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Frequently Asked Questions

On Nov. 4, in an all-campus email, the university announced classes would continue to be offered in the mostly virtual format for the Spring 2021 semester.

Based on recent guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, as well as detailed modeling from our public health experts, we are excited to share that we are planning for fall 2021 to be primarily in-person.

No. The university has been and continues to be open.

SDSU is closely following information relating to COVID-19. 

SDSU has increased both frequency and intensity of sanitizing and disinfecting across campus, and with special focus on currently populated areas.

Following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) physical distancing guidelines, Parking and Transportation Services will not be utilizing the vans for the Red & Black Shuttle. Rather, carts will be utilized, along with the DoubleMap phone app. This will allow students to see, in real time, where the carts are located on each line. Community Service Officers (CSO) will continue to perform this operation with reduced hours on Monday through Friday, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Each cart will have no more than 2-3 passengers at time and all will be required to wear a facial covering (which will be provided by us should they not have one).  For more information please visit the Red & Black Shuttle website.

You may park only in the facility where your permit is valid. Student permits are only valid in student lots, however after 6:30 p.m. students may park in faculty and staff areas. At no time may anyone park in a special permit (SP) area unless they have the SP assigned to them.

Yes. The California State University system has announced that all students, faculty and staff, including those at SDSU, will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine on file to access campus facilities this fall. This decision carries across the system, and all universities, including SDSU, must be in compliance.

Yes, the California State University system has indicated that it will allow faculty, staff and students to seek exemptions to the vaccine requirement. At this time, no additional details are available, as guidance is being formalized. Information will be shared at a later time. 

Yes, registration for continuing students began on May 25. Evidence of vaccination will not be required at that time.

We strongly encourage students to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they have received their second dose, or, for single-shot vaccines, after their first dose. All students will need to have their proof of vaccine submitted prior to the start of the fall semester unless they have an approved exception on file. 

Students should share their records via HealtheConnect, the university’s secure online health portal. This will allow our students to ensure they have met this requirement and are able to come to campus knowing their vaccine status has been confirmed, and they can engage in the many on-campus offerings and events that occur in the first few weeks of the fall semester.  

Students must complete this requirement by the beginning of the semester.

Yes, the COVID-19 testing program will continue, and details about testing and vaccination are on the university’s COVID-19 website. While details on exemptions are still forthcoming, students who have an approved vaccination exemption will be required to test regularly. Testing will also be available for those students who are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.

Students should upload a copy of their vaccination card through https://healtheconnect.sdsu.edu/, the university’s secure online health portal. Students who do so will automatically be entered to win a $50 Starbucks gift card (instructions are available as a PDF). One hundred students will be randomly selected to be awarded each month. The first drawing will be held on Friday, April 30. 

Further direction for faculty and staff is in development, and forthcoming.

No, students who are fully online and will not be physically on campus or at any CSU or SDSU facility during the fall do not fall under this system-wide requirement. SDSU does, however, encourage that all members of the university community get vaccinated as soon as they are able to do so in the interest of individual well-being and community health.

While COVID-19 vaccine supply is still very limited, San Diego State University has received small allotments of  vaccines. The state and county have supported SDSU’s request to administer vaccines to provide another pathway to provide eligible members of the campus community with access to get vaccinated. SDSU will continue to seek additional vaccines as the national supply increases.

SDSU encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated when they become eligible to do so. Getting vaccinated helps to protect individuals and those around them from COVID-19, and it is a safer option to help protect against the virus, in addition to ongoing general prevention. Every study, every phase, and every trial leading to the public distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines were reviewed by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration and by a safety board. 

Faculty, staff and students should discuss the vaccine and any questions you have about it with your healthcare provider. The following FAQs are provided for general information.

Yes, however the county, state and national population is being vaccinated based on the approved vaccination distribution plans defined by federal, state and county agencies. SDSU is committed to ensuring that all members of our community have access to COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they become eligible given public health priority tiers. County of San Diego vaccination phase details are available online. Imperial County vaccination information is available online.

Individuals who get vaccinated should ensure they complete the full vaccine series as recommended.

There may be no mention of the state department or agency on the paystub issued by the State Controller.  However, digital paystubs may be accessed and printed from PeopleSoft, View Paycheck. These paystubs clearly indicate San Diego State as the issuing agency.  These could be presented alone or along with the corresponding State Controller pay stub to substantiate active employment.    

To access PeopleSoft, View Paycheck: 

  1. Visit https://cmshr.cms.sdsu.edu/ psp/HSDPRD/?cmd=login and login
  2. Select Self Service from the menu
  3. Under Payroll and Compensation, click View Paycheck. These paychecks can then be printed.   


If an individual is concerned that they will not be able to substantiate their employment with their pay stub, they should consider supplementing it with a Verification of Employment (VOE) Express Letter.  The effective date of these letters will be the date of their generation.   

Verification of Employment (VOE) Express Letters may be generated through inverify.net self-service.

There is no cost for the COVID vaccine and you should never be asked to pay out of pocket by any provider who is administering this vaccine. You may be asked for your insurance information so that the vaccinating provider can request reimbursement for the vaccine administration fee, but there should be no cost to you as the patient. 

Student Health Services (SHS) is approved by the State of California to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible faculty, staff and students. However, vaccine supply allocated to SHS is limited. SDSU is committed to ensuring a fair and equitable process for COVID-19 vaccines for campus community members based on state- and county-approved eligibility. 

SHS continues administering doses to eligible campus community members.

The County of San Diego is also now operating a vaccination site at Viejas Arena on campus.

We strongly encourage members of our community to get vaccinated through whichever pathways are available to them. This may include on campus, at a county-operated vaccination site, your personal medical provider, a local pharmacy, or other vaccine providers as the vaccine becomes more readily available throughout the country. Please remember that you should never pay to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or be asked to pay to reserve a vaccine or get onto a waitlist. 
At this time, individuals who are vaccinated do need to continue with COVID testing through the university’s surveillance program.  We are working closely with our partners at the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and our own epidemiological experts to help us determine when it may be appropriate for us to discontinue or otherwise alter surveillance testing. 
At this time, three vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA). These include the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine and Johnson & Johnson. 

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA), which is a short-lived set of instructions that tell our cells how to make different proteins that our bodies need. The mRNA in both vaccines enter the cells and instructs them to make a protein that mimics the spike proteins found on the surface of the coronavirus. These new proteins stimulate an immune response since they are new to our bodies. 

