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New CSU Campus Safety Protocols

Magnus standing with Cleveland State University students wearing masks

New CSU Campus Safety Protocols
Summer and Fall 2021

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 CDC guidelines both for individuals who are vaccinated and those who are not.


CSU strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. It’s the best way you can protect yourself, your family and your community. All three of the approved vaccines are safe, effective and readily available.

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

Vaccination or documentation of a valid exemption because of medical or religious reasons will be required for students living in our residence halls.

New Guidelines for Vaccinated Individuals

If you’re vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask on campus – indoors or out – or follow social distancing guidelines.

We pride ourselves on being a family and part of a welcoming community. We understand that some members of the university may not be comfortable yet in a “mask-less” environment. Please be tolerant of the choices of others and consider wearing a mask in settings where others may be uncomfortable.

Individuals who are vaccinated are also exempt from our surveillance testing program.

New Guidelines for Unvaccinated Individuals

Students, faculty and staff who are not vaccinated will be required to continue wearing a mask on campus – indoors and out. You will be asked sign a social contract committing to wearing a mask, physically distancing from others, seeking prompt medical attention if you develop symptoms and abiding by all CDC guidance for quarantine, isolation and contact tracing if you get sick or exposed to COVID.

Unvaccinated students will be required to participate in the university’s surveillance testing program.

A Social Contract

We’ll be following the honor system in determining vaccination status. All members of the university community will be asked to sign a social contract confirming that they are vaccinated OR committed to following the requirements for unvaccinated individuals outlined above.

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing​​​​​​​

CSU will continue mandatory surveillance testing for unvaccinated students. A minimum of five percent of the unvaccinated student population will be tested each week. Testing is also available and free for any faculty or staff. We encourage those who are unvaccinated 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 any member of the university community.

Vaccinated individuals are exempt from the surveillance testing.​​​​​​​


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.