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Information for Students

Updates on Fall Quarter

COVID-19 protocol will change in meaningful ways with the start of fall quarter. In September, incoming students will not have to proof of a negative test before arrival. The on-campus saliva testing site will close after Sept. 23, and students and employees who are not fully vaccinated won't be required to participate in ongoing testing during fall quarter.


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Face Coverings On Campus

Masks are still required in health care settings on campus. N95 masks are available for free on campus at the Rec Center, Disability Resource Center and University Union.

The Latest on Masks

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COVID-19 Testing

Students can access free, asymptomatic testing in UU221, open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with new hours. Everyone must make an appointment and get a six-digit testing ID number at least one hour before each test. There are free, designated 30-minute parking zones at the top of the Grand Avenue parking structure for those testing.

Ongoing Testing Requirements

Students attending in-person activities on campus who are not fully vaccinated or boosted when eligible are required to test for COVID-19 every seven days. Those out of testing compliance won't receive a green pass to access spaces on campus.

Symptomatic Testing

Access nasal-swab testing at the Health Center (Bldg. 29). Call 805-756-1211 to make an appointment before you come in. Testing is also available through SLO County Public Health sites.

If You Test Positive

Cal Poly provides support throughout the isolation process, including how to report a positive result from an at-home test. Find out how to handle class absences due to COVID-19. If you work for Cal Poly as a student employee (not including ASI or Corporation) report a positive case using this form.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters

The CSU requires students to receive a COVID-19 booster to be considered fully vaccinated.

Vaccines On Campus: First and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines are free at the Health Center. Rite Aid offers free COVID-19 vaccine clinics on campus September 16.

Reporting: Upload your booster records through the COVID-19 Info tab of the Cal Poly portal as soon as you get your shot. If you don't report your booster when you're eligible, you might be enrolled in ongoing testing.

Vaccine Info and Reporting

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The Campus Pass System

All currently enrolled students accessing campus for any reason are required to complete the self-screening daily to track any symptoms and report a positive at-home test. When you complete your screening, you’ll receive a campus pass good only for that day. Be prepared to show the pass throughout summer quarter in classrooms, dining facilities, the Rec Center and other shared spaces.

Get to Know the System

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Health Services and Support

The Health Center is here to serve students. Don't hesitate to contact Campus Health and Wellbeing to find the support you need to stay well.

Health Center

Appointments with medical providers are available. The onsite pharmacy is open for prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

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Counseling Services

Counseling services, including group and individual therapy, are available by phone and Zoom, based on your preference. Crisis services are also available. 

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Mental Health and Basic Needs Support

Find emergency financial support, food pantries, crisis advocacy, and programs that support your well being.

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