Information for Mills Students

UPDATED 2.18.22

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.

What's Open at Mills | Protecting Yourself & Others | Your Academic Experience | Housing & Dining | Student Life

What's Open at Mills?

Please check our what's open at Mills page for the latest information.

Protecting Yourself & Others

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.

Vaccination Requirement

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:

  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine–2 months
  • Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine–5 months
  • Moderna vaccine–5 months

Students can receive their booster shot on-campus at the Student Health Center or use California's My Turn site to schedule a booster at a location near them as soon as possible.

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.

Submitting Proof of Full Vaccination & Booster Shot

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.

COVID Testing

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.

Daily Health Check

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.

Masking

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.

Your Spring 2022 Academic Experience

Class Formats

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.

Class Accessibility

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 sass@mills.edu.

Academic Resources

Housing & Dining

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.

Student Life

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.

Counseling & Psychological Services

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.

Questions?

Mills students, faculty, and staff can visit our COVID-19 information pages for previous communications and FAQs. If you have additional specific COVID-19 questions, email questions@mills.edu.