Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Response

What is Cal Poly’s plan to ensure campus health and safety?

We are approaching campus health and safety with a four-part approach for all community members:

  1. Vaccination
  2. Testing
  3. Face Coverings
  4. Hygiene

With these mitigations in place, the university and its public health consultants believe our classrooms and laboratories will be safe learning spaces for our students and that we will be able to identify and quickly isolate cases of COVID-19 in order to slow the spread of the virus.

What are Cal Poly’s plans for Fall 2021 operation?

With mitigations in place to help ensure the health and safety of our students, employees and guests, Cal Poly anticipates near-normal operations in the fall.

The university is offering about 87% of its 7,298 class sections in person or with some in-person component this fall.

University Housing expects about 8,000 student residents on campus.

What sanitation and safety protocols remain in place for the 2021-22 academic year?

Facilities Management and Development continues to clean and disinfect spaces across campus, provide hand sanitizer in prominent locations of all occupied buildings, and provide supplies to departments upon request, among other steps.

In addition, Facilities has installed signs at exterior building entrances to remind the campus community and visitors that face coverings are required indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, visit the Facilities coronavirus webpage.

Vaccinations and Tests

Do I need to be vaccinated to access campus?

Per CSU mandate, everyone living, working or studying on campus must vaccinate or claim a medical or religious exemption, or they will not be permitted to move in, attend class or access campus.

More than 95% of residential students are fully vaccinated. View updated vaccination data for students and employees.

More Information

Learn more about student and employee vaccination requirements.

Do I need to get tested?

Unvaccinated students must test
Students who are unvaccinated and have an exemption to the CSU’s vaccine requirement are required to test every three days.

Others may test as well
Free, on-campus testing is available for unvaccinated, asymptomatic students and employees. Vaccinated students and employees without symptoms (asymptomatic) are also welcome to test.

    If you have symptoms

    • Symptomatic students should test at Campus Health and Wellbeing.
    • Symptomatic employees should contact their healthcare provider.

    More Information

    Get more information about student testing, employee testing and Cal Poly’s faculty-developed saliva-based surveillance test.

    Daily Practice

    Do I need to wear a face covering on campus?

    All students, employees and campus visitors — regardless of their vaccination status — must wear a face covering indoors (except when unsafe or impractical — such as when eating or drinking, or when alone in a private office or residence). Vaccinated instructional faculty may wear a face shield and drape while teaching.

    Learn more face coverings

    What are the campus requirements around hygiene and physical distancing?

    Everyone will need to continue following good pandemic hygiene — regularly washing or sanitizing hands and wearing PPE as appropriate.

    Physical distancing is not required at this time; however, campus community members and visitors may continue to practice physical distancing if they wish.

    Is the daily screener/campus pass system operational, and how will it be enforced?

    The COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool is active for the entire fall quarter student body.

    Once a student completes their daily screening, they receive a daily campus pass that will be checked to enter buildings and use facilities. Students must be prepared to show their pass upon entering a campus facility. Each pass will contain a date stamp, good for that day only.

    Visit the COVID-19 Self-Screening webpage for more information and updates on the tool being active for all students living on and accessing campus in fall quarter.

    Isolation and Quarantine

    What are the university’s plans to isolate infected individuals and quarantine those exposed?

    Cal Poly continues to support students who have received a positive COVID-19 test, who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive.

    Students who test positive for COVID-19 and live on campus will be moved to isolation housing. During quarantine or isolation, students are encouraged to reach out to Campus Health and Wellbeing, Counseling Services, Disability Resource Center and Academic Advising for support. Visit the Student Quarantine and Isolation Guide for details.

    More FAQs Across Campus

    Academic Affairs

    Faculty and staff members can find answers to frequently asked questions about in-person courses, COVID-19 safety guidelines and procedures for fall quarter from Academic Affairs.

    Campus Dining

    Learn about Campus Dining's Health and Safety information.


    Get updates and information for students living on campus.


    Look for answers to questions about sanitation protocols, air filters and more from Facilities.

    Transportation and Parking

    Parking permits are required on campus. Learn more about commuting to and parking on campus.

    Travel and Study Abroad

    Find information on study abroad programs, virtual internships and international students and scholars from the International Center.

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