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Returning to Campus

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

This is a comprehensive return to campus plan for all campus activities with a focus on providing a safe and secure environment for all.

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). The return to campus 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.

Please note: Beginning September 1, 2021, ArtCenter policy is requiring all persons who want to access our physical spaces to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster vaccines when eligible. Students, faculty and staff can submit proof of vaccination on Inside ArtCenter.

Individuals coming on campus for regular business purposes—vendors, models, actors, etc.—must submit proof of vaccination 48 hours before first arriving on campus. Production cast and crew participating in film productions, photo shoots and other live performances must also submit proof of a negative test obtained within 48 hours of accessing campus.

Guests coming to view an exhibition, tour the campus or attend an event must provide proof of vaccination at check-in. One time visitors who were vaccinated outside the country must submit proof of vaccination electronically 48 hours prior to arriving on campus. 

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Campus Safety and Operations

Campus hours, general access protocols and auxiliary services.

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Campus Access Protocols

Detailed information about accessing campus and keeping our community safe. (Login required).

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Health and Safety Guidelines

Mitigating against the spread of COVID-19

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Enforcing COVID-19 Protocols

Outlining our personal and collective responsibility to protect our community.

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Returning Employees

Guidelines for faculty and staff as we return to physical spaces.

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Mental and Emotional Well-being

Support resources available to students, faculty and staff.

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Testing Requirements

Who should get tested and when, and how to submit test results. (Login required)

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Mandatory Reporting of COVID Cases

What you're required to do if you're exposed to COVID-19.

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Managing a Reported Illness

How the College responds to a reported case of COVID-19.

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. Information for the ArtCenter community is being sent to ArtCenter-assigned email addresses. Students, faculty and staff 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