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Faculty Guidance

Information for In-Person Teaching

The questions and answers below provide important information for faculty teaching in person. This information will continue to be updated.

How can I find out about the vaccination and booster 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?

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear an appropriate face mask over the nose and mouth while on campus.

Masks are required indoors and are strongly recommended outdoors for those attending outdoor meetings, activities, and events on campus if attendees are not able to distance, if there is crowding, or if the activity creates a higher risk for transmission (e.g., singing, shouting, chanting, or playing woodwind instruments). This includes while teaching.

Faculty and staff are now required to wear surgical masks or higher-level PPE such as N95 respirators or KN95 and KF94 masks on campus. This change is required by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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

Surgical 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.

N95 respirators are available to faculty and staff upon request. You can request an N95 respirator on the Risk Management and EHS website using the N95 Respirator Request Form (Online). 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, dean, or associate dean.

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. 

What is the notification process when the Student Health Center learns that a student who has attended in-person classes has tested positive for COVID-19?

When the Student Health Center is notified that a student has tested positive for COVID-19, the Student Health Center will conduct a contact tracing assessment.

If the student reports that they attended one or more in-person classes during the contact tracing assessment, the Student Health Center will send a notification to all students in the class or classes advising them on next steps based on their vaccination status.

At the same time, the faculty member(s) whose course the student attended, as well as their department chair and their college dean, will be notified of the possible exposure. All employees, including faculty, will also receive a separate notification letter from Human Resources Management regarding the potential workplace exposure to COVID-19. This communication also includes information about types of benefits and leave that may be used as needed for COVID-19.

The student and faculty notifications will be sent out within 24 hours of the Student Health Center being notified of the confirmed positive case.

Everyone in a class with a confirmed positive case will be notified of their possible exposure to COVID-19. Receiving a notification of a possible exposure does not necessarily mean that you are a close contact of the positive case. (See L.A. County Public Health's definition of close contact.)

If a student is able to identify specific people in the class with whom they were in close contact, those specific individuals will be contacted with guidance based on their unique testing and/or quarantine requirements.

Faculty members who are fully vaccinated—which includes being boosted if they are eligible—do not need to quarantine if they are not showing any symptoms. They will be advised to monitor themselves for symptoms and they may go to their classes as usual.

In some cases, faculty may determine that it makes sense to hold the class remotely for a short period so all students can participate equally virtually. In other cases, faculty may determine it is better to keep meeting face to face and make separate arrangements for students who are not attending for that period of time. The faculty member can reach out to their chair and/or dean for guidance as needed.

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.

What do I do if a student informs me that they tested positive for COVID-19?

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 immediately and may also contact the Student Health Center directly with this information at 323-343-3300.

Faculty members can use their discretion about whether to take the class remote for a brief period until the Student Health Center is able to conduct contact tracing and send out notifications. Once the student notifies the Student Health Center they have tested positive, notifications of possible classroom exposures are sent out within 24 hours

If a faculty member decides to move the class to temporary remote instruction, they should inform their chair so the department is aware of the change. 

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.

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 who miss work because of COVID-19 may utilize:

  • Regular sick leave
  • Vacation leave
  • Workers’ compensation

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

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 or a nearby dispenser).
  • 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, and a booster when eligible, or requesting a medical or religious exemption. Any students who have an approved medical or religious exemption 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,

The health and safety of the Cal State LA community is our top priority as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a reminder, the CSU requires all faculty, staff, and students who are accessing University facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 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 323-343-3633 or email [email protected].

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]. Students should call 323-343-3633 or email [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]. Students should call 323-343-3633 or email [email protected].