Human Resources Service Center

COVID-19 Employee Guidelines & Expectations

Updated 10/01/2021 

In August, 2021 Chico State employees moved into phase 4 of our Return to Campus Plan. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff remains a top priority. As such, the CSU has adopted a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

We are so excited to have both students and employees back at Chico State. As we continue to adjust to the new normal and learn to live and work during a pandemic, we want to ensure employees are aware of the current procedures, policies and best practices that are in place until further notice.

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  • COVID-19 State-side Employee Testing Policy

    As of October 4, 2021, Chico State requires weekly COVID-19 testing for any state employee—faculty, staff, or management—who has NOT uploaded proof of vaccination or been verified as not accessing campus.

    To comply with the weekly testing obligation, state-side employees must get tested at the county-operated LHI testing facility located on the bottom floor of Whitney Hall at least once each week.

    Failure to comply with testing requirements will result in progressive discipline, up to termination.

    Who Is Required to Be Tested?

    You are required to undergo weekly testing unless you have submitted proof of vaccination such as your CDC vaccine card or been verified as not accessing any campus facilities or programs (i.e. working remotely 100% of the time).

    Testing Process

    The testing site has a list of employees expected to test and automatically returns information to the campus each week indicating which employees have tested. The site will only send information as to whether the test was completed, not the results of the testing.

    • Appointments can be made on the LHI website(opens in new window) or by phone at 1-888-634-1123. Walk-ins are welcome.
    • Bring your Wildcat ID card as proof of your identity and for tracking purposes.
    • Please consult with your supervisor concerning the best times to be tested while you are working.

    The COVID-19 testing policy was established by the Chancellor’s Office and our campus, agreed to by the unions, and is part of the health and safety program adopted by the University to best protect our students and employees from risks associated with COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Hotline

    Campus has established a COVID-19 Hotline to answer any COVID-19-related questions and concerns, and to report COVID-19 positive cases and potential exposures. Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline can be reached at 530-898-2222. The hotline is staffed during University operating hours—8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and calls to the hotline are confidential. If calling outside of University business hours, please leave a confidential message with your name and phone number, and your call will be returned within 24 hours (even on weekends). You can also email hotline staff at covidhotline@csuchico.edu. For additional information please visit COVID-19 Response Protocols.

  • Health and Safety (Workplace Guidelines)

    Institutional Responsibilities

    Identify workplace specific considerations for employees to be aware of while COVID-19 is present in the community

    To help ensure all campus employees, students, and visitors are aware of COVID-19 safety measures, the University will continue to message the campus community of current COVID safety precautions via a variety of methods including email, web pages, and postings. Employees should work with their appropriate manager to review methods of communicating with the different groups of visitors to their areas. Additional health and safety measures are outlined in the campus Injury and Illness Prevention Program COVID-19 Addendum.

    Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them, and other topics required by Cal/OSHA.

    Implement individual control measures and screenings

    • Provide face coverings (or N-95 masks as appropriate) and guidance on appropriate use. Contact EHS to obtain N95 masks.
    • Provide and ensure employees use all required personal protective equipment.
    • WellCat Health Center in partnership with Risk Management will be responsible for COVID-19 case management which includes:
      • A COVID-19 Hotline for all employees ( 530-898-2222 or covidhotline@csuchico.edu).
      • Liaison with Butte County Public Health officials.
      • Support and/or implement the investigation of any COVID-19 illness and determine if work-related factors could have contributed to the exposure.
      • Support and/or implement contact tracing as required.
      • See COVID-19 Response Protocols for additional details.

    Implement cleaning and disinfecting protocols

    • Cleaning in high traffic areas. The University will clean or sanitize high traffic areas in accordance with current CDC guidelines.
    • Provide hand sanitizer at building entrances and high-traffic areas.
    • Provide products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface.
    • Ensure that sanitary facilities (e.g., restrooms) stay operational and stocked at all times.
    • Custodial teams will clean classrooms, offices, and workspaces following CDC guidelines.
    • All HVAC air filtration will be upgraded to a minimum MERV13 where possible.
    • Increase outside air intake to reduce recycled air in buildings.

    Implement the CSU vaccine policy

    • CSU, Chico will implement the Systemwide policy concerning COVID-19 vaccines, and require all employees to attest to their vaccine status or eligibility for an exemption.
    • CSU, Chico will conduct randomized verification to validate the vaccination status. Employees requested to verify their vaccine status are expected to comply.
    • Employees seeking a religious or medical exemption will follow standard campus practices to secure an accommodation.

    CSU, Chico will implement other safety measures (e.g., testing, masking, etc.) as necessary in response to changing circumstances.

    Employee Responsibility

    Every employee must contribute to a safe and healthy work environment. In consideration of fellow employees, and to be respectful of others’ needs to protect themselves and their families, employees are responsible for the following:

    Conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus

    Employees experiencing any of these symptoms, should contact their supervisor and the COVID-19 Hotline ( 530-898-2222) immediately and do not report to campus

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
    • Muscle Pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Fatigue
    • New gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • New loss ot state or smell
    • Pink eye

    Employees experiencing any of the warning signs below should contact a medical provider or report to the nearest emergency department immediately. Enloe’s phone number is 530-332-7330.

    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Bluish lips or face

    Other important items to do when when on campus.

    • Maintain physical distancing and wear face coverings as required by Cal/OSHA, CDPH and the University.
    • Wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.
    • Provide verification of vaccine status as required by the CSU Policy and University requirements.
    • Follow University requirements and guidelines put in place to help ensure COVID 19 safety while on campus.
    • Follow all applicable CDC, CPDH, and Cal/OSHA safety guidelines
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