Adjustments to Campus COVID-19 Guidelines, May 20, 2022
May 20, 2022
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
Thank you for everything you have done to protect our community during the fall and spring semester. Following a successful end of the academic year, we think that with the reduction of people on campus, we can begin to relax some of our COVID-19 guidelines.
Below is the list of significant changes to existing College guidelines that will go into effect beginning Monday, May 23:
Harvey Mudd College will fully pivot to becoming a “mask friendly” campus. This means that medical grade face coverings may be worn by anyone at any time on campus but are not universally required. You may wish to wear a face covering if you are uncomfortable with being unmasked, if you are immunocompromised, or if you have not been vaccinated, and you should feel free to do so. Please note that faculty may still require students participating in summer courses or in summer research to wear masks, and masks may still be required when participating in indoor conferences or events at the discretion of the event organizers. Note also that circumstances may change quickly and may require us to reinstate masking requirements.
The Office of Admission will once again allow visitors to come indoors during campus tours but will require them to wear face coverings when indoors. Visitors may remove their face coverings when outside. We will no longer require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for visitors to campus.
Physical distancing is not required on campus. However, we strongly encourage people who need to meet in larger groups to do so outdoors as much as possible. Previous limitations on the sizes of meetings or gatherings are lifted.
Summer COVID-19 Testing
The College will no longer require COVID-19 testing during the summer, including for those students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated. For those members of our community who would like to be tested, free summer testing at Student Health Services is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (open during lunch). Testing will be closed for the following holidays: May 30 for Memorial Day, June 20 for Juneteenth and July 4 for Independence Day.
The College will no longer require the use of the daily symptom screening questionnaire; however, we require employees monitor themselves for new or unusual symptoms prior to arrival to campus each day. If employees do have symptoms, they should report them to their supervisor and not come to campus. Employees must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to report to work on campus.
There are no changes to the College’s current vaccination requirements. If adjustments need to be made based on guidance from public health authorities, we will notify all members of our community as soon as possible.
Given the reduced numbers on campus this summer, we will discontinue daily COVID-19 notifications via email. Student Health Services will provide updates to the College’s COVID-19 dashboard on a weekly basis (late Monday/early Tuesday for the prior week), and DSA/Human Resources will continue to notify those who are determined to be close contacts as soon as possible.
We continue to monitor the latest information and guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Cal/OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we will notify you if changes need to be made.
We encourage you to reach out to your area vice president or any member of the President’s Cabinet if you have questions or concerns. We are in the process of updating our Residential Requirements for students and the Return to Campus Guide for employees. We encourage you to continue checking the site for additional announcements and details.
The President’s Cabinet
Maria Klawe, President
Karen Angemi, Director of the President’s Office and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Thyra Briggs, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid
Andrew Dorantes, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer
Timothy Hussey, Chief Communications Officer and Assistant Secretary to the Board
Hieu Nguyen, Vice President for Advancement
Lisa Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Marco Antonio Valenzuela, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Joseph Vaughan, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Computing and Information Services