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

Summer 2022 Testing Information

COVID-19 information and guidance from the State of California is available on the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website.

* 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 Spring? (updated 3/7/2022)[top]
Below are requirements for all students this Spring:

  • Per Interim President Yao's Dec. 22 message and the CSU’s updated Interim Vaccination policy, a vaccine booster shot will be required for all eligible students and employees to meet the policy’s revised definition of “fully vaccinated.
    • Anyone who is considered not-fully-vaccinated must request a medical or religious exemption (unless you have already done so for this academic year) and must participate in weekly testing
  • After ongoing consultation with VCPH and our Environmental Health & Safety team, and in accordance with updated CDC, CDPH, and Cal/OSHA guidance, the indoor mask requirement at CSUCI and its affiliated locations (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, and Goleta instructional site) will be suspended effective Monday, March 14. This decision is based on the principles that have guided our campus response throughout the pandemic: 1) utilizing available data to inform decisions; and 2) exceeding baseline public health recommendations. 
    • Masks will still be available on the campus at the following locations:
      • Classrooms
      • 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
      • Student Union downstairs - front desk
      • Student Union upstairs - ASI suite
      • Dining locations across campus and in Town Center
  • 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 

2. Is a COVID-19 vaccination be required to be on campus? [top](updated 3/18/2022)
Yes. All CSUCI students are required to provide proof of a vaccination booster or provide an approved exemption and submit to regular testing. Instructions for self-certification are available and students are also able to download the how-to guide (PDF, 604KB).

3. What Library resources are available? [top](updated 3/18/2022)
The Broome Library offers a variety of reference and research services, plus a full range of tutoring services (including virtually) through the Learning Resource Center and the Writing & Multiliteracy Center. Please check the following websites for more information about available academic research and support services:

In addition, the Broome Library circulates laptops, hotspots, digital cameras, camcorders, audio recorders and camera tripods to currently registered students. Visit the Broome Library Circulation Desk to request equipment and visit the Broome Library website for more information. 

4. Will any classes be held in-person during the virtual instruction period (Jan. 22 through Feb. 6)? [top](added 1/12/2022)
Yes. While the majority of courses will begin virtually , exceptions have been made for some courses. Please see below for a list of courses that will meet in-person to start the spring semester. 

  • All courses in the School of Education will be meeting virtually the first two weeks of the semester, with the exception of field placements in local schools.
  • All courses in the MVS School of Business & Economics will be meeting virtually the first two weeks of the semester. 

Please note that all students in any academic program enrolled in an internship course or a service-learning course should contact their instructor. 

 IN-PERSON COURSES JAN. 22 - FEB. 6
COURSECourse Title
ART 202Sculpture
ART 311Sculpture Media & Tech
ART 321Sculpture Theory
ART 421Adv. Artistic Problems: 3D
ART 3183D Art: Ceramics
ART 329Ceramics Theory
ART 421Advanced Artistic Problems
ART 494Directed Indep. Study
BIOL 494Independent Research
CHEM 372Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 494Independent Research
ESRM 300Coastal Contaminants
HLTH 492-01Service Learning in Health Science
HLTH 492-02Service Learning in Health Science
NRS 221Nursing Adults w/ Acute & Chroni
NRS 223Care of Adults Acute & Chrnc Lab 
NRS 233Nursing Care of Children & Fam 
NRS 391Transition to Practice 
NRS 453Community Health Nursing Lab
PADA 353Jazz Dance II 
PADA 453Jazz Dance III 
UNIV 391Environmental Policy in Alaska
GOLETA NURSING LABSClasses 201 and 221

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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. 

8. Do I need to wear a mask? [top](updated 3/18/2022)
Effective March 14, 2022, indoor mask-wearing is optional but strongly encouraged at CSUCI and affiliated locations (Santa Rosa Island Research Station, Channel Islands Boating Center, Goleta instructional site). This decision is based on the principles that have guided our campus response throughout the pandemic: 1) utilizing available data to inform decisions; and 2) exceeding baseline public health recommendations.

9. Will food service be available on campus this Spring? [top](updated 3/18/2022)
Yes. Please visit the UAS Hospitality for hours of operation, a description of services, and some menu information.

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.

10. Are parking permits required for the Spring 2022 semester? [top]
Yes. A valid parking permit is required to park on campus at all times.

11. I feel worried and stressed about the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

On-Campus Housing

12. Will students be able to live on campus during the Spring semester? [top]
Yes. There will students living on campus for the Spring 2022 semester. Information about on-campus student housing is available by visiting: Housing & Residential Education.

13. What should I do if I start to feel ill? [top]
Students who are feeling ill and need a test should send an email 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.

14. Will food services be open on campus for residential students? [top]
Yes. Islands Café (south) will be in operation for the Spring 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

15. 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.

