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FAQs

This section was last updated on Oct. 01, 2021 and will be regularly updated.

If you have questions that are not addressed below, please visit the Contact page for additional resources and assistance.

Please note: On July 27, 2021, the California State University (CSU) system announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for students, faculty, and staff, including auxiliary employees in order to access campus this fall. 

Fall 2021

Based on recent guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, as well as detailed modeling from our public health experts, we are excited to share that we are planning for fall 2021 to be primarily in-person.

The university is optimistic about being able to offer a largely in-person fall because of recent updates from the state and County of San Diego. In addition, on April 6, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state plans to fully reopen on June 15, returning to pre-pandemic operations as long as vaccine supply meets demand and hospitalization rates are stable and low. Also, as of April 7, both San Diego and Imperial counties have moved into the state’s less restrictive “Orange Tier”. With these updates in mind SDSU is moving forward with planning for a largely in-person fall semester.

Yes. The California State University system has announced that all students, faculty and staff, including those at SDSU, will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine on file to access campus facilities this fall. This decision carries across the system, and all universities, including SDSU, must be in compliance.

On July 29, 2021, SDSU updated its facial covering policy with requirements for those who will be on site at any university location and are fully vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated. The policy also applies also to campus visitors.

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the Student Ability Success Center (SASC) as soon as possible if they believe they cannot comply with any of the COVID-19 related health/safety measures due to a medical condition or disability. Information for contacting SASC during virtual operation can be found on SASC’s COVID-19 Information site. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact SDSU’s Office of Employee Relations and Compliance by calling 619-594-6464 or emailing [email protected] should they have a medical condition or disability and believe they cannot comply.

Potential policy violations may be reported in multiple ways. If the situation involves a student, fill out the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form. If a student club or organization may be involved, use the Student Organization Incident Reporting Form. Situations involving faculty or staff members should be reported using the Non-Compliance Reporting Form.

As guidance is continually reviewed and updated, informed by state and local public health recommendations, SDSU will continue to provide timely information to the campus community about any necessary changes to the policy.

The CSU COVID-19 vaccination requirement allows for students, faculty and staff to seek an exemption based on medical or religious grounds.

Students who receive an approved vaccination exemption will be required to have COVID-19 testing every seven days through the end of the fall semester, at which point the university will re-evaluate transitioning to biweekly testing based on county conditions.

If an individual is in the process of being vaccinated, can complete a temporary waiver request. This will place the individual on a testing program until they reach fully-vaccinated status.

Information on submitting an exemption request can be found online.

Students and all non-represented faculty and staff, including auxiliary employees should upload a copy of their vaccination card through HealtheConnect, the university’s secure online health portal.

Yes, registration for continuing students begins on May 25. Evidence of vaccination will not be required at that time.

No, students who are fully online and will not be physically on campus or at any CSU or SDSU facility during the fall do not fall under this system-wide requirement. SDSU does, however, encourage that all members of the university community get vaccinated as soon as they are able to do so in the interest of individual well-being and community health.

At this time, yes. Testing and also vaccination information is available online.

Testing is also available for students with an exemption on file with the university or those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor to identify all appropriate classes applicable to their general education and major requirements that are offered online. Students who need accommodations for in-person courses based on their own verifiable disability and/or medical-related need should obtain documentation from their health provider and contact the Student Ability Success Center (SASC), which will work with them and academic departments to determine appropriate accommodations. SASC may be reached by emailing [email protected] or calling 619-594-6473.

No. SDSU will limit its on-campus housing capacity to mitigate COVID-19 transmission, and is planning to house 6,000 students in Fall 2021 (as compared to normal capacity of 7,500). The majority of students will be assigned to a double occupancy room unless otherwise requested.

Campus Repopulation

The university began slowly repopulating campus with the return of more faculty and staff during spring 2021. This gradual repopulation will continue during the summer. Faculty and staff whose work can only be performed onsite and are unable to do so in the fall due to medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 will receive reasonable accommodations in the form of telework assignments, where available, or will be provided with leave options consistent with California State University policies and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

You may park only in the facility where your permit is valid. Student permits are only valid in student lots, however after 6:30 p.m. students may park in faculty and staff areas. At no time may anyone park in a special permit (SP) area unless they have the SP assigned to them.

