COVID-19 Health & Safety Requirements

Summer 2022 Intern Housing Program

As the national and local landscape of COVID-19 continues to evolve, guidance, expectations, and requirements will be adjusted. The College may provide additional expectations regarding COVID-19 that reflect the latest guidance from county, state, and federal health officials. Interns will be notified of any updates to guidance via email, and are expected to regularly check College email for all important updates.

Revised TUES 3/29/2022


Vaccination Requirement  

  • All persons must be fully vaccinated in order to submit an application for Summer Intern Housing and be considered for housing. “Fully vaccinated” means the Intern has received their primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
  • Interns must stay up to date with their vaccines by obtaining all additional recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) within 14 days of eligibility.
  • If Intern received a vaccine outside of the United States, they will obtain a booster shot according to applicable CDC guidance.
  • The College will not accept exemptions to these vaccination requirements.

Proof of Vaccination   

  • All Interns must provide proof of vaccination to the College within 24 hours of submitting a Summer Intern Housing Application. Vaccination records will not be stored or maintained by the College after Conference Services Office confirms vaccination status.
  • If vaccination updates occur at any time before Check-In or during Occupancy, the Intern shall submit updated proof of vaccination to the College. Updated proof must be submitted within fourteen (14) days of eligibility.
  • Proof of vaccination shall be submitted via email to
  • Vaccination records must clearly show the name of the vaccinated Intern, type of COVID-19 vaccine administered, and date of each dose administered.
  • Proof of vaccination includes any of the following:
    • Photo of vaccination card (both sides) 
    • Documentation of vaccination from a licensed healthcare provider
    • Personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by a healthcare provider, government agency, or private company

Campus Arrival

Stay home if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms

  • Do not come to Occidental College if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC, including cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, or chills.
  • Do not come to Occidental College if in the last 14 days you have been in close contact with or without face mask (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes or any unprotected contact with bodily fluids/secretions) with someone who has COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival to campus, or if you are currently under isolation or quarantine orders.
  • If you are experiencing any of the above, contact the Conference Services Office at to discuss options for rescheduling your campus arrival.

Proof of Negative Test

  • On your arrival date: You must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test completed within the past 72 hours. 
  • The COVID-19 test must be a printed document, email, or text message from a test provider that shows a negative result of a COVID-19 Antigen or PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to arrival. It must include Intern’s name, type of test performed, and test date. Rapid and antibody tests will not be accepted.


Indoor / Outdoor Requirements

  • Indoors: All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask at all times when inside campus buildings. Exceptions:
    • When alone inside your residence hall room
    • When inside your residence hall room with your vaccinated roommate(s)
    • When seated and actively eating or drinking in designated dining areas (i.e., Gresham Dining Hall)
  • Outdoors: We strongly recommend wearing a mask outdoors at all times when social distancing is not possible.

Acceptable Masks

Acceptable masks

  • Cloth masks are no longer permitted indoors at the College. Masks worn indoors must be surgical grade medical masks or higher quality.
  • Surgical grade medical masks or higher quality (KN94, KN95, N95), can be disposable or reusable and must fully cover the nose and mouth, secure under the chin, be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • For more on proper mask wearing, see this helpful video.

Unacceptable masks 

  • Cloth face masks
  • Masks with exhalation valves, masks made of loosely woven fabrics, scarves, buffs, bandanas, gaiters, face shields alone

Indoor Dining

Masks may be removed when seated and actively eating or drinking in designated dining areas  (e.g., Gresham Dining Hall).

When indoors, Interns are permitted to eat in the following locations only:

  • Designated dining facilities (e.g., Gresham Dining Hall)
  • Inside their personal residence hall room


Off-Campus Guests

Off-campus guests are prohibited inside any campus building, including residence halls and the Marketplace. Outdoor spaces such as the Academic Quad should be used while interacting with off-campus guests.

On-Campus Guests

Interns and other on-campus adult residents may visit each other within the residence halls. A maximum of two (2) on-campus guests are allowed in any residence hall room at any time. This maximum applies to all room types (singles, doubles, or triple-suites). Masks are strongly encouraged at all times.

Exposure & Symptom Management

If you have COVID symptoms, but have no known exposure

If you have symptoms of infectious disease (cold or flu-like symptoms) you should self-quarantine:

  • Remain in your room with limited public contact
  • Do not go to your worksite or travel
  • COVID-19 testing is recommended 
  • Self-quarantine ends when you have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours 

If you know / think you have been exposed to COVID

If exposed to a confirmed positive case (or if you think you have been exposed) you will be required to take a modified quarantine:

  • Remain in your room with limited public contact
  • Remain masked in public spaces, indoors and outdoors, at all times
  • Travel is not allowed
  • Testing is required 3-5 days after exposure  
  • Quarantine ends 7 days after the exposure (assuming a negative test)

How to get tested

  • If you are experiencing symptoms you must call your primary care provider or insurance-based nurse helpline for a telemedical assessment and treatment options.
  • If instructed to get a COVID-19 test, you can access testing through an L.A. County testing site, your medical provider, or purchase at-home tests at a local pharmacy.

If you contract COVID

If you test positive for COVID-19, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, you must isolate for a period of 5 - 10 days, pending symptoms and/or test results. Persons in isolation housing are prohibited to leave the room unless there is an emergency such as a fire alarm or need for medical care.


Failure to comply with Requirements shall constitute a material breach of the Summer Intern Housing Agreement allowing the College, at its discretion, to terminate the Agreement.