Since March 2020, this site has provided information about the university's response to COVID-19. This site is now transitioning to information specific to planning your in-person experience on campus as The Beach moves toward the safe, incremental resumption of normal operations.
CSU intends to require COVID-19 vaccinations upon full FDA approval.
Planning Your Time On Campus
The California State University system intends to require students, faculty, and staff to possess proof of a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for participating in on-campus instruction and/or co-curricular activities or accessing campus facilities. This requirement will be contingent upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as adequate availability of the fully approved vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccination requirement would allow for students or employees to seek an exemption based on medical or religious grounds. Prior to the implementation of any changes to the CSU’s existing immunization requirements, the CSU will engage the California State Student Association, the CSU Academic Senate and labor unions. The policy and related implementation details are under development and will be made available in the weeks to come once the consultations have concluded.
Pre-Arrival Daily Health Screening Questionnaire
Face coverings secured over both the nose and mouth are required for those authorized to be on campus.
Building Maintenance and Ventilation
While professional cleaning reduces health risks, every member of the CSULB community has a joint responsibility to sanitize their own work area and shared resources, including meeting rooms and commonly touched surfaces. Disinfecting materials will be provided in these areas so occupants can do their part to prevent the transmission of pathogens on surfaces.
The following steps have been taken relating to building ventilation in preparation for general building re-occupancy and sustained occupancy:
- All building mechanical air handler systems were inspected and repaired per manufacturer recommendations.
- Mechanical ventilation duct systems were disinfected and all buildings were temporarily closed and flushed with 100% outside air.
- New mechanical equipment filters were installed to the highest efficiency possible.
- Mechanical ventilation was increased to the highest point without impacting cooling and heating the buildings.
- Ceiling fans, where applicable, were turned off or programmed to blow air up if an interior space requires the use of fans as part of the building climate control system.
- Ongoing maintenance of mechanical ventilation systems in all buildings was increased, including changing out of high efficiency filters as needed; inspection and repair of mechanical equipment; disinfection of duct systems; and increasing clean outside air into buildings, when feasible.
Public-health officials note that ventilation and other indoor air quality improvements are an addition to, and not a replacement for, mandatory protections including wearing face coverings (except in certain high-risk environments that require using proper respiratory protection), washing hands frequently, and limiting activities that bring together people from different households.
In the event that a member of the community who has been on campus later tests positive for COVID-19, the affected areas will be isolated, flushed with outside air for the remainder of the day and disinfection crews dispatched to perform cleaning. In the event that several people in one area test positive, the building will be closed for 4-5 days and the HVAC system flushed for up to three days. Air filters will be vacuumed and the building will receive enhanced cleaning.
Prevention (Tips for Staying Healthy)
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Using soap, scrub your hands for at least twenty seconds.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then thoroughly wash your hands.
- Routinely disinfect frequently touched items in your home.
- Use a face covering as recommended or required by current public-health guidance.
- Get plenty of rest, consume ample water, and eat healthy meals.
Reporting Your Illness
You should not come to campus if you are ill.
If you are a student who has tested positive for COVID-19, if you believe you may be positive but have not yet been tested, or if you know of a student who you believe may have contracted COVID-19, please fill out this form to notify Student Health Services and prepare to self-quarantine.
If you are a faculty or staff member, you should immediately report an illness to your supervisor and prepare to self-quarantine.
It is vital that confirmed or suspected positive cases of COVID-19 are reported as quickly as possible to support health officials in their response.
You can also participate in an online exposure-notification system established by the State of California.
As part of our contact-tracing work, those who have had close contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19 and are at risk for possible exposure will be notified by campus medical staff. Those who may have been in the same general area as the affected person, but not at risk of exposure as defined by current public-health guidance, will not be contacted. This approach was outlined in an August 26, 2020 message to the campus community.
The university anticipates expanding its testing program as an option for employees and students. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Offering no cost coronavirus testing (COVID-19) available to qualifying residents in select states, 18 and older. Find test sites and schedule a COVID-19 test online.
Rite Aid has partnered with Verily and will use its Baseline COVID-19 Program to provide screening, scheduling, and return of results to participants at Rite Aid testing sites.
Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test (At-Home Kit) Find out if you currently have COVID-19 without leaving home.
Selected "Repopulation" Plans and Related FAQs
Academic Planning and Instruction
For the 2021-22 academic year, the fall semester will see a significant increase in face-to-face instruction with spring seeing 100% of pre-pandemic in-person course offerings resuming on campus.
