SPRING 2022 COVID-19 Policy

In response to the Health Officer Order, and the new LA County Department of Public Health Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education, CDU is modifying campus indoor and outdoor mask requirements. 

Effective March 24, 2022, CDU will adopt Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health guidelines that no longer require masks for most indoor settings with the exception of individuals who have an approved exemption. The University supports those who wish to continue to mask indoors, including those who are immunocompromised or otherwise concerned. 

Note that masks will still be required in certain settings in accordance with the federal, state, and local guidelines. 

Given the ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 and the possibility of more emerging variants of concern, a layered approach to prevention that includes full vaccination with a booster dose, good ventilation while indoors, and the availability of well-fitting, highly protective masks when around others in public spaces, especially indoors, remains essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

Employees and students who are not fully vaccinated for any reason (have an approved CDU exemption or are not eligible to be vaccinated or boosted) must wear a well-fitting respirator (N95 or KN95) in addition to daily testing while on campus. Individuals who fall under the above-mentioned categories, may only remove their mask while actively eating or drinking in a designated dining area.  

The following policies and protocols will remain in place for Spring 2022:

  1. Current campus operations in support of the hybrid instruction mode will continue for Spring 2022. In-person campus footprint for staff will remain reduced at two (2) in-person workdays per week except where essential functions must be performed on campus and/or as deemed necessary by an individual’s Manager/Supervisor.
  2. As a condition of enrollment and employment, proof of a COVID-19 booster vaccination is required for CDU student, faculty, and staff entry to the CDU campus effective February 1, 2022 unless an individual has received an approved medical or religious exemption from CDU. In addition to seeking the booster from your medical provider, you can click here to find a location near you.
  3. For individuals coming to campus, COVID-19 rapid testing will still be required daily. You are still required to complete the Daily Health Screening, and follow the University’s requirements for prevention of COVID-19 such as staying home when you are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and hand washing, etc. 

We appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we take precautions to keep our campus community healthy and safe while navigating through the pandemic and its attendant challenges.  For questions or assistance, please email nurseofficer@cdrewu.edu

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.

YOUR CHECKLIST

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccination right away (or request an exemption)
  • Get a flu shot right away
  • Download and set up the NAVICA app (iOS / Android)
  • Plan to arrive 30 minutes early to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing.
  • Complete your CDU Daily Health Screening before coming to campus each day
  • Upload proof of vaccinations using link in Daily Health Screening (find your CA proof of vaccination here)
  • 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 day
  • Wear a mask while indoors

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

COVID-19 VACCINATION EXEMPTION 2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR

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: 
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm.
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.

 

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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 hybrid instruction for the 2022 spring semester with supplementary virtual and technology based instructions to the extent allowed by Department of Education and regulatory agencies. We continue to to adhere and be guided by the County of Los Angeles and the State government’s guidelines.

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