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Guidance for 2021 Fall In-Person Events

Following the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) “Beyond the Blueprint,” SJSU is resuming the use of campus facilities, in most cases at their full capacity. On-campus, in-person events and activities may resume, following all applicable health and safety measures, including masking requirements, and continued caution.

With the retirement of California’s colored tier system, there is no longer any distinction between live events, gatherings and private events. The only remaining distinction is “Mega-Events,” which are addressed below.

As the university engages in more hybrid learning and working formats, organizers are encouraged to conduct programs and meetings in ways that provide the greatest opportunity for university community members to participate. Organizers should be aware that some individuals may still be uncomfortable with large gatherings or meetings in small spaces.

Safety Guidelines Applicable for All Events or Activities 

Catering and Food Service for Events and Activities 

Catering and food services for events and activities are permitted in accordance with policies appropriate to the venue being used. Campus units must follow guidelines outlined in the Hospitality Guidelines [pdf]

  • Individually boxed meals are encouraged when possible.
  • Individually packaged food items are encouraged when possible.
  • Fully catered meals are permitted with food service workers serving the food.
  • Banquet-style catering events are permitted if food service workers serve the food.
  • In smaller group settings or when finger foods/appetizers only are being served (e.g., department potluck, cookies, vegetable tray, etc.,), serving utensils must be provided for each dish or tray to allow attendees to obtain food items without touching.
    Individually bottled drinks are encouraged. Self-service stations (i.e., coffee, tea) are permitted. 

Visitors and Volunteers 

Campus Visitors
Visitors are expected to comply with the CSU vaccination policy relating to employees and required to follow all applicable campus safety measures such as the university mask policies. Visitors should conduct a symptom self-check and must not participate in any in-person activities if:

  • They don’t feel well and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot reasonably attribute those symptoms to another known cause, such as allergies or a pre-existing condition,
  • Have been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case and are currently under quarantine or isolation orders, or
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been released from their quarantine/isolation period. 

Hosts must communicate campus masking and other health and safety requirements to visitors.

Volunteers, who are registered with University Personnel as “Persons of Interest (POI)”, are required to verify vaccination or exemption status and participate in testing protocols as applicable.

Events-related Travel 

Members of the campus community who need to travel related to an event should follow the appropriate campus travel policy and follow CDC guidelines as well as those adopted or recommended by California Department Public Health

COVID-19 Outbreak Management Protocol


Exposed Group - All members at a work location, working area, instructional space or a common area at work, where a COVID-19 case was present at any time during the high-risk exposure period. A common area includes bathrooms, walkways, hallways, aisles, break or eating areas, and waiting areas. A place where persons momentarily pass through while everyone is wearing face coverings, without congregating, is not a work location, working area, or a common area at work or school.

If the COVID-19 case was part of a distinct group of people who were not present at the workplace or instructional space at the same time as other people, for instance a work crew or shift that does not overlap with another work crew or shift, only members within that distinct group are part of the exposed group. If the COVID-19 case visited a work location, working area, instructional space or a common area at work for less than 15 minutes during the high-risk exposure period, and all persons were wearing face coverings at the time the COVID-19 case was present, other people at the work location, working area, or common area are not part of the exposed group.

Outbreak - Three or more COVID-19 cases in an "exposed group" within a 14-day period.

Major Outbreak - 20 or more COVID-19 cases in an "exposed group" within a 30-day period.

During an Outbreak

  • Immediately make testing available to all members in the exposed group and exclude positive cases and exposures from work or school; repeat the testing one week later; and
  • Continue to make tests available to members at least weekly until the exposed area no longer qualifies as an outbreak.
    Perform a review of potentially relevant COVID-19 policies, procedures, and controls and implement changes as needed to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
  • Implement ventilation changes to mechanical ventilation systems including increasing filtration efficiency to at least MERV-13, or the highest efficiency compatible with the ventilation system. Evaluate whether HEPA air filtration units are needed.
  • All members in the exposed group, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face coverings when indoors, or when outdoors and less than six feet from another person, unless an exception applies.

During a Major Outbreak

  • Make testing available to all members in the exposed group at least twice weekly and exclude positive cases and exposures until there are no new cases detected for a 14-day period;
  • Offer respirators to all members, regardless of vaccination status, to use on a voluntary basis;
  • Separate members in the exposed group from other persons by at least six feet where feasible;
  • Determine the need for a respiratory protection program (non-voluntary, with fit testing and medical evaluation requirements) or changes to an existing respiratory protection program under section 5144 to address COVID-19 hazards; and
  • Consider halting all or part of operations to control the virus.

Buildings and Services Open

COVID-19 Symptom Check Tool

SJSU has created the SJSU COVID-19 Symptom Check Tool to facilitate your daily self-assessment of symptoms.

Thank you for being a responsible and vital part of our community by taking this daily symptom checklist before coming to campus each day. The health and safety of our Spartan community is our number one priority during this time.

CSU Student COVID-19 Training

The following training is provided by the CSU. Drawing upon the latest information from a variety of trusted public sources, this course offers an in-depth look at what a coronavirus is and what makes COVID-19 unique. You’ll learn how the disease spreads, what symptoms to watch out for, how to prepare with prevention, proper response strategies and what to expect when coming back to campus.

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SJSU Dining Options and Hours

The hours of operation listed in the table are for the fall 2021 semester.

Location Hours of Operation
Dining Commons

Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Village Market

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Japanese Kitchen

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Build Pizza

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Taco Bell

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Panda Express

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tea Degree

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Jamba Juice

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Ginger Market

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Burger 408

Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wild Blue

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.