These FAQs - updated on an ongoing basis - are intended to provide information about CSUCI’s upcoming fall semester, details for students, faculty and staff, health information/resources, and COVID-19-related campus communication.

A list of available dates for COVID-19 testing for the campus community are available here

* Additional questions may be submitted via email to csuci.news@csuci.edu and we will direct your question(s) to appropriate University personnel for a response.

Students

1. What are the health requirements for students who will be on campus this Fall? [top](updated 8/22/21)
Below are requirements for all students this Fall:

  • Based on present health guidance, students will be required to wear a mask while indoors on campus, even if they are fully vaccinated. However, students who certify that they are fully vaccinated will not be required to submit for routine COVID-19 testing;
  • All students will be required to complete the online training: CSU-Student Safety on Campus During COVID-19;
  • Students who are eligible for a medical or religious exemption, will have to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing (see FAQ #31 for more details)
  • Complete a COVID-19 Self Symptom Check prior to visiting the campus. If you are not feeling well, please do not visit the campus or affiliated location.
  • Continue use of good personal hygiene practices, e.g., handwashing, cough/sneeze etiquette;
  • Report a positive case of COVID-19 or possible exposure by visiting the COVID Cases web page 

*Students requiring special consideration related to mask-wearing due to a medical condition should contact the Disability Accommodations and Support Services Office to request this consideration.

2. What is the CSU-Student Safety on Campus During COVID-19 training course?[top](updated 8/22/2021)
This online course must be completed by students prior to their return to campus. You can access this training online by logging into your myCI portal and clicking the course listed in your Skillport dashboard. Please note that this training is not available on Apple devices; however, you can complete using a laptop, desktop, or Android device.

3. Is a COVID-19 vaccination required to return to campus? [top](updated 8/16/2021)
Yes. Following the CSU's announcement that it would implement a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for the Fall 2021 term, President Yao provided additional information in his message to students on Aug. 4. All CSUCI students will be required to provide proof of vaccination or provide an approved medical or religious exemption and submit to regular testing. In addition, masks will continue to be required indoors, regardless of vaccination status, while at CSUCI or an affiliate location (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, or Goleta instructional site). 

The COVID-19 Vaccination Certification portal is open, so students can submit their vaccination status. Certification of COVID-19 vaccination status should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than Sept. 30. The process is fast and easy to complete in myCI. Additional information is available on the Student COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage.

Please note – individuals who do not self-certify through myCI will be considered unvaccinated and will need to abide by health guidelines for those who are unvaccinated.

4. How do I know what mode of instruction my classes will follow? [top]
The Fall 2021 semester will bring a return to in-person instruction. Additional information about course/class instructional format is available via the Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes.

5. What is the University’s primary mode of communication to share information about the Fall 2021 semester and COVID-19? [top]
The University primarily uses email to communicate important information and updates to the campus community. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to regularly monitor their CSUCI email account or set up message forwarding. We will also update this webpage with campus communication and will share the same details on our social media channels.

6. How can I make sure I receive emergency or urgent text message alerts from the University? [top]
CSUCI Alert text message alerts are reserved for campus-wide emergencies or urgent announcements that require your immediate attention.

In order to receive text message notifications, you must opt-in specifically for SMS (text) messaging via the University’s CSUCI Alert emergency notification system. You can update these settings by logging in to your myCI account and going to ‘Alert Settings.’

All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to regularly monitor their University-affiliated email account or set up forwarding to ensure they do not miss important messages from the University.

Additionally, you should familiarize yourself with this website, as announcements, news and updates will be posted here.

Visit your myCI portal (students, faculty, staff) to verify your CSUCI Alert contact information. There is also an option to add additional email addresses and text (SMS) messaging so parents, family members or friends can also receive the notifications. If you have questions about CSUCI Alert, please email csuci.news@csuci.edu.

7. Will regular bus service to CSUCI resume? [top]
Yes. VCTC bus service will resume regular operations this Fall, including routes 90, 97, and 99. Students, staff, and faculty may ride for free by showing their University ID.

Information about VCTC Service, including current schedules, is available online.

8. Where can I find additional support for academic and personal well-being needs? [top]
We encourage you to visit our Campus Services and Resources webpage to learn about the various resources and support available to students.

9. How do I report a positive case of COVID-19 or possible exposure? [top]
Please visit our COVID Cases web page to learn more about submitting information if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have had possible exposure.

