Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Update to Mask Policy on Campus

Effective March 12, masks are optional indoors on the Chico State campus

(announced March 11)

Dear Students,

 Because of its sharp decline in cases and hospitalizations, Butte County is now in the CDC's “medium risk of transmission” category. This new status, combined with our high booster and vaccination rates, and the continued low rate of active COVID-19 cases on campus makes it possible for us to lift the University's policy on facial coverings sooner than originally planned.

Beginning on Saturday, March 12, masking will be optional in most locations on campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Per CDPH guidelines, masks will still be required at campus healthcare facilities, on Chico State transportation, and at select events at Laxson Auditorium. 

Although masks will no longer be required, we want to be clear that masks are always welcome on our campus. I encourage anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask to continue to do so, and I ask everyone to respect all who wish to continue wearing them.

We will continue to make decisions informed by evolving public health guidance. If Butte County or the Chico State campus community experiences new COVID-19 surges or concerning variants, we will adjust our strategies accordingly, as we have done throughout the pandemic. 

We are gratified to see our faculty, students, and staff bring renewed activity and energy to our campus, which is made possible by the commitment to safety shown by our community. Please continue to look out for yourself and your fellow Wildcats.

Additionally, with Spring Break next week, all students and employees who are planning to travel are strongly encouraged to complete an antigen test 24 hours before returning to campus and follow up with PCR testing three to five days after travel.


Gayle E. Hutchinson