Need-to-Know A-Z Index
- Change Log
LMU no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty, or staff as of May 2023. More on that here.
Governor Newsom issued a proclamation terminating the state’s COVID-19 emergency on February 28, 2023. More on that here.
The Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) were discontinued on February 3, 2023. More on that here.
The L.A. County Public Health Officer Order for Isolation and Quarantine was rescinded and replaced with county public health guidance for COVID-19 cases and close contacts on March 10, 2023.
Last updated May 18, 2023
Below are all the most recent content updates made to this page, by section.
- 05/18/23 - Vaccine Requirements
- LMU no longer requires the COVID vaccine for students, staff, or faculty.
- 03/10/23 - Isolation and Quarantine
- Changes to exposure policy, per revised L.A. County Public Health guidelines
- 10/25/22 - Isolation and Quarantine
- Changes to exposure policy for those who have tested positive in the last 90 days
- 9/20/22 - Campus Access, Testing on Campus, Vaccine Requirements, VaxLMU
- Updates to previous testing requirements
- 9/2/22 - Faculty & Teaching
- Updates for the fall 2022 semester
- 8/29/22 - Administrative and Academic Building Access, Classrooms, COVID Protocols, Face Masks, Illness, Isolation & Exposure,Meals, Vaccine Requirements
- Updates for fall 2022 semester
- 8/11/22 - Face Masks
- Face masks are not required on LMU campuses, except where mandated by state and county public health officials (healthcare settings, public transportation).
- 8/11/22 - Face Masks
- Face masks required for all indoor classroom instruction, regardless of number of people, as well as indoor meetings, events, and gatherings with 10 or more people.
- 6/2/22 - Face Masks
- Face masks required for indoor learning spaces, meetings, or gatherings with 10 or more people.
- 6/1/22 - COVID Protocols
- Changed L.A. Public Health definition of close contact
- 5/26/22 - Face Masks, University Events
- Due to increased transmission rates, L.A. County strongly recommends wearing a mask indoors. Event hosts are encouraged to move dining outdoors.
- 5/13/22 - Isolation
- Changes to protocol for close contact exposures.
- 5/12/22 - Travel
- Updates to university-sponsored international travel guidelines.
- 4/21/22 - Campus Access, Lion Health Check, Visitors, University Sponsored Events
- Starting May 1, the LMU Drive entrance to the Westchester Campus will return to pre-pandemic operations, and reopen to external guests.
- 4/1/22 - Visitors, University Sponsored Events
- L.A. City ends the SafePassLA requirement to show proof of vaccination or negative test at the door of on-campus events. Attestations must still be made via Lion Health Check.
- 3/4/22 - Classrooms, Face Masks, Faculty & Teaching, Recreational Facilities, Shuttle Service
- Indoor masks are no longer required starting March 7, 2022
- 2/16/2022 - University Sponsored Events
- Definition of "mega event"
- 1/27/2022 - Testing
- 1/27/2022 - University Sponsored Events
- 1/26/2022 - Isolation/Quarantine
1/19/2022 - Face Masks
- What type of of mask should I wear?
- How do I request an N95 mask?
- 1/12/2022 - Vaccine Requirements
- 1/12/2022 - Testing
- On-campus testing requirements
- 1/12/2022 - Isolation/Quarantine
- What do I do if I'm exposed to COVID?
- 1/4/2022 - University Sponsored Events
- In-person meetings and events, January 2022
- 1/4/2022 - Recreational Facilities
- BRC hours, January 5 - 23, 2022
- 1/3/2022 - COVID Protocols
- What should I do if a friend or family member notifies me that they are COVID positive after I have spent time with them?
- What should I do if I receive a positive COVID test result?
- What should I do if I have COVID symptoms or just don’t feel well?
- 1/3/2022 - Isolation/Quarantine
- What happens when an individual is identified as a close contact to a COVID-positive case?
- Quarantine instructions for students and employees who are not fully vaccinated or are not boosted despite being eligible for the booster as documented in VaxLMU?
- What happens if an individual has COVID?
