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Working Through COVID-19

OHR Staff

Our employees' safety and well-being is our campus' top priority. We are committed to being available during this time of uncertainty to support you.

Please email your appropriate OHR staff member and they will respond as quickly as possible. In addition, the HR main line (760) 750-4418 and email account ( will continue to be monitored.

Information, Resources, and FAQ's


Per the new systemwide California State University Chancellor's Office policy, the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all students, faculty, and staff this fall in order to access campus facilities or participate in in-person classes and activities. The policy is being implemented without waiting for any further action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to concerns with the Delta variant and reflects existing immunization requirements for measles, hepatitis, chickenpox, and others.

Faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose) by September 30, 2021.

As soon as the CSU policy is finalized, more details will be available.

  • Who is required to be vaccinated?

     The requirement covers all faculty and staff who intend to be on campus for any period. Vaccination will be required at CSUSM to access campus facilities or participate in in-person classes and activities.

  • When is the deadline to get vaccinated?

    Faculty and staff must ensure that they are fully vaccinated by September 30. For two-dose vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna, you must receive your second dose by September 17 in order to be fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final dose) by the deadline of September 30. You should submit your vaccine certification as soon as you are fully vaccinated.
  • Is the CSU's vaccine requirement legal?

    Yes, the CSU is legally permitted to take steps to protect the health of its students, faculty, and staff. COVID-19 vaccines are one such step, and the CSU has decided to require them for those community members who wish to be on campus. The CSU is requiring the vaccines even while they are under emergency use authorization by the FDA, but will consider requests for medical and religious exemptions.
  • Do I qualify for an exemption?

    Only faculty and staff who cannot be vaccinated because of a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance may request an exemption. Exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. They are NOT automatically approved. Personal reasons for not getting vaccinated do not qualify for an exemption. Neither the medical nor religious exemption forms should be used unless they seriously apply to your situation.

    The exemption process for faculty and staff has not yet been announced.

  • If I am exempted, will I need to undergo regular COVID-19 testing?

    Faculty and staff with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to complete regular COVID-19 testing. You will also be required to wear a mask.

Leave Options


  • Will my insurance cover me or my family if we need to be tested for COVID-19?

    Employees and their dependents in the CalPERS health benefits program will not have any out-of-pocket payments for screening and testing of COVID-19. This applies to members in both the CalPERS HMO and PPO plans Please contact your primary care provider for instructions on how to be tested.
  • How will this impact my service credit accruals or retirement? Will I need to change my retirement date?

    The CalPERS Regional Offices are currently closed, but members can still contact the CalPERS Center at (888) 225-7377 to schedule a phone appointment or ask questions. As long as employees remain in active pay status, they will continue to accrue service credit as usual. Any changes to the employee's time base will impact the service credit accrual rate.

    Employees who are planning to have already submitted their retirement applications to CalPERS can move forward with their retirement as planned. Please contact HR with any additional questions via


  • I am feeling anxious and overwhelmed. What should I do?

    CSUSM is committed to supporting our employees in navigating these challenges. We are deeply grateful to you for the work you are doing to help us continue to serve our students and maintain operations in a time of uncertainty and anxiety

    Our Employee Assistance Program, Empathia, provides well-being and counseling support 24/7 and can be reached at 800-367-7474 or online at (password: cougars).