Remote Work and Other Reminders for Students, Staff, and Faculty

Faculty and Staff to Work Remotely Through Jan. 23

Out of an abundance of caution and to help facilitate our safe return to in-person instruction on Jan. 24, effective Wednesday, Jan. 4, only faculty and staff who must be on campus to do their jobs prior to Jan. 23 should continue in-person work. Those who believe they can work remotely should do so with manager approval. Campus operations, including campus access, administrative and academic buildings, and campus dining will remain open during this time period. Please contact your supervisor with any questions.

Reminders for Students, Faculty, and Staff on Campus Given the winter surge, over the next three weeks, it is important that our campus community take additional precautions.
  • Do not come to campus or leave your on-campus residence if you feel even the slightest bit sick. Follow these tips and do not return to campus until you obtain a negative COVID-19 test, are fever-free for 24 hours, and your symptoms have improved without the use of medication.
  • Fully vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and contractors who are on-campus are strongly encouraged to test weekly; those who are not fully vaccinated are still required to test twice weekly at the on-campus testing center. This requirement applies regardless of the reason or the number of days you may otherwise be on campus. You can schedule an appointment at the Westchester campus here and the LLS campus here.
  • Avoid congregating in buildings’ common areas, including shared kitchens and break rooms. You are encouraged to eat outdoors especially when eating
    with others.
  • Conduct meetings remotely via Zoom whenever possible, and avoid serving food or drinks at in-person meetings or events.
  • Postpone in-person gatherings, and consider rescheduling events. Indoor event spaces will not be available through Jan. 23.
LMU continues to follow guidelines from public health authorities surrounding suspected or positive cases, including notification of close contacts. Please continue to check for the latest updates, as well as our Spring 2022 FAQs. If you cannot find your question answered online, please email

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

As Provost Poon shared on Dec. 21, LMU requires that eligible community members provide proof that they have received a COVID-19 booster by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2022 (or within one month of eligibility for those who are not yet eligible), unless they have a medical or religious exemption. Those who have already received an exemption do not need to request an additional exemption for the booster. You can view the CDC's recommended booster eligibility timeline here

Upload your booster information as soon as possible in Vax LMU using your phone or tablet (remember to check FAQs for any updates regarding further instructions, tips, and resources for accessing your COVID-19 vaccine records). You can find a booster site near you at For questions, students should contact and faculty and staff should contact

Pre-Return Testing Reminder

Get tested and obtain a negative result before returning to campus for the spring semester. Westchester students must submit their negative test or attestation here. If you tested positive in the last 90 days, you are not required to test prior to your return to campus. You may take PCR tests up to two days prior to your return, while rapid antigen tests may only be taken one day prior to your return. Faculty and staff are not required to submit test results, however to help ensure the safety of our community, the university asks faculty and staff to not return to campus without first receiving a negative test.

If you test positive, self-isolate and please do not travel. Our revised schedule allows you to begin classes remotely and recover in time for the return of in-person instruction on Jan. 24. If you are feeling sick, please stay home and get tested regardless of your vaccination status.

Testing at an L.A. County test site can be scheduled here. COVID-19 testing may also be obtained at pharmacies, through your primary care physician, urgent care centers, and community COVID-19 testing sites.

Additionally, the L.A. County Home Test Collection program is offering free, at-home COVID-19 nasal swab test kits via mail to all L.A. County residents who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms or believe they may have been exposed. These kits are free of charge and can be requested through the program’s website at

Surgical-Grade Masks Recommended

L.A. County Public Health strongly recommends upgrading masks to a surgical-grade mask (including N95 masks) instead of cloth face coverings. LMU faculty and staff on the Westchester campus can request a surgical or N95 mask from Environmental Health and Safety – please submit your request via this form. LLS faculty and staff can obtain masks at the Information Center, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. While surgical masks should be disposed of daily, per Cal/OSHA N95 masks may be worn up to 5 times.

LMU community members must wear masks indoors on our campuses, including common areas in housing buildings, regardless of vaccination status. You are encouraged to wear your mask outdoors when you are in a crowd or a group of individuals from outside of your household.

Burns Recreation Center Closed Through Jan. 23

The Burns Recreation Center and pool will be closed January 5 through 23. Members will have the opportunity to collect items from their lockers from noon-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5 and Thursday, Jan. 6. For more information please visit the Campus Recreation website.