- Isolation instructions for those who have COVID.
- 12/20/2021 - Vaccine Requirements
- Do I need a booster shot?
- 12/20/2021 - Study Abroad
- 12/20/2021 - University Sponsored Events
- Age and vaccination/test requirements prior to entry
- 12/10/2021 - Travel
- Do I need to get tested or quarantine when returning from domestic or international travel?
- Do I need to get tested or quarantine when returning from domestic or international travel?
- 12/08/2021 - Travel
- 12/3/2021 - Travel
- 11/9/2021 - Field Work
- 10/22/2021 - Removal of Modified Quarantine Requirement for fully vaccinated/exposed students
- 10/19/21 - Travel
- 10/11/21 - Visitors
- 09/24/21 - Athletics Events
- 09/24/21 - Face Masks
- What should faculty do if a student does not comply with a request to put on a mask or wear it properly?
- Who should faculty contact if immediate assistance is needed regarding a mask compliance issue in their classroom?
- 09/23/21 - Illness
- What should I do if I'm feeling sick?
- What should I do if I'm feeling sick?
- 09/21/21 - Illness
- What should I do if I'm feeling sick?
- 09/20/21 - Visitors
- My department is hosting a ticketed event. How do we get our guests registered?
- 09/17/2021 - Faculty and Teaching
- Will I be notified if a student of mine tests positive for COVID?
- Can I require a student to show a negative test, to return to my class after a suspected or confirmed COVID case?
- What should I do if a student tells me they're sick?
- 09/10/2021 - Visitors
- Are visitors allowed on campus?
- Do visitors need to be vaccinated?
- Will campus be opened further in the near future?
- 05/18/23 - Vaccine Requirements
HVAC Regular Maintenance Standards
Facilities Management continuously ensures campus HVAC systems are performing optimally, per recommendations set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), L.A. County Public Health and Cal/OSHA.
HVAC systems are maintained according to ASHRAE Operations and Scheduling Guidelines for Existing Air Handling Units (AHU) as well as LACDPH and Cal OSHA recommendations. LMU adheres to a national standard code 180 set forth by ANSI (Approved American National Standards Institute), ASHRAE and ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America). This outlines standard practices for inspection and maintenance of commercial building HVAC systems.
LMU Environmental Health and Safety partners with Facilities Management to ensure indoor spaces meet the Interim Guidance for Ventilation, Filtration, and Air Quality in Indoor Environments. Each area’s COVID safety liaison can provide information specific to their areas.
Facilities Management is working continuously to ensure that our campuses remain clean and sanitary, especially in high-touch areas like door handles, restrooms, handrails, seating areas, and more.
How do I get the trash can in my office emptied?
All individuals with private offices should place their trash and recycling bins outside their door at the close of business, so receptacles can be emptied.
How do I get my office cleaned?
Office services (including vacuuming, dusting, and general cleaning) are by request only. Please email email@example.com to request a cleaning, or to request supplies (sanitizing wipes and spray, hand sanitizer).
What office cleaning services are provided? What am I responsible for?
- Cleaning wipes are provided to offices.
- Hand sanitizing stations are located at or near all building entrances, elevators, and copy/mail rooms.
- Hand sanitizer: available at or in close proximity to all building entrances; elevator entrances; high traffic service counters; housing building entrances; locker rooms; large open areas (e.g. villages, lounges, atriums).
- All bathrooms and pantries are stocked and replenished on a regular basis with soap and water. Pantries without sinks are equipped with hand sanitizer stations.
- Employees are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their individual workspaces, including desks, chairs, and computer equipment. Commonly used surfaces should be wiped down before and after use with products that meet EPA criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface. Before and after use of shared equipment, individuals should wash their hands and wipe down equipment or supplies. Cleaning supplies that meet the EPA’s criteria for use will be provided to employees for this purpose.
For current figures on isolated, quarantined and confirmed cases of COVID-19 at LMU, please consult the COVID Dashboard.
Where can I get information about LMU isolation or quarantine instructions?
