COVID-19 Student Requirements

College of the Desert is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our community, especially during the public health situation related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

We have created a set of safety requirements that all students must follow to ensure campus safety for all at College of the Desert. If you do not follow these requirements, you will be asked to leave campus.

The College recognizes the pandemic is a fluid situation. It is your responsibility to check this site frequently to ensure you are following all current requirements. 

  • Stay home when ill. Individuals must stay home if they do not feel well or if they have been told to quarantine. Notify your instructor immediately if you will not be on campus. 

  • All employees, students, and volunteers, are required to provide certification of COVID-19 vaccination on or before February 13, 2022. Employees, students, and volunteers, may claim an exemption to the approved vaccine requirement in accordance with District procedures. Employees, students, and volunteers who do not provide certification of vaccination, obtain an authorized exemption, or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and provide proof of negative test results may be denied access to on-site campus/programs. All students, faculty and staff must complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Verification/Exemption Form.
  • As of May 31, 2022, face masks are no longer required. However, the Campus Safety Committee does recommend that masks be worn while in classrooms and inside any campus building, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Wash and sanitize hands regularly.

  • Students are not currently required to purchase a parking permit. However, students must still follow all parking rules, including parking in designated student lots and using appropriate spaces.

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  • First determine if you are sick. If you are not feeling well, notify your instructor immediately and do not come to campus.
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  • Wear a mask. Masks will be provided if you forget yours.

  • Follow all signage for entering and exiting labs.

  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided upon entering campus.

  • Maintain social distancing.

  • No eating or drinking inside the classroom.

  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Report all COVID-19 illness/exposure/contact/positive test results to your instructor(s) immediately. Provide them with your contact information (Student ID, Course, Phone Number and Preferred Email).

  • Your instructor(s) will email to inform them of your absence. A member of the COVID-19 Reporting Team will follow-up with you over the phone with any potential next steps.

  • A COVID-19 Reporting Team Member will:
    • Contact you within one business day for more information and to follow-up on symptoms.
    • Request information to help the Team identify any potential exposures for contact tracing purposes.
    • Notify authorized officials that you will not be allowed on campus until cleared by a COVID-19 Reporting Team member.
    • Determine a date in which you may be allowed to return to campus.
    • Call you the day of your tentative return date or the first business day after to conduct a follow-up evaluation. If cleared, you may be allowed to return the next day.
    • Email your instructor(s) to notify them of your anticipated return date.

  • All criteria must be met before you will be allowed to return to campus.

  • If you are already on campus and begin to exhibit symptoms, you may be asked to leave campus. Individuals who need to wait for a ride can do so at the Public Safety Office until they can get picked up by someone. It is important to keep in mind that if someone is experiencing shortness of breath 911 should be called immediately.
  • Anyone exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 must quarantine according to CDC and Riverside County guidelines. For questions regarding quarantine requirements, contact Student Health and Wellness Services at 760.776.7211.

  • Non-compliant students will be reminded of and asked to follow all safety protocols. If non-compliance continues, Public Safety will be notified and they will remove the student from campus.

  • If you feel unsafe at any time during an interaction with a non-compliant individual, contact Public Safety immediately at 760-341-2111. If it is an emergency situation, call 911 from a campus phone (where possible).

Updated May 25, 2022