10. Is there a deadline to request to take a leave of absence? [top]
The deadline to file for a leave of absence for the Fall 2021 semester is Friday, Sept. 17. Additional information about taking a leave of absence, including eligibility, is available on the Academic Leave Procedures web page.

Please note: newly admitted students (first-time freshman and newly admitted transfer students) are not eligible for academic leave. Any new student who wishes to withdraw from their first term must re-apply to the University. Please visit the Academic Leave Procedures web page for information about hardship exceptions.

11. Can I defer my admission if I’m a newly admitted freshman or transfer student? [top]
At this time, requests to defer admission are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Admissions at admissions@csuci.edu for more information or with additional questions.

We encourage students to strongly consider their decision to defer admission. The faculty and staff at CSUCI have been diligently working to prepare a meaningful experience for students that will allow them to achieve their academic goals.

12. I don’t have internet access away from campus. What are my options? [top]
A limited number of hot spots are available for extended check-out from the John Spoor Broome Library. Additionally, a list of internet service providers that are offering low-cost plans is available here: https://www.csuci.edu/tli/keep-learning/help.htmEveryoneOn also provides a list of available offers.

13. Will the Basic Needs program still provide support to students? [top]
Yes. The Basic Needs program has many resources available to assist students. They offer food assistance, including access to the Dolphin Pantry, emergency housing assistance, and can work with you to find emergency financial assistance. On Campus Resources has more information, including details on how to schedule a Zoom appointment with a Basic Needs staff member.

14. With the return to in-person instruction, operations, and activities, will I still be required to wear a face covering? [top]
For information on returning to campus, please review FAQ #1 to review the requirements for all students.

15. Will food service be available on campus this Fall? [top]
Yes. Food and beverages will be available for residential students and to the campus community at the locations listed below. Please visit the UAS Hospitality Locations website for additional information, including description of services and hours of operation.

  • South Islands Café
  • North Islands Café
  • Sea Store
  • Freudian Sip at the Library
  • Lighthouse Café and Freudian Sip at the Student Union
  • Pizza 3.14 at the Town Center
  • Vending

At the Town Center, Tortillas Grill and Mom Wong Kitchen will continue to operate independently. Information about their hours of operation can be found their websites.

For the time being, the Town Center Market will remain closed.

16. Are parking permits required for the Fall 2021 semester? [top]
Yes. A valid parking permit is required to park on campus at all times. Fall 2021 semester permits will be available for purchase online beginning Aug. 9; there will be no in-person sales of parking permits on campus. The cost for a student parking permit for Fall 2021 is $195 for both commuter students and residential students. Please visit the Parking website for information about purchasing a parking permit and other transportation options.

17. I feel worried and stressed about returning to campus. What can I do? [top]
Students can seek support through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Students can access CAPS by calling 805-437-2088 or visiting their website to set up a virtual appointment.

CAPS provide 24/7 telephone counseling by calling 805-437-2088 and selecting option 2.

18. Do out-of-state or international students need to follow any new or different instructions for admissions or continued enrollment at this time? [top]
International students may visit the International Programs webpage to learn more about continuing their classes and retaining their student visa status. Out-of-state students should follow all regularly communicated deadlines. If any changes or adjustments are made, an announcement will be made directly to out-of-state and/or international students.

19. Are there any Study Abroad programs this Fall? [top]
Yes. All Study Abroad programs have been approved, with the exception of Australia, Chile, China, Mexico, and South Africa. Israel and Sweden are still being evaluated. There are students slated to travel abroad in Fall 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22. All programs are open for Spring 2022, and there will be another assessment of programs later in the year.

Additional information is available on the International Programs website.

On-Campus Housing

20. Will students be able to live on campus during the Fall semester? [top]
Yes. There will students living on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Information about on-campus student housing is available by visiting: Housing & Residential Education.

21. What action is the University taking in residence halls to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19? [top]
Due to safety requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the experience of living on campus may be different than usual. The University’s desire is to create a positive, educational, and enriching experience for students. To align our community standards to support a healthy living environment and physical distancing protocols, HRE guidelines and requirements will likely include:

  • Students may be required to wear face coverings in public indoor areas
  • Common spaces and lounges may be closed or only available for use by limited number of students at a time through a reservation/check-out system
  • Outside guests may be limited or not be permitted
  • Recommendations for personal health monitoring will be provided to encourage students to routinely assess their health, such as taking one's temperature daily.
  • Guidelines will be provided to students who share an apartment to support safe kitchen and common space use, cleaning, and sanitizing.

