Fall 2021 Planning Gateway

Student FAQs

UPDATED – Jan. 21, 2022

Will the entire spring 2022 semester be online?

No, CSUN is beginning the first three weeks of spring semester with virtual instruction. This is a temporary measure that will allow what is anticipated to be a mid-January spike in COVID-19 cases to subside before a return to in-person learning. We are planning for on-campus instruction to begin on Monday, February 14 while continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 cases and all Los Angeles Public Health guidelines.

I’m already vaccinated. Why is CSUN requiring me to get a booster shot?

Per the CSU’s announcement on Dec. 22, CSUN will require faculty, staff and students who are accessing university facilities or programs to receive a vaccine booster shot to be fully immunized against COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time and due to changes in variants. The recent emergence of the Omicron variant emphasizes the importance of vaccinations, boosters and prevention efforts as the most effective protection against infection and severe disease.

When and how do I upload my booster self-certification?

In preparation for the start of in person instruction on February 14, 2022, all non-represented employees and students who are accessing campus facilities must provide certification of booster no later than February 4, 2022 or upon eligibility according to CDC guidelines.

All represented employees are encouraged to obtain their booster as soon as eligible and input their certification. We will update you of specific timeline requirements after the meet and confer processes are completed. Auxiliary employees should check with their respective Human Resources office for certification procedures.

Schedule a booster appointment by visiting myturn.ca.gov.

To submit your booster self-certification:

Login to the myNorthridge Portal

  • Faculty/Staff:
    Go to the Policies and Procedures pagelet on the Faculty or Staff tab and select the EE Vaccine Self-Certification link Note: If you previously input your booster date, please be sure to go back and include the manufacturer details.
  • Students:
    Go to the Vaccination Self-Certification pagelet on the Home tab and select the COVID 19 Self-Certification link

Be Prepared: You will also need to input the date(s) of your first vaccination round and any booster, as well as the manufacturer of both.

I’m fully vaccinated and have received my booster shot. Why can’t I come on campus?

The health and safety of the entire community continues to be the driving force of every decision we make. Infectious disease and public health experts forecast a mid-January spike in COVID-19 cases. This extension will allow eligible members of our CSUN community to fulfill the booster requirement, and also take into account anticipated increased positive test results, isolation periods and caregiving responsibilities in our community.

I don’t feel safe coming back to campus in-person. What is CSUN doing to keep students and employees safe?

Our campus is working hard to ensure that all students and employees are safe and comfortable.

  • Vaccines and booster shots are required of all students and employees. Exceptions are available only for those with medical or religious exemptions, and those with exemptions are required to test negatively on a weekly basis. Over 92% of students and 97% of employees have certified/attested to being vaccinated.
  • In addition, CSUN requires daily self-screening to further reduce the presence of symptomatic individuals from attending in-person activities.
  • The campus continues to require masks in all in- door and instructional spaces.
  • We encourage social distancing to the extent it is practical, though the social distance 6’ mandate is no longer required.
  • The campus continues to frequently sanitize high touch surfaces, and hand sanitizer and cleaning materials are available throughout the campus.
  • The Klotz Student Health Center (SHC) does active contact tracing on campus cases in order to prevent transmission.
  • And, to further minimize the risk of transmission, the campus has had every HVAC system independently assessed by a third-party mechanical peer reviewer, P2S Engineering, and has installed MERV 13 filters to better capture virus particulates should they be present.

The campus follows all LA County Public Health mandates.

What is the COVID-19 vaccination policy for students coming on campus for the fall semester?

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, students, faculty, staff and student employees learning or working on campus will need to provide certification of full vaccination status or request a medical or religious exemption.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccination plays one of the most vital roles in keeping our campus and community healthy, and we encourage all who can be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. If you haven’t already received your vaccine, now is the time to get your COVID-19 vaccination!

When do I need to complete the certification process by?

All students must complete the certification process as soon as possible. The deadline to provide vaccination certification or request medical or religious exemption was September 30, 2021. If you have not yet completed the certification process, please upload your information now. Students still in the process of becoming fully vaccinated will complete the certification once full vaccination is achieved. Students who are not planning to access campus or CSUN programs off campus this fall will be able to make that declaration. However, your plans may change, so it’s much better to become fully vaccinated as soon as possible and to certify your fully vaccinated status, allowing you to access the CSUN campus or participate in off-campus CSUN programs or activities.

