Career Services COVID FAQs

At Career Services, our commitment is to have safe and engaging recruiting opportunities for our students and employers as we return to in-person activities. Cal Poly is actively monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are proactively engaged in pandemic planning with our public health partners, including the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department and the CDC. Please note that information regarding future planned actions is subject to change as California’s COVID-19 response develops. Additional and updated information will be published as the situation and return plans change.


What are the plans for 2022?

The Career Services Team has returned to campus and are welcoming students and employers in both in-person and virtual settings.  For our in-person events (career fairs, information sessions, on-campus interviews, etc.), Career Services protocols are based on CDC, California Public Health, and Cal Poly guidelines. A vast majority of classes will be taught in person and most of our first-year and sophomores will be living in campus housing this year.


What are the guidelines for employers coming to campus?

At Cal Poly and in California, there are no physical distancing guidelines. Currently, our policy is for everyone on campus must be vaccinated or claim an exemption, and everyone is required to wear masks when indoors and in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. We also ask that everyone avoid close contact with others, wash your hands often and do not visit campus if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at our events.


What do I need if I’m attending an In-Person Career Fair?

Career Fair is considered a Mega Event and we will set up the event to comply with CDC recommendations and Cal Poly policies. Check in will open 90 minutes before the event. Prior to entering the Career Fair building, employers must present one of the following:

  • Proof of full vaccine via physical card or digital vaccine card (photo, California QR Code), or 
  • Negative test result from a PCR test within two days of the event

Additionally, employers must present:

  • Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Face coverings are required for all attendees for indoor events, regardless of vaccination status.

If all of these criteria are met, employers will be able to participate in the event.


What is the status of students on-campus?

The California State University requires students who access university facilities and programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who are not fully vaccinated, including those who declare a religious or medical exemption, will be required to participate in ongoing COVID 19 testing throughout the academic year. All students must wear a face covering when in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, all students must present/upload a negative COVID test taken up to 72 hours prior to move-in on campus or prior to their first day on campus. Currently, our students that are enrolled are 85 percent vaccinated.


Career Services will update this webpage as changes occur and employers that register for campus events will be updated leading up to the event. Here are the guidelines we are following:

Center for Disease Control Guidelines  


California Public Health Guidelines  


Cal Poly COVID Guidelines 

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