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Mask Update

On the basis of several factors, effective 11.5.21 masks will no longer be required outdoors on the California Western campus. Masks are still required indoors.

Testing Information

  • Please email Mercedez Wallace with your result if you’ve received testing off-campus
  • Free COVID testing is available Mondays from 7:30-9:00am and Wednesdays from 8:30-10:30am in the Student Affairs conference room.
  • Tests are administered mid-nasal and results are available within 30 minutes. Should you test positive you will be immediately notified. Please contact Mercedez Wallace in HR for what to do if you test positive.
  • For more information on the protocol for positive tests please click here
  • If you do not receive a separate email from Human Resources, you are not identified as a close contact and there is nothing more for you to do at this time. This is a courtesy notification to our school community, and a reminder to please maintain physical distance from others, wear a face covering, continue to check regularly for symptoms, and to stay home when you are ill.
  • As you know, virus symptoms can range from mild to severe and could include fever, cough, shortness of breath, rash, fever, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and pains, and temporary loss of smell or taste. Symptoms may appear in two days or as long as 10 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine and contact their doctor. If anyone in your household is feeling ill, it is recommended that they separate from others in the home, wear a face mask, cover coughs and sneezes, clean hands and surfaces often, and avoid sharing personal items. It is important to monitor symptoms for potential worsening. It should be emphasized that anyone who is ill should stay home, except to get medical care.
  • We recognize that this can be concerning information to receive, but please be assured that our campus is safe. We regularly clean and disinfect as per guidance from the California Department of Public Health, and we will continue to adhere to the protocols and procedures that help us minimize the spread of COVID-19.


2 Cases

From aug 23 2021 to Dec 01 2021

14 Cases

From aug 23 2021 to Dec 01 2021

16 Cases

Cumulative Total
From aug 23 2021 to Dec 01 2021

The dashboard is updated each Monday.

COVID 19 Protocols for Campus Community Exposure Incidents and Positive Cases

Testing Attestation Form

November 10 2021

  1. 11.01 to 11.07 marked the 3rd straight week without any reported positive COVID test results.

November 03 2021

  1. During the two-week period between Oct. 18 and Oct. 31, there were zero positive COVID tests reported.  Thank you all for your efforts to keep our community healthy.

October 20 2021

  1. Please note the updated building signage with detailed mask requirements; this is important for continuing our successful efforts to limit the spread of COVID 19
  2. Amongst the student population, we have 639 confirmed vaccinations for a total vaccination rate of 97%, with 14 abstentions and 17 approved exemptions

October 13 2021

  1. The administration continues to work with newly admitted students on complying with the vaccine mandate

October 06 2021

  1. On October 1, 2021 Testing Protocol was Updated and new Testing Attestation Form was sent to all students who must test weekly to be on campus.
  2. 100% of staff accessing campus are now vaccinated
  3. 15 total students have received a vaccine exemption
  4. The administration is working with the next incoming class of students to implement the vaccination policy
  5. On Campus Testing Stats – since August 30, 8 sessions of on-campus COVID Rapid Antigen Testing – 104 test conducted; 1 positive.

September 30 2021

  1. At this time, CWSL is not expanding the vaccine mandate to require booster shots. The committee will continue to revisit the issue.
  2. Please continue to follow all CWSL COVID-19 policies. In particular, quarantining is not necessary if you are vaccinated and you’ve been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive to COVID-19, given our existing vaccine mandate and high vaccination numbers. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive, you should contact Mercedez Wallace. This policy is in accordance with current CDC guidelines. If you’re unsure about any aspect of the policy, or need to report a positive COVID test contact Mercedez Wallace in HR.

September 22 2021

  1. Any individual accessing the California Western campus must be masked, including vendors and visitors. Individuals must also continue to follow all other applicable policies and requirements for access to campus.

September 15 2021

  1. Please refer to the updated mask policy, including the requirement to that face masks be worn over the mouth and nose to protect yourself and your fellow community members.

September 01 2021

  1. As of 9.1.21, 99% of students who are accessing the campus are vaccinated.
  2. Between 8.24.21 and 9.1.21, a total of 4 cases of COVID-19 have been reported. A dashboard will be posted in the coming weeks that will provide information on relevant COVID-19 statistics.

August 25 2021

  1. Classes are still scheduled to resume in person Monday, August 30.
  2. 100% of faculty and staff are either vaccinated or exempted
  3. Nearly 100% have students are vaccinated or exempted, and we expect the number to increase this week
  4. Beginning August 30, we will be offering free COVID testing on Monday in the Student Affairs conference room. Testing is on a drop-in basis and will run from 7:30am-9:00 am.
  5. Tests are administered mid-nasal and results are available within 30 minutes. Should you test positive you will be immediately notified. Please contact Mercedez Wallace in HR for what to do if you test positive.
  6. Clarification of policy about eating on campus: outdoor eating is recommended as the safest option, but indoor eating with adequate social distancing (in all buildings) is also acceptable. Masking is required unless actively eating or drinking.

August 19 2021

  1. Masking will be required for all faculty and students inside the classroom. Faculty are expected to remain masked even if teaching behind a plexiglass divider.
  2. As of 8/19/21 over 99% of full-time faculty and staff have been vaccinated, and 92% of all students have been vaccinated. That number will rise as student services continues to verify submissions.

August 18 2021

California Western School of Law is now open, and all staff are expected to report

  1. We continue to expect classes to resume in person on August 30
  2. As part of a concierge medical program, we will offer free testing to all faculty and staff beginning August 30, 8am, in the Student Affairs conference room, first floor, 350 Cedar Street.  Should you feel you have been exposed to, or showing symptoms of, COVID19 you are welcomed to test.  You will be administered a antigen test by a licensed nurse.  Results are provided by the nurse within 30 minutes.  Should you test positive, please notify your supervisor, return home, and contact Mercedez Wallace in HR for information on quarantining.
  3. Visitors without a host must present valid proof of vaccination to security and may be required to provide a valid reason for their visit to campus.

August 11 2021

  1. California Western continues to plan to reopen August 16 
  2. Please make sure you’re communicating with your supervisor to ensure a smooth return process 
  3. 99% of staff and full-time faculty are now vaccinated
  4. 86% of students have confirmed their vaccination status

August 05 2021

  1. Masking will remain in effect until further notice.
  2. New reopening date set for 8/16.
  3. We recommend that department heads work on staggering the return as needed.
  4. Orientation is proceeding as planned in a hybrid format.

July 30 2021

  1. Campus reopening delayed. While we intended to reopen campus on August 2, reopening will be delayed. We will reassess next week. We anticipate that public health authorities will review the new information and hopefully provide institutions such as ours with updated guidance on what precautions are advisable and perhaps, mandated. While this delay is not yet legally mandated, it seems prudent to take this step.
  2. Vaccination and masks while on law school premises. While the Committee monitors the situation and await guidance from health officials, employees and students coming to campus must be vaccinated or have received an exemption, and must wear a mask while on campus, whether inside law school buildings or outside on law school property. Social distancing is not required if on campus, so consistent with current CDC guidelines you may meet with others indoors, including in offices, provided that all are masked and vaccinated.
  3. In-person v. virtual events. We're reiterating a strong preference for events to be virtual rather than in-person. We are not yet prohibiting in-person events and activities, but all organizers should consider converting these events to virtual events.
  4. Fall classes will be in-person unless health considerations dictate otherwise. At the moment, we still intend for classroom instruction this Fall to be in-person.