The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your healthcare provider.

In November, the University began providing access to free rapid antigen tests for at-home use to improve COVID-19 testing services for faculty, staff and students.

Having access to free rapid antigen tests allows Stan State to align with updated Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) isolation and quarantine recommendations for the COVID-19 infectious period.

Cal/OSHA and CDPH updated isolation guidelines allow for faculty, staff and students to return to campus sooner than the current 10-day isolation period, as eligible, following the process below.

All persons who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms, must:

  • Report positive cases of COVID-19.
  • Stay home for at least 5 full days after start of symptoms (Day 0) or after date of first positive test (Day 0) if no symptoms.
  • Isolation can end after Day 5 and return to campus Day 6 or after if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen* collected on Day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test, choosing not to test, or testing positive on Day 5 (or later), isolation can end after Day 10 if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • If fever is present, isolation must be continued until 24 hours after fever resolves without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after Day 10. If symptoms are severe, or if the infected person is at high risk of serious disease, or if they have questions concerning care, infected persons should contact their healthcare provider for available treatments.
  • Wear a well-fitting protective mask around others for a total of 10 days, in both indoor and outdoor settings. When mask is removed for eating/drinking, provide a 6-foot distance from others.

*Rapid antigen test recommended.

A negative COVID-19 test is required to be submitted via the online form before returning to campus after meeting the above eligibility requirements. Online forms are available for employees and students to submit negative COVID-19 test results:

Q: What kinds of tests are acceptable to comply with the regulations' testing requirements?

Tests approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or that have an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA to diagnose current infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be used. These include both PCR and antigen tests. The test must be administered in accordance with the FDA approval or FDA EUA, as applicable.

Q: How can an employer comply with the testing requirement?

To comply with the testing requirements of the ETS, an over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 test may be both self-administered and self-read if verification of the results, such as a time and date-stamped photograph of the result, is provided.

Workplace Reasonable Accommodations

Faculty and staff requiring an accommodation due to a disability or medical condition to allow them to perform the essential functions of their job should complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form. Accommodations may include but are not limited to additional or enhanced protective measures, temporary modifications of work schedules, or revised office space. Generally, accommodations will not include remote work for duties that require campus presence. Accommodations are applicable for the employee only. Stan State will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with qualified disabilities. Employees seeking modified schedules to care for a family member or other household members who are immune compromised may explore Family Medical Leave by initiating a consultation with the Leaves Specialist.

Individuals needing accommodations should contact the following offices:

Faculty/ Staff:
Leaves Program

Disability Resource Services

Travel and Gathering Guidance

Please refer to State of California guidance as it pertains to recommendations for travel, both domestic and foreign.

Updated: January 11, 2023