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COVID-19 Response Hub

Last Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

There are no known cases of 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) at Otis College of Art and Design. 

Otis College continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and is working closely with local authorities and our healthcare partners to ensure our community is as informed and prepared as possible. We are following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for higher education institutions that do not have COVID-19 identified in their community to plan and prepare for the possibility of community-level outbreaks.

As of March 24, the White House has advised anyone traveling from New York—now considered to be the epicenter of the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.—to self-quarantine for 14 days to help contain the spread of the virus. The CDC and White House recommend against convenings of 10 people or more. 

Further notifications regarding any changes in the College’s operating status will be disseminated via email, with the LiveSafe app as a notification back-up. If you have not downloaded the LiveSafe app, we strongly suggest that you do so now. 

COVID-19 Timeline:

  • March 30: Spring semester to resume online.
  • March 20: Student Emergency Fund announced. 
  • March 20: Majority of Otis residence students move out of campus housing. 
  • March 19: Mayor Eric Garcetti announces “Safer at Home” emergency order for Los Angeles, tentatively through April 19, and Governor Newsom announces a Stay at Home order for the state of California indefinitely. 
  • March 16: Otis College campus closes. 
  • March 12: Announcement that the remainder of the spring 2020 semester will be conducted online. 
  • March 10: COVID-19 Response Hub is launched on Otis’s website to chronicle updates from the special COVID-19 Task Force and the Senior Leadership Team. 
  • March 5: Special Task Force is convened and the Community Health Announcements page on the Otis website is launched. 
  • March 4: Governor Gavin Newsom declares a state of emergency as a result of the threat of COVID-19 in the state of California.
  • February 6: Extra precautionary measures—additional hand sanitation stations, increased cleaning schedule by janitorial staff, etc.—are taken around Otis College campus. 
  • January 24: First Community Health Notice is emailed to Otis community. 

In shifting to reduce the in-person presence on campus to every extent possible, we will maintain key functions remotely and help the remainder of the students living under our auspices in every way possible. 

This microsite is meant to help answer your questions about Otis College’s response to COVID-19. Please bookmark this page as new information will be posted as available. If there’s a topic that you would like to see covered, please email

If you are looking for updates about COVID-19, the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) has established a Community Health Announcements page that contains information and updates regarding the virus that might affect the Otis Community. 

COVID-19 is not bound by race or nationality. Avoid inappropriate blame or hostility toward any specific nation or its people. Please read the CDC anti-stigma guidelines for facts about this illness. If you feel that you are being treated unfairly, discriminated against, or harassed due to concerns around this issue, please complete the online Bias Incident Reporting Form that will be directed to our Bias Incident Response Team.