Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 News & Information

Vaccine Requirement

Per CSU policy, vaccinations against COVID-19 are required for students, faculty, and staff to access campus facilities and participate in in-person learning and activities. 

You must be fully vaccinated or receive an approved exemption in order to access campus.

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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Spring 2022

The spring 2022 schedule includes approximately 70 percent of the University’s 4,100-plus course sections taught fully in-person or with in-person components. 

We are also offering as many in-person student activities and support as allowed under current health and safety guidelines. This includes student organization meetings, events, athletics, outdoor gatherings, study spaces, and more.

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

No additional action is needed for spring for students who have already submitted their vaccine information or received an approved exemption.

Students who certified they would not access campus for the fall 2021 semester but plan to take in-person classes in the spring MUST complete the self-certification process to record vaccine information or request an exemption.

  • Certify to be fully vaccinated by December 31, 2021 
  • Submit for a medical or religious exemption by December 15, 2021
Submit student vaccine record information or request an exemption.

Those who don't update their self-certification status by these deadlines will be removed from in-person spring 2022 courses beginning January 1, 2022

Campus Operations

Chico State is open with normal 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

Most on-campus events and gatherings have resumed in accordance with the University's current health and safety guidelines. For more details, please email

Additionally, the following have resumed:

  • Admissions visitor programs such as orientation and campus tours
  • NCAA Intercollegiate Athletics, as well as intramurals and sport clubs
  • Performing-arts events hosted by Chico Performances, North State Symphony, and School of the Arts


Chico State has partnered with Butte County to provide an on-campus COVID-19 testing site in room 101 in Whitney Hall (map), open 7 days a week, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Testing is free, open to the public, and walk-ins are welcome, however pre-registration is required. To pre-register and to schedule your appointment:

Short-term free parking is available in the Bryce South Lot gravel lot off of Warner (map). Metered parking is available on Legion Ave. 

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 is encouraged to get tested 3-5 days after exposure—even if you are fully vaccinated. If you get tested on campus, please use your local address, not yourpermanent home address, to help the county with accurate reporting.

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. 

Employees who are part of the University's COVID-19 testing program can find more information on the Employee Guidelines and Expectations page.

If You Get Sick or Exposed

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. You should also call the hotline if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has tested positive yourself.

The hotline is staffed during University operating hours (typically Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.). If you call after hours or on weekends, please leave a message and you will get a call back. Alternatively, you can email

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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 unless in a room alone. 

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: