Safe Campus

New CSU Campus Safety Protocols

Magnus standing with Cleveland State University students wearing masks


As a community, we’ve done a great job of protecting one another and staying safe during the pandemic. That commitment continues. Cleveland State University will continue to follow the most recent CDC guidelines and adjust our plans and protocols as circumstances change.

Vaccination Incentives for Campus Community

Don’t miss your shot to keep our community safe. Get vaccinated!

$100 for New Vaccinations
From now through December 10, students, faculty and staff members who get vaccinated at CSU’s Health & Wellness Services will receive $100 in VISA gift cards. You’ll receive $50 for your first shot and will receive the remaining $50 when you get your second shot four weeks later. COVID-19 vaccines are available on campus for all members of our CSU community on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Health & Wellness Services in Room 205 at the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions (2112 Euclid Avenue). There is no cost and no appointment is needed.

Weekly $2,500 Drawings for Those Already Vaccinated
Members of the university community who are already vaccinated are eligible to enter weekly drawings for $2,500. The drawings will be held every Friday through December 10. There will be two drawings weekly – one for students and one for faculty/staff. Complete this form to enter. Winners of the drawings will be required to provide proof of vaccination.

CSU to Launch Peer-to-Peer Vaccination Education Campaign

The science tells us that the absolute best tool we have for combating COVID is vaccination. After closely examining the limitations, shortcomings and consequences of vaccine mandates at other universities, we believe a rigorous education and testing campaign – right now – is the best approach and fit for CSU.  

In addition to continuing our random testing program for students, beginning next week we will launch a 4-6 week comprehensive, peer-to-peer education campaign designed to ensure as many members of our community are vaccinated as possible. 

The campaign will include multiple coordinated strategies: opportunities for faculty, students and staff to share our stories of getting vaccinated, doubling down on information about how and where to get the vaccine, listening with empathy to the concerns of those who are vaccine- hesitant and sharing accurate information about the value and safety of vaccines. 

We will also announce incentives to students, faculty and staff who get vaccinated. Throughout the campaign we will assess its impact and the health of the campus community. As we track progress, and as circumstances require, we will adjust our approach to keep everyone on campus safe and healthy, as we have over the last 18 months.  

Masks Required Indoors

Effective August 9, 2021, properly worn masks are required indoors in CSU facilities for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. This applies to everyone, regardless of their vaccination status. Unvaccinated individuals are also strongly encouraged to wear masks outdoors when they cannot practice physical distancing. 

These new requirements are recommended by our county public health officials and consistent with CDC guidelines given the rising number of infections from the more contagious Delta variant of the virus in our community. Wearing your mask when indoors and wearing it correctly to cover your nose and mouth, will help us keep our CSU family safe and healthy.

We recognize there are circumstances where a mask is not always practical, as such, exceptions and accommodations, will be permitted in the following situations:

  • When actively eating in a dining hall
  • When a student is alone in their residence hall room with their roommate(s). (Students are expected to wear masks in common areas.)
  • When a faculty or staff member is working alone in a private office or outdoors. 
  • When a student, faculty, or staff member has been granted a medical or religious accommodation to not wear a mask, that has been approved in writing by the appropriate university officials.

Faculty may remove their masks when teaching in the following auditorium-style classrooms to assure that all students can hear instruction:

  • Berkman Hall auditorium
  • Berkman Hall 201 and 202
  • In Business: BU 118
  • In Law: Moot Courtroom
  • In Music: Waetjen Hall, Drinko Hall and MU 107
  • In Science: SR 151 and 152

Instructional faculty may also modify the face-covering requirement for limited periods for instructional reasons, if pedagogically necessary (e.g., voice and instrument lessons).


CSU strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. It’s the best way you can protect yourself, your family and our community. All three vaccines are safe and effective, and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are readily available. The Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval on August 23, 2021 and the other vaccines are approved for emergency use. 