Please refer to the isolation instructions found here.
What should I do if a friend or family member notifies me that they are COVID positive after I have spent time with them?
If you are a close contact to a positive case, get tested and monitor your health closely for 14 days. you can find additional guidelines here. If you have additional questions, please contact the COVID Support Team at COVIDSupportTeam@lmu.edu or 310.568.6868.
What should I do if I receive a positive COVID test result?
Individuals who receive a COVID positive test, regardless of vaccination status, should self-isolate and notify the COVID Support Team using the COVID Test Submission form. You will automatically receive individualized instructions and support from the COVID Support Team. If you were on campus while you were infectious, the COVID Support Team will contact you to conduct a contact investigation. The COVID Support Team can also be reached at COVIDSupportTeam@lmu.edu or 310.568.6868.
What should I do if I have COVID symptoms or just don’t feel well?
If you do not feel well, please follow these instructions.
When may I return to campus in-person after having COVID-19?
You may return to in-person instruction after completing isolation per L.A. Public Health's guidelines and following instructions provided by the COVID Support Team.
May I attend class or go to work if I am COVID positive?
No. Anyone who tests positive must isolate and may not leave their home or come to campus until isolation is completed in accordance with L.A. Public Health’s and instructions by the COVID Support Team (unless they are obtaining essential medical care).
When can students return to class after they test positive?
Students may return to class once isolation is completed in accordance with L.A. Public Health’s and instructions by the COVID Support Team (unless they are obtaining essential medical care).
Do I need to tell my professor and/or supervisor that I'm sick?
You are responsible for communicating your absence to your instructors or supervisors, though you do not need to disclose the specifics of your health status.
What happens if a student doesn't notify their professor that they're sick?
If a student does not directly communicate with their faculty, faculty should treat the absence as they would typically.
How does LMU clean affected areas, in the event of a positive case?
LMU cleans and sanitizes locations used by infectious individuals within the 24 hours prior to notification to the COVID Support Team. Per Cal OSHA and L.A. Public Health, locations used by individuals more than 24 hours ago are not required to be sanitized, as there is no risk of transmission from droplets after one day. Procedures include wiping all surfaces with a sanitizing disinfectant approved by the EPA to kill COVID-19 and/or use of electrostatic disinfection machines to sanitize all surfaces.
How does LMU conduct contact tracing?
The COVID Support Team handles contact investigation and communication with positive or exposed individuals. Contact tracing is conducted for every individual who is lab-confirmed COVID positive and has been on one of LMU's campuses during the period in which they were infectious.
What happens if there is a positive case?
In the event of a positive case, the COVID Support Team immediately initiates a contact investigation, provides instructions for home isolation, and issues exposure notifications for those exposed.
Will I be notified if I was in contact with a positive case?
You will be notified if you were identified by the positive case to have had close contact with them indoors while they were infectious. (For the definition of close contact, click here.)
Will I be able to know who I was in close contact with, who tested positive?
In support of the individual's privacy and in alignment with contact tracing protocol and best practices, the name or other identifying information of the positive case will not be disclosed to the close contacts, their faculty, their supervisors or any other individual in accordance with FERPA requirements.
How does LMU tell the community about COVID positive cases and exposures?
You may track the current isolation count and the number of cases on the LMU COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated daily.
Will anything be posted in the actual location where a confirmed case was found?
Per Cal/OSHA requirements, a notice will be posted for 24 hours at the general location of the primary worksite of an employee who is lab-confirmed COVID-positive, while also maintaining that employee's confidentiality. Note that signs are not posted for student cases, unless they are a student employee, or if the positive case was working alone or only in a private office.
Will LMU notify the community in the case of a larger outbreak?
Clusters are reported on the university's COVID-19 dashboard; a cluster is defined by L.A. County Public Health as at least three epidemiologically linked cases. Details about the individuals who are lab-confirmed COVID positive will not be disclosed. This measure is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.
How does LMU coordinate contact tracing with L.A. County Department of Public Health?