Full details and information about living on campus for the 2021-22 academic year can be found on the Housing & Residential Education website.

22. What should I do if I start to feel ill? [top]
Students who are feeling ill and need a test should send an e-mail  to healthycsuci@csuci.edu and request a call-back to set up a time to pick up a self-test kit in Courtyard 19. Be sure to provide an active phone number for the call-back.

Students who feel ill and do not need a COVID-19 test may seek medical attention from Student Health Services (SHS) or from their personal health care provider.

If you need to report a positive case of COVID-19 or possible exposure, please visit the COVID Cases web page to learn more and submit the information.

23. Will food services be open on campus for residential students? [top]  (updated 8/15/2021)
Yes. Islands Café (south) will be in operation for the Fall semester. Food will be available for residential students and to the campus community, and both sections of Islands café will be open to allow for seating to be spread out. In addition, the Sea Store at the Student Union will be open for grab-n-go purchases, as well as Pizza 3.14 at the Town Center.

At the Town Center, Tortillas Grill and Mom Wong Kitchen will continue to operate independently. Information about their hours of operation can be found their websites.

For the time being, the Town Center Market will remain closed.

Faculty

24. What are the requirements for faculty returning to campus? [top](updated 8/15/2021)
All employees returning to the campus or an affiliated location (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, and Goleta instructional site) need to follow the details outlined below:

  • Vaccination requirements and verification as noted on the Employee Vaccine Information webpage.
  • Prior to returning to campus or an affiliated location, complete the online training: CSU Safety in the Workplace Training.
  • Wear a face mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Outdoors, face masks are optional but encouraged. On-campus events with 50+ attendees requires masks to be worn by all attendees. Employees who need a face mask may obtain one from Public Safety or the Facilities Work Center.

25. How do I report a positive case of COVID-19 or possible exposure? [top]
Please visit the COVID Cases web page to learn more and submit information if you nee to report a positive case of COVID-19 or possible exposure.

26. I feel worried and stressed and I am having difficulty navigating polices and workplace processes. What can I do? [top]
If you would like to talk to someone, support and resources are available for employees.

  • Faculty can obtain confidential support services through the Employee Assistance Program or by contacting Human Resources at 805-437-8490.
  • The University Ombuds office is available to support faculty by providing off-the-record and impartial help navigating change and addressing difficult work relations virtually. The University Ombuds can meet by Zoom or by phone. Appointments can be scheduled confidentially at Contact Ombuds.

Staff

27. When will staff be able to return to work on the campus? [top]  (updated 8/15/2021)
All employees except those with accommodations approved through the HR managed ADA process will return to in-person service prior to the start of the Fall semester. Each of the respective Vice Presidents and Provost will continue to communicate their expectation and timeframe for return to work on campus for all staff within their division. Those who have concerns about their individual situations should discuss with your supervisor or manager directly to achieve a mutually effective solution.

All employees returning to the campus or an affiliated location (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Research Island Research Station, and Goleta instructional site) need to follow the details outlined below:

  • Vaccination requirements and verification as noted on the Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage.
  • Prior to returning to campus, complete the online training: CSU Safety in the Workplace Training.
  • Wear a face mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Outdoors, face masks are optional but encouraged. On-campus events with 50+ attendees requires masks to be worn by all attendees. Employees who need a face mask may obtain one from Public Safety or the Facilities Work Center.

28. Are employees required to be vaccinated? [top](updated 7/29/2021)
On July 27, the CSU announced it would implement a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for the Fall 2021 term. This means that all students, faculty, and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file and submit to routine surveillance testing to physically access any CSU campus or affiliated locations. 

Per the President’s message on Aug. 4, all CSUCI employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination, provide an approved medical or religious exemption, or submit to regular testing if unvaccinated. In addition, masks will continue to be required indoors, regardless of vaccination status, while at CSUCI or an affiliate location (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, or Goleta instructional site). 

Employees who do not have an attestation on file will be considered unvaccinated and will need to follow the public health guidelines established for unvaccinated individuals. Visit the Vaccine Information for Employees web page to learn more about submitting your vaccine verification or approved exemption. A process for attesting to vaccination status was communicated via e-mail directly to University employees on Aug. 4.

