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Are food and drink permitted at campus events?


Can I attend class if a close contact tests positive for COVID?

In accordance with CDC guidance for individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, you can continue to attend classes/work if you wear a high-quality mask the entire time you are in campus buildings (unless you are alone in a private office or residence hall room) for at least 10 days after your last exposure.*

Watch for symptoms. If symptoms develop, isolate immediately and get tested.

Even if you don’t develop symptoms, you should get tested at least five full days after your last exposure. If you test negative, continue wearing a mask through day 10. If you test positive, isolate immediately.

*If you live with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, day 1 is the first full day after the individual with COVID-19 has ended the isolation period.

Is masking required on campus?
When community levels are high, masking is strongly encouraged inside campus buildings regardless of vaccination status.
When will classes begin and end? When are final exams?

Fall 2022 classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 22, and end on Friday, Dec. 9 Final exams will be held Monday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Dec. 9.

Will internship, clinical or student teaching placements be impacted?

Students in clinical, student teaching and other out-of-class assignments should follow the guidance of their placement location.

What happens if I need to miss class due to sickness?


Contact Student Health Services to let them know you are feeling unwell or that you need to isolate.

California Health Center

Contact your professor(s) to let them know you won't be in class. Ask for instructions about how to keep up or catch up on any missed material or assignments.

A medical excuse will be required upon return to the course or your absence(s) will be considered unexcused. Documentation provided by Student Health Services or Student Affairs is acceptable, but you are responsible for providing the documentation/excuse to each of your faculty members.

Will Student Health Services notify my professors that I am in isolation?

No. Student Health Services will not notify faculty members that students are in isolation due to privacy laws. Students are responsible for notifying faculty members that they will not be in class.

What campus dining options will be available during the Fall 2022 semester?

All campus dining locations will be open for the fall semester.

Is the university providing masks to students?

Students are encouraged to maintain their own supply of masks. A limited number of disposable masks are available at the campus information desk for students who have lost or forgotten to bring an approved mask.

Is testing available on campus for students?


The campus health center has a supply of rapid COVID tests. For community-based testing locations, visit

What should I do if I feel sick?


Students –
Contact the California Health Center at 724-938-4232. 

Employees –
Seek guidance from your healthcare provider and notify your supervisor.

How do I know if I need to isolate?

Information about  isolation is available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website.


Am I up to date on my vaccinations?

Ensure you are optimally protected against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated and staying up to date with a booster dose. Vaccine-specific information and booster eligibility details are available on the CDC’s website.

Is university-related travel permitted?

COVID travel restrictions are lifted, but depending on the community levels of COVID-19 at your destination, masking may be required. For questions, contact your adviser or supervisor.

Do I need to wear a mask if alone in my workspace or office?

When CDC guidelines indicate community spread is High, masking is strongly recommended in all public spaces unless you are inside your own residence hall room or alone in a private study room or office.

Am I permitted to ask others about their vaccination status?

With the exception of Student Health Services staff members, individuals are not permitted to ask any other employee or student about their vaccination status. This does not mean that you cannot discuss vaccination or COVID-related topics more generally. In the classroom, if these topics are relevant to the learning objectives of the course, then you can certainly discuss them.