Aug. 4, 2021

Dear Students:

The Fall semester is approaching quickly and whether it’s your first year on the campus or you’re returning, our faculty and staff look forward to welcoming you to CSUCI!

This letter contains a summary of important information following Interim President Yao’s message last week that the COVID-19 vaccine will now be required with a deadline of Sept. 30, 2021. The details in this message are intentionally brief, but links are provided throughout with more information available on our website.

Certification of COVID-19 vaccination status is now required.

  • For students who already completed the vaccination certification process – it is now time to upload your supporting documentation as described below.
  • For students who have not yet certified their status, the COVID-19 vaccination is now required, and students are required to certify their vaccination status as outlined below.

The certification process is fast and easy to complete in myCI – a how-to-guide is available.

In keeping with CSU policy, students who do not provide a COVID-19 vaccination certification, by Sept. 30, 2021, including supporting documents, may be denied access to campus/programs. Unvaccinated students with qualified medical or religious exemptions are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

Reporting and Proving Vaccination & Exemption Eligibility
The COVID-19 certification process involves a self-attestation, or an honest, accurate declaration of your vaccine status and the provision of supporting documentation. Listed below are the four vaccine statuses. Definitions of these statuses can be found via the links below:

  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (student provides the vaccine name and vaccination date(s))
  • Medical exemption
  • Religious exemption
  • I do not plan to physically access CSUCI facilities, and I have not received a COVID-19 vaccine (student is taking all classes online and is unvaccinated)

Please note that CSUCI will also provide information to students on how to provide an attestation on their vaccination progress if they are only one dose into a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination regimen. Although this progress report will not fully satisfy the CSU vaccination policy, it will provide notice to CSUCI that the student intends to comply with the policy and is actively engaged in the vaccination process.

Supporting documentation is now required. Listed below is a description of the documents that students must provide, based on COVID-19 vaccination status.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination: A legible photograph of the student’s COVID-19 vaccination card. Alternatively, students may provide a smartphone snapshot of their California Digital Vaccine Record.
  • Medical Exemption: An authentic, brief, signed letter from the student’s certified or licensed healthcare professional which describes and verifies the need for exemption due to an existing medical (including mental health) condition for which an Approved Vaccine presents a significant risk of adverse reaction. The letter must include the name, address, phone number, and license number of the medical provider. The student should scan the letter for upload and retain the original in safe keeping and provide it upon request.
  • Religious Exemption: A brief personal statement (i.e. Word or PDF) that describes the applicable religious, or other comparable belief, and how taking an Approved Vaccine violates the stated religious belief.

Please note that effective immediately, the COVID-19 certification process now requires the upload of documents for one of the three noted vaccine statuses. CSUCI will verify enrollment and vaccination status regularly between now and September 30 to ensure compliance with this updated vaccination requirement. All documents submitted will be reviewed for legibility and students may be asked to re-submit their documentation if it is unclear. Further, supporting documentation provided by students requesting exemptions will be reviewed to ensure compliance.

Mask Wearing Required for Everyone
Masks are required indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status on campus and at affiliated locations (Santa Rosa Island Research Station, Channel Islands Boating Center, and Goleta instructional site), except when in an office alone or while eating or drinking while physically distanced from others.

Testing Requirements for Unvaccinated Students:
Regular COVID-19 testing is required for students who are taking classes onsite at CSUCI or an affiliated location (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, or Goleta instructional site) and who are not fully vaccinated, either due to an exemption or because they are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated. At this time, we anticipate that testing will be required weekly; a list of dates and hours for on-campus COVID-19 testing is available on the website and will be provided at no cost to students. Students who do not present themselves for COVID-19 testing according to the published schedule may be prohibited from attending class in person or physically accessing the campus until they are tested.

  • The testing process involves a rapid test with results available in about 30 minutes.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 using the rapid test will be required to test again with a nasal swab to verify the test result.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate in their residence according to the instructions provided by the CDC and CSUCI Environmental Health & Safety. Students who live on campus and test positive for COVID-19 may be relocated to an alternate room assignment for isolation.

Required COVID-19 Training
To further support a safe return to in-person courses and activities, students will be required to complete online training for CSU Safety on Campus During COVID-19.  All students attending one or more in-person classes or accessing resources at CSUCI or affiliated locations (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, and Goleta instructional site) must complete this training prior to their return to the campus, or no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, whichever is earlier. Meaning, students coming to campus earlier than Friday, Aug. 20 for an event, to conduct University business, move into student housing early, or for any other reason, are required to complete this training prior to the first date they will physically be on campus or affiliated location. The online training can be accessed by visiting: CSU-Student Safety on Campus During COVID-19.

You are also encouraged to visit the Fall 2021 Semester webpage that includes updates for COVID-19 Vaccine Information & Certification, FAQs, Welcome Activities, Campus Services & Resources, Campus Communication, Campus Cases & Reporting COVID-19, and the recently updated goCI app.

Thank you for your patience and your cooperation to facilitate a safe environment at CSUCI for all who work, study, and live on campus. If you have any questions not addressed here, please contact the Dean of Students office so your questions can be directed to the appropriate area for a response.

Sincerely,
Cindy Derrico, Ph.D.
Dean of Students

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