Guidance for Students

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Move in for Fall 2022 is on August 19 & 20 for First Year and Transfer students.

Returning students may move in on August 20 & 21.

Residential students may move in on either date but must do so between the 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. timeframe.

If you have any questions or cannot move in during the approved timeframe contact Residential Life

All residential students (and anyone assisting them with move-in) will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 24 hours of the move-in date. No more than three (3) individuals can accompany a student during move-in. All individuals must be 12 years or older.

Example: If you plan to check in on Friday, August 19, you may need to test Wednesday, August 17 in order to ensure you receive your results Thursday or Friday before checking in. Verify turnaround times at your local pharmacy or testing facility. No home tests will be accepted.

We urge you to get tested before arriving on campus. Testing sites in Los Angeles County, California, and outside California continue to provide tests at low or no cost.

Students and/or guests who cannot present a negative PCR test result at check-in will be asked to test on campus before gaining access to the residence halls. This will delay your move-in process. Onsite COVID-19 testing will be conducted in the area between Deihl Hall and the Science & Learning Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Students who test positive for COVID-19 on-site will not be permitted to move into their residence hall room. Students may choose to either isolate off campus (at their own expense) or utilize an assigned on-campus isolation space in accordance to the isolation/quarantine protocol/policy.  Once the student completes their isolation period and is cleared by the Student Health & Wellness Center, they may then move into their 2022-2023 academic year housing assignment. 

Note: Because individuals recently infected with COVID-19 may continue to test positive after they are no longer considered infectious (after Day 10 from symptom onset or positive result), beginning August 1 all residential students and athletes must report a new COVID-19 infection using the Student Health Screening so the College can evaluate when they are clear for campus access. 
 
Please call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 562.464.4548 with any COVID-19-related questions.  

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Any student who has not submitted proof of vaccination or has not received an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine will not be able to access the residence halls. Please ensure that you have submitted your proof of vaccination before the move-in date.  

Uploading proof of vaccination to the Student Health Portal

  1. Go to My.Whittier.edu 
  2. Click on Student Health Portal under Quick Links 
  3. Click COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement 
  4. Upload proof of vaccine 
  5. Select the COVID-19 vaccine you received (Modern, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, or a WHO-approved vaccine and input the date(s) received). 

If you encounter problems uploading your vaccination proof, call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 562.464.4548 for assistance. DO NOT submit by fax, email, or mail. 

Thank you to all of you for working to keep our Poet Community healthy and safe. To learn more about our COVID-19 health protocols visit the webpage

CAAS Advising

The professional staff in CAAS will continue to provide support to students through one-on-one meetings. If students are interested in meeting with a CAAS advisor, please email caas@poets.whittier.edu.  More information about resources a CAAS advisor can offer are available online

COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students

Please see the complete COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. See Vaccine FAQs for more information.

Information for Students Who Receive Exemptions 

Unvaccinated individuals will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, remain masked indoors, and complete a remote health screening whenever accessing campus.

International students with any questions about Fall 2022 may contact:

Kerry Gonzales
Office of International Programs
562.907.5097 
kgonzal5@whittier.edu

Over the summer, we will continue to offer check-in appointments and intake appointments through Zoom. If you have any questions about accommodations or would like to register to receive academic accommodations, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by email, disabilityservices@whittier.edu

The Economic Crisis Committee at Whittier College provides support and guidance to students who have self-identified, or are identified by Whittier College faculty or staff, as experiencing a financial crisis that impacts their academic success at Whittier College.

If you are in financial distress, contact the Economic Crisis Committee at fromo@whittier.edu or 562.907.4233.