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HRDI Email to Employees: Face Coverings and Testing

Thursday March 17, 2022 9:00 am


Based upon recent changes to the COVID-19 guidance issued by the CDC and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the University has updated its requirements for employees regarding both face coverings and weekly surveillance testing. The changes take effect on April 1, 2022. ASC and ASI employees should contact HR/ASC and HR/ASI for questions and information related to each specific HR program.

Face Coverings

On February 25, 2022, the CDC issued new guidance regarding the use and care of face covering. The CDC now bases its recommendation on when to wear a face covering on COVID-19 Community Levels, not vaccination status. Similarly, as of March 11, 2022, the CDPH replaced its requirement that unvaccinated individuals wear a face covering in indoor public settings and businesses with a strong recommendation that all persons, regardless of vaccine status, continue to wear a face covering while in indoor public settings and businesses

Based on this new guidance as well as current COVID-19 community levels within the region, as of April 1, 2022, the University will no longer require members of our campus community to wear face coverings indoors. Certain employees will continue to be required to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status in limited circumstances as required by CDPH or Cal/OSHA.

The University values the personal choice of wearing a face covering and suggests that members of our community carefully consider the recommendations of the CDC and CDPH. Those who wish to continue to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status are free to do so without fear of retaliation. Face coverings will continue to be available for any student or employee who wants to wear one at campus locations shown on this map. [i]


As of April 1, 2022, the University will end weekly surveillance testing for students and most employees. Weekly surveillance mandated by the CDPH will continue for employees who work in the following departments:

Testing will continue to be provided through the end of the academic year at the Student Health Center for students and employees that are symptomatic, exposed on-campus or as required per CDPH, Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standard and CSU COVID-19 supplemental leave program.

As a reminder, the CSU vaccine and booster requirements are still in effect. For more information on this requirement, visit the Titans Return website.

The University is able to make these updates because we as a community were vaccinated, received the booster, adopted multiple COVID-19 mitigation measures and adhered to guidance concerning when to stay off-campus. Collectively we maintained the health and safety of our community. Working together, we will continue to do so.

The University will continue to monitor updated guidance and communicate any applicable updates to the campus community.


David Forgues, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP
Vice President
Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion


[1] Any faculty, staff, student, or volunteer who discriminates, harasses or retaliates against a member of the University community for wearing or not wearing a face covering is in violation of university policy and is subject to disciplinary action under University policies and/or applicable collective bargaining agreeents.