Frequently Asked Questions

Spring Quarter 2022

Are there any changes to Cal Poly’s plans to hold in-person courses throughout spring quarter? 

We plan to be in person, similar to winter quarter. We are staying in close contact with our local public health officials and our own health experts and will continue to adjust to the evolving nature of the pandemic as appropriate. 

Spring Quarter 2022 - Booster Requirements

What is the new requirement?

The California State University Chancellor’s Office revised its systemwide COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to require a vaccine booster shot for all eligible students and employees. Faculty, staff and students accessing campus facilities or programs at any university location must receive a booster shot to be fully immunized against COVID-19.

As announced previously, the CSU’s COVID-19 vaccination policy allows students and employees to seek exemptions on medical and religious grounds.

Is there a deadline for students and employees to get a booster shot?

Cal Poly changed its definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster for eligible students effective Jan. 20.

The revised policy was immediately applicable to students, and those who do not meet the new definition of “fully vaccinated” will have to participate in ongoing testing. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for more information.

Employees can visit the COVID-19 Info tab of their portal to upload their booster record. Employees should refer to a table on the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage to find the deadline for boosters for each bargaining unit that will be driven by MOUs with the CSU and each union.

Are there opportunities to get a booster on campus?

Rite Aid will return to campus to offer COVID-19 vaccines and boosters on April 29 in the Cal Poly Recreation Center (Room 109). Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for more information.

Why are boosters required?

The CSU’s decision to move forward with the booster requirement was made after extensive consultation with campus presidents and is in response to quickly worsening circumstances associated with the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant in late 2021.

The health and safety of our campus and surrounding San Luis Obispo communities remain our primary concern. Taking these steps will allow our campus to continue to offer Learn by Doing in a “near normal” manner.

Are there consequences for students and employees who do not comply with the CSU’s COVID-19 vaccination policy?

Students who do not comply with this CSU policy may be dropped from in-person classes, evicted from University Housing and otherwise not permitted on campus. This may adversely affect students' financial aid status and their ability to re-enroll.  

For employees, non-compliance with this policy without a medical or religious exemption may be cause for discipline.

I’m unvaccinated due to a declared religious/medical exemption or because I’m still in process of completing vaccination. Will I be required to test regularly?

Yes. Students who are not vaccinated, regardless of reason, and those who are eligible for a booster but have not uploaded a booster record will be required to test regularly during spring quarter. The current testing frequency is every seven days. Students should check the COVID-19 Info tab in their student portal for their next test date. To schedule weekly tests, visit the Student Testing webpage

Employees who are not fully vaccinated are required to test once every seven days. Visit the Employee Testing webpage for more information.

Spring Quarter 2022 - Testing Requirements

Are there testing requirements in spring quarter?

Students who are not fully vaccinated (unvaccinated or booster-eligible and have not uploaded a booster) will be required to complete a pre-arrival test before returning to campus for spring quarter. They will then need to resume their regular testing schedule. There is free testing in UU 221. Visit the Student Testing webpage for hours, appointments and a link to get a six-digit registration ID (needed before every test).

Who is required to test in spring quarter?

Students who are required to test include those who are: 

  • Unvaccinated. 

  • Partially vaccinated (or in the process of becoming vaccinated). This includes students who are eligible for a booster but have yet to upload attestation.

  • Planning to vaccinate but have not yet done so. 

  • Do not plan to vaccinate and have claimed a medical or religious exemption. 

  • Have not submitted a vaccination attestation. 

The following employees are also required to test twice each week: 

  • Employees who indicated that they are eligible for a medical or religious exemption for vaccination in their COVID-19 employee portal tab. 

  • Employees who have not reported their vaccination status on the COVID-19 employee portal tab. 

All vaccinated students and employees are encouraged, but not required, to test for COVID-19. The COVID-19 testing site UU 221 is free and open to all campus community members. 

What if I test positive for COVID-19 before spring quarter?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should remain off-campus and isolate at home. Do not move-in to University Housing or attend in-person classes or events.

What happens if I test positive after I return?

If you receive a positive test result upon or after moving into University Housing, you will be moved into on-campus isolation housing until your infectious period has passed. Off-campus students with positive test results will be provided with similar instructions to isolate at home. 

Where can I find out more information about asymptomatic and symptomatic testing, and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 exposure?

For more information on symptomatic and asymptomatic testing, guidelines for COVID-19 exposure and more, visit the COVID-19 Testing page.   

Is there a testing site on campus?

Yes. A testing site is open to students and employees and is conveniently located in University Union 221. Testing is available here to asymptomatic individuals only.

Will the university enforce required ongoing testing? 

Yes. The Ongoing COVID-19 testing program resumed Monday, March 28. Complying with your ongoing testing schedule, as listed in the COVID-19 Info tab in your Portal, is a factor that will be included in determining the color of your Campus Pass each day, along with completing the daily symptom screener. If it has been more than seven (7) days since your last asymptomatic COVID-19 test, you will NOT receive a green pass until you complete a COVID-19 test (and resolve any other issues that may be preventing the green pass).

Spring Quarter 2022 - Daily Screenings/Campus Pass

Am I required to participate in daily self-screenings if I want to access campus facilities?

Yes. All students accessing campus for any reason must begin required daily self-screenings, which produce a daily color-coded campus pass (based on your health, vaccination, and testing status) to access campus facilities.

Campus passes will be checked at many university facilities this spring. Faculty may also ask students to display their daily pass before entering a classroom.

Note: A green campus pass does not indicate a students' vaccination status.

What is the daily self-screening process? 

Please complete your daily self-screening before noon or prior to leaving your residence for campus each day, whichever comes first. 

If you receive a green campus pass, you will have full campus access to University Housing and other campus facilities such as classrooms and labs. 

If you receive a blue campus pass upon completing your screening, you will be directed to get tested before accessing campus facilities. 

If you do not have a green or blue campus pass, you will only be allowed to access Health Services at the Health Center and other safety-related facilities. 

Where can I learn more about daily self-screenings? 

For more information on daily screenings and how to use the campus pass system, visit the COVID-19 Self Screening page.  

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 available to all campus community members
  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 spring 2022 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 spring quarter. University Housing expects about 8,000 student residents on campus. About 88.7% of courses will be held in person in spring quarter.

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. 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?

    Face coverings are not required in most indoor settings for students, employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

    Masks are still required for all in health care settings, including the Health Center and COVID-19 testing site. As of April 20, the California Department of Public Health no longer requires masks on public transit.

    Learn more about face coverings and where to pick up a free face covering on campus, including surgical and N95 masks. Campus community members may each pick up four N95 masks at a time.

    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 spring 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 spring 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.

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