Returning to Campus

Vaccination Status

If you are planning to take classes on campus, you must get vaccinated and provide proof on or before August 9, 2021.  Students taking short-term courses must submit proof of vaccination one week before classes start.  If you are not planning to be vaccinated, you can take your classes and access student support services via remote platforms.



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Student Vaccine Policy


In preparation for the start of the fall semester and a return to in-person, on-campus classes and services, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) leadership has determined that all students attending face-to-face classes or seeking access to in-person/on-campus services on the campuses of Grossmont or Cuyamaca College are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 16, 2021.


Vaccine FAQs

The following FAQs are a resource for quick information. If you have a question not addressed here, it may be submitted to We will do our best to keep these FAQs current and updated regularly.


Those seeking an exemption from being vaccinated must complete a Religious Exemption from Vaccination Form  or a Medical Exemption from Vaccination Form. Medical and religious exemption forms will be coming soon in multiple languages.


Q: How do I provide proof of vaccination?


A: You can upload a scan or photo of a Vaccination Record Card to the Colleague Self-Service portal.


Q: I am in the process of being vaccinated and will not be fully vaccinated until shortly after the start of class. What can I do?


A: If you are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated, you can apply for a medical waiver.


Q:  Are students required to be vaccinated to meet with a counselor or financial aid advisor? 

A:  Yes. Scheduled in-person appointments require students to be vaccinated. Transactional appointments (such as cashiers office, bookstore pick up, registration questions, admissions & records paperwork delivery, dropping off financial aid forms, etc.) of less than 15-minutes do not require proof of vaccine, but social distancing and masking will be enforced.


Q:  I am unvaccinated, how can I access services?


A:  For Fall 2021 all student services will continue to be offered remotely/online. You can find email addresses, phone numbers, links for Zoom, etc. online for each campus. (Cuyamaca | Grossmont)


Q:  I am unvaccinated, what are my class options?


A: There are a number of options for remote/virtual education. Connect with your counselor (Cuyamaca | Grossmont) if you need help finding a class on either campus that works for you. (Class Schedule: Cuyamaca | Grossmont)

For your health and safety, we urge you to get vaccinated. Nearly 70% of all courses in our district are offered online.


 Q:  I’m enrolled in on-campus classes. I am not vaccinated, and I don’t plan to be vaccinated. What are my options?


A:  We will do our best to find an alternative online/remote course.  Please contact your counselor  (Cuyamaca | Grossmont) via email, phone, or Zoom appointment. You can find all those links online. (Class Schedule: Cuyamaca | Grossmont)

Please note that students will not be permitted to remain enrolled in an in-person course if they are not vaccinated and do not have an approved medical or religious exemption.


Q:  I cannot take the COVID-19 vaccination due to medical reasons. What is the process for requesting an exemption?


A:  You may complete a form to request a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Your form must be submitted no later than Monday, August 9 to allow for review before the start of the semester.


Q:  I cannot take the COVID-19 vaccination due to religious reasons. What is the process for requesting an exemption?


A:  You may complete a religious exemption form. Your form must be submitted no later than Monday, August 9, 2021. to allow for review before the start of the semester.

  1. The August 9 deadline is challenging for international students who must take on-campus classes but are just now required to provide vaccination documentation.
  2. Deadlines for international students may be extended on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Is there to be an appeal process?
  4. There is an exemption process for medical and religious reasons. Anyone who has not had their vaccination status verified and who has not received a medical exemption cannot take classes on campus or meet with a counselor or financial aid advisor on campus. Verification will be allowed throughout the year.
  5. I have had Covid-19 in the past. Am I exempted from the vaccine requirement?
  6. Only authorized medical exemptions are allowed.
  7. I am enrolling in an eight-week, Late-Start Class, that begins in October. What is my vaccination verification deadline?
  8. Students taking short-term courses should submit proof of vaccination one week before classes start.

Q: How can you require a vaccine when it is not fully approved by the FDA?


A: Students may seek an online alternative; most of our classes and services will remain online. 




The fall 2021 semester will be offered both in-person and online. Approximately one-third of our courses will be in-person during the fall, with a possible full return by spring of 2022. Registration for the fall began July 21.


Health & Safety Measures


The campus re-opening has been carefully planned with your health and safety in mind. Among the numerous health and safety protocols being implemented:

  • Improving indoor air quality by updating HVAC filtration systems
  • Establishing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting standards
  • Requiring face coverings on campus regardless of vaccination status
  • Hiring staff to assist with information and education about safety protocols
  • Providing face-coverings and hand sanitizer as necessary
  • Installing digital and print signage regarding face-coverings and social distancing
  • Creating designated outdoor study and eating areas with access to wi-fi.