Return to Campus

Preparing for a New Campus Environment

The return to work process will be tightly controlled and coordinated to mitigate potential risks and ensure everyone's safety.

Prior to authorizing return to work, CSUDH will:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan in each department or unit that is approved to return to campus.
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
  • Implement disinfecting protocols.
  • Implement physical distancing guidelines.

Employees approved to return to work will:

  • Maintain physical distancing from others (including students, faculty, staff, and vendors) whenever reasonably possible in all campus locations.
  • Wear face coverings while on campus.
  • Wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.

New Campus COVID-19 Map

An interactive version of the campus map is now available. This interactive application allows users to zoom, pan, and search campus features. The map includes buildings, in-person classrooms for fall 2020, parking lots, hand sanitizer stations, and more. Data layers may be turned off or on by selecting the check box in the Layer Selection menu. Many of the map features have additional information that is accessible by clicking the individual item of interest.

Campus Access Authorization for Approved Activities

The campus remains open. However, only approved activities and employees are allowed on campus. All large gatherings have been cancelled indefinitely. All proposed no-contact “drive-thru” events are thoroughly reviewed and approved on a case by case basis. Please submit proposed events to

  • How to Submit a Campus Authorization Request for Temporary Returns

    Faculty and staff needing to return to campus to obtain personal items or equipment must first seek approval, prior to their return.

    • Employees that need to return to campus for a temporary activity, i.e., single-day return only or to pick up telecommuting equipment; no scheduled workdays or permanent return to work of any type, must complete and submit the Campus Return Authorization Form [PDF] to be sent to the employee's supervisor email.

      • Instructions for Campus Return form: To fill out, please download the form and open with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once filled out, rename and save the form, adding your last name before submitting.
    • If the supervisor approves the return, the form is then submitted to and the employee is scheduled for return

    • Employees must complete COVID-19 safety awareness training prior to any return to campus. Employees will receive an email from CSU Learn to complete the training. For any questions on this safety training, please email
  • How to Submit a Sustained Return to Campus Request for Non-Instructional Staff

    In accordance with the Chancellor's Office approved CSUDH Fall 2020 exceptions to virtual learning communication, staff who were not identified as essential during the time the campus moved to telecommuting model in March 2020 cannot return to campus without advance approval from the president.

    • Managers must identify their need for additional on-campus essential employees by completing and submitting the Sustained Return to Campus Request for Non-Instructional Staff form [PDF] to their respective Vice President
    • If approved, the Vice President will then submit the form through the appropriate approval process, including Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness, prior to being submitted to the President's Office for final approval
    • Once Presidential approval has been granted the employee may be scheduled to begin their on-campus work
    • Employees must complete COVID-19 safety awareness training prior to any return to campus. Employees will receive an email from CSU Learn to complete the training. For any questions on this safety training, please email
  • Vendors/Visitors on Campus

    Procurement provides vendors with the CSU Safety Plan, which outlines the safety protocols that must be adhered to while on campus.

    Vendors and contractors delivering goods and performing work on campus shall adhere to the following guidelines:

    • All vendors and contractors are expected to comply with the guidelines established by existing County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Safety Order, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as updated, to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19
    • Vendors may perform work only with explicit approval from the Office of Procurement and Contracts or authorized representative.
    • Vendors shall ensure that a fully executed agreement is received prior to arriving on site to perform work.
    • Vendors and contractors authorized to perform work at CSUDH, and that require access to campus facilities, shall work with the Project Manager or contact designated on the contract to coordinate work and obtain access to facilities. If the designated CSUDH staff is unable to provide access to the vendor or contractor, the campus staff should contact work control Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at 310-243-3587, extension 3804, or email, and the work control staff will assist with access. In the event of work being performed after hours, vendor or contractor shall work with campus staff to contact Campus Police for access.
    • Vendors and contractors shall provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves, goggles, face coverings as appropriate for the work being performed.
    • Ensure all vendors and contractor employees wear proper PPE, required by current public health orders, AT ALL TIMES while on university property making deliveries or performing work. This include face covering and gloves. In addition, all vendor and contractor employees shall adhere 6-foot physical distancing directives.
    • If any of the vendor or contractor employees feels ill or has symptoms such as those enumerated by the CDC, they are to notify their supervisor, contact their health care provider, and not visit or work at the university.

Phased Staffing

Over the next several months, as our region stabilizes from the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, CSUDH will begin to bring our students, faculty, and staff back onto campus. We will use a coordinated phased approach to ensure physical distancing measures and personal protective equipment (PPE) are implemented.

Icon with text: Phase 1

Phase 1: Only essential personnel can work on campus. The University will have the opportunity to refine safety measures and operational protocols before campus density is increased.

  • Mandatory on-site employees continue to work on campus.
  • Employees that can effectively work remotely, including vulnerable employees (those who are pregnant and those with underlying health conditions) are advised to continue to do so.
  • Employees that cannot work remotely, will be placed on administrative leave.

Icon with text: Phase 2Phase 2 (Current Phase): Create opportunities for limited on-campus work to support instruction, student support, and research. Specifically, approved activities and staffing needed to support the Fall term

  • Faculty may be permitted to utilize their office and/or classroom/lab space for preparation of activities on a staggered approved schedule.
  • Limited in-person student support services may be allowed, with appropriate approval
  • Research activity that includes the use of university facilities on a limited basis may be permitted, with prior approval.
  • Student support services/programs such as dining, full library services, and athletics are limited in scope to adhere to state and local public health protocols.
  • All employees that can work remotely, should continue to do so.
  • Employees that cannot work remotely or on campus, will be placed on administrative leave.

Icon with text: Phase 3Phase 3: Create opportunities for additional on-campus work to support the institution's mission.
Phase 3 staffing is not allowed at this time.

  • Employees that prefer to work on campus can do so.
  • Areas such as dining, and the library, expand services.
  • Programs such as athletics and ROTC expand in-person learning methods.

Icon with text: Phase 4Phase 4: State and local health orders are lifted. This phase becomes the "new normal."
Phase 4 staffing is not allowed at this time.

  • When possible, a return to full repopulation will be implemented under applicable state and CSU authority.

Staffing Models

There are several staffing methods departments can implement to enhance social distancing measures and reduce population density within buildings and workspaces. These arrangements, which should be approved by the immediate supervisor, can be done in on a full or partial day/week schedule as appropriate. Additionally, staffing models that are employed must be approved by the appropriate Vice President.

Remote Work: Those who can work remotely to fulfill some, or all their work responsibilities may continue to do so to reduce the number of individuals on campus and the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.  

Alternating Days: Departments should schedule partial staffing on alternating days. Such schedules will help enable social distancing, especially in areas with large common workspaces.

Staggered Reporting/Departing: The beginning and end of the workday typically bring many people together at common entry/exit points of buildings. Staggering reporting and departure times by at least 30 minutes will reduce traffic in common areas.

Safety Training

Employees must complete COVID-19 safety awareness training prior to any return to campus. Employees will receive an email from CSU Learn to complete the training. For any questions on this safety training, please email

Personal Hygiene

In addition to the guidelines above, individuals assigned to perform work on university property shall observe the following CDC recommendations on personal hygiene:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with others as much as possible.

Construction Sites

Contractors and subcontractors performing work on university construction sites shall adhere to the
CSU Safety Protocols found at the Vendors Resources webpage.

Refer regularly to the Procurement and Contracts webpage for latest updates and information
applicable to vendors and contractors.

The university urges all colleges, divisions, schools, departments, and other organizational units to delay or cancel any invited visitors through the Spring 2021 semester.