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Return to Work

The campus will operate in a way to provide an experience that is safe for the entire campus community and enriching for students as they progress toward their degree.

August 9, 2021

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The health and safety of students, staff and faculty are the number one priority when examining how and when the University will resume operations.
  • Repopulation plan takes a phased approach for the safe return of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Wellness self-checks must be performed by EVERYONE prior to coming onto campus.

Preparing for the Academic Year

The progression of students toward their degree and the health and safety of our campus community are paramount and drive key decisions that are being made in conjunction with state and local partners. 

With safety in mind, teams of faculty, staff, and administrators who represent departments across campus have been charged with planning for a hybrid virtual and face-to-face approach. 

Returning to Work

The University will be repopulated based on a set of criteria. To ensure the campus community remains healthy and safe, the University has identified which employees will return to campus—a process that involved extensive reviews and approvals from multiple units and based on stringent health and safety standards. 

Health and Safety Protocols and Preparations

To minimize possible exposure to and spread of COVID-19, the campus community will need to adhere to several measures, including daily wellness self-checks. Each day before coming to campus, everyone (students, faculty, staff, and visitors) will be required to do a wellness self-check and must be aware of the signs and symptoms of COVD-19.

All employees are expected to read and adhere to the guidelines in the Social Responsibility Commitment, which outline safe distancing, cleanliness, facial coverings, self-monitoring, self-isolating, and quarantining if necessary.

Repopulating Campus

Repopulating Campus

The repopulation plan takes a phased approach for the safe return of students, faculty, and staff. It outlines the process of bringing back essential employees and prioritizes the reopening of services.

Due to recent changes to guidelines in regards to masking by the CDC, CDPH, and Humboldt County Public Health, and the notable increase in cases locally due to the Delta variant of COVID-19, several changes will go into effect regarding campus repopulation. As the Delta variant is significantly more infectious than previous variants of COVID-19 the need to reduce potential exposures will be critical in curbing further spread. 

Repopulation will continue with those identified as belonging to Group A being fully repopulated no later than August 16 and those identified as Group B being fully repopulated no later than October 2.

As part of repopulation, ALL employees will need to complete a quick form that will inform the Campus Access List and act as the required hazard analysis to be done for accessing all HSU buildings and facilities. Regardless of whether an employee has completed a supervisor’s checklist or been on the Campus Access List previously, they will need to complete this form. Employees who are already on campus or working in an HSU facility need to complete the form no later than August 16. All other employees must complete this form prior to coming back to work on campus or in HSU facilities and may return once the form has been submitted. There is no approval process. Some employees will have to follow up with Environmental Health & Safety if the employee indicates they need further guidance on protocol. 

Campus Access List Form to be completed by ALL employees. 


HSU will be hosting the following informational sessions with more to be added:

When: Tuesday, August 10, 3 p.m.

Topic: Repopulation Info Session

Register in advance for this webinar:

    Meeting ID: 840 0098 9979



When: Friday, August 13, 9 a.m.

Topic: Repopulation Info Session

Register in advance for this webinar:

    Meeting ID: 820 0088 2711



When: Wednesday, August 18, 2 p.m.

Topic: Repopulation Information Session

Register in advance for this webinar:

    Meeting ID: 831 2756 5107