COVID-19

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

Earlier this summer, we announced plans to reopen campus with reduced density and a mix of in-person and remote instruction in Fall 2020. We also said that the health and safety of students, staff and faculty are paramount, and that our plans would be subject to change should the pandemic worsen. Regrettably, the pandemic has taken a turn for the worse in Los Angeles County, as it has across California and dozens of other states. A review of the latest data and consultation with our infectious disease experts, as well as faculty, staff, and student leaders, have led us to conclude that we must shift our earlier plans regarding the fall.

For the Fall 2020 semester, all instruction will be remote and—with limited exceptions—we will not bring students back to campus. While no decisions have been made about spring semester, our current intent, as conditions allow, is to offer in-person instruction. Read President Elam’s full message to the community. (Leer en español)

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COVID-19 FAQs

We know that you have questions about the upcoming year. We are updating FAQs (by subject) and other content on this website regularly.