The COVID Support Team Leader will report all epidemiologically-linked clusters of three or more cases within a 14 day period to the L.A. County Department of Public Health, Acute Communicable Disease Unit in accordance with the County's Guidance for Exposure Management in Higher Education.
How is the COVID Support Team notified of a positive case?
Individuals who test positive are responsible for notifying the COVID Support Team as soon as they receive a positive result using the COVID Test Submission form. The COVID Support Team is available 7 days a week from 9:00am - 5:00pm (9:00am - 2:00pm on university holidays), and may be reached at COVIDSupportTeam@lmu.edu or 310.568.6868.
COVID Safety Liaisons
LMU Environmental Health & Safety has developed the COVID Safety Liaisons, a program that facilitates ongoing communication of protocols and streamlined support to colleges, schools, and departments, to ensure that all employees have a safe and compliant workspace. Learn more here.
Do I need to wear a mask while on campus?
LMU continues to align our policies with L.A. County Department of Public Health requirements and guidance from regional, state, and federal public health authorities. As of August 17, 2022, masks are not required on LMU campuses. Masks are still required at Student Health Services and Student Psychological Services, per county and state guidelines for healthcare settings.
What type of mask should I wear?
L.A. County Public Health recommends surgical masks, N95 and KN95 respirators. Bandanas and scarves are not recommended. You can view L.A. County Public Health's full face mask recommendations here.
Does LMU/LLS provide masks to faculty, staff and students?
In accordance with Cal/OSHA requirements, LMU continues to provide surgical and N95 masks free of charge to faculty, staff, students, and contractors who work on campus. Westchester faculty or staff may request an N95 or clear mask by submitting this form, while students, faculty, staff, and visitors may obtain free surgical masks throughout campus in Malone, VDA, University Hall, Campus Safety, Burns Rec Center, and WHH Library. At the LLS campus, you can obtain a free mask at the Information Center, between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Fridays.
Who can I contact if I have a question about COVID safety in the workplace?
If any employee has concerns about the COVID safety of their workspace, please contact your COVID safety liaison.
Where can I find the most updated information regarding LMU’s return to campus?
TLMU continues to align with L.A. County Public Health and Cal/OSHA guidelines and protocols, and best practices issued by the state of California and the CDC. This A-Z Indes is your comprehensive resource for up-to-date information on LMU's COVID policies. You may also view current and cumulative COVID-19 data at the LMU COVID Dashboard.
What should I do if I’m feeling sick?
If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 do not come to campus (or leave your on-campus residence) or attend in-person classes/meetings until you obtain a negative COVID-19 test, are fever-free for 24 hours, and your symptoms have improved without the use of medication. Follow these 4 steps:
- Seek medical attention. Students may schedule a telehealth appointment or message with a Student Health Services provider via myhealth.lmu.edu. Staff and faculty should contact their medical provider.
- Get tested. COVID-19 at-home rapid tests are available free of charge to members of the LMU community. Learn more, including where to pick one up, here.
You are also welcome to take an antigen test or a PCR test through your medical provider, an L.A. County community test site, or other testing location. Note: Negative results do not preclude the possibility of infection as viral load may be undetectable in the initial days of COVID infection.
- Stay home and isolate yourself. While you await your COVID test/results and even if you test negative - do not leave your residence or socialize with others until you are fever-free and symptoms have subsided for 24 hours. This includes going to class, work, and eating in the dining halls. Do your best to isolate away from your household members – avoid sharing a room and bathroom if at all possible. If you must enter common areas in your residence, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, and keep doors and windows open if possible to facilitate air flow.
- After you seek medical care, if your doctor believes you have COVID-19 or you have received a positive COVID-19 test, please immediately isolate, and contact the LMU COVID Support Team for further instructions and resources.
What do I do if I'm exposed to COVID-19?
If you have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19,
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should use antigen tests to make sure you have not gotten re-infected.
- If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19: Testing is not recommended if your first positive test was 30 days ago or less. Testing is recommended (but not required) if your first positive test was 31-90 days ago. If you do test, you should use an antigen test.
