Community Advisory on Campus Access Criteria and Thanksgiving


Community Advisory

LMU continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working diligently to safeguard the safety and well-being of our community. Please visit LMU’s Reopening Website (Accessible; En Español) for the latest information. 

What's New

Changes to LMU Campus Access Criteria

Beginning Monday, Nov. 23, in alignment with the Travel Advisory issued by the California Department of Public Health and CDC recommendations, those who choose to engage in any of the following higher-risk activities as defined by the CDC will not be permitted on campus for the subsequent 14-days:
  • Travel to destinations outside of California
  • Travel on a cruise ship or river boat 
  • Attend a gathering or crowded event, such as a wedding, funeral, party, concert, or parade, with individuals outside of your household or outside of your COVID pod
To facilitate this change and to create a safe environment for those who must live and work on campus, the Lion Health Check will be updated to include the above modifications on Nov. 23. LMU Safety Policies and Practices have also been updated to reflect these changes.

Please review the L.A. County Department of Public Health’s guidance on Small Private Gatherings for more information on how to safely participate in a small gathering with individuals outside of your household.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping us keep those on campus safe.
Thanksgiving Weekend Westchester Campus Closure

The Westchester Campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 26 - 29. Only those who live on campus, are assigned to work on campus over the holidays, or have pre-approved exceptions to access campus for time sensitive work, will continue to have access at the LMU Drive entrance during the holiday closure. For unique circumstances—work that is time sensitive that can only be completed on campus—please submit your exception request to your dean or vice president. Requests from deans or vice presidents for campus access during the Thanksgiving holiday should be made to Public Safety via the online one-time campus access form no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 23.
L.A. County Public Health Guidelines for Holiday Gatherings

The L.A. County Department of Public Health recently issued new guidance for small private gatherings during the upcoming holiday season, as well as guidance for celebrating the holidays safely in order to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Small private gatherings are defined as bringing together individuals from different households at the same time, in a single space or place. (A household is considered a group of people who live together in a single dwelling, like a house or apartment, and share a common living area).
  • Private gatherings as currently permitted in L.A. County are limited to no more than three (3) households and must be outdoors. Gatherings may last no longer than two hours’ duration, and must allow for at least 6 feet physical distance from others.
  • Keep the group of three (3) households that choose to gather or interact together constant or stable over time.
  • Multiple gatherings of 3+ households may not be organized in the same public space at the same time.
  • Mixing between unrelated private gatherings in the same public space or outdoor space at the same time is not permitted.
Before Traveling, Consider the Following:
  • If you plan to travel outside of the state of California, please keep in mind that LMU requires you remain off campus for 14 days from the date of your return.
  • Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination?
  • Are you, someone you live with, or someone you are visiting at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19?
  • Does your destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
If You Travel:
  • Wear a mask in public settings, including on public transportation and transportation hubs (such as airports and stations);
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from your household, especially while talking, eating, drinking, and singing;
  • Avoid confined spaces, especially those that do not allow for physical distancing;
  • Remain outdoors as much as possible when socializing with people not in your household;
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick;
  • Clean frequently touched items regularly;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, away from others, and get tested.


University Bulletins

Exposure or Confirmed COVID Positive

If you reside or work on campus and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, are currently being tested, or have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the Department of Public Safety immediately at 310.338.2893. This is to ensure LMU can provide you with support, take the necessary precautions to limit exposure on campus, and provide guidance for those affected by COVID-19.
Support Resources and Services

Please note the university has resources and services available to support and assist our community:

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