Return to Campus FAQs

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions on returning to the Coppin State University campus for academic year 2021-2022.

We strongly encourage all students, faculty, and employees of the university to get the COVID-19 vaccine. All residence hall occupants are required to provide confirmation that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or seek medical or religious exemption, prior to moving in.

All students, faculty, staff, and third-party vendor employees, who will be reporting to campus are required to comply with the vaccine mandate.

Students should submit a copy of the front and back of their vaccination card to the CSU Community Health Center.
Fax: 410-951-6158

Employees should submit a copy of the front and back of their vaccination card to the Office of Human Resources.
Fax: 410-951-2667

Yes. Students who are approved for an exemption will be allowed to reside in the residence hall.

Employees who receive an exemption are expected to report to campus to perform their job duties, unless otherwise indicated by their immediate supervisor or HR. 

Students seeking medical exemption should submit an application to: or call 410-951-4188.

Student Religious exemption requests should be submitted to or by calling 410-951-6305.

Residence hall students who have not submitted a vaccine confirmation and have not been approved for an exemption are prohibited from residing in the residence halls, unless otherwise directed by the health center or the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct.

Continued non-compliance may result in progressive discipline, up to and including removal from the residence hall.

Yes. The CSU Community Health Center currently offers the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine series, daily. No appointment is necessary. This is open to the campus and the external community.

Yes. Testing frequency is subject to change, based on the campus positivity rate and local factors. Currently, ALL individuals must test once per month, during the first week of every month, REGARDLESS of vaccination status. Compliance will be monitored, and progressive discipline will be employed for students and employees who are not compliant.

Yes. Before coming to campus, employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, should self-assess for symptoms.

A student who is sick must stay home and report the sickness to the CSU Community Health Center, where a designated individual will provide guidance on next steps.

Employees who are sick should report the sickness to HR.
Symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Breathing problems
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • New onset loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches

If any of the above symptoms are present, or if an individual tests positive for COVID-19:

  • Employees should notify the immediate supervisor or HR
  • Commuter students should notify the CSU Community Health Center (CHC) 
  • Residential students should notify the Office of Residence Life at (410) 951-6399. 
  • Athletes should notify the Director of Athletics or designee.

With the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 virus, we realize there could be times when you may not be able to attend class. If a situation arises, for example, where you must be quarantined or in isolation or a family member requires your care, it is important that you alert your instructor immediately so that they can provide alternative options to support your participation in class or to address any missing assignments. It is also important for them to know that you have a valid reason for being absent. Send the faculty a message at their Coppin email address. As always, we are committed to supporting you, our students. Have a most successful semester.

Telework is not allowed, without prior approval from the Office of Human Resources. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms or who have a positive COVID-19 test result should contact the Office of Human Resources (employees) or the Community Health Center (students) for instructions on how to proceed.

Effective, March 7, 2022, members of the campus community and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks indoors, while on campus. The shift to a mask optional policy follows the end of the state of emergency, in Maryland, and the end of the City of Baltimore’s mask mandate, as of March 1.

Masks will still be required when entering the health center, while inside the athletic training room, and while undergoing COVID-19 testing.

Yes. Students who are planning to reside on campus must submit evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, 24-48 hours before arrival to campus, to the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

A modified (7) seven-day quarantine will be required for athletes and those students who will be in residential housing, regardless of vaccination status. Campus residents will participate in a modified quarantine which allows them to leave their room to pick up meals, go the physical education complex (PEC), and participate in any campus activities. 

The fitness/wellness center and the pool, located inside the PEC, are open. Pool use is available, by appointment.

Individuals who are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, will need to quarantine for a minimum of five (5) days and must test on day 5. They can return to campus with a negative PCR test and must wear a surgical mask or KN/95 mask and complete symptom monitoring for the duration of the 10-day period.

Yes. Faculty, staff, and students must meet certain criteria to receive approval for university-sponsored travel:

  • Fully vaccinated with confirmation on file with the university OR 
  • Approved exemption OR
  • Approved accommodation.
  • Those who are exempted from the vaccine mandate will be required to follow CDC guidelines regarding travel: 
    • Self-monitor for symptoms 
    • Wear a mask 
  • Non-vaccinated domestic travelers 
    • Must be tested one to three days prior to travel and then tested three to five days, upon return.
    • Must self-quarantine for seven days and have negative COVID-19 test OR self-quarantine for 10 days, if not tested for COVID-19.

If you are fully vaccinated and are not experiencing symptoms, you do NOT need to test or quarantine after domestic travel, regardless of the distance from campus.

Yes. In-person campus events have resumed.