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Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Updates
To read the latest about COVID-19 from the CDC, visit cdc.gov.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) Updates
To review the LACDPH’s “Institutes of Higher Education COVID-19 Toolkit,” visit ph.lacounty.gov.
Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases after the start of the 2023-2024 school year, as of Tuesday, September 5, 2023 Otis College is requiring indoor masking for all community members—students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This indoor mask mandate applies to all academic buildings, labs, shops, studios, the library, dining facilities, offices, and campus residences. The exception is when a person is actively eating or is alone in an enclosed space with the door closed.
The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor our cases and will revisit the indoor masking requirement once we see a decline in cases in our community.
Masks are available at:
- Campus Safety and Security Office (first floor of the Anne Cole Building at the corner of the Commons), 24 hours, 7 days a week
- Ahmanson Hall Lobby, Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Vaccination policies for Students and Faculty/Staff can be found in the respective Student Information and Faculty/Staff Information sectionson the left.
COVID-19 Case Numbers at Otis
Fall 2023: Month by Month Case Breakdown
- November 2023: 6 cases
- October 2023: 13 cases
- September 2023: 48 cases
Summer 2023: Month by Month Case Breakdown
- August 2023: 27 cases
- July 2023: 3 cases
- June 2023: 2 cases
Spring 2023: Month by Month Case Breakdown
- May 2023: 3 cases
- April 2023: 5 cases
- March 2023: 9 cases
- February 2023: 5 cases
- January 2023: 15 cases
When a member of the Otis Community tests positive for COVID-19, a system of contract tracing is implemented, during which they are interviewed to identify and provide support to people who may have been infected through their exposure to this person. This confidential contact tracing process prevents further transmission of the virus by separating people who have, or may have, COVID-19 from people who do not. Guidelines on what to do in the case of an exposure to COVID-19, or testing positive for the virus, can be reviewed in the respective Student Information and Faculty/Staff Information sections on the left.
Events and Exhibitions Guidelines
Public and private events are an important part of our cultural life. Museums, galleries, performing arts spaces, and venues that host private events inspire and connect our community and foster social health. We strongly recommend that all event attendees at Otis are fully vaccinated and boosted.
Indoor masking is strongly recommended at all events or large gatherings.
This information is subject to change based on recommendations from the CDC, WHO, FDA, or LACDPH.
The most current information regarding U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and immigrants traveling to and from the United States can be found on cdc.gov.
We strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff who travel during the 2023-2024 academic year to keep abreast of travel updates on the CDC website before returning to campus.
COVID Task Force
In addition to a college-wide Emergency Response Team (ERT), a special COVID-19 Task Force was created and meets regularly to research, monitor, and recommend ongoing actions/protocols for the Otis Community as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Task Force members include:
- Mohammed Ahmed, Operations Manager
- Laura Kiralla, VP, Campus Life
- Ankush Mahindra, VP, Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Mitch Marr, Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
- Steve McQueen, Captain, Safety and Security
- Joanne Mitchell, Assistant Provost, Academic Effectiveness and Accreditation
- Claude Nica, Chief Facilities and Operations Officer, Facilities Management
- Leo Peña, Manager of Budget and Planning
- Anna Raya, Editorial Director, Communications and Marketing
- Dr. Julie Spencer, Director, Student Health and Wellness Center
- Helane Wilbourne, AVP, Human Resources and Development
The Task Force has been working with the Senior Team and other groups across campus to develop proactive measures to keep the Otis Community safe. Some of the immediate efforts included increased campus-wide sanitation practices to reduce potential infection; additional prevention guidelines posted on campus; and other related protocols around travel.
This COVID-19 Response Hub serves as an information clearinghouse for the College’s response to COVID-19.