COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: November 19, 2021 at 9:15 pm

 

The California State University (CSU) system recently announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all students, faculty, and staff, in order to access campus this fall. As outlined by the CSU, this requirement is not contingent on the full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, and therefore removes some of the earlier uncertainty regarding the policy’s effective date.

We’re excited to welcome some of our students back to campus in fall 2021. We’re also working hard to create a flexible, immersive, and fully engaged campus experience for all our students, no matter your modality or location.

What This Means For Students

All SDSU Global Campus students must be vaccinated for COVID-19 or request an exemption for one of the following reasons:

  • You are a fully online student and do not plan to visit campus for any reason (this includes using the library, visiting the book store, attending events on campus, etc.)
  • You are the in process of attaining full vaccination status
  • Medical conditions prevent you from taking the vaccine
  • You cannot take the vaccine for religious reasons

I Don’t Plan to Visit Campus

If you’re a fully-online student and you do not plan to visit San Diego State University’s campus for any reason, you’ll need to have an approved online exemption request in your HealtheConnect portal under the “Forms” tab.

You’ll need to attain clearance as soon as possible, but no later than your first day of class. To do this, you’ll need to initiate the approval process at least four days before your course is scheduled to begin.

If your class has already begun but you’re still awaiting clearance from HealtheConnect, please notify your instructor to ensure that your seat in the class is secure.

I Plan to Visit Campus

If you’re participating in an in-person course at San Diego State University, or you’re planning on visiting campus to access any in-person resources (the library, the Aztec Recreation Center, events, etc.), you’ll need to have a valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption request in your HealtheConnect portal.

You’ll need to attain clearance as soon as possible, but no later than your first day of class. To do this, you’ll need to initiate the approval process at least four days before your course is scheduled to begin.

To attain clearance, you’ll need to complete one of the following steps:

If your class has already begun but you’re still awaiting clearance from HealtheConnect, please notify your instructor before your first class begins to ensure that your seat in the class is secure. You should also contact your instructor if you’ve been quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure or if you’re feeling sick and unable to attend class.

International Students

If you’re an international student in our Semester @ SDSU or IEP programs, these deadlines also apply to you. Please contact us by calling (619) 594-5907 or emailing ali@sdsu.edu if you have any questions.

If your class has already begun but you’re still awaiting clearance from HealtheConnect, please notify your instructor to ensure that your seat in the class is secure.

COVID-19 Support for Semester at SDSU Students
We understand that you have travelled many miles far from home and may need some extra support to help you get settled. We at SDSU Global Campus are here to help!

As we all continue to deal with the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we know that staying healthy, finding testing sites, and other aspects of the outbreak may be a concern to you. You can reach a Global Campus representative to discuss any questions or concerns you have about COVID-19 by sending an email to Miffy Yuan at myuan@sdsu.edu.

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How To Attain Clearance

In order to access courses and/or visit campus, you need to submit your COVID-19 vaccination records or request an exemption through SDSU’s HealtheConnect portal. The upload process takes no more than 10 minutes.

You’ll need to use your activated SDSUid (SDSU email address) to access HealtheConnect. You won’t be able to access HealtheConnect until you’ve activated your SDSUid and your registration has been processed. Once you access HealtheConnect, please allow four days for Student Health Services to process your documentation.

Once your proof of COVID-19 vaccination has been validated or your exemption request has been approved, you’ll receive a Green Medallion in your HealtheConnect portal under the “COVID-19” tab. If you haven’t submitted the necessary documentation, your HealtheConnect portal will show a Red Medallion.

Green (cleared) and red (not cleared) medallions for campus access.
Green (cleared) and red (not cleared) medallions for campus access.

Types of Exemptions

Online Exemption

If you’re an online student and you’re not visiting campus this fall, you’ll need to submit your exemption request via HealtheConnect by the deadlines established above showing that you won’t be participating in any on-campus activities. This includes using the library or other SDSU resources or participating in any on-campus events.

Information on submitting an exemption request can be found here.

Medical or Religious Exemptions

The CSU COVID-19 vaccination requirement allows for students, faculty, and staff to seek an exemption based on medical or religious grounds. If you’re a student or a non-represented faculty or staff member and you plan on submitting an exemption request for medical or religious reasons, you’ll need to submit your exemption request via HealtheConnect by the deadlines established below. Students with exemption requests will be required to test at least once every 7 days through September 30, at which time the university will provide updated guidance on the testing frequency.

You’ll need to use your activated SDSUid (SDSU email address) to access HealtheConnect. The process is quick and easy and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Information on submitting an exemption request can be found here.

