Frequently Asked Questions

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.

A list of SDSU buildings and their HVAC filter information can be found here

The most up to date information on the Red & Black Shuttle service for the fall semester can be found on 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.

On July 29, 2021, SDSU updated its facial covering policy with requirements. The updated facial covering policy is available on SDSU’s COVID-19 general prevention page, and applies also to campus visitors. 
Details on where employees and students who are vaccinated and have confirmed their records with SDSU are required to wear facial coverings is available on SDSU’s COVID-19 general prevention page. This policy also applies to campus visitors.
A facial covering includes any cloth covering of at least two layers that fits snugly against the sides of the face, completely covers the nose and mouth and can be secured with ties, ear loops, elastic bands or a different method, have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out the top, and that allows for breathing without restriction. A guide to wearing masks is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site. Facial coverings with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health experts strongly recommend that individuals who had COVID-19 still get vaccinated. Individuals whose COVID-19 was treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma are advised to wait 90 days after treatment before vaccinating. Other individuals who had COVID can vaccinate as soon as their isolation period is completed.  

For students who have recently had a COVID-19 infection, please get vaccinated as recommended. If your medical provider has advised you to wait for 90 days post-infection to get vaccinated, you will need to submit information to the university, including proof of your recent positive test result and be regularly tested for COVID-19 in order to maintain your campus clearance. More information will be provided regarding this process in upcoming weeks. Please check your SDSU email account frequently, as this is how the university shares official communications. 

As we begin to welcome more members of our SDSU community back to campus, we have distinguished between instructional and non-instructional spaces because of the nature of the seating arrangements and length of time that students and faculty members are present in these spaces. SDSU has taken this step primarily as an additional precaution in service of health and safety in the classroom. This is further informed by the setup of classrooms and other instructional spaces which is often fixed, as compared to many non-instructional spaces on campus with more flexibility of layouts, and fewer individuals grouped together. We will continue to monitor locations on campus and update guidance and policies in accordance with public health recommendations.
No, individual departments or community members are not able to make facial covering requirements specific to their own areas. The full, updated facial covering policy is available online, and also applies also to campus visitors. Employees may work with their supervisor to consider the duties of their position and options for performing those duties, such as meeting in conference rooms instead of offices for more space, outdoor meetings, or virtual options. 
No, maintaining six feet of physical distance is no longer required.
As guidance is continually reviewed and updated, informed by state and local public health recommendations, SDSU will continue to provide timely information to the campus community about any necessary changes to the policy. 
Yes, those visiting Student Health Services for care, including clinical care, should wear a facial covering, no matter their vaccination history.
Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the Student Ability Success Center (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. Information for contacting SASC during virtual operation can be found on SASC’s COVID-19 Information site. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact SDSU’s Office of Employee Relations and Compliance by calling 619-594-6464 or emailing [email protected] should they have a medical condition or disability and believe they cannot comply.
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.
Potential policy violations may be reported in multiple ways. If the situation involves a student, fill out the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form. If a student club or organization may be involved, use the Student Organization Incident Reporting Form. Situations involving faculty or staff members should be reported using the Non-Compliance Reporting Form.

We understand that members of our community want to ensure they are following good COVID-19 prevention practices and supporting the university's COVID-19 vaccination requirement. We also know that some members of our community will want to know the health condition and vaccine records of others. 

It is important to remember that health and medical records, which include vaccination status, is private personal health information. This information can only be shared with individual approval and in specific circumstances. Such personal medical-related information should only be shared with designated campus departments responsible for administration of the COVID-19 testing and vaccine requirements. 

What I can tell you, however, is that the university throughout the summer has seen a high number of vaccine submissions. As of late July, more than 25,000 students submitted records of verified COVID-19 vaccines, and the majority of faculty and staff provided the same records to the university. SDSU expects that the vast majority of the campus community will be vaccinated this fall, with certain exceptions offered to students, faculty and staff for medical or religious reasons (these individuals will need to regularly test for COVID-19 and follow additional public health guidance). 

For individuals who are not compliant with the California State University vaccination requirement, to which SDSU adheres, there is a process for quickly addressing this.  In general, when meeting with other members of the campus community, including students, there should be a presumption that the community member is cleared to be on campus. Individuals should not be asked to disclose or proof of their vaccination status or to produce clearance documentation in order to access services, attend a meeting, or to be at work.  Only those authorized to address clearance statuses should engage in these conversations.

We continue to ask all members of our community to adhere to facial covering requirements and use good COVID-19 prevention practices, including hand-washing and staying home when feeling unwell.

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 every seven days through Sept. 30, 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.

In your HealtheConnect portal, you only need to input the date (for a single dose vaccine) or the dates (for a two dose vaccine) on your Immunizations tab, and upload a copy or photo of your vaccine card on the Upload tab. Step-by-step instructions are available on the Student Health Services homepage. 

If you are still experiencing issues and need help satisfying the requirement, email us at [email protected]

Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor to identify all appropriate classes applicable to their general education and major requirements that are offered online. Students who need accommodations for in-person courses based on their own verifiable disability and/or medical-related need should obtain documentation from their health provider and contact the Student Ability Success Center (SASC), which will work with them and academic departments to determine appropriate accommodations. SASC may be reached by emailing [email protected] or calling 619-594-6473. 

