General Prevention

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. It is equally important to implement practices that reduce its spread. San Diego State University urges all members of the campus community to be consistent in the following:

Stay at Home if Sick

Cómo protegerse y proteger a los demás (En Español)

All SDSU students, faculty, staff, independent contractors and vendors must stay home if they are unwell. 

  • Do not come to campus if you do not feel well. Remain home and monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention as needed. 
  • Contact your supervisor or faculty member to notify them of your absence. 
  • COVID-19 can result in mild to severe symptoms, and older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

If you become sick, you should self-quarantine and monitor your health. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

If a student or employee who is accessing campus has tested positive for COVID-19, the university will provide notifications consistent with SDSU's COVID-19 case communications protocol. Personal information of students and employees will be protected.

Wear a Facial Covering

Acerca de las mascarillas (En Español)

SDSU has implemented a facial covering policy.

Facial coverings are required by SDSU and also the county for everyone on campus — indoors and outdoors — at all times. Only the following limited exceptions are offered:

  • If you are alone in a private office.
  • If you are eating inside or outside while physically distanced (at six feet or more).
  • If the individual is a child under the age of 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the facial covering without assistance.
  • When students are in their assigned residence hall room, suite, or apartment.
  • When engaging in physically distanced (at six feet or more), individual strenuous exercise outdoors.
  • When required as part of an instructional music education course while physically distanced (at six feet or more), as directed by the instructor.

During the times when an individual is not wearing a facial covering pursuant to the limited exceptions, the individual is advised to have a facial covering available to wear as physical distancing could be compromised by another person.

Discard or replace facial coverings that no longer cover the nose and mouth; have stretched out or damaged ties or straps; cannot stay on the face; or that have holes and tears.

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. SASC contact information 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.

Please remember to wear a facial covering at all times, and encourage your colleagues and students to do the same.

Further, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) affirms that people should wear a facial covering; your mask may protect others and their mask may protect you. The CDC recommends that people wear face coverings when they are in public settings and around people who do not live in their household, especially when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel ill. Wearing a cloth face covering in public protects other people in case you are infected, whether you are symptomatic or not.
  • While on campus, students, faculty, staff and also contractors and other visitors must wear face coverings at all times and in all locations (inside and outside buildings) with the exception of while you are eating or drinking outside (while physically distanced at 6ft or more) or alone in a room or office. Facial covering must cover the nose and mouth. 
  • All are encouraged to clean face coverings each day.

Avoid Close Contact with Others

Distanciamiento social (En Español)

Wearing a facial covering, now required for those on campus, does not serve as a substitute for physical distancing and regular hand washing — all practices are encouraged at all times. Remember that some people without COVID-19 symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Also, keeping a distance from others is especially important for those who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Even when wearing a facial covering:

  • Maintain at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) of distance from others. 
  • Avoid gathering with anyone outside of your household, including during meals and breaks from work and school. 
  • Avoid crowded places and mass gatherings.

Temperature Checks to be Conducted 

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 26, SDSU instructors leading face-to-face courses must administer student temperature checks before face-to-face class sessions.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as public health authorities in the county and state have indicated that due to the community spread of COVID-19, temperature checks should be taken as a precaution. SDSU’s health director has reviewed and approved the requirements and protocols established for temperature checks on our campus, consistent with requirements from San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. 

SDSU will provide infrared thermometers (NCITs) that allow instructors to have no contact when taking temperature readings of each individual before beginning any in-person class session.

Students can be admitted to face-to-face instructional spaces only if their temperature is below 100.0 degrees fahrenheit. If a student registers a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher, they may rest in a low or no traffic area, ideally in a cool area, at a minimum distance of six feet and while wearing a facial covering. They may have their temperature rechecked after 15 minutes.

Practice Cough Etiquette, Good Hygiene and Cleanliness

Each of us has a personal responsibility to help stop the spread of any illness, including COVID-19. Three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for use in the United States, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna mRNA and Johnson & Johnson. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. The following practices will help you avoid contracting the virus.

  • Wear a facial covering when you are on campus or any other SDSU property.
  • Monitor your health daily, and take appropriate action (stay home, call your doctor) if you begin to feel sick. 
  • Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places and minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile or electronic devices.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, particularly shared equipment.


SDSU will continue to provide information and updates to the campus community about ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to help ensure individual and community health. 

  • Be aware of your health and if you feel the onset of any symptoms, remain home except to get medical care from your primary care physician or other medical facility. 
  • If you are a SDSU employee, you are required to complete a daily temperature check when reporting to work. If you experience symptoms, alert your supervisor, do not come to campus. 
  • Be generally aware of who you are in close contact with, especially for extended periods of time, so that public health officials may perform contact tracing if you become symptomatic.
  • If you see someone not wearing a facial covering, stay physically distanced from them  and ask them to put on a facial covering for your protection and theirs.
  • Visit the SDSU COVID-19 site frequently, as it is regularly updated. 

COVID-19 Vaccine

SDSU encourages all faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated when they are eligible through whichever pathways are available to them. Most across the state will gain access to vaccines through their primary care physician or a personal medical provider, at a county-operated vaccination site, a local pharmacy, one of the grocery store locations providing vaccines, and through other vaccine providers, especially as the vaccine becomes more readily available throughout the state and nation.

Additional information about SDSU's COVID-19 Vaccination Program can be found here.

Additional Coronavirus Resources

Conozca los datos acerca del coronavirus (En Español)