The immune system is then able to remember these spike proteins so that if they are seen again on the actual coronavirus, antibodies will latch onto the spike proteins and prevent them from entering your cells and making you sick. It's important to know that mRNA does not alter or modify a person's genetic makeup.

Additional vaccines are currently in clinical trials and progressing through the emergency use authorization process.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. It is highly recommended that each person get both doses of the series to provide full effectiveness of the vaccine for the currently available vaccines.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose.

We do not recommend waiting for a single-dose vaccine to become available if you are eligible to receive a two-dose vaccine more immediately.

Published findings from the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine trials indicate that the vaccines were effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19. During the vaccine trials, safety was monitored by independent Data Safety and Monitoring Boards, who determined they were safe. Now that the vaccines have been approved for use in the US they are tracked and monitored through the same systems used for all vaccines. Enhanced monitoring systems have also been set up for the COVID-19 vaccines including V-safe, a smartphone app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We encourage members of our community who have questions about the vaccine to speak with their medical providers and review the publicly available information about the vaccines, the approval process, and their efficacy.

No, COVID-19 vaccines cannot give you the virus; the vaccines do not contain a weakened version of a live virus, and they do not contain a dead version of the virus. mRNA does not get into the nucleus of your cells and it also does not create changes in your DNA. 

You may have some side effects after receiving your vaccination. These side effects, such as fatigue, chills, muscle aches, and headaches are a sign that your body is building immunity against the virus.

SDSU’s Student Health Services (SHS) is able to provide the vaccine to SDSU Imperial Valley students and employees at Student Health Services in San Diego, in accordance with the county and state established vaccine phases. We recommend Imperial Valley students and employees also continue to take advantage of any vaccination pathway that is available to them, including vaccination sites operated by Imperial County Public Health Department, their medical providers, local pharmacies, or Student Health Services in San Diego.

We encourage members of our community who have questions about the vaccine to speak with their medical providers and review the publicly available information about the vaccines, the approval process, and their efficacy.
Yes, you should still get a flu shot. Please get one now if you have not already done so. Flu shots are available for students at Student Health Services at no cost. Employees and other community members can receive a flu shot from their medical providers or many local pharmacies.

As shared in the April 7 all-campus email detailing fall 2021 plans, the health and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty continue to be paramount, and to that end we are exploring a number of additional public-health protections and support mechanisms, which will make this possible. These include requiring either proof of vaccination or regular COVID-19 testing for our students returning in-person, testing on-arrival, continued contact tracing and isolation/quarantine housing, new waste water testing and enhanced cleaning services.

Per California’s post-June 15 guidance, mask wearing will still be required in the fall.

All eligible community members can receive a vaccination at the county-operated Viejas Arena site. 

Those who are eligible  can make an appointment through the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s COVID-19 vaccination website.  Eligible community members can also receive walk-up vaccinations at the county-run Viejas Arena site. 

You can request an appointment through the dedicated San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s COVID-19 vaccination website. SDSU does not manage appointments at the county-operated site at Viejas Arena.

Eligible community members can also receive walk-up vaccinations at the county-run Viejas Arena site. 

No.

Though this vaccination site is located on the SDSU campus, it is a county-operated site and open to serve the San Diego County community.

Eligible SDSU students and employees can make an appointment through the designated San Diego County Health and Human Services COVID-19 vaccination website

Eligible community members can also receive walk-up vaccinations at the county-run Viejas Arena site. 

The County of San Diego opened its site at Viejas Arena on Tuesday, March 23. Viejas Arena is located at 5130 Canyon Crest Drive at SDSU in San Diego. Appointments are required, and general parking is available in Parking Lot 12; accessible parking will be offered in Parking Lot 13.
County of San Diego vaccination sites do not require an appointment. You can request an appointment through the dedicated San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s COVID-19 vaccination website.
Yes. The county-operated Viejas Arena site is offering both first and second dose COVID-19 vaccinations.
As of March 23, 2021, the County of San Diego will administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the site it is operating at Viejas Arena. Information about the Pfizer vaccine is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.
SDSU Flex calls for high customization and will allow the maximum amount of flexibility to our community as COVID-19 conditions change in the future. With all lecture-based instruction intended to occur online in the fall, the SDSU Flex model will offer maximum opportunities for students to remain fully engaged with their faculty, staff members, peers and SDSU alumni — no matter their physical location. The model provides flexibility to our faculty, reducing the number of courses that may be needed to transition to fully virtual in the event of a second wave of the virus. SDSU Flex will also provide extensive time for faculty to prepare and modify their courses for the fall, in ways that differ drastically from the emergency move this spring.

Through the SDSU Flex model for Spring 2021, the university will: 

  • In consultation and agreement with the CSU, offer certain lab, art studio, and performance-based courses in person, including clinical offerings required for licensure, while offering lecture-based instruction via virtual modalities. 
  • Expand existing, customized pedagogy training for faculty members, which will also address accessibility and inclusivity, to ensure quality education. A training institute was launched for faculty. Faculty can learn more or sign up by visiting the Instructional Technology Services Training & Workshops site
  • Significantly expand online activities and student support service, and also maintain robust financial aid for our students.  
  • Carefully open the campus in phases based on guidelines beginning with faculty who need to return to their research or creative work in on-campus facilities.  
  • Continue to collaborate with county public health officials and to advocate the return of research and instructional faculty to campus as soon as permitted, and as we can safely increase support staffing to maintain campus safety. 

Based on recent guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, as well as detailed modeling from our public health experts, we are excited to share that we are planning for fall 2021 to be primarily in-person.

The university is optimistic about being able to offer a largely in-person fall because of recent updates from the state and County of San Diego. In addition, on April 6, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state plans to fully reopen on June 15, returning to pre-pandemic operations as long as vaccine supply meets demand and hospitalization rates are stable and low. With these updates in mind SDSU is moving forward with planning for a largely in-person fall semester. 

Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor to identify all appropriate classes applicable to their general education and major requirements. Students who need accommodations based on their own verifiable disability and/or medical-related need should contact the Student Ability Success Center (SASC), which will work with them to provide appropriate accommodations or academic arrangements. SASC may be reached by calling 619-594-6473 or emailing [email protected].