Instruction and Classes

Students who cannot attend in-person courses can either enroll in online courses only or determine if taking a leave of absence for one or up to four semesters is the best course of action given their current circumstances. The Student Ability Success Center (SASC) can only provide academic accommodations for students who have verifiable and documented disabilities themselves.

The Vice President's Office has a process in place to assist students in notifying their instructors when they will have an extended absence from campus. For students that have been required to quarantine/isolate by a university official a letter will automatically be sent to the student's instructors, Assistant Dean and the Provost.

For students who are required to quarantine/isolate but have not been in communication with a university official they should send an email to [email protected] to notify the university and to initiate the process for letters to be sent to their instructors, Assistant Dean and the Provost. Medical documentation may be required prior to the letter being issued.

For short-term illnesses--for example, of one week or less--please work with your course instructor to establish a plan for making up missed assignments. If you are missing coursework because of COVID, either because you have been diagnosed and are quarenting or are required to isolate you should send an email to [email protected] to notify the university and to initiate the process for absent letters to be sent to your instructors, assistant dean and the provost. Medical documentation may be required prior to the letter being issued.

Continuing students are may file for a leave of absence on the SDSU Webportal prior to schedule adjustment deadline. Additional information about eligibility for a leave of absence is available online on the Office of the Registrar website.

Please note: New students (i.e. new transfer students or first-time freshman) can not file for a leave of absence for their first term.

If you need to defer your admission for personal reasons, you can submit an application to appeal on the SDSU Office of Admissions site. Each appeal application will be evaluated on its merit on a case by case basis. International students who cannot be issued a VISA at this time due to travel or country-specific restrictions may also choose to defer enrollment through this process.

Students who defer must maintain eligibility (e.g. first-time freshmen may not enroll at another institution after graduating from high school). Otherwise, they are considered transfer students and must satisfy upper-division transfer admission criteria.

In most cases, we discourage students from deferring their admissions. SDSU has been actively investing in preparing a dynamic and meaningful learning experience that will allow our students to move towards their academic goals without interruptions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the benefit of innovative solutions that will provide students a rich experience beyond the classroom we are confident that we will deliver a robust in-person and virtual education experience for our students.

Tuition and Fees

If you are an incoming new student or parent and need more information, please visit Student Account Services New Student and Parent webpage.

If you can not pay your tuition fees in full, here are some alternative ways for you to pay for the semester:

  • You can enroll in the Basic Tuition & Fees Installment Plan to better manage the cost of educational expenses. This payment option allows students and families to manage the cost of educational expenses by breaking up the total cost of an expense into multiple partial payments over the course of the semester. You can enroll in the installment plan via the Online Student Account. To learn more visit our Installment Plan webpage.
  • All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by filing a FAFSA to be considered for state and federal aid, such as grants, student loans, and parent loans. Scholarship opportunities are also available through the new Aztec Scholarship portal, as well as federal CARES dollars for qualifying students. To learn more about different types of aid visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website.
  • Lastly, you can pay your tuition fees using a third party payer or veteran’s benefit. To learn more visit the Student Account Services Payment Options webpage.

If you need additional financial assistance, please contact Student Account Services (via Live Chat on the site) or by email at [email protected].

The Intent to Enroll is a non-refundable deposit. Your Intent to Enroll deposit will be applied toward your first payment of basic tuition and fees.

Requests for refund of the non-refundable Intent to Enroll deposit will only be considered due to financial hardship, including those related to COVID-19. The requests, will be reviewed and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The Student Experience

Guidance on facial coverings is part of the student code of conduct and requires anyone on campus -- indoors and outdoors -- to wear a facial covering at all times with very limited exceptions. The university asks that any community member who becomes aware of a potential violation among students report the situation using the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form. Consequences of COVID-19 policy violations range from an official warning to, in an extreme case, expulsion.

