FAQs for Faculty and Staff

As we plan our return to campus before classes begin on August 30, we hope this page will answer some of your outstanding questions. Please contact your supervisor or Human Resources for additional information and answers to other questions.

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Are faculty and staff required to be vaccinated to return to in-person work?

The CDC has found that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing individuals from contracting COVID-19 and may also prevent virus transmission to others. Consistent with CDC guidance and the guidance of state and local public health authorities, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, Pitzer is requiring all faculty and staff accessing any Pitzer facility or program in person in connection with their employment, appointment, or educational program to be vaccinated once there is full FDA approval.

Will faculty and staff working on campus be required to wear masks or take COVID-19 screening tests?

Please see Pitzer’s Face Coverings and Social Distancing Guidelines (updated July 2, 2021).

Fully Vaccinated: Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. In keeping with recommendations the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced at the end of June, vaccinated employees are required to wear face coverings indoors unless an individual is alone in a room, eating or drinking (while maintaining at least six feet distance from others), or cannot feasibly perform a task with a face covering on (in which case the face covering may be removed for the duration 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, which runs Pitzer’s on-site clinic for COVID-19 testing and screening. Non-vaccinated employees are also required to participate in COVID-19 testing once or twice a week, depending on their work schedule.  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 because of 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.

When will faculty and staff who have been working remotely return to campus?

The return of faculty, staff, and student employees to campus will take place between Monday, June 7, 2021, and Friday, August 27, 2021, based on the need for a campus presence for each department to best support the Pitzer community. Phases (groups) will be identified by Pitzer’s Physical Impact Team in partnership with department leads.

Will all faculty and staff be required to return to campus?

Responsibly returning faculty and staff to campus allows the ability to “maintain the best possible teaching and learning environment, including staff support and infrastructure.” In practice, this means that many staff who are in student- or faculty-facing jobs may find it necessary to return to campus while others may be able to continue to partially or fully maintain their remote work environment as long as it remains aligned with the Pitzer’s Telecommuting Policy.

During the 2021-22 academic year, in the interest of maintaining a phased on-campus profile while we continue to manage the pandemic and related public health considerations, faculty and staff in applicable non-critical campus presence offices who do not occupy positions requiring direct or indirect in-person interaction with other community members may request to continue working remotely. Their area VP and HR will review any remote work requests.

While some offices can reasonably work remotely, supervisors have the authority, with the approval of their VP, to:

  • Require that staff work on-campus if such work meets the needs of the office and the Pitzer community.
  • Ask staff to come to the office for a specific number of days per week on a regular schedule or for a defined period to complete a project; and
  • Revoke remote work privileges to ensure productivity

Will staff members’ vaccination status be made public to their co-workers?

No. Vaccination status is considered private medical information.

Are there new cleaning and disinfecting protocols or air-filtration upgrades?

Yes. Campus Facilities operates in accordance with the increased cleaning and disinfection protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, using Environmental Protection Agency-approved products that are effective against the COVID-19 virus. Throughout the pandemic, Facilities has monitored and adopted CDC and county public health recommendations.

Pitzer’s custodial staff will continue to conduct enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of public/common spaces such as restrooms, lounges, lobbies, hallways, and high-touch areas and objects, including light switches, railings, and door handles. Hand-sanitizer stations will be located at key areas within campus buildings, while our restroom fixtures and drinking fountains are hands-free. Additionally, Facilities is currently meeting with all departments on campus to ensure their spaces are set up for a safe return, and plexiglass protectors will be installed upon request.

To provide cleaner air, upgraded air filters have been installed in every building, and an ion generator cleaning system has been installed in buildings without operable windows. Additionally, Pitzer is working with an environmental engineer to conduct air-quality testing.

If some employees are working on campus and others off, how will meetings be held?

Meetings may be scheduled in various forms: in-person, Zoom, or a hybrid of the two. For helpful resources related to holding meetings via Zoom, please visit Pitzer’s Information Technology page.

FAQ last updated: July 13, 2021