Information on Occidental’s planning for Fall 2021 for employees.
Working Remotely vs. On Campus
Staff who have been working remotely over the past year will gradually transition back to regular, in-person operations. Our goal is to bring back employees gradually based on our need to support summer operations and fall preparations, beginning on a small scale in May 2021 and continuing throughout the summer, with most employees back on campus by mid-August.
The College has developed a new remote work policy, effective August 15, 2021, that provides non-faculty staff and administrators with new flexibility, when feasible, to perform certain work remotely. As a residential liberal arts college, the workplace culture of Oxy is rooted in face-to-face collaboration, exceptional service, and a connected community. Maintaining this culture is centered on employees regularly being on campus and interacting with other community members. Any remote work arrangement must maintain the service level provided to students and the community that would be provided in an on-campus working arrangement, consistent with the fundamental philosophy of Oxy as a small, close-knit, residential community. Many positions or functions within them are not amenable to remote work and require a physical presence. But in some circumstances and depending on the nature of an employee’s position, remote work may be a viable option.
View Oxy's full remote work policy for more information and to download the forms for requesting remote work arrangements.
Teaching Mode for Fall 2021
Our students are returning to campus for an in-person academic program taught by Oxy’s stellar faculty. Over the past year, faculty members have learned new virtual pedagogical tools that can supplement in-person instruction, allowing them to make more effective use of their in-class time with students. Faculty members may have also found remote office hours or other kinds of 1:1 meetings with students to be more convenient to hold remotely. Many faculty may wish to continue to use those innovations to enhance and supplement their in-person work with students, and the College will continue to support the tools to make that possible. As always, faculty will have autonomy in the design of their classes; however, as a residential liberal arts college the College expects faculty members to return to in-person instruction, and there will no longer be completely remote classes.
A faculty member who is requesting a remote work arrangement due to a serious medical condition should work with Human Resources and the Dean’s office to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be implemented which may include remote teaching. The COVID Operations Group (COG) will be working all summer to develop operational plans for safe in-person instruction across the disciplines, in close consultation with faculty.
Occidental College Community Compact
Each semester we ask the Oxy community to renew its commitment to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and each other during the pandemic. The Occidental College Community Compact provides guidance to staff and faculty of the expectations they are to follow as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a separate student compact that supplements the Student Code of Conduct.