Social Responsibility Commitment and Fall Repopulation

July 23, 2020 - 5:39pm

As members of the Cal Poly Humboldt community, all students, faculty, and staff will commit to protect others and themselves during the pandemic. For those of us with a physical need to be on campus in a few short weeks, there are important considerations and actions we must adhere to in order to keep our fall plan in place. For details on Humboldt’s plans for the Fall semester, go to

What You Need to Know:

The Humboldt Social Responsibility Commitment is our campus community’s promise to protect ourselves and one another by preventing the spread of illness and helping maintain an on-campus experience.

Every member of Humboldt’s community has a personal responsibility to ensure the University provides a safe and healthy environment.

Please reflect on the Commitment below and the instructions each Humboldt community member is asked to follow. You must do your part to protect the health and wellbeing of our campus community.

Why this is Important:

Adhering to Humboldt’s Social Responsibility Commitment is important for numerous reasons. First, and most importantly, we must do our part to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 to those within our campus and local community. The health and safety of our Humboldt family is of the utmost importance and we must work together to maintain this to the best of our abilities. 

Additionally, Humboldt’s leadership including faculty, staff, and students have worked hard all summer to develop and implement plans to carry out our hybrid courses this fall for our students to attend. In order to remain hybrid and allow our students the in-person learning experience they desire, we all must remain diligent in our commitment to being socially responsible.   

The Commitment:

By registering for a hybrid or face-to-face courses and/or living on campus this fall, you are agreeing to the following social responsibility commitment as follows:

  • I understand that I am expected to follow Humboldt instructions for protecting myself and the campus community during this pandemic. I will do my part to make our campus a safe and healthy environment, even though it means sacrificing some comforts of a typical campus experience. 
  • I will self-quarantine for 14 days upon initial arrival to Humboldt County. 
  • I will wear a face covering on campus anytime I am indoors, and outdoors anytime I cannot maintain a 6 foot distance from others. I understand I will not be allowed to attend my face-to-face class without wearing one.
  • I will perform daily wellness self-checks before coming onto campus (or leaving my residence hall room or apartment if I live on campus).
  • I will stay off campus (or stay in my room) if I am sick.
  • If I travel outside of Humboldt County for any reason, I will quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus. I understand I will not be allowed to attend my face-to-face class during quarantine and will be held accountable if I fail to follow these instructions.
  • I will wash my hands frequently with soap and water. When soap and water is not available, I will use hand sanitizer.
  • I will practice social distancing and follow protective guidelines when social distancing is not possible.
  • I will promptly follow directions from Humboldt County Public Health (related to testing and contact tracing).
  • I will monitor my personal health and follow medical instructions.
  • I will follow instructions for cleaning and hygiene on campus.

Daily Wellness Self-Checks:

Each day before coming to campus, everyone is required to do a wellness self-check. Taking your own temperature is highly recommended, though not yet mandatory unless required by your position or activity on campus. The CDC considers any temperature over 100.4 F to be indicative of illness. 

The CDC states that people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills (over 100.4 F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Also look for other less obvious signs you may be getting sick: 

  • Unusual or excessive feeling of fatigue or tiredness 
  • Pain or irritation in your throat

All or some of the aforementioned symptoms have been reported to have occurred earlier in the illness and in some cases, before people became aware they had contracted COVID-19. If you have any of the above symptoms, do not come to campus and follow CDC guidelines before returning.

Outcomes of Breaking the Social Responsibility Agreement:

As a reminder, Humboldt’s Social Responsibility Commitment is our campus’s promise to protect not only ourselves, but one another by preventing the spread of illness. It is important we are all held accountable when we place others in our campus community at risk. 

For students, it is very important to adhere to the instruction of faculty, staff and administrators while in public spaces on campus. If a student refuses to comply with Humboldt’s safety practices, such as wearing a face covering or shield, they will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for code of conduct violations. 

If an incident occurs in a classroom, students will be asked to leave to protect the safety of students and faculty and will not be allowed to return to class until the code of conduct process is complete. This could negatively impact your attendance requirement and course grade.  

Housing & Residential Life:

Every community member of Humboldt has a personal responsibility to ensure the University provides a safe and healthy environment. Therefore, students living on campus are agreeing to the following commitment to ensure we uphold our social responsibility:

Travel outside of Humboldt County for any reason is discouraged. 

  • Before November 6 (when face-to-face instruction ends): Students who do leave the county are expected to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus. This 14-day quarantine also includes students not being able to attend any in-person classes, which could negatively impact their course grade.

  • After November 6: Students who leave Humboldt County are discouraged from returning to campus.
    • Students will be required to move all of their belongings out of the room upon leaving the area. If it’s not possible to remove belongings when students move out, Housing will ship items to students if necessary.
    • Students who leave, move out their belongings, and return their keys to Housing will receive a refund for the unused room and board. 
    • Depending on the situation with COVID-19, these students can move back into the same room two weeks prior to the start of Spring semester face-to-face instruction to allow 14 days for self-quarantine.


Education regarding COVID-19, hygiene, procedures for activity, anticipated new protocols for facilities, and expectations will be communicated to student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. Humboldt Sports Medicine will require medical screening for all student-athletes. Daily wellness and temperature checks will be conducted along with health history for illness and exposure. 

For student-athletes, travel, quarantine, and conduct rules in the Social Responsibility Commitment still apply. Those who live on campus will follow procedures in the Housing & Residential Life section above. For additional information regarding participation in the Fall 2020 athletic activity, please go to


Let’s be safe Lumberjacks!

Dr. Eboni N. Turnbow
Dean of Students

Jeremiah Finley
Associated Students President

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