For additional details, visit the Vaccine Information for Employees web page and visit the Vaccine FAQ for Employees.

29. How do I report a positive case of COVID-19 or possible exposure? [top]
Please visit the COVID Cases web page to learn more and submit information if you nee to report a positive case of COVID-19 or possible exposure.

30. How can staff be made aware of students who are not permitted on campus due to the student not meeting the requirements of the CSU Vaccination Policy? [top]  (added 9/14/2021)
Staff who have a business or educational need-to-know whether a student is not permitted on the campus should discuss this request with their manager. Access to this information will generally be limited to employees who routinely work or meet with students for an extended period of time (longer than 15 minutes) indoors. If you or someone you supervise has a business or educational need-to-know for this information, please discuss this request with your manager. If this information is needed, please contact the Dean of Students office for viewing instructions. This view access cannot generally be granted to student employees; questions or requests for clarification may also be directed to the Dean of Students office.

31. Are employee parking permits required? [top]
Yes. A valid parking permit is required at all times on campus. Employees who suspended their annual parking permit and wish to resume payroll deduction should visit the Parking website for the Payroll Deduction form so they can obtain a valid permit.

Additional information about daily parking permits, bus service, carpooling, and other transportation options is available on the Alternative Transportation Resources webpage.

University Operations

32. When and where will COVID-19 testing be held on campus for students, faculty, and staff? [top]
COVID-19 Testing for students, faculty, and staff will be held on campus at the Petit Salon, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30
  • October: 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 25,  26, 28
  • November: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 29, 30
  • December: 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16

Register  for an appointment.  An appointment is REQUIRED for testing; walk-ups will not be accommodated.

Individuals who are positive or have an exposure and are symptomatic should not come to the on-campus testing clinic. However, on-campus testing can be arranged by contacting healthycsuci@csuci.edu to minimize interaction with others at the campus testing clinic.

Individuals interested in being tested for their own purpose or need, can learn about local testing sites, pharmacy locations, and at-home testing kits, by visiting the sites below:

33. I tested on campus but have not received my test result; what should I do? [top](added 8/22/2021)
Individuals who have received a COVID-19 test on campus and have not received test results may send an email to healthycsuci@csuci.edu and request a call-back be sure to provide an active phone number for the call-back.

34. What if I can’t attend the COVID-19 Testing Clinics on campus? [top] (added 8/23/2021)
Individuals who are unable to attend an on-campus testing clinic have two alternatives to meet the testing requirement:

  1. For evening (after 4 p.m.) students, faculty, staff COVID-19 Testing kits are available for pick-up at the  CSUCI Police Department at Placer Hall. 
    1. Tests are self-administered. You must complete all the paperwork included in the kit, and place into white metal box to be mailed out for processing.
    2. Feeling Ill and need a test? EMAIL healthycsuci@csuci.edu and request a call-back to set up a time to pick up a self-test kit in Courtyard 19. Be sure to provide an active phone number for the call-back.
  2. Tests may be taken elsewhere, with a personal medical provider, a local testing clinic, or through the purchase of a self-test kit that is FDA Approved or authorized for emergency use (EUA). Test results may then be submitted to CSUCI via this portal.

35. What if I am tested off-campus, can I use those test results instead of taking a test on campus? [top]  (added 8/23/2021)
Yes. The weekly COVID-19 testing requirement need not be completed on campus. Tests taken elsewhere, with a personal medical provider, a local testing clinic, or through the purchase of a self-test kit that is FDA Approved or authorized for emergency use (EUA). Test results may then be submitted to CSUCI via the External COVID-19 Testing Portal.

36. Is the campus open now? [top]  (updated 8/12/2021)
The campus will reopen for in-person services Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Please visit a list of Campus Services & Resources to access specific webpages that includes updates on hours and availability of services different from normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

37. What safety precautions should employees and members of the public, visitors, and vendors follow prior to visiting the campus or an affiliated location (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, and Goleta instructional site)?  (added 8/15/2021)
Any individual who plans to visit the campus or an affiliated location in person, should follow the steps noted below:

  • Complete a COVID-19 Self Symptom Check prior to visiting the campus. If you are not feeling well, please do not visit the campus or affiliated location.
  • Remember to wash your hands often or use the hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout the campus.
  • Masks are required indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status on the campus or at an affiliated location (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, and Goleta instructional site), except when in an office alone or while eating or drinking while physically distanced from others. On-campus events with 50+ attendees requires masks to be worn by all attendees. If you need a mask, you may request one at Public Safety located in Placer Hall.

