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Cal Poly amends COVID-19 testing order for winter, spring quarters

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 16:17:23-05

Cal Poly officials announced amendments to the university's COVID-19 testing requirements for winter and spring quarters Saturday.

According to Cal Poly's COVID-19 Presidential Order, students are required to get tested for COVID-19 if they meet any of the following criteria, effective Monday:

  • Lives in university housing
  • Is enrolled in face-to-face courses
  • Works on campus
  • Participates in research on campus
  • Uses any on-campus service, except the Health Center
  • Lives in the same household or congregate living facility (e.g. house, apartment, dormitory or fraternity/sorority house) with a Cal Poly student who meets any of the aforementioned criteria

University officials said students may be exempt from the university's testing requirement if all their classes are virtual and if they meet any of the following:

  • Student has a documented condition that makes participating in testing not possible or contrary to medical recommendations. Documentation regarding the condition must be on file with the Disability Resource Center.
  • Student has tested positive for the coronavirus within the past 90 days, as certified by Campus Health & Wellbeing.

Students who live off-campus — including those who live in the city of San Luis Obispo — and not with other Cal Poly students at the same address are not required to comply with the university's ongoing testing requirement and do not need to submit an exemption, according to the university's order.

According to the order, Cal Poly students who do not comply with the university's testing requirements will lose access to in-person campus services, including in-person classes, recreation center, library and campus dining. Those students will also lose access to the university's technology services, including portal access, email, Canvas and virtual classes.

To learn more about how to request an exemption from the university and other safety measures put into place, read the COVID-19 Presidential Order here.