SDSU will pursue disciplinary actions related to both organizational and individual violations should these policies not be followed.

In regards to facial coverings, students in violation of this policy are subject to individual student code of conduct violations.

For any off-campus gathering, both organizational violations as well as individual violations may be issued. The university takes any violation extremely seriously. Consequences range from an official warning to expulsion. The university asks that any community member who becomes aware of a potential violation among students report the situation using the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form.

For those living on-campus, the university has put into place an extensive range of proactive measures. If violated, these are also subject to student disciplinary action, as noted above.

SDSU will continue to offer high quality and interactive activities for students, staff, and faculty. Partners across campus are planning in-person co-curricular campus programs, including, but not limited to undergraduate research, entrepreneurship, community building, leadership programming, and service. Many SDSU centers, including and not limited to the Cultural Centers, Student Organizatiosn and Activities, Commuter Resource Center, Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center, Glazer Center for Leadership & Service, and Career Services will continue to offer virtual office hours, student-centered, events, and opportunities to connect with staff and small group activities.

Constructing an immersive student-focused virtual experience that creates social engagement and easy pathways for student involvement, access to student success services and integrated health and well-being resources. We are working diligently to ensure our new students will experience a successful transition to our supportive campus community.

All organizational events will be expected to follow public health guidance and university policies, Student Life & Leadership is available to support organizations.

Yes, SDSU is committed to offering robust co-curricular engagement opportunities for students during the fall. We plan to deliver activities, including but not limited to events, training, and mentoring, while supporting student leadership opportunities in Recognized Student Organizations, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Associated Students, and more. Students can access virtual event offerings by visiting: https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/virtual-events.aspx?

Federal work study jobs still remain available, and our auxiliary organizations continue to have some job opportunities for students in research, food services, bookstore and other service areas. SDSU and its auxiliaries will strive to bring back as many existing student employees as possible as the campus repopulates over the academic year and also hire additional students as needed based on new virtual or hybrid campus activities and needs.

Aztec Shops, in particular, is striving to bring back as many existing student employees as possible, and hire additional students as needed, based on campus activity, food service and bookstore customer demand.

Associated Students has several part-time student jobs available to support Aztec Recreation, Aztec Aquaplex, the Aztec Student Union for different daily programming; Business Services, Government Affairs and much more. Visit as.sdsu.edu/jobs/parttime for the most current opportunities available.

SDSU Research Foundation posts all job opportunities on its website at www.foundation.sdsu.edu as positions become available, including job opportunities for students on research projects.

The Economic Crisis Response Team is also available to assist students in identifying campus employment, and students can reach out to the team via the online ECRT assistance request form.

Yes, the Aztec Recreation Center is open during expansion.No reservation is required for members at the ARC, ARC Express or Aquaplex Fitness to use free weights, weight training machines and cardio machines. Members are asked to download the Aztec Rec app and use the barcode for touchless entry. The app can also be used to book reservations for Group Fitness classes and climbing wall orientations. After a member completes their climbing safety orientation, they may use the climbing wall without booking a reservation.

Yes, the ARC Express is open. Members can enjoy indoor, physically distanced strength training and cardio training. The ARC Express is conveniently located on the east side of campus on the 3rd floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

Both in-person and virtual Group Classes will continue to be offered. Virtual classes are conducted over Zoom, and in-person classes are offered with capacity limits indoors and outdoors at the ARC, the Aquaplex pool deck, the Recreation Field and the terrace on the 3rd floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Membership is required for in-person group exercise classes.

Facial coverings are required indoors in Aztec Recreation facilities, regardless of vaccination status. For vaccinated individuals, facial coverings are recommended for outdoor fitness activities. For unvaccinated individuals, facial coverings must be worn indoors and when outdoors if unable to maintain 6 feet of distance. If members working out indoors choose not to wear a facial covering, they will be asked to use one or asked to leave and get one.

At this time, we will continue to offer ARC OUTDOORS, which includes Aquaplex pool deck fitness, Group Fitness classes, lap swimming and tennis.

