What to Expect Spring 2022

December 22, 2021 - 4:03pm

Cal Poly Humboldt has put in place health and safety measures based on guidance from CDC as well as state and local health guidelines. 

The California State University announced today that it will require faculty, staff and students who are accessing university facilities or programs to receive a vaccine booster shot in order to be fully immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and in compliance with the university’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

The new requirement calls for boosters to be received by no later than February 28, 2022 or six months after an individual receives the final dose of the original vaccination (2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccination). For more information on the booster, please visit CDPH Page. Instructions on how to submit your booster vaccination status to Humboldt are at the bottom of this email. 

Students and others who are away for winter break are encouraged to seek boosters as soon as they are eligible, while at home or wherever they are, given limited availability in Humboldt County. Students and employees are strongly encouraged not to wait to return to Humboldt for Spring Semester before receiving the vaccination, if possible. Visit My Turn California to find booster availability near you. 

University leadership and the Emergency Operations Center are monitoring information about the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and are planning and preparing for ways it might affect campus. 

At this point, researchers are still gathering data about the severity and transmission rate of the variant. The President’s Administrative Team, Emergency Operations Center, Advanced Planning Team, and Focused Instructional Transition Team will continue to work with Humboldt County Public Health, California Public Health, and the CSU to appropriately prepare for and react to the variant. 

All eateries are open, as are all buildings, and the campus is open to the public. 

Visitors at all events must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. Learn more about this requirement.

Everyone must continue to do wellness self-checks before coming to campus.

Please remember that face masks are required at all times on campus except when eating in designated eating areas. Face masks, handwashing, social distancing, vaccinations, and booster shots remain the best tools for mitigating the spread and severity of COVID-19 infections. 

All students and employees are strongly encouraged to get the booster vaccination, when eligible. The booster has been shown to further minimize the effects of new variants of COVID-19. For more information on where to get the booster vaccine, please visit My Turn California.

As we begin to repopulate the campus this Spring with more in-person classes, activities, and events, it is important for us to stay cautious by following the safety guidelines and conducting self-wellness checks before coming to campus.


SPRING 2022 INSTRUCTION: A majority of courses will be conducted in-person, and they will begin in-person on the first day of instruction, Jan. 18. For questions about your class modality, contact your faculty or academic advisor.

Important Dates
New student orientation: Jan. 14

Martin Luther King holiday: Jan. 17

Instruction begins: Jan. 18

Spring Break: March 14-18

Cesar Chavez Holiday: March 31

Finals: May 9-13


Health & Safety

MASKING: Universal masking will continue through the Spring semester. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will need to be masked while indoors in campus facilities, and outdoors anytime you cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from others. More: Masking Guide in Campus Ready.

General: Should a student or employee find that they are without a face mask, Humboldt will provide them at the following sites: 

  • University Police Department, 1st Floor SBS

  • Jolly Giant Commons Mailroom

  • College Creek Mailroom

Classrooms: Everyone must be masked in instructional spaces. If/when appropriate, faculty will be provided a list of students and what accommodations they require.

If you have questions regarding accommodations for students, reach out to Student COVID Compliance Coordinator, Emily McDowell (emily.mcdowell@humboldt.edu). Any questions or concerns about COVID compliance reach out to risk-managment@humboldt.edu


VACCINATION MANDATE & EXEMPTIONS: The CSU Chancellor put forth a mandate requiring all students, staff, and faculty to be either fully vaccinated or qualify for a medical or religious exemption, before the first day you arrive on campus. If you are in the process of being vaccinated and need a deadline extension, email Student Health & Wellbeing Services or Human Resources.


Students can call Student Health & Wellbeing Services at (707) 826-3146 to make vaccination appointments. 

  • Submit your vaccination information through your Student Health Portal.

    • Log in to myHumboldt

    • Go to: your Health Portal

    • Go to: Document Upload 

    • Choose Documentation Type: Covid Vaccination Card

    • Upload a picture or scan of your Vaccination Record Card

    • In order to have Student Health & Wellbeing Services share your vaccination record with Housing & Residence Life and/or Human Resources (for student employees), look for the “Release of Information of Covid Vaccination Status” form in your Health Portal, complete, and submit.

  • To request a medical or religious exemption:

    • Log in to myHumboldt

    • Go to your Health Portal

    • Go to the Forms tab

    • Fill out the form "Exemption from COVID-19 Immunization Requirement (HousingAthletics)"

    • Contact the Student Health & Wellbeing Services with any questions: health@humboldt.edu (707) 826-3146

    • You’ll be contacted by the Student Health Center if your request is rejected.

  • If you are granted an exemption, you will be given accommodations, which include required weekly testing. See the Compliance section below for more information.


Check with local pharmacies or register to get vaccinated at the CDPH My Turn website.

ALL employees must submit a self-certification. If you are not accessing campus facilities, please indicate that you are not accessing any campus facilities.

  • To submit your self-certification or claim an exemption in PeopleSoft:

    • Go to HR Center in PeopleSoft

    • Go to Self Service

    • Go to CSU COVID Self-Certification in Personal Information

  • If employees select medical or religious exemption in the self-certification form HR will reach out to collect additional information needed to grant the exemption.

  • If employees are granted an exemption, HR will provide work accommodations, which will include once weekly required testing.

    • Testing is available to employees during their regular work hours when accessing testing services on campus. The University will accept testing from other off-campus providers but employees must be tested on their own time.

    • Being granted an exemption does not guarantee telecommuting as an accommodation. 

    • Faculty who are granted an exemption are still required to teach their assigned course modality, including those that have a partial or full face-to-face component. Course modalities cannot be changed.

    • Should you have to travel for work there may be additional accommodations specific to travel. 

    • Your supervisor will not have your vaccination status disclosed to them, however they will be notified of applicable work accommodations. See the Compliance section below for more information.

If you have any questions please reach out to HR at hsuhr@humboldt.edu

HOUSING RESIDENTS: Student housing residents will receive direct communications from Housing & Residence Life. Check your humboldt.edu email. For additional information, visit the Housing & Residence Life website, email housing@humboldt.edu, call 707-826-3451, or visit the Campus Ready website


VISITORS: In order to best protect the campus community, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result will be required for any visitor who is over the age of 12 accessing campus facilities unless they are staff, faculty, or a student. 

[PLEASE NOTE: Students and employees are not required to show proof of vaccination or negative test results because under University requirements, they have been either fully vaccinated or, if granted an exemption, are getting tested regularly for COVID-19.]

Attendees to events (indoors and outdoors) will have the option of showing:

  • an Humboldt staff, faculty, or student ID 

  • OR proof of vaccination 

  • OR proof of a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival. 

Regardless of vaccination status or test status, all attendees age 2 and older must wear a mask at all times while on campus except in designated dining areas while actively eating or drinking.

TESTING FOR COVID-19: Free COVID-19 testing is available to Humboldt staff, faculty, and students at the Banquet Room of the Student Activities Center (first floor).  

  • Students and employees may walk in for testing during open hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Fridays, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Wear a mask at all times (except when advised by the test collector to remove your mask) and try to stay 6 feet apart from others while waiting for your test.

TESTING POSITIVE: Anyone who tested positive should inform the University immediately. Students should notify Student Health & Wellbeing Services (SHWS) and employees should notify their supervisor AND Human Resources (hr-covid-coordinator@humboldt.edu). More: Testing & Vaccination Guide on Campus Ready

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