portion of the CRRSAA grant and has drawn
$36,309 of the additional funds as of September 30, 2021.  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 was awarded $40,516,163 for the Institutional Portion of the ARPA grant and has drawn
$10,000,000 of the additional funds as of September 30, 2021.  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 ARPA HEERF funding.

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. These funds were drawn down In April 2021.

SDSU was awarded an additional $5,386,314 under the MSI Portion of the HEERF under ARPA. No
funds have been drawn from this grant as of September 30, 2021.

 

Recent COMMUNICATIONS

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. Please reach out to [email protected] for questions about vaccination and clearance and [email protected] for more general COVID-19 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