16. 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

17. Are employees required to be vaccinated? [top](updated 3/18/2022)
Yes. In July 2021, the CSU announced it would implement a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all. 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 Interim President Yao's Dec. 22 message, "a vaccine booster shot will be required for all eligible students and employees to meet the policy’s revised definition of “fully vaccinated.”

All CSUCI employees are required to provide proof of vaccination or provide an approved medical or religious exemption and submit to regular testing if unvaccinated.

Logistics for monitoring eligibility and compliance for the booster vaccine will be developed, complicated by the fact that eligibility varies from person to person (i.e., five months following completion of the initial Pfizer two-dose protocol; six months following completion of the Moderna two-dose protocol; and two months following the initial Johnson & Johnson single-dose).

Negotiations with unions for requiring the booster vaccine of represented employees will be conducted centrally by the CSU.

18. 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 need to report a positive case of COVID-19 or possible exposure.

19. Will additional COVID-19 paid leave be provided again if we are unable to work due to COVID-19-related reasons? [top](added 2/23/2022)
Yes. Additional legislation was passed in California on Feb. 9 that provides additional, supplemental paid sick leave up to 80 hours (10 days) and is available through Sept. 30, 2022 for represented employees unable to work for COVID-19-related reasons.

For non-represented employees, the CSU has approved the CSU Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) program, extending the program's deadline to Dec. 31, 2022, and eliminating the daily SPSL pay maximums prescribed in SB 114.

Additional information about the COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) can be found here. Employees should complete the request form and submit to their appropriate administrator.

Questions about SPSL should be sent to human.resources@csuci.edu.

University Operations

20. When and where will COVID-19 testing be held on campus for students, faculty, and staff? [top](updated 6/10/2022)

COVID-19 Testing for students, faculty, and staff will be held on campus in the Petit Salon on the dates and times listed below.

An appointment is not required and testing will be done on a walk-in basis by the CSUCI COVID-19 Case Management Team. However, you must register in advance with Primary Health to receive your results. NOTE: If you already have an account with Primary Health from a previous semester, you do not need to re-register.

First time registrants can use the appropriate link below. To confirm you are a student or employee at CSUCI, please register with your CSUCI email address.

Primary Health Student registration
Primary Health Employee registration

Summer 2022
*no appointment required

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

*Excludes Monday, July 4 (July 4 holiday; campus is closed)

Individuals who are positive or have an exposure and are symptomatic should not come to the on-campus testing clinic. They should contact the COVID-19 Case Management Team at 805-437-3550 to arrange testing outside the main 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:

21. I tested on campus but have not received my test result; what should I do? [top]
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.

22. Are at-home test kits available? [top](updated 3/17/2022)
Free, in-home test kits are being made available by the U.S. Government. You may request the free, at-home test kits by visiting https://www.covidtests.gov/ and submitting an order request. Please note the following:

  • There is a one order limit per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship for free starting in late January
These tests may be used for weekly testing, and results should be submitted via the external test reporting form for students or employees, depending on your affiliation.

23. Where can I find information about the availability of the COVID-19 booster vaccine? [top](updated 3/18/2022)
VCPH assures us that booster vaccine availability is plentiful in Ventura County and has assisted us with vaccination clinics for the campus community.

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 Ralphs,CVS, Rite Aid, or Walgreens,Albertsons or Vons.

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.

24. What if I can’t attend the COVID-19 Testing Clinics on campus? [top](updated 3/18/2022)
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 at Chapparal Hall. 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 the external test reporting form for students or employees, depending on your affiliation. 

25. What if I am tested off-campus, can I use those test results instead of taking a test on campus? [top](updated 3/18/2022)
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 should be submitted to CSUCI via the external test reporting form for students or employees, depending on your affiliation. 

26. 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)? [top](updated 3/7/2022)
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.
  • After ongoing consultation with VCPH and our Environmental Health & Safety team, and in accordance with updated CDC, CDPH, and Cal/OSHA guidance, the indoor mask requirement at CSUCI and its affiliated locations (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, and Goleta instructional site) will be suspended effective Monday, March 14. This decision is based on the principles that have guided our campus response throughout the pandemic: 1) utilizing available data to inform decisions; and 2) exceeding baseline public health recommendations. 

27. 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.

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

29. 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.

About Coronavirus (COVID-19), Health, and Wellness

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. How are "close contact" and "high risk exposure period" defined? [top]
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.

35. How do I best protect myself from contracting COVID-19? [top](updated 3/17/2022)
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.

Effective March 14, 2022, indoor mask-wearing is optional but strongly encouraged at CSUCI and affiliated locations (Santa Rosa Island Research Station, Channel Islands Boating Center, Goleta instructional site).

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

  • Eat healthy
  • Maintain good sleep habits
  • Manage stress. Students can seek assistance through Counseling & Psychological Services. Employees can seek assistance through the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. Students with food insecurities can contact the Dolphin Pantry for fresh produce and healthy options.

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.

36. 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

37. 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

38. 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

39. 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:

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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