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, and the majority 

Faculty and staff whose work can only be performed onsite and are unable to do so in the falldue to medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 will receive reasonable accommodations in the form of telework assignments, where available, or will be provided with leave options consistent with California State University policies and applicable collective bargaining agreements.  

Traditional-style residence halls will re-open this fall. We plan to operate our buildings at standard capacity, which consists primarily of double-occupancy rooms. Rooms designed for single, triple and quad occupancy will be available in limited capacity on a per request basis only.

Please note that as of Dec. 18, 2020, the housing cancellation policy has been reinstated. For more information about cancellation, please visit: https://housing.sdsu.edu/campus_living/license_agreement/cancellation.aspx

In support of sustainability initiatives, incoming freshmen who live on campus will not be permitted to bring a car the first year of study at SDSU. To assist students who may have unique needs, freshmen with documented hardships are able and encouraged to apply for a waiver. For more information, please visit Freshman On-Campus Resident Parking Policy.

Meal plan packages have been updated to provide increased flexibility of options. Students can choose a Mini Plan, Select Plan, or Prime Value Plan that includes an allotment of meals and weekly declining balances. More information about housing rates and meal plan options is available at housing.sdsu.edu/costs.

Meals plans for freshmen students living on campus are required. Meal plans for sophomore and upper division students living on campus are optional. Meal plans are not required for any students living off-campus. 

The Intent to Enroll is a non-refundable deposit. Your Intent to Enroll deposit will be applied toward your first payment of basic tuition and fees. The mostly virtual Spring semester will be a different experience but will be a rich and quality learning experience.  

Requests for refund of the non-refundable Intent to Enroll deposit will only be considered due to financial hardship, including those related to COVID-19.  The requests will be reviewed and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If you are an incoming new student or parent and need more information, please visit Student Account Services New Student and Parent webpage

If you can not pay your tuition fees in full, here are some alternative ways for you to pay for the semester: 

  • You can enroll in the Basic Tuition & Fees Installment Plan to better manage the cost of educational expenses. This payment option allows students and families to manage the cost of educational expenses by breaking up the total cost of an expense into multiple partial payments over the course of the semester.
  • You can enroll in the installment plan via the Online Student Account. To learn more visit our Installment Plan webpage.
  • All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by filing a FAFSA to be considered for state and federal aid, such as grants, student loans, and parent loans. Scholarship opportunities are also available through the new Aztec Scholarship portal, as well as federal CARES dollars for qualifying students. To learn more about different types of aid visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website.
  • Lastly, you can pay your tuition fees using a third party payer or veteran’s benefit. To learn more visit the Student Account Services Payment Options webpage.

If you need additional financial assistance, please contact Student Account Services (via Live Chat on the site) or by email at [email protected].

If you need to defer your admission for personal reasons, you can submit an application to appeal on the SDSU Office of Admissions site. Each appeal application will be evaluated on its merit on a case by case basis. International students who cannot be issued a VISA at this time due to travel or country-specific restrictions may also choose to defer enrollment through this process. 

Students who defer must maintain eligibility (e.g. first-time freshmen may not enroll at another institution after graduating from high school). Otherwise, they are considered transfer students and must satisfy upper-division transfer admission criteria.

In most cases, we discourage students from deferring their admissions. SDSU has been actively investing in preparing a dynamic and meaningful learning experience that will allow our students to move towards their academic goals without interruptions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the benefit of innovative solutions that will provide students a rich experience beyond the classroom we are confident that we will deliver a robust in-person and virtual education experience for our students.

 

Continuing students may file for a leave of absence on the SDSU Webportal prior to schedule adjustment deadline. Additional information about eligibility for a leave of absence is available online on the Office of the Registrar website.

Federal work study jobs still remain available, and our auxiliary organizations continue to have some job opportunities for students in research, food services, bookstore and other service areas. SDSU and its auxiliaries strive to bring back as many existing student employees as possible as the campus repopulates over the academic year and also hire additional students as needed based on new virtual or hybrid campus activities and needs. 

Aztec Shops, in particular, strives to bring back as many existing student employees as possible, and hire additional students as needed, based on campus activity, food service and bookstore customer demand. 

For Associated Students, there is also increased work in virtual programming and communications to maximize opportunities for students to engage and to meet their changing needs. Associated Students will also continue to assess and need student jobs to support: Aztec Recreation, including for virtual and live workout resources, ESports leagues, and more; the Aztec Student Union for different daily programming; Business Services and banking training sessions; Government Affairs; and much more to come. 

The Economic Crisis Response Team is also available to assist students in identifying campus employment, and students can reach out to the team via the online ECRT assistance request form.

SDSU will continue to offer high quality and interactive activities for students, staff, and faculty. Partners across campus are planning in-person co-curricular campus programs, including, but not limited to undergraduate research, entrepreneurship, community building, leadership programming, and service. Many SDSU centers, including and not limited to the Cultural Centers, Student Organizations and Activities, Commuter Resource Center, Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center, Glazer Center for Leadership & Service, and Career Services will continue to offer virtual office hours, student-centered, events, and opportunities to connect with staff and small group activities. 

Constructing an immersive student-focused virtual experience that creates social engagement and easy pathways for student involvement, access to student success services and integrated health and well-being resources. We are working diligently to ensure our new students will experience a successful transition to our supportive campus community. 

Yes, SDSU is committed to offering robust co-curricular engagement opportunities for students during the fall. We plan to deliver activities, including but not limited to events, training, and mentoring, while supporting student leadership opportunities in Recognized Student Organizations, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Associated Students, and more. Students can access virtual event offerings by visiting: https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/virtual-events.aspx?

Please note: In line with San Diego County, indoor operations have limited capacity per county guidance.

The Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) reopened indoor operations on Monday, March 29. Capacity is limited and reservations are required. Members may reserve a 90-minute workout time at the ARC to use free weights, weight training machines and cardio machines in large well-ventilated spaces.

 

Masks are required inside classrooms and other campus buildings where social distancing is not possible.

We understand that wearing a facial covering, which is an established public health guideline required for use in the county and state, may cause discomfort or aggravate underlying conditions for some individuals. If you have trouble wearing a facial covering or are unable to due to an underlying medical condition, you are asked to complete your work or study from home as you are able. If you must come to campus, you should wear a facial covering to the fullest extent possible and are encouraged to consult with your health provider about faial covering options that are safe for you to wear. Contact the Student Ability Success Center by emailing [email protected] to discuss options if you are a student. To discuss further, employees should consult with their supervisors or with SDSU’s Office of Employee Relations and Compliance by calling 619-594-6464 or emailing [email protected]

The ADA does not have any rules that address the required use of face masks by state and local governments.

