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General Student Guidance

Face Coverings and Masks

Students are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering or mask while inside CSU and other USG facilities, regardless of their vaccination status. However, masks and face coverings are not required in USG facilities or outside on USG campuses. Unvaccinated students are strongly encouraged to continue wearing a mask or face covering. Faculty may request that students in their classrooms wear face coverings as a courtesy, and staff may ask the same based on certain situations specific to campus events, gatherings and activities outside the classroom. See "Face Coverings and Masks" and "Guidance for Faculty" for additional information.


All students are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 vaccine; however, CSU and other USG institutions do not require students to be fully vaccinated for enrollment in Fall 2021. No student should be treated differently based on their COVID-19 vaccination status. With the exception of case management efforts by the COVID-19 Response Team, students should not be asked about their vaccination status and segregated in their classroom or from other faculty-student interactions (e.g., office hours, group work, field trips, labs, etc.) based on their vaccination status. See "Vaccines and Vaccination Status" for additional guidance.

Student Health Center Care

Medical providers in the Student Health Center may use a student's verified COVID-19 vaccination status as they would normally under the typical standard of care. Consistent with the normal standard of care, medical providers may ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination in treating student patients. Face coverings and masks are also required of students seeking medical services at the Student Health Center, no matter their vaccination status.

Alternate Educational Arrangements

Alternate Educational Arrangements (AEAs) or accommodations previously granted to students due to increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19 ended on June 30, 2021. All students are expected to return to their traditional educational arrangement beginning with the Fall 2021 semester.

Lack of vaccination is not grounds to request an accommodation. Requests for ADA accommodations will be reviewed in accordance with the pre-pandemic ADA accommodations. Students who need accommodations for their classes should contact CSU's Center for Accommodations and Access.

Classroom Attendance

If students are symptomatic in the classroom, faculty have the right to ask them to go home and self-report their symptoms to the COVID-19 Response Team (regardless of their vaccination status). Students communicating directly with faculty about a potential positive diagnosis or exposure should be referred to the COVID-19 online self-report form or a member of the COVID-19 Response Team so that contact tracers can follow up to confirm information. Faculty who have dismissed a student from class for medical reasons must also email the COVID-19 Response Team on the student's behalf.

In some situations, a specific class modality may temporarily shift from in-person to virtual instruction as a result of COVID-19 reporting. The department, college and Office of the Provost will explore every available option to maintain the continuity of in-person instruction before making the decision to shift to virtual class meetings. Ultimately, changes in any class modality must be approved by the provost. Please note that the pandemic-era SACSCOC Substantive Change Exemption for moving courses online has expired.

Expectations of Students

Students should always monitor their health status, take proper public health precautions (especially if they are unvaccinated), and report any potential exposures or positive tests using CSU's online COVID-19 Self-Report Form.

When students submit a COVID-19 self-report, they should quarantine themselves in their residence, monitor their email and telephone, and respond to COVID-19 Response Team inquiries in a timely manner. Students may contact faculty to inform them of their health status and upcoming absences, and to work out how to maintain class participation.

Since CSU will not provide on-campus quarantining and isolation facilities, students living in on-campus residence halls (especially those who are unvaccinated) should have an alternate location in mind or have a contingency to return to their permanent residence if they are required to isolate or quarantine. See "Guidance for Residential Students" for additional information.

Students in Experiential/Clinical Placements

Students participating in experiential learning opportunities such as internships, co-ops, externships, practicums, clinicals and study abroad programs may be required by third-party partners to wear face masks and/or be vaccinated as a condition of their participation. Failing to do so or opting out of those requirements may pose academic consequences, including failing the course or failing to complete degree requirements.

Student Life Events and Activities

Students can expect to resume traditional student life activities beginning Fall 2021. These events will follow the most recent Executive Order from the Governor's Office. Mitigation practices as recommended by GDPH will be incorporated by event planners and observed by students during these activities (where those arrangements are possible and conducive to the goals of the event or activity).

Some university events will continue to offer virtual options to be more inclusive and as a means of reaching students enrolled in online courses, prospective students, alumni and other audiences.

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