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Dear SDSU Faculty, Staff and Auxiliary Employees,

As we continue through the summer months, our plans for a return to an in-person fall 2021 are well underway. With this message, we are glad to share that faculty, staff and auxiliary employees may now complete their vaccination self-attestation, which will also allow vaccinated individuals to safely unmask in many spaces per updated California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) guidance.

Complete Today: Self-Attestation Form for Vaccinated Employees

For employees who are fully vaccinated, you may now complete the faculty and staff self-attestation form, accessible online. Presently, this process is open to all university and auxiliary employees, except those represented by Academic Professionals of California (Unit 4), Academic Student Employees (Unit 11), the Statewide University Police Association (Unit 8) and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (Unit 1). We plan to have an update for those employees by next week.

Per Cal/OSHA, employees who complete this form (linked above) can take advantage of updated facial covering protocols for vaccinated individuals, which allows individuals to be unmasked in non-instructional indoor and outdoor settings going forward.

After electronically signing the form, you will automatically receive an email to verify your electronic signature. Only once you complete this verification by email will you have completed the process. Vaccinated employees are thereafter able to remove their facial coverings while on campus.

This process is voluntary for employees, but is encouraged, and will allow vaccinated employees to quickly take advantage of additional opportunities related to the anticipated vaccine requirement for the fall 2021 semester.

Updated Physical Distancing, Facial Covering Guidance

Physical distancing requirements have now been eliminated as has the need for acrylic or other partitions. In addition, as a result of the recent Cal/OSHA updates, the following masking policies are now in place:

Employees who are vaccinated and who have completed the self-attestation process

  • Are not required to wear facial coverings on campus in non-instructional settings.
     
  • Vaccinated employees must still wear facial coverings in all instructional settings, classrooms and instructional labs, whether indoors or outdoors, as well as the SDSU Library. Vaccinated faculty, teaching assistants, and interpreters may remove facial coverings when teaching as long as students are masked in the classroom.
     
  • Please note, those who are vaccinated may choose to continue to wear facial coverings. 
     

Employees who are NOT vaccinated or who have not yet completed the self-attestation process

  • Employees who are not vaccinated must continue to wear facial coverings while indoors.
     
  • While outdoors, unvaccinated employees who are unable to maintain six feet distance from others must also remain masked.
     
  • As noted above, faculty and staff who are vaccinated are encouraged to complete the self-attestation process. You can do so by completing the online self-attestation form.
     

The full updated facial covering policy is available here.

County Testing, Vaccination Sites at SDSU Closed; Other Options Available

We are grateful for the continued partnership of San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). As of June 30, the county COVID-19 testing site at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, which began operating in September, and the vaccination site at Viejas Arena, which opened in March, are now closed. The closures are part of a countywide transition to public health sites.

Though the county-operated locations at SDSU are now closed, several options for COVID-19 vaccines and testing remain available. Visit both the County of San Diego and Imperial County sites for more information about how and where to get vaccinated today.

In Closing

As guidance is reviewed and updated, we will continue to provide timely information to our campus community. At all times, this guidance will be informed by state and local public health recommendations, and by the science itself. Vaccination continues to be the single most effective tool to protect health and safety.

As a reminder to all members of our community, you can find more information about our reopening plans and support services online:

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

Agnes Wong Nickerson, MBA
Interim Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity