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FAQs for Faculty & Staff

Do we still need to complete the daily screening survey?

Yes, the screening survey is currently still required per Cal/OSHA and is available on the CSUN app.

Are vaccinations or testing required for faculty and staff?

Yes.  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. With the start of classes around the corner, now is the time to get your COVID-19 vaccination. Appointments are free and available through

Students and employees 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.

Specific requirements and exceptions are outlined here:

Where can I get vaccinated?

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is currently distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to residents including all individuals age 12 and older.  More information for LA County residents is available at the COVID-19 Vaccination Hub site.

If medical experts determine in the future that boosters are required, will the new policy also require proof of boosters?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and the CSU will continue to review the guidance from local, state, federal and global health agencies and revise the policy as needed based on the goal of maintaining the health and well-being of all members of the campus community.

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

Yes, you will still need to get vaccinated. The university 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.

Will CSUN offer COVID testing?

Free testing will be available for employees and students 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.  In addition, 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.  Please see map for details. Test results will be provided 24 - 48 hours after test date. More Instructions on how to select a test option and schedule a testing appointment will be forthcoming.

What will happen to me if I am unable to get the second vaccine in time to be fully immunized (allowing for 3-4 weeks after the first shot) before I go to campus?

This should not be a problem as ample time has been built in to allow for both shots and the two weeks following. In the rare event that an individual has not completed the vaccination process, they will be required to participate in additional public health and safety measures.

Where and how is my vaccination information being stored?

Vaccine information will be stored in the same information systems, and subject to the same usage and security protections as other sensitive information that is already collected and stored by the CSU.

Do faculty and staff need to wear masks in the classroom, lab, office, or other indoor spaces?

Yes, anyone on campus during the fall semester will be required to wear a face covering when indoors at CSUN, such as in the classroom, or other settings on campus. Face coverings may be removed outdoors, in a private office with the door closed, or when eating/drinking.  This is consistent with requirements at all other CSU campuses.

Will students be required to wear masks in class?

Yes, students and faculty are required to wear a face covering when indoors at CSUN, including in the classroom.

How should faculty respond to students or others who refuse to wear a mask indoors?

Students have been highly compliant to mask requirements, and we anticipate no emerging issues.  If a student does forget to wear a mask, please remind the student that masks are required in all buildings and classrooms. You may refer to the signage placed around campus and in office spaces/classrooms to remind all visitors/colleagues of the safety protocols. Additionally, tools will be developed to assist you in engaging in discussions with all visitors/customers, including students on safety expectations. You are also encouraged to reach out to Student Affairs or your associate dean for support.

Will faculty and staff be provided with masks or personal protective equipment (PPE) before returning to campus?

You may obtain COVID related supplies from your Department COVID Coordinator. A list of Department COVID Coordinators is available here

Are we maintaining physical distancing in the classroom or lab?

While we are no longer mandated to maintain a minimum social distance, LACDPH and other public health agencies continue to encourage social distance when possible.  Please note that we are not increasing class section enrollments, and we anticipate that room density will continue to remain low.  Overall, the campus footprint will remain quite small compared to a typical semester.   

Where can faculty get technical help with teaching online?

A wealth of resources has been gathered for faculty, including technology training; effective strategies for designing and teaching courses in the online, face-to-face, or hybrid modalities; tips on working through disruptions; and resources dealing with accessibility, affordable course materials, library services for faculty, Zoom FAQs and more. Learn more at Faculty Resources for Teaching.

Will research labs and creative spaces be fully open this fall?

Research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA) continue to be an essential component of CSUN’s mission. In support of that, CSUN is re-opening research labs and design space as health and safety allow. The first priority is opening the research labs supporting instructional activity, followed by opening labs supporting funded research and activities, and as public health guidance allows, opening research labs and creative activity studios that enable our faculty to continue their work in support of the campus’ primary instructional, research and artistic mission.

Are there restrictions on academic or business-related travel?

Travel restrictions have been eased and the essential travel application process for employee travel through “myCSUNglobe” has been eliminated and replaced with a requirement that the Travel Authorization include documentation of approval by the appropriate divisional vice president. Student travel requests will continue to be processed through myCSUNglobe, and must be approved by the Provost. Please visit CSUN University Travel for questions or more information.