Last updated: September 25, 2023 at 8:00 am
Fall 2023 Updates
The COVID-19 public health emergency has ended. Public health officials in the United States and in the World Health Organization are reporting declines in COVID-19-related deaths, hospitalizations, and intensive care unit admissions. Agencies are also reporting high levels of population immunity to SARS-CoV-2.
Given improved local and national conditions, we are updating our campus COVID-19 policies and guidance. Please read the policy updates below.
With implementation having begun on Friday, May 19, the following is in effect:
- COVID-19 testing will remain available in the vending machine at the Calpulli Center in San Diego and at the Brawley and Calexico campuses in Imperial Valley. Additional updates regarding other testing availability for Fall will be shared with the campus community this summer.
- Home rapid test kits continue to be available for purchase at the Student Health Services Pharmacy.
- Following system-wide discussions and agreements with each of the CSU employee unions, SDSU employees and contractors will no longer be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Isolation & Quarantine
- In accordance with San Diego County and California Department of Public Health guidelines, all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least five full days from their symptom onset date or from their asymptomatic test date.
- At SDSU, and across campus, COVID Clearance Team members will continue to provide individual guidance on isolation timeframes, but will no longer require proof of negative testing or submission of an Isolation Exit Request Form.
- Individuals who have been exposed to COVID should continue to monitor for symptoms and seek testing 3-5 days following exposure.
- All community members must continue to report their positive COVID-19 test to SDSU.
- COVID Clearance Team members will continue to respond to COVID-related concerns as well as provide notifications to close contacts and potential workplace exposures.
- The COVID-19 Dashboard has been discontinued to coincide with the end of the Spring 2023 semester.
Wastewater Testing Discontinued
- With the discontinuation of the public health emergency, regular wastewater testing will no longer be conducted on campus.
- We are especially grateful to faculty member Dr. Matthew Verbyla and his team in the Safe WaTER Lab who have led our wastewater testing efforts for the last two years, allowing us to improve our monitoring and response capabilities.
Our university will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate updates to the community.
Each of us has a personal responsibility to help stop the spread of any illness, including COVID-19, and every member of our campus community is encouraged to practice good hygiene and cleanliness.
COVID-19 Policy For Students
SDSU Global Campus students are not required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit any COVID-19 related documentation at this time.
Quarantine & Isolation Policy
SDSU community members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate for a period of five full days from their symptom onset date or from their asymptomatic test date.
COVID Clearance Team members will continue to provide individual guidance on isolation timeframes, but will no longer require proof of negative testing or submission of an Isolation Exit Request Form. Individuals who have been exposed to COVID should continue to monitor for symptoms and seek testing 3-5 days following exposure.
Aligned with CDPH guidance, SDSU’s quarantine policy is being updated:
- Those exposed to someone who is COVID-19-positive and who are asymptomatic are not required to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals should seek testing and monitor their symptoms.
- Individuals who have been exposed and are symptomatic are required to quarantine, seek testing, and must report symptomatic exposure to the university.
COVID-19 Policy SDSU Global Campus Faculty and Staff
Following system-wide discussions and agreements with each of the CSU employee unions, SDSU employees and contractors will no longer be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Keeping Our Community Healthy
While the immediate risk of the coronavirus to the SDSU Global Campus community is believed to be low at this time, we each have a personal responsibility to continue to assist in mitigating this ongoing public health threat. SDSU Global Campus students, instructors, and staff are asked to maintain healthy habits to help prevent the spread of disease.
- Get vaccinated and boosted
- Regular testing
- Wash your hands frequently
- Wear a facial covering
- Keep your distance when not vaccinated
- Avoid school, work when sick
- Report positive cases and exposures
- Quarantine and isolation
- Wastewater testing
- Enhanced building ventilation
- Enhanced cleaning
- Education and awareness activities
- Public health policy enforcement
Stay at Home if Sick
All SDSU students, faculty, staff, independent contractors, and vendors must stay home if they are unwell.
- Do not come to campus if you do not feel well. Remain home and monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention as needed.
- Contact your supervisor or faculty member to notify them of your absence.
- COVID-19 can result in mild to severe symptoms, and older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form. You are required to notify the institution immediately (within two hours) of your positive test results.
Resources for Students, Staff, and Faculty
- SDSU COVID-19 Case Information and Reporting
- Testing and Vaccine Programs
- San Diego County COVID-19 Testing
- Imperial County COVID-19 Testing
- Report a COVID-19 Case/Test
Helpful Health Tips
- Monitor your health daily, and take appropriate action (stay home, call your doctor) if you begin to feel sick.
- Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and avoid personal contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid sharing food, cups, or utensils.
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places and minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile or electronic devices.
- Custodial professionals will continue to disinfect high-touch surfaces (i.e., doorknobs, restroom fixtures, etc.).
SDSU Global Campus Program Academic Updates
Grading Basis Update:
Credit/Non-credit Grading Basis Option: Cr/NC option has been extended for the duration of the pandemic. The last day to submit a Cr/NC request for the spring 2021 semester is May 6th, 2021. Requests may be submitted here: Petition for Cr/NC due to COVID-19.
Undergraduate Students: A grade of Credit (CR) is awarded for work equivalent to a course letter grade of C (2.0) or better. No Credit (NC) is awarded for work equivalent to all grades, which earn less than 2.0-grade points (C- through F).
Graduate Students: A grade of Credit (CR) is awarded for work equivalent to a course letter grade of B (3.0) or better. No Credit (NC) is awarded for work equivalent to all grades, which earn less than 3.0-grade points (B- through F).
Financial Aid Impact: CR/NC grading may have an impact on your financial aid eligibility. Receiving an NC grade in a course may negatively impact future financial aid eligibility, if overall, during the academic year (summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021) 75% of your courses were not completed. Please review the COVID-19 information on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for more information.
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