Student FAQs

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required for SSU students? 

Yes, the California State University system (CSU) requires students, faculty, and staff who are accessing any of the 23 CSU campuses to be fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

How do I provide proof of my vaccination status?

Students may self-certify their vaccination status by uploading a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card via the MyHealth portal. 

When am I considered fully vaccinated?

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for six months after the final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or for two months after receiving a dose of a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen), without a booster. However, if you completed your two-dose vaccine more than six months before February 28, 2022, or your single-dose vaccine more than two months before February 28, 2022, you will no longer be considered fully vaccinated, per CSU policy definitions, and will need to get a booster.

Due to the Omicron surge, many universities are pivoting to remote instruction in the first weeks of the semester. Is this happening at SSU?

Yes, on January 11, 2022, President Sakaki announced that most classes will be taught in an online modality through Friday, February 11, 2022. The semester itself will start as planned on January 24, and most courses scheduled to be in-person will switch to remote modalities. Courses scheduled to be online will not experience any changes or disruptions. Labs will remain open for research and instruction, and students may work with faculty in labs, as long as everyone maintains compliance with current campus COVID-19 safety protocols — completing Daily Wellness Screeningswearing face maskscertifying vaccination status or approved exemption with weekly testing. Residence halls and the library will remain open to students, faculty, and staff, and limited dining services will be available. 

Some other aspects of campus operations, such as spectators at athletics events, audiences for the performing arts programs and the Green Music Center, facilities reservations, and hours at the Campus Recreation Center may experience short-term changes. Details about modifications will be shared in the coming days both via email from and on the websites of the respective units.

If you have questions regarding the Spring 2022 changes in response to this latest Sonoma County health order, please contact SSU’s COVID Monitoring Team at covid.monitoring@sonoma.edu.

Will I need to continue wearing a face mask after I’m vaccinated?

Yes. Face masks are required when indoors on the SSU campus regardless of vaccination status. Face masks are required inside all campus buildings except for residential buildings. Face masks are required outdoors when a six-foot physical distance between persons cannot be maintained. 

In alignment with the revised recommendations on face masks, and due to the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and California Department of Public Health are recommending that everyone wear a medical procedure mask or N95 mask, which provides the most protection. Cloth masks are still allowed on campus but we do recommend consideration of high quality cloth masks with additional filtration or medical grade masks.  

We are pleased to be able to provide N95 masks to students. N95 masks are available at the Seawolf Service Center during business hours. Please note that students may receive one mask per week. Medical procedure masks are available at the Student Center, University Library, and in the hallway outside the Seawolf Service Center.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The Student Health Center will be offering COVID-19 boosters to currently enrolled students beginning January 24. Simply log into MyHealthPortal to schedule an appointment. You may call the Student Health Center at 707-664-2921 if your desired day shows no availability.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are also available across California. To schedule an appointment wherever you are in California, please visit MyTurn. For additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine and availability in the state, visit COVID-19 California.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

The on-campus COVID-19 testing center is open to all students and members of their household. The testing center is located in the Denali Gym at the Recreation Center. Access is permitted through the south exterior doors of the facility that lead directly to the Denali Gym.  

Who do I notify if I have been exposed to or have tested positive for COVID-19?

Students attending classes on campus or living in the residence halls must report a COVID-19 exposure or a positive test to the COVID Monitoring team at covid.monitoring@sonoma.edu or 707-664-COVI (2486) or to the Student Health Center by calling (707) 664-2921.

How do I apply to be considered for a medical, religious or deeply held belief exemption to the vaccine requirement?

Students may seek an exemption based on medical, religious reasons, or deeply held beliefs. Students may seek an exemption using the COVID-19 vaccine exemption forms found in their My Health Portal under the downloadable forms/upload option on the left-hand menu.

Students who receive an exemption may be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing and wear a mask at all times while on campus.

Medical Exemption: Any person submitting a declaration of medical exemption shall certify that, at the campus's request, they will promptly provide documentation from a certified or licensed healthcare professional to support their declaration. 

Religious Exemption: Any person submitting a declaration of religious exemption shall certify that, at the campus's request, they will promptly provide a statement that describes the applicable religious or other comparable belief that is the basis for their exemption. Based on either (i) a person's sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice, which includes any traditionally recognized religion, or (ii) beliefs, observances, or practices which an individual sincerely holds and that occupy a place of importance in that individual's life, comparable to that of traditionally recognized religions.

If I’m attending classes fully remote, do I need to provide proof of vaccination?

No. Students attending classes fully remote may request a waiver to the vaccine requirement. However, these students must declare that they will not be accessing campus and must notify the campus if this status changes. Students who receive a waiver to the vaccine requirement will not be permitted to access campus facilities such as the library, bookstore, recreation center, dining venues, and other campus support services. The form to seek this waiver is available on the My Health portal. The waiver must be re-submitted each semester that a student plans to be fully remote.