COVID-19 Health & Safety Practices 2021 - 2022

August 20, 2021

COVID-19 Health & Safety Practices

Chicago State University is fully open for in-person instruction, classes, activities, and events during the 2021-2022 academic year with precautions that align with the latest public health guidance.

Updated Masking Policy

All CSU students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face covering in University spaces indoors and in all public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. A face covering does not have to be worn when eating or drinking, or when alone in a private

Student Vaccination Incentive Program and Guidelines

  • Students who show proof vaccination will receive a $50 payment incentive that can be issued as a refund or applied directly to an account balance. To receive this credit, scan or take a picture of your COVID vaccination card and email it to the Wellness Center at
  • CSU is ENCOURAGING all students who participate in in-person classes or on-campus activities to voluntarily provide evidence of receiving the COVID-19
    • Students living in the residence hall and student-athletes are REQUIRED to provide proof of vaccination.

Faculty & Staff Vaccination Requirement

  • CSU has a mandatory vaccination requirement for all faculty and
  • All employees are required to be vaccinated or demonstrate progress towards full vaccination, such as receiving the first vaccine or receive an approved accomodation, no later than August 23, 2021.

COVID-19 Testing & Surveillance

CSU provides continuous free COVID-19 testing on This testing service is non-invasive using saliva samples, takes 10 min or less, and accepts both walk-ins and appointments.

CSU Library Cafe

  • Monday: 9-11am
  • Wednesday: 9-11am
  • Thursday: 12-3pm
  • Friday: 9am-12pm
  • All non-vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated persons living on, working on, and/or attending in-person classes on the CSU campus are required to participate in mandatory surveillance testing twice a week beginning August 23, 2021.

Contact Tracing

  • Contact tracing is an important way to keep COVID-19 transmission rates Everyone is expected to cooperate with CSU’s contact tracing efforts, which is run by Legal Affairs.
  • If a student, faculty member, or staff receives a positive COVID-19 test, they must start by staying home

and alerting their instructors and/or supervisors.

Reflects latest CDC guidance as of July 28, 2021

COVID-19 Health & Safety Practices

  • Next, alert the CSU COVID-19 Task Force Director by filling out the COVID-19 Report Form, available on Cougar Connect or the CSU website COVID-19 landing The information you submit is confidential and is only used for contact tracing purposes.

In-Person Activities

  • CSU is fully open for in-person instruction, classes, activities, and events during the 2021 - 2022 academic year with precautions that align with the latest public health
  • To determine whether your course is in-person, remote, or hybrid, check CSU's dynamic guide or the course scheduling guide.
  • If you would like to host an event, work with the Office of Property & Site Management at The Office will advise on necessary precautions.

Enhanced Cleaning

  • Building Service Workers are performing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in high traffic areas (restrooms, lobbies, Bursar, Cashier, Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, ) and high touch surfaces (door handles, elevator buttons, etc.) multiple times per day.
  • Disinfectant cleaning products are utilized during enhanced cleaning Building Service Workers will follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitization in high touch areas.
  • CSU will continue to provide personal protective equipment to offices,such as masks for visitors and cleaning materials, as needed. If you need additional cleaning supplies, contact Facilities (

Indoor Infrastructure and Social Distancing

  • All building HVAC systems are updated to ensure high, clean air quality
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout campus buildings
  • CSU will ensure social distancing in spaces such as classrooms that meet public health guidelines, reflect rooms’ setup, and learning Tools for social distancing include the use of floor markings, staggered furniture arrangements, and additional space between lecterns and student seats.
  • Stairways, elevators, and other passageways have directional signage and other methods to encourage social distancing and one-way traffic to the extent