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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:

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.