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Student Vaccine Certification & Exemption

Our safest defense against the spread of COVID is vaccination. Coming together safely remains our top priority, which is why the CSU requires the COVID vaccine for all individuals who are coming to campus or participating in in-person university activities.

There is an important change for the spring 2022 semester:

Students who indicated that they would remain fully remote for the duration of the fall and not access on-campus facilities or participate with in-person activities won't have that option for the spring 2022 semester. Students who attested that they are remote for the fall must re-certify their record by Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.

In order to participate in spring course registration, which will begin in mid-November, students must update their record by selecting one of the following options:

  • Upload your COVID-19 vaccination record to myCSUSM
  • Request a medical exemption by providing a physician’s note, and begin weekly COVID testing on campus at the start of the spring semester
  • Request a religious exemption and attest to a sincerely held religious belief that precludes you from getting the vaccine, and begin weekly COVID testing on campus at the start of the spring semester

To prevent a hold on spring registration, please complete your record by Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. While spring offerings will continue to include online and hybrid class options, the “fully remote attestation” option will no longer be available.

Students who fail to comply with the policy may be subject to Student Conduct disciplinary actions.

How to Submit Records

Login to myCSUSM and select Covid 19 Self-Certification under the quick links. This is also where you can submit for consideration of medical or religious exemptions.


Qualifying Exemptions

Medical and religious exemptions are permitted under the following guidelines. Please note that students with an approved exemption are required to participate in the weekly mandatory testing program and adhere to current campus mask protocols. 

Medical Exemption

Due to a medical (including mental health) condition for which an approved vaccine presents a significant risk of a serious adverse reaction. Any medical exemption must be verified by a certified or licensed healthcare professional. Attached documentation from a certified or licensed healthcare professional indicating medical reasons. Students can learn more about applying for a medical exemption.

Religious Exemption

Due to either (i) a person’s sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice, which includes any traditionally recognized religion, or (ii) beliefs, observances, or practices which an individual sincerely holds and that occupy a place of importance in that individual’s life, comparable to that of traditionally recognized religions. Documentation is not initially required. Students can learn more about applying for a religious exemption.