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

For the Fall 2020 semester, all instruction is remote and, with limited exceptions, we did not bring students back to campus. In August, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued guidance prohibiting all local colleges and universities from resuming in-person instruction—guidelines which remain in place today. County health officials have indicated that they do not plan to issue new guidance for spring until late November or early December.

We currently hope to announce our plans for Spring 2021 in December, following the timing of updated L.A. County guidance. Read President Elams Spring Planning Update from Oct. 16.

Employees who are working from home should continue to do so until the operational needs of the department dictate otherwise. We anticipate that this guidance, while subject to change, will remain in place through December.

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.

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. Public COVID-19 testing data is also available.

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