Health & Safety Requirements

In order to minimize the spread of the virus and protect our Oxy community, we have implemented health and safety requirements for everyone: those who are living or working on campus in addition to any remote-working Oxy employee needing to visit campus.

Updated 8/28/20

Face coverings

Reusable or disposable face coverings are required at all times in all public spaces, indoors or outdoors. Reusable face coverings are best for everyday use and should be washed between uses. Disposable face coverings are best for activities that require frequent changing or may become soiled in the course of work. You are not required to wear face coverings when alone in your private, single-occupancy office with the door closed unless visitors are present.

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. DO NOT come to work if you are sick.

Testing

COVID-19 testing is mandatory for employees performing essential functions who are regularly on campus (ie, come to campus at least twice per week on a weekly basis) 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 informed by the last week of August. Read more about our testing protocols for staff and faculty who will be working on campus.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Employees working on campus and part of our testing protocols will receive a “health kit” when they arrive for this first test and this will include a thermometer, hand sanitizer and two cloth masks. Workers and others in high-risk areas should use gloves, but according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks. Employees do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for our environment.

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 is open for take-out service only. Physical entry to the Marketplace is limited to the designated employees and students working or living on campus and getting regularly tested for COVID-19. Pre-order curbside pickup is available for all employees and students living off-campus via the new Tiger Takeout service. We encourage all community members, including those living and working on campus, to make use of the pre-order service whenever possible, and 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. Facilities Management will maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevator stops and high-traffic areas.

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. You can also anonymously report any unhealthful behavior not in line with COVID-19 policies you see within the Oxy community via the LiveSafe app.

High-Risk Conditions

The College may implement reasonable accommodations for high-risk individuals (or those that reside with high-risk individuals). This process will be guided, in part, by recommendations provided by a licensed medical or mental health provider. Such medical documentation should be submitted directly to Human Resources. According to the CDC, these conditions may include:

  • Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
  • HIV
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Serious heart conditions, including recent heart failure, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and pulmonary hypertension.
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above
  • Being otherwise immunocompromised

Faculty and staff who return to work on campus and have a condition that places them in a higher risk group or who are pregnant may wish to review their condition with their medical provider so that the College can determine whether the essential functions of the incumbent’s position can be performed “with or without accommodation.” Please contact Karen Salce in HR at 232-259-2613 or ksalce@oxy.edu with any questions. Records involving accommodations will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Faculty and staff who have been instructed to return to work on-site and have a non-medical issue related to the COVID-19 virus that precludes their ability to return to campus should contact Jacie Feigelman in HR at 323-259-2614 or jacalynf@oxy.edu.

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. 

Completion of the Everfi course is required for all Oxy employees and students, and login information will be sent directly to your Oxy email address. To get started, follow the link in the upcoming email to the login portal and select “Oxy Single Sign On.” Then, use your MyOxy (your email without “@oxy.edu”) credentials to log in. You will be redirected to your assigned training.

The deadline to complete the course is Friday, September 4, 2020.

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.