October 04, 2021

Mariah Rose Panlasigui started her second year at Stan State this semester, but for the pre-licensure nursing student, being on campus feels like a brand-new experience.

Like many students, Panlasigui completed her first year at the University fully online. She even joined a sorority and socialized virtually with her peers. But with the campus’s repopulation, which began Friday, Oct. 1, she’s more than ready for in-person interactions.

“I’m excited and I’m looking forward to really getting that college experience,” said Panlasigui, of San Francisco. “I don't live on campus or in student housing. I have my own little studio, so it gets a bit lonely.” 

For some, this week marks the first time they will see in person the campus’ fountains and trees, their classrooms and instructors, and, of course, the ducks and geese. For others, the return to campus will be like seeing a long-lost friend: it’s been a while and some things look different, but the familiarity is still there.  

On Friday, for the first day of in-person instruction, President Ellen Junn expressed excitement for the return to campus at the Quad and on social media.

“Welcome, Warriors! We are so excited to see our exceptional scholars — whether you’re on campus or in virtual spaces,” she wrote. “Please know that you are surrounded by people who care about you and are guided by a passion to help you to succeed.”

Departments across the campus have been collaborating and working nonstop to prepare for those who will be coming to campus. It may take time for some to adjust to being in an in-person environment, especially those who joined the campus while remote operations were in place.  

To help ease the transition for students — and faculty and staff — here are some key resources and important information. Whether in-person or virtual, the following information will help you get (re)acquainted with Warrior Life.

Daily Self-Screening Protocol

Everyone must complete a Daily Self-Screening form before coming to campus, and the process has been updated to integrate the vaccine verification database and the COVID-19 testing database.  

When students complete the daily self-screening form, a green or red screen will appear to indicate whether or not they are cleared to come to campus.  

  • A GREEN screen means CLEARED  
  • A RED screen means NOT CLEARED

Instructions for completing the new form are available online. Updated forms for faculty and staff to reflect this process are forthcoming.

Testing Protocol

Campus community members with an approved medical or religious exemption must be tested weekly and before they will be on campus.  

  • Students with an approved exemption must complete the Student COVID-19 Testing form. The form requires users to provide the date tested, location of test and an image of one of the three accepted forms of documentation.  
  • Only COVID-19 PCR tests (molecular diagnostic tests) will be accepted. Rapid tests (antigen tests) or home testing kit results will not be accepted.
  • Documentation of testing may include: 
    • Receipt from testing center 
    • Email notification that test results are ready 
    • Redacted copy of test results (with COVID-19 status marked out) 
  • Students may complete their test at Stanislaus State or off campus. Find a testing location near you. 

Steps for Coming to Campus

  • Complete the Daily Self-Screening form.
    • Be prepared to bring a device with you to class to display your cleared status or bring a copy with you.
  • Wear a face covering indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status.  
  • Maintain at least 3 feet of physical distancing. 

Student Services

The majority of student service departments— Library services, the Office of Information Technology, Financial Aid, Basic Needs, academic advising, Psychological Counseling Services, the Student Center and others — are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be accessed in person or remotely. See the full list with operation hours and contact information.

Study Spaces


The University Library is open with in-person services and open computer labs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Food for Thought

  • Hungry? In need of a caffeine jolt? You can get good grub, beverages and snacks at the MSR Café, Warrior Grill, Starbucks in the Student Center or The Market convenience store. New vending machines with pre-made sandwiches and salads will be available in the newly renovated Library. See what’s open and when.

Campus community members attending classes, teaching or working on-campus are required to complete self-certifications of vaccination, and a majority of them have already done so. As of Monday, Oct. 4:

  • 91.6% of students in face-to-face classes have self-certified their vaccination status
  • 75% of students self-certified their vaccination status
  • 74% of faculty/staff have self-certified their vaccination status  
  • Percentage of students who’ve requested exemptions from the vaccination requirement:
    • 1.9% (205) medical exemption requests  
    • 3% (319) religious exemption requests
  • 52% of students are enrolled in at least one in-person class for the fall 2021 semester