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Titans Return: COVID-19 Recovery

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Campus Re-entry Plan

Working Together for a Safe Return

Leaders from across the university are working together to navigate the pandemic experience and on re-entry planning efforts. View the CSUF workgroups here.

Re-Entry Phases

Current Phase: 3

Clean and Prepare
Return of Additional Personnel
Primarily Virtual
Primarily On Campus Instruction
Resume Campus Activities
Resume Campus Events

Campus Plan

  • The majority of the Academic Year 2020-21 courses will be conducted virtually, consistent with the CSU system’s directive. The University has identified certain courses as essential for in person instruction, meaning that they cannot be delivered virtually in an effective way.
  • Faculty, staff, and students are expected to assess their health daily before coming to campus using the CDC self-assessment tool.
  • To help contain and minimize the risk of infection from a known or suspected COVID-19 case, the university has developed a CSUF COVID Response Team that will notify impacted individuals and provide instructions for self-quarantine and referral for academic accommodations.
  • For those who will be on campus, it will be each person’s responsibility to adhere to the President’s Directive 21 (COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and Guidelines). The directive outlines safety protocols to reduce the risk of infection among our campus community members and their families. This includes using face coverings, practicing good hygiene, and maintaining social distance.
  • Only approved faculty and staff are permitted on campus regularly or a single day access form has been approved for work that cannot be done virtually.

Recognizing the pandemic is a fluid situation, we will continue to review and adjust our campus plans and services, as necessary. Protocols have been developed and will continue to be updated for those who need to be on campus.

Review the key areas below for important information on re-entry activities or virtual instruction. Regularly visit CSUF’s Titans Return website for updates.

Resources By Topic

Academic Instruction

The majority of the Academic Year 2020-21 courses will be conducted virtually, consistent with the CSU system’s directive. The University has identified certain courses as essential for in person instruction, meaning that they cannot be delivered virtually in an effective way.

The course schedule will reflect if the class is online or on-campus, in-person. 

For more information about Academics during COVID-19, click here.


The final plan for fall 2020 sports practices and competitions is pending further guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Orange County Department of Public Health, the NCAA and the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

Athletics will continue to closely monitor the situation as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Orange County Department of Public Health, and we will work together with campus officials to make any additional changes deemed in the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. For updates, follow Titan Athletics on social media @fullertontitans.

Face Coverings

To reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 and to help prevent the spread of the virus, facemasks or cloth face coverings are required to be worn in public spaces on campus and during in-person classes, consistent with the Governor’s order and updated state public-health guidelines. For additional information on face coverings click here.

Additional information on how to protect yourself visit the Health and Safety FAQ and COVID-19 Safety Page.

View the President’s Directive No. 21 on Mitigation Measures and Guidelines.

Safety & PPE in Campus Buildings

To protect the health of all who are on campus, the facilities team has developed a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting schedule for all rooms used for in-person courses, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Other space modifications include space seating/desks at least six feet apart and removing or taping off seats in fixed seating lecture halls. Typical classroom capacity has been reduced to accommodate proper physical distancing.

Safety signage has been placed on building entry doors and individual rooms being used for in-person courses. Hand-sanitizer stations will be placed at building entrances where in-person courses will be held. For additional information on safety and PPE visit the EHS COVID-19 Safety website.

Pollak Library

The physical library building will remain closed to the public, access to print materials will resume. The only face-to-face services provided will be for occasional University Archives and Special Collections materials use when digitization is impossible. Physical services will be limited to Pollak Library; the Irvine Center Library will remain virtual.

Depending on the county’s risk level, the Pollak Library services and first floor study space may vary. Check Pollak Library’s COVID-19 page for the latest updates.


Our current level of research activity (35%) will be maintained until a) the tier system for California is rescinded and b) CAL/OSHA eliminates or relaxes the 6-foot physical distancing in the work environment requirement.

If the University no longer must implement any physical distancing requirement and no other guidelines apply, researchers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to resume 100% research effort in all on-campus spaces. These researchers will not be restricted to following COVID-19 room occupancy limits. Field researchers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may travel in the same vehicle and will not be required to enforce physical distancing while in the field.

If physical distancing remains, although at less than the current 6-foot requirement, the University will determine the appropriate level of research activity between the current 35% and 100%.

All research personnel will continue to follow Presidential Directive 21 which requires wearing a face mask while on-campus. Public health information is continuously monitored and, should negative indicators develop, research, scholarship, and creative activities may be returned to the 35% effort level.

Faculty members/PIs wishing to resume or level up their on-campus research will complete the following form prior to resuming research, scholarly and creative activities. The form listing all researcher names will be forwarded to a third party to confirm each person’s vaccination status.


I acknowledge that all research personnel listed below have indicated they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

PI Name:
Email address:
Research personnel:
PI Signature:

For more information, visit the research website.

Responding to Potential Exposures

The CSUF COVID Response Team is comprised of members from the Student Health Center, the Infectious Disease Taskforce, Risk Management, and the campus’ Orange County Department of Public Health liaison.

The CSUF COVID Response Team quickly addresses any reports of exposure. Any individual who has a known exposure to or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to campus and is asked to notify the campus via the COVID Self-Report Form.

Once a report is completed and the CSUF COVID-19 Response Team is notified of an exposure or possible/confirmed COVID individual, the Response Team will contact the reporting individual and provide notice to individuals who have been identified as needing to self-isolate or self-quarantine. The notice includes time frames individuals will be required to remain off campus and/or seek access to testing and medical care.

If COVID-19 impacts a classroom or department, students and staff are notified by the Dean of Students or department administrator with general exposure and safety information.  When providing notices, the University follows all federal and state laws regarding the sharing of personal health information or identifying specific individuals impacted.

Impacted campus spaces will be assessed for cleaning/sanitizing. Environmental Health and Safety will promptly post notices concerning access to impacted spaces. Students and employees are asked to adhere to signage that restricts access to impacted spaces.

COVID-19 impacts individuals and spaces differently; therefore, an individualized approached is commonly warranted when determining a response approach.

University Housing and Gastronome Dining

Housing and Residential Engagement will provide accommodations for approximately 561 students, a 73% reduction of occupancy to ensure adequate physical distancing. With on-campus housing being significantly reduced and in consultation with our campus partners, assignments will be made based on individual student’s need for on-campus housing. Examples of need-based factors include, but are not limited to and in no particular order: enrollment in an in-person course, distance from campus, experiencing housing insecurity, etc.

HRE staff will work toward placing all interested students on a first-eligible, first served basis. Once we reach our established occupancy, we will notify students that they have been placed on our waitlist.

To view the housing Fall 2020 plan visit the Housing and Residential Engagement website.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page or campus updates.