Dear SDSU students,

We are more than excited to have you back on campus in a little more than one month.

As teams across campus are taking final steps to prepare for instruction, we are sharing a few important updates and ask that you take action today, and no later than Friday, August 13.

The requirements and guidance indicated below are important for all students who will be coming to campus this Fall, whether for a class, to visit the library, or for any meetings or events.

Upload Your Vaccination Card

Submit your COVID-19 vaccine record to HealtheConnect, the university’s secure online health portal. Instructions to submit a COVID-19 vaccine record are available online.

New prizes for uploading today: Those who submit records on or before July 31 will be automatically entered into new raffle drawings, to include: $500 for course materials from the SDSU Bookstore for the fall semester, $50 gift cards to Starbucks, or for $250 for a fall meal plan for use at any SDSU Dining restaurant or market, among other prizes. Those who have already uploaded their vaccination record to HealtheConnect are also eligible for these drawings.

Testing Requirement & Details for Those Without Vaccines On File

The California State University system and University of California shared in a joint announcement on April 22 that students, faculty and staff would be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to be able to access campus facilities this fall, subject to full FDA approval. While full FDA approval is still pending and details are being finalized at the system-level, to ensure the health and safety of all who return for the Fall semester, SDSU will be implementing a local COVID-19 testing requirement for all returning students, with details below.

All students will be required to have COVID-19 testing every seven days through September 30, at which point the university will re-evaluate transitioning to bi-weekly testing based on local conditions.

However, students who have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series and who have uploaded their vaccination documentation with the university prior to August 13 will become exempt from this regular testing requirement, and will only need to test if they experience any COVID-like symptoms.


If you have not been vaccinated or will not get vaccinated, and you will be on campus this Fall, you must follow these instructions:

  • If you do not submit a COVID-19 vaccine record by August 13, you will be automatically entered into the university’s required COVID-19 testing program, and will receive regular notifications detailing when and where to get tested this fall.

  • As part of required testing this fall, you will need to get a COVID-19 test once every week beginning August 16 through Sept. 30. After September 30th, the testing frequency will be re-evaluated.

  • If you decide at a later time to get vaccinated, submit your COVID-19 vaccine record by following the online instructions. At that point, you will be removed from the required testing program.

  • Exemptions for testing will not be offered, and students who do not complete the weekly testing requirement will be referred to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities (CSRR).

Facial Covering Reminder

Last week, we shared an update regarding the facial covering policy that will be in place for the start of the fall semester. Please be reminded:

Students who are fully vaccinated (with a two-dose vaccine or a single dose vaccine) and who have uploaded their vaccination records:

  • Are not required to wear facial coverings on campus in non-instructional settings.

  • Vaccinated students must still wear facial coverings in all instructional settings, including classrooms and instructional labs, whether indoors or outdoors, as well as the SDSU Library. Vaccinated faculty, teaching assistants, and interpreters may remove facial coverings when teaching as long as students are masked in the classroom.

  • Please note, those who are vaccinated may choose to continue to wear facial coverings.

Students who are NOT vaccinated or who have NOT yet uploaded their vaccination records:

  • Students who are not vaccinated must continue to wear facial coverings while indoors and when outdoors and unable to maintain six feet distance from others.

The full, updated facial covering policy is available on the SDSU COVID-19 page.

In Closing

Whether you are vaccinated or will not be able to get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons, we are here to support you and help ensure your health and safety. As a reminder, know that at any time you can contact us to assist with any academic, financial, counseling or other support needs. Contact information for university support services is available online, with several services operating 24 hours a day. Do not wait until the first day of classes to reach out if you have questions or needs.


Again, we look to the start of the new academic year with excitement and enthusiasm, and look forward to seeing you, in person.

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director


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