Our comprehensive sanitation and disinfecting protocols include continuous scheduled cleaning of high-touch surfaces, thorough cleaning times throughout the day, and overnight deep cleaning and disinfection using electrostatic spray technology. In addition, we have added numerous easy-to-use and conveniently located self-cleaning stations for participants to clean equipment before and after use.

We recommend that members bring a workout towel to create a barrier between themselves and the equipment.

Restrooms and lockers are accessible, but at this time, showers, spa and saunas are unavailable. We ask members to limit their personal belongings and arrive ready to work out.

Within the ARC there are area capacity limits and we maintain capacity tally counts. Facial coverings are required at all times while indoors in Aztec Recreation facilities.

Reservations are required for Group Fitness classes and climbing wall orientations. Members should visit our reservation web page and follow the instructions to download the Aztec Rec mobile app, establish their account, use the barcode for facility access,and book reservations for fitness classes or to complete their climbing safety orientation.

The SDSU Library is fully open and welcomes current SDSU students, faculty, and staff. Check the library website for hours, announcements, events and general information.

All Library online services remain available, including access to digital collections, online research assistance, IT help, and remote access to licensed software.

Finally, members of the SDSU community can use the Love Library Patio to connect to the campus wireless network.

Depending on what you need, you can reach any of these groups by email, chat, or text:

General library questions and research help is available around the clock. Our online librarian chat is always available to answer your library questions and provide research assistance. In addition to chat, they can also be reached by text or email. How-To Research Tutorials are also available online. Finally, our subject specialists can help with research.

Online computer hub support is available Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday Noon- 4 pm. They can help with your questions about SDSU software as well as other computer issues. They can be reached by chat, text or email.

Visit the library website and follow us on social media @SDSUlibrary and @SDSU.librarians.

The website has research guides, access to streaming media, information about our many collections and too many other things to list. Of course, the website is also the place to search our catalog for books, journal articles, government publications, streaming media, DVDs and so many more materials!

Following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Parking and Transportation Services plans to return the Red & Balck Shuttle to normal operations.

For more information please visit the Red & Black Shuttle website.

Safety and Well-Being

Over the course of the pandemic, SDSU has implemented a number of strategies. In 2020 and continuing through spring 2021, the university decreased the density of campus and relevant spaces at any given time, to include staggering team member shift times to reduce the number of individuals arriving at one time, staggering breaks and lunches to decrease density in break rooms, and relying on appointment-based scheduling for services. The university released facial covering guidelines. Measures such as plexiglass barriers, signage, and decreased seating have served to reduce physical contact as well as to remind community members of this critical infection control strategy. Overall, the number of employees and students on campus between spring 2020 and spring 2021 was significantly reduced.

SDSU also increased both the frequency and intensity of sanitizing and disinfecting of surfaces across campus, especially in populated areas. The university developed isolation and quarantine scenarios for in consultation with San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). Additionally, community members have to be provided with appropriate resources, access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and educational materials to allow them to safely disinfect spaces before and after use.

Lastly, students attending in-person instruction are required to get tested for COVID-19 at least every 14 days and will have to get their temperature checked before attending class.

The ADA does not have any rules that address the required use of face masks by state and local governments.

SDSU has released updated facial covering guidance. The university guidance does apply to students, staff, and faculty with disabilities. Those who refuse to or cannot comply with COVID-19 related health/safety measures, such as wearing a facial covering in public spaces, may infect others if they are ill, and thus they can be considered as creating a danger or “direct threat” to the health and safety of those around them. They can also lead to SDSU being out of compliance with public health rules to which the university and its community must follow.

Students with disabilities may contact the Student Ability Success Center (SASC) to discuss options for navigating face covering policies. Since the health and safety of the entire campus community who are working, studying and living on campus in person will need to be considered when providing individual accommodations, not all requests for accommodation will be considered reasonable or appropriate to grant, especially if they endanger the health of others. However, solutions that balance the health/safety of the individual with the broader community will be sought. For example, the campus may provide see-through masks to individuals with whom a deaf/hard-of-hearing student needs to interact, or student services offices can provide options for virtual services to a student.

