To help keep the Mills community safe during the spring 2022 semester, all students, faculty, and staff are required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot before returning to campus (or as soon as they are eligible for a booster). We also are encouraging students to test frequently, even if they are not feeling symptomatic. The College's spring semester plans are subject to change due the continually evolving COVID-19 situation, so we encourage you to check this page and your Mills email regularly for updates.
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Please review the College's health and safety guidelines page to review the most current on-campus masking requirements and vaccination requirements for the spring 2022 semester, and to understand the full scope of the protocols we all need to follow when on campus, including what to do if you become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.
Mills requires all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot as soon as they are eligible. All students were required to submit verification that they have received a booster shot or information on their eligibility date by January 31, 2022. The Centers for Disease Control has announced that people are eligible to receive a booster once the following amount of time has passed since they received their last vaccination shot:
As first announced in May 2021, all Mills students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last dose of your COVID-19 vaccine. Mills students were required to provide proof of vaccination by August 16, 2021, and receive a confirmation email before returning to campus.
Mills students were required to use the College's booster verification form to provide their information (either proof that you have received your booster shot or your upcoming eligibility date) by January 31, 2022. If you do not have a photo or scan of your vaccination card and were vaccinated in California, you can sign up to receive a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record from the State of California that can be submitted instead.
For the spring 2022 semester, we encourage students to test for COVID-19 frequently, event if they are not symptomatic. Testing, including rapid tests, will be available throughout the semester through the Student Health Center. On Tuesdays between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, PCR testing will be offered on Holmgren Meadow for all Mills students and employees. Bring your insurance card and a copy of your government-issued ID for Wednesday testing sessions. Anyone who is uninsured will be able to fill out a form enabling them to have their testing costs covered.
Mills also encourages you to order your four free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government and to learn more about mandated health insurance coverage for the cost of additional at-home tests.
In an update to the original January 6 guidelines, the College is not reinstituting use of the daily health check through the MillsGo app. You can use of the daily health check as a self-assessment tool before coming onto campus or leaving your campus residence, if you choose.*If you answer "yes" to any of the health check questions, do not come to campus. Students who report symptoms or testing concerns will be contacted by the College to begin a testing and contact tracing process.
*If you do not have a smartphone or tablet, you can use the Daily Symptom Form for Mills Community Members (English) or the Chequeo diario de síntomas por miembros de la comunidad de Mills College (español) as your self-assessment tool.
While the State of California removed its indoor mask requirement on February 15, 2022, Mills continues to require that all individuals on our campus—vaccinated and unvaccinated—wear a mask indoors when in the presence of other people, except when actively eating or drinking. Individuals who are indoors, but not within six feet of another person may unmask as appropriate. All individuals, including guests, also must wear a mask outdoors when within 6 feet of another person who is not in your social bubble, regardless of vaccination status. Residential students should refer to the policies and practices communicated by Housing and Residential Life.
Mills reserves the right to require masks at events or programs where COVID-19 transmission risk is higher due to the size, scope, or other risk-related factors, regardless of location on or off campus.
Based on recent medical briefings that factor in the greatly increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, we encourage students and employees to upgrade from cloth masks to N95, KN95, or surgical masks, if at all possible. If you cannot obtain N95 or KN95 masks, consider double masking (wearing two surgical masks or a cloth mask over a surgical mask). If you choose a fabric mask, consider opting for one with three or more cloth layers.
To slow the transmission of the Omicron variant and provide an additional layer of safety for everyone, Mills classes were held online only between Tuesday, January 18, and Friday, January 28, 2022. Mills resumed in-classroom teaching and learning on Monday, January 31. The College continues to monitor information from the appropriate public health agencies to determine whether to make additional adjustments will be needed.
Past experiences with an online environment have been challenging, and many students and faculty have expressed preference for in-classroom teaching and learning. To best serve our students, we feel the on-campus, in-person experience to be the gold standard. Some classes are already structured as hybrid courses and will continue as such. In specific instances where the context of the class requires broad interactions with the public, individual faculty will determine whether adjustments or alternatives are warranted, upon discussions with the Provost’s Office.
