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Titans Return: COVID-19 Recovery

Vaccine Requirement Q&A

Updated: Tuesday September 21, 2021 8:18 am

On July 27, 2021, the CSU system announced that all CSU faculty, staff, and students MUST be immunized against the virus that causes COVID-19. View Announcement.

What is the vaccine requirement?

California State University (CSU) announced on July 27 that all CSU faculty, staff, and students who are accessing any university location MUST be immunized against the virus that causes COVID-19.

When will the requirement begin?

This policy is effective immediately, with the expectation that all Titans returning to campus will have received at least their first vaccination dose* no later than August 17, 2021, the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year. 

By September 30, 2021, all returning Titans should be fully vaccinated, meaning at least two weeks have passed after the final dose in their respective vaccine regimen. 

*The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose.

Does this requirement apply to online or guest students?

Online only students should view the Online Only Students webpage for more information.

Guest students (those not in an admitted status with the university and enrolled through Extension and International Programs) must be immunized and document Covid-19 vaccine status to participate in courses or activities. There is no exemption option for most of this constituency. There are very few fully online programs (not just online courses) that may qualify for an exemption. Those students will be notified and they must attest that they will not come to campus for any reason.

If I have an exclusively online/virtual class schedule, do I need to participate in the vaccine requirement program?

All students (even students with online schedules) must participate in the vaccine requirement program (i.e., upload a vaccine record or apply for a medical/religious exemption). 


Review previous communication regarding testing options: http://coronavirus.fullerton.edu/online-only-students/

Are there exemptions or accommodations?

The vaccination requirement allows for students and employees to seek an exemption based on medical or religious grounds, as defined below:

Medical Exemption: due to a medical (including mental health) condition for which an approved vaccine presents a significant risk of a serious adverse reaction. Any medical exemption must be verified by a certified or licensed healthcare professional and submitted to the university

Religious Exemption: due to either (i) a person’s sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice, which includes any traditionally recognized religion, or (ii) beliefs, observances, or practices which an individual sincerely holds and that occupy a place of importance in that individual’s life, comparable to that of traditionally recognized religions. Anyone seeking a religious exemption must provide a statement to the university that describes the applicable religious or other comparable belief that is the basis for their exemption.

Guest students: (those not in an admitted status with the university and enrolled through Extension and International Programs) must be immunized and document Covid-19 vaccine status to participate in courses or activities. There is no exemption option for most of this constituency. There are very few fully online programs (not just online courses) that may qualify for an exemption. Those students will be notified and they must attest that they will not come to campus for any reason.

Visit the Request for Vaccination Exemption webpage for more information on obtaining an exemption.

Will I be allowed to get tested in lieu of not being vaccinated?

No. Students and employees may only be excused from the vaccine requirement if they have received an approved medical or religious exemption. 

Guest students (those not in an admitted status with the university and enrolled through Extension and International Programs) must be immunized and document Covid-19 vaccine status to participate in courses or activities. There is no exemption option for most of this constituency. There are very few fully online programs (not just online courses) that may qualify for an exemption. Those students will be notified and they must attest that they will not come to campus for any reason.

I am a faculty member who will be teaching virtually and will not be coming to campus, do I still need to be vaccinated?

Yes. CSUF requires all employees to comply with the CSU’s Policy or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption.

I am unable or prefer not to receive an approved vaccine. What are my alternatives, and what will happen if I am not vaccinated and do not receive an approved exemption?

The CSU’s Policy, which is effective immediately, states that employees and students must document receiving an approved vaccine by September 30, 2021 to access campus and participate in campus programs. Students and employees may only be excused from this requirement if they have received an approved medical or religious exemption. As a reminder, employees or students with a pending or approved medical or religious exemption must participate in weekly testing. The university will pursue progressive discipline for those out of compliance with the CSU’s Policy. Although the CSU’s Policy is currently in effect, represented employees will not be subject to disciplinary action while the CSU is in the meet and confer process with its labor unions. 

Does this mean testing is no longer taking place because you must be vaccinated to even be on campus?

No. Students and employees who have received an approved medical or religious exemption must undergo weekly surveillance testing. Visit the Testing Information webpage for locations, hours, and how to schedule your testing appointment.

What should members of the community do now?

All CSUF faculty, staff, and students must receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible, with their first dose being administered no later than August 17, 2021.

By September 30, 2021, all returning Titans should be fully vaccinated, meaning at least two weeks have passed after the final dose in their respective vaccine regimen.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

There are several ways to receive a vaccine:

  • Contact your primary care provider. Most larger health care facilities (UCI, Kaiser, St. Jude, and St. Joseph’s, etc.) are providing vaccinations to their members.
  • Community clinics and retail pharmacies. These include but are not limited to:
    • Walgreens
    • CVS
    • RiteAid
    • Alta Med

How will we provide proof of vaccination?

Instructions for uploading your vaccination record can be found here.

I am experiencing technical issues uploading my vaccine record. Who can I talk to?

Please email Health Services at shcctech@fullerton.edu.

Since I uploaded my vaccination record, is there anything else I need to do?

