More information on Occidental’s plans for a remote Fall 2020 semester.
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 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.
Furloughs and Other Changes to Employee Benefits
You may review details of the College’s cost-saving measures on the Human Resources website. These primarily relate to furloughs, retirement benefits and vacation benefits.
Working Remotely vs. On Campus
As a general matter, consistent with the College’s July 15 decision to have remote instruction this fall and a very limited residential program, employees who are working from home should continue to do so until the operational needs of the department dictate otherwise as communicated and approved by your department head or supervisor.
Department heads and supervisors are meeting with employees to let them know whether or not their presence will be required on campus this semester. Because we expect to remain in remote learning mode for the remainder of the semester, we can anticipate that this guidance, while subject to change, will remain in place through December.
Please carefully review the document in the link below to learn about workplace guidelines and policies. It is a fully comprehensive source of information about the College's workplace guidelines for staff and faculty who will be on campus in any capacity during the Fall 2020 semester. You will also find guidance for various workplace scenarios staff and faculty might encounter.
Technology Office Hours for Staff
ITS is holding open office hours and training sessions geared specifically to support staff on using remote-work tools such as Google Suite and video conferencing. Email Lisa Mattia for more information.