COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Residents

  1. Purpose:

    In an effort to create a safe environment for students living in CSUN Student Housing, and in compliance with directions provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Los Angeles County Public Health (LACPH), and the CSUN Emergency Operation Center (EOC) the following safety guidelines have been developed.

  2. Procedures:
    1. Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette (as recommended by the CDC)
      • CSUN Student Housing recommends frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for residents coming in and out of the Residence Halls.
        • If soap and water are not available, students should use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
        • Students are advised that soap and water are the most effective.
    2. Apartment Sharing Behavior Requirements
      • Students are required to disinfect shared spaces after each use (kitchen, living room, bathrooms, etc.).
      • Within your assigned unit, 6-foot distancing is recommended, especially if masks are not worn. Students will not be able to visit other units in Student Housing.
      • Students will be asked to limit exposure to other individuals. Students will practice social distancing when leaving their apartment, and will commit to following all CDC, LACPH, and CSUN guidelines (including hand washing, face covering, sanitizing, etc.).
      • Visitors will be prohibited in all areas of Student Housing to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19.
    3. Cloth Face Coverings
      • Students and staff will be encouraged to use face coverings inside all buildings, unless they are in their assigned apartment or suite. These areas include but are not limited to: building lobbies, offices, common bathrooms, community spaces, mailroom and dining hall. Students will be asked to commit to following all CDC, LACPH, and CSUN guidelines.
      • Face coverings and 6-foot distancing are encouraged outdoors.
    4. Maintaining Healthy Environments.
      • CSUN Student Housing Custodial team will be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles, sinks, handrails, etc.).
      • The use of shared facilities and equipment such as seating areas and tables will be limited when possible, disinfected and required to be wiped with provided disinfectant by residents after each use.
      • Protocols for computer and printer areas and their equipment will be followed as prescribed by CSUN Environmental Health & Safety.
      • Students and staff are encouraged to keep their personal items (e.g., backpacks and cell phones) disinfected and away from commonly shared surface areas. Students are encouraged to frequently use disinfectant wipes on desks, laptops, cell phones and other personal objects after use.
    5. Building Facilities
      • CSUN Student Housing has modified the current layout of communal spaces for the safety of students. Protocols will be followed as prescribed by CSUN Environmental Health & Safety.
        • Students have adequate distance between individuals when requesting assistance in their apartments and office settings, and appropriate PPE will be required.
        • Physical barriers such as sneeze guards or partitions will be available in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart at all times (e.g., mailroom, housing office).
        • Outdoor community areas (e.g., basketball courts, pools) will remain open until further guidance is provided by Los Angeles County Public Health.
    6. Mental Health
      • CSUN Student Housing is committed to supporting students with challenges that can arise with choosing to live on campus by providing and facilitating access to mental and physical health services at CSUN such as University Counseling Services and the Klotz Student Health Center
        • Housing will promote healthy eating, appropriate exercise and activity, stress reduction, sleep hygiene, and self-care.
        • CSUN Housing live-in staff will be available for students to communicate concerns and receive necessary support, referrals, assistance, etc.
        • Telehealth Wellness Coaching appointments will be available through the Klotz Student Health Center Health Promotion Department and University Counseling Services Telehealth counseling will be available by appointment and in case of emergency.
        • Community engagement activities will be provided for students living on campus to promote health and wellness.