CSCU COVID Protocol Changes Effective April 4

March 31, 2022

Dear CSCU Community,

Several weeks ago, I shared the email below to inform you that CSCU COVID protocols would be shifting from pandemic response to routine disease prevention. I want to reiterate the changes effective April 4 and ongoing expectations for students and employees at all 17 CSCU institutions and system office.

CAMPUS COVID PROTOCOLS

  • The COVID reopen plans that were implemented in June 2020 will expire.
  • The mask mandate will come to an end and campuses/system office will shift to a “mask-optional” protocol.  However, we fully support and expect all employees and students to respect those who choose to continue wearing masks. COVID Coordinators will continue to make masks available for employees and students who want them. Please note: no employee has the authority to ask or require the use of masks by others.
  • Visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in CSCU buildings. 
  • Physical distancing restrictions have been removed in areas such as lounges, cafeterias, conference rooms, and other non-academic setting. However, in most instances, current classroom arrangements will remain as set for the remainder of the semester.
  • In-person activities are being planned for the spring including commencements and other special events.
  • A full schedule of in-person courses, meetings, convenings, etc. is being planned for the summer and fall.

TESTING

  • Weekly testing of employees and students and individual case contact tracing have ended.
  • Antigen tests are available from COVID Coordinators for those who are concerned about their potential exposure to the virus and would like access to a rapid test. 
  • Employees and students should continue to self-monitor their health and stay home whenever they have COVID-like symptoms and follow current CDC guidance on quarantine and isolation. 
  • Employees and students who test positive should continue to Self-Report by following the campus process for notification.  Human Resources, Health Services, or the COVID Coordinator, as appropriate, will determine the quarantine and isolation expectations, confirm when it is safe to return to campus or classes, and notify close contacts as needed. 

VACCINATION POLICY

  • Vaccines are no longer mandated for students or employees beginning with the summer semester.  However, individuals are encouraged to be vaccinated and to get booster shots as recommended to protect their own health. 

Thank you for your support in our efforts to manage the COVID pandemic on our campuses over the last two years. A special shout out to the COVID Coordinators who have worked tirelessly on our behalf.  The changes we are making on April 4th would not have been possible without everyone’s vigilance and commitment to our broader community. 

Sincerely,

Terrence Cheng
President, CSCU