Accommodations for Public Health Requirements

Public Health requirements help ensure the health and safety of the students, faculty, and staff at Cal Poly and sustain educational operations without disruption.

CSU Policy

Per CSU policy, students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students have the option of declaring a medical or religious exemption and can do so by making the declaration in the COVID-19 tab of their Cal Poly portal. All declarations are accepted. 

All students, including those who receive a medical or religious exemption and remain unvaccinated, must comply with “Other Safety Measures” as defined in the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy and as determined by Cal Poly.

Additional Campus Health Requirements

  • All students, faculty, and staff are currently required to wear face coverings in indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Students who remain unvaccinated are currently required to test at intervals established by the university. The university establishes testing intervals in consultation with local medical experts and the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health. The testing intervals will change as public health conditions warrant. 
  • Additional other safety measures may also be required, depending on conditions.

Medical/Religious Accommodation Requests

Student requests for medical or religiously related accommodations for Other Safety Measures will be considered by Cal Poly. The process for addressing medical or religiously related accommodation requests for Other Safety Measures is similar to the student request for Disability Related accommodations

  • Medically related requests should be directed to: Tina Hadaway-Mellis, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Health and Wellbeing
  • Religiously related requests should be directed to: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Students who make requests for exemptions to Other Safety Measures will be contacted by the appropriate representative for an intake discussion. This intake meeting will be an interactive discussion between the student and the staff member. The staff member will seek to learn more about the student’s request and circumstances and will discuss the student’s needs and begin to develop an accommodation plan, if appropriate. The staff member may request documentation related to the student’s request. Upon receipt of additional documentation, the staff member may request additional conversations with the student.

Once all information is considered, the staff member will determine whether accommodations are available for the student and the nature of those accommodations. The staff member will communicate that determination to the student. If a student refuses to engage in the interactive process, the student’s request for an exemption may be denied unless the staff member determines that the interactive process is not necessary.

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