All SDSU community members must wear facial covering while physically on campus or any campus property, with limited exception, such as when one is eating outside while physically distancing or if in a private office alone or private residence. The university requirement also applies to students, staff, and faculty with disabilities. Those who refuse to or cannot comply with COVID-19 related health/safety measures, such as wearing a facial covering in public spaces, may infect others if they are ill, and thus they can be considered as creating a danger or “direct threat” to the health and safety of those around them. They can also lead to SDSU being out of compliance with public health rules to which the university and its community must follow.

Students with disabilities may contact the Student Ability Success Center (SASC) to discuss options for navigating face covering policies. Since the health and safety of the entire campus community who are working, studying and living on campus in person will need to be considered when providing individual accommodations, not all requests for accommodation will be considered reasonable or appropriate to grant, especially if they endanger the health of others. However, solutions that balance the health/safety of the individual with the broader community will be sought. For example, the campus may provide see-through masks to individuals with whom a deaf/hard-of-hearing student needs to interact, or student services offices can provide options for virtual services to a student.

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from SASC as soon as possible if they believe they cannot comply with any of the COVID-19 related health/safety measures due to a medical condition or disability. SASC contact information during virtual operation can be found on SASC’s COVID-19 Information webpage.

Students who are enrolled in an in-person course, but are unable to wear a face covering should follow the same process for students who cannot attend in-person courses due to a COVID-19 related concern. Please complete the following form to request a letter from Student Ability Success Center (SASC) that the student can share with their instructor and their Assistant Dean to request academic arrangements: SDSU Flex - Request for SASC Letter Regarding In-Person Attendance

Once the form has been submitted the student will receive a letter from SASC within five (5) business days of the submission date. The letter will be emailed to the email address provided in the form submission. 

Once the student has received the letter, they should provide it to their instructor and assistant dean in their college as soon as possible in order for the appropriate arrangements to be made with your scheduled course. If you decide to drop or postpone taking the impacted course for a later semester, you are strongly encouraged to work with your academic advisor to understand if there will be any impacts on your academic progress. 

Academic arrangements that are made due to COVID-related concerns are temporary and only for the fall 2020 semester. Students who may require other academic accommodations during fall 2020 and beyond due to their own disability or medical condition should also register with SASC to establish approved accommodations for virtual and in-person courses. To start the registration process, please follow the steps on our website: https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/sds/getstarted-1.aspx

The SDSU Health Commitment asks students, faculty, staff, vendors and contractors to pledge to take responsibility for their own health and also demonstrate their commitment to their community by helping to keep the SDSU community safe from COVID-19 and other infections. 

The SDSU Health Commitment is voluntary. By signing you make a personal commitment to taking actions in support of individual wellbeing and community health.

SDSU is involved in the following as a precaution during the growing public health threat associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
The university:

  • Is providing updates to campus to students, faculty and staff via in person and email communications. Some communications occur more directly through guidance being provided to segments of the students, faculty and staff populations.
  • Is continuously monitoring and following recommendations of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), the California State University system, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State.
  • Established a group of campus health officials and specialists who are regularly communicating to assess needed action and communication related to this swiftly moving global public health situation.
  • Suspended university-related study abroad programs.
  • Decreased the number of students living on-campus.
  • Is providing screening for students who visit Student Health Services who have a fever, cough, sore throat, or other symptoms consistent with upper respiratory infections.
  • Is providing testing for students through Student Health Services.
  • Is providing testing for students, faculty, staff and community members through a partnership with the San Diego County Health and Human Sevices Agency.
  • Has shifted courses to the virtual space with limited exceptions for in-person instruction.
  • SDSU has instituted rigorous environmental cleaning before and after the event/meeting, as well encouraging the practice of preventive behaviors (e.g., providing hand sanitizer, tissue, etc.). Additional cleaning is occurring out of an abundance of caution. You may see individuals wearing protective gear during this time.

When the university receives notice of a confirmed COVID-19 test result, either from the individual tested or from a public health official, the university will follow its COVID-19 Case Communications Protocol to inform others and provide guidance and assistance to the individual and all close contacts.

SDSU has an established protocol for communicating when a public health authority confirms COVID-19 cases among members of the campus community.

Any student, faculty or staff member with a confirmed COVID-19 case is asked to share that information with SDSU through the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The coronavirus can spread from person-to-person, through close contact, and primarily through coughing and sneezing. Washing hands, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and avoiding sick people are the best ways to prevent the illness from spreading.

Additionally, beginning Friday, May 1, all County residents will also be required to cover their face while they are out in public and within six feet of someone that is not a household member.

COVID-19 is an emerging disease and is not yet entirely understood. Public health officials are still learning about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of the virus.

More information is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website regarding coronavirus symptoms.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. However, it is currently the flu and respiratory disease season, and the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine. Also, everyone is encouraged to take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

You may be at greater risk if you have recently traveled to regions where there are currently outbreaks of the virus, or if you have come into close contact with someone who has the virus. Symptoms typically appear within two to 14 days after exposure.

If you are not feeling well, stay home from work, school, and other errands, if possible. Remain home until you have been without a fever for at least 24 hours.

If someone is positive for COVID-19 they need to isolate:
  • For 10 days from the first time you experienced any symptoms
  • Or 10 days from the date of your test if you did not experience any symptoms 
At the end of this period, it is safe for a COVID-19 positive individual to return to their living situation as long as:
  • They have gone 24 hours hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medication
  • AND other symptoms are of COVID-19 are improving 

* this does not include loss of taste of smell which may linger for weeks or months and need not delay the end of isolation

However, you should still practice preventative measures like wearing a facial covering and maintaining 6 ft of physical distance whenever possible. 

Be aware that it is SDSU Policy that you are participating in these behaviors outside of your home and avoiding any gatherings. 

An individual who has COVID-19 will no longer have a viral load large enough to continue infecting others after the 10 day isolation period. 

At the end of this period, it is safe to exit isolation. 

An individual who has COVID-19 will no longer have a viral load large enough to continue infecting others after the 10 day isolation period.