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Partial Vaccination Exemption

If you’re in the process of being vaccinated, but will not be fully vaccinated by August 20, the first official day of the fall semester (Aug. 23 is the first day of classes), you can complete a temporary waiver request. You’ll need to submit your exemption request via HealtheConnect by the deadlines established below. This means you’ll be placed in a testing program until you reach fully-vaccinated status. Please note: you’ll be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two-weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

You’ll need to use your activated SDSUid (SDSU email address) to access HealtheConnect. The process is quick and easy and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Information on submitting an exemption request can be found here.

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Enforcement of Vaccination and Testing Protocols

While SDSU and the CSU are allowing limited medical or religious exemptions to the vaccination requirement, as well as exemptions for those who are in the process of being vaccinated or fully-online students who won’t be visiting campus, no such exemptions are being offered for the testing requirement for those who are unvaccinated or who have not uploaded proof of vaccination.

For students who have recently had a COVID-19 infection, please get vaccinated as recommended. If your medical provider has advised you to wait for 90 days post-infection to get vaccinated, you will need to submit information to the university, including proof of your recent positive test result and be regularly tested for COVID-19 in order to maintain your campus clearance. More information will be provided regarding this process in upcoming weeks. Please check your SDSU email account frequently, as this is how the university shares official communications.

While details are still being finalized for faculty and staff, students who are on an approved vaccination exemption will receive weekly reminders about ways to get tested.

The COVID-19 test can be either self-administered or administered by a health professional. However, the test must be a molecular (PCR, RT-PCR,TMA, LAMP or NAAT) test; antigen and antibody testing will not be accepted.

If you are tested at any location other than Student Health Services, you’ll need to upload documentation to HealtheConnect. We cannot accept submissions via email. Please ensure your results have your name clearly visible on them.

Because of the serious nature of COVID-19 and the importance of vaccination for individual and community wellness, the university will take action should you not adhere to the COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirement. If you miss your testing windows during the fall, you’ll receive reminders via your official SDSU email account. Students who remain non-compliant for more than 5 days after missing their testing window will need to meet with the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities (CSRR). Due to the severity of the ongoing public health concern around the global pandemic, and in the interest of individual and community safety, sanctions are possible for students who do not comply, to include warnings and suspensions.

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Vending Machines with COVID-19 Tests

San Diego State University students, faculty and staff (including auxiliary employees with RedIDs) are able to access self-administered COVID-19 test kits at one of numerous vending machines across campus. Submitted COVID-19 tests will not be analyzed if the individual is not a student or employee in SDSU’s database. 

COVID-19 self testing vending machine locations for SDSU, SDSU Imperial Valley and SDSU Brawley can be found using our interactive campus map

In addition to testing offered through Student Health Services and off-campus locations, those who are not vaccinated as well as those who are vaccinated may rely on the kiosks for testing. 

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FAQs

I’m an online student. What do I need to do to participate in online courses at SDSU Global Campus?
As an online student, you’ll need to attain Green Status in your HealtheConnect portal. You can do this by having an approved online exemption request in your HealtheConnect stating that you won’t be visiting campus this fall for any reason. Please see our Online Exemption Update for more information.

What is SDSU Global Campus doing to ensure that Osher, non-credit, and international students are able to upload their vaccine records?
All current Global Campus students - including Osher students, credit, and non-credit students - are required to upload either vaccination documentation or request an exemption via HealtheConnect.

How long will it take for my course registration records to be uploaded to HealtheConnect?
Records are uploaded the morning after you register for courses. This means that once you register for a course, you’ll be able to access HealtheConnect and upload your documentation/request an exemption the next morning. HealtheConnect is updated Monday - Saturday at 4:00 am PDT.

How do I provide my proof of vaccination?
Please visit HealtheConnect and login with your SDSUid and navigate to the Immunizations tab, where you’ll identify which vaccine you received. Then, you’ll navigate to the Upload tab, where you’ll upload a photo of your immunization card. Once we verify your proof of vaccination, you’ll receive a Green Medallion in HealtheConnect that says you’re cleared to visit campus.

Click here for an overview of this process.

Do Global Campus students need to register or create an account to login to HealtheConnect?
No - all current credit and non-credit students can login with their SDSUid. If you have not already created an SDSUid account, you’ll need to create one in order to access HealtheConnect using the following process:

  1. Register for a course using your RedID.
  2. You should receive an email within three hours of registering containing instructions on how to activate your SDSUid.
  3. At the same time, your course registration is being processed and uploaded to the HealtheConnect database. This is a nightly process. Once you’ve registered for your course, you should be able to access HealtheConnect the next morning with your activated SDSUid.

What if I have my first dose of a two-shot vaccine?
If you’re in the process of being vaccinated, but will not be fully vaccinated by August 20, the first official day of the fall semester (Aug. 23 is the first day of classes), you can complete a temporary waiver request. You’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

Please see Partial Vaccination Exemption for more information.

