What to Expect in Spring

November 19, 2021

Welcome to Sonoma State University! You may already be registering for your Spring 2022 classes, and I want to take this opportunity to provide an update on what instruction and campus life will look like for the coming semester.

You'll be pleased to know that most of our classes will be taught in-person. Approximately 66% of courses offered for the Spring 2022 semester will be taught fully in-person, with another nearly 7% hybrid. We will also still have a number of classes available in online modes. 

With the resumption of more in-person instruction there will be greater vibrancy of campus life this spring as we resume traditional student activities and interaction in classrooms, labs, studios, performance halls, and athletic venues. Additional dining venues will be open and operating hours will be extended.

To welcome all our students to campus, we will kick off the semester with Lobofest, which will include an exciting array of events such as a Pack the Den basketball game versus Cal State Chico, Crafternoon, Casino Night, FREE Bowling Night, Seawolves Got Talent, and more. Some of the in person events we’re planning for the spring semester include Sibling's Weekend, Paint and Sip events, Lip Jam, Vagina Monologues, Pacific Cultural Night, Springfest, Scene it, Drive In Movies, and fan favorites such as Getaway Trips to the city and ocean, skiing, sporting, and theatre events. 

Housing for Spring Term

On campus housing is available for new and continuing students for the Spring 2022 semester. Learn more about campus housing, which is ranked #1 by niche.com and is widely known as being among the best in the CSU system. Join the almost two thousand students, who are currently living on campus. Our campus housing living spaces are spacious with suite-style and apartment-style units, which are not your traditional living spaces and many include your own room and bathroom. Living on campus allows you to get the most out of your college experience and immerse yourself in the Seawolf life by making new friends, attending campus events, and getting involved in clubs or organizations. Our housing is welcoming and inclusive and there are options for everyone! 

Some Sonoma State University students choose to live in the local surrounding community in a variety of locations including Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, and Santa Rosa. There are a variety of resources within Sonoma County to assist with searching. Please visit the REACH Off-Campus Housing Resources webpage for information. 

COVID-19 vaccination and health safety protocols 

The California State University requires that all students, faculty, and staff accessing the 23 university campuses be vaccinated against COVID-19. New students must submit proof of vaccination via the MyHealth portal by January 14, 2022.

The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be the best way to mitigate the spread of the virus. Students can schedule an appointment to start the vaccination process or inquire about boosters with the Student Health Center. COVID-19 vaccines are available across California to anyone age 5 and older. To schedule an appointment wherever you are in California, please visit MyTurn.ca.gov. For additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine visit COVID-19 California.
Students may seek an exemption due to medical, religious reasons, or deeply held beliefs. Students may apply for an exemption using the COVID-19 vaccine exemption forms found in the MyHealth portal under the downloadable forms/upload option on the left-hand menu. Students who receive an exemption will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing and follow other safety protocols while on campus. Students seeking a vaccine exemption must upload the completed exemption form to MyHealth portal by January 14, 2022.
Students attending classes fully remote for Spring 2022 may request a waiver to the vaccine requirement. However, these students must declare that they will not be accessing campus and must notify the campus if this status changes. Students granted a waiver of the vaccine requirement will not be permitted to access campus facilities such as the library, bookstore, recreation center, dining venues, and other campus support services. The form to seek this waiver is available on the My Health portal.  Students seeking a remote waiver must upload the completed waiver form to MyHealth portal by January 14, 2022.

Face masks continue to be required when indoors on the SSU campus, regardless of vaccination status. Face masks are required inside all campus buildings except for residential buildings. Face masks are required outdoors when a six-foot physical distance between persons cannot be maintained. 

We look forward to your joining us in the spring semester. There will be many opportunities to meet new friends, join clubs, attend athletic events, and participate in a wide variety of campus events.