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Return to Campus: Next Steps

 Cal Lutheran Staff and Faculty,

This note provides additional detail regarding President Varlotta’s campus email of October 29 that calls the Thousand Oaks campus and Oxnard Center to increase onsite staffing levels to about 50%. This increase is part of our cautious and gradual path to repopulating our campuses and centers.

Knowing that we cannot operate in a virtual environment indefinitely, we need to prepare for a spring semester that is closer to “normal” but aligned with state and county health and safety protocols. Toward that end, we are working to increase the number of residential students to 45% of capacity in spring and will offer more in-person classes, labs and student events. All of these increases will follow the latest public health guidelines available. To teach and serve students with confidence and assurance, we need to learn and practice how to operate in this new environment.

As part of our structured learning, we are asking that offices in Thousand Oaks and Oxnard increase their onsite staffing levels to a target of 50% starting Monday, November 2. This means that half of an office’s regular staff, including faculty members with administrative roles, should be onsite during working hours. All administrative offices are expected to be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on workdays. Department supervisors should schedule employees based on meeting that criteria and conforming to COVID-19 protocols, such as maintaining proper physical distancing. They should also consider scheduling options that would minimize disruptions to operations in case employees need to quarantine because of an unfortunate COVID-19 exposure.

While the state currently limits indoor lectures to 25% of room capacity in Ventura County, State Guidance for Higher Education and ensuing directions from Ventura County do not provide numerical limitations on office occupancy beyond physical-distancing guidelines.

Staff members who believe they cannot return to campus because of health concerns are asked to discuss the issues with their medical provider and provide us with a physician’s certification that they have a medical condition that restricts them from leaving their home to go to work on campus. The documentation will be reviewed, and accommodations will be considered.

You can submit requests for signs, plexiglass barriers, hand-sanitizer stations, furniture reconfigurations and IT assistance on the Office Reopening Needs page of our KNOW site. You can also email requests for office needs to

Please direct any other questions regarding this message to

Thank you,
Human Resources Department


  • Update to Stay at Home Order
    Fri January 15, 2021

    Based on current conditions of the two geographic regions in which the campuses of Cal Lutheran sit (Southern California and Bay Area), the cabinet has decided to extend minimal staffing and virtual learning at all campuses at least until February 5, 2020.

  • Updated Travel Guidelines
    Thu January 7, 2021

    The California Department of Public Health released an updated travel advisory that reduced the required quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days for those traveling to California from other states and countries.

  • Athletics COVID-19 Testing
    Thu January 7, 2021

    Student-athletes need to provide the athletic training staff with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within three to five days before arriving on campus.

  • Residential Student Move-In and Testing
    Wed January 6, 2021

    All residential students are required to take a COVID-19 saliva test upon arrival to campus, and those traveling from outside the state will be asked to quarantine in their suite as required by local and state guidance.

  • Spring Semester Update
    Tue January 5, 2021

    As we look to the start of the spring semester, we are closely following the guidelines of the regional stay-at-home order and planning accordingly.

  • Services and Facilities Available in Thousand Oaks and Oxnard
    Mon January 4, 2021

    Current health orders allow us to offer some services in person on our Thousand Oaks campus and at our Oxnard Center.

  • California Stay at Home Order Extended
    Sun January 3, 2021

    Offices will be open starting Monday, January 4 staffed at the same level as they were immediately before the holiday break.

  • Early January Staffing Level
    Wed December 23, 2020

    Cal Lutheran leadership has decided to extend the minimal on-site staffing levels currently in effect through the first week following the holiday break.

  • Holiday Travel Winter 2020-2021
    Tue December 15, 2020

    All employees are encouraged to follow the state's policy and the county guidelines for respective campuses/centers regarding travel. 

  • Message to athletes
    Thu December 10, 2020

    We are committed to providing athletics activities during spring semester as allowed by public health and NCAA guidelines.