Effective August 1, 2021, Mills College will open to faculty, staff, students, and the general public and follow the health and safety guidelines listed below. Mills may limit overnight campus access to non-Mills members for safety purposes. We ask that everyone evaluate their own health and wellness before coming to campus. If you are not feeling well and have any symptoms of COVID-19, please follow public health guidance: stay home and contact your healthcare provider. Do not come to campus if you feel ill. Guests accessing the Mills campus must comply with all mask and social distancing requirements.
This information is subject to change if new guidance is released from the County or State, or due to the needs of the College.
Mills requires all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last dose of your COVID-19 vaccine. Students and employees must submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption. If you do not have a photo or scan of your vaccination card, you can sign up to receive a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record from the State of California that can be submitted instead. All students living in Mills on-campus housing must be fully vaccinated to mitigate the risks involved in congregate living spaces.
Faculty & Staff
Mills faculty and staff must provide proof of vaccination by August 9, 2021, and receive a confirmation email before returning to campus.
If you need to request an immunization exemption, download the employee medical exemption form (PDF) or employee religious exemption form (PDF). Be sure to review the exemption request form well before the August 9 deadline to ensure that you and your healthcare provider have time to complete it ahead of your return to campus. Once completed, use the online employee vaccination form to upload and submit your exemption request.
Mills students must provide proof of vaccination by August 16, 2021, and receive a confirmation email before returning to campus.
If you need to request an immunization exemption, download the student medical exemption form (PDF) or student religious/philosophical exemption form (PDF). Be sure to review the exemption request form well before the August 16 deadline to ensure that you and your healthcare provider have time to complete it ahead of your return to campus. Once completed, use the online student vaccination form to upload and submit your exemption request.
Immunization Status and Privacy
Members of the Mills community should not inquire about a person’s vaccination or exemption status unless they are explicitly required to as part of their job responsibilities. Please consult with your direct supervisor if you are unsure if this is part of your responsibilities. Individuals may self-disclose their status but that self-disclosure is not a replacement for the official immunization exemption process. Additionally, an individual’s vaccination status should not be shared and cannot be used to treat a person differently except as outlined in the Mills policy. If you have concerns related to the treatment of employees or students, please report this to Human Resources for employees or to the Dean of Students for students. You can also submit your concern via the Mills Reporting Page.
While Mills students, faculty, and staff are no longer required to complete the MillsGo daily health check, you must continue to assess your health each day prior to entering campus. Before coming to Mills or leaving a residence hall, every member of the Mills community—as well as invited guests, visitors, and authorized vendors—must monitor their health to determine if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or currently are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
If you know that you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, do not come to campus. Faculty and staff members must call or email Employee Services at 510.430.3144 or email@example.com. After notifying Employee Services, inform your supervisor that, in accordance with College guidelines, you will not be coming on to campus.
Students may contact the Vera Whole Health Center to make testing arrangements. Employees may seek testing at any convenient testing location off campus.
For additional next steps, see the Testing section below.
Due to the increases in cases, the infectious nature of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mills is requiring all individuals—vaccinated and unvaccinated—to wear a mask indoors until further notice. All individuals, including guests, also must wear a mask outdoors when within 6 feet of another person, regardless of vaccination status.
Mills will follow the Alameda County guidelines on social distancing. Please keep a minimum of six feet between yourself and others (about two arms’ lengths) when social distancing is required. Social distancing requirements will be eased in situations where all individuals are vaccinated, such as the residence halls.
Since the vaccination status of all those on campus is unknown, Mills will continue to use some social distancing, barriers, and event spacing to reduce risk when appropriate. Mills reserves the right to enforce greater social distancing as needs or health requirements change.
Due to general hygiene concerns and what is likely to be a virulent cold and flu season, Mills encourages all members of the community to practice good hygiene, including: hand washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, mask wearing, and staying home when you feel ill or if others in your home or social bubble are unwell. Mills will continue to meet the highest standards of cleaning and care for campus spaces and our community.
As of February 2021, symptoms of COVID-19 can include one or more of the following:
This list does not include all possible symptoms. We encourage you to get tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Students may contact the Vera Whole Health Center to be tested. Employees may seek testing at any convenient testing location off campus.
We encourage you to get tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Students may contact the Vera Whole Health Center to be tested. Employees may seek testing at any convenient testing location off campus.
If you are a Mills student who tests positive for COVID-19 and were on campus at any time in the 10 days prior to your positive test result, contact the College's Division of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a Mills faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 and were on campus at any time in the 10 days prior to your test result, contact Employee Services at email@example.com.
If you test positive for COVID-19, immediately quarantine for a minimum of 10 days, following all Mills safety protocols.
If you have additional specific COVID-19 questions that are not addressed on these web pages, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.