Our Campus is Now Open

The 2021-22 academic year has started and our campus is now open to enrolled students, with many protocols in place to protect the health of the entire CDU community.  In order to foster a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff, CDU requires a COVID-19 vaccination for all campus visitors.  A religious or medical exemption may be granted upon request.

Employees who are telecommuting need to complete a Telecommuting Remote Work Agreement and return it to their supervisor. Visitors who are not students/staff/faculty, such as vendors, clients, and guests need to adhere to all CDU Visitor Guidelines as well as submit a CDU Health Declaration Form in advance of their arrival.


  • Get a COVID-19 vaccination right away (or request an exemption)
  • Get a flu shot by November 1, 2021
  • Complete your CDU Daily Health Screening before coming to campus each day
  • Check the Testing Protocols to see when/how often you will need to be tested when you come to campus. Plan to arrive on campus 30 minutes early on your testing days to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing 
  • Upload proof of vaccinations using link in Daily Health Screening (find your CA proof of vaccination here)
  • Download and set up the NAVICA app (iOS / Android)
  • Read ALL information below on accessing the CDU campus

Requirements for Individuals Scheduled and Approved to be on CDU Campus

The University requires that employees and students scheduled and approved to come to campus:

  • Take the CDU Daily Screening.
  • Have a current season flu vaccine.
  • Have a negative COVID-19 test result taken on campus.

Upon arrival to campus, be prepared to:

  • Obtain a required COVID-19 rapid test on campus.
  • Have your temperature checked.
  • Show the CDU daily health screening email with a green badge, indicating you are approved to be on campus.
  • Obtain a color sticker for the week

Here is the current CDU COVID-19 testing schedule...

Covid Protocols

Additional public health prevention of COVID-19 include:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID 19 should remain at home in isolation for a minimum of 10 days plus at least 24 hours after the resolution of fever (without fever-reducing medication) and improvement in other symptoms. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Sing the Happy Birthday song to help know when it has been 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and clean your hands immediately. If you do not have a tissue, use their sleeve, not your hands, to cover their coughs and sneezes.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick, and avoid sharing food, drinks, or utensils.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Everyone should wear a mask or face covering while in the Educational Setting.

Please contact nurseofficer@cdrewu.edu for any questions

How to create your NAVICA app Access

Request COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Forms


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science policy requires that all students receive a COVID-19 vaccination. A religious or medical exemption may be granted upon request. Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive experience for all.

Individuals with an approved exemption may be required to comply with COVID-19 testing and other preventive requirements as specified in the exemption approval and as may be updated by later notification and/or posting of requirements on the CDU website. In the event of an outbreak on or near campus, individuals holding exemptions may be excluded from all campus facilities and activities, for their protection, until the outbreak is declared to be over.

The Office of Student Health & Wellness will carefully review all requests, though approval is not guaranteed. After your request has been reviewed and processed, you will be notified, in writing, if an exemption has been granted or denied. The decisions of the committee are final and not subject to appeal. Individuals are permitted to reapply if new documentation and information should become available.

In order to submit a request for Religious Exemption please:

  • Read the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • Complete the Personal Statement Form
  • Have your religious leader complete the Religious Organization Statement Form
  • Submit the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Request form with completed supplemental documents attached

In order to submit a request for Medical Exemption please:

  • Read the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • Have your Licensed Healthcare Provider complete the provider section of this form
  • Submit the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Request form with completed supplemental documents attached

Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Be sure all forms and documentation are submitted at one time.


Covid-19 Vaccination Exemption Request Form:

Click here to submit the Covid-19 Vaccination Exemption Request Form


Supplemental Forms

Request for Religious Exemption from Covid-19 Vaccine: Personal Statement Form

Request for Religious Exemption from Covid-19 Vaccine: Religious Organization Statement Form

Request for Medical Exemption from Covid-19 Vaccine: Medical Certification Form

For Questions Contact: The CDU Nursing Officer at NurseOfficer@cdrewu.edu or 323-568-3332


How to get your COVID-19 Vaccine in L.A. County

Now Vaccinating Everyone Aged 12 and Older. It’s never been easier to get vaccinated in LA County. For information in Spanish and English on how to get vaccinated, visit: 
Residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 am and 8:30 pm 7 days a week for assistance with appointments.


Campus Exposure Management Plan

Campus Safety Notification

Update on Telecommuting During the Spring Semester

Injury and Illness Prevention Program COVID-19 Addendum

Bridge HR Training SYSTEM

Summer and Fall 2021 Semester Campus Expectations 

CDU Staff and Faculty Travel Guidelines

COVID-19 Visitor and Vendor Guidelines

Flu Shot Announcement

Health Declaration Form and Acknowledgement - COVID-19

Message from the President

Dear CDU Community,

Although we all appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and that we must remain vigilant around public health measures to protect ourselves and our community, there is reason to be hopeful as we plan for the future. Recent data indicate that COVID-19 vaccines not only protect those inoculated from serious infection, but also are protective for asymptomatic infection and the risk of transmission of virus to others.

As a health professions institution of higher education, Charles R. Drew University and Science seeks to protect the health and safety of the University community. Accordingly, we have protocols for visitors to our campus.

CDU requires vaccination for all campus visitors subject to limited exceptions and exemptions. The University will requires students and staff to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Qualtrics Daily Health Screening tool.

CDU is currently implementing full in-person classroom instruction for 2021 fall semester with supplementary virtual and technology based instructions to the extent allowed by Department of Education and regulatory agencies. Should the County of Los Angeles and the State Government’s guidelines for school opening require a reversal of in-person campus instructions, we will alert the campus promptly and take necessary actions to ensure educational continuity.

Thanks to all for your continued efforts to create a safe learning and working environment during these extraordinary times.

Dr. David M. Carlisle
President and CEO