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from SASC as soon as possible if they believe they cannot comply with any of the COVID-19 related health/safety measures due to a medical condition or disability. SASC contact information during virtual operation can be found on SASC’s COVID-19 Information webpage.

Students who are enrolled in an in-person course, but are unable to wear a face covering should follow the same process for students who cannot attend in-person courses due to a COVID-19 related concern. Please complete the following form to request a letter from Student Ability Success Center (SASC) that the student can share with their instructor and their Assistant Dean to request academic arrangements: SDSU Flex - Request for SASC Letter Regarding In-Person Attendance

Once the form has been submitted the student will receive a letter from SASC within five (5) business days of the submission date. The letter will be emailed to the email address provided in the form submission.

Once the student has received the letter, they should provide it to their instructor and assistant dean in their college as soon as possible in order for the appropriate arrangements to be made with your scheduled course. If you decide to drop or postpone taking the impacted course for a later semester, you are strongly encouraged to work with your academic advisor to understand if there will be any impacts on your academic progress.

Academic arrangements that are made due to COVID-related concerns are temporary and only for the fall 2020 semester. Students who may require other academic accommodations during fall 2020 and beyond due to their own disability or medical condition should also register with SASC to establish approved accommodations for virtual and in-person courses. To start the registration process, please follow the steps on our website.

SDSU has increased both frequency and intensity of sanitizing and disinfecting across campus, and with special focus on currently populated areas.

SDSU is taking a layered approach to reduce exposures to the virus that causes COVID-19, to include improvements to campus-wide ventilation systems.

To ensure the safety of the campus community and based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 air ventilation guidelines for safely occupying buildings, Facilities Services has taking a number of actions, detailed below. It is important to acknowledge that the CDC reports that there is "no definitive evidence to date that viable virus has been transmitted through an HVAC system to result in disease transmission to people in other spaces served by the same system."

Facilities Services has taken the following actions to upgrade the ventilation systems in all SDSU facilities: Upgraded all mechanical ventilation systems to at least MERV 13 filters or an equivalent filtration system, and placed all filters on a regular monitoring plan for change outs; Verified that buildings have the required number of air changes per hour, in accordance with American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards; Placed all building ventilation systems in a continuous operation mode (7/24/365), so that the required ventilation is constantly being provided to all spaces; and also changed ventilation system setpoints to increase the amount of outside air provided to spaces, per the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) "Epidemic Task Force on Schools & Universities" recommendations.

If you have additional questions about safety and well-being please connect with Counseling and Psychological Services, the Economic Crisis Response Team, or the Employee Assistance Program. If you believe you came into contact with the individual, please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for SDSU and Auxiliary Faculty, Staff, and Students. If you become ill, please contact your primary health care provider or visit a medical facility.

Student Housing

In support of sustainability initiatives, incoming freshmen who live on campus will not be permitted to bring a car the first year of study at SDSU. To assist students who may have unique needs, freshmen with documented hardships are able and encouraged to apply for a waiver. For more information, please visit Freshman On-Campus Resident Parking Policy.

Meal plan packages have been updated to provide increased flexibility of options. Students can choose a Mini Plan, Select Plan, or Prime Value Plan that includes an allotment of meals and weekly declining balances. More information about housing rates and meal plan options.

Yes, the traditional-style residence halls will re-open this fall. Due to COVID-19 modifications, including de-densifying and reserving units for isolation and quarantine, the capacity for the 2021-22 academic year is 6,000 as opposed to our pre-pandemic capacity of 7,500. Rooms designed for single, triple and quad occupancy will be available in limited capacity on a per request basis only.

