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SDSU COVID-19 Emergency Notification

The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SDSU RequireS boosters for students, Employees

The California State University system announced on Dec. 22, 2021 that all students, faculty and staff in the system will be required to have a COVID-19 booster on file to access campus facilities and programs in spring 2022.

The requirement is effective at SDSU on Jan. 18, 2022, and students and employees will be required to have the COVID-19 booster on file with the university via HealtheConnect. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to their health care provider or locate booster availability online.

Eligible Population for a Booster Shot

All students, faculty and staff are highly encouraged to get a booster shot when they become eligible.

Students who do not get a booster will no longer be considered fully vaccinated, and will be required to have negative COVID-19 results on file with SDSU at least every seven (7) days.

Faculty and staff who do not get a booster will be required to have negative COVID-19 results on file with SDSU at least every fourteen (14) days.

Those currently on an approved religious or medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine are still highly encouraged to get vaccinated and, when able, a booster. If unable to do so, you will be required to continue to adhere to the university’s current testing requirements and the facial covering policy for unvaccinated individuals in indoor and outdoor settings.

For employees and students, you are not eligible for a booster, and will be entered into the university's testing protocol until you become eligible if: 

  • You have received two shots of either the Moderna or Pfizer series less than 5 months prior to today or the first date of your first semester at SDSU
  • Or you have received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine less than 2 months prior to today  or the first date of your first semester at SDSU

Medical or Religious Exemptions 

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

Students who receive an approved vaccination exemption will be required to have COVID-19 testing results on file every seven (7) days.

Information on submitting an exemption request can be found online.

Enforcement of Vaccination and Testing Protocols 

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

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 will receive reminders via their official SDSU email accounts.

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

COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Policy

In accordance with the San Diego County and Imperial County public health orders, San Diego State University updated on Jan. 20, 2022 its isolation and quarantine policy for university students, faculty and staff on the Isolation & Quarantine section of the COVID-19 site.

Updated events and testing policies 

SDSU has updated its events and testing policies. The changes come as COVID-19 case rates remain low and stable, SDSU’s vaccination rates remain among the highest within the California State University (CSU) system, guidance by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been updated and San Diego County has been given a low-risk classification by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Update to Student Testing Schedule Requirements

Beginning June 1, 2022, those few students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who require routine COVID-19 testing per the CSU system-wide vaccination policy must have a negative test results on file every seven (7) days.

As a reminder, any individuals experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not come to campus for school, work or events and are also encouraged to get tested regardless of vaccination or booster status or their required testing schedule. It is important to note that as the university continues to monitor the COVID-19 context in our region and on our campus, those not fully vaccinated may be asked to test more frequently.

Please visit this site often as it is updated regularly.

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

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

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

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

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HEERF DISCLOSURES

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding Disclosures

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S. Government in the spring of 2020 to provide support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund (HEERF), which provides funding to the nation’s colleges and universities to provide emergency grants to students. This funding also covers a portion of certain unbudgeted costs and lost revenue due to the disruption of campus activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic under the Institutional Portion. SDSU has signed and returned Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education indicating that the university will use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency aid to students. San Diego State University was awarded $29,394,934, of which no less than $14,697,467 or 50% was disbursed to Students. SDSU was awarded $2,305,607 under the MSI portion of the HEERF under the CARES Act.

In late December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriates Act (CRRSAA) was passed by the U.S. Government to provide additional support as a result of the financial challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic. Through CRRSAA, SDSU was awarded additional grant funds through the HEERF. SDSU was awarded $14,697,467 in additional Student Aid funds, $31,216,660 in additional Institutional funds, and $3,151,669 in
additional MSI funds under CRRSAA. SDSU’s acceptance of the terms of this additional grant was indicated by drawing funds from the grants.

In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed by the U.S. Government to provide additional continued support as a result of the financial challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic. Through ARPA, SDSU was awarded additional grant funds through the HEERF. SDSU was awarded $40,379,009 in additional Institutional funds, $40,516,163 in additional Student Aid funds, and $5,386,314 in additional MSI funds under ARPA. SDSU’s acceptance of the terms of this additional grant was indicated by drawing funds from the grants.

SDSU has used the Institutional Portion of the HEERF as noted in the Quarterly Budget and Expenditures Reporting form as of March 31, 2022. Prior reports can be found here.

Student Aid Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

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

SDSU disbursed additional funds awarded through CRRSAA in February 2021. Students enrolled for the Spring 2021 term who filed a 2020-21 FAFSA and met the federal citizen/eligible non-citizen requirements were eligible for a HEERF II award. Students with exceptional need (those receiving Pell Grant, SUG, and/or Cal Grants) received $750. All other eligible students received an award of $500. Students were also able to apply to ECRT for additional funding for extraordinary financial hardships. As of June 30 2021, $14,697,467 in HEERF II funding has been disbursed to 23,390 students.

SDSU began disbursing HEERF III emergency grants to students on August 5, 2021. Under HEERF III, all matriculated, enrolled students at the San Diego, Imperial Valley, Global, and Georgia campuses are eligible to receive funding (39,114 students). Students with exceptional need (those receiving federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant, and/or CSU State University Grant) will receive $875 per semester. Low income students who are not grant eligible (those with Expected Family Contributions (EFCs) up to 20,000 calculated from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADA) Applications) will receive $500 per semester. All other students will receive $315 per semester. Students have also been able to apply to the campus Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) for additional HEERF funding to help with continuing and extraordinary financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 31, 2022 a total of $39,976,231 has been awarded to 39,114 students.

Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

SDSU was awarded $14,697,467 for the Institutional Portion of the CARES Act, $31,216,660 for the Institutional Portion of the CRRSAA grant, and $40,379,009 for the Institutional Portion of the ARPA grant. As of March 31, 2022, SDSU has drawn down $68,224,482 under these grants to reimburse the campus for student refunds and lost revenues related to various academic and auxiliary sources, costs related to cancelled programs, campus safety and
operations, and moving instruction to a virtual modality. SDSU is continuing to accumulate and review the costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to evaluate which costs will be reimbursed with the remaining funds from the Institutional portion of the HEERF grants.

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

SDSU was awarded $2,305,607 under the MSI portion of the HEERF under the CARES Act. SDSU was awarded an additional $3,151,669 under the MSI portion of the HEERF under CRRSAA and an additional $5,386,314 under the MSI portion of the HEERF under ARPA. As of March 31, 2022, $10,583,866 of the MSI funds have been drawn down to support campus safety and operations and lost revenues from auxiliary sources.

Recent COMMUNICATIONS

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

COVID-19 Points of Contact

SDSU has designated individuals who are responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. Please reach out to [email protected] for questions about vaccination and clearance and [email protected] for more general COVID-19 concerns.


 


 


 

Hala Madanat, Ph.D.

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

Jessica Rentto, J.D.

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

Eric Hansen

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

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director