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Dear SDSU Students,

We, again, thank all of you who are wearing your facial coverings, avoiding gatherings and adhering to other university policies, guidance and public health guidelines.

As we have shared, we have seen a growth in COVID-19 cases, especially in the off-campus undergraduate population. Our existing Stay at Home Order and COVID-19 Advisory are two examples of many efforts to reduce the number of COVID-19 positive cases, and they are working because so many of you are taking this issue seriously. Please continue to do so. We remain grateful to every effort you are making for your own health and the wellbeing of others. Thank you!

With this message, we provide additional guidance and encouragement as we go into the weekend.

Get Tested

We have been encouraging that any student get tested who is in close contact with someone who has been ill or tested positive for COVID-19. With this message, we reinforce and encourage that all students monitor their health and seek COVID-19 testing. Public Health research indicates a high percentage of young adults who contract COVID-19, especially those ages 18-22, may be asymptomatic for the majority of the period they are infectious. Proactively seeking testing, even when you are well, helps protect those vulnerable throughout our community.

Several options exist for you:

  • Contact your primary care physician or healthcare facility that offers COVID-19 testing.

  • Student Health Services continues to offer testing services. Testing is available by appointment only. Online scheduling is available through HealtheConnect, the secure online health portal. Students can also schedule appointments by calling Student Health Services at 619-594-4325.

  • SDSU has been housing a co-operated, walk-up coronavirus testing site in parking lot 17B at 6200 Alvarado Road. On Monday, Sept. 14, the county‚Äôs site will move to the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, 5250 55th St. This will make it much easier for students to gain access to testing, which is offered at no cost to you. No appointments are necessary, and we expect that you should rarely experience any wait times at the Parma Payne testing site.

  • San Diego County and Imperial Valley County also provide testing sites, and additional information is on their respective COVID-19 sites.

We also want to remind you that SDSU will hold students accountable for both organizational and individual violations of university policies. All policies, which are in place for individual and community health and safety, must be followed. If you are aware of any potential policy violation, report the situation using the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form. Concerns about organizations may be submitted using the Student Organization Incident Report Form.

Quarantine and Isolation

SDSU is working diligently to ensure that all community members remain as safe as possible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specific quarantine and isolation information for SDSU residents is available on the SDSU Housing and Residential Education site.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick or test positive. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

If you test positive or are directed to quarantine, please commit to the full isolation or quarantine time and actions as directed by a medical professional. If you do not follow the direction provided, you may risk violations under the student code of conduct guidelines.

Library, WiFi Support

The SDSU Library continues to offer Domeside Pickup hours Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and also noon to 2 p.m. Interlibrary Loan, Remote Labs, Outdoor Study Areas, and other virtual support remain available. The SDSU Imperial Valley Library also continues to offer virtual support.

Also, students who need a space to study or access to the Internet for academic purposes can use the spaces designated on the interactive campus map of the Outdoor Study Areas. University parking lots are not suited to supporting WIFI-based student studying or other academic activities.

Emergency and Psychological Support

Mental health is as important as physical health, and just as much care is needed. SDSU offers a range of support services for students, faculty and staff, to include the following:

  • Counseling & Psychological Services offers therapeutic services to support students. These services are free, and we encourage all students to reach out when needed. Call 619-594-5220 to schedule a consultation with a therapist and visit www.sdsu.edu/cps for additional information. Students can also call to speak with a counselor after 4:30 p.m. and on the weekends by dialing the dedicated access line: 619-594-5220.

  • If you have an emergency food, housing, technology-related or other need, the Economic Crisis Response Team is able to assist. You can also fill out the assistance request form to seek support.

  • The Associated Students Food Pantry provides nutritious food and food program referral services on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Visit the website for times and additional information.

We encourage that you remain involved and to rely on your faculty and staff mentors. We are all here to support you and your continued success. Also, join our community during the virtual Aztec Nights events, to include the Sept. 12 Dance Marathon at SDSU event, to be held 10 p.m. to midnight.

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

Randy Timm, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director

Christian J. Holt
Associated Students President

 
 
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