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Mask and Vaccination Policy

Otis College of Art and Design Mask and Vaccination Guidelines

Last updated May 2, 2022

In accordance with Otis College's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our students, faculty, and staff; our vendors and visitors; and the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, that may be reduced by vaccinations. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA), and local health authorities, as applicable.

Mask Policy

Effective Monday, March 28th, to align with the new Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) health officer order, Otis College will no longer require indoor masking. However, we strongly recommend their continued use to protect the safety of all including those most vulnerable in our Otis College community, most especially in the classroom. We support those who choose to continue to wear masks and we will continue to make them available across campus. 

Masks are still required to be worn within the Student Health and Wellness Center. The College will continue to require the COVID-19 vaccine and booster for all employees and students. Students and employees who have applied for exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are still required to test weekly. 

The health and safety of the whole Otis College community continues to be of utmost importance. We will continue to make adjustments as the public health situation evolves.  

Mask Availability at Otis College
  • Ahmanson Hall (Lobby) Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Library (1st floor of Residence Hall) Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. and Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
  • Residence Hall Supervisors (Housing Office) Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Bronya & Andy Galef Center – 201 Fine Arts Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Parking Security Booth (Inside parking structure) Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Mei-Lee Ney Design Studio (Product Design) Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Campus Safety Office (Next to Faculty Teaching & Learning Center) 24 hours, 7 days a week 
  • MFA Fine Arts Studios (10455 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232) Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
     
Vaccinations for Faculty and Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose serious health risks to our community. Fortunately, there now are vaccinations readily available that have shown to be effective in protecting individuals from hospitalization and death caused by the COVID-19 virus.  

Accordingly, commencing for the Fall 2021 semester, Otis College will require a COVID-19 vaccination for all faculty and staff.  Annual vaccines and/or booster vaccines may be required based on CDC or FDA guidance.

Otis College will provide either onsite access to vaccinations or a list of locations to assist employees in receiving the vaccine on their own.  

All employees will be paid for time taken to receive vaccinations. For offsite vaccinations, employees are to consult with their managers to schedule appropriate time to comply with this policy. For those employees covered by this policy who cannot get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons, they will need to provide appropriate documentation, and Otis College will engage in an interactive process, on an individual basis, to determine if there is a reasonable accommodation that can be provided.

Students

As the COVID-19 vaccine is now more available to individuals over the age of 12, all currently enrolled students are required to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine prior to starting classes in the Fall 2021 semester. Whether a student is living in Otis College-sponsored housing or not, all students must show proof of having received one of the three currently available COVID-19 vaccines that has emergency use authorization (EUA) through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or an international vaccine that has received EUA through the World Health Organization (W.H.O). The College will accept medical, religious, and philosophical exemptions on a case-by-case basis. More information about exemptions can be found on this Student Health and Wellness Center webpage. Documentation of COVID-19 vaccines is due by August 1st for residential students and August 15th for all students.

The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) will be providing COVID-19 vaccines to students, staff, and faculty at various times during the year.

Visitors

Any visitor, contractor, vendor, trustee, guest, or student-contracted vendor entering an Otis facility are no longer required to wear a mask indoors but indoor mask wearing is strongly recommended. 

Proof of Vaccination

Faculty, staff and long-term vendors must show proof of obtaining one of the available COVID-19 vaccines prior to August 6, 2021. Faculty and staff will enter their vaccination information into the CoVerified App. Students are required to upload their immunization records, which includes the COVID-19 vaccine, into OwlCare, the web-based health portal found on the Student Dashboard, by the dates listed above. 

Visitors are no longer required to show proof of vaccination commencing March 28th 2022, except in accordance with the Event and Exhibition Guideline below.

Vaccine Exemptions

Student exemptions will be handled by the SHWC (by emailing studenthealth@otis.edu), and Faculty and Staff exemptions will be handled by Human Resources (by emailing Pam Sasuga, Benefits Director, at psasuga@otis.edu).

Training and Education

As per the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), Otis College will provide effective training and education to employees on the Otis College COVID prevention plan and their rights under the ETS. Training and education will include videos and signage across campus.

Events and Exhibitions

Public and private events are an important part of our cultural life. Museums, galleries, performing arts venues, and venues that host private events inspire and connect our community and foster social health. We strongly recommend that all event attendees are fully vaccinated and boosted. We also strongly recommend the use of masks indoors or when in close proximity to others. 

* A person is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if they have received a primary series of either Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines and one booster shot. 

This information is subject to change based on recommendations from the CDC, WHO, FDA, or LACDPH.