These FAQs are intended to provide information to students about COVID-19 vaccine certification, self-attestation, and exemptions. Updates will be shared as additional information and public health updates become available. 

1. What if I test positive for COVID-19 – do I need to report it? (added 8/23/21)
Yes – students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to report this to Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Office here. If the test occurred on campus, the EHS team will reach out to the student. If the test occurred off campus, the result can be loaded to the External COVID-19 Testing Portal. Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms should be tested; students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate and not attend in-person classes or events until they are cleared by EHS.

2. What if I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19? (updated 8/26/2021)
The answer to this question varies by vaccination status.

  • Individuals who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
    • People who are fully vaccinated: Quarantine is only required if COVID-19 symptoms develop or the exposed person tests positive for COVID-19.
      • DO:
        • Report the case to the COVID Cases web page
        • Get tested 3-5 days after last exposure
        • Monitor symptoms each day for 14 days from last exposure
        • Wear a mask while around others
        • Do not come onto campus if you are feeling ill or symptomatic
  • People who are not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from last exposure.
      • DO:
        • Report the case to the COVID Cases web page
        • Quarantine
        • Get tested immediately after exposure is identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure
        • Monitor symptoms for 14 days from last exposure
        • Wear a mask while around others
  • Quarantine requires that an individual remain in their residence except for doctor’s appointments. Do not come to campus, go to work, attend classes, or come into any campus buildings other buildings,
  • Individuals who have known exposure to COVID-19 should NOT come into the on-campus testing clinic. On-campus testing can be arranged by contacting healthycsuci@csuci.edu to minimize interaction with others in the clinic.

3. What does COVID-19 Vaccine Certification mean? (Updated 8/4/2021)
Certification is the process by which a student attests and provides documents to prove that they 1) have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, 2) have a qualified medical exemption, 3) have a qualified religious exemption, or 4) is taking all classes online and will not be visiting the campus.

4. Where can I find information about the availability of the vaccine?[top]  (updated 10/152021)
Depending on your county of residence, information is available by visiting: https://myturn.ca.gov/. You may also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacies such as Ralphs, CVS, Rite 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.

Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aug. 20 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pfizer two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer COVID-19 booster , and flu shot will be available on this date)

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.

5. Is physical distancing still required? (updated 7/27/2021)
For fully vaccinated students who have reported their vaccination status to CSUCI, no physical distancing is required. For unvaccinated students, physical distancing of six feet is required when not wearing a face mask while eating or drinking.

6. How do I tell CSUCI that I am fully vaccinated for COVID-19? (updated 8/23/21)
Students can report their COVID-19 vaccination status in myCI. Follow the step-by-step instructions below; you may also view them here (PDF, 445KB). Supporting documentation is now required (i.e. vaccination card, doctor's note for medical exemption, or personal statement for religious exemption). The process is fast and easy.

Instructions for Student Vaccination Self-Certification

  • Open your browser and go to https://myci.csuci.edu or connect through www.csuci.edu and click on the myCI icon.
  • On the sign-in page:
    - Enter your Dolphin Name
    - Enter your Dolphin Password
    - Click on “Sign in” to log in.
    *Both are case sensitive
  • Once you are logged into myCI, click on CI Records
  • To begin, Navigate to Main Menu > Self Service> COVID 19 Self-Certification
  • Read COVID 19 Vaccination and Self-Certification information and instructions.
  • Section 1: Self-Certification of COVID 19 Vaccine Status (Select one of the following):
    - Have received an approved vaccine
    - Qualify for a Medical exemption
    - Qualify for a Religious Exemption
    - I do not plan to physically access CSU Facilities
  • If you select you have received an approved vaccine, the following is required:
    - Manufacturer of COVID 19 Vaccine
    - Date 1st Dose was received
    - Date 2nd Dose was received (If Applicable)
  • Section 2: Self-Attestation of Accuracy of Information Provided
    - Select to confirm the information you provided is accurate and truthful.
  • Section 3: Attachments
    You must upload one of the following three documents* to verify your COVID-19 vaccine attestation:

    1. COVID-19 Vaccination Card

    2. Letter from certified or licensed health-care professional

    3. Religious exemption personal statement

  • Click the Attach button
    • Choose your file
      Acceptable file types are .bmp,.gif,.jpg, and .png. or .pdf
    • Once you have selected your file:
      Click Upload
      Your attached file name will appear 
      You can choose to view it or delete it and re-attach

*Note: Document size limited to 3MB
Information about appropriate supporting documents to submit can be found on the CSUCI website.

