COVID-19 Response Plans (9.21.20 Update)

Welcome to Fall 2020 at Mills!


We were excited to begin a new academic year at Mills College on August 26, 2020. During the last several months, all of our lives have been impacted by the coronavirus, and we have had to adapt to a constantly changing reality. At Mills, we responded to this as a creative challenge and worked to develop new ways of delivering a Mills education, while maintaining the academic quality that students deserve. We share the collective responsibility of protecting our health by continuing to adhere to the behaviors that mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. The fall 2020 semester may take a different form, but our commitment to providing the best educational experience possible remains unchanged.

What You Can Expect

Classes are Primarily Online

Select In-Person Academic Experiences are Available

Housing is Open on a Single Occupancy Basis

The Campus is Closed to the General Public

When the Bay Area and the state experienced surges in coronavirus cases over the summer, Mills adjusted our fall reopening plans to offer the majority of classes online in response to state-mandated higher education guidelines and local guidelines from the Alameda County Public Health Department. Here is our fall COVID-19 plan:

Please check this page frequently as public health orders and restrictions are subject to change.

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.

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. Wearing a mask minimizes the chance of you and others spreading COVID-19.

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.

COVID-19 News Updates

Update 9.21.20:

On August 28, 2020, the State of California announced a shift from its monitoring watchlist to a color-coded, four-tier "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." Alameda County and most of the Bay Area are in the purple tier, which is the most restrictive. For now, the Mills campus remains closed to the general public. Students, faculty, and staff are required to pass a daily symptom check via the MillsGo app before coming to campus. Vendors and guests can take the daily symptom check by using this using this symptom check form. Read more details about campus access procedures.

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 are eligible to apply for these emergency grants at the beginning of the fall semester. As a participant in this program, Mills reports how funds have been distributed every 45 days at: CARES Act reporting.


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

Public Health Resources