Find everything you need to know about living, learning and working on campus as we continue the in-person Oxy experience during COVID-19.

Updated 5/12/22

Please see below for the latest health and safety guidance for the Oxy community.

Testing Requirements

Beginning on Tuesday, May 17, there will be no required surveillance testing. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to test twice weekly, and testing will remain open for those with symptoms and those who may have been exposed to COVID. Any Oxy community member can still opt in for testing.

Starting May 17, COVID testing will move from the AGC to Emmons Wellness Center, where summer testing days/hours will be limited to Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Our testing protocols may evolve as we evaluate these new processes over the first few weeks of summer, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we assess our community needs.

Current Masking Guidance

Indoor masking is required in public spaces on campus. In places off campus where masking is not required indoors, it is still strongly recommended. You must continue to wear a high quality mask (surgical, N95, KN95, or KN94), and it is strongly recommended to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

We anticipate that there will be some relaxing of the masking rules over the course of the summer, but the timing and scope of that change has yet to be determined.

Vaccination Requirements

All students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated and boosted in order to be on campus. The only exceptions are those granted on medical or religious grounds.

Exposure Management: FAQs regarding positive cases and close contacts

We have commonly been hearing questions such as “How is Oxy managing cases?" and “What should I do if I have symptoms, or if my friend, classmate or colleague tested positive?" We’ve updated the site with new content and answers to many FAQs in this area that we hope will provide more clarity for students, faculty, and staff. Please review the resources and FAQs in our Exposure Management section.

Campus Access/Visitors

The campus grounds are currently open to all community members. Visitors will be asked to follow the current guidance that applies to students, staff and faculty and to mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Community members who host visitors are responsible for informing visitors of the applicable rules.

Volunteers and contractors should follow all relevant health and safety policies, including wearing masks indoors. For prospective students and families: we have resumed our in-person campus tours!

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