How do students know if a class is being held in person, online or as a hybrid?
Students should consult the online Schedule of Classes. Students who seek further clarity should consult with their advisor or the course instructor.
How has the university adapted to offering alternative instruction?
The university has an Academic Continuity plan that has provided a framework for offering primarily remote instruction during the pandemic.
Normal resumption of athletics training and events are expected in Fall 2021 with limited spectators.
Dining and Retail
For the most up-to-date information relating to on-campus dining services, please visit the page devoted to dining hours maintained by Forty-Niner Shops and Associated Students, Inc.
Catering services are available through authorized vendors as listed on the catering homepage. Given financial considerations, there is an exception to the use of campus-approved caterers through a self-catered events option in which food has been purchased from a store or restaurant. Self-catered events may not use food that has been stored or prepared at an individual’s home.
The on-campus bookstore and Beach on 2nd Street are open. The CSULB bookstore is open with limited hours. Books, supplies and Beach gear may be purchased in person or may be ordered online for pick-up or shipping.
Faculty are encouraged to use electronic texts. There are several options available through the bookstore for purchase and online delivery of electronic resources.
Enrollment Services offers services in admissions, financial aid, student records and student administration systems through Beach Central’s intake and counseling offices. On-site services are available, including two open intake windows for on-campus students. In addition, inquiries are handled through phones, the online Beach Central ticketing system, and Zoom appointments. Due to the predominantly remote environment, Enrollment Services has introduced e-forms with automatic routing workflows. Approvals flow from students to faculty to department chair to associate dean providing students the ability to complete their transactional needs online (for example, adding classes, withdrawing from classes, applying for educational leaves, etc.). These enhanced processes will reduce foot traffic on campus while providing the necessary services and support for on-campus and off-campus students and faculty.
Events and Meetings
Housing and Residential Dining
For Fall 2021, housing plans to be at least at 90% occupancy, approximately 2,875 students.
The university plans to require residents of student housing to receive a vaccine against COVID-19 for the fall 2021 semester. Few exemptions will be approved.
Students will be occupying rooms as they were designed, in doubles, triples, suites, etc. and housing rates will coincide with the type of room a student selects.
Residential dining follows guidelines for restaurants. Regular service is expected to resume in the fall, but housing will be prepared for take-out options depending on public health guidance. In that case, self service will be replaced by staff dishing meals.
The following is currently required of students living in campus housing:
- Wear a mask in public areas
- Participate in educational programs about health and safety as it relates to viral transmission.
- Move-in and move-out times will be assigned and spread over several days with limits on how many people can assist with move-in.
For more information, please visit the Housing and Residential Life website.
How were applications for housing assessed?
Housing availability is first come basis; however, students will only be approved once they have submitted proof of vaccine. The deadline to submit proof of at least one vaccination shot is June 15. Those who are confirmed by that date will move forward with roommate and room selection.
What health protocols will be adopted to help ensure safety?
All shared restrooms are cleaned and disinfected twice daily. High-touch spaces are cleaned several times daily, including door handles and other surfaces. Masks are required currently required in common rooms and guests in the residence halls will be prohibited. There are detailed plans in place in the event that a resident becomes ill, which are designed to help ensure the health of other students.
HR Information for Staff
In April 2021, each division began deeper assessment of operational needs in the months to come and what job functions within each work unit should begin resuming on site. We anticipate MPP and staff repopulation efforts will begin this summer and continue into Fall 2021, but timeframes remain fluid. The University’s priorities continue to be the health of our campus community and the success of our students.
Information about California's 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave is available online. Questions regarding staff COVID-19 leave programs and leave requests can be directed to Staff Human Resources.
More information is available to staff on our COVID-19 Human Resources FAQs webpage.
While the library building is closed during spring 2021, services are still being provided remotely. The University Library is expected to reopen on August 23 for the fall semester.
Information on how to access services during our predominantly remote environment is available online.
Details on a phased approach for research activities on campus are available on the website of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Research may resume under the following guidance:
- Maintain social distancing and regulate max occupancy per building (e.g., 115 square feet per person).
- Plans must be approved by Dean’s Office.
- Resume research and program activities where social distancing and limited human interactions can be demonstrated but limited to 50% of normal capacity.
- Allow research for experiments close to completion, or deadline-driven, whose pause or deferral would lead to catastrophic delay or loss of research results.
- Allow for research involving animals where a delay would result in euthanasia or loss of a colony.
- Prioritize access to campus facilities for graduate students and senior undergraduates close to completing their degree/term of appointment.