38.What are the rules about mask-wearing, eating, and having beverages in the Broome Library for all patrons? [top]  (added 8/12/2021)
All Broome Library patrons must adhere to the following:

  • All individuals must wear face masks while in the Library building. Masks are to be worn over the nose and mouth at all times throughout the facilities, even when studying alone.
  • No food or eating is allowed inside the building. Eating is permitted on the third floor outdoor terrace or other seating areas outside the library. 
  • Beverages are permitted, but masks must be immediately replaced over the nose and mouth in between sips.
  • Cleaning supplies will be provided for individuals who wish to sanitize shared equipment or surfaces.
  • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, do not enter the Library if you have any of the symptoms outlined by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Complete a COVID-19 Self Symptom Check prior to coming to campus.  

39. What are the rules about mask-wearing, eating, and having beverages in the Student Union for all patrons?
All Student Union patrons must adhere to the following:

  • All individuals must wear face masks while in the Student Union building; that includes the Student Union Dining Room, all first floor lounges, the Game Room, all meeting rooms, all bathrooms, all second floor Lounges, and all building offices and office suites. Masks are to be worn over the nose and mouth at all times throughout the facilities, even when studying alone in lounges and meeting rooms;
  • No food or eating is allowed inside the building, with the exception of the Student Union Dining Room. Along with the Student Union Dining Room, eating is permitted in the Student Union Courtyard or other seating areas outside the Student Union;
  • Beverages are permitted indoors, but masks must be immediately replaced over the nose and mouth in between sips;
  • Sanitization Stations with cleaning supplies will be provided throughout the building for patrons who wish to sanitize shared surfaces before and/or after use;
  • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, do not enter the Student Union if you have any of the symptoms outlined by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including fever, cough, and shortness of breath;
  • Please complete COVID-19 Self Symptom Check prior to coming to campus.

Student Union Reservations & Resources are available in a limited capacity. All reservations and resrouces are subject to the following:

  • Student Union meeting room reservations and event resource equipment reservations are currently not available through Sept. 5, 2021 (the first two weeks of the fall semester);
  • Student Union computer stations will be available. Sanitization Stations with cleaning supplies will be provided for patrons who wish to sanitize shared surfaces before and/or after use;
  • Shared equipment and resources that are checked out at the Student Union Information Desk must be sanitized when returned by the user. Sanitizing and cleaning supplies are provided at the Information Desk for this purpose;
  • A modified offering of shared gaming and other facility equipment will be available for checkout. For specific inquiries please feel free to contact the Student Union Information Desk at 805-437-2622;
  • Student Union massage chairs and napping pod are currently not available for use.

40. What precautions are recommended while eating or drinking inside campus buildings? (added 9/7/2021)
With the exception of the Broome Library (see FAQ 37), Student Union (see FAQ 38), Islands Cafe, and on-campus student residences, food and beverages are allowed inside designated break rooms or lounges, but masks should immediately be replaced over the nose and mouth in between bites and sips. If other individuals are present within the same area, please maintain physical distancing while eating or drinking.

41. What workplace safety modifications have been completed for various campus office spaces or areas? [top](added 8/12/2021)

The Environmental Health & Safety and Facilities teams have conducted over 245 workplace assessments and installations have been completed or are underway in more than 50 workspaces across campus, including high-traffic areas in relation to plexiglass.

Facilities has upgraded Air Handler Filtration from MERV 8 to MERV 13 for campus buildings and are providing a one-hour flush of all buildings with fresh outside air every morning prior to the start of regular business hours. Additionally, economizers have been opened to the greatest extent possible to bring in fresh outside air while maintaining proper humidity levels.

For a list of workspace modifications that were completed over summer 2021 please visit the Workspace Safety Improvements webpage. 

42. Are employees permitted to resume business travel? [top]
Employees should work directly with their supervisor to determine the business need for travel and obtain approval.

43. How does the University clean or disinfect areas? [top]
CSUCI is following CDC guidance on routine cleaning to help prevent exposure to COVID-19. Facilities Services staff have increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces on campus. Additionally, custodial staff have sprayers and EPA approved disinfectants that will assist them in the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, in accordance with CDC and CDPH guidance. Those areas will include classroom tables, desks, chairs, counters, door handles, railings, and other common areas.

