While the District COVID-19 vaccine mandate is under effect through the end of the 2022 calendar year, the NOCCCD Board of Trustees, at its September 27, 2022 meeting, adopted a position of strongly recommending, rather than mandating, COVID-19 vaccines and strongly recommending boosters for all employees and students, effective January 1, 2023. More details are provided in a NOCCCD memo.


On August 24, 2021, the NOCCCD Board of Trustees, the District’s governing board, approved mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all NOCCCD employees and students who come on campus with allowance for religious or medical exemptions as defined by law. Effective November 1, 2021, all students who come on campus to attend classes or access services must be verified as “fully vaccinated”* or have an approved exemption and submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

For questions related to vaccine mandate compliance, please call, 714-992-7160.

What does fully vaccinated mean?

According to the CDC as of April 2, 2022:

  • A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccination.
  • A person is up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received all recommended doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible. Getting a second booster is not necessary to be considered up-to-date at this time.

Masks Recommended Indoors

As of June 1, 2022, face coverings are recommended but are no longer required while indoors. As COVID-19 cases rise in the county, we strongly recommend that people wear masks to protect themselves and others.

Submit your vaccination record or request an exemption here

Instructions: These instructions provide step-by-step instructions to upload records.

How to Upload Your Vaccination Record

How to Request an Exemption

Now That The Mandate Is In Effect

The mandate went into effect on November 1, but students and employees are still encouraged to upload their records to gain compliance if they have not done so already. Free testing is now required through the fall semester for students and employees who are not in compliance with the mandate. 

Student FAQs

The North Orange County Community College District provided this student FAQ with information available as of September 2, 2021. As this policy is implemented details will be added and shared with students. (FAQ PDF)

Employee FAQs

The North Orange County Community College District provided this employee FAQ with information available as of September 15, 2021. As this policy is implemented details will be added and shared with students. (FAQ PDF)

More Vaccine Information


Starting October 25, Fullerton College is providing free COVID-19 testing to all members of the campus community in Building 1000, Room 1018. All members of the campus community are encouraged to test regularly, however, students and employees, who do not have a verified vaccination on record in myGateway, are required to test weekly for COVID-19. Learn more on the testing website. 


Masks are required indoors at Fullerton College, and social distancing is recommended wherever possible. Due to the fact that Orange County is currently identified as an area with high transmission rates, all Fullerton College students and employees — whether vaccinated or unvaccinated —will be required to wear masks while indoors. Exceptions may be requested based on instructional needs. Faculty are advised to consult with their dean. Students may contact Disability Support Services to request an accommodation.

Fullerton College remains responsive to the evolving COVID-19 trends. If the need arises, these recommendations may change.


It is important that students do not come to campus if they are feeling ill for any reason or if they believe they have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Students who anticipate missing class due to COVID-19, should notify their instructor and wait for further information before coming to campus. Prior to coming to campus all students and employees are asked to self-screen for symptoms. Before attending classes onsite, students must follow this check-in procedure.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the best way to prevent infection is to get vaccinated and avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

COVID-19 SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS (Ventilation and Custodial)

Air filtration systems have been upgraded throughout campus, in addition to the installation of touch-free entries to buildings and bathrooms with automated doors, and plexiglass guards to create social distancing. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the campus.

Fullerton College’s essential workers in the Maintenance and Operations department utilize best practices regarding cleaning and disinfecting working and learning spaces which align with CDC guidelines. Specifically, custodial staff utilize Disinfectants: ACE 256 it is a Quaternary Ammonium Compound as well as a Multi-surface Viricide/Sanitizer (Envirox) these two are the chemicals that are used on all touch surfaces and restrooms.  Custodial staff also use a bowl cleaner called Kick and Crew mild acid RTU (Ready to use) as well as a RTU Comet disinfectant in the locker rooms of the 1700 and 1200 buildings specifically for the shower stalls. The college currently has an adequate supply of all listed chemicals and all dispensers are filled with disinfectants and sanitizers.

Contact Tracing

Fullerton College has dedicated staff to confidentially conduct contact tracing if an exposure occurs on the college campus. In the event anyone is directly impacted by an exposure or a potential exposure on campus, they will receive guidance from the college before and apart from the public announcements.

Fullerton College releases information about on-campus COVID exposures on a weekly basis if an exposure occurred in the week prior. That information is emailed to the campus community and shared on the COVID-19 Updates website.

NOCCCD COVID-19 Guidelines

Fullerton College is part of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). The district provides a cautious approach to safely transiting back to open campuses in phases. The district’s plans to return to campus and other sites follow local and state health recommendations and well as the NOCCCD COVID-19 Guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on the District’s Safe Reopening Guidelines, please click here.


COVID-19 Archive

Fullerton College began monitoring and releasing information on COVID-19 on January 31, 2020. An archive of all campus-wide communications related to COVID-19 may be found on the COVID-19 Updates website.