Fall 2021 Planning Gateway

Student FAQs

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!

  • Appointments are free and available through myturn.ca.gov.
  • If you are receiving the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, you can receive your single dose by September 16 and still meet the September 30 deadline.
  • If you have already had your first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine but not yet completed your second dose, the last day to receive the second dose of both is also September 16 in order to be fully vaccinated by September 30.

When do I need to complete the certification process by?

All students must complete the certification process as soon as possible. Students still in the process of becoming fully vaccinated will complete the certification once full vaccination is achieved, but not later than September 30, 2021. Students who are not planning to access campus or CSUN programs off campus this fall will be able to make that declaration as discussed below. 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 my certification by September 30?

Students who are enrolled in courses with on-campus, face-to-face components and who have not completed the certification process by September 30 will be disenrolled from these courses.

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

Using a simple online “point and click” tool at the Student Health Center MyHealth portal, CSUN will collect from every student a certification declaring one of the following:

  • 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 MyHealth Patient 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?

Students who are still in the process of being fully vaccinated will have until September 30, 2021 to complete the certification process. Students who must come to campus for academic or non-academic activities or employment before being fully vaccinated or who have an exemption from vaccination, must follow the testing process described below.

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.