Masks & Other Safety Steps


Are all members of our community required to wear a mask?

In alignment with recent updates to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance, indoor masking is now strongly recommended for both vaccinated individuals and members of our community with vaccination exemptions (as well as visitors who may be unvaccinated).

If you are at an elevated risk for severe illness, we urge you to consider masking at indoor public spaces. And we ask that members of our community be supportive of students, faculty and staff who choose to wear a mask for any reason.

When is masking required on our campus?

Under county guidance, asymptomatic individuals who are close contacts to someone with COVID-19 must wear a highly protective mask around others while indoors for a total of 10 days after the last contact with an infected person. Masks are not required outdoors for close contacts.

In addition, certain locations and programs, such as in the arts, music and athletics, or various events, may have stricter masking requirements. Those requirements will be determined by the department chairs and the Dean of the College. And if county guidance changes, indoor masking could once again be required for all members of our community.

Where Can I Obtain Surgical Masks?

Staff and Faculty: The College has obtained an inventory of surgical masks for use by members of our community while on campus. Your department/office may order these on their own or from Facilities and Campus Services via the TMA work order system.

Upgrades to Facilities

How has the College prepared the campus for a responsible return?

To facilitate good public health practice, the College has invested in changes and upgrade to its facilities. These changes include:

  • Cleaned all duct work/coils within central systems.
  • Upgraded all air filters to MERV 11/13 and replacing more frequently as determined by building usage and manufacturers' recommendations.
  • Revised system controls to maximize outside air to facilitate multiple air exchanges through the day.
  • Installed 230 “hands-free” door openers at entry doors to residence halls, classroom buildings and restrooms.
  • Reconfigured select manual light switches to occupancy sensors.
  • Installed centrally-located hand sanitizer stations within the common areas of residential, academic and support buildings.
  • Installed soap dispensers in all residence hall bathroom facilities.