Close Contacts are now defined by the size of the venue shared with an infected individual, regardless of masking:
- Outdoors: L.A. County Public Health does not consider outdoor exposure, even within 6 feet with or without masks, as close contact.
- COVID positive is defined as an individual who has a positive diagnostic swab or saliva viral test for COVID-19 or whose healthcare provider thinks they have COVID-19. Note: an individual who has had COVID-19 in the past 90 days may continue to test positive on a PCR test even when they are no longer infectious. If an individual who had COVID-19 in the last 90 days has a new positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic, they are not presumed to have COVID-19 and are instructed to talk with their doctor to obtain a diagnosis.
What happens if an individual has COVID?
If a student, faculty, staff, contractor, or visitor has COVID-19 (meaning they have tested positive for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test, a PCR test, or their healthcare provider otherwise diagnoses them as infectious with COVID-19) they are required to report their positive test to the COVID Support Team and isolate immediately.*
Those with COVID-19 should notify the COVID Support Team using the online form here. It is the students’ responsibility to communicate the illness-related absence with their faculty and on-campus employer, as applicable. It is the employees’ responsibility to communicate the illness-related absence with their manager. The COVID Support Team will provide coordination with Student Housing for those who live on campus, and with HR for employees.
In accordance with L.A. County Public Health isolation instructions and campus protocol, individuals must adhere to the following isolation instructions:
- Stay home through day 5 (at a minimum – see clearance criteria below) and separate yourself from others in your household until your home isolation ends. (Note: Day 0 is the date of symptom onset or the date the positive test was collected, whichever comes first.)
- Student residents in university housing are provided with a dedicated isolation space and support, coordinated by Student Housing.
- Do not leave your residence except for essential medical care.
- When obtaining medical care, drive yourself, if possible. If you cannot drive yourself, keep as much distance as possible between you and the driver and others by sitting in the back seat, leaving the windows down and wearing a well-fitted mask. If you do not have a mask, wear a cloth face covering.
- If someone from outside your household is shopping for you, ask them to leave the food and other supplies at your door and pick them up after the person has left.
- If you must share a bathroom with others in your household, do your best to clean all surfaces after each use, and open the window to maximize ventilation if possible.
Isolation Clearance Criteria
An individual is cleared from isolation and may resume normal activity, including returning to class and work, as early as day 6 and by day 11 when they meet the following three criteria:
- Fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication), AND
- Symptoms are mild and improving, and no new symptoms, AND
For those who meet the clearance criteria, and leave isolation between days 6 – 10, you must wear a well-fitted mask through day 10 when around others. You may stop wearing a well-fitted mask on day 11 or sooner if you have two negative COVID-19 tests in a row that were taken at least a day a part.
For students who live in university housing: For the health and safety of our residential community and because it is unsafe to wear a mask when sleeping, when cleared to leave isolation, students must continue to sleep in their designated isolation space (or off-campus if they are not isolating in a designated university isolation space) through day 10 or until they have two negative COVID-19 tests in a row that were taken at least a day a part.
*Note: If an individual has had COVID in the last 30 days, they are instructed by L.A. County Public Health and the CDC to avoid testing for 30 days from symptom onset or the date their positive test was collected since they may continue to test positive even though they are not infectious. As such, those who have had COVID in the past 30 days and test positive during that 30-day period are exempt from isolation unless the individual is symptomatic or has been diagnosed with COVID by their physician. The COVID Support Team will work with these individuals to provide individualized guidance.
LMU offers free at-home rapid antigen COVID test kits to students, faculty, staff, and contractors. Check the LMU COVID-19 Testing webpage for additional details, including where to pick up complimentary tests, during both operational hours and after hours.
Effective May 18, 2023 LMU no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty, or staff. This change is aligned with guidance from public health authorities and applies to the original dose and subsequent boosters(s) (per state and federal recommendations).
May I ask a community member about their vaccination status?
No, a community member’s vaccination status is a private matter and protected by HIPAA and FERPA. Asking an individual to disclose their vaccination status is not permitted.