Yes, the purpose of the sophomore housing lottery is to assign first-year students (rising sophomores) to one of the sophomore residential communities. The sophomore housing lottery is a two-stage process. During Stage I (Feb. 1- 26), students will review their license agreement term length, renew their current space or confirm roommates (optional), and opt into a meal plan (optional). During Stage II (March 17 - March 31), students will receive a randomly assigned lottery date and time for which they will be able to select from available rooms on the Housing Portal. For more information, visit https://housing.sdsu.edu/fall20_sophomore_housing/soph_housing_lottery.aspx

 

If you have additional questions about on-campus student housing please connect with Housing & Residential Education online; by email via [email protected]; or by calling 619-594-5742.

Earlier FAQs

Please note: On Dec. 1, the University Senate voted to spread out the spring recess by introducing four rest and recovery days throughout the spring 2021 semester. In-person instruction remains limited through the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

No, while the university will not have a traditional recess during a single week, the university is implementing four rest and recovery days over the course of the semester along with preserving the separate day-off of César Chávez Day on Wednesday, March 31, during which campus will be closed. The four rest and recovery days will be held throughout the spring to create multiple smaller breaks, following strong urging from public health officials across the U.S. and in San Diego County.

The university's decision to modify its spring recess follows that of universities across the state and nation. Many schools have made such changes both as a response to growing public health concerns and to proactively mitigate community spread during spring recess. Those universities include Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida State University, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, Penn State, the University of Florida, the University of Michigan, and Purdue University.

Instead of a five-day spring recess, SDSU will introduce four new rest and recovery days over the course of the semester. Rest and recovery days are designated for no instruction, no assignments, no deadlines and no exams. Office hours, meetings and committee obligations will also be suspended during the rest and recovery day.


The new rest and recovery days are as follows:

  • Friday, Feb. 12: Rest and recovery day
  • Monday, March 8: Rest and recovery day
  • Tuesday, March 30: Rest and recovery day
  • Thursday, April 15: Rest and recovery day

SDSU's decision to modify its spring recess follows that of universities across the state and nation. Many schools have made such changes both as a response to growing public health concerns and to proactively mitigate community spread during spring recess. Those universities include Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida State University, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, Penn State, the University of Florida, the University of Michigan, and Purdue University.

The COVID-19 pandemic has become increasingly concerning across our state and nation, with a significant surge in cases and increases in hospitalizations and deaths. Today, San Diego alone passed a threshold of more than 1,000 deaths, and nearly 5,000 hospitalizations. Current research and projections indicate that the pandemic will continue through the winter into the spring, and that we must make every effort to reduce opportunities for spread among our community.

Further, SDSU's decision to spread its spring recess over the spring semester follows that of universities across the state and nation. Many schools have made such changes both as a response to growing public health concerns and to proactively mitigate community spread during spring recess. Those universities include Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida State University, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, Penn State, the University of Florida, the University of Michigan, and Purdue University.

The decision followed weeks of COVID-19 modeling scenarios and consultation with deans, faculty and lead experts in epidemiology, human resources, student affairs and financial aid, students, and others. University leaders also consulted with the California State University system and county health officials. The decision follows research indicating that students who left their U.S. campuses during spring recess in 2020 returned to infect others, regardless of whether they were involved in in-person classes. Also, public health officials have been urging the U.S. higher education community to avoid spring recess in the interest of public safety. Lastly, Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated in an address at the end of November 2020 that current projections indicate that hospitalizations may increase by two to three times the current amount in one month without any major changes in behavior or interventions.

No, the plan allows us to retain the same number of instructional days. We are not adding or reducing the number of days classes meet.

No, the modified academic calendar will not impact employee paydays; employees will be paid based on the regularly occurring schedule.

Yes, students still have the option to live in on-campus housing and will continue to be required to test regularly.

Please note that as of Dec. 18, 2020, the housing cancellation policy has been reinstated. For more information about cancellation, please visit: License Agreement

Yes, students living in on-campus housing, taking in-person classes or involved in university research activities will continue to be required to regularly test for COVID-19 in spring 2021. Student Health Services will continue to offer free testing to students.

Yes, students currently living on campus will be permitted to return home during Thanksgiving if they choose, and will be able to return to campus following the holiday. Students may also choose to remain home for the remainder of the fall semester. After Thanksgiving, given the increased risks of bringing students back from other locations where they may have been exposed, students will be required to test immediately upon return, and then weekly through the end of the term. Students will receive emails with specific information about the revised testing schedule.