- Allow access to single-occupancy offices three to five days per week for work that cannot be done elsewhere.
While many physical offices are closed, staff are working remotely and continue to serve students by email, video conferencing and telephone. Some services are still offered on site, and some offices use online appointment scheduling. Consult the website of the office you are wishing to contact for details. If you encounter a webpage that does not provide sufficient information about hours or how services are delivered, please let us know.
Some recent updates:
- The Student Union Temporary Computer Lab, Restrooms, and Info Desk reopened March 1, 2021.
- The Isabel Patterson Child Development Center reopened for 40 children on April 12, 2021.
- Updates on the Student Recreation and Wellness Center can be found on its website.
What should students do if they need to come to campus but cannot safely do so?
Students who cannot safely travel to campus due to COVID-19 concerns should contact the Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC), which continues to serve students virtually.
Where can students find more information about available services?
Beyond information on various university webpages, Student Affairs has also created a comprehensive guide to campus and community resources available to you during this time. The guide includes links and phone numbers for food resources, financial resources, housing options, health and well-being resources, and more. Use the table of contents to navigate the 50+ pages of resources available around Southern California. They have also posted information on COVID-19-related resources as well as a reference sheet of Student Affairs programs and services.
Effective July 1, 2021 travel on university business may resume within California with approval of a manager and/or ASM.
Travel outside of California but within the U.S. must receive approval from a dean or associate vice president.
International travel will be routed to the divisional vice president and need approval of the Office of the President.
Is study abroad available to students?
Study-abroad opportunities for CSULB students will be available during Fall 2021 semester. These programs will primarily be offered through our exchange partner institutions overseas. Some third-party and independent programs may also be available through an affiliate partner of CSULB.
Not all programs may be available due to ongoing public health concerns. We will be conducting a thorough review of the public health situation in each host country, evaluate each partner institution's readiness to host our students and assess other risk factors.
Students are strongly encouraged to contact the study abroad office for all available options at email@example.com. For additional information, students can also check the web site https://www.cpie.csulb.edu/international/study-abroad.
Tuition and Fees
Will tuition be adjusted during the pandemic?
Tuition is established by the CSU’s Board of Trustees. At this time, there is no type of adjustment planned as instruction is being offered and academic credit is being earned. Of note, at CSULB approximately 77% of the university’s operating funds support compensation for faculty and staff who are working hard to deliver instruction, student services, and related operations.
Will campus-based mandatory fees such as the Student Excellence Fee, health fee, or University Student Union fee be suspended?
No. Charges such as the Student Excellence Fee and health fee provide support to programs that students continue to benefit from, even if those services are, in many cases, temporarily provided remotely. In the case of the USU and its Student Recreation and Wellness Center, while Associated Students, Inc. — an organization separate from the university — may have seen some reductions in day-to-day maintenance costs during our predominately virtual environment, there are ongoing costs related to facility upkeep and staff compensation for programs that continue to run remotely. More importantly, the USU fee, for example, should not be viewed as a usage fee or what's termed a "fee for service." Rather, past student referendums in 1994 and 2007 committed the CSULB student body to make ongoing payments on building projects that have 30-year construction loans. So while the current pandemic temporarily does not allow for use of those facilities for safety reasons, there are payments that must continue to be made. In fact, in the past, students elected to begin paying fees for facilities that had not yet been constructed knowing instead they would benefit Beach students in the future. That obligation continues today. Further, we are proud of CSULB's role as an accessible pathway for social mobility and personal empowerment. Over 71% of Beach students receive some form of financial aid, and over 57% of students have these particular campus-based fees paid in full through their financial aid awards.
WiFi and Technology
Where can students access WiFi?
Students may access campus Wi-Fi in public spaces on campus as long as social distancing is observed.
Are laptops and internet hotspots available to students?
If a student needs a Chromebook or internet hotspot loaned to them, they should visit the Division of Student Affairs, call 562-985-5587 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or visit Brotman Hall 377 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Is technology support available?
The Technology Help Desk continues to provide support services through email, an online request form, or by telephone at 562-985-4959. Live technology support by phone is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After-hours BeachBoard support is available by pressing “0” when reaching the helpdesk voicemail greeting. Service requests via email are monitored throughout the day and after hours. Our Division of Information Technology has created a webpage outlining technology options for working remotely. With increased use of the video-conferencing tool Zoom, it's important to keep in mind some important safeguards to prevent the new phenomenon of “Zoom-bombing.”