Health & Safety
Your health and safety are important to your academic success.
Health & Wellness
All entering students must complete and return all health forms prior to registration. They will become a part of the student’s permanent medical record and will be held in strict confidence at the Emmons Wellness Center.
Health forms must be returned to Emmons Wellness Center by August 5. For your privacy, please make sure to mail your health forms separately from other college forms in the designated envelope provided in the new student packet you received in the mail.
Failure to complete this requirement on time may jeopardize your registration, and you will incur late fees.
Occidental College requires all students to have adequate health insurance coverage, and is implementing what is called a hard waiver system. That means students with adequate individual or family health insurance coverage can apply to waive out of purchasing the Occidental student insurance plan that is provided through United Healthcare. In order to waive out of the Oxy insurance plan, you must complete the online waiver process before August 1. The information and instructions for doing so will be sent to all incoming students in June via email, which will contain a link to the website with the electronic waiver application process.
For more information, contact Emmons Wellness Center.
As a reminder, regardless of whether you purchase Oxy student health insurance or have an individual or family health insurance plan, you will need to have a copy of your insurance card with you when you arrive on campus.
Culture of Care
Culture of Care is the supportive network of administrators, faculty, staff and resident advisors who work to identify and assist students struggling with the complex challenges of college life. Don't hesitate to reach out to a faculty member, staff member or administrator for support.
In our commitment to a safe, welcoming and respectful campus environment, Oxy requires all new first-year and transfer students take Think About It before arriving on campus.
Think About It is an interactive, online course that addresses the interconnection between substance abuse, hookup culture and sexual violence.
Think About It must be completed by Friday, August 8, 2014. Failure to complete it during this time will prevent you from passing Clearance and enrolling in the fall semester.
Occidental is committed to providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for all members and guests of the campus community. While Occidental’s park-like setting is a peaceful one, we are ever mindful of our location in a major metropolitan area.
Occidental has established a standing committee on emergency preparedness to plan and prepare for various emergencies. If a major emergency should occur, Occidental will carry out its Emergency Operations Plan, which details response procedures for a variety of possible scenarios.
Campus Safety provides security and emergency response services for the College 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with 11 full-time, unarmed, uniformed officers who patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles and in marked cars. All officers are certified in first aid and CPR.
Should you need to contact your student after regular business hours or on a weekend, call Campus Safety at (323) 259-2599 and they will assist you in contacting your student.
All first-year communities are substance-free. Visit the Student Handbook to review the college policies.
- Download: New Student Packet PDF
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone: 323.259.2918