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Covid-19 Response Team


October 10, 2022


Dear Campus Community,


We hope this message finds you well.


Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the safety of our community and for your partnership as we adjust to these new recommendations.


Recently we shared a message with our campus community regarding CSUN’s decision to lift the mask mandate effective October 3, 2022. Some concerns about this decision have been shared and we want to make sure to address them as part of our ongoing collaboration on this issue.


In keeping with our approach to be aligned with guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in consultation with our COVID-19 Operations Team, the decision was made to remove the mask mandate in classrooms, laboratories and the University Library. LA County guidance concerning the appropriate masking response to various levels of COVID transmission is provided at and We are pleased that the LA County community transmission rate remains low.


That said, individuals with higher risk are strongly recommended to wear masks while indoors. Individuals at elevated risk include those who are 65 years of age or older, unvaccinated, those with underlying medical conditions and/or immunocompromised.


While the face covering mandate has been lifted, all CSUN employees, students, and members of our community retain the individual discretion to continue wearing a mask on campus. ​Employees can continue to request assistance in securing masks ​through their area’s COVID-19 coordinator.


Additionally, we encourage you to visit CSUN’s COVID-19 Information page where you can find extensive resources including current health and safety protocols, exposure and reporting information, quarantine and isolation guidelines, and testing and vaccination information.


CSUN is encouraging everyone to continue to wash their hands frequently, get vaccinated or boosted if you haven’t already, get tested if you are showing COVID-19 symptoms, and make sure that, if needed, the proper isolation or quarantine guidelines are followed.


Should there be a significant rise in COVID-19 positivity rates we will continue to be guided by the above referenced LA County Department of Public Health guidelines and response plan, including reinstate​ment of mandatory masking as needed to protect our campus community.


The safety of our campus community remains a top priority and we are grateful for your continued support.


Best wishes,

Mary Beth Walker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Colin Donahue, Vice President for Administration and Finance & CFO