Students will not be asked to quarantine at the start of the school year or upon arrival from another country. Students may be required to have a negative COVID-19 test to enter the United States, per federal regulations, and should ensure they have checked for any travel/arrival testing requirements that are in place as they get closer to their expected travel date.

Students who are waiting to vaccinate upon arrival in San Diego should work to schedule an appointment for vaccination as soon as they arrive in San Diego and complete the temporary exemption process, if needed.

If you are a current or incoming student who has not yet uploaded documentation to HealtheConnect, the upload process takes no more than 10 minutes. All students who will be physically on campus, whether it be for classes, events, meetings or other reasons, must be vaccinated; this includes students who are enrolled for online programs and who have opted to take virtual courses. 

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

Information on submitting an exemption request can be found here.

The COVID-19 test can be either self-administered or administered by a health professional. However, the test must be a molecular (PCR, RT-PCR,TMA, LAMP or NAAT) test; antigen and antibody testing will not be accepted.

If you are tested at any location other than Student Health Services, you must upload documentation to HealtheConnect. We cannot accept submissions via email. Please ensure your results have your name clearly visible on them.

Students should upload a copy of their vaccination card through, the university’s secure online health portal. Further direction for faculty and staff is in development, and forthcoming.

Yes, the CSU and SDSU COVID-19 vaccination requirement applies to all students who will be enrolled in Fall 2021 classes, regardless of whether those classes are in-person or online. Students who are enrolled in fully online classes must still satisfy this requirement, but may do so by requesting an exemption on the basis of having no contact with any SDSU campus location.

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). Due to the severity of the ongoing public health concern around the global pandemic, and in the interest of individual and community safety, sanctions are possible for students who do not comply, to include warnings and suspensions.

We strongly recommend testing early in your 7-day window to ensure that we have time to work with your student to address any testing issues that may arise, including a positive test. If you are still home when test results arrive and if you receive a positive COVID-19 test, we ask that your student stay home and not come to campus until their isolation period is complete per guidance they will receive from a medical provider.  

If you are an out-of-region resident and are en route or have arrived in San Diego and receive positive results, contact our team at [email protected] and we will assist in navigating through this situation, should it occur.

Additionally, we have a process for potential impacts to academics that may occur if a student is isolated and misses the start of the semester, or any other period of the academic year, due to isolation or quarantine requirements.

SDSU encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated. 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.

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 faculty, staff and students.

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, 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.
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. 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. 

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 that are offered online. Students who need accommodations for in-person courses based on their own verifiable disability and/or medical-related need should obtain documentation from their health provider and contact the Student Ability Success Center (SASC), which will work with them and academic departments to determine appropriate accommodations. SASC may be reached by emailing [email protected] or calling 619-594-6473. 

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.

Faculty and staff whose work can only be performed onsite and are unable to do so in the fall due 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. SDSU will limit its on-campus housing capacity to mitigate COVID-19 transmission, and is planning to house 6,000 students in Fall 2021 (as compared to normal capacity of 7,500). The majority of students will be assigned to a double occupancy room unless otherwise requested.

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

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.  

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.

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. 

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 Organizatiosn 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:

Yes, the Aztec Recreation Center is open during expansion.No reservation is required for members at the ARC, ARC Express or Aquaplex Fitness to use free weights, weight training machines and cardio machines. Members are asked to download the Aztec Rec app and use the barcode for touchless entry. The app can also be used to book reservations for Group Fitness classes and climbing wall orientations. After a member completes their climbing safety orientation, they may use the climbing wall without booking a reservation.

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

We understand that wearing a facial covering 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 encouraged to consult with your health provider about facial 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.

Students who are enrolled in an in-person course, but are unable to wear a face covering should obtain medical documentation from a health provider that explicitly states the risk of wearing a face covering, as well as safety guidance the student should follow. After obtaining the documentation, the student should apply for accommodations with the Student Ability Success Center, who will work with the student to determine appropriate academic accommodations. 

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.
  • Decreased the number of students living on-campus.
  • Is providing testing for students through Student Health Services.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 follow the direction from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding prevention. The recommended steps include washing your hands often and staying home when you are ill. Vaccination against COVID-19 is also highly recommended.

SDSU 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. 

Visit the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency testing website for more information about the testing site locations offered. 

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. 

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. SDSU is closely following information relating to COVID-19. The university remains open.

The SDSU Library is fully open and welcomes current SDSU students, faculty, and staff. Check the library website for hours, announcements, events and general information.

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.

The library is considered an “indoor instructional space,” so facial coverings are required, regardless of vaccination status.  

For additional safety, the Digital Humanities Center has been designated a physically-distanced study area, with limited capacity  and distanced seating.

Students, faculty and staff wanting to utilize in-person library services must either have submitted proof of vaccination to the university or have an exemption on file with the university.

Please be prepared to show your "cleared to be on campus" online medallion in order to enter the library. 

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 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!

Students are encouraged to contact the SDSU Study Abroad office for the most up to date guidance and information on studying abroad 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.