Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Kicking off Spring 2022: What You Need to Know


Announced: January 12, 2022

To: Students
From: Pandemic Management Team

As President Hutchinson said last week, a majority of spring 2022 courses will be conducted in-person, and they will begin on the first day of instruction, January 24.

To ensure we begin the semester as safely and efficiently as possible, the Pandemic Management Team has been constantly evaluating the latest COVID-19 related news, data, and public health guidelines. In doing so, we have made several important updates to our health and safety guidelines.

Here's what you need to know:

COVID-19 Boosters Are Required

Last month, the CSU announced that COVID-19 booster shots will be required for anyone accessing campus facilities, unless they have an approved exemption.

You are eligible for a booster five months after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two months after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If the timing of your original vaccination leaves you ineligible for a booster by the CSU's February 28 deadline, you will be required to submit confirmation that you have received a booster within 14 days of becoming eligible.

Chico State is finalizing its system for collecting booster information and we will let you know when we are ready for you to upload proof of your booster shot.

To help students get boosted, the University will host on-campus booster clinics on February 1 and 2 in the BMU Auditorium. If you have not already received a booster and are eligible, we strongly encourage you to do so before spring classes start on January 24.

COVID-19 Testing is Strongly Encouraged before Returning to Campus

To minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others upon your return to campus, we request that you obtain a COVID-19 test prior to the beginning of the spring semester. The best option is a PCR test 72 hours before you return. Information about where to get a PCR test in your local area can be found on your local county's COVID-19 website. If a PCR test is unavailable to you, an antigen or over-the-counter test is acceptable. Students who test positive are required to immediately notify the COVID-19 hotline (530-898-2222).

If you test positive or are symptomatic, please don't travel until you have completed your home isolation period and your symptoms have improved.

Any student who is currently in town, or unable to get tested before returning to Chico, is encouraged to take advantage of the free PCR testing site on campus in Whitney Hall, Room 101. Appointments are required.

Students who live on-campus should be on the lookout for emails from University Housing about testing requirements before they move back into their residence hall.

Masks are Required

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering while indoors in campus facilities.

What You Should Do if You are Symptomatic or Test Positive for COVID-19

  1. If you are symptomatic or test positive, stay at home; do not come to campus.

  2. Call the COVID-19 hotline (530-898-2222) and follow its guidance.

  3. Stay in communication with your faculty.

We will continue to look at case rates in Butte County and throughout the state and adjust if needed, but our high vaccination rate and updated health and safety guidelines give us the confidence to continue with the semester as planned.

Thank you for your cooperation!