Jan. 19, 2022

Dear Students:  

Happy New Year! Our faculty and staff look forward to welcoming you to CSUCI for the Spring 2022 semester. 

This email contains important information related to the CSU COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Links are provided throughout with more information available on our website.

In keeping with CSU policy, in order to physically be on the campus for classes or other activities, students are required to complete a COVID-19 vaccination certification. As recently announced, full vaccination now requires the initial single- or double-dose course of COVID-19 vaccine and a vaccine booster (i.e., five months following completion of the initial Pfizer or Moderna two-dose protocol and two months following the initial Johnson & Johnson single-dose protocol) by 12 p.m. Noon. on Feb. 6 to coincide with the first week of CSUCI’s return to mostly in-person classes.

Key Spring 2022 COVID-19 Updates

  • Vaccinated students may update their COVID-19 vaccination certification to include a booster dose by following these instructions. A PDF version of the instructions is available to download (PDF, 604KB). 
  • Previously submitted qualified medical and religious exemption requests will remain in effect.
  • COVID-19 testing is available for everyone as they are returning to campus and is strongly encouraged for all, including vaccinated students. A negative COVID-19 test is required of students with qualified exemptions prior to attending their first in-person class or activity, and weekly thereafter between Friday and Thursday.
  • Free in-home test kits (4 per residential address) can be ordered from the federal government using this link: https://www.covidtests.gov/
  • Weekly testing or submission of an authorized negative weekly COVID-19 test result is required of all students with exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine. Free on-campus testing will continue to be held in the Petit Salon.
  • All residential students are required to provide a negative test prior to returning to/moving into on-campus housing. A test clinic will be provided for resident students on Friday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. near Santa Cruz Village G Building.
  • On-campus booster vaccination clinics for both the Moderna and Pfizer doses will be offered at El Dorado Hall.
  • Depending on your county of residence, vaccination information is available by visiting: MyTurn.ca.gov. You can also check with your healthcare provider and local pharmacies.
  • Please remember to immediately file a report if you or someone with whom you have had close contact is COVID-19 positive.

Virtual Delivery for Most Courses Jan. 22 – Feb.
To reduce on-campus population density during the projected Omicron peak, Interim President Yao has directed that most courses be delivered virtually for the first two weeks of the semester. A list of courses that will be offered on-campus and in person is available on the website. The campus is open; however, some offices may be operating virtually during this time. Visit the Campus Services & Resources webpages for details. Unvaccinated students with qualified exemptions must test prior to attending their first in-person class or activity. On-campus testing clinics open at 8am every day the week of January 25 to support students who need or want testing.

Updated Campus Face Covering Protocols
For greater protection against COVID-19 and in alignment with the recommendation of California Department of Public Health guidelines, CSUCI is now requiring those on campus to wear high-quality masks when indoors (e.g., medical/surgical masks, KN95 or N95 respirators). Wearers must ensure their mask has a good fit with no gaps around the sides of the face or nose and has no ventilation valves. A list of campus locations where masks are available can be found by visiting the website. If you require an accommodation, please contact accommodations@csuci.edu for assistance.

Reporting and Proving Vaccination and Exemption Eligibility
All students registered for Spring 2022 should have already completed certification of their COVID-19 vaccination status with provision of supporting documentation. Most students, however, have not yet certified their status with the COVID-19 booster and may complete this process by following these instructions and certifying their status no later than 12 p.m. Noon Feb. 13, 2022. Students who need to change their certification will also be able to make a change in their status. Additional information about vaccination statuses, including allowable exemptions, can be found on the CSUCI website

Note that all documents provided in the certification process will reviewed for policy compliance and legibility and students may be asked to promptly re-submit their documentation if it is unclear or does not otherwise appear to comply with the CSU COVID-19 policy.  

Testing Requirements for Unvaccinated Students 
Students who are required to test weekly for COVID-19 due to medical or religious exemptions and do not do so are prohibited from attending class in person or physically accessing the campus, activities, or programs until they are tested. 

  • An appointmentis required for testing; no walk-ups will be accepted
  • The testing process involves a nasal swab 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 CDPH 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 CSU COVID-19 Online 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. This training is only required once during the 2021-22 academic year – students who completed the training in Fall 2021 are not required to complete the training in Spring 2022. All other 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) for the first time during the current academic year must complete this training prior to physically accessing the campus, or no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, whichever is earlier. Meaning, students coming to campus earlier than Friday, Jan. 21 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.  

Students are also encouraged to visit our Spring 2022 webpages to find additional information and review any updates.

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 we can assist you.

Cindy Derrico, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Campus Life
Dean of Students

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