Written by Amanda Angulo
University California (UC) schools have already imposed a requirement for vaccinations in order to attend classes in person. Now California State University (CSU) schools have announced on Tuesday that they will be following in their steps and require all staff and students to be vaccinated in order to do any in-person activities.
“The current surge in COVID cases due to the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant is an alarming new factor that we must consider as we look to maintain the health and well-being of students, employees and visitors to our campuses this fall,” CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro said in announcing the mandate.
According to CSU, staff and students will have until no later than Sept. 30th to verify their vaccination status with the campus but will allow for students to seek any medical and religious exemptions.
For those who have not been vaccinated and do not wish to, CSU officials have stated that they will be expanding offerings of virtual courses just as there was before the pandemic.
San Diego State University will be mandating COVID-19 testing requirements for all students. However, due to CSU’s requirement for vaccines, the testing will only be mandatory for unvaccinated students, every week.
For students living on campus, SDSU will require that all students upload a copy of their negative covid-19 test result two days before move-in. They require that the tests be administered no sooner than seven days before the move-in date. This applies to all students moving in, regardless of vaccination status.
The UC system announced on July 15th that they too will require students and staff to be vaccinated before returning to campus for the fall semester.