FAQs for Faculty and Staff

With COVID-19 safety guidelines and recommendations rapidly evolving, please visit our Community Messages page for the latest information.

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FAQs for Faculty and Staff

Are faculty and staff working on campus required to wear masks? (updated 5/24/2022)

As of May 23, 2022, indoor masking generally is no longer required on campus. However, Pitzer’s COVID-19 Task Force, with appropriate consultation, has determined that specific offices, programs, and individuals will be able to determine the masking policies for their spaces on campus.

This practice includes Summer Session courses. For example, if an instructor decides masks will be required in their classroom, then all students in attendance will be required to mask. Furthermore, if a student requests everyone in their class to mask, all other students and the faculty instructor must mask.

Consistent with public health guidance, well-fitting, high-quality medical masks should be worn when required. N95 and other masks are available for free in the Office of Student Affairs, Dean of Faculty Office, Facilities, Gold Student Center, Dining Hall, and the Nurse Clinic.

See the 5.24.22 Community Message “Summer Session and Masking” for more information.

Please continue to adhere to other campus COVID-19 guidance and protocols, and remember that:

  • When worn consistently and properly, surgical grade masks, such as N95s provide the highest level of protection from particles, including the virus that causes COVID-19;
  • N95s are effective in protecting yourself from particles, even when others around you are not wearing face coverings;
  • N95 masks are available for free in the Student Affairs office, Facilities, and the nurse clinic.

We strongly support persons who may, for medical or personal reasons, continue masking in all circumstances and will continue to make masks available upon request.

Updated 5/25/2022

Are faculty and staff required to have a booster to return to in-person work?

Yes. Pitzer requires all faculty and staff accessing any College facility or program related to their employment, appointment, or educational program, to receive a COVID-19 booster. The deadline was Monday, January 31, 2022. For more information, please see the January 10 COVID Clinic Information for Employees message.

Do I have to submit proof that I’ve received my booster?

Yes. Employees should follow the Vaccine and Booster Reporting Instructions to submit proof of their booster through the Healthy Pitzer portal. The deadline was Monday, January 31, 2022. For more information, please see the January 10 COVID Clinic Information for Employees message.

Are on-campus employees required to take COVID-19 screening tests?

Employee testing requirements are as follows:

  • All employees who have been working remotely are required to receive negative test results before returning to work on campus. 
  • Unvaccinated (based on approved medical or religious exemptions) employees working on campus must continue to test twice a week.
  • Employees who are up to date on their vaccinations are not required to test for COVID-19 weekly, however Pitzer’s nurse recommends testing at least once a week if you have high contact with others.

If you test positive for COVID over the weekend with a self-administered antigen test, employees should notify Nurse Zephyr at nurse@pitzer.edu as soon as possible.

Please refer to Community Messages for the latest information.

If I am planning to be on campus, do I have to complete the Daily Health Screening before I come to campus?

Yes. The Daily Health Screening is required every day that you are on campus—and you must fill it out on the day you come to campus. If you have any symptoms or know you have been exposed, email nurse@pitzer.edu or call 909.607.2180 before coming to campus. Please refer to Community Messages for the latest information.

Can faculty and staff eat at the dining hall and other food service venues on campus?

Due to a spike in COVID cases, Pitzer announced on Tuesday, March 29, that indoor seating is now closed for all Pitzer food service venues: McConnell Dining Hall, Pit Stop, and Shakedown. Hours of operation will remain the same, and students, faculty, and staff may grab-and-go—take out their meals from McConnell in a green reusable box or paper to-go box. 

To prioritize student access, faculty and staff were asked to avoid going to the dining hall between noon and 1 p.m. At this time, there is no 5C crossover dining for faculty and staff.

Please see the COVID Updates and Community Shifts message for more information.

Note: previously, Pitzer faculty and staff had resumed Pitzer McConnell, Pit Stop Café, and Shakedown dining on Monday, February 14. 


Last updated May 26, 2022