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Presidential Directive 22: COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and Guidelines (Indoor Face Coverings Extended Through February 28, 2022)

Wednesday January 19, 2022 11:00 am


A. Significant progress has been made in vaccinating individuals and reducing community transmission of COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection, disease, and spread. Unvaccinated persons are more likely to get infected and spread the virus, which is transmitted through the air and concentrates indoors. Because a certain percentage of individuals remain unvaccinated and also because of known and anticipated variants, COVID-19 remains a public health concern.

B. Public health requirements remain necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Members of the University community must comply with the mitigation measures set forth below.

C. Wearing a mask is not indicative of vaccination status. No one should face discrimination, harassment or retaliation because they are or are not wearing a face covering.


A. Unless stated otherwise, this Directive applies to all members of the University community, including faculty, staff, students, volunteers, contractors, vendors, guests and visitors, when engaged in University academic, business or co-curricular programs and activities, whether on or off-campus. University auxiliary organizations are responsible for applying similar practices to their respective programs and activities.

B. If local heath guidelines related to COVID-19 mitigation measures change subsequent to the issue date of this Directive, those guidelines shall supersede those set forth in Section IV where applicable.


A. Face covering: A surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric.

B. Fully vaccinated: Any individual from whom the University has received documentation noting receipt at least 14 days prior, of either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines must be FDA approved; have an emergency use authorization from the FDA; or, for persons fully vaccinated outside the United States, be listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. 


A. Re-Entry and Surveillance Testing. All active University employees and matriculated students are required to undergo re-entry testing prior to returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester and weekly surveillance testing during that semester. Notwithstanding the above and unless not otherwise exempted, all active University employees and matriculated students who are fully vaccinated and have provided their vaccine record to the University will not need to undergo re-entry or surveillance testing.

B. Face Coverings. All members of the University community, including contractor’s agents and employees, must comply with the California Department of Public Health’s “Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings” dated July 28, 2021, including the recommendation that all individuals regardless of vaccination status must wear a face covering indoors, at least until February 28, 2022. Individuals do not have to wear face coverings indoors when (a) alone in a private space such as an office with the door closed, a living unit or vehicle; (b) eating and drinking; (c) showering, washing their face, or brushing their teeth in a residence hall or other University facility with common bathroom facilities; (d) directed by a health care provider to remove their face covering for care or treatment; (e) an accommodation is required; and/or (f) job duties make a face covering infeasible or create a hazard. Face coverings are recommended for unvaccinated individuals outdoors where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

C. Physical Distancing/Barrier Requirements. Physical distancing or barrier requirements regardless of vaccination status are no longer mandated; however, they may be implemented under very limited circumstances such as during an outbreak.

D. Case Reporting. Any member of the University community who tests positive for COVID-19 or becomes aware that they may have been in close contact with someone who either has tested positive for or is suspected to have COVID-19 is strongly encouraged to report the positive result or exposure using the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form on the Titans Return website.

E. Isolation and Quarantine. All members of the University community must comply with any directive from a University or health care provider requiring them to isolate (if they are experiencing symptoms or test positive) and/or quarantine (if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive or is suspected to be infected).

F. Training. All active University employees are required to complete COVID-19 health and safety training prior to returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester.

G. Health Screening. Prior to arriving on any University property or participating in any University-related activity, members of the University community must conduct a personal health screening and self-monitor for COVID-19 related symptoms. Those experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms may not come to any University property or participate in any University-related activity. In addition, campus community members who develop COVID-19 related symptoms while on University property or participating in any University-related activity must leave campus or remove themselves from a University-related activity.

H. Signage and Safety Guidelines. All members of the University community while on University property and/or when participating in University-related activities must adhere to COVID-19 health and safety signage. Prior to arriving on University property or participating in any University-related activity, members of the University community should review COVID-19 health and safety guidelines on the Environmental Health & Safety website. 


Any faculty, staff, student or volunteer who (a) discriminates, harasses or retaliates against a member of the University community for wearing or not wearing a face covering or (b) fails to adhere to the mitigation measures noted above is in violation of this Directive and is subject to disciplinary action under University policies and/or applicable collective bargaining agreements. If a contractor, vendor or visitor (a) discriminates, harasses or retaliates against a member of the University community for wearing or not wearing a face covering or (b) fails to comply, they may be barred from University-owned or leased property and have their business relationship with the University suspended or terminated. 

For questions concerning this Directive, contact Labor and Employee Relations, the Dean of Students, or Environmental Health & Safety. 


CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy effective July 29, 2021

California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board Emergency Temporary Standards approved on June 17, 2021.

Executive Order N-09-21 issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom on June 17, 2021.

California Department of Public Health: Guidance on Use of Face Coverings, effective July 28, 2021.

Orange County Public Health Order dated June 17, 2021, including the reasons for the public health order stated therein.

California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 41301. Standards of Student Conduct California State University, Executive Order 1039 (November 17, 2008)
Framroze Virjee, President