Return to Campus Plan

Returning to Campus

Key Elements of Our Safe Reopening Plan for 2021-22 Academic Year

Returning students to campus as safely as possible will require us to undertake some key actions to contain the spread of COVID-19. Our plans include:

I. Vaccine Mandate

  • In alignment with the other undergraduate colleges in the consortium, all Scripps students are required to be vaccinated, whether living in Scripps housing or not.
  • Employees are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • All Scripps students and employees are required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot.
  • Exemptions for documented medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief may be requested.

II. Reduced Density

Residence Halls

  • Students will be housed in single, double, and limited triple rooms. We will not be offering quads in the 21-22 academic year.
  • Students should not be gathering inside and should limit all close contacts both inside and outside. With the exception of the Malott Commons dining and student rooms and suites in the residence halls, indoor areas that are shared common spaces will be closed.
  • There will be no cross-campus events or activities, nor will there be guests from other campuses allowed in the residence halls during this period. At this time 7C students will not be permitted in Scripps housing. Scripps housing will remain Scripps only until further communication is provided.
  • We have leased apartment space in two buildings adjacent to our campus. Scripps will manage the spaces as we manage our fully owned residence halls.
  • All residents will follow Scripps behavioral expectations and abide by the College’s rules and protocols.


  • The Malott Commons dining services will provide all menu items to-go in the servery along with some additional grab-and-go options. Mobile ordering will continue to be available with additional offerings.
  • Dining Services has implemented Scripps Transact, a mobile phone app which will allow students to select their meals in advance and decrease time spent at pick-up locations.


  • The spring 2022 semester will begin with remote instruction.
  • Open-air tented areas for small group study will be available.

Behavioral Expectations

  • Employees and students will be required to wear upgraded masks during the spring semester due to the scientific evidence that cloth masks are not sufficient protection from Omicron.
  • Students are encouraged to make use of our many outdoor spaces for activities such as dining and studying.
  • Students will sign the Scripps College Student Community Compact agreeing to rules and behavioral expectations and will be subject to Scripps’ disciplinary code if they do not comply.

III. COVID-19 Testing

  • Scripps College will provide COVID-testing services for asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff via a laboratory on campus. Test collectors will administer a PCR-test with a rapid turnaround for results.
  • Unvaccinated students and employees will be required to be tested twice a week.
  • Consistent with the LACDPH recommendation, the College will be implementing random and potentially limited periodic testing of all vaccinated employees and students.
  • Students who test positive will be informed by Student Health Services. They will be required to immediately enter into isolation.
  • Faculty or staff who test positive will be informed by Healtfully, a College-contracted health care support provider. Healthfully case managers will work with the affected faculty or staff member and determine when they may return to campus.

Healthfully App

  • All employees and students will be expected to utilize the Healthfully™, application as part of our community commitment to safety. This technology supports colleges and universities in administering testing, tracking results, and status along with delivering real-time COVID-19 education and community announcements in an easy-to-use app that can be installed on smart phones, tablets, and computers.
  • Students, faculty, or staff who test positive or are exposed to a positive case will be informed by the Healthfully App.
  • All employees will be required to complete a daily symptom check before coming to campus. Unvaccinated employees are required to perform the symptom check via the Healthfully app.

IV. Quarantine, Isolation, and Medical Care and Support

  • We have reserved rooms for student isolation and quarantine.
  • The CDC has changed the guidelines for both isolation and quarantine. The College is working closely with SHS to determine the process to implement the updated guidance.

Student Support

  • The Student Health Services support team will provide the following services to students:
    • Immediate contact tracing interviews with anyone who tests positive and follow-up with all close contacts;
    • Advice and triage for any students experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19;
    • Daily (remote) check-ins for all students in isolation or quarantine;
    • In-person check-ins for any student who does not respond to remote check-ins;
    • Clearing students from quarantine or isolation when conditions allow.

Faculty and Staff Support

  • A College-contracted health care support provider will provide the following services to faculty and staff:
    • Immediate contact tracing interviews with anyone who tests positive and follow-up with all close contacts;
    • Advice and triage for anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19;
    • Daily (remote) check-ins for all employees in isolation or quarantine;
    • Clearing faculty and staff from quarantine or isolation when conditions allow to return to work.

V. Physical Campus Modifications

  • The College has taken extensive measures to prepare the campus and mitigate virus spread through several facilities enhancements. These include:
    • Cleaning all duct work/coils within central systems;
    • Installing deionizing equipment and UV lights in all HVAC systems where practical;
    • Upgrading all air filters to MERV 13;
    • Revising system controls to produce maximum outside air where possible to facilitate multiple air exchanges through the day;
    • Installing plexiglass or plastic sheeting barriers at all high traffic, front facing service areas;
    • Installing automatic door openers in high-use buildings;
    • Utilizing existing automatic door openers at entryways to residence halls and classroom buildings;
    • Reconfiguring select manual light switches to automatic occupancy motion sensors;
    • Promoting hand hygiene by providing hand sanitizer and installing handwashing sinks in areas of public access throughout the campus.

VI. Campus Access

  • The College recommends that non-academic and co-curricular events take place virtually as we begin the spring 2022 semester. A limited number of in-person events may be permitted later in the semester; however, the College encourages event planners to schedule in-person events at outdoor locations.

The College may adapt the above protocols and guidance as appropriate to respond to evolving circumstances and to keep our campus community members and our surrounding community safe.