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Dear SDSU Community,

We are very excited to see renewed energy on our campus, as the majority of us have returned for in-person instruction and on-campus work.

 
 
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After so many months apart, our long-held traditions that bring life to our campus have returned. We take a moment to thank all of our instructional faculty who, throughout the pandemic, taught through multiple modalities. Our faculty and staff were at the forefront of supporting the many needs of our students — often while caring for their own children and families — while helping them remain on track to graduate. We also thank our staff who not only kept us safe, but ensured that our programs and services remained accessible no matter what.

We also thank all who were able to attend the All-University Convocation this morning, and who will attend the additional convocation events to be held in the coming days. We are enthusiastic about the range of opportunities for connection, which are filling up our calendars once again.

 
 
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To our new students, faculty and staff, we welcome you and are so happy that you have joined our one SDSU community! To those returning, we are excited to reconnect and to see you again.

We Have What We Need

We are very pleased to share that more than 33,000 of our students and the majority of our faculty and staff have submitted proof of vaccination against COVID-19. A much smaller population, about 2 percent, is approved for exemptions and will test regularly as a result. We will continue to offer on-campus COVID-19 vaccine access to all students and employees, and all three vaccines are available today at Student Health Services.

 
 
 
 

In addition to COVID-19 vaccinations, we continue to offer robust testing through Student Health Services, along with additional testing offered on campus in partnership with the County of San Diego. We will also be placing vending machines with easy-to-self-administer COVID-19 tests on SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley campus locations by the end of next week.

We have employed other strategies: Our facial covering policy is designed to ensure added protection; we are regularly testing wastewater in our residence halls to identify new COVID-19 cases to, then, quickly intervene to help prevent spread; and we have improved ventilation in all buildings throughout campus, including our auxiliary buildings.

This is just a sampling of the many efforts and interventions adopted across our campuses at SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley as we continue to prioritize individual and community health and well-being.

 
 
 
 

Take Action Daily

In addition to the many strategies we have in place, we each continue to have a responsibility to ourselves and to our community.

We ask that every person commit to three primary actions every single day. They are as follows:

  • If you are sick, do not come to campus for classes or work. We must each prioritize our own health, and not doing so could jeopardize the health of others.

  • Adhere to the existing public health guidelines and policies. Follow the university’s updated facial covering policy and general prevention guidance to protect yourself and others. As a reminder: Facial coverings are required in nearly all indoor spaces, including all instructional spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Reach out to support teams as soon as you need help. There will be times that each of us will experience challenges. Never feel as though you need to work through difficulties alone. Lean on the support services available, whether you are a student, faculty or staff member.

Honoring Who We Are, and What We Do

We continue to enhance our teaching. We have expanded student support services and degree access. We have many new academic programs starting this year, including at SDSU Imperial Valley and through our SDSU Global Campus. We have also introduced new microsites with local community colleges, providing access to an SDSU degree to local students on weekends and weeknights. For our efforts and commitment to serving individuals throughout their lifespan, we were recently recognized as a First-gen Forward Advisory Institution, and as an Age-Friendly University.

 
 
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Our research community is leading major initiatives, including those aimed at building better batteries for electric cars, reducing disease and health disparities within our community, addressing climate change, and more. And we recently completed the Aztec Stadium’s steel construction in Mission Valley, part of a site that will add $3 billion to the almost $5.7 billion a year in economic impact our university already generates for San Diego.

We believe in every one of you, and honor our collective work in service to the public good. We also know that we are stronger, and better prepared to meet what comes in the future. We are back on campus, and we ask that you honor our shared spaces, and respect the facial covering requirements and recommendations. Every public health measure we have put in place, combined with your responsible daily actions, will help ensure a safe and successful semester for each of us.

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

Salvador Hector Ochoa, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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

Ashley A. Tejada
Associated Students President

 
 

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