44. How do I report a positive case of COVID-19 or possible exposure? [top]
Please visit our COVID-19 Cases webpage to submit information if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have had possible exposure.

45. Is University Park open? [top]
Yes. Since restricted access to the campus has been lifted, University Park is accessible again. Information about hours, parking and more can be found on the University Park webpage.

46. Will regular bus service to CSUCI resume? [top]
Yes. VCTC bus service will resume regular operations this Fall, including routes 90, 97, and 99. Students, staff, and faculty may ride for free by showing their University ID.

Information about VCTC Service, including current schedules, is available online.

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

47. Is the vaccine mandatory for the CSUCI community? [top]
Yes. On July 27, the CSU took an important step forward to promote the health and safety of our campus community with an announcement by Chancellor Castro that the CSU will mandate vaccines for faculty, staff, and students.Additional communication on Aug. 4 from Interim President Yao provided details on what this requirement means for students and employees. Vaccine information for students and employees is available on the Vaccine Information webpage.

48. Where can I find information about the availability of the vaccine?[top]  (updated 7/29/2021)
Depending on your county of residence, information is available by visiting: myturn.ca.gov. You may also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacies such as RalphsCVSRite Aid, or Walgreens,  Albertsons or Vons.

Additionally, Rite Aid will continue to partner with CSUCI and provide free Pfizer vaccinations on campus for members of our campus community and University Glen residents. Advance registration is encouraged but walk-ins will be accommodated as appointment times allow. Please click on a date below to schedule an appointment. All vaccinations will be held at El Dorado Hall.

Please note that these vaccinations are the two-dose Pfizer vaccines and are not the booster shot.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and 100% free for everyone 12 years and older. Learn more about why the vaccine is one of our most powerful tools to ending the pandemic by visiting VaccinateALL58.com for COVID-19 facts.

49. Are there any confirmed cases of Coronavirus at CSUCI? [top]
Information about cases of Coronavirus at CSUCI can be obtained by visiting the COVID-19 Cases webpage.

50. Where can I get more information about the Coronavirus? [top]
Please utilize the links below as a source of current and accurate information on COVID-19.

VC Emergency
Ventura County Public Health
California Department of Public Health 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance on Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
CSU Chancellor’s Office
U.S. Department of State
Johns Hopkins Real Time Map
County of Ventura
Santa Barbara County Public Health

51. How do I know if an email I received about the Coronavirus is a phishing email? [top]
Scammers often take advantage of tragic or impactful events to use an incident as an opportunity to scam you. They set up websites to sell bogus products and use fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information.

Phishing emails often look legitimate promoting awareness and prevention tips, fake information about cases in your neighborhood, ask you to donate to victims, offer advice on unproven treatments, or contain malicious email attachments. Additionally, with a significant number of people working from home, scammers may target users by using work from home scams.

We strongly advise you to refrain from impulse clicking until you’re able to verify the information. These links may contain malware or will try to redirect you to spoofed or fake websites that initiate malware downloads.

If you ever have a concern about an email sent to your CSUCI account, you can forward it to infosec@csuci.edu, and we can take a look at it.

Additional information about these types of phishing emails can be viewed at the Federal Trade Commission website.

Health and Wellness

52. What is the Coronavirus? [top]
Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person and was first identified in 2019 during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Patients with Coronavirus (COVID-19) have reportedly had mild to serious respiratory illness.

53. How is Coronavirus spread? [top]
The Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact and primarily when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is an emerging disease and is not yet entirely understood. Washing hands, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, avoiding sick people, and wearing a mask, are the best ways to prevent the illness from spreading.

54. What are the symptoms for the Coronavirus? [top]
COVID-19 symptoms can include cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, new congestion/runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Symptoms may vary as the virus evolves and new variants are discovered. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) website contains additional, current information.

55. How do I know if I am at risk of contracting Coronavirus? [top]
You may be at greater risk if you have recently traveled to regions where there are currently outbreaks of COVID-19, or if you have come into close contact with someone who has the virus. Symptoms typically appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure.

