Return-to-Campus Planning

Guiding Principles

Return to campus policies and protocols are based on the following guiding principles:

  1. Maintain the conditions on campus which, at a minimum, meet the LA County Health and Safety requirements and are guided by best practices.  Promote proactive and responsive “Mindful of Each Other” community-based health and safety measures as they relate to COVID-19 for students, staff, faculty, and all who use the campus.
  2. Expand permitted faculty work to allow research and/or artistic production.
  3. Maintain the best possible teaching and learning environment, including staff support and infrastructure.
  4. Continue to support flexible work environments and policies for staff and faculty including remote work, flexible schedules, office space considerations, and use of new technologies wherever possible.  Commit to identifying work practices under these new arrangements that support a sense of community.
  5. Establish a phased approach to the option for staff and faculty to return to campus, including a plan for responsive measures should the health situation deteriorate. Announce a re-opening date by which these phased returns can begin.
  6. Continue proactive support of students who may have needs due to international travel restrictions, housing insecurity needs, or other essential needs.
  7. Commit to consistent communication with all campus constituencies throughout the summer and academic year, including communication to students on a return-to-campus timeline, especially as it relates to summer activities, including student employment.

Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement

  • Take care of each other, build and maintain connections, and reach out to support resources.
  • Practice “calling each other in” around these important health and safety measures, empathy, compassion and an ethos of “I am because we are”, whereby we honor the “principle of ubuntu: a concept in which being itself is a relational category of recognition, rights, and responsibilities” (Ogude, Paulson, & Srainchan, 2019).
  • Support Pitzer, and local, community members who are impacted by COVID-19 and connect them with appropriate resources.
  • Combat bias, discrimination, xenophobia and stigma related to COVID-19 by resisting any attempts to discriminate against others based on COVID-19 status or association and commit to learning from others’ experiences as part of our ever-changing global community.

Pitzer College Vaccine Initiative and Requirements

Vaccine Requirements for Students

Vaccine Requirements for Employees

Employees can update their vaccination status at Healthy Pitzer. Employees can make an appointment to receive their vaccine at:

For additional information about vaccines, employees are encouraged to review the COVID Vaccine Myths & Facts. Pitzer community members can also email or call 909.607.2180.

Mask-Wearing Requirements


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions for Students and Families for the most up-to-date information.


Fully Vaccinated: Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings outdoors.  At this time face coverings will still be required indoors in alignment with LA county recommendations unless the individual is alone in a room, when eating or drinking (as long as physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained), or when specific tasks cannot feasibly be performed with a face covering (in which case the face covering may only be removed during completion of that task).

  • If you are fully vaccinated and would like to continue wearing your mask in any setting please feel free to do so.  The College will continue to supply face coverings to all employees regardless of vaccination status at no cost.

Non-Vaccinated: Non-Vaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings outdoors when physical distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained. “Non-vaccinated” includes employees who have yet to provide Pitzer with proof of full vaccination status, or whose vaccination has not been verified by Hamilton Health Box.

  • Non-vaccinated employees are also required to participate in COVID-19 testing once or twice a week depending on your scheduling.  Please see the Faculty and Staff Testing Policy.
  • COVID-19 testing is not an alternative to face coverings.

Those who are required to wear a face-covering but cannot do so due to a medical or mental health condition or disability, or who are hearing-impaired or communicating with a hearing-impaired person, must wear an effective, non-restrictive alternative (such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom) if the individual’s condition/disability permits it.