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General FAQ

Updated March 17, 2022

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Caltech has placed the highest priority on preventing the spread of COVID-19 among its community. To that end, the Institute has implemented and continues to refine campus protocols around masking, vaccination, testing, and physical distancing.

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 offers symptomatic testing through Student Wellness Services, and also has an on-campus surveillance testing program. More information can be found on theĀ 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.