However, you should still practice preventative measures like wearing a facial covering and maintaining 6 ft of physical distance whenever possible. 

Be aware that it is SDSU Policy that you are participating in these behaviors outside of your home and avoiding any gatherings. 

If someone has come in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual they need to quarantine for 14 days after the last prolonged contact (15 minutes or more of close exposure). 

You should only leave your house for essential reasons -- like getting food, medication, or seeking medical attention, including COVID-19 testing. 

Wear a facial covering whenever outside of your home, maintain 6 ft physical distance, make any interaction as brief as possible, and practice excellent hand washing/sanitizer, are paramount to successfully avoiding getting others sick.

You can also order food or groceries to be delivered and order medication from CVS.   

At the end of this period, it is safe to exit quarantine. 

However, you should still practice preventative measures like wearing a facial covering and maintaining 6 ft of physical distance whenever possible. 

Be aware that it is SDSU Policy that you are participating in these behaviors outside of your home and avoiding any gatherings.

An individual who has COVID-19 will no longer have a viral load large enough to continue infecting others after the 10 day isolation period. 
While it may seem unfair and counterintuitive that an exposed individual is being asked to quarantine longer than a friend or roommate who tested positive, exposed individuals are asked to quarantine for a full fourteen days after their exposure in order to ensure that they do not acquire COVID-19. We know that COVID can onset at any point between two and fourteen days, so the best way to prevent the spread of COVID and protect others from exposure is to quarantine for the full incubation period.  

SDSU has decreased the density of campus and relevant spaces at any given time, to include staggering team member shift times to reduce the number of individuals arriving at one time, staggering breaks and lunches to decrease density in break rooms, and relying on appointment-based scheduling for services. For anyone on campus, facial coverings are required at all times, with limited exceptions. Further, SDSU has and will continue to facilitate physical distancing on campus in areas where students, faculty, and staff may gather or be in proximity to one another. Measures such as plexiglass barriers, signage, and decreased seating will serve to reduce physical contact as well as to remind community members of this critical infection control strategy. Overall, the number of employees and students on campus is significantly reduced and while the university is slowly repopulating, the number of people on campus at any given time will remain significantly reduced. 

SDSU has also increased both the frequency and intensity of sanitizing and disinfecting of surfaces across campus, especially in populated areas. The university also has developed isolation and quarantine scenarios for the upcoming year in consultation with San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). Additionally, community members have and will continue to be provided with appropriate resources, access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and educational materials to allow them to safely disinfect spaces before and after use.

Be attentive to the most recent information on the outbreak, available via the CDC's COVID-19 page and the World Health Organization's COVID-19 site.

Please note, beginning Tuesday, March 17, all non-essential personnel, and essential personnel whose work can be accomplished remotely, are asked not to come to the San Diego State University campus. Such employees are asked to telework.

Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Avoid individuals who are ill, particularly if they are coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Properly dispose of any used tissues immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.
  • Beginning Friday, May 1, all County residents will be required to cover their face while they are out in public and within six feet of someone that is not a household member.

Additional protection measures are suggested for those who are in or who have recently visited (defined as within the last 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is present. You are asked to:

  • Stay at home and self-isolate if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.
  • If you develop fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.

If you are ill, you are not to come to campus, and the university asks that all students and employees report any positive COVID-19 test results. Employees should immediately contact Employee Benefits by calling 619-594-6404 or emailing [email protected], and their supervisor. Auxiliary employees should contact their human resources department and their supervisor. Students should contact Student Health Services by calling at 619-594-4325. SDSU also encourages any individuals who are concerned about their health status to contact their health care provider or public health entity for further guidance. Any students and employees who test positive are asked to report their situation to the university.

Yes, the county public health order requires temperature checks for employees. On campus employees must complete a daily wellness check, consisting of a temperature read and a self survey of symptoms. In addition, SDSU is providing no-contact infrared thermometers to campus units to take temperatures of individuals coming into facilities, to include students, faculty, staff and visitors.

TAs and GAs who are scheduled to teach face to face classes but prefer not to teach due to safety concerns should contact their department chair. If this request cannot be accommodated based on operational needs, the TA/GA will be provided with the option to take an unpaid leave of absence from their TA/GA role for the Spring semester.

For those with a high risk medical condition identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), should you be asked to work in-person on campus, you may also request accommodations pursuant to the ADA, which may include telework or a leave of absence. University employees, including TAs and student employees, interested in requesting accommodations for this reason may do so by contacting the  Office of Employee Relations and Compliance at (619) 594-6464 to discuss reasonable accommodations.

If a TA becomes sick they should stay home. There are paid leaves available if someone were to get sick. If a TA does get sick it is important that they inform their supervisors that they are ill and stay home. The specific campus repopulation guidelines say that no employee should come to campus if they are not feeling well or if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. This is important for both individual and community health. 

For additional context, SDSU has planned for measures to protect employees’ health and safety. This includes protocols for low-density spaces with physical distancing, temperature and COVID-19 symptom checks, provision of PPE to employees, provision of disinfecting supplies and disinfecting protocols, filtration systems, and other measures. 

The university encourages all members of the campus community to remain home from school or work if they become sick. Inform your supervisor or faculty member of your absense.

Please note all non-essential personnel, and essential personnel whose work can be accomplished remotely, are asked not to come to the San Diego State University campus. Such employees are asked to telework.

According to the World Health Organization, “There is no specific treatment for disease caused by a novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated and therefore treatment based on the patient’s clinical condition. Moreover, supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.”  Your personal medical provider can help assess your health condition if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and recommend the best treatment plan for you based on your condition and your health history.  

If you experience any COVID-19 emergency signs or symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911 or going to an emergency department. These signs include: trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face. These conditions require immediate treatment.

If you believe that a staff member has COVID-19 or has had very close contact with a person who has COVID-19 (such as living in the same household), please contact the Office of Employee Relations and Compliance at 619-594-6464 for guidance.

Please note all non-essential personnel, and essential personnel whose work can be accomplished remotely, are asked not to come to the San Diego State University campus. Such employees are asked to telework.

Please follow the direction from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding prevention. The recommended steps include washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when you are ill, and also cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Also, beginning Friday, May 1, all County residents will be required to cover their face while they are out in public and within six feet of someone that is not a household member.

SDSU also recommends continuing to read e-mails and updates from SDSU, and regularly checking this site. SDSU will continue to share important updates and information as this situation evolves and recommend any additional steps that students should take to stay well.

