Safer Return at Cal Poly Pomona

University Risk Response Plan

Cal Poly Pomona’s Health and Safety Plan and the University Risk Response Plan is informed by the principles that have guided the campus throughout the pandemic:

  1. Prioritizing health and safety  
  2. Protecting and supporting our mission of academic excellence and student success   
  3. Making decisions grounded in our values of equity and inclusion   
  4. Providing timely and transparent communication and receiving input from campus stakeholders   

The University Risk Response Plan provides a framework to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 on campus. To determine risk level, the Task Force analyzes numerous factors, including case rates on campus, case rates in Los Angeles County and surrounding counties, positivity rates, number of students and employees in quarantine or isolation, clusters or outbreaks, housing isolation and quarantine capacity, and vaccination rates. 

The plan will continue to evolve to reflect county and state health requirements, best practices and scientific recommendations. Furthermore, county, state and other agencies may implement additional risk mitigation efforts based on campus and community conditions.

Risk mitigation measures that might be implemented include but are not limited to the examples noted below.

  • Health Protocols: In alignment with public health orders, face coverings required indoors regardless of vaccination status 
  • Classes: Teaching and learning continue as planned. 
  • Work and Offices: All offices and services open. Faculty and staff work on campus as planned. 
  • On-Campus Housing: Vaccination required, unless students have medical or religious exemption. Only vaccinated students allowed to share room. 
  • Events and Activities: Events and activities follow current protocols. 
  • Travel: Essential travel permitted. 
  • Public Health Testing: Required for students and employees; fully vaccinated individuals are exempt. 
  • Campus Access/Health Screener: The campus is open. Health Screener is required. 
  • Guest and Visitor Access: Permitted. Guest Health Screener required. 

  • Health Protocols: In alignment with public health orders, face coverings required indoors regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Classes: Teaching and learning continue as planned. Faculty may consider moving hybrid classes to remote. 
  • Work and Offices: All offices and services open. Departments may consider decreasing density by modifying work schedules, in consultation with their respective vice president. 
  • On-Campus Housing: Restrictions on guests and visitors.  
  • Events and Activities: Events and activities are permitted but should be limited to 50 percent capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Travel: Essential travel permitted. 
  • Public Health Testing: Increase frequency of testing for required individuals. 
  • Campus Access/Health Screener: The campus is open. Health Screener is required. 
  • Guest and Visitor Access: Permitted. Guest Health Screener required. 

  • Health Protocols: Face coverings required indoors regardless of vaccination status 
  • Classes: Increase physical distancing. Classes should be limited to 50 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Work and Offices: In-person work limited to essential operations.  
  • On-Campus Housing: Limit in-person programs/activities.  
  • Events and Activities: Events and activities should be primarily virtual. 
  • Travel: Essential travel permitted. 
  • Public Health Testing: Expand public health testing for target populations.  
  • Campus Access/Health Screener: The campus is open. Health Screener is required. 
  • Guest and Visitor Access: Permitted. Guest Health Screener required. 

  • Health Protocols: Face coverings required indoors regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Classes: Teaching and learning are virtual/remote. Only activities that cannot be accomplished virtually may continue to meet in person. 
  • Work and Offices: On-campus, in-person work limited to critical operations.  
  • On-Campus Housing: Limit in-person programs/activities. Restrictions on guests and visitors. Vaccination required for residents, unless students have medical or religious exemption. Only vaccinated students allowed to share room. 
  • Events and Activities: In-person gatherings and events of any size (on-and off-campus) are prohibited, except for activities related to constitutionally protected freedoms such as public protests. 
  • Travel: Essential travel permitted. 
  • Public Health Testing: Increase frequency of testing. Testing may be considered for students and employees regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Campus Access/Health Screener: The campus is open. Health Screener is required. 
  • Guest and Visitor Access: Only essential visitors allowed on campus. Guest Health Screener is required.

 

In addition to the categories and risk mitigation measures above, the university may consider implementing additional risk reduction strategies associated with the key dates (i.e., beginning of the semester, holidays) based on campus analysis of risk factors and local conditions.