COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: October 11, 2022 at 8:00 am

 

Fall 2022 Updates

As our community continues to demonstrate a high vaccination rate and seek out boosters, we have continued to see a decrease in COVID-19 cases and our wastewater indicators all remain minimal. As a result, facial coverings will no longer be required in instructional spaces beginning Monday, October 10, 2022. Click here for more details.

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.

Surveillance Testing

As a reminder, we are changing the testing requirements on campus this fall. SDSU will discontinue surveillance testing for students and employees regardless of vaccination status. All community members must still either have an exemption on file or a full COVID series plus booster on file, but no further testing is required. This does not apply to employees required to test per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines.

With the discontinuation of surveillance testing, SDSU will also discontinue the use of WebPortal and the Campus Directory to confirm COVID Clearance status for students, faculty, and staff. SDSU community members will still be able to see their individual clearance medallion in their HealtheConnect account. 

While this information will no longer be displayed in aggregate view for departments or courses, the COVID Clearance Team will continue to monitor and respond to any issues related to campus clearance and advise individual community members on their clearance status through HealtheConnect.

Isolation & Quarantine

Similar to earlier semesters, SDSU community members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate for a period of 10 days, regardless of vaccination and booster status. Individuals may end their isolation prior to the 10th day only if they have a negative COVID-19 test and approval through the online request to exit isolation, which is reviewed by the COVID Clearance Team.

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.

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COVID-19 Booster Requirement

The California State University system recently announced all students, faculty, and staff, (including auxiliary employees) eligible for the COVID-19 booster will be required to have their booster on file in HealtheConnect to be considered fully vaccinated. As always, if you don’t plan on visiting campus, please submit an online exemption.

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.

How to Attain Clearance

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.

How to Attain Clearance

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 American Language Institute English programs, these guidelines 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

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.

In order to participate in classes with SDSU Global Campus, you'll need to submit vaccination documentation or request an exemption through HealtheConnect. To do this, please complete the following steps:

  1. Register for a course.
  2. Activate your SDSUid.
  3. Submit your documentation through HealtheConnect. 

Please note that it can take up to two (2) days before your SDSUid is added to HealtheConnect and up to three (3) days before your documentation is cleared. We strongly advise beginning your clearance process at least five (5) days before your first class begins.

Important Note for New Students: 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. Current students should already have a valid SDSUid and can access HealtheConnect as needed.

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, 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 above.

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 the time your course begins, you can complete a temporary waiver request. You’ll need to submit your exemption request via HealtheConnect by the deadlines established above. 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.

Information on submitting an exemption request can be found here.

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Enforcement of Vaccination and Testing Protocols

Starting in the fall 2022 semester, SDSU has updated its COVID-19 testing requirement to reflect low COVID-19 case rates and high community vaccination rates.

  • SDSU will discontinue surveillance testing for students and employees regardless of vaccination status.
  • This means that the 7/14-day COVID testing requirement for exempt community members has been discontinued starting in fall 2022.
  • All community members must still either have an exemption on file or a full COVID series plus booster on file, but no further testing is required.
  • This does not apply to employees required to test per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines.

Community members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must comply with SDSU’s isolation and quarantine guidelines, regardless of vaccination and booster status. If you’ve recently had a COVID-19 infection, please get vaccinated as recommended.

Vending machines are available in public spaces on campus with free access to molecular COVID testing. There will be six (6) machines at SDSU and two (2) at SDSU Imperial Valley. Use the interactive campus map to locate vending machines (zoom out on the map to locate Imperial Valley locations). 

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 requirement. If you haven’t yet submitted your proof of vaccination or exemption, you’ll receive reminders via your official SDSU email account. Students who remain non-compliant 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, including warnings and suspensions.

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Quarantine & Isolation Policy

SDSU community members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate for a period of 10 days, regardless of vaccination and booster status. Individuals may end their isolation prior to the 10th day only if they have a negative COVID-19 test and approval through the online request to exit isolation, which is reviewed by the COVID Clearance Team.

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.

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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 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 can successfully 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?
HealtheConnect is updated Monday - Saturday at 4:00 am PDT. However, it can take up to two (2) days before your SDSUid is added to HealtheConnect,

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 a separate account to log in to HealtheConnect?
No - all current credit and non-credit students can log in with their SDSUid. If you have not already created an SDSUid account, you’ll need to create one to access HealtheConnect using the following process

  1. Register for a course.
  2. You should receive an email within three hours of registering that contains 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 within two (2) days using 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 the time your first course begins, you can complete a temporary waiver request. You’re 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.

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. This process can take up to three (3) 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.

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Returning to Campus Safely

As we prepare for some of our students to return to limited in-person courses, 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.

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

Facial Coverings

The California Department of Public Health has updated its facial covering guidance and no longer offers a strong recommendation that facial coverings be used at all times indoors. The agency now recommends that members of the public consider the use of facial coverings during times of heightened community transmission.

Facial coverings are no longer required for instructional settings, no matter the location of classes or labs. Facial coverings are no longer required to access library spaces.

Individuals may still voluntarily wear facial coverings in both indoor settings or outdoors if they wish to do so.

Individuals experiencing symptoms must wear a facial covering if they are on campus to seek testing or as they exit campus to return home if they have onset of symptoms while on campus.

As always, the university will continue monitoring COVID-19 conditions and will update the campus in the event of any major changes that directly impact our community. Visit the university’s COVID-19 site and SDSU Flex site for more information.

In-Person Events Guidance

Aligned with the state-wide timeline and effective April 1, 2022, separate vaccination and testing checks are no longer required at the door of SDSU-affiliated events. This includes “mega-events” of over 1,000 people and large events of 250-999 people.

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.

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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

  • 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.).

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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 information on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for more information.

Questions can be directed to enrollment.global@sdsu.edu.

 

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