COVID-19: Updated Mitigation Measures and Guidelines
We are writing in response to the changes made to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions across the State of California. Consistent with the recent changes, Cal State Fullerton will be withdrawing President’s Directive No. 21 and replacing it with President’s Directive No. 22, effective July 1, 2021. The new directive for the CSUF campus community outlines revised COVID-19 mitigation measures and guidelines.
Below is a summary of statewide changes in California:
- On June 15, 2021, California Department of Public Health phased out COVID-19 restrictions which includes, but not limited to, physical distancing, capacity limits on businesses, mask requirements, and the county tier system and associated guidelines. There are limited restrictions for masking and mega-events along with mask requirements for some settings like public transit, hospitals, long term care facilities, and indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings.
- On June 17, 2021, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) revised its workplace regulations to align with the California Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order enabling the revisions to take effect that day. The changes affect our campus community employees, and the changes include, but are not limited to: Phasing out physical distancing, re-entry trainings, and different mask requirements for unvaccinated employees verses vaccinated employees.
Below is a summary of measures outlined in President’s Directive No. 22*:
*Please visit the Office of the President’s website to review the new directive in full as you prepare for return to campus in the fall semester.
Re-Entry and Surveillance Testing
- All active University employees and matriculated students are required to undergo re-entry testing for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester and undergo weekly surveillance testing thereafter. Testing is required unless there is voluntary proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
- All active University employees and matriculated students who are fully vaccinated and who have voluntarily provided their vaccine record to the University will not need to undergo re-entry or surveillance testing.
- Fully vaccinated employees and matriculated students may be indoors without face coverings, even if unvaccinated individuals are present. To be able to not wear a face covering while indoors, remember to upload your vaccine record.
- Unvaccinated employees and matriculated students must continue to wear face coverings indoors unless an exemption applies. Those exemptions are listed in Directive No. 22.
- There are some settings on campus, such as healthcare settings (i.e., Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services), where face coverings remain required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
- Although not required, face coverings are recommended for unvaccinated individuals outdoors where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Fully vaccinated employees and matriculated students are explicitly allowed to wear a face covering without fear of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.
- Physical distancing or barriers are no longer required, regardless of individuals’ vaccination status, unless there is an identified COVID-19 outbreak among the campus population.
More information on the campus re-entry process, including weekly testing and a self-health screening process, will be distributed soon via the Dean of Students Office.
Once again, as a reminder, fully vaccinated students can enjoy less restrictions while on campus. If you upload your COVID-19 vaccine record, you will not be required to wear a face covering indoors on campus, you can opt out of re-entry and weekly COVID testing, and you can be exempted from self-quarantining off campus in the event of a reported exposure or outbreak.
In addition, students who provide vaccination verification by Thursday, July 29, 2021, will automatically be enrolled in CSUF’s Vaccination Record Incentive Health Program (http://coronavirus.fullerton.edu/vaccine-incentive-program/) to win either a free Fall 2021 parking permit ($334 value) or Apple Air Pods. To upload your record, please visit www.fullerton.edu/upload.
As always, your health and well-being are a priority and we will continue to monitor the situation on campus and follow all state, federal, and local public health guidelines. Thank you for your patience as we prepare to resume campus operations this fall.
Dean of Students Office
California State University, Fullerton