Spring Semester Update Monday March 29, 2021 6:00 pm
As you may or may not be aware, a number of the spring courses that were pre-approved to be in-person at the start of the Spring semester are returning to campus starting on Monday, April 5. I am writing to you today because your class (or classes) may be returning to campus. If so, you should have been notified by your instructor regarding this potential change.
Prior to your return to campus, I want to share important health, safety, and academic-related information for those who may be returning to campus for in-person class(es) and/or other reasons amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Please give this message your immediate attention. Thank you in advance for your care and consideration.
Mitigation Measures Related to COVID-19
Below are health and safety requirements you must complete before returning to campus.
- Watch the Health & Safety Video: This video details health and safety guidance for your return to campus. As a student with an in-person class, you are enrolled for the “Return to Campus During COVID-19” course in Canvas and the video is an assignment in this class. Please watch the video and complete the acknowledgement prior to starting your in-person class(es).
- Read President’s Directive No. 21 – COVID 19: Mitigation Measures and Guidelines, which outlines mitigation measures you are required or strongly encouraged to take, including use of face coverings, pre-entry health screenings, isolation/quarantine and physical distancing. Please click here to read the Directive prior to returning to campus.
When you return to campus, you are required to take the following measures.
- Face Coverings: You must wear a face covering as outlined in President’s Directive No. 21, including in any indoor public or common space; when interacting with another person who is not from your household or residence; while in or passing through public or common spaces on campus such as common workspaces, classrooms, labs, common areas in student housing, hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; and/or while outdoors in public spaces where consistently maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of your household or residence is not feasible. To be clear, you must wear a face covering in your classroom.
Please note that face coverings may also be removed for a minimum time-frame for eating or drinking.
If you arrive to campus and have forgotten your face covering, then a free face covering can be provided to you at any of the following campus locations: Device Requests (at the Library-South) from 8 am to 5 pm, Environmental Health & Safety from 8 am to 5 pm, Health Services from 9 am to 5 pm, and Titan Shop’s Customer Service Counter from 10 am to 5 pm.
- Campus Signage: While on University property and/or when participating in University-related in-person activities, you must adhere to COVID-19 health and safety signage, including but not limited to entrance/exit routes in buildings, physical distance markers, required face coverings, and capacity limitations in building rooms, classrooms and library spaces.
- Health Screenings: Prior to arriving on-campus or participating in any University-related in-person activity, you must conduct a personal health screening and self-monitor for COVID-19 related symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of respiratory illness. For a current listing of COVID-19 related symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here. You should not come to campus if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms. In addition, if while on University property or participating in any University-related in-person activity you begin to experience COVID-19 related symptoms, you should leave campus or remove yourself from the activity.
- Case Reporting: If you test positive for COVID-19 or become aware that you may have been in close contact with someone who either has tested positive for or is suspected to have COVID-19, you are strongly encouraged to report the positive result or exposure using the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form on the Titan’s Return: CSUF’s Response to COVID-19 website. Reporting helps the University reduce exposures for all members of the campus community. You must comply with any directive from a University or health official requiring you to isolate (if you test positive) and/or quarantine (if you are exposed to someone who has tested positive or is suspected to be infected).
If you do not believe you can follow these guidelines for whatever reason and/or you believe the COVID-19 related risks outweigh the benefits of attending an in-person class, you should consult with your academic advisor. Together, you and your academic advisor can develop possible alternatives. Click here for withdrawal information.
If you decide to proceed with your in-person class and fail to adhere to any of the guidelines set forth in either President’s Directive No. 21 or the Return to Campus During COVID-19 training, that may constitute a violation of campus policy and may result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct.
- Health Services is offering free COVID-19 rapid testing for all current students experiencing symptoms. Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only (no walk-ins at this time). Many non-COVID related appointment types are available via telehealth. For information or to schedule an appointment, please call (657) 278-2800 or visit the website.
- For additional information about COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution within Orange County, click here.
- Campus Dining Options: Starbucks in Pollak Library and Carl’s Jr. will be open for carry out only. The Gastronome within Housing is open for carry-out only and the Housing and Residential Engagement’s Community Market is open; click here for hours. All other dining areas, including the Food Court in the Titan Student Union, are closed.
- Library Services: The library is closed until further notice, which includes PLN 130, all offices, and study rooms. Visit Pollak Library’s COVID-19 page for updates on library services.
- Study Space: Cal State Fullerton is providing limited study space in Mihaylo Hall to students with in-person classes. You must have a reservation to use the study space and you must wear your face covering in the study space (per President’s Directive No. 21). The study space is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Click here to reserve your study space.
- Disability Support: If you require an accommodation for your courses due to a disability, please contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at (657) 278-3112, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website. If you are a student who has a registered disability with DSS that prohibits you from wearing a face covering, then you must work with your DSS advisor to receive an exemption. If you are not registered with DSS and need an exemption, please contact the Health Services via email at email@example.com with appropriate documentation.
- Parking: Parking Permits are required Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A semester or daily permit may be purchased online. When purchasing a permit, vehicle information will need to be entered including license plate number, make, and color. Please print the provided temporary permit and display on your dash until your hangtag arrives in the mail. Permits are available on a prorated basis from April 10 to the end of the semester. Click here for information about parking permits. Short-term parking is available for $4/hour for a maximum of 2 hours. For more information on short-term parking locations and availability, please visit the Park-and-Pay page on the parking website.
- Report a Hazard: Report a COVID-19 hazard with our online form.
- Virtual Student Services: Student Affairs Virtual Resources is a list of virtual programs, services, and activities. Also, the Dean of Students Office Virtual Workshops address questions related to virtual engagement.
Please remember information related to COVID-19 is rapidly changing. To stay current with information, please visit CSUF’s Titan’s Return: CSUF’s Response to COVID-19 website. Once there, I encourage you to review the FAQ section to help answer any of your questions. You can also share any concerns by using the COVID-19 comment form.
Thank you for your flexibility as the campus navigates this pandemic. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Vincent E. Vigil, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Division of Student Affairs
California State University, Fullerton