We know that some members of the SDSU community are feeling greater stress than usual, and I want to encourage you to seek out support and information from the many organizations on campus that are here for you.

Also, as with any natural or human-inflicted disaster, COVID-19 can lead to additional stress and worry to members of our community, including those who have personal connections to affected areas. This is a critically-important time for all of us to reinforce a community of care on our campus and support one another.

If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through campus mental health services:

Students can contact SDSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services, which is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm., by calling 619-594-5220. The After-Hours Crisis Line is 888-724-7240. For emergencies, call 911.

Faculty and staff can rely on the Employee Assistance Program which offers SDSU faculty and staff confidential support for a variety of concerns, including emotional, relationship, health, legal and workplace issues. Information, resources and tools are available by calling 1-800-342-8111 and visiting the EAP website.

Yes, testing is available for all currently enrolled students through Student Health Services and COVID-19 testing information for students is online. Testing is available by appointment only. Students can schedule appointments online through HealtheConnect, our secure online health portal. Students can also call Student Health Services at 619-594-4325 for more information. 

Additionally, SDSU is still hosting a County of San Diego-operated, walk-up coronavirus testing site. On Sept. 14, the site moved from SDSU Parking Lot 17B to the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at 5250 55th St, across from Viejas Arena. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency testing website for more information about the testing site locations offered.

Additionally, testing is required for all students living on-campus and all students enrolled in in-person courses. 

The testing center is open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4 pm.

 

San Diego State University is still hosting a County of San Diego-operated, walk-up coronavirus testing site. On Sept. 14, the site moved from SDSU Parking Lot 17B to the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at 5250 55th St, across from Viejas Arena. 

No. Tests are free, and no copay is required.
Tests are conducted by San Diego County nurses and take 5-10 minutes.
Results from County-coordinated testing sites generally come back in approximately 3 to 5 days. If your test result is negative, you will be notified by e-mail. If your test result is positive, you will be notified by phone and e-mail. When checking e-mail, be sure to also check your junk mail folder. If you do not get an e-mail or call after 5 days, call 2-1-1 to speak to the COVID-19 Nurse Help Line.

No. The County testing site does not require a physician’s referral. Health plans are required to cover COVID-19 tests at no cost to the enrollee, even if you are asymptomatic. It is recommended that you first contact your health care provider for a COVID-19 test. If you are unable to get a test from your healthcare provider, the County has coordinated free diagnostic COVID-19 testing at many locations, including San Diego State University.

No. The County testing site is open to the general public.

SDSU agreed to host a County-operated testing site in consultation with the CSU Chancellor’s Office and public health officials in order to increase access to testing in the College Area and surrounding neighborhoods.

No. SDSU is only providing space for the testing center. All testing center operations are managed by the County of San Diego. A private third-party security company, hired by the County, will be present during the center’s hours of operation.

No. The County is responsible for cleaning all testing areas. County employees sanitize testing spaces frequently throughout the day and at the end of each day.

No. Private security has been provided by the County to assist with testing center operations.
Visit 211sandiego.org or call 2-1-1 to find a testing center near you.
If you have additional questions, please email [email protected]. For matters related to the testing center, visit the County of San Diego testing website.

 

Testing is available for all currently enrolled students through Student Health Services and COVID-19 testing information for students is online. Testing is available by appointment only. Students can schedule appointments by calling Student Health Services at 619-594-4325. Students can schedule appointments online through HealtheConnect, our secure online health portal. Students can also call Student Health Services at 619-594-4325 for more information. 

San Diego State University is still hosting a County of San Diego-operated, walk-up coronavirus testing site. On Sept. 14, the site moved from SDSU Parking Lot 17B to the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at 5250 55th St, across from Viejas Arena. Visit the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency testing website for more information about the testing site locations offered. 

However, children and families at the Children's Center should seek care from their medical provider or other health facility. 

You should seek testing when you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Testing is also recommended for those who have been exposed to an infected individual.  Students who wish to get tested but are asymptomatic and do not have an exposure, may also do so at Student Health Services.

No, not at this time. SDSU is closely following information relating to COVID-19. The university has opted to move courses into virtual spaces, and it remains open.

Yes. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all non-essential personnel, and essential personnel whose work can be accomplished remotely, are asked not to come to the San Diego State University campus.

Employees were asked to make arrangements no later than Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18 allowing employees to gather any essential work materials and equipment from their offices to successfully telework from home.

To support those who telework, SDSU’s Information Technology Services has introduced [email protected]: Remote Work Resources. This new site provides tools and resources for remote work, including request forms for equipment and other materials that may be provided without having to come to campus. Additional resources and direction to facilitate telework will be provided as soon as possible.

Further, you can contact the Office of Employee Relations and Compliance at 619-594-6464 to discuss reasonable accommodations.

No, upon careful consideration of the potential health and financial risks to students and their families, and due to the long-term uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19, SDSU has decided to suspend all study abroad programs administered by SDSU Global Affairs for spring break and summer and SDSU’s inbound and outbound study abroad exchange programs.

The university does not have the authority to suspend third-party partner programs in other countries.

Students should speak with their assistant deans who, at the department level, can identify the best alternate options. Also, to help mitigate academic disruption, SDSU will offer waivers to the international experience requirement.

Students who are unsure if their study abroad program is administered by SDSU Global Affairs, should contact the SDSU Study Abroad office at 619-594-2475 or [email protected].

Please note: As of May 24, we have begun a phased reopening of library spaces. The second floor of the Library Addition is open to current members of the SDSU community (student, staff, and faculty, including emeriti) from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please remember to check the library web site (library.sdsu.edu) or social media (@sdsulibrary) for any changes to standard hours before planning your visit to campus. 

The "Domeside Pickup" service remains available for those looking to access materials from our collections and technology equipment.

All Library online services remain available, including access to digital collections, online research assistance, IT help, and remote access to licensed software.

Finally, members of the SDSU community can use the Love Library Patio to connect to the campus wireless network.

Please note: As of May 24, we have begun a phased reopening of library spaces. The second floor of the Library Addition is open to current members of the SDSU community (student, staff, and faculty, including emeriti) from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please remember to check the library web site (library.sdsu.edu) or social media (@sdsulibrary) for any changes to standard hours before planning your visit to campus.

