Current Policies and Operations Status

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Masks – Masking in all indoor settings, with the exception of instructional spaces or environments where it is otherwise explicitly indicated, is voluntary. Masks may be temporarily removed in classroom settings when a student is called upon by their instructor or when they wish to offer comments or ask questions. This is up to the discretion of the instructor.

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Vaccination/Booster – All students and employees must be fully vaccinated with a booster shot or have an approved exemption on file with the Institute.

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Testing – All undergraduate students, graduate students living in Caltech-managed housing or participating in in-person learning, and employees with an Institute-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination are required to participate in twice-weekly surveillance testing. Faculty and staff involved in in-person instruction or reporting on-site are encouraged to participate in the program.

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Illness Reporting – Any employee or student who experiences COVID-like symptoms must report their illness through the COVID-19 Reporting Application so that a member of SWS can follow up as appropriate.

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Isolation – If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must report your infection via the COVID-19 Reporting Application and isolate according to SWS instructions.

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Quarantine – If you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must report it via the COVID-19 Reporting Application and SWS will follow up. Quarantine instructions may vary depending on your vaccination status.

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Remote Work – Employees may participate in remote or hybrid work with the approval of their manager or supervisor and in coordination with Caltech Human Resources.

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Recreation - Recreation activities and operations have resumed traditional operations.

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Athletics - Intercollegiate sports have resumed as usual.

Campus resources

This week's COVID-19 news and updates

Week of November 28, 2022

  • Due to rising case counts on campus, all upcoming student social events and gatherings are postponed until further notice. Additionally, campus dining has resumed grab-and-go meal service. Everyone is once again encouraged to use of high-quality masks in all indoor public spaces.
  • The Caltech COVID Surveillance Lab (CCSL) is closed, effective November 14. In its place, the Institute is contracting with UCLA for surveillance test sample processing.
  • As of Monday, October 3, masking in all indoor settings on campus, with the exception of instructional spaces, is voluntary. Students in instructional spaces must wear N95 masks. Instructors, however, may elect to remove their masks.
  • As part of the Institute's continuing health and safety measures during the pandemic, all undergraduate students must participate in the campus surveillance testing program, which requires that they submit two samples per week, at least 48 hours apart. 

Latest communications

December 2, 2022
Update on Campus Response to Recent Increase in COVID-19 Positive Case Activity
The Institute is approaching the limit of our isolation space on campus and, as a result, student dining operations will return to grab-and-go and all upcoming student social events and gatherings are postponed until further notice. We will revisit these events when we return in the winter. 

November 2, 2022
Changes to Caltech's Surveillance Testing Operation
Effective Monday, November 14, the on-campus Caltech COVID Surveillance Lab (CCSL) will close, and daily saliva samples will be processed through the external UCLA SwabSeq service. This will result in some changes to the process.

September 28, 2022
Flu Shots and COVID Boosters Clinic at Caltech on October 11, 2022
The Human Resources Benefits Team is excited to host a Flu Shots and COVID Boosters Clinic on Tuesday, October 11 from 8am – 3pm.

September 28, 2022
Campus Masking Requirements to be Relaxed as of October 3
Masking in all indoor settings, with the exception of instructional spaces, will be voluntary effective Monday, October 3.

September 9, 2022
Fall Term Arrival
This memo outlines the on-campus arrival and check-in process for students, as well as orientation activities and testing, reporting, and isolation procedures.