All students taking approved in-person courses or who are involved in university research are also highly encouraged to avoid Thanksgiving travel. If you must leave the region, follow public health guidelines and health orders at all times.

Regardless of your plans, all students living on-campus with an SDSU housing license agreement are required to complete the Office of Housing Administration’s Thanksgiving Break Form by Friday, Nov. 20.

Yes, students who return home for Thanksgiving will be able to return to campus. After Thanksgiving, given the increased risks of bringing students back from other locations where they may have been exposed, students will be required to test immediately upon return, and then weekly through the end of the term. Students will receive emails with specific information about the revised testing schedule. When students return to campus, all students living on campus will be required to stay in their residence until they are tested and receive a negative test result. Students are expected to be tested between Monday, Nov. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 2. Students will be allowed to leave their residence for essential needs, such as food, medical needs, or work. Residential students who return to housing for the remainder of the fall term will also be asked to test again five (5) to seven (7) days after returning, to identify any possible or emerging case due to late exposure in the Thanksgiving holiday. Students should be attentive to their official SDSU email accounts, as additional details regarding required testing are being shared via email.

All students taking approved in-person courses or who are involved in university research are also highly encouraged to avoid Thanksgiving travel. If you must leave the region, follow public health guidelines and health orders at all times.

Regardless of your plans, all students living on-campus with an SDSU housing license agreement are required to complete the Office of Housing Administration’s Thanksgiving Break Form by Friday, Nov. 20.

For students planning to leave campus during Thanksgiving to visit family or return home, you may choose to remain at home for the rest of the fall semester and complete the last two weeks of the term remotely. Students enrolled in approved in-person courses are highly encouraged to avoid Thanksgiving travel. If they choose to travel and decide to remain away from campus for the remainder of the semester, they need to communicate this decision with their faculty. However, billing for on-campus housing will continue as contracted unless the student checks out, returns their key, and cancels their license agreement.

Regardless of your plans, all students living on-campus with an SDSU housing license agreement are required to complete the Office of Housing Administration’s Thanksgiving Break Form by Friday, Nov. 20.

After Thanksgiving, given the increased risks of bringing students back from other locations where they may have been exposed, students will be required to test immediately upon return, and then weekly through the end of the term. Students will receive emails with specific information about the revised testing schedule. When students return to campus, all students living on campus will be required to stay in their residence until they are tested and receive a negative test result. Students are expected to be tested between Monday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 2nd. Students will be allowed to leave their residence for essential needs, such as food, medical needs, or work. Residential students who return to housing for the remainder of the fall term will also be asked to test again five (5) to seven (7) days after returning, to identify any possible or emerging case due to late exposure in the Thanksgiving holiday. Students should be attentive to their official SDSU email accounts, as additional details regarding required testing are being shared via email.

If you test positive after returning to campus, you will be directed to self-isolate and provided with specific directions on how to self-isolate, including the time period for your isolation. General details about isolation and quarantine are online.

For students who live in on-campus housing, if you test positive while away from your SDSU residence, you will need to complete your 10-day isolation period and return to campus after the 10-days, are fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medications, and any symptoms are resolving. Meal plan balances will continue to roll over each week and the license agreement will remain in effect and be billed accordingly.

Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, San Diego State University has decided to extend the current pause on in-person instruction. At this time, a limited number of courses are being held in-person.
Begining Monday, Oct. 12, only 194 unique courses, mostly upper division and graduate-level courses are offered in-person. The course list is published online. These classes cannot be fully carried out in the virtual space due to equipment use or off-campus research requirements, or necessitate in-person instruction as part of accreditation or licensing requirements.
No, on-campus housing is not impacted by this decision and will remain open as planned.

Yes, you may return to your permanent residence at any time and leave your belongings in your assigned space. However, keep in mind that billing for on-campus housing will continue if you do not cancel your license agreement and leave on-campus housing.

