Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Visit the SDSU COVID-19 page for additional information.

Last updated: May 6, 2021 at 10:15 am

San Diego State University and SDSU Global Campus have been closely monitoring the worldwide situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are excited to share two major positive updates from the state and the County of San Diego.

On April 6, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state of California plans to fully reopen businesses and organizations on June 15, returning to pre-pandemic operations as long as vaccine supply meets demand and hospitalization rates are stable and low. A masking requirement will continue to be sustained statewide, and all Californians aged 16 and older are encouraged to get vaccinated when they become eligible on April 15. Also, as of April 8, both San Diego and Imperial counties have moved into the state’s less restrictive “Orange Tier,” which allows some businesses to recommence indoor operations with modifications.

These are major milestones. We are pleased that more indoor activities are now permitted in San Diego and Imperial counties, and that, come mid-June, all sectors in the state should be able to return to usual operations with health and safety practices adopted.

Based on the updated guidance from the state, as well as detailed modeling from our public health experts, SDSU Global Campus can begin holding in-person components for the fall 2021 semester. However, our mission is to expand access to San Diego State University to learners everywhere. Select courses and programs will return to in-person on varying schedules in fall 2021.

Please check with your specific program and continue to monitor our website for the latest updates regarding the fall 2021 schedule.

Looking Forward

The health and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty continue to be paramount. We're exploring a number of additional public-health protections and support mechanisms which will make this possible. These include requiring either proof of vaccination or regular COVID-19 testing for our students returning in-person, testing on-arrival, continued contact tracing and isolation/quarantine housing, new waste water testing, and enhanced cleaning services.

Per California’s post-June 15 guidance, mask wearing will still be required in the fall.

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.

As a reminder to anyone who will be on a SDSU campus or property this spring or summer, the university has implemented a facial covering policy. Facial coverings are required by SDSU and also the county for everyone on campus — indoors and outdoors. Only the following limited exceptions are offered:

  • If you are alone in a private office.
  • If you are eating inside or outside while physically distanced (at six feet or more).
  • If the individual is a child under the age of 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the facial covering without assistance.
  • When students are in their assigned residence hall room, suite, or apartment.
  • When engaging in physically distanced (at six feet or more), individual strenuous exercise outdoors.
  • When required as part of an instructional music education course while physically distanced (at six feet or more), as directed by the instructor.

During the times when an individual is not wearing a facial covering pursuant to the limited exceptions, the individual is advised to have a facial covering available to wear as physical distancing could be compromised by another person.

More information is available on the university’s General Prevention site.

More details from SDSU Global Campus and the status of our programs will be shared below as they are discovered. This is a very fluid situation, please continue to visit this page for more information.

San Diego State University is following the guidelines of county, state and federal public health officials and other authorities as it continues its academic and research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the university’s COVID-19 site and SDSU Flex site for more information.

Additional Resources

Resources for Students, Staff, and Faculty


Health Guidance

Campus Updates/Resources

Helpful Health Tips

  • Wear a facial covering when in public, and when around others not in your immediate household.
  • Under California Department of Public Health guidance, in-person events or parties with more than three households are not permitted (even outdoors).
  • Limit your social activities and, when involved in any such activities, recall that smaller and shorter gatherings are deemed to be safer.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often, and clean frequently touched items regularly.
  • Avoid close contact and remain at least six (6) feet away from people who are not part of your household.
  • Stay home and away from others if you are sick, have a symptom of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who is sick or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Follow directions if you are advised to isolate or quarantine.

I’m not feeling well. What should I do?

  • 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 become sick, you should self-quarantine and monitor your health.
  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  • If a student or employee who is accessing campus has tested positive for COVID-19, the university will provide notifications consistent with SDSU's COVID-19 case communications protocol. Personal information of students and employees will be protected.

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SDSU Global Campus Program Updates


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements outlined below that applicants for graduate study at SDSU submit scores for the GRE or GMAT are suspended for the spring and fall 2021 admissions cycles.

Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) Update
The WPA requirement has been waived for newly admitted transfer students for fall 2021. These students will be able to enroll directly into an appropriate upper division writing course to fulfill the CSU GWAR requirement. Please visit for the latest information on this requirement.

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 Related Questions web page on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website for more information.

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Withdrawal and Grading Policy Changes

On April 20, 2020, President Adela de la Torre sent out an email notifying SDSU community members of several major changes that have taken place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes affect students in SDSU degree programs, for-credit certificate programs, Open University programs, and Semester@SDSU students.

If you’re currently enrolled in one of those programs, please click here for information regarding your program’s updated grading policy.

To see the current status and plans for your Face-to-Face classes, please go here.


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