Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

All CSU Campuses to Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Fall 2021


Announced: April 22, 2021, 3 p.m.

To: Campus Community

From: President Gayle Hutchinson  

This afternoon, Chancellor Joseph Castro announced(opens in new window) the California State University system will require students, faculty, and staff at all 23 campuses to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the fall semester. This announcement, made in tandem with University of California President Michael Drake, means that students, faculty, and staff will return to safer collegiate environments in the fall.  

The requirement will be conditional upon one or more of the vaccines gaining full approval by the FDA, which is expected to happen in the coming weeks, as well as the adequate availability of fully approved vaccines. 

The big question is how does this affect the fall 2021 class schedule? The answer is: we don’t know yet. However, to help current and prospective students make the best possible decisions, we are doing two things:

  1. For continuing students, we are moving the start of fall 2021 class registration from April 26 to May 5 to allow every academic department time to evaluate the schedule and consider adding more in-person classes.
  2. For incoming students, we are extending the intent-to-enroll deadline to June 1.  

We will provide updated information on timing of vaccination requirements; how students, faculty, and staff will verify that they have been vaccinated; and the exemptions process once it becomes available. The CSU will be working with the California State Student Association, the CSU Academic Senate, and labor unions prior to the implementation of any changes to the CSU’s existing immunization requirements.

While we wait to share more details, I’m excited about what this means for Chico State. I’m hopeful we will be able to expand on-campus experiences. This also opens up the possibility of more athletic events, performances, lectures, and special events that make our campus a special place.  

In the meantime, I strongly encourage everyone who is able to get vaccinated(opens in new window) to do so as soon as possibleThank you for doing your part to make Chico State a safe place to work and learn.