On Thursday, March 19, Governor Newsom issued a new, statewide executive order that broadens and deepens the shelter-in-place orders issued on Monday, March 16, 2020. As an educational facility that is part of a critical infrastructure sector specified by federal and state law, Mills remains authorized to continue with modified operations.
Mills has already implemented many of the measures required to comply with the new order (PDF). We are now taking the following additional steps:
We expect continued federal and state action in response to COVID-19 and will communicate regularly. Mills is also reaching out to public health authorities in Alameda County and the City of Oakland to support local responses.
Update 3.16.20, 3:15 PM:
As the state of California battles to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials have issued a "shelter in place" order that includes all of Alameda County, including Mills College. We are taking the following steps to implement this order:
We will continue to provide regular updates to keep everyone informed as this situation evolves.
Update 3.12.20, 5:00 PM:
In our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of our students and community members from the coronavirus, we need to follow a new course of action in response to the California Department of Public Health guidelines. With input from our faculty, students, administrators, and staff, we have determined that we will transition to online delivery of all classes for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.
Mills College remains open, but all classes will be canceled on Friday, March 13, and Monday, March 16, to enable the College to move to online classes as expeditiously as possible.
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, ALL courses at Mills will be offered online for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes all lab, studio, and Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (APER) activities. Faculty will offer virtual office hours (and may also offer in-person hours, if possible). Mills will also offer support services to assist students with this transition.
Students, faculty, and staff who live on campus will continue to do so at this time, if they desire. Meals will be served at the Tea Shop, but hours may be subject to change. Please check the MillsGo app, the News Forums, and signage at dining locations for the latest hours. Low-risk, small events (following CDC guidelines) will continue to be held.
We recognize that this is a challenging time for our community. We encourage students to contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 510.430.2111 or Spiritual and Religious Life at 510.430.3123 for help navigating these changes.
Update 3.11.20, 4:00 PM:
In line with other local institutions of higher education and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are now taking the following preventative actions:
Update 3.6.20, 4:30 PM:
Mills College remains open as we monitor city, state, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports on the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area. Northern California now has a number of confirmed cases, but as of this writing, no one on the Mills campus has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to our knowledge. While this virus has been reported as mild for many people, preparation is important.
In addition to the precautionary steps we have already taken to increase campus housekeeping, add additional sanitizing stations, and post health education signage across the College, our Incident Response Team initiated planning in the event of any potential disruption to academic or administrative services. Campus leadership is assessing what measures would need to be taken if the virus were to interrupt operations, including:
Remote learning solutions are being evaluated utilizing existing and additional tools such as Blackboard and virtual conferencing tools.
Remote working solutions are being assessed utilizing existing and additional tools such as the Mills VPN and virtual conferencing tools.
Students, faculty, staff, or visitors who exhibit the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) should not come to the Mills campus. In addition, if someone in your household or someone you have come in contact with is diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the Alameda County Public Health Department and notify them of your contact. You may have to be isolated for the required number of days, and you will need to be medically cleared before returning to campus. Students will not be penalized for missing class for this reason, and faculty/staff can work with Human Resources on their unique circumstances.
Update 3.3.20, 9:21 AM:
Mills College is open and monitoring city, state, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports on the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area. We will provide updates to the campus community as they become available.
Mills has taken the following steps to protect the campus community:
We've extended the enrollment deposit deadline to June 1, 2020, for our incoming fall 2020 students. Undergraduate students can visit the After You're Admitted web page for additional information; graduate students can email their admission counselor.
To contact a Mills admission counselor, undergraduates should email us at email@example.com or use our online form to connect with their admission counselor and send a message to them directly. Graduate students should email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll respond to your email or message in 1–2 business days and look forward to answering your questions.
Financial aid advising for all incoming students is available via email and virtual appointments, which can be scheduled online. You can also reach Student Accounts via email and virtual appointments.
Our Office of Admissions continues to accept and process admission applications and related materials. We have extended our undergraduate application deadline to July 15, 2020. Students should visit the undergraduate How to Apply web page or graduate How to Apply web page for detailed information on submitting application materials, including transcripts, electronically.
In response to COVID-19, domestic and international travel is being restricted. Please visit the US Department of State travel advisories web page for current information.
Mills has instituted an interim travel policy for students, faculty, and staff (PDF).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the most reliable and up-to-date information on the coronavirus. Here are additional state and local resources:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China in 2019. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
All Mills community members should remember to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC to reduce the risk of infection:
Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms.
Students who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should contact or visit the Vera Whole Health Center located in CPM 117 (510.671.3985), or call your primary care provider. If you have recently traveled to or been in contact with someone from an infected area, please let the medical provider know so they can determine if an assessment or treatment is needed.
If you are ill, do not attempt to drive yourself to seek medical care; instead call the on-duty staff about support to get you transported via Mills College Public Safety. If this is a life-threatening emergency, please call Oakland Emergency Medical Services (911) or Mills Public Safety at 510.430.5555.
Per the Centers for Disease Control, social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. The goal of social distancing at this time is to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus and stop the spread of the disease to protect the public health.
No, the Grand Princess cruise ship disembarked under strict security miles away from the Mills College campus. NO passengers from the ship were quarantined in Oakland or released into the general public.