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Health and safety requirements for Spring 2022

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President Eduardo M. Ochoa

December 22, 2021

This message was sent on Dec. 22, 2021, to all students, faculty, and staff by CSUMB President Eduardo M. Ochoa

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

We anticipate returning to primarily in-person instruction and campus experience in the spring 2022 semester, with the safety of our community as our highest priority.

The Office of the Chancellor for the California State University system announced today that all on-campus students, faculty, and staff must be vaccinated and provide evidence of receiving a booster when eligible.

“Vaccination, including a booster when eligible, remains our most effective strategy against infection and severe disease,” said CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro. “This is particularly important in light of the rapid rise of cases of COVID-19 throughout the state and nation as the Omicron variant spreads. Implementing the booster requirement now will help mitigate the potential spread of the variant on campuses as they repopulate in January after the winter break.”

The new CSU requirement calls for boosters to be received by February 28, 2022 or six months after an individual received the final dose of the original vaccination, whichever is later, or by an earlier date as established by individual campuses. CSUMB is establishing earlier dates for compliance for students and non-represented employees as indicated below.

During the week of January 3, students, faculty, and staff will receive additional information and direction to submit proof of a booster shot. We will continue to use the Otter Vaccination Registry to upload information about vaccination booster status. Please wait until you receive directions before submitting your evidence of a booster to prevent the need for resubmission later.


Spring 2022 safety and vaccination

Students

All students must wear face-coverings in all indoor spaces, including buildings, classrooms, and common areas in university housing.

Students who reside in university housing must submit proof of a booster or exemption before Jan. 19, or six months after receiving the final dose of the original vaccination, whichever is later, or they may be denied access to return or move in.

Students who do not reside in university housing must submit proof of a booster before Jan. 24, the first day of the spring 2022 semester, or six months after receiving the final dose of the original vaccination, whichever is later.

On-campus students who have a qualified exemption, are not fully vaccinated, and those who do not submit evidence of booster must test weekly beginning Monday, Jan. 24.

Employees

All faculty and staff, employees must wear face-coverings in all indoor spaces, including buildings and classrooms.

Fully vaccinated employees must submit proof of a booster before Jan. 18, or six months after an individual received the final dose of the original vaccination, whichever is later, subject to meet and confer for represented employees.

Employees who have a qualified exemption, are not fully vaccinated, and those who do not submit evidence of booster must test weekly beginning Jan. 18 or the first week they return to on-campus work, whichever is sooner.

 We look forward to a safe and engaging spring semester and toward enhancing the transformational CSUMB experience for and with our students.

Eduardo M. Ochoa
President
California State University, Monterey Bay