COVID-19 Compliance Task Force

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Whittier College has established the COVID-19 Compliance Task Force to assess the College’s risk, guide policy development, training, and operational response as well as to evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of the Moving Forward plan.

The Task Force’s goal is to ensure consistent messaging and a coordinated institutional response to campus concerns and possible outbreaks of COVID-19.

The effectiveness of the Moving Forward plan is grounded in mutual accountability and respect. Its success depends upon the understanding and commitment of all students, staff, and faculty. While we cannot eliminate all risk related to COVID-19, trust in and care for one another are essential to protect the Whittier College and the broader community. The COVID-19 Compliance Task Force seeks your engagement to improve and refine this plan. 

All members of the campus community are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in this plan. Noncompliance with COVID-19 campus health and safety guidelines could result in loss of access to College facilities as well as corrective and/or disciplinary action. 

The Task Force is comprised of a Coordinator, an Officer, Task Force Core Members, and Task Force Key Area Members. The Coordinator and Officer will cross-train and support one another in fulfillment of their responsibilities and in the event of illness or overload. The Task Force members represent the expertise and needs of their department/division.

COVID-19 Compliance Task Force Coordinator 

Lisa Newton

Convenes and coordinates the Task Force and oversees the implementation, evaluation, and ongoing refinement of Whittier College’s COVID-19 Containment, Response, and Control Plan. Serves as the campus community liaison for all COVID-related operational and logistical concerns.

COVID-19 Compliance Officer

George McKernan

Coordinates the investigation, documentation, tracking, and notification of possible COVID-19 exposures and serves as the liaison to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in the event of a campus outbreak. Leads the Contact Tracing Team.

Task Force Members

  • Alyssa Armstrong, Student Representative
  • Ana Lilia Barraza, Communications
  • Julie Collins-Dogrul, Faculty Representative
  • Sarah Dudley, Facilities
  • Erasmo Fuentes, Enrollment Management
  • Gil Gonzalez, Academic Affairs
  • Joanne Hash, Faculty Representative
  • Stephanie Lopez, Human Resources
  • Deanna Merino-Contino, Student Life
  • Anahi Molina, Campus Safety
  • Tracy Ocampo, Health & Wellness Center
  • Mike Rizzo, Athletics
  • John Shay, Facilities
  • Kori Vartanian, Broadoaks School

Collaboration with Public Health Officials

The COVID-19 Compliance Task Force will monitor and adhere to all federal, state, and county public health guidelines. Specifically, Whittier College will comply with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education and will:

  • Report positive COVID-19 cases on campus to LADPH;
  • Conduct campus contact tracing and support LADPH contact tracing efforts;
  • Report any suspected outbreak of COVID-19 on campus to LADPH;
  • Seek consultation and direction in responding to any outbreak of COVID-19 on campus; and
  • Seek consultation and direction in any decision to close all or part of campus or to transition to remote education and work.

City, County, State, and Federal Guidance

Whittier College’s plans are informed by public health guidelines and best practices recommendations from public health authorities including but not limited to:

Contact Information & Feedback

We welcome your questions, concerns, and feedback on the evolving Moving Forward plan. Please email us at covidtaskforce@whittier.edu.