Working Remotely

Information about telecommuting and working remotely, as well as operations that will require at least some employees to be on campus during Oxy’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

As of Thursday, March 19, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all residents to stay at home through April 19 to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Educational institutions such as Occidental are considered essential institutions that can remain open. To ensure its continued operation, the College recognizes that there are many critical functions that cannot be done remotely. Outside of these functions, anyone who can work at home, should work at home. By working at home, we can help protect the health and safety of those remaining on campus by limiting their exposure to others.

We also recognize that some people who have the ability to work remotely, may find working on campus more efficient or easier. Unless your supervisor directly indicates that you need to be in the office, we ask that you work remotely for the time being. If you need any accommodation or equipment to accomplish your work off campus, please contact your supervisor or department vice president. Vice presidents will continue working with supervisors to establish priorities and scope of work.

Technology & resources to support remote work and telecommuting

Here is a summary of those departments whose operations will require at least some employees to be present on campus to ensure the continued operation of the College.

  • Academic Affairs - Class instruction for remote learning will continue through the end of the semester. Dean Sternberg has communicated with faculty and academic affairs personnel regarding the limited essential instances where they should come to campus. In support of remote teaching and learning, ITS and the Library/CDLA will determine which of its functions require on-campus staffing.

  • ITS and Card Services, particularly those supporting College operations and remote teaching and learning.

  • Dining Services (only the Marketplace is open)

  • Postal Operations Center

  • Bookstore (to provide students with over-the-counter medications, laundry detergent, other essential personal items that would otherwise require a trip off campus)

  • Facilities Management (a new revolving schedule goes into effect on Sunday)

  • Residential Education and Housing Services (REHS) professional staff, who serve in the Student Affairs on-call duty rotation, are considered essential and will continue to reside in their on-campus residences.

  • Campus Safety

  • A number of administrative offices are operating primarily remotely, with a limited number of staff reporting in person to facilitate essential in-person duties (while also practicing appropriate social distancing). These offices include, but are not limited to: Admission & Financial Aid, Business Office, Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, Marketing & Communications, Office of the President.

  • Emmons Wellness Center is now moving to a telehealth and telecounseling model, and will be able to serve the health and wellness needs of our students through this structure.

This is not an exhaustive list of every office of the College, and guidance may change as conditions and/or regulations change.

We want all employees to know that we regard your health as a top priority. If you have any concerns about your working conditions, or questions about this policy, we urge you to communicate them to your supervisor or HR so they can be addressed.