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Faculty Guidance

Information for Fall 2021

The questions and answers below provide important information for faculty teaching in person during fall 2021. This information will continue to be updated throughout the semester.

How can I find out about the vaccination requirement and allowed exemptions?

Visit the COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ webpage on Health Watch.

Do I have to wear a face mask while on campus? Do I have to wear one while teaching classes?

Face masks are required at Cal State LA while indoors or in a campus vehicle, unless you are alone, regardless of vaccination status. This includes while teaching. Masks are recommended outdoors in crowded settings. You are always free to wear a mask.

Where can I get a face mask if I need one?

Face masks are available for students, faculty, and staff in dispensers located in buildings throughout campus, often near main entrances, stairwells, or on various floors. The dispensers also offer hand sanitizer. 

Employees can request an N95 respirator mask to wear voluntarily (vaccinated or not) on the Risk Management and EHS website using the N95 Respirator Request Form for Voluntary Use.

Faculty can contact their college resource managers, dean, or associate dean to get required personal protective equipment, including face masks.

Other personal protective equipment (PPE), such as clear-panel masks and gloves, are available for those who have job responsibilities necessitating use. Should you need these items, please contact your resource manager.

I find it difficult to be heard when wearing a face mask while teaching. Can I get an amplification device?

Faculty members may contact their college resource manager, associate dean or dean for an amplification device or other specialized personal protective equipment as needed for their instruction. Clear-panel face masks are also available.

Where can I get hand sanitizer or cleaning supplies?

Faculty can contact their college resource managers, dean or associate dean to get required personal protective equipment, including cleaning supplies.

Is physical distancing required on campus?

Physical distancing and barrier requirements have been eliminated on campus, in line with state and county public health guidance. However, if you have removed your face mask to eat or drink indoors, physical distancing is required.

May I decide to change class modality from in-person to remote?

Decisions about the teaching mode for a course (in-persons, hybrid, or remote) may not be made by individual faculty. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 conditions and will make changes to our courses if advised by the CSU system, county and/or state public health officials.

Will I know which of my students are vaccinated?

The University cannot disclose infection, vaccination, or exemption status of students to non-medical or health agency personnel.

If a student informs us that they tested positive for COVID-19, does the administration want us to report the case to the Student Health Center and/or to some other campus entity?

If a student informs a faculty member that they have tested positive for COVID-19, the faculty should advise the student to contact the Student Health Center and may also contact the Student Health Center directly with this information at 323-343-3300.

If a student informs us that they have tested positive for COVID-19, does the administration want us to tell them to quarantine and, if so, for how long?

No, the faculty member should advise the student to contact the Student Health Center, which will confirm the positive test result and advise the student regarding appropriate actions.

If a student tests positive, does the class need to pivot to remote instruction?

Not necessarily. A student who has tested positive may or may not have exposed others in the class. Additionally, vaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts of a positive case and are asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms) will likely be advised to continue attending class following a modified quarantine. They must continue wearing a mask in class and following all protocols.

If a student is identified as a close contact of a positive case, they will receive any necessary quarantine or modified quarantine instructions from the Student Health Center.

As defined by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, a modified quarantine allows students to attend class, but prohibits students from participating in -on or off-campus social activities until certain criteria are met. A complete description of a modified quarantine is available on page three of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidance for COVID-19 Exposure Management in Institutes of Higher Education.

Who will decide if a class needs to pivot to remote instruction? How will they decide for how long?

The determination will be made by the Cal State LA COVID-19 Compliance Task Force in consultation with Academic Affairs, the Dean’s Office, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The decision is based on factors such as confirmed exposures and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidance for COVID-19 Exposure Management in Institutes of Higher Education quarantine protocols. A student who has tested positive may or may not have exposed others in the class.

What happens to my in-person course if I am told to self-isolate, but I am not sick?

In such cases, faculty may teach remotely for the short period in which they are self-isolating. In some situations, it may be preferable for the department and/or college to provide coverage in a course.

What if I become sick and cannot teach?

We will follow the usual practice of having the department and/or college manage course coverage in the event of an extended illness or absence. 

What are my options for holding office hours?

Faculty teaching in any modality (in-person, hybrid or remote) may hold either in-person or remote office hours for their students.

What if I have a student(s) in my in-person course who has been told to self-isolate?

Make sure the student is aware of the assignments and has access to the necessary course materials. Please work with your department chair as needed.

What if my child’s school is closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak? What are my options for time off or teaching my course?

Faculty and staff may be eligible to take advantage of COVID-19-related paid leave programs. If these programs have been exhausted, the employee may utilize sick leave or any other leave balances.

Employees who are members of a collective bargaining unit may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and university‐specific policies and agreements, including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Expanded COVID-19 Related Leave (ECRL)   
  • COVID‐19‐related Supplemental Paid Leave (SB95
  • Emergency paid sick leave     
  • Regular sick leave      
  • Vacation leave
  • Workers’ compensation

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Faculty can also follow the usual practice of having the department and/or college manage course coverage in the event of an extended illness or absence.

What should I do if a student in my class refuses to wear a face mask?

  • If a student is not wearing a mask, ask them to put one on; if they do not have one, ask them to retrieve one (or provide one yourself if you have a supply from your department).
  • If the student refuses to comply, ask them to leave for the safety of others.
  • If they do not put on their mask, you may dismiss the class for a break and call the Dean of Students (323-343-3103) for assistance or, as necessary, dismiss the class for the day. Please do not call Public Safety to manage mask noncompliance. Dean of Students staff will also be available during the evenings.
  • Consult with the Dean of Students prior to the next class meeting to get assistance in working with the student.
  • Every situation is different so faculty may use these as a guide but use their best judgment.

Do students in online courses need to be vaccinated or test weekly?

Yes. All students are required to comply with the CSU vaccination requirement, which includes certifying proof of vaccination or requesting a medical or religious exemption. Any students who have not uploaded proof of full vaccination are required to test weekly. We will pursue disciplinary action with students who are non-compliant.

Does the University have suggested information to include in syllabi?

Please see suggested information to include in syllabi below:

Dear Students,

Returning to campus and in-person instruction will be a transition for all of us, but we will navigate it together. Please know that your safety and your learning are a priority.

As a reminder, the CSU requires all faculty, staff and students who are accessing University facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30, 2021, unless you have an approved exemption. Masks are required at Cal State LA while indoors. Accordingly, all students are required to wear an appropriate mask that covers the nose and mouth in order to participate in this course. Wearing a mask outdoors when in a group or populated area is also recommended.

Find more details about campus COVID-19 protocols and answers to frequently asked questions on Health Watch. Policies and requirements regarding COVID-19 may change based on campus, local, state and/or federal guidelines; the Health Watch page is the best resource for current Cal State LA information. If you have any additional questions, call the Cal State LA COVID-19 Hotline at 323-343-3385.

Is there someone I can speak with about COVID-19 related issues if I have more questions?

The University operates a COVID-19 Hotline at 323-343-3385. If your call is not immediately answered, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. You may also send an email to [email protected].

Cal State LA COVID-19 Hotline

You may also call the Cal State LA COVID-19 Hotline at 323-343-3385 for additional information. If your call is not immediately answered, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. You may also send an email to [email protected].