Your destination for planning information related to Summer and Fall 2021 as we welcome our students and employees back to campus for an in-person Oxy experience.

Updated 6/16/21

Summer 2021 & Campus Access

Our path towards a full opening in fall is already underway, and this summer we will resume our Summer Research Program and Multicultural Summer Institute plus a limited number of external programs.

The campus grounds are currently open to all visitors and community members. Effective June 14, all vaccinated students, staff and faculty who have received clearance from Emmons are eligible to access campus buildings as they normally would pre-COVID.

Vaccination & Testing Requirements

President Elam recently announced Oxy’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirements and updated protocols for community members. Occidental will require all students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and to submit proof of vaccination by August 2, 2021. The vaccination requirement will allow for medical and religious exemptions, but those individuals will be subject to twice-weekly testing and other preventative measures. More info on vaccine reporting and exemptions

Effective June 1, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to do weekly surveillance testing, or be rapid tested when coming to campus for a one-time purpose. Community members must submit their vaccination documentation via the myHealth Portal and, once they receive a clearance email from Emmons, no longer need to complete the online Daily Health Check prior to coming to campus. All others are still required to do so.

Masking Policy Update

Occidental has updated its outdoor masking policy. At this time there are no changes to Oxy’s policy for all individuals to wear masks indoors.

  • All community members are expected to carry a mask with them at all times.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are only required to wear a mask outdoors when they are in crowded settings. 
  • Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff as well as contractors must continue to wear a mask outdoors, even when they can maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.

Visting Campus

As outlined in the recent Campus Access update, visitors are permitted on Occidental property within specific limitations. All visitors must be hosted and/or invited by a College employee, department, or registered student, and must follow the guidelines in our interim visitor policy as well as Occidental's health and safety protocols. Visitors must also complete the online health check form before coming to campus.

For prospective students and families: read our plans for in-person campus tours this summer!

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