COVID-19 Response (10.1.21 Update)

Fall 2021 Guidelines

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

We have been delighted to reopen the campus this fall and bring together our community in person. Thanks to the efforts of everyone at Mills, we have experienced very few cases of COVID-19 on our campus since the pandemic began in 2020. We are following less restrictive guidelines while continuing to maintain our great health safety record. Students, faculty, and staff are required to provide proof of vaccination or follow the exemption process. We will continue to monitor the public health guidelines and adjust our protocols accordingly. 

What You Can Expect

The Majority of Classes Will Be In Person.

Housing Will Be Open.

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

Everyone Will Be Required to Wear a Mask Indoors.

Everyone Will Be Required to Wear a Mask Outdoors When Within Six Feet of Other People.

The Mills Campus Will Be Open to the Public.

Because COVID-19 vaccines and testing are widely available, we have reopened the Mills campus for the 2021-22 academic year. 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. Details about the teaching modality for each course are included in the class search tool in the “Class Notes” section.

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 as needed.

What You Need to Know

Health & Safety Guidelines

As vaccinations in the State of California have become prevalent, Mills has lessened the restrictions our health and safety guidelines for everyone on campus. These measures ensure that we are adhering to public health mandates to mitigate the spread of the virus. Please visit our health and safety guidelines page for details.

Student wearing mask
Wear a mask indoors or within six feet of someone else outdoors regardless of vaccination status.

Anyone over the age of two, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, must wear a mask indoors or when within six feet of another person outdoors. The face covering or mask must cover your nose and mouth. Off campus, everyone must wear a mask as mandated by public guidelines.

Social distancing
Keep your distance if you are unvaccinated.

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. Since the vaccination status of an individual is confidential, Mills will continue to use some social distancing, barriers, and event spacing to reduce risk for the unvaccinated.

Hand washing for 20 seconds
Continue to wash your hands.

We recommend that you continue to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to mitigate the risks of infectious diseases. Use hand sanitizer made with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not immediately available.

Cleaning bottle
Clean your space.

The risk of surface transmission has been determined to be low, but it's always a good idea to protect your environment and your health by cleaning your space.

Wellness checklist
Monitor your health daily.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms before coming on to campus/leaving a residence hall, we ask that you stay home and contact your healthcare provider as necesary. You are no longer required to show a health check pass at the front gate. 

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 a minimum 10 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.  

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 10 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 8.17.21:

Due to substantial levels of community transmission of COVID-19 with the Delta variant, Alameda County Public Health has ordered that face masks be worn when indoors in workplaces and public settings regardless of vaccination status. While the risk for infection is highest for unvaccinated individuals, the incidence of both transmission and infection amongst vaccinated individuals is increasing, Read the press release (PDF). Mills will require everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors and, when within six feet of other people, outdoors. Learn more.

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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