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As part of the University’s ongoing and collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and the associated health and safety implications, the University requires students residing on campus or in San Luis Obispo County during the COVID-19 pandemic (winter and spring quarter 2021 unless amended) to comply with all mandatory ongoing testing requirements. The growing number of cases in San Luis Obispo County and potential impact on hospital capacity has prompted the university to issue a Presidential Order on COVID-19 ongoing testing and safety protocols. 

For more information, please see the Presidential Order (Amended January 2, 2021).

ATTENTION: Students are expected to adhere to and uphold the following policies as a commitment to their personal safety and well-being, and that of the entire Cal Poly community. Policies are in effect at all times and in all locations, including residence halls, classrooms, public restrooms, open office and common spaces, hallways, meeting rooms, and other indoor spaces. Students who fail to comply with these policies may be reported to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities where disciplinary outcomes could result.

Student COVID-19 Expectations and Policies Include:

Facial Covering Requirement

Facial coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth. Students who are enrolled in an in-person course, but are unable to wear a face covering should contact the Disability Resource Center. Face coverings may be removed while a student is in their own residence hall room or apartment, is actively eating, drinking, or strenuously exercising. Physical distance from others must be maintained when engaging in these activities. Students who enter buildings and facilities and are not wearing a face covering over their mouth and nose will be asked to leave. In addition to wearing a face covering, students are expected to maintain a minimum distance of not less than six feet from others while on campus must be maintained at all times.

Physical Distancing Requirement

In addition to wearing a face covering, students are expected to maintain a minimum distance of not less than six feet from others while on campus; physical distancing must be maintained at all times.

Consistent Hygiene Practices

Students must maintain consistent hygiene practices, including frequent hand washing and cleaning of any work areas used while on campus. Students may want to consider bringing sanitizer or wipes for use in common areas, although students without those supplies will not be refused access.

Avoiding Large Gatherings/Parties

Students must refrain from hosting or attending gatherings of groups larger than those allocated in the guidelines provided by the State of California, San Luis Obispo County, the City of San Luis Obispo, and Cal Poly University.

Testing Requirements

Students must complete all test verifications prior to participating in any on-campus activities, including in-person classes. Students must complete all self-screening requirements daily by noon (12 p.m.) or before traveling to campus, whichever comes first. Please visit the coronavirus website for more information at https://coronavirus.calpoly.edu/covid-19-self-screening.

COVID-19 Training

Students should complete the COVID-19 training. More information can be found at https://coronavirus.calpoly.edu/campus-updates

All members of our campus community are expected to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols and policies. Signage will be placed around campus to remind students, faculty, and staff that face coverings are required and how to properly wear a face covering. For additional information, visit https://coronavirus.calpoly.edu/.

* This policy may be subject to change based on orders, requirements, and guidance from federal, state, and local authorities, or from the University.



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