Circulating books, DVDs and government publications can be requested using Domeside Pickup. Find directions at https://library.sdsu.edu/domeside-pickup. Plan ahead -- after you request a book, it can take 48 hours (longer on weekends) before it is ready for pickup. You will receive an email when your materials are ready, then go to the Library Dome during pickup hours of Monday-Thursday noon-2 p.m. to retrieve your item. Or, use our new book lockers and retrieve your items at any time of day. Find instructions here: https://library.sdsu.edu/book-lockers

Return materials in the return bins, located in front of each library entrance, in College of Arts and Letters, or the drive-up one in front of the Gateway Center at the corner of Hardy and Campanile Drive. Details at https://library.sdsu.edu/borrowing/returns 

Depending on what you need, you can reach any of these groups by email, chat, or text:

General library questions and research help is available around the clock. Our online librarian chat is always available to answer your library questions and provide research assistance. In addition to chat, they can also be reached by text or email. How-To Research Tutorials are also available online. Finally, our subject specialists can help with research.

Online computer hub support is available Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday Noon- 4 pm. They can help with your questions about SDSU software as well as other computer issues. They can be reached by chat, text or email.

Visit our website at library.sdsu.edu and follow us on social media @SDSUlibrary and @SDSU.librarians.


The website has research guides, access to streaming media, information about our many collections and too many other things to list. Of course, the website is also the place to search our catalog for books, journal articles, government publications, streaming media, DVDs and so many more materials!

After thorough assessment, SDSU has decided to suspend all study abroad programs administered by SDSU Global Affairs for spring break and summer and SDSU’s inbound and outbound study abroad exchange programs, The university does not have the authority to suspend third-party partner programs in other countries.

Among the spring break and summer programs now suspended are: SDSU faculty-led programs, Transborder programs, Travel embedded in SDSU courses, SDSU’s Health and Human Services 350, and summer SDSU Exchange programs.

Any students with study abroad-related questions should contact the SDSU Study Abroad office at 619-594-2475 or [email protected]

The CDC offers travel guidance. You are asked to:
  • Stay at home and self-isolate if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.
  • If you develop fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
  • Additionally, beginning Friday, May 1, all County residents will also be required to cover their face while they are out in public and within six feet of someone that is not a household member.

We urge you to be attentive to travel advisories and existing regulations, and to follow the guidance provided by agencies, such as the CDC and the U.S. Department of State.

Please familiarize yourself with the following:

If you are traveling in or returning from other countries, you may be asked by a public health official to restrict travel or to self-quarantine in certain circumstances. We urge you to follow the guidance of public health officials and government agencies.

In the rare instance travel could be deemed essential, please submit a written email justification via your supervisor to your Dean or Vice President for review and approval. Documentation (e.g. email) of Dean or Vice President approval must be submitted with your T-2 Travel Authorization Form.

Written justification is necessary to document that the traveler has obtained the required approval to travel on essential university-related business during the travel suspension.

Yes, travelers should make every effort to claim a refund. Many airlines, hotels and car rental companies are refunding or crediting individuals for these transactions. Travelers should collect and maintain documentation about the refund/credit request and outcome.

Refund requests that were denied by the travel partner are eligible for full reimbursement.

Refunds granted in the form of a voucher to the traveler are also eligible for full reimbursement, however will be treated as a travel advance to be applied to future university-related business travel. If the traveler uses the voucher for personal use, it will be reported as income subject to payroll tax withholding per IRS regulations.

Faculty/staff reimbursements through a travel claim or direct payment form for approved expenses may take 3-5 business days for reimbursement via direct deposit and 10 business days for a mailed check. Student reimbursements for airfare once  all required documents are submitted may take10 business days for a mailed check.

 Yes, travelers should make every effort to claim a refund. Many airlines, hotels and car rental companies are refunding or crediting individuals for these transactions. Travelers should collect and maintain documentation about the refund/credit request and outcome. Refund requests that were denied by the travel partner are eligible for full reimbursement.

Refunds granted in the form of a voucher to the traveler are also eligible for full reimbursement, however will be treated as a travel advance to be applied to future university-related business travel. If the traveler uses the voucher for personal use, it will be reported as income subject to payroll tax withholding per IRS regulations.

SDSU has suspended all study abroad programs for the spring and summer and inbound and outbound study abroad exchange programs. The university does not have the authority to suspend third-party partner programs in other countries.

Among the spring break and summer programs now suspended are: SDSU faculty-led programs, Transborder programs, Travel embedded in SDSU courses, SDSU’s Health and Human Services 350, and summer SDSU Exchange programs.

It is highly recommended that students consider alternate options for international study. If you are a student who is studying abroad or if you plan to study abroad later this year and have questions about programs, please contact the SDSU Study Abroad office at 619-594-2475 or [email protected]

When the university receives notice of a confirmed COVID-19 test result, either from the individual tested or from a public health official, the university will follow its COVID-19 Case Communications Protocol to inform others and provide guidance and assistance. Please refer to that full protocol for details of the many ways that SDSU will communicate about positive and confirmed cases among the SDSU Community. 

This protocol is directly informed by U.S. Department of Education (ED) guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from the California State University system. The ED has affirmed that higher education institutions must continue to comply with the Clery Act throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and has provided specific direction regarding compliance with the requirement that institutions notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of the institution.

To satisfy the emergency notification requirement, the ED has instructed institutions to inform students and employees about COVID-19, necessary health and safety precautions, and encourage them to obtain information from health care providers, state health authorities, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The ED indicated that notification may be accomplished using a single notification through regular means of communicating emergency notifications, such as email, text message, or web banner.

As a reminder, SDSU encourages any individuals who are concerned about their health status to contact their health care provider or public health entity for further guidance.

This site serves as the central repository for information and updates related to SDSU's preparedness, guidance and decisions related to COVID-19. Visit often, as the site is updated frequently.

Students can find helpful links, resources and information here.

Faculty and Staff can find helpful links, resources and information here.

Additionally, informaton about SDSU Flex's plan can be found here.

Yes, SDSU regularly sends email notices to students, faculty and staff about COVID-19. Please check your email regularly.

While SDSU is actively monitoring the global health situation with COVID-19 and has dedicated a team responsible for developing contingency plans, the university has not elevated to emergency status. The university reserves the use of SDSU Alert (the notification system capable of sending text alerts) for campus-wide emergencies. The university is asking all students, faculty and staff to review their university email accounts and this public-facing website, as these are two of the primary modes of communication in use. The university may begin utilizing other channels, including text messages, in the future.

