April 22, 2021

Dear Students,

Each day we move closer to reopening our campus and welcoming back our new and returning students—it’s so very exciting! Today’s announcement from the CSU regarding vaccination requirements for all faculty, staff, and students is one step closer to our goal of resuming our on-campus experiences. Whether it is the residence halls, the library, chemistry labs, art studios, the dining commons, or quad, plans are underway to prepare campus for the return of all of our students, faculty, and staff this Fall semester.

If you attended a recent Student Town Hall, we shared that vaccinations and routing testing were part of our planning – the emphasis now will be on vaccinations for everyone. The vaccination requirement is conditional upon full approval of one or more of the vaccines by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which could be realized in the coming weeks. Although we anticipate that testing will be utilized to address exemptions based on medical or religious grounds, vaccinations are the cornerstone of our plan to return safely to campus and get back to the core mission we love: educating students.

As you probably know, vaccinations are now available for all individuals 16 years and older. Vaccination appointments are available by visiting MyTurn.ca.gov, and you can also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacies such as Ralphs, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Albertsons or Vons. You can learn more about the benefits of the vaccine by vising the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

We are excited to have you back in the Channel Islands Dolphin Pod this August. As many of you know, we have a beautiful campus with great classrooms and labs, welcoming residence halls and dining commons, scenic beauty, fantastic location, and supportive faculty and staff—all we are missing is you!

The University has many tools that will help us to promote a safe and healthy learning environment while resuming many of the on-campus experiences that were available before COVID-19. CSUCI continues to carefully monitor CDC, state, and local guidelines and reviewing our internal protocols and safety measures. As we’ve shared before, while we cannot predict with certainty the trajectory of the coronavirus, the campus is confident in the direction it is headed and excited to welcome you back to your University this next academic year.

Please know, we will provide timely updates as soon as we have more detailed information. We also have additional Fall Planning Town Halls scheduled for students, students, May 6, 7 , and 11.

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you on campus this coming Fall!

Toni DeBoni, J.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Mitch Avila, Ph.D.

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