COVID-19

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

Updated 4/1/21

As a result of declining COVID-19 positivity rates and the growing availability of vaccines, the L.A. County public health guidelines that have most directly impacted our academic format and residential model this year are beginning to evolve. Not only have we been permitted to partially open certain facilities for this spring, but the county has already indicated new guidance that will permit an expanded residential program in the summer.

As a whole, these recent developments have given us reason for optimism for the rest of the year. While there are many details to be worked out, our planning assumption is that all students will be able to return to campus this fall. As we have all along, we will of course continue to follow the guidance from county health officials, which means our plans will need to remain flexible. Read the full March 31 message.

The COVID Operations Group is hosting weekly community update meetings at 11 a.m. that are open to all students, staff and faculty. Brief updates at the beginning of each meeting will be followed by open Q&A and discussion.

Occidental’s policies and protocols for responding to the pandemic have 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 work and services this year. They cover key areas like health and safety protocols, as well as helpful guidance for all employees. We also designed safety signage for printing and posting in the office.

Any visitor to campus must complete a daily health check online. 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. Employees who are working from home should continue to do so until the operational needs of the department dictate otherwise.

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