What happens if I do not complete the certification process?

In order to return to campus, you must complete your COVID-Vaccine Certification. You will not be able to register in classes for spring semester until you complete this process. If you have not already completed this process, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification page now for step-by-step instructions on completing the process to avoid a hold in your spring enrollment, which is opening soon.

I was fully online for the fall semester. Do I need to complete the self-attestation process for spring?

Yes, all students who attested that they were not coming to campus in the fall must complete the self-attestation process for the upcoming spring semester. You can update your status for the spring by visiting the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification page beginning the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 13.

How/where do I show proof of my vaccination status, or declare a medical or religious exemption?

Login to the myNorthridge Portal to provide your vaccination certification.

  • Declaration of full vaccination against COVID-19 (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, the last required dose of which having been administered at least 14 calendar days prior to the date of declaration), or
  • Declaration of (request for) medical exemption, including documentation from a certified or licensed healthcare professional, or
  • Declaration of (request for) religious exemption, or
  • Declaration that the student does not intend to access the CSUN campus or CSUN programs off campus; and that if the student’s plans change, they will submit a revised Certification in advance of any such access.

Each student submitting a declaration of COVID-19 vaccination must attest that the information provided is accurate and truthful and verify that, at CSUN’s request, proof of vaccination will be promptly provided. Each week, CSUN will request proof of vaccination from at least 50 randomly selected students. All students are encouraged to voluntarily upload proof of vaccination when submitting the declaration of full vaccination.

To begin the certification process, please log into the myNorthridge Portal following the directions to complete the instructions. To review the student COVID-19 certification process, described with helpful step-by-step screen shots, please visit COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements. If you have questions, please email shcinfo@csun.edu.

What are the acceptable vaccines, including those for international students?

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson/Janssen are the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States under FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

Students living outside of the United States may only have access to other COVID-19 vaccinations. CSUN international students who have been fully vaccinated with the required doses by any of the World Health Organization-approved vaccinations below meet the requirements of CSUN’s COVID-19 immunization policy. International students not fully vaccinated will be asked to complete their series with vaccines authorized in the United States.

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran)
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • AstraZeneca-Oxford (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria)
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

What if I’m not fully vaccinated yet or have an exemption?

Unvaccinated students, until fully vaccinated, or those who request a medical or religious exemption, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Appointments for testing must be made through the Student Health Center MyHealth portal.

What is considered “fully vaccinated”?

You are considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks or more after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks or more after the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine. If you have only received one dose of a two-dose vaccine, you are not yet considered fully vaccinated and should obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test within the seven days prior to attending their first class, activity, lab or service. A negative PCR test will be required each week that the student will be coming to campus beyond the first entry test. See testing process below.

I’ve already tested positive for COVID. Do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, you will still need to get vaccinated. The CSU policy does not allow for exemptions for those who have had COVID-19, and public health officials recommend vaccination for people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Is my information confidential?

All information submitted through the MyHealth portal is confidential and accessible to Student Health Center and university personnel with a required need to know.

What are the COVID-19 testing requirements?

Enrolled students for fall 2021 who are exempted from vaccination and plan to come on campus at any time, including for a class, appointment, service, or who will participate in an on- or off-campus CSUN coordinated program or activity, will be required to participate in free weekly COVID-19 PCR testing. All exempted or not yet fully vaccinated students should obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test within the seven days prior to attending their first class, activity, lab or service.

Entry Testing

  • Students must take an entry PCR test during the seven (7) days before coming onto campus for a class, appointment, service, or to participate in an on- or off-campus program or activity. However, students can come to campus to take the entry PCR test.
  • Testing will be coordinated by the Student Health Center and Fulgent, a CSUN testing vendor, which will provide two kiosks on the CSUN campus to be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday – Friday, for PCR COVID testing. Students will make a testing appointment and should wear a face covering and distance 6 feet or more from others, and only go to the Fulgent testing kiosk.
  • Students who need entry testing and are unable to come to campus for testing should call the Student Health Center at 818-677-3666, Option 1, for alternatives, such as approved off-campus testing at a local pharmacy or via special arrangements with Fulgent, the CSUN testing vendor.

