Updated Research Reintegration Plan
All research personnel shall:
- follow the procedures outlined below and in President’s Directive No. 22 “COVID-19: Mitigation Measures and Guidelines”;
- complete updated COVID-19 safety training available through Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).
These actions will allow researchers to return to 100% research effort in all on-campus spaces including faculty offices. All researchers are encouraged to voluntarily upload their COVID-19 Vaccination record. This step is mandatory for those researchers who are traveling.
- Face Coverings. All members of the University community, including contractor’s agents and employees, must comply with the California Department of Public Health’s “Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings” dated July 28, 2021, including the recommendation that all individuals regardless of vaccination status must wear a face covering indoors, at least until September 30, 2021. Individuals do not have to wear face coverings indoors when (a) alone in a private space such as an office with the door closed, a living unit or vehicle; (b) eating and drinking; (c) showering, washing their face, or brushing their teeth in a residence hall or other University facility with common bathroom facilities; (d) directed by a health care provider to remove their face covering for care or treatment; (e) an accommodation is required; and/or (f) job duties make a face covering infeasible or create a hazard. Face coverings are recommended for unvaccinated individuals outdoors where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- N-95 Masks. N-95 masks are available upon request for individuals vaccinated or unvaccinated against COVID-19 through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).
- Physical Distancing/Barrier Requirements. Physical distancing or barrier requirements regardless of vaccination status are no longer mandated except for very limited circumstances such as during an outbreak.
- Case Reporting. All researchers who test positive for COVID-19 or become aware that they may have been in close contact with someone who either has tested positive for or is suspected to have COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to report the positive result or exposure using the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form on the Titans Return website.
- Isolation and Quarantine. All researchers must comply with any directive from a University or health official requiring them to isolate (if they are experiencing symptoms or test positive) and/or quarantine (if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive or is suspected to be infected).
- All researchers are required to complete updated COVID-19 health and safety training available through Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) prior to returning to campus to resume their research.
- Health Screening. Prior to arriving on any University property or participating in any research activity, researchers must conduct a personal health screening and self-monitor for COVID-19 related symptoms. These include having a fever (≥ 100.4 ºF), cough, sore throat, chills, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath. Those experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms may not come to any University property or participate in any University-related activity. In addition, campus community members who develop COVID-19 related symptoms while on University property or participating in any University-related activity must leave campus or remove themselves from a University-related activity.
- Signage and Safety Guidelines. All researchers while on University property and/or when participating in University-related activities must adhere to COVID-19 health and safety signage.
- Vehicle travel. Researchers may travel in the same vehicle. All travelers must wear face coverings while travelling together in vehicles regardless of vaccination status.