Also, sign up for alerts: Students can register through the Web Portal; faculty, staff and members of the community can register for alerts online.

SDSU's International Student Center, available by calling 619-594-1982, is helping to connect international students to resources as needed.

Some may be concerned or become anxious about friends, relatives, colleagues or classmates who are living in or visiting affected areas. Fear and anxiety about the disease and becoming ill can lead to social stigma towards or discrimination of individuals from certain countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes that “Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths. Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem.”

Please call a medical professional if, in the last 14 days, you:

  • Have traveled to an affected geographic area and have a fever and signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath), or
  • Have a fever with a severe acute lower respiratory illness that requires hospitalization and doesn't have an alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza) and no known source of your exposure, or
  • Were in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have a fever or signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath).

When you call, please inform them of your symptoms and recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility.

Contact your medical provider. Do not come to class or work until you are no longer sick and have received a negative COVID-19 test (if your provider recommended you be tested). Do not come to class or to work if you are waiting to receive the results of your test. Please report any positive COVID-19 test results to the university.

In a March 4 vote, the University Senate's executive committee, acting on behalf of the Senate, voted and approved to implement a waiver on the international experience requirement, often referenced as the study abroad graduation requirement.

The waiver is designed to cover spring, summer, and fall suspensions related to COVID-19.

The waiver will apply when a student is in their final year of study, and the study abroad program has been suspended due to the global public health concern associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Please Note: On Sept. 29, SDSU announced that the majority of instruction would occur virtually, with limited exceptions.

We understand that some may have a strong preference to be in an in-person class and we, ourselves, would prefer to be back on campus with students, faculty and staff. However, reducing the number of people on campus and restricting how people come together remains the safe and secure way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The plan for mostly virtual instruction follows that of other universities in the CSU system, in other parts of the state and in cities nationwide as we continue to address ongoing concerns with the global pandemic.
No, on-campus housing is not impacted by this decision and will remain open as planned.

Yes, you may return to your permanent residence at any time and leave your belongings in your assigned space.

However, keep in mind that billing for on-campus housing will continue if you do not cancel your license agreement and leave on-campus housing. 

Students who would like to cancel their housing contract and leave the on-campus housing are able to do so. To be clear, the university is not closing housing, but clarifying that students do have a choice to leave without financial penalty.  

The housing cancellation fee will be waived for all students who moved into their fall assignment and choose to cancel their license agreement. This fee will be refunded for students who moved into their fall assignments, have already moved out, and were charged the normal cancellation fee. Students will only pay the room and board fees for the days they are on campus.

If you would like to proceed with cancellation, please complete the Contract Release Request Form

Yes, students currently living on campus will be permitted to return home during Thanksgiving if they choose, and will be able to return to campus following the holiday. Students may also choose to remain home for the remainder of the fall semester. After Thanksgiving, given the increased risks of bringing students back from other locations where they may have been exposed, students will be required to test immediately upon return, and then weekly through the end of the term. Students will receive emails with specific information about the revised testing schedule.

All students taking approved in-person courses or who are involved in university research are also highly encouraged to avoid Thanksgiving travel. If you must leave the region, follow public health guidelines and health orders at all times.  

Regardless of your plans, all students living on-campus with an SDSU housing license agreement are required to complete the Office of Housing Administration’s Thanksgiving Break Form by Friday, Nov. 20.

Yes, students who return home for Thanksgiving will be able to return to campus. After Thanksgiving, given the increased risks of bringing students back from other locations where they may have been exposed, students will be required to test immediately upon return, and then weekly through the end of the term. Students will receive emails with specific information about the revised testing schedule. When students return to campus, all students living on campus will be required to stay in their residence until they are tested and receive a negative test result. Students are expected to be tested between Monday, Nov. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 2. Students will be allowed to leave their residence for essential needs, such as  food, medical needs, or work. Residential students who return to housing for the remainder of the fall term will also be asked to test again five (5) to seven (7) days after returning, to identify any possible or emerging case due to late exposure in the Thanksgiving holiday. Students should be attentive to their official SDSU email accounts, as additional details regarding required testing are being shared via email.

All students taking approved in-person courses or who are involved in university research are also highly encouraged to avoid Thanksgiving travel. If you must leave the region, follow public health guidelines and health orders at all times.  

Regardless of your plans, all students living on-campus with an SDSU housing license agreement are required to complete the Office of Housing Administration’s Thanksgiving Break Form by Friday, Nov. 20. 

For students planning to leave campus during Thanksgiving to visit family or return home, you may choose to remain at home for the rest of the fall semester and complete the last two weeks of the term remotely. Students enrolled in approved in-person courses are highly encouraged to avoid Thanksgiving travel. If they choose to travel and decide to remain away from campus for the remainder of the semester, they need to communicate this decision with their faculty. However, billing for on-campus housing will continue as contracted unless the student checks out, returns their key, and cancels their license agreement.

Regardless of your plans, all students living on-campus with an SDSU housing license agreement are required to complete the Office of Housing Administration’s Thanksgiving Break Form by Friday, Nov. 20. 

After Thanksgiving, given the increased risks of bringing students back from other locations where they may have been exposed, students will be required to test immediately upon return, and then weekly through the end of the term. Students will receive emails with specific information about the revised testing schedule. When students return to campus, all students living on campus will be required to stay in their residence until they are tested and receive a negative test result. Students are expected to be tested between Monday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 2nd. Students will be allowed to leave their residence for essential needs, such as food, medical needs, or work. Residential students who return to housing for the remainder of the fall term will also be asked to test again five (5) to seven (7) days after returning, to identify any possible or emerging case due to late exposure in the Thanksgiving holiday. Students should be attentive to their official SDSU email accounts, as additional details regarding required testing are being shared via email.
If you test positive after returning to campus, you will be directed to self-isolate and provided with specific directions on how to self-isolate, including the time period for your isolation. General details about isolation and quarantine are online.
For students who live in on-campus housing, if you test positive while away from your SDSU residence, you will need to complete your 10-day isolation period and return to campus after the 10-days, are fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medications, and any symptoms are resolving. Meal plan balances will continue to roll over each week and the license agreement will remain in effect and be billed accordingly.