On-going testing

  • A negative PCR test will be required each week that the student will be coming to campus beyond the first entry test.
  • Students receiving a negative PCR test result will be authorized to access campus but will be required to continue weekly testing with a negative PCR result until the student is fully vaccinated. Students who are exempted from vaccination must continue weekly testing while coming to campus.
  • Students receiving a positive test result will be contacted by the Student Health Center and provided with appropriate health care guidance, which may include a referral to a student’s own physician or care at the Student Health Center.

Where and how can I schedule an on-campus test?

  • For unvaccinated students with exemptions, COVID-19 PCR testing will be required on a weekly basis upon first return to campus and for every week the student will be coming to campus. Testing will be performed on campus by appointment in partnership with the laboratory vendor Fulgent at one of three kiosks, beginning August 18. The Fulgent kiosks will provide free testing for enrolled students from 11 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday. Students will be able to make an appointment for weekly COVID-19 PCR testing via the Student Health Center MyHealth portal.

What if I am not coming on campus at all in the fall?

A student solely engaged in virtual learning who will not come to campus at all and who will not participate in an off-campus program or activity will be exempt from testing. If the student decides to come to campus or needs to do so or decides to participate in an off-campus program or activity, the student will need to re-certify indicating full vaccination and/or participate in an entry PCR test as noted above.

Do I need to complete a daily health screening even if I’m vaccinated?

Students who come to campus are required to complete the online daily health screening for students through the CSUN app or student portal before coming to campus for any purpose including entry and on-going testing, to attend a class, appointment, service, or to participate in an on- or off-campus program or activity. This applies to all students whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Do these policies apply to CSUN student employees?

Students working at CSUN, including students employed by the Associated Students, University Student Union or the University Corporation need to comply with the vaccination and testing policies for employees. Student employees who have not been contacted directly by their employer should check with their supervisor to confirm the proper procedures to be followed.

Will all classes be offered in person in the fall?

Fall 2021 will bring an increased return to campus life, with more than 50% of class sections having an on-campus component and more on-campus services available in-person. Virtual services and events will continue to be offered.

Will there still be a mask requirement on campus if everyone is vaccinated?

The requirement for face coverings is based upon local and state public health guidelines, which are monitored closely. Currently, Los Angeles County Department of Public Heath (LACDPH) requires face coverings indoors for all individuals.

Will the library be open in the fall?

The University Library is now open for current CSUN students, faculty, and staff. Find out about library hours, fall 2021 service updates, library entrance requirements and more by visiting the University Library website.

Are there any other study spaces on campus?

Students who are physically on campus this fall and must attend online classes just before or after attending face-to-face classes, can take advantage of open classroom spaces that are available. The following general purpose classrooms have no class sections scheduled in them and are available for student study and online course attendance on a first-come first-served basis:


Sierra Hall 192
Sierra Hall 205
Sierra Hall 207
Sierra Hall 209
Sierra Hall 221
Sierra Hall 225
Sierra Hall 268
Sierra Hall 270
Sierra Hall 276
Sierra Hall 279
Sierra Hall 284
Sierra Hall 287
Sierra Hall 307
Sierra Hall 310
Sierra Hall 365
Sierra Hall 380
Sierra Hall 382
Sierra Hall 384

Where will I be able to eat on campus?

Reopening this fall, Matadors will also experience new and refreshed eateries across, including refreshed Matador Mercado locations, Burger King, El Pollo Loco, Juice it Up, Panda Express. Locations are prepared for walk-in customers and in-house dining that is in accordance with LA County Public Health guidelines. Additionally, guests can take advantage of the new Boost mobile ordering system. Download the Boost app on your phone to customize your order ahead of time, pay and pick up at your convenience. For the most current offerings and hours, visit the Matador Eats website.

How do I get water on campus?

The water fountains on campus are working. In addition, water filling stations will continue to be available for employees and students. Please view this map for water filling station locations: https://www.csun.edu/sustainability/bottle-refilling.

What will student life look like in the fall?

Student Life and Support offers an array of resources for a full and rewarding Matador experience and is planning for significantly increased face-to-face operations and services. Check the website often for updates from everything from health and wellness resources to social and cultural involvement opportunities.