Are other vaccinations required for SDSU Global Campus online students?
At this time, SDSU Global Campus students are only required to submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or request an exemption for one of the reasons listed above. This does not apply to other vaccines you may see in your HealtheConnect portal.

What if I have questions?
If you have any questions about proof of vaccination or requesting an exemption, we’re here to help. Please call (619) 594-7700 or email globalcampus@sdsu.edu. If you’re reaching out via email, please include “Vaccine Question” in the subject line.

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Next Steps for SDSU Global Campus Faculty and Staff

The updated CSU vaccine policy requires all faculty and staff, including auxiliary employees with SDSU Research Foundation, Associated Students (A.S.) and Aztec Shops, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

All non-represented faculty and staff, including auxiliary employees, should submit their completed vaccination documentation or request an exemption to HealtheConnect by the time your first class starts. This process takes 4 days, so we encourage you to submit your documentation as soon as possible if you have not already done so. The upload process takes no more than 10 minutes. Please note: This is a different process than the self-attestation form, which most faculty and staff have already completed.

For the remainder of summer: If you plan to be on-campus before August 20 and want to take advantage of the updated facial covering policy, please complete the faculty and staff self-attestation vaccination form. The process takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

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Returning to Campus Safely in Fall 2021

As we prepare for some of our students to return to in-person courses this fall, the health and well-being of all members of our community continues to be paramount.

San Diego State University has been guided by three main principles, which the University Senate has endorsed:

  • Continuity in SDSU’s teaching, research and community support at the highest possible levels given public health constraints and the broader social context.
  • Maintain student access to degree programs and services designed to enhance student success and the overall SDSU experience.
  • Ensure the safety of our students, staff, administrators, and faculty.

To achieve those three primary objectives, SDSU is collaborating with the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) to implement public health-informed plans and controls and to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the impact on the campus community.

Vaccines are available for faculty, staff, and students by appointment through SDSU’s Student Health Services. Vaccines are also available throughout San Diego County. To find another vaccination site within San Diego County, please visit the San Diego County COVID-19 website.

SDSU has also updated its facial covering policy with requirements for those who will be on site at any university location and are fully vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated. Please review the facial covering requirements before visiting campus.

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

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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.

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. It is equally important to implement practices that reduce its spread. San Diego State University urges all members of the campus community to be consistent in the following:

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.

Physical Distancing, Facial Coverings

Physical distancing requirements on San Diego State University properties have been eliminated as of July 9, 2021.

As a result of recent California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) updates, the following masking policies are now in place on SDSU campuses and sites:

Facial Covering Policy for those who are fully vaccinated
Fully vaccinated is defined as those who have completed both doses of a two-dose vaccine series or one dose of a one-dose vaccine series.

Facial coverings are required in the following settings:

  • When in public-facing indoor settings and/or when any students or visitors are present
  • When in instructional settings, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • This includes classrooms, instructional labs, spaces being actively used in an instructional capacity, and the University library.
    • Vaccinated instructional faculty, teaching assistants and interpreters can remove their facial coverings when teaching as long as students are masked in the classroom.

Facial coverings are recommended in the following settings:

  • Indoors in non-public settings when gathering for events, meetings, and other functions with others, even if no members of the public or students are present.
  • Vaccinated individuals may still voluntarily mask either when in non-required indoor settings or outdoors if they wish to.

Facial Covering Policy for those who are not vaccinated

  • Facial coverings must be worn at all times while indoors.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must wear facial coverings outdoors when unable to maintain six feet of distance from others.
  • Certain limited exceptions to wearing a facial covering will be granted to unvaccinated individuals, to include the following:
    • When you are alone in a private office or in an assigned residence hall room, suite or apartment.
    • Eating inside the workplace, which includes workstations, office areas, breakrooms, etc. but six feet of distancing must be maintained
    • Individuals who are 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 removal is required as part of an instructional music, dance or fitness course, but only as directed by the instructor, with distancing required for unvaccinated individuals.
    • When removal is required as part of approved athletic participation, as directed by Athletics personnel.

Because of the escalating spread of COVID among the unvaccinated, the CDC is now encouraging that all those who are vaccinated wear a facial covering in public indoor settings in counties across the nation with higher levels of COVID-19 spread.

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

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.

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Additional Resources

Resources for Students, Staff, and Faculty

Testing/Vaccinations

Health Guidance

Campus Updates/Resources

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Helpful Health Tips

  • Wear a facial covering when you are on campus or any other SDSU property.
  • 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., door knobs, restroom fixtures, etc.).

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

Questions can be directed to ces.registrar@sdsu.edu.

 

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