Caltech Community Commitment
Updated September 26, 2020
Caltech Community Commitment for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
The formidable challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitate a cohesive, shared commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of all Caltech community members. COVID-19 is a highly contagious and life-threatening disease; there is currently no vaccine or effective treatment for COVID-19. Widespread community transmission is occurring in our region, and public health officials and epidemiologists continue to work diligently to understand the nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Recognizing these risks, Caltech is committed to providing the educational, research, and residential experience that is at the core of our mission. In turn, we all have a responsibility and must commit to practices that protect the health and well-being of the entire community and mitigate the spread of infection on campus.
As a community we commit to:
- Wear face coverings inside and outside, consistent with the Institute's guidelines and directives set forth in state and local health orders.
- Maintain appropriate (6 feet minimum) physical distancing when interacting with non-household members.
- Limit non-essential in-person interactions and social activities, and follow all public health orders and associated protocols and Institute guidelines.
- Participate in daily health self-monitoring, health screenings, and perform a daily attestation prior to going to work or class.
- Participate in any COVID-19 testing program established by the Institute.
- Cooperate with contact tracing.
- Cooperate with directions to isolate and quarantine as required in the case of illness or exposure.
- Follow Caltech's posted protocols and best practices for hygiene.
These practices, along with all other Institute policies and guidelines, are critical to slowing the spread of disease on our campus and in the community. We must all join together to protect those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. We must ensure that our behavior is consistent with the values of our Code of Conduct and act as responsible citizens.
While this is a community-wide effort, there are special responsibilities for our students in congregate residential living and those residing in the Pasadena area. Caltech's COVID-19 rules and precautions may change based on public health guidance and changing circumstances. Additional measures to control the spread of COVID-19 may be implemented at any time; updates can be found on the Caltech Together website.