Campus Reopening Guidelines, Policies, Procedures and Protocols

Guiding Principles

This is a comprehensive reopening plan for all campus activities with a focus on providing safe and secure access in conjunction with Spring Term 2021.

The health and safety of our community is our foremost concern, and ensuring that our campus environment is safe for occupancy by faculty, staff and students is our primary consideration and overarching guiding principle.

Our decisions have been and will continue to be informed by global, national and local public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of California, L.A. County and the City of Pasadena, as well as the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

Please note: City and County officials have not permitted ArtCenter to re-open yet and campus access is restricted to those individuals essential to campus operations and services that support remote teaching and learning. We continue to work closely with our local public health officials to ensure the safe reopening of both Hillside and South Campus. At the same time, certain protocols found on this website are in effect, including but not limited to sections for Health and Safety Guidelines, Returning to Work, and Managing a Reported Illness.

The reopening plan has also been informed by the findings of a hazardous risk assessment—conducted in consultation with a certified industrial hygienist and certified infection prevention specialist—focused on hazard mitigation strategies and infection control practices. 

General information about the local COVID-19 outbreak can be obtained from the Pasadena Public Health Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. All campus-wide communications related to COVID-19 have been posted to the ArtCenter website. Information for the ArtCenter community is being sent to ArtCenter-assigned email addresses. Faculty, staff and students should be monitoring their ArtCenter email accounts regularly for up-to-date information.

Questions? Please email the office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at

Note: While our reopening plan was created for Fall 2020, the information contained on this website summarizes all efforts to reopen the campus in a safe and secure manner in subsequent terms, including Spring 2021 and beyond.