COVID Updates and Guidelines - 09.21.23

September 21, 2023

Dear Pitzer Community, 

As we continue to navigate the challenges posed by COVID, and because Pitzer has returned to in-person instruction, we wanted to reach out to the community with some important recommendations and guidelines. The safety and the well-being of our community remain our top priorities.  


  • Masking for staff and faculty is not required on campus but the wearing of masks in all indoor shared spaces within the campus is highly recommended for all employees and visitors. This includes common areas, meeting rooms, hallways, and elevators. Surgical masks and KN95 masks are available across campus, including at the Dean of Faculty’s Office, Office of Student Affairs, Gold Student Center, Human Resources, and Facilities.  Faculty may continue to require masking in classes when desired.
  • COVID tests for staff and faculty will be available through HR, Facilities, and the Dean of Faculty’s offices.  Tests are also available through Pitzer-sponsored medical insurance plans. Staff and faculty may test at home or off campus.  Positive results must be reported to HR within 24 hours using the new Smartsheet link: Covid Exposure – Self-Reporting Form.  Following form submission, HR will advise individuals on the isolation period of 5 days, and additional resources available to them.
  • Although hand sanitizing stations will remain throughout campus and within buildings, it is highly recommended that staff wash their hands often. Disinfecting wipes will be available for classrooms. Please assist in keeping Pitzer safe and healthy by regularly washing hands and wiping down surfaces (e.g., printers, keyboards before and after use) and shared community areas.  


  • Masking for students is not required on campus but is highly encouraged indoors.  Masks are available in the Residence Life Office, Dean of Faculty’s Office, Office of Student Affairs, Gold Student Center, Human Resources, and Facilities.  Faculty may continue to require masking in classes when desired.
  • COVID tests are available to students via the Honnold Library testing machine, and private medical insurance.  All positive tests should be reported to the Student Health Center and [email protected].  Student Health will communicate with OSA staff and make proper arrangements as needed. 
  • OSA will then notify the faculty of the student’s enrolled courses and update the faculty when the student is released. 

Remember that wearing masks is a simple yet effective measure to reduce the spread of COVID, especially with the emergence of new variants. By following these recommendations, we contribute to the safety and well-being of our entire community.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and commitment to the health and safety of all our members. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding these guidelines.  For more information regarding LA County’s Public Health updates you may visit

As always, we are truly grateful for our entire community and its commitment to being “Mindful of Each Other.”


Samantha Greer, MPA
Safety and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Facilities and Campus Services
McConnell Center 113
Office: 909.607.4976 | Cell: 909.380.6138

Student COVID-19 Testing—Fall 2023 - 01.10.22

All Students Must:

  • Complete a pre-arrival PCR COVID test 3-5 days before coming to campus for the first time (students with access barriers should notify [email protected] prior for access support). If your test is positive, we ask that you isolate in place and not return to campus until you receive a negative test.

If you test positive after you have checked-in to the halls, please notify [email protected] and contact SHS. All symptomatic students and students identified as ”close contacts” are required to comply with Student Health Services directives to participate in testing.

Symptomatic students MUST test by no later than 48 hours from the onset of symptoms.

Students instructed to test by a medical provider, MUST test immediately or contact SHS immediately.

Student Health Services (SHS) will be coordinating on-campus testing and vaccine access.

Testing hours are available as listed at Student Health Services. Testing can be done at any time during testing hours, appointments are not required.

Please do not eat, drink, smoke, brush your teeth or apply lipstick/chapstick 60 minutes prior to your test. Please watch these video instructions prior to arriving at SHS ( cT9E_pjy).

More information can be found here (