Presidential Order

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).


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San Luis Obispo County has set forth a series of actions to combat the novel COVID-19. The most up to date information regarding SLO County's response to the virus can be found at We encourage our students to also refer to Cal Poly's information regarding the virus found here

Failure to follow the campus protocols will result in student conduct action, which could include suspension or expulsion.

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To reduce the spread of COVID-19, students are required to wear face coverings when in any public space or when interacting with others. For more information on why we require masks or where students can have access to them, click here.


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Since Spring 2020, Cal Poly has switched to a virtual format for class instruction. Cal Poly has chosen to use Zoom as its conference tool of choice. All users of the platform are expected to use the resource responsibly. If not, all Zoom logs are on record (connection IP address and Cal Poly credentials) and further action could be taken.


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Due to a virtual format, the means in which professors and faculty can monitor cheating is different. All suspected cheating/plagiarism cases will be taken seriously and students who cheat will have action taken from the OSRR. 

Academic Integrity FAQ for Students - Answers to common questions regarding alleged cheating and plagiarism.

Can I (or my student) be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct for not following COVID-19 protocols and guidelines?

Yes. It is critical for the health and safety of our campus community that everyone follows all COVID-19 related protocols, including physical distancing, proper wearing of face coverings, and following local ordinances related to gatherings. All students are expected to comply with these protocols. Failure to follow the campus protocols will result in student conduct action, which could include suspension or expulsion. Additionally, students living on campus may face additional student conduct action, which could ultimately include removal from University Housing.

Can I be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct for breaking my isolation or quarantine requirement?

Yes. Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 (or come in contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19) and fail to adhere to SLO County Public Health and CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the university.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until cleared by a medical professional. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available). Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

If I’m traveling from out of state, should I wait to get tested when I arrive in San Luis Obispo?

If at all possible, get tested in your local area prior to moving. Please be sure to verify the average turnaround time for receiving test results, as laboratory processing and reporting times vary greatly. Students preparing to move in to University Housing will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours (3 days) of arrival to campus, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, students living off campus in the San Luis Obispo community and at their permanent residences are strongly encouraged to test for COVID-19 before the first day of in-person classes on Sept. 14. Submitting proof of a negative test is not required upon start of fall term for on-campus instruction. San Luis Obispo County has several testing sites and urgent care facilities offering testing. Please see this list of testing sites in San Luis Obispo County. On-campus residents may utilize the Health Center for COVID-19 testing. Please see the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on travel here.

Is there a cost to getting a test?

The test is free if you choose to use one of the testing locations in San Luis Obispo County. On-campus residents may utilize the Health Center for COVID-19 testing. You will not be charged a co-pay, but your insurance will be charged. If you don't have insurance, you won't be charged at all.

Do I need to self-quarantine while I wait for test results?

Yes. Per CDC guidelines, you should self-quarantine pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or public health professional. For additional guidance on quarantine procedures, please click here.

Where can I get the latest information regarding Cal Poly’s COVID-19 response?

All members of the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community are encouraged to regularly check for the latest information regarding the university’s response and procedures for maintaining a safe and healthy environment.

With the Shelter-at-Home Order, if I live off-campus, either locally in an apartment, or at my permanent residence with my supporters, while I am completing courses virtually, does the Code of Conduct still apply to me?

The short answer is, Yes. Our priority is your health, safety, and well-being. With that in mind, the Code of Conduct states the following: D. Application of This Code Sanctions for the conduct listed above can be imposed on applicants, enrolled students, students between academic terms, graduates awaiting degrees, and students who withdraw from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. Conduct that threatens the safety or security of the campus community, or substantially disrupts the functions or operation of the University is within the jurisdiction of this Article regardless of whether it occurs on or off campus. Each student participating in academic courses remotely will be required to engage in behaviors that align with the University’s expectations, this is includes all matters concerning academic integrity. Although you are completing your academic content remotely, each of your faculty members will detail what the expectations of the course content, and how to report your academic progress. If a faculty member is confident that a student has gained an unfair academic advantage during this time of working remotely, the faculty member will still follow University protocols for addressing cheating or plagiarism, which includes reporting the alleged behavior to OSRR.

Do all aspects of the Code of Conduct still apply while living on or off campus while the Shelter-at-Home Order is in effect?

Again, the short answer is Yes.Although there might be significant differences in how the Code of Conduct might be applicable, the Code of Conduct is still in effect. While policies concerning academic integrity will apply to all Cal Poly student's,other alleged behavioral violations of the Code of Conduct may be applied. For example, students who remain on campus should choose behaviors that align with University expectations. This includes refraining from the use of alcohol or other drugs as well as other behaviors regarding compliance requirements with University officials and University Housing Community Standards, which include social distancing and not participating in large public gatherings.

Re. Current sanctions: What happens with the sanctions that I have already received? Do I still have to complete these sanctions? If so, how do I complete them?

If you have previously signed a resolution agreement detailing agreed upon sanctions, you are still required to complete your sanctions. However, the Office of Student Rights& Responsibilities (OSRR) will work directly with each student to provide reasonable and fair adjustments to all sanction completion deadlines. The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will be contacting each student who currently has completion deadline dates regarding their sanctions. This correspondence will provide necessary information and instruction on how to proceed and complete your sanction. Please note that this deadline extension does NOT apply to disciplinary probation; this quarter of virtual learning will count towards your disciplinary probation term.

What if I was suspended for spring quarter 2020? What if I am suspended during spring quarter 2020?

According to Executive Order 1098, suspension is defined as: Suspension. Temporary separation of the Student from active Student status or Student status. a. A Student who is suspended for less than one academic year shall be placed on inactive Student (or equivalent) status (subject to individual Campus policies) and remains eligible to re-enroll at the University (subject to individual Campus enrollment policies) once the suspension has been served. Conditions for re-enrollment may be specified. b. A Student who is suspended for one academic year or more shall be separated from Student status but remains eligible to reapply to the University (subject to individual Campus application polices) once the suspension has been served. Conditions for readmission may be specified. c. Suspension of one academic year or more, withdrawals in lieu of suspension, and withdrawals with pending misconduct investigations or disciplinary proceedings shall be entered on the Student’s transcript permanently without exception; this requirement shall not be waived in connection with a resolution agreement. If you were suspended for spring quarter 2020, you are still suspended for spring quarter 2020 and the eligible return date provided in your Resolution Agreement remains the agreed upon return date,should all requirements be met. Should a student engage in behavior that results in a suspension, following the judicial process when the suspension will go into effect, the student will be withdrawn from their classes and be temporarily designated with inactive student status.

During this period of shelter-at-home, what should I do if I receive a letter requiring me to meet with your office (OSRR)?

Again, we acknowledge that these are unique and challenging times. Our priority is each of our students’ health and well-being. Should you receive a letter or notice requiring you to meet with our office, please read the letter in its entirety. The Notice for an Investigation intake meeting or Student Conference will include instructions on how we are going to operate virtually.

What if I do not agree with the outcome and wish to pursue a student conduct Hearing?

The opportunity for you to have access to the full judicial process has not changed; that is your right as a student in California State University system. Like other judicial conferences and meetings, all student conduct Hearings will take place virtually. Each Hearing will be recorded, the Hearing Officer will maintain control of the Hearing process, and a Hearing Officer’s report will be provided to Cal Poly’s Vice President for Student Affairs.

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