California State University, Northridge, Human Resources

COVID-19 Employee Updates | January 14, 2021

Dear Colleague:

Happy new year. I wanted to take an opportunity to provide you with an updated summary of information for CSUN employees during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as policies and resources for those working on campus and remotely.

As a reminder, the CSUN as One website is an up to date resource for additional questions you may have. Please view the website regularly.

Spring 2021

All CSU campuses will remain in a primarily virtual environment through the spring 2021 semester to maximize health and safety; CSUN limited campus instruction, including lab courses will not resume prior to February 15, 2021. Should circumstances change, we will communicate further.

This means all employees who can work from home will continue to work from home during the spring 2021 semester.

Limited Working on Campus

Remember, if you are approved to work on campus by your supervisor:

  • Prior to reporting to work, and on a daily basis if scheduled, submit an Employee Screening Survey via the CSUN app or the myNorthridge portal; based on your result, you will receive an immediate message and email stating you are cleared to report to work or to stay home with further instructions; if cleared for work, share the email with your administrator.
  • Wear face coverings at all times; The face covering may be removed in a private office.
  • Maintain 6-feet social distancing.
  • Adhere to hand washing and work-space hygiene requirements.

For more information on health & safety, visit:

Reporting COVID Cases

CSUN cares about your health and safety and continues to track reported COVID-19 cases among members of our campus community, including students, faculty, and staff. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 by your doctor, and/or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, even if you have not been on campus, please complete the relevant form on the CSUN as One website at

Managers should report any cases they have been advised of using the Manager Reporting Form.

Potential Exposure Notifications

Effective January 1, 2021, California Assembly Bill 685 requires all California employers to provide notice to their employees, of potential exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Therefore, employees working on campus will receive such communications if a potential exposure was identified in the building they indicated they worked in via the self-screening survey.

Update Los Angeles County Regulations

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a new safer at home health order that took effect December 30, which indicates that those who traveled and are returning to or arriving in the County of Los Angeles from anywhere outside of Southern California (Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties) must self-quarantine for 10 days after their arrival. Employees who traveled outside Southern California must stay at home and not return to campus for 10 days after entry to Los Angeles County.

We have updated our campus self-screening survey accordingly.

Leave of Absence Programs

COVID related leaves such as CSU Coronavirus Paid Administrative Leave (CPAL) and Federal Families First leaves expired on December 31, 2020.

CSUN employees are still eligible for leaves under their respective collective bargaining agreements and may explore flexible work schedules with their respective manager. Additionally, the Family Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act allows for eligible leave time for employees who have a child with a medical condition or learning disability, who are impacted by school closure. Medical certification will be required and employees will use their own sick and vacation time for the leave.

For more information on leave eligibility, please refer to and/or contact Karyn Cote, Leave of Absence Specialist, at

For information on alternate faculty leave options (e.g., partial or full leaves without pay), please contact Faculty Affairs at


All employees were expected to complete an online training course called “Returning to Campus Guide for Employees” no later than December 31, 2020. Please refer to details shared in my message on July 28,2020.

If you have not completed this training yet, please do so as soon as possible. You can directly access the training hosted in CSU Learn, the Campus Learning Management System, by logging into the CSUN Portal here.

For questions or issues with accessing the training, email CSU-Learn

Virtual Resources

Human Resources has compiled resources from across campus to help you teach and work remotely and created a Resources for Successfully Telecommuting web-page. Here you'll find information to help you work efficiently and safely, as well as resources and suggestions on keeping your mind and body healthy, or fun things you can do while staying safe at home.

Employee Assistance Program -

In these difficult times, your Employee Assistance Program benefits provider, LifeMatters, is well-prepared to deliver the quality services you and your household members are accustomed to receiving. They are providing telephonic and video counseling sessions through their national network of Master’s level counselors using a HIPAA compliant telehealth platform in addition to a special COVID-19 section that is updated on an ongoing basis. Please contact them for support at (password matadors).

If you have questions that are not addressed above or in the CSUN as One site, please contact Human Resources/Employee Relations at, or (818) 677-6566.

Thank you.


Kristina de la Vega, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | Associate Vice President, Office of Human Resources
California State University, Northridge | Mail Drop 8229 |