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Matador Forward

Matador Forward

August 10, 2021


Dear Colleagues,


Across campus, preparations to warmly welcome our students back to campus and virtual learning continue to accelerate. This communication follows the Matadors Forward message sent to all employees on August 4, 2021 and includes important vaccination and testing information as we approach the start of the fall semester.




Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, faculty, staff and student employees, working on campus, are expected to provide certification of full vaccination status or request a medical or religious exemption no later than September 30, 2021. While the meet and confer process with our union partners is still in progress, we encourage employees to voluntarily complete the certification as soon as possible to allow you to opt out of the required free weekly COVID-19 testing.


You may now provide this self-certification or request an exemption through the myNorthridge Portal. Once logged into the portal, under the Policies and Procedures pagelet of the Faculty or Staff tab, select the EE Vaccine Self-Certification link and complete the form accordingly.


This process is only for state-side CSUN employees. Auxiliary employees should check with their respective HR departments for details.


**For CSUEU and SUPA only: To opt out of weekly COVID-19 mandated testing, per testing agreements with your respective unions, CSUEU and SUPA employees will need to submit proof of vaccination by uploading their vaccination card through the same EE Vaccine Self-Certification portal link as noted above. If you are unable to locate your vaccination card, please visit LA County Department of Public Health.




Faculty, staff and student employees who do not self-certify that they have been fully vaccinated by the fall semester or who have been provided a medical or religious exemption will be required to participate in free weekly COVID-19 testing before coming to campus.


A negative COVID-19 test will need to be received within seven days of the start of classes (August 30, 2021) and then weekly thereafter. Weekly testing will be at no cost to employees and conducted during work hours. The COVID-19 test is a PCR nasal swab, which will be administered through a third-party vendor, Fulgent. Faculty, staff and student employees will be able to select if they prefer to test on campus or conduct their own test at home.

  • On campus testing – on campus testing will be available Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at kiosks located near the Extended University Commons and University Student Union (USU) Freudian Sip. Please see map for details. Test results will be provided 24 - 48 hours after test date.
  • Testing from home – Fulgent will provide at home employee test kits. The test kits will be mailed to the homes of employees for self-administration and then employees will drop off the test sample at any FedEx location. Test results will be provided 24 - 48 hours after the lab receives the mailed test kit.


Employees who have certified their vaccination status may voluntarily choose to participate in testing, noting that testing on campus will not be an option for someone who is experiencing symptoms.


You may now select your preferred testing option by completing this Testing form.




Finally, we will be hosting a campus-wide webcast to share updates on August 11, 2021. To participate, please register here.


Please contact or 818-677-6566 should you have any questions and continue to visit the MATADORS FORWARD website for the latest guidance and information, including the updated employee FAQs.


We are excited for the upcoming semester and partnering with each of you to help our students realize their educational goals.


Thank you,


Fall 2021 Tactical Repopulation Team Chairs:
Mary Beth Walker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Colin Donahue, Vice President for Administration and Finance & CFO