COVID-19 vaccines are available on campus to students, faculty and staff on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:45 p.m. at Health & Wellness Services in Room 205 at the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions (2112 Euclid Avenue). COVID-19 vaccinations are free and no appointment is necessary.

Alternatively, visit or call 833-4-ASK-ODH to make an appointment at a retail pharmacy near you. Many locations are now accepting walk-ins for vaccination. It is easier than ever to protect yourself and those you love.

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Moderna COVID-19 boosters are available for all eligible students, faculty and staff on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 1:40 – 3:45 p.m. by appointment only. Call 216-687-3649 to schedule.

You must meet the following guidelines per the CDC in order to be eligible for a booster.

If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, you are eligible for a booster if:

When to get a booster: At least 6 months after your second Pfizer or Moderna shot.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, you are eligible for a booster if:

  • You are 18 years of age or older.

When to get a booster: At least 2 months after your Johnson & Johnson shot.

If you have questions or concerns, contact your primary care physician and refer to the CDC website. Please note that when you arrive for your booster appointment, you must have your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card with you, or the vaccine will not be administered. If your card is lost, please contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination records prior to your appointment time.

COVID-19 Testing

CSU will continue surveillance testing for all students. A minimum of five percent of the student population will be tested each week. 

Testing is also available and free for all faculty and staff. We strongly encourage unvaccinated individuals to be tested regularly.

The testing center is located on the first floor of the CIMP Building and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Results are available immediately. Testing is free and open to all members of the university community.


We understand that you may have concerns or anxiety about fully returning to the classroom or the workplace. Help is available. Students may seek assistance through the Counseling Center. Employees can get support through Impact Solutions, our employee assistance program.

What to Do if You’re Not Feeling Well

If you’re not feeling well and/or are running a fever, please stay home and contact your health provider.

What to Do if You’ve Been Exposed to Someone Who Has COVID-19

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, do not wait to be contacted by a contact tracer. Take the following steps immediately:

  • If you are FULLY VACCINATED AND have no symptoms, you do not need to quarantine. You should get a COVID test 3-5 days after your last contact with the person who is COVID positive and monitor yourself for symptoms. Free testing is available on campus at Health & Wellness Services. You should also wear a mask in public (both indoors and outdoors) for 14 days after your last contact. Before your test, you do not need to quarantine provided you don’t develop any symptoms. If at any time before your test you develop symptoms, you should immediately isolate yourself and contact your medical provider. Provided you have no symptoms before your test, your test results will determine next steps.
    • If your test is negative, you will be cleared and do not need any further evaluation. You should continue to self-monitor for 14 days after your last contact with the COVID positive person and contact your medical provider if you develop any symptoms.  You should also continue to wear a mask in public for the full 14 days after last contact regardless of the test result.
    • If your test is positive, you will likely be required to isolate for 10 days.
  • If you are NOT FULLY VACCINATED, you should immediately quarantine yourself as soon as you discover that you were exposed or in close contact with a COVID positive person. You will need to complete a full 10-day quarantine. You should contact your medical provider and arrange to get a COVID test 3-5 days after your last contact with that person. Free testing is available on campus at Health & Wellness Services. You still need to complete the full 10-day quarantine regardless of the test result. You should monitor yourself for symptoms during this time and contact your medical provider if you develop symptoms. 

What to Do if You Test Positive

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should isolate for 10 days, regardless of your vaccination status.

All students (regardless of on-campus or commuter status) who test positive for COVID-19 should notify Health & Wellness Services at 216-687-3649.

Faculty and staff members who have tested positive should notify Human Resources at 216-687-3636 for further instructions.

For more information, review the CDC guidelines.

Contact Tracing

If you test positive for COVID-19, or if it has been determined that you’re a close contact for a positive case, a university contact tracing team, in coordination with the Cleveland Department of Public Health, will contact you. All members of the CSU community should respond promptly to communications from the university’s contact tracing team.
Contact tracing is a proven way to limit infection spread to others, but that team is only as effective as your responsiveness and support to their efforts to protect your family, friends and other members of our CSU community.