If your vaccine record has been approved via the health portal, then you are good to return to campus. You will enjoy less restrictions while on campus (per President’s Directive No. 22). You can opt out of re-entry and weekly COVID testing, and you are exempted from self-quarantining off campus in the event of a reported exposure or outbreak (if asymptomatic). Click here to learn how to upload your vaccine record.

I have questions and concerns about my classes. Who should I talk to?

Please remember the fall semester course catalog (including class modality) is final. Any questions related to your course or course syllabi should be directed to your instructor and/or academic unit. Any questions related to your class schedule should be directed to your academic advisor. International students with advising questions can reach out to International Student Advising

I am feeling fearful about the re-entry process. What should I do?

Feeling nervous or uncertain about resuming work on campus is normal. Please know that the University is committed to your health and safety. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) resources are available for you if you would like to meet with an EAP counselor, whose goal is to help you re-acclimate to the workplace successfully. These sessions are available Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/total-wellness/eap/.

In addition, students can access resources provided by Counseling and Psychological Services. Student can also visit You@Fullerton for free, online health and wellness support.

We are planning to conduct interviews for a position. Can we invite people on campus for an interview without confirming they are vaccinated? 

Individuals coming to campus for interviews are considered guests and will need to follow the mitigation measures outlined in President’s Directive #22 such as wearing a face covering and completing a daily personal health screening. Weekly surveillance testing and documenting receipt of an approved vaccine are not required for campus guests.

Can you provide more information about testing?

  • Employees and students with a medical or religious exemption must participate in re-entry testing and weekly testing. 
  • There is no exemption for testing. 
  • Testing is free for employees and students.
  • Testing is saliva based.
  • As a reminder to students, participating in COVID-19 testing is not an excused absence for class and/or a university-related activity. Testing can take between 15-20 minutes, so please plan accordingly. 
  • Click here to sign up for testing.

If I do not participate in the vaccine requirement program, can I still register for the Spring 2022 semester?

To register for the Spring 2022 semester, students with in-person and online classes need to participate in the vaccine requirement program (i.e., upload a vaccine record or apply for a medical/religious exemption). Once completed, students can register for the Spring 2022 semester. 

Remember, students with in-person classes and who received a medical/religious exemption must participate in weekly testing (see: http://coronavirus.fullerton.edu/weekly-surveillance-testing-testing-for-individuals-who-are-asymptomatic-and-have-not-been-exposed-at-titans-return-testing-site/). 

I submitted my vaccine record or medical/religious (or closely held beliefs) exemption, and it has not been approved. What should I do next?

Students who recently submitted a medical/religious exemption or vaccine record in their health portal should wait for approval. Please continue to log in to the health portal to verify approval. Remember: it takes at least 2-3 business days for your information to be verified and approved. 

Students with any in-person classes who are awaiting approval of their vaccine record must participate in weekly testing (see: http://coronavirus.fullerton.edu/weekly-surveillance-testing-testing-for-individuals-who-are-asymptomatic-and-have-not-been-exposed-at-titans-return-testing-site/) until their vaccine record is approved. 

Students with any in-person classes who received approval for their exemption or are waiting for approval of their exemption must participate in weekly testing (see: http://coronavirus.fullerton.edu/weekly-surveillance-testing-testing-for-individuals-who-are-asymptomatic-and-have-not-been-exposed-at-titans-return-testing-site/). 

Students with completely online schedules do not need to participate in weekly testing.

Why am I receiving a student portal announcement about the vaccine requirement program when I recently received approval for my vaccine record or medical/religious (or closely held beliefs) exemption?

Students who recently received approval for their vaccine record or medical/religious exemption can follow the directions on the student portal announcement and select the option that best describes their circumstances. Once students select the appropriate option, they will be able to unlock their portal. 

Students should also double check their health portal to verify approval. 

I only have a single dose for a double dose vaccine, and I am receiving my next dose after 9/20/21 or 9/30/21. What should I do to avoid any future student portal announcements?

Students can upload their single dose record in the health portal (see: www.fullerton.edu/upload). When students upload their single dose, they should not enter a date for their second vaccine dose appointment in the health portal. Once students receive their second dose, they can return to their health portal and enter their second dose information and completed vaccine record. Remember: students must complete their vaccine record to be able to register for Spring 2022 classes. 

Students with any in-person class who are awaiting approval of their vaccine record must participate in weekly testing (see: http://coronavirus.fullerton.edu/weekly-surveillance-testing-testing-for-individuals-who-are-asymptomatic-and-have-not-been-exposed-at-titans-return-testing-site/) until the vaccine record is approved. 

Students with completely online schedules do not need to participate in weekly testing.

I have not received my vaccine and I am waiting for an appointment with my medical provider for my medical record. What should I do?

Please follow the directions on your student portal announcement and select the option that best describes your circumstances. Once the option is selected, students will be able to temporarily unlock their portal. There may be future portal reminders until students either submit their first dose on the health portal or submit their medical exemption.

How do I unlock the announcement on my student portal?

Please follow the directions on the portal announcement and select the option that best describes your circumstances. Once the option is selected, students will be able to temporarily unlock their portal. There may be future portal reminders until students either upload their vaccine record or apply for a medical/religious exemption.