Students who would like to cancel their housing contract and leave the on-campus housing are able to do so. To be clear, the university is not closing housing, but clarifying that students do have a choice to leave without financial penalty.

The housing cancellation fee will be waived for all students who moved into their fall assignment and choose to cancel their license agreement. This fee will be refunded for students who moved into their fall assignments, have already moved out, and were charged the normal cancellation fee. Students will only pay the room and board fees for the days they are on campus.

If you would like to proceed with cancellation, please complete the Contract Release Request Form.

No, the housing license agreement is for the 2020-21 academic year. Billing for on-campus housing will continue as contracted if you decide to temporarily leave your on-campus residence. If you would like to cancel your housing license agreement, you may submit a Contract Release Request. However, keep in mind that the housing license agreement is a legally binding contract and cancellation charges will be assessed.

Please note: On Nov. 17, SDSU announced a pause on remaining in-person courses for the duration of the fall term beginning the week of Thanksgiving. Surveillance testing continues.

SDSU has not modified its Fall 2020 calendar. Dec. 10 is the last day of classes before final exams, and final exams will be held Dec. 11-17.
Students are required to pay housing and meal plan fees through the remainder of their license agreement. If a student wishes to cancel their license agreement, they may submit a Contract Release Request and follow the instructions indicated on the Early Move-Out page. Please note that the housing cancellation policy will be reinstated on Dec. 19, 2020. Therefore, cancellation fees will only be waived for those who opt to cancel their housing license agreements before Dec. 18, 2020.

Most faculty will offer exams virtually in December 2020.

Students requesting test accommodations due to a disability or verifiable health condition must first register with the Student Ability Success Center at least two weeks prior to the exam, as the SASC application review and intake process must be completed prior to the approval of accommodations and they are not retroactive. A guide for applying can be found at https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/sds/apply.aspx? or students can email SASC at [email protected]

SDSU is putting a pause on in-person instruction after the Thanksgiving holiday. The remainder of the fall semester, from Nov. 30 through finals in December, will remain virtual. Faculty have been made aware of this decision to provide time to prepare for virtual instruction.

Students who need academic accommodations in the virtual learning environment due to a disability or verifiable health condition should apply for accommodations through the Student Ability Success Center. A guide for applying can be found at https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/sds/apply.aspx?or students can email SASC at [email protected]

On-campus housing will remain open for students who are unable to move away from SDSU during or after Thanksgiving. All students have been asked to share their post-Thanksgiving housing plans with the Office of Housing Administration and Residential Education no later than Nov. 20. We urge all students who have not responded to do so as soon as possible. Refer to your SDSU email account for details.

On-campus housing will remain open for students who are unable to move away from SDSU during or after Thanksgiving due to quarantine or isolation. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others, students should continue to isolate or quarantine at SDSU until their designated completion date.

On-campus housing will remain open for students who are unable to move away from SDSU during or after Thanksgiving due to employment obligations. All students have been asked to share their post-Thanksgiving housing plans with the Office of Housing Administration and Residential Education no later than Nov. 20. We urge all students who have not responded to do so as soon as possible. Refer to your SDSU email account for details.

The California State University system has announced that its 23 universities, including SDSU, would remain mostly virtual for Spring 2021. Spring 2021 registration is now open. With the exception of about 130 courses, courses will be provided virtually, much like in the Fall 2020 semester. The limited number of courses offered in person will allow us to remain in compliance with ongoing public health guidelines and orders restricting the ways in which people can gather in-person.

On Dec. 1, the University Senate voted to spread out the spring recess by introducing four rest and recovery days throughout the spring 2021 semester.

Campus leaders (including faculty and staff leaders in the University Senate) are currently reviewing the Spring 2021 academic calendar to identify what adjustments, if any, should be made to promote the health and safety of the campus community.

Spring 2021 registration is underway, and a limited number of in-person courses will be offered. Students can view the list of Spring 2021 courses, including the modalities they will be offered in, through the search function on the Registrar’s site. The list includes a limited number of courses to be offered partially or fully in person.