Important Updates

On this page you can find the latest updates organized by topic, including advisories and resources related to online learning and other issues relevant to students, faculty and staff.

Updated 7/10/20

ICE Guidance for International Students

Occidental is working on multiple levels to support international students and oppose the recent guidance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would block international students from coming to or remaining in the United States if their courses are taught entirely online. Read statement

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Fall 2020 Update

Occidental College’s plan is to reopen campus this fall. We will be reducing density in our residence halls, and introducing a flexible instructional format to accommodate students whether on or off campus. Health and safety have been the highest priority in our planning, which is, and will continue to be based on applicable public health guidance. Read full message

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Financial Updates & Cost-Saving Measures

On June 25, President Veitch sent a message to faculty and staff with what he called "a candid picture of where we are in regards to the College’s financial outlook and the decisions we are making to respond to the extraordinary conditions that we face." Due to current budget projections for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which indicate a substantial net operating deficit, associated cost-saving measures are being put into place. For Occidental staff members, this means changes to benefits related to retirement account matching and vacation accrual in addition to unpaid furloughs (income can be retained by using vacation days). Read full message with links to FAQs

Note: FAQ pages have been updated following the June 26 all-staff meeting - new questions and answers have been incorporated here:
In addition, we have created a page related to other topics asked about in the meeting:

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Fall 2020 Housing Update

In preparation for a fall reopening, we are reducing the residential density on campus. Therefore, all students (even those who do not require housing) need to complete a new housing survey so we can understand better preferences and plan accordingly. Students will receive an email on or near July 25 with a link to the form, which should be completed by the end of Tuesday, June 30. Read full message

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Tuition & Fees, 2020-21 Academic Year

Recognizing the challenging situation created by the global pandemic, Occidental announced on June 22 that it will not increase tuition for the 2020-21 academic year, keeping it fixed at the 2019-20 rate. The first bill for the academic year will not be sent until August 1, with an August 15 due date to provide students and families with flexibility and additional time. A summary of tuition, room and board, and other fees for the coming year can be found here. Read full messageBack to Top

What to Do if You Are Sick

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact HR or Sara Semal ASAP to notify us so that contact tracing and quarantining can be conducted, and community notices can be made (if warranted). Please note that your personal information and diagnoses will remain confidential. More info

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Mental Health/Medical Resources

24/7 telephonic medical and counseling triage remains available for all students and community members anywhere in the United States via Helpline at (323) 341-4141. For more on the medical and mental health services available to students please visit the Emmons Wellness Center website.

Emmons is temporarily extending its telehealth services to all Occidental faculty and staff, free of charge, during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn about the in-person and online services available.

If you are an Oxy community member who has tested positive for Covid-19, please contact HR or Sara Semal ASAP to notify us so that appropriate cleaning in the areas where you last were can take place, contact tracing and quarantining can be conducted, and community notices can be made (if warranted). Please note that your personal information and diagnoses will remain confidential.

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Employee Guidance, Spring/Summer 2020

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. Human Resources recommends that all employees who are older than age 65 and/or have chronic health conditions stay home during this time. This will help protect the health and safety of those remaining on campus by limiting their exposure to others. View a summary of departments whose operations will require at least some employees to be present on campus to ensure the continued operation of the College.

Hourly employees and their supervisors should complete timesheets on time for every payroll cycle. Hourly employees will always be paid for all hours worked, but if a timesheet is submitted too late for a payroll period, the employee will be paid on a subsequent payroll run when the timesheet is completed, approved and submitted. Read more about timesheet approval for hourly employees.

Accounts Payable is now accepting invoices, check requests and employee expense reimbursements electronically. Read more about the Business Office's temporary procedures that departments and purchasers should use to ensure the College continues to run as smoothly as possible

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