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General FAQ

Updated August 2, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Caltech has placed the highest priority on preventing the spread of COVID-19 among its community.

Members of the Caltech community have been encouraged to seek vaccination and offered opportunities to do so through campus resources. Once the FDA approves the COVID-19 vaccines, the Institute expects to require faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars who are employed at campus or one of Caltech's offsite locations, as well as undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in the fall 2021 term to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For campus affiliates and visiting researchers who regularly access Institute facilities and work closely with Caltech employees, proof of full vaccination will be a condition of access to campus.

All members of the community who report to campus but have not submitted proof of vaccination must participate in a surveillance testing program that is intended to identify asymptomatic individuals in the community. Caltech also offers free COVID-19 testing to all members of the Caltech community who are either experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been exposed to an ill person. Following current public health guidance, all individuals must wear a face covering when indoors.

Meanwhile, upgrades to campus so far have included a comprehensive assessment and maintenance of all HVAC systems to ensure that they are operating correctly and providing maximum air flow, the addition of hand sanitizer stations in all common employee area and building entrances.

The most current information can be found on the Caltech COVID-19 Dashboard, which will be updated every weekday by 2 p.m. PDT. You can also sign up to receive timely emailed updates from Caltech on COVID-19 cases.

Caltech will continue to work with local public health officials to monitor this situation and continue to employ rigorous contact tracing protocols to notify any campus community member who may be at risk of exposure.

If you are ill or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home and contact your health care provider. Members of the Caltech community experiencing COVID-like symptoms should promptly report the illness through the Caltech COVID-19 Reporting App.

Caltech provides COVID-19 testing for all members of the campus community (faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and students through Student Wellness Services, and also has an on-campus surveillance testing program operating for all individuals currently reporting onsite. More information can be found on the COVID-19 Testing page.

Students who are experiencing any mental health concerns, including increased anxiety or stress related to the virus, should reach out to Student Counseling Services for consultation and support. Call (626) 395-8331 to seek help or to arrange an appointment.

After-hours crisis services and weekend response (for issues that cannot wait until the next business day): Call the Counseling Services main line (626) 395-8331 and press "2" to be connected to a clinician. You may experience a brief hold while your call is connected; please stay on the line.

Caltech employees and postdocs may utilize the Staff and Faculty Consultation Center. Please call (626) 395-8360 or email SFCC@caltech.edu.

Yes. Individuals returning to campus who have cancelled their permits can obtain a new one from the parking office.

Individuals who only need to park on campus a couple of days per week may purchase a daily parking permit from the kiosks in the parking lots, or sign-up for the telework parking program. More information is available on Caltech's Parking and Commuter Services site.

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's travel guidance, fully vaccinated employees and students who have documented their status with the Institute are now allowed to participate in Institute-sponsored domestic and international travel.

Employees and students who have not submitted proof of their vaccination status must continue to seek approval from their respective administrative vice president, division chair, the provost, or the president before participating in any Institute-sponsored travel.

Students and postdoctoral scholars in Caltech Housing may be required to quarantine prior to moving into their Caltech residence (subject to the local health department requirements ). While the Institute does not have a policy that requires members of the Caltech community going to the Pasadena campus to quarantine after travel, individuals are required to adhere to local public health orders. Caltech strongly discourages all members of the community from participating in nonessential personal travel.

Individuals traveling to or from Institute-managed, off-site locations should consult with the respective site leadership for directions or requirements that pertain specifically to that location.

For more information, see the Travel FAQ.