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COVID-19 News & Information

Vaccine Requirement

In accordance with the pending CSU policy, vaccinations against COVID-19 will be required to access campus facilities and participate in in-person learning and activities this fall. Learn more about the vaccine policy.

General Information

This page contains general information about how Chico State continues to respond to COVID-19, and where to find other critical information to keep our campus community safe and healthy. If you have questions about a specific campus department or service, we recommend visiting their website directly for current information.

**Note: Specific information for studentsinstructional faculty, and all employees can be found on those resource pages.

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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

To provide transparency to the campus community as Chico State continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will notify students, faculty, and staff when a public health agency confirms that a member of the Chico State community has tested positive for COVID-19 and if the individual was recently on campus or at another University-owned site. While news of positive COVID-19 cases may be concerning, we want our community to be informed when a case has been identified and know how the University is responding.

Total Cases

337—the total number of positive COVID-19 cases identified in the Chico State community since August 1, 2020. This total is updated on a weekly basis every Friday afternoon.

This number represents the total count of self-reported cases over time, but does not reflect the number of currently active cases or number of individuals who have recovered. The Butte County Public Health Department (BCPH) tracks general “active” and “recovered” information for the county, but is unable to provide details for University-specific cases.

What We Can & Can’t Report

Per guidance from local public health officials, the University can share only details about positive COVID-19 cases identified in the Chico State community and the locations of those cases if they occurred on campus. We are unable to provide details about the number of individuals involved in specific incidents or any identifying information to protect the privacy of those involved. Therefore, the number of incident announcements the University sends to campus will not correlate with the total number of positive cases in the Chico State community.

Fall 2021 Plans

The fall 2021 schedule includes approximately 65 percent of the University’s 4,100-plus course sections taught fully in-person or with in-person components. The fall 2021 class schedule is available to check class modalities for specific courses.

We are also offering as many in-person student activities and support for this fall as allowed by COVID-19 conditions, with the goal of providing a full college experience regardless of in-person class options. This may include student organization meetings, events, athletics, outdoor gatherings, study spaces, and more.

Residence halls are open in fall 2021, with University Housing offering double-occupancy and single-occupancy rooms to more than 1,800 students.

In accordance with the pending CSU policy, vaccinations against COVID-19 will be required to access campus facilities and participate in in-person learning and activities. Learn more about the vaccine policy.

Everyone at Chico State is looking forward to being together in person again. The University remains, first and foremost, committed to the health and safety of all members of our campus community.

Tuition/Fee Information

While statewide CSU tuition remains the same, some mandatory campus-based fees have been reduced.

Tuition is determined by the CSU Board of Trustees and remains unchanged, with a commitment to no tuition increases for the 2021–22 academic year. All students in the CSU system, not just at Chico State, pay mandatory tuition regardless of whether they are full-time, part-time, online, or study-aboard students—and even if they do not expect to ever use the programs or facilities they support.

Tuition and mandatory campus-based fees cover fixed and ongoing expenses the University continues to incur during the COVID-19 pandemic to finance, maintain, and operate student facilities and services, which remain available to students via remote access and/or limited in-person access. None of these fees are "usage-based fees," but cover the debt services and personnel on a 12-month budget basis.

Examples include ongoing administrative costs such as employee wages and benefits—including student worker salaries—overhead costs such as student-government programs, academic retention and support, progress toward degree completion, expenses for utilities, repair and maintenance, and payment of financing and long-term debt obligations for some facilities.

Even with instruction occurring virtually, Chico State continues to provide quality education and critical student services including academic advising and career services, tutoring and other learning-support services, medical care, mental health counseling, basic needs provisions, online research, and learning beyond the classroom, and technology assistance.

However, since instructionally related travel and in-person event services will not be provided, delivered, or used during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, the campus-based Instructionally Related Activities Fee has been reduced by $29 per semester. The University has reviewed the full fee schedule based on the CSU system's COVID-19 guidelines and has determined that all other scheduled fees remain warranted.

If students want the facilities and services to be available to them and others in the future, they must be supported and maintained during the pandemic.

Campus Operations

Chico State is open with limited in-person services and hours. Check the department's website for current hours of operation before visiting. 

Learn more about campus facilities and operations.

On-Campus Events

At this time, only small and medium on-campus gatherings may be considered and must follow the exception approval process. For more details, please email

Admissions visitor programs such as orientation and campus tours have resumed under current guidelines.

NCAA Intercollegiate Athletics competitions are returning for the 2021–22 academic year. Planning is underway for recreational sports, intramural, and sport club programs to return as well.

Performing-arts events hosted by Chico Performances, North State Symphony, and School of the Arts will return in the fall. 


The OptumServe testing site located at 900 Mangrove Avenue in Chico remains open to the public six days a week. Both OptumServe testing sites are by appointment only.

Schedule your appointment:

Visit the BCPH website for additional testing sites.

The WellCat Health Center also offers COVID-19 testing for students by appointment only, with priority given to those who are experiencing symptoms or have confirmed exposure. 

If You Get Sick

Anyone experiencing any coronavirus symptoms(opens in new window), even mild symptoms, should self-isolate and contact Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222 for guidance. Calls to the hotline are voluntary and all information will remain confidential. The hotline is staffed during University operating hours.

Outside of hotline hours, individuals should contact the Butte County Public Health Department at 530-552-4000 or their health care provider.

All positive COVID-19 tests staff should be immediately reported to the COVID-19 hotline to aid with contact tracing.

Mental Health Support

This time is troubling for all of us. The uncertainty of the situation, the changing home life for many, the concern for those in the community who are facing the risks of the virus every day all contribute to these feelings. Everyone should pay attention to how you are impacted and work to actively care for your mental health in addition to physical health.

The WellCat Counseling Center offers a comprehensive list of resources on its website, which includes a 24/7 phone number to speak to a counselor immediately (Call 530-898-6345 and press 2).

Faculty and staff have a number of resources available through the Employee Assistance Program, including emotional support and counseling. The MyLifeMatters service also has a special hub of COVID-19 resource topics including supporting at-home children, financial stress and stability, caring for older adults, working remotely, and more.

Staying Safe and Healthy

Chico State urges everyone to follow best practices for reducing the spread of COVID-19, including getting vaccinated, washing hands, physical distancing, staying home when sick, and wearing a face covering in indoor spaces.

To protect the health and safety of the campus community, the University is conducting a broad, regimented campus-wide sanitization program. Sanitizing activities across campus in classrooms, offices, dining areas, student housing, and other facilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Daily disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in common areas, including door handles, classroom desks, tables, computers/keyboards, lab spaces, and bathrooms
  • Deploying sanitizing stations throughout campus, especially in high-traffic locations for disinfecting hands 

COVID-19 Information

We recommend following the most up-to-date and accurate information about the virus, prevention, and its spread through official sources including: