COVID-19

Your destination for information related to COVID-19 and Occidental’s institutional planning for the 2020-21 academic year.

On Nov. 30, President Elam updated the Oxy community on the College’s plans for the Spring 2021 semester and the continuation of remote instruction. Read his message (leer en Español)

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Due to the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases in Southern California, Los Angeles County public health officials have indicated that they will not permit Occidental and other area colleges and universities to resume in-person instruction, or regular on-campus housing, by January. This means that we can announce with certainty that when we begin our spring semester on January 19, we will do so with remote instruction and a substantially limited residential program, just as we have this fall.

Occidental’s policies and protocols for responding to the pandemic are based on the primary goal of protecting the health and safety of our entire community. Comprehensive workplace guidelines have been developed for those involved with on-site services this fall. They cover key areas like health and safety protocols, as well as helpful guidance for all employees. The complete planning document is available for viewing online. We also designed safety signage for printing and posting around the office.

In order to minimize the spread of the virus and protect our community, we have implemented mandatory health and safety requirements for those who will be living or working on campus in addition to any campus visitor. A number of positive cases have been identified on campus and our public COVID-19 testing data is available for viewing.

Employees who are working from home should continue to do so until the operational needs of the department dictate otherwise. Find more information for all employees on our staff page.

The Oxy Employee Relief Fund has been established to support colleagues at Occidental who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.