Mills is committed to supporting the success of students with disabilities. In-person and any "hybrid" (combination in-person and online) classes will meet accommodations standards for our students. If you have concerns about your ability to access in-person or hybrid content as a result of a disability, please contact your professor about your specific needs and email Student Access and Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognize that students who don't have access to the technology needed for online and hybrid learning opportunities are disproportionately affected during the COVID-19 crisis. In response, Mills sponsored an iPad initiative with two options—a discounted purchase program and a semester loan program—to increase technology access and affordability for our students. On November 5, 2021, the discounted purchase option closed permanently, but the College will continue the semester loan program.
Through the Mills College iPad Semester Loan Program, you can receive an iPad and Apple Pencil, and the only cost to you is a $60 AppleCare fee charged to your student account once per academic year. At the end of each semester, you must return the iPad and Pencil. For assistance or questions, please contact the Mills Information Technology Helpdesk at email@example.com.
Reliable Internet access is another challenge that disproportionately affects many students. To help you get and stay connected, we've compiled a list of low-cost Internet options that are being offered by different companies and organizations.
The F. W. Olin Library is fully open and has returned to our semester hours, which can always be found on the Hours page of the library website. Per our access policy, the library is once again open to all Mills students, staff, faculty, and alums, as well as the general public, unless otherwise dictated by temporary campus access policies. Masks must be worn inside the library at all times.
Mills students who cannot come to campus safely due to quarantine or illness can request to have library materials mailed to them via Document Delivery. Any circulating materials in the library can be mailed to you through this service, with the exception of LP records. We can also email scans of up to 10% of individual books. For more information about this service, see our Document Delivery Guide or our Document Delivery video.
Our librarians continue to provide online access to reference/research services and instruction in person Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am–7:00 pm, and Fridays between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm. We are also available via email, Zoom, and telephone. For more information or to make an appointment with a librarian, see our Contact Us page.
Interlibrary loan services have been fully restored, though obtaining materials will still depend on availability from owning libraries. You also have 24/7 access to electronic resources, including licensed content such as electronic journals, eBooks, and databases. The library subscribes to 50,000+ electronic journals and 168,000+ eBooks. View the F. W. Olin Library COVID-19 Access and Procedures for guidance on accessing these and additional resources.
To help you succeed at Mills, we continue to provide a wide range of academic support services including:
For the health and safety of our residential students and residential life staff, all students living in on-campus housing must be fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot as soon as they are eligible—before returning to campus, if possible. Residential students must use the booster verification form to provide proof that they have received their booster shot or to submit their eligibility date.
Due to the increases in cases, the highly transmissible nature of the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residential students and guests must wear masks indoors when outside of their individual rooms. Common areas—including living, recreation, and laundry rooms; kitchens; libraries; and shared bathrooms—will be open to residential students and their guests.
All residential students, new and returning, should review the spring 2022 move-in procedure on the ID creation and move-in instructions web page. On move-in day, all students and helpers are required to wear face masks that cover their nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status.
Guests, including Mills students residing off campus and visitors from outside of the Mills community, are allowed in campus residence halls and apartments. Guests are allowed in apartments only if all residents of the apartment agree.
Residential students are responsible for the behavior of their guests while on the Mills campus and should make sure their guests follow the College's COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, especially if any of their guests are not fully vaccinated.
In response to the current COVID-19 surge, most on-campus events have been shifted to a virtual format. Any in-person events will follow Alameda County Public Health Department guidelines for capacity limits, masking, social distancing, etc. The College reserves the right to request proof of vaccination at events, particularly events that are open to the general public, and to require masks regardless of an individual's vaccination status.
If you should need extra support as you navigate the academic year and the challenges that come with the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation, counseling and psychological services are available to you.