Health & Safety

In order to minimize the spread of the virus and protect our campus community, we will be implementing health and safety requirements for those who will be living or working on campus. All community members will be required to follow these guidelines:

Face coverings — Every person on campus must wear a face covering at all times, unless in a private room with the door closed. While community members returning to campus will be given two reusable cloth face masks, all students, faculty, researchers, and employees individuals are encouraged to have and use their own face coverings or masks.

Social and physical distancing — Individuals are expected to stay at least 6 feet from other individuals at all times, to not gather in groups, and stay out of crowded spaces.

Hygiene — Washing your hands, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is a simple, safe, and effective tool against the spread of the coronavirus. Additional hand sanitizer dispensers are currently being installed throughout campus.

Self monitoring — Using the College-sponsored monitoring app, community members will be required to complete daily symptom and temperature screenings before arriving on campus. Those who are experiencing a fever over 100.4 degrees fahrenheit and/or cold/flu symptoms should self-isolate, not leave their room or home, and immediately request a telemedical consultation at Emmons and, if warranted, a COVID-19 test. You can also view our FAQs about the health monitoring app.

Testing — All students, faculty and staff returning to campus will be required to submit to regular COVID-19 testing, a plan developed in conjunction with our external consultants. Tests will be administered for students on the day of arrival and for employees in the beginning of August. After the first test, individuals will be tested again 7 days later, 21 days after that, and every 14 days thereafter. We will use the results of this testing plan to inform our spring regimen.

Isolation and Quarantine — If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 or if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, they will be expected to isolate at home or in a College-designated isolation room.

Dining — The Marketplace will be open for students living on campus and employees working on campus for take-out service only. Community members are advised to eat outdoors or in a private space.

Cleaning and disinfecting — The College is planning for increased cleaning of frequently used office buildings, residential dorms and common spaces. Employees are expected to regularly clean their personal work spaces and students their individual rooms.

Case reporting — Any individual who tests positive or has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate and report details of their status or exposure to Emmons Wellness Center. Emmons staff will provide guidance on next steps and coordinate communication to faculty and supervisors while maintaining individual’s confidential health information.

Incident reporting — If a community member believes that a required COVID-19 safety policy or practice is not being followed, they should report the incident to Human Resources or the Dean of Students Office.

Travel — The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. State Department advise avoiding all nonessential international travel due to widespread ongoing transmission. Oxy is continuing the suspension of College-sponsored international travel until further notice. Travelers returning from international travel should not come to campus for 14 days from the date of return.

Training — All community members must complete an online training on Covid-19 health and safety measures to assist individuals in taking protective measures against the spread of infection throughout the college community. Everfi has developed a Covid-19 tutorial for colleges returning to campus. This tutorial provides an overview of Covid-19, measures individuals can take to protect themselves and the community, an overview of preventive health tools, considerations for travel and interaction off campus, information on testing, quarantine and isolation, and community resources. The tutorial will be available at the beginning of August and must be completed by Monday, August 31.

Health pledge — All community members on campus must sign a pledge affirming that they understand the college’s health and safety policies and agree to follow them.