COVID-19 Response (6.10.21 Update)

Fall 2021 Information

Green leafy trees and a yellow banner with the word "Welcome" at the entrance to Mills College.

Mills is excited to announce that we will be returning to campus this fall for the 2021 academic year. As we await the final details of the reopening plan for the State of California on June 15, the College is planning for the majority of classes to be in person and will bring faculty and staff back as appropriate. Due to the efforts of everyone in the Mills community over the last year, we have experienced very few cases of COVID-19 on our campus. We ask you to continue following the health and safety guidelines outlined below until we learn more of the health requirements for Alameda County and our status as a college/workplace. For this fall, we will be requiring that students, faculty, and staff be vaccinated by August 9 or complete an exemption request. We will provide details regarding the process in the weeks ahead. On behalf of everyone at Mills, we look forward to seeing you back on campus! 

What You Can Expect

Classes Will Primarily Be In Person.

Housing Will Be Open.

Vaccinations Will Be Required for Students, Faculty, and Staff.

The Campus Will Continue to be Closed to the Public Until Reopening Plans are Finalized.

As we look ahead to the fall 2021 semester, we want to provide details about our plans for instruction and the campus. Because COVID-19 vaccines and testing are now widely available, we will be able to reopen the Mills campus for an academic year of robust in-person and hybrid options. On-campus experiences will include regular in-person instruction as well as a variety of hybrid options, including a mixture of online and in-person class sessions, frequent access to specialized spaces such as labs and art studios, planned field trips, and periodic meetings throughout the semester.

More details about the teaching modality for each course will be available to you during course registration. Of course, some of these experiences will be contingent on California continuing its progress in combating COVID-19. As always, the safety of our community remains a top priority, and we will continue to follow important State and County health guidelines, and adjust our plans if needed.

The class search tool has been updated with teaching modalities for each course. These will be found in the “Class Notes” section.

Please check these pages in July after reopening plans have been finalized.  

What You Need to Know

Health & Safety Guidelines

As we respond to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our health, Mills has developed guidelines to be followed by everyone on campus. These measures ensure that we are adhering to public health mandates to mitigate the spread of the virus. As the healthcare situation evolves, we will adjust our policies and practices to protect our community. Please visit our health and safety guidelines page for details. We will be updating our guidelines after more information is released by the State of California, Alameda County, and other governmental bodies this summer.

Student wearing mask
Wear a mask.

Anyone over the age of two must wear a face covering or mask as mandated by the State of California and Alameda County. The mask should cover your nose and mouth and be worn any time you are within six feet of someone else. The CDC has recently introduced new guidelines for double masking to increase your level of protection, particularly for indoor situations.

Social distancing
Keep your distance.

Keep a minimum of six feet (about two arms' length) between yourself and others following social distancing guidelines. This physical distance helps stop the spread of the virus and minimizes the risk to everyone at Mills.

Hand washing for 20 seconds
Wash your hands.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer made with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not immediately available.

Cleaning bottle
Clean your space.

Mills has instituted stringent cleaning procedures and protocols across campus to protect all members of the community and official visitors. Please protect your environment and your health by following all cleaning requirements.

Wellness checklist
Do a daily health check.

Every member of the Mills community and official visitors are asked to perform a daily health check to determine if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms before coming on to campus/leaving a residence hall.

Staying at home
Stay home if you feel sick.

If you are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home or in your residence hall and seek medical assistance/diagnosis. You may need to quarantine for up to 14 days to ensure that you do not infect others.

Getting a test
Get tested.

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. Others may access any convenient testing location that offers free COVID-19 tests.

Testing positive
Quarantine if positive.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact if you are a student and immediately quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, following all Mills health and safety guidelines. Employees should contact and quarantine at home.

Mills COVID-19 Dashboard

To keep the Mills community informed, we have created a dashboard that will be updated every Monday with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus, classified by students, faculty, and staff. We encourage any student, faculty, or staff member who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive to get tested.

COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 News Updates

Update 4.13.21:

As the State of California prepares to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and potentially reopen services in mid-June 2021, Mills is moving to safely increase access to campus and services. Beginning April 14, 2021, all current Mills students, faculty, and staff may enter campus between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm daily. Essential staff; residential students; and previously approved vendors, faculty, and non-residential students may continue to access campus outside of these hours. The Mills campus remains closed to the general public.

Students, faculty, and staff are still required to pass a daily health check via the MillsGo app before coming to campus. Vendors and guests can take the daily health check by using this using this symptom check form. All COVID-19 prevention guidelines, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand washing/sanitizing must be followed by all of our community members and visitors while on the Mills campus. Students, faculty, and staff can visit our COVID-19 information pages for detailed information on coming to campus. 

As of April 10, 2021, all Alameda County residents ages 16 and up are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are available at mega and community points of distribution sites (such as the Oakland Coliseum), through your healthcare provider, and at some pharmacies. Visit or call 1.833.422.4255 to schedule an appointment. You will not be asked about immigration status.

See All Updates


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) established a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to assist higher education institutions and enrolled students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current Mills students were eligible to apply for emergency grants to help with their immediate and long-term needs. For detailed information, visit the CARES Act reporting page.


If you have additional specific COVID-19 questions that are not addressed on these web pages, contact us at

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