For Faculty

More information on Occidental’s plans for a remote Fall 2020 semester.

Updated 8/26/20

Employee Health & Safety

In order to minimize the spread of the virus and protect our campus community, we will implement health and safety requirements for those who will be living or working on campus. This includes wearing face masks in public at all times, practicing physical distancing and using a College-sponsored monitoring app for daily temperature and symptom checks. Additionally:

  • All employees coming to campus will be expected to wear masks, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently and monitor symptoms daily via the health check app available on MyOxy. For your own well-being and that of those around us, we should also all follow these COVID-19 mitigation practices away from campus in our personal lives.

  • COVID-19 testing is mandatory for employees who are performing essential functions regularly on campus (that is, come to campus on a weekly basis two or more times per week) and have regular close contact with other Oxy community members (either because they work closely with others and/or work in a building that has a significant number of other employees). All employees who will be required to take part in the COVID-19 testing will be notified by the mid-to-late August. View more information about Oxy's testing regimes for staff and faculty.

  • Do not come to work if you are sick.

  • Students, faculty and staff will be required to participate in a contact-tracing program and to observe Occidental’s isolation and quarantine protocols, as necessary.

  • Employees who are regularly on campus and getting COVID-19 tested will be able to enter the Marketplace to get food to go. However, we encourage you to make use of the new pre-order Tiger Takeout service. Staff and faculty who are not working on campus may also order contactless pickup via Tiger Takeout as long as they complete a health check before coming to campus and follow all health and safety protocols while on campus.

Teaching Remotely vs. On Campus

FAQs on Fall Campus Protocols     Workplace Guidelines & Operations for Fall 2020

Health and safety considerations mean that we must continue to minimize the number of people on campus. However, delivering the academic program falls under the category of “essential work” and if a faculty member wishes to teach from a space on campus, they are able to do so. Likewise, research is an essential function of the institution, and for many faculty that will mean coming to campus to work in specialized spaces to support that activity. To that end, specific criteria have been developed for faculty and staff working in laboratory environments. The Environmental Health & Safety office will work with each area to develop a plan for a safe return prior to activities starting. In addition to the plan, please review this laboratory safety checklist. Please contact Jim Andersen for additional information.

In general though, in the spirit of reducing campus density, and in the interest of the health and safety of our entire community, we encourage faculty to work from home whenever possible. All employees that regularly perform work on campus in locations where they are in contact with others will need to participate in Oxy’s COVID-19 testing regimen.

Students may not access academic buildings to meet with faculty unless they have a campus job that cannot be done remotely. Faculty may meet with students outdoors, on the quad, while wearing masks and maintaining 6’ of distance.

Visitors are permitted on Occidental property within specific limitations. All visitors must be hosted and/or invited by a College employee, department, or registered student, and must follow the guidelines in our interim visitor policy as well as Occidental's health and safety protocols.

Library Digitization Services and CDLA Teaching Resources

Faculty may request digitization of library materials, or they may request circulating materials that will be available for curbside pickup at the library. A summary of remote services available from the library can be found on its COVID-19 Services page. You can also email

Pedagogical & Technological Support Resources

Dean Sternberg shared a helpful guide to the remote fall semester and a link to the Faculty Resource Guide from the CTE.

To provide comprehensive support to faculty, Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Library/Center for Digital Liberal Arts (CDLA) have formed the Academic Resources & Technology (ART) team. ART is a cross-divisional team focused on providing support, training and resources to faculty for classes and all academic activities. Our goal is to collaborate with and support faculty, assisting with the delivery of an excellent, equitable and authentic Occidental education in a remote environment.

The Center for Digital Liberal Arts (CDLA) can support faculty teaching and student learning in the coming year through library research workshops and research guides for courses.

In collaboration with the Center for Teaching Excellence and Summer Pedagogy Faculty Committee, we are offering learning technology workshops in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. These workshops cover topics such as course design and redesign for the online context, building community remotely, alternate assessment strategies, trauma-informed pedagogy, academic equity, universal design, and many others. In addition, open office hours are being hosted by the CTE, Library/CDLA and ITS for consultations regarding instructional design and technology. You can find the CTE pedagogy offerings on this shared calendar, and recorded sessions and other training materials on the Summer Pedagogy Moodle site. If you have any technical questions, please email