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Phasing to Fall 2021 Campus Operations

Public health officials anticipate widespread vaccination throughout summer 2021 will reduce COVID-19 transmission significantly by the Fall 2021 academic semester. As a result, SDSU and SD BOR are planning to offer more of its traditional on campus activities, and in-person instruction. As part of this transition SDSU will be phasing out the reopening plan that guided COVID-19 mitigation during the 2020-2021 academic school year in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of the campus community.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic SDSU will maintain its capacity to implement more stringent mitigation measures if the public health need arises. Additionally, there are protocols and procedures developed for the COVID-19 pandemic that will continue to be beneficial in a post pandemic environment.

Phased Plan Outline

 Phase 1Phase 2

Color Code

Color coded chart in yellow

Color coded chart in yellow or blue

Additional Criteria

Spring 2021 academic semester has concluded.

All SDSU employees have had the opportunity to get vaccinated.

All other essential workers on SDSU campus not employed by SDSU (e.g. Aramark) have had a chance to get vaccinated.

The general public, including SDSU students, has access to vaccination opportunities.

Estimated Date*

May 10th

After July 4th holiday

Space Modifications


Presenters will no longer be required to maintain 10’ distance from attendees.

Lobbies and atriums open and available for reservations


Begin reintroduction of on campus activities for employees working remotely for COVID-19 mitigation.

All employees working remotely for COVID-19 mitigation transition to on campus activities


Continue to review events over 120.

If campus is in yellow status, continue to review events over 120

If campus is in blue status events do not need to be reviewed by CRT

*NOTE:  Dates referenced are estimates and may be adjusted in response to public health metrics.

Mitigation Strategies to Maintain for Fall 2021 and Beyond

Environmental Strategies

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Develop a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfection as appropriate with current CDC guidance.
  • Cleaning kits, which include hand sanitizer, surface cleaner and a tabletop paper towel dispenser will be available throughout campus.
  • Encourage students, faculty, and staff to keep their personal items (e.g., cell phones, other electronics) and personal work and living spaces clean.
  • Encourage students, faculty, and staff to use disinfectant wipes to wipe down shared desks, lab equipment, and other shared objects and surfaces before use.


Increase outdoor air ventilation.

  • When weather conditions allow, open windows and doors to increase fresh outdoor air. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., risk of falling, triggering asthma symptoms) to people using the facility.
  • Increase total airflow supply to occupied spaces, when possible
  • For large events consider running the HVAC system at maximum outside airflow for 2 hours before and after the building is occupied.

Food Service

  • If possible, install touchless payment methods (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). Provide hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol near places where people pay so that they can use it right after handling money, cards, or keypads.
  • Have hand sanitizer available at any self-service food or drink options, such as hot and cold food bars, salad or condiment bars, and drink stations.

Operations Strategies

Designated COVID-19 Point of Contact

  • Maintain EMT Chair as designated COVID-19 point of contact.

Communication Systems

  • Maintain communication systems in place for:
    • Students and Employee to report quarantine or isolation (if applicable under local public health guidance): Case notification form.
    • Students and Employees to ask COVID-19 related question, and to disseminate COVID-19 related information: CRT email.
    • Hosting and providing COVID related information: JRB and CRT webpages

Student Health

  • Maintain Point of Care (POC) testing availability.
  • Have vaccine available for administration to unvaccinated students.
  • Telehealth services will remain an option upon student request for both mental and physical health appointments.


  • Encourage students to stay home if they are ill.

Human Resources

  • Encourage employees to symptom monitor and stay home if they are ill.
  • Departments will maintain staggered work shifts, and other continuity planning measures if applicable to job duties and schedule.

Student Life

  • The programmatic model will return to an in-person model, though Zoom opportunities will continue to be available for programming to expand access. Zoom live captioning will be utilized for programs using Zoom for accessibility.
  • Individual meetings will return to in-person however, Zoom will continue to be an option upon student/guest request.
  • Drop-n-go will become a standard part of our move-in process for students.
  • Stop/Go discs will continue to be used at dining tables in our dining locations to note cleaning being complete.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will continue to be available in spaces with heavy traffic and high touchpoints for individual use.
  • Campus visit experiences will continue to encourage rescheduling if individuals are feeling ill.

Technology Systems

  • Ensure network wireless connectivity is ubiquitous and reliable throughout the University.
  • Maintain classroom technologies, including cameras and audio systems, for delivery of courses in a hybrid environment.


  • Large event plans will continue to be reviewed by CRT when in applicable color code.
  • Outdoor spaces will continue to have recommended capacities.


  • Maintain surveillance testing protocols as applicable per NCAA guidelines.