For Students

What to expect on campus this year as we continue an in-person experience.

The Basics: Spring 2022

  • Classes will begin Monday, January 24, rather than Tuesday, January 18, with the first week of classes being remote. Spring break (March 7-11) will take place as scheduled, as will Commencement on Sunday, May 15. Based on a few minor schedule changes later in spring, the semester will retain the same number of instructional days as planned.

  • All students will be tested weekly, with certain student cohorts testing twice weekly, for at least the first month of the semester.

  • We are requiring the booster vaccine by January 18 for students who do not already have approved exemptions. Once you have received your booster, please upload a record to myhealth.oxy.edu.

  • In line with state and county health requirements, we will continue to require masking indoors, except when eating, drinking or alone in a private work space. Students are not required to wear masks inside their rooms. Cloth masks are no longer permitted.

  • View guidelines for off-campus students.

Returning to Campus: Spring 2022

  • We are strongly recommending that students consider returning between January 18-28, if your plans allow. A staggered return to campus over this longer period of time will help us reduce crowding and more effectively manage positive cases that present themselves. (Residence halls will still open on January 15 as scheduled.)

  • We encourage all students to complete and receive results of a PCR test within 48 hours prior to their planned arrival to campus. Students who test positive may benefit from knowing this before departing for campus, and isolating instead at home.

  • Students should report to the AGC testing center for testing on the day of their arrival (or day after if they arrive after hours). Current hours of operation are Mon-Fri. 8:00am - 3:45pm. Students will be required to sequester in their room until they are cleared with a negative result.

  • Students who are COVID-positive at the time of their return should not return to campus until they have completed isolation per CDC guidelines and are symptom-free.

  • Students who had COVID over the break can return if they have completed all isolation requirements. 

  • If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms before departing for campus in January, you must test to rule out COVID prior to your return.

Returning to Campus: Fall 2021

Our return to in-person instruction is based on a variety of measures to support you and your safety, starting with our mandatory vaccination policy. Our policy also requires strict testing protocols for unvaccinated individuals with valid exemptions. In addition, we just completed an accelerated inspection and upgrade program for all campus air circulation systems to ensure we have safely ventilated buildings, and we are following Los Angeles County guidelines requiring mask-wearing while inside by everyone, regardless of vaccination status. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the latest scientific findings, follow the guidance of public health officials, and adjust our policies as conditions require.

Health & Safety

We will continue to follow the guidance of public health officials as they apply to college campuses. In order to protect our campus community, those living or working on campus must abide by our health and safety requirements. This includes wearing face masks in public at all times, practicing physical distancing, and using a College-sponsored monitoring app for daily temperature and symptom checks.

Read the latest COVID testing policy information for campus.

Consistent with our current policy, all cases of COVID-19 as well as campus testing data this fall will be shared with the community. The Office of Parent Engagement will notify parents of steps taken to ensure the community is protected, including contact tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols, and testing procedures.

Symptom Management

Being in-person this winter, in combination with the change of seasons, means that we fully expect to see an increase in cold and flu symptoms—symptoms that can also be consistent with COVID. It is important that anyone experiencing symptoms test for COVID-19 to either identify or rule out COVID to minimize the chance of community spread.

  • For Students: If you are experiencing any symptoms, you must come to the AGC testing facility for a test. In addition, you should not be attending class if you are feeling unwell, and we encourage you to keep your professors informed on any absences due to illness. You may come directly to the AGC testing center and do not need to contact Emmons before testing. If you do need to contact Emmons, there are three options:

    • Email emmons@oxy.edu
    • Call 323-259-2657 during business hours: 9:00am-noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm Monday through Friday.
    • Call the 24/7 telephone hotline (323-341-4141) for medical and counseling assistance. (Please note that the hotline is not staffed by Emmons staff. When you call the hotline, the person who answers the phone will decide what supports are most appropriate to connect you with, and will advise you as to next steps. After the initial phone assessment, if the recommendation is that you speak with a medical provider, someone will call you back in no more than 60 minutes.)
Exposure Management

When there are COVID cases on campus, it is important that students, faculty and staff are aware of how the College manages cases, a process known as “exposure management,” a term used to describe the processes that an organization follows when a positive COVID case is detected. Effective exposure management plans are important to contain spread and prevent single cases from becoming outbreaks.

Student Compact

The College has developed a COVID-19 Student Compact that supplements the 2021-22 Code of Student Conduct. The Compact provides guidance to students and community members of the expectations students are to follow as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Compact was developed in collaboration from several offices at the College: Office of Student Conduct, Emmons Wellness Center, Residential Education and Housing Services, Dean of Students Office, Athletics, and Campus Safety. Additionally, student representatives from the Resident Advisor program and Honor Board were involved in this process.