July 4, 2022

Dear Dolphins:

As a result of Ventura County recently being designated at the “high” community transmission level for COVID-19 according to metrics provided by the CDC, our campus is reinstating the indoor mask mandate. Effective Tuesday, July 5, masks will be required to be worn indoors at CSUCI and affiliated locations (Channel Islands Boating Center, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, and Goleta instructional site) until further notice. The CDC strongly recommends that when in the “high” transmission level, masks be worn indoors in public spaces.

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. For the time being, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties continue to remain at the “medium” community transmission level.

We will continue to monitor Ventura County’s transmission level in the coming days and weeks and will continue with our ongoing consultation with our Environmental Health & Safety team and Ventura County Public Health. We would like to see some degree of stability once Ventura County is back in the “medium” level before we lift the indoor mask mandate.

Please read this entire message to learn about the availability of masks on campus, summer classes, COVID-19 on-campus testing, and updates regarding campus events.

Mask Availability
A limited supply of KN95 and N95* masks, as well as medical/disposable masks, will be available at the following campus locations (*requires training):

  • Broome Library Front Lobby
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Facilities Services Work Center/Ironwood Hall
  • Housing & Residential Education Offices
  • Placer Hall Lobby
  • Sage Hall Enrollment Center
  • Student Health Center/Yuba Hall
  • Student Union Information Desk
  • University Hall President’s Lobby

Summer Classes
We will continue to hold summer classes on the campus as scheduled; however, masks will be required to be worn indoors by students, faculty, and staff as noted above.

On-Campus Testing
COVID-19 testing for students will continue to be available on the campus in the Petit Salon on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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. 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 this link to confirm you are a CSUCI student.

Please remember to stay home or isolate if you live on campus, if you are experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19. 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 or healthycsuci@csuci.edu to arrange testing outside the campus testing clinic.

Campus Events and Support Programs
Our existing internal and external event guidelines continue to remain in effect. As such, we are moving forward with all of our summer campus events and programs as planned; however, all participants will be required to wear masks indoors.

Please note that in-person campus services will remain available for current students living on campus and/or taking summer classes; for returning students; and for new students and their families during summer orientations.

Moving forward, we will continue to monitor key data points with diligence and continue with ongoing consultation with VCPH, as well as our campus’ Environmental Health & Safety team, to proactively adapt to changing conditions as deemed necessary. Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available or impacts our campus. If you have questions, please reach out to csuci.news@csuci.edu.

I hope you are able to enjoy the 4th of July holiday in a safe and healthy environment.

Richard Yao, Ph.D.

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