To help ensure our campus COVID positivity remains low, the COVID Operations Group (COG) is providing the following testing requirements for the return to campus this spring semester.

Required Testing

  • All students must do a PCR test on campus within the first 10 days of returning to Oxy (by Thursday, Feb. 2 at the latest). 

    • The AGC is open for PCR testing Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Students, staff, and faculty who have recently traveled outside of Los Angeles within the past week should test as soon as possible upon their return to campus.

  • Anyone experiencing symptoms or who was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID should test right away.

Recommended Pre-Arrival Testing 

  • Testing for COVID before returning to Oxy is strongly recommended for students, staff, and faculty, especially those who have recently traveled.

    • Do not return to campus if you receive a positive test result.

    • Tests are readily available over the counter and insurance companies are required to reimburse the cost of eight tests per month per member. For more information on testing, visit

Other Preventative Measures

  • Masks are strongly recommended in all indoor and crowded outdoor spaces, and are required in healthcare settings (Emmons, AGC test site) and on Oxy transportation.

  • Oxy community members should stay home when sick to reduce the spread of illness to others. 

  • Get the most recent COVID bivalent booster and an annual flu shot.

Thank you for all you have done collectively to keep Oxy safe this year. We appreciate the campus-wide effort to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, work, play, and learn, and look forward to a fantastic spring semester.