Jan. 31, 2022

Dear Dolphins:

I want to provide an update about recent conversations with Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) regarding the Spring 2022 semester. The good news is that based on Ventura County’s downward trend of positive COVID-19 cases, as well as our campus’ low data for positive cases, VCPH has indicated that they are fully supportive of our plan to having classes return to their originally scheduled modality on Feb. 7. Students will be directly notified by faculty of any exceptions to this plan for their courses.

The campus continues to remain open, however, some areas may be operating with limited hours or services. Please visit the Campus Services & Resources webpage for updates. Additionally, please review important information below.

Town Halls
Town Halls are scheduled for students this week to provide opportunities for direct communication and discussion. Please RSVP to attend as noted below:

  • Feb. 4, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 4, 5 to 6 p.m.

The University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs, events and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact accommodations@csuci.edu.

Extended Deadline for COVID-19 Booster

  • The deadline for the vaccination certification has been extended to Sunday, Feb. 13 by 12 noon. The University is currently updating the system to accurately capture this information from students and will communicate by end of this week when students can update the vaccination certification with the booster dose.
  • Students who are eligible for the booster dose and do not re-certify their vaccination status with an updated supporting document by Feb. 13 will not be permitted on campus until updated certification is completed and verified.
  • We will be giving away 200 dining gift cards valued at $50 each and usable at all on-campus dining venues, via random drawings for students to promote early and timely booster recertification. Four drawings will be held for 50 winners each time among all students who complete their booster recertification by the following dates: Feb. 3, 4, 6 and 13. Starting Feb. 3, the earlier a student completes their booster recertification, the more chances to win. The drawings will be held after documentation has been verified by the University with student notifications expected by Feb. 28.

Vaccination Clinics

Testing Clinics

  • Weekly testing between Friday and Thursday is required for students with qualified medical or religious exemptions, and students who are within 14 days of their initial vaccination dose.
  • The first required test must be completed between Friday, Jan. 28 to Friday, Feb. 4 to be permitted on campus the week of Feb. 7. Students who complete tests after this date will be cleared to attend class one full business day following receipt of a test record.
  • On-campus testing clinics will continue to be held in the Petit Salon, Mondays through Wednesdays.

Mask Requirements

  • In alignment with the recommendation from the California Department of Public Health guidelines, CSUCI will continue to require those on campus to wear high-quality masks when indoors (i.e., medical/surgical masks, KN95 or N95 respirators) except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Issues of mask non-compliance should be reported to the appropriate academic Dean or the Dean of Students office. The campus community is encouraged to remind one another of the importance to wear a mask indoors.
  • Medical/surgical masks will continue to be available in classrooms and other locations across campus.

Quarantine Information

  • Continue to review an explanatory document provided by CSUCI’s Environmental Health & Safety staff with regards to instances when quarantining may be necessary.
  • Please remember to immediately file a report if you or someone with whom you have had close contact is COVID-19 positive.

Moving Forward
As we move forward, CSUCI will continue to: (1) assess and mitigate risk; (2) manage cases; (3) manage associated disruptions to learning and working at CSUCI as needed; and (4) continue to communicate with Ventura County Public Health and other authorities to proactively plan for what the pandemic/endemic will look like for our campus long-term and to understand and provide the associated resources that will be necessary.

Again, please join our upcoming Town Halls this week so we may answer questions raised. If you are unable to attend the Town Halls, please email csuci.news@csuci.edu and your message will be directed to the appropriate area for a response.

Richard Yao, Ph.D.

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