  • Read Disclaimer:
    • Thank you for certifying your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please note that any CSUCI student who does not certify that they are vaccinated for COVID-19, including those with allowable exemptions, must adhere to additional safety measures while on campus, including but not limited to regular COVID-19 testing. To maintain enrollment eligibility at CSUCI, students are required to certify a vaccination status no later than September 30, 2021; failure to certify vaccination status and provide required supporting documentation may result in
  • Once all options have been selected and appropriate attachments have been uploaded, click Submit.
  •  You will receive a confirmation message.

7. What supporting documentation is required when I submit my COVID-19 vaccination certification? (updated 8/2/2021)

For any student who will be coming to a CSUCI campus facility for classes or other activities, supporting documentation is required to show proof of their stated vaccination status:

  • Vaccination: A legible copy (i.e. photo) of the student's COVID-19 vaccination card.
  • 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 safekeeping and provide it upon request.
  • Religious Exemption: A brief personal statement (i.e. Word document) that describes the applicable religious, or other comparable belief, and how taking an Approved Vaccine violates the stated religious belief.

8. How do I certify a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine? (updated 8/4/2021)
Students can attest that they have a qualified medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine in myCI. Proof of medical or religious exemption is also required (see FAQ #6 above). Follow the step-by-step instructions above or view the how-to guide here (PDF, 445KB). The process is fast and easy.

9. When will I know if my religious or medical exemption is approved? (updated 8/24/21)
Once a student submits a supporting document into myCI vaccination certification portal, it will take some time for these documents to be reviewed. Students may assume that their documents are satisfactory until and unless they are contacted to request additional information or clarification

10. What happens if a person makes a dishonest report of their COVID-19 vaccine status? (updated 8/4/2021)
The COVID-19 vaccination certification process requires students to honestly and accurately attest that they are fully vaccinated, have a qualified medical or religious exemption, or that they are unvaccinated and will not be coming to campus. Further, supporting documentation is also required to support whatever status a student attests (See FAQ #6 above). If the University learns that a student has not been honest or accurate in any part of the certification process, they may be subject to disciplinary action.

11. What is considered an allowable medical exemption to the COVID-19 Vaccine? (updated 8/2/2021)
A medical exemption is allowed when a student has a medical (including mental health) condition for which an Approved Vaccine presents a significant risk of adverse reaction. Any medical exemption must be verified by a certified or licensed healthcare professional. Students who certify a medical exemption are required to provide supporting documentation in the form of 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.

12. What is considered an allowable religious exemption to the COVID-19 Vaccine?
A religious exemption is allowed if taking a COVID-19 vaccine conflicts with either (i) a person’s sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice, which includes any traditionally recognized religion, or (ii) beliefs, observances, or practices which an individual sincerely holds and that occupy a place of importance in that individual’s life, comparable to that of a traditionally recognized religion. A student who certifies a religious exemption is required to provide a brief personal statement that describes the applicable religious, or other comparable belief, and how taking an Approved Vaccine violates the stated religious belief.

13. What is an approved vaccine for COVID-19? (updated 8/24/2021)
The following COVID-19 vaccines shall be deemed to be Approved Vaccines for the purpose of satisfying the proposed CSU vaccination requirement:

  1. A COVID-19 vaccine which has received full approval from the FDA, or
  2. A COVID-19 vaccine administered under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization; or
  3. A COVID-19 vaccine administered outside of the United States, provided that such vaccine has received approval (including emergency use authorization) by the World Health Organization or the FDA-equivalent agency in the country where the vaccine was administered.

14. When am I considered “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19?
A person is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks (14 days) after the last required dose of an approved vaccine. Specifically, this would be 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or 14 days after the first dose of a one-dose vaccine. Once a student has received all doses of their COVID-19 vaccination, they may certify their vaccination status in the myCI portal.

15. What if I have only received one dose of a two-dose vaccine, should I still report my partial vaccination status? (updated 8/29/2021)
Students who are partially vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e. one dose of a two-dose vaccine series) may report their progress here to demonstrate their intent to come into full compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination policy. Then, after completing the vaccination process, students must then formally certify their status with supporting documentation via the myCI certification portal. COVID-19 Testing is still required until two weeks following the last dose of the vaccine. Step by Step instructions are provided below:

  1. Navigate to this link
    - Students self-attesting to partial vaccination status will see four fields on the form
  2. Field #1: Enter your Dolphin ID.
  3. Field #2: Re-enter your Dolphin ID.
    - This double-entry allows us to confirm who is making the report. Accuracy is essential.
  4. Field #3: “Date of First Completed”
    - Using the calendar, enter the date that you received your first dose of a two-dose vaccine series.
  5. Field #4: “Date of Second Scheduled/Estimated to be Completed:”
    - Using the calendar, enter the date that you scheduled/anticipate receiving your second dose of a two-dose vaccine series.
    - If you have already received your second dose of a two-dose vaccine series, do not submit the form, exit out.