56. How are "close contact" and "high risk exposure period" defined? [top]  (added 9/14/2021)
According to Cal/OHSA, these two terms are defined as follows:

  • "Close Contact" means being within six (6) feet of a COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or greater in any 24-hour period within or overlapping with the "high risk exposure period." This definition applies regardless of the use of face coverings.
  • "High Risk Exposure" means the following time period:
    • For COVID-19 persons who develop COVID-19 symptoms, from two (2) days before they first develop symptoms until all of the following are true: it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared, 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and symptoms have improved.
    • For COVID-19 cases who never develop COVID-19 symptoms, from two (2) days before until 10 days after the specimen for their first positive test for COVID-19 was collected.

57. How do I best protect myself from contracting COVID-19? [top]  (updated 7/22/2021)
The CDC and the California Department of Public Health recommend getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as continuing safe practices such as wearing a mask and physical distancing when in crowded settings.

As of July 22, 2021, mask-wearing regardless of vaccination status will be required indoors at CSUCI and affiliated locations (Santa Rosa Island Research Station, Channel Islands Boating Center, Goleta instructional site), except when in an office alone, or when eating or drinking while physically distanced from others. We will re-evaluate this requirement as new information emerges (i.e., public health updates; CSU Vaccination Policy taking effect, etc.).

In addition, the California Department of Public Health has ways to take action to protect yourself and prevent contracting COVID-19. We continue to encourage you to actively engage in healthy habits to help prevent contracting and spreading illnesses. There are steps each of us can take to reduce our chances of getting ill — whether from COVID-19, the flu or a cold.

Treat Yourself Well

Make it Hard for Viruses to Spread

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a face covering and practice physical distancing when warranted (such as in a crowded setting)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces within your normal surroundings.
  • Check with your health care provider whether obtaining the annual flu vaccine is advisable for you.

58. What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? [top]
Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

59. If I have cold or flu-like symptoms, what should I do? Should I self-quarantine? [top]
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

  • Stay home. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth around others in your home and in public spaces. 
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • Monitor your Symptoms and get Tested
  • Reporting.Report a positive COVID-19 case of possible exposure
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. . Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs.
  • Wash your hands often
  • Quarantine/Isolation guidance.
    • After you report, this will be communicated to you by the COVID Case Management Team
    • Can be up to 14-20 days, or longer if symptomatic
    • Possibly shortened if you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic.

CDPH Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19 Contact Tracing 

60. Should I be concerned about service dogs, companion animals or pets and COVID-19? [top]
At this time, there is no evidence that service dogs, companion animals or pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information visit the CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People.

61. Are there any resources for combating stigmatization, bias and xenophobia related to the Coronavirus? [top]
We understand that there is some anxiety and uneasiness around COVID-19; however, we encourage our campus community to support one another during this time.

COVID-19 is a virus that can affect all humans. Racism or stigmatism do not reflect CSUCI’s values.

If you believe you have been treated unfairly, discriminated against or harassed based on a protected status, such as disability, medical condition, race or national origin, please contact the University’s Title IX office at titleix@csuci.edu.

Travel

62. Are there any Study Abroad programs this Fall? [top]
Yes. All Study Abroad programs have been approved, with the exception of Australia, Chile, China, Mexico, and South Africa. Israel and Sweden are still being evaluated. There are students slated to go abroad in Fall 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22. All programs are open for Spring 2022, and there will be another assessment of programs later in the year.

Additional information is available on the International Programs website.

63. I recently traveled out of state or out of the country. What should I do? [top]
If you are ill and have traveled out of the state or the country in the last 21 days or if you have had close contact with a person known to be infected by COVID-19:

  • You must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • Notify your faculty member or supervisor if you are going to miss class or work.
  • Students with fever, cough or severe illness should stay home or remain within their residence hall and call Student Health Services (SHS) at 805-437-8828 before visiting SHS or their personal health care provider in order to obtain specific instructions.
  • Faculty or staff with fever, cough or severe illness should stay home and seek medical attention by calling their personal health care provider before visiting their medical facility in order to obtain specific instructions.

64. Where can I find additional information about travel guidelines and restrictions? [top]
The following resources have been identified as having reliable and accurate information related to domestic and international travel:

65. I have a question that has not been addressed here, who can I contact? [top]
Please email additional questions to csuci.news@csuci.edu and we will direct your question(s) to appropriate University personnel for a response. You may also call the University’s main number at 805-437-8400 for additional assistance. Parents of students may also email us at dolphin.parents@csuci.edu.

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