Mask-Friendly Campus Policy
CSUMB moved to a mask-friendly campus policy on Sep. 12, 2022. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask in most indoor spaces is welcome and encouraged to do so. Read the policy announcement.
The CSU’s COVID-19 vaccination policy allows students and employees to submit medical and religious exemptions. If there is a change to your vaccination status, please resubmit to the Otter Vaccination Registry after each change in vaccination status.
Otter Vaccination Registry
- All students and employees affiliated with the university, regardless of in person or virtual only status, are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry.
- All newly admitted and current students are to submit proof of vaccination status to comply with the policy.
- If you experience technical issues uploading your document in the OVR, please email your vaccination status information and documentation.
- If you have misplaced or lost your vaccination card, and you were vaccinated in California, you may retrieve your vaccination information at Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record.
- The Otter Vaccination Registry form is behind Okta requiring sign-in/verification of the user that is submitting the proof. The connection to the form is encrypted. Once the document is sent it is stored in a CSUMB on-site document store that as an employee likely already contains their private information. The document store itself is encrypted for both the files and database entries that it stores.
- CSUMB will run periodic queries in the California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) - a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents - to verify or collect up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine information for CSUMB students, faculty and staff.
- Access to the OVR is limited to the Senior Director of Health and Wellness Services and the COVID-19 Exposure Tracing team.
How to submit to the OVR
- Have your vaccination card ready to enter your information.
- If you don't have your vaccination card, locate your California digital Immunization Card online at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. If you received your vaccinations in another state, check with the appropriate state or vaccine administrating provider.
- Have an image of your vaccination card ready to upload. The file types that work best are JPG, PNG, and PDF.
- If you are using your phone to upload your information, we suggest taking a photo of your card before starting the submission process.
- Visit the new Otter Vaccination Registry. The interface is updated and requires submitting information for each vaccination dose separately. You will need to log in using your CSUMB username and password.
- Follow the prompts to complete each question in the form.
- Upload your proof of vaccination file.
- Add each vaccination dose separately using the 'add another dose' link when needed.
- After entering all information, be sure to select 'submit' at the bottom of the page.
CSUMB moved to a mask-friendly campus policy on Sep. 12, 2022. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask in most indoor spaces is welcome and encouraged to do so.
Masking is still required when:
- Visiting campus health care settings, including Bldg 80 Health and Wellness Services, and the COVID-19 testing site in the Otter Student Union, room 210.
- You are COVID-19 positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 and living in student housing.
- Exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, are asymptomatic or have symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or fulfilling an isolation period.
- Any place where official signs indicate masking is required.
If you are a student who may need accommodations, email Student Disability Resources or call 831-582-3672.
The university will continue to provide free masks, including 3-ply surgical and KN95 options, at these eight locations:
- Alumni Visitor Center | Info desk at main entrance
- Building 12 | Housing Office
- Building 47 | Student Service Center lobby
- Library | First floor
- Otter Sports Center | Info desk at main entrance
- Otter Student Union | Info desk at main entrance
- Promontory Housing Office | Building B
- University Center
What employees can do if someone is not adhering to mask policy
- Politely inform the person of the mask policy. They are welcome to wear their mask, or we can provide them with one to wear over both their nose and mouth.
- If they do not want to wear a mask when required, ask them to kindly exit the room, building, or classroom.
- If a person still refuses, politely inform them that the university policy is not optional.
If the person not adhering is a student:
- If they are a student, let them know they are subject to discipline under the Student Conduct Procedures.
- If the student becomes disruptive, follow your usual process for a disruptive student in a classroom.
- General mask non-compliance concerns may also be reported to Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management through email.
If the person not adhering is faculty and staff:
CSUMB provides free COVID-19 rapid/antigen testing at the Otter Student Union, second floor, room #210.
Open Monday through Friday, excluding campus holidays.
8 a.m. through 4 p.m., including noon through 1 p.m.
CSUMB COVID-19 testing is for employees and students only. No family members at this time.
Testing appointments can be made online. Walk-ins available.
Individuals seeking clinical services at the COVID-19 testing site must arrive wearing a face covering and remain masked until informed to temporarily lower it.
Food and drinks are not allowed inside the COVID-19 Testing Site.
Employees must receive supervisor approval to test during work hours and may attend during their non-work schedule.
No COVID-19 Testing
- Monday, September 5, 2022 - HOLIDAY
- Friday, November 11, 2022 - HOLIDAY
- Thursday, November 24, 2022 - HOLIDAY
- Friday, November 25, 2022 - OSU CLOSED
- Friday, December 24, 2022 - Monday, January 2, 2023 - OSU CLOSED
The CSUMB COVID-19 testing site is closed on weekends.
Lightspeed Testing also provides free community testing.
Students may call a Doctors on Duty (DOD) clinic that is open on weekends to discuss their symptoms and inquire about the cost of their COVID-19 testing. Students visiting a DOD clinic will need to show a current CSUMB identification to receive no-cost appointments and discounted fees on additional services.