Remember that reporting your vaccination progress does not satisfy required compliance with the CSU Vaccination Policy; full certification and the provision of supporting documentation is still required. COVID-19 Testing is still required for two weeks following the last dose of the vaccine

16. I've already tested positive for COVID-19. Do I still need to get vaccinated? (added 8/4/2021)
Yes, you will still need to get vaccinated. The university policy does not allow for exemptions for those who have had COVID-19, and public health officials recommend vaccination for people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

17. Where do I upload my vaccine card (or religious exemption personal statement or doctor’s note…)? (added 8/24/21)
You may certify your status and provide supporting documentation by following these instructions – note that the document size limit is 3MB.

18. What if I lost or misplaced my COVID-19 vaccination card? How can I demonstrate compliance with this policy? (added 8/4/21)
If you have lost your COVID-19 vaccination card and were vaccinated in California, you may look up your vaccination record through the California Department of Public Health and provide a copy of the record as your supporting documentation so long as it clearly shows your name.  You may access your California COVID-19 vaccination record at https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/.

19. Can I change my certification status? I requested an exemption at first, but now I’m fully vaccinated.
Yes, you may change your certification status. Simply go back into the COVID-19 vaccination self-certification portal and update your certification status. All statuses that you certify are maintained in the system.

20. Are students required to take regular COVID-19 tests? If so, who pays for the testing? (updated 8/24/2021)
COVID-19 testing clinics are offered on-campus at no cost to students and employees, and self-administered test kits are available for students with classes after the testing clinics are closed (See FAQ#20 and #22). Students who certify that they are fully vaccinated are not required to be tested regularly for COVID-19. However, all unvaccinated students, including students who certify that they have a qualified religious or medical vaccine exemption, or otherwise have not certified that they are fully vaccinated are required to be tested weekly. CSUCI will provide on-campus testing options at no cost to students to comply with any imposed COVID-19 testing requirements.

Any student who has known symptoms of the virus, or had a known exposure to someone who has tested positive for the virus, should be tested for COVID-19. Students who suspect or know that they have COVID-19 must not attend class or other in-person activities and should report the suspected/known infection to CSUCI. Staff from Environment, Health & Safety will work with students during known or suspected COVID-19 illness.

Information about the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is available here: PCR Swab Intended Use(PDF, 51KB).

21. When and where will COVID-19 testing be held on campus for students, faculty, and staff? (updated 10/8/2021)
COVID-19 Testing for students, faculty, and staff will be held on campus at the Petite Salon, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

  • August: 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30
  • September: 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • October: 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
  • November: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
  • December: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15

Register for a COVID-19 testing appointment.

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:

22. I already have one dose of a two-dose vaccine, and my second dose is coming up. Do I still need to test for COVID-19 since I already have at least one dose? (added 8/24/21)
Testing is still required until two weeks (14 days) following the last dose of the vaccine. We understand that some students are actively engaged in the vaccination process and may wish to advise the campus of their good faith effort to comply with the vaccination policy leading up to the September 30 vaccination deadline. A link will be available soon for students to report to the campus the first dose of their two-dose vaccine. Ultimately, both doses are still required along with formal certification and the upload of your vaccination card via the COVID-19 vaccination portal. Please continue to watch email and the CSUCI website to ensure that you receive the latest information related to compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

23. What if I can’t attend the COVID-19 Testing Clinics on campus?
Students who are unable to attend an on-campus testing clinic have two alternatives to meet the testing requirement:

  1. For evening (after 4pm) students, faculty, staff COVID-19 Testing kits are available for pick-up at 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? E-MAIL 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.

24. What if I am tested off-campus, can I use those test results instead of taking a test on campus
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.

25. Do I need to wear a mask if I’m vaccinated? (updated 7/27/2021)
Yes. All students regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask indoors, unless in a room or vehicle alone.

Disposable face coverings/masks will be available in the locations below; these face coverings/masks are intended solely for those who may have forgotten a mask for the day.

  • Dean of Students Office, Bell Tower 2565
  • Student Health Center, Yuba Hall
  • Broome Library Lobby
  • University Police Department, Placer Hall Lobby
  • Sage Hall Enrollment Center Lobby
  • Housing & Residential Education Offices:
    • Santa Cruz Village – Bldg. E HRE Main Office
    • Front Desks in all four living areas: Santa Cruz Village – Bldg. G, Anacapa Village, Santa Rosa Village, and Town Center
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