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Testing & Vaccinations

Faculty, staff, students, and visitors who are accessing campus facilities are required to be immunized against COVID-19 or be approved for an exemption.

Cal Poly Humboldt offers testing.

August 16, 2022

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Faculty, staff, students, and visitors who are accessing campus facilities at any university location must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot if eligible. 
  • Free testing is available to all faculty, staff, and students.
  • Free vaccines are available to all students.
  • Any visitor over the age of 12 accessing campus facilities may be asked to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including a booster shot) or a negative test within 72 hours.

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. If you are in the process of being vaccinated and need a deadline extension, email Human Resources (hr-covid-coordinator@humboldt.edu) or Student Health & Wellbeing Services at health@humboldt.edu.

Those who have been approved for a religious or medical exemption last semester do not need to reapply, but they are strongly encouraged to test prior to coming back onto campus.

Any student, staff, or faculty member who is eligible must have received at least one COVID-19 booster to be considered fully vaccinated. Visit My Turn California to find booster availability near you.

People are eligible for a booster six months after they received the second dose of the original vaccination (2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccination).

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

You can also check with local pharmacies or register to get vaccinated at the CDPH My Turn website.

Any visitor over the age of 12 accessing campus facilities may be asked to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including a booster shot) or a negative test within 72 hours. See the Events, Activities & Meetings guide for more details. 

 

Students

Submission of vaccination status or applying for an exemption can be done 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.

Employees

All employees are required to submit a vaccination self-certification, regardless of whether they are accessing campus facilities. The certification form includes submitting vaccination information, a request for exemption, and/or the option to certify you won't be accessing campus facilities.

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

  • Log in to myHumboldt
  • Go to PeopleSoft > HR Center on the menu
  • Go to Self Service
  • Go to Personal Information > CSU COVID Self-Certification

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.

  • On-campus testing is available. Find testing location and hours here.
  • 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

Campus Visitors and Guests

In order to best protect the campus community, proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including a booster shot) or a negative test result is required for any visitor who is over the age of 12 accessing campus events, meetings, seminars, etc. unless they are staff, faculty, or a student. Learn more about campus visitors and events.

Testing Positive

** SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS, STAFF, and FACULTY SHOULD BE TESTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

Anyone who tests positive should complete this form as soon as you receive your test result.

  • Stay home (PDF) for at least 5 days, using the day of positive test as day 0 (you may also use the first full day symptoms became the most severe as day 0).

  • Isolation can end after day 5 (no earlier than day 6) if symptoms are not present or are resolving and you have a negative antigen test result on or after day 5.

  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.

  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.

  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.

  • Wear a well-fitting mask (N95 or KN95) around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see section below on masking for additional information)

Cal Poly Humboldt will soon begin using a dashboard system to inform the campus of all positive cases, which employees will be expected to review to determine if they have been in a shared workspace with a positive case. Union representatives are also expected to use this dashboard as their means of determining if employees in their unit have had potential exposures.

Once the dashboard is implemented, the University will no longer be sending notifications to specific individuals that they are identified as a direct contact or sending potential exposure notices. If you test positive, you are expected to notify all employees that you have been in close contact with while at work (15 minutes or more in a shared indoor airspace). Falling out of compliance with these protocols may be in violation of campus and county policies and could lead to possible disciplinary action.

  • Anyone who is deemed a direct contact to a positive case should follow COVID-19 exposure guidelines.

If an individual has tested positive in the last 90 days (which would exempt the individual from vaccination during that 90 day period) they would need to provide verification of the positive test date.

Once the 90 days have passed the individual would be expected to either show proof of vaccination or receive a vaccination exemption. 

  • Students would submit this information to SHWS.
  • Employees would submit this information to HR

See testing hours and locations.

 

Testing and Vaccination Tracking

Students 

Students would be tracked by an identified position within the Student Health Center (Student COVID Compliance Coordinator) that would verify vaccination status when submitted and track within the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system within the vaccination section. They would also utilize a secure spreadsheet for tracking testing (this will track testing dates NOT test results). All of this data will be treated as Level 1 data and will be managed according to applicable campus policies regarding the security of that type of data

Staff/Employees

Testing tracking will occur through the use of a secure spreadsheet (this will track testing dates NOT test results) completed by the COVID Coordinator in HR. All of this data will be treated as Level 1 data and will be managed according to applicable campus policies regarding the security of that type of data. 

  • Any testing occurring from sites other than the testing services provided on campus will not be reimbursed by the University. All testing from the on campus testing vendor will result in no out of pocket cost to the employee

  • Direct supervisors will be informed of employees who are exempt from testing by HR.

Testing Location and Hours

COVID-19 testing is available to Humboldt staff, faculty, and students at the Student Health & Counseling (SHC) building (near Library Circle). Bring your Humboldt ID to pick up a self-administered rapid test on a walk-in basis during open hours. The cost of testing will be billed to your insurance provider at no additional expense to you.  

  • Students and employees may come for testing during open hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.  No appointment is needed.

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

  • Testing is highly encouraged, particularly following travel or high exposure events, regardless of vaccination/exemption status, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

If you would prefer a PCR test, or would like to test outside of these hours, you may register for COVID-19 testing through Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services. Many local drug stores also provide testing.

Classroom Management

Classroom Management

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 at health@humboldt.edu. Any questions or concerns about COVID compliance reach out to risk-managment@humboldt.edu