Self-tests/Home tests by insurance type
Medi-Cal: Ask the pharmacist for free at-home tests with no co-pay. See Medi-Cal instructions for getting free test kits.
Medicare: Bring your red, white, and blue Medicare card to a pharmacy to get your free tests. See details at Medicare Covers Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests.
Private Health Insurance: Your insurance must pay for, or reimburse for, 8 at-home tests per person, per month. There are several ways private insurance offers over-the-counter tests. Some insurance companies will mail them to you directly, some have partnerships with pharmacies and will allow you to pick them up for free, others require you to purchase the test and then fill out a form for reimbursement. Ask your insurance company how to get your free tests. Find out more at How to Get Your At-Home Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test for Free.
COVID-19 Test Type and Process
Rapid/Antigen: Point-of-Care tests are diagnostic tests which provide results within minutes rather than hours. The testing staff will instruct the individual to self-collect while they are observed by the testing staff. Self swabbing instruction video.
PCR: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to detect SARS-CoV-2 in upper and lower respiratory specimens. Tests may take anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days to process depending on current case rates. If the individual is symptomatic with a negative rapid test result, they are asked to also take a PCR test. The testing staff will perform the sample collection by inserting a soft tip swab on a long, flexible stick to collect respiratory material found in the nasopharyngeal cavity. The swab is sealed in a tube and sent to a laboratory for processing. Nasopharyngeal sample demonstration. PCRs will be billed to the individual's insurance. All insurances cover PCR costs. There is no out-of-pocket cost or copay for processing a PCR at the CSUMB COVID-19 Testing Clinic.
2022 Isolation and Close Contact Guidance
CSUMB follows the California Department of Public Health's isolation and close contact guidelines. Isolation guidance details will be provided to each confirmed positive case by the Exposure Tracing Analyst and University Personnel or Corporation Human Resources representatives. See Exposure Tracing Process.
Complete the confidential and secure COVID-19 reporting form if:
- If you tested at an off campus testing site and your test result is positive.
- Regardless of presently being on or off campus, if you are exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive.
- Regardless if you tested on or off campus, if you test negative on a rapid test and you are waiting for the results of a PCR test.
- Anyone can submit the COVID-19 Positive Reporting Form for someone who is too ill to self-submit or have disclosed to you that they are positive and they have not submitted a report. Either inform the student or employee to submit a COVID-19 Reporting form or tell them you will do it for them. You will need to keep them on the phone until you complete the necessary information on the report.
- CSUMB Exposure Tracing consists of interviewing the positive case, documenting the campus locations where the case has been during their infectious period, and collecting the names of individuals who meet the definition of a close contact.CSUMB follows the California Department of Public Health's isolation and close contact guidelines.CDPH defines close contact as someone sharing the same indoor airspace, e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane etc., for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) during an infected person's (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) infectious period.Exposure locations are captured during the exposure tracing interview and are listed on the Campus Locations Exposed to COVID-19. Anyone at that location can take extra precautions and follow the close contact guidelines.
Actions that initiate Exposure Tracing
- If an individual is tested at the CSUMB COVID-19 testing site and their rapid/antigen test results positive they will be called within the hour by a CSUMB COVID-19 testing staff. The positive individual will be interviewed by the COVID-19 testing staff, completing the questions on the COVID-19 Positive Reporting form. Please do not submit your own positive reporting form if your test resulted positive at the CSUMB COVID-19 testing site.
- If an individual is tested at an off campus testing site and their test result is positive, they are to submit the COVID-19 Positive Reporting Form.
- If an individual, regardless of presently being on or off campus, is exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, they are to submit their own COVID-19 Positive Reporting Form.
- If an individual is waiting for the results of a PCR from an off campus location, they are to submit the COVID-19 Positive Reporting Form.
- Anyone can submit the COVID-19 Positive Reporting Form for someone who is too ill to self-submit or have disclosed to you that they are positive and they have not already submitted a report. Either inform the student or employee to submit a COVID-19 Reporting form or tell them you will do it for them. You will need to keep them on the phone until you complete the necessary information on the report.
When a COVID-19 Positive Reporting form is submitted, an Exposure Tracing Analyst, and University Personnel or Corporation Human Resources will contact the positive student and/or employee. The Exposure Tracing Analyst will also contact each of the confirmed on campus close contacts.
The below flowchart illustrates the actions taken for each positive report submitted to the University.
Read the text version of the Exposure Tracing Notification Process.
For details on Exposure Tracing, see the CSUMB COVID-19 Prevention Plan.
CSUMB values openness and inclusion. The CSUMB community does not accept xenophobic behaviors expressed through speech, harassment, the spreading of misinformation, or misinformed decision-making.
Anyone experiencing incidents of xenophobia or harassment may report the incident, and seek additional support from the CSUMB Personal Growth & Counseling Center, Otter Cross-Cultural Center and the Office of Inclusive Excellence.