Dear Parents,

The email Below was recently sent to your L&C student. As a reminder, the Parents and Families website is a great resource for announcements and campus information. 

Dear LC Community,

The fall semester is getting underway on all three campuses. As we move into September, there are a few updates regarding our COVID mitigation measures to share.

Masks at Outdoor Events

The state of Oregon has issued a new order requiring masks at outdoor events. Masks are now required at outdoor gatherings on campus where people are likely to be within six feet of each other, such as at athletic events, outdoor receptions, and outdoor classes. The rule does not apply to “fleeting encounters,” such as when two individuals walk past each other on a sidewalk. As with the indoor mask requirement, the outdoor requirement also does not apply while actively eating or drinking, playing or practicing competitive sports, while delivering a speech or performing (such as at an outdoor music or theater performance), or while engaging in other activities in which it is not feasible to wear a mask.

Expansion of Vaccination Policy

We have a Student Vaccination Policy and an Employee Vaccination Policy. We continue to refine these mandatory vaccination policies in order to assure that we are a “fully vaccinated campus” to the greatest degree possible. The employee vaccination policy now applies to all employee groups, including employees represented by our labor unions. The policy has also been expanded to include volunteers, and to explicitly include employees of other on-campus service providers. We are grateful for the collaboration and cooperation of our labor partners with LCCSSA and the Teamsters, and of our colleagues at Bon Appetit, A&A Maintenance, Barnes & Noble, and Ricoh, which has enabled us to have a universal campus-wide approach to vaccination.

The deadline for students and employees to upload proof of full vaccination, or obtain an exemption, is September 15. Students who fail to do so by the deadline will not be permitted to continue to attend classes. Employees who fail to do so may be subject to disciplinary action. Beginning this coming week, students and employees who have not provided evidence of full vaccination are subject to mandatory weekly COVID testing. You will be notified if you are required to schedule a COVID test.  

If you have not yet uploaded your proof of vaccination, it is important that you do so immediately. Students must upload vaccination information to the Student Health Portal. Employees must upload vaccination information to Workday.


We are expanding the vaccination requirement to include attendees at Lewis & Clark events. Proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID test conducted within the previous 72 hours, will be required for visitors attending College events, such as athletic events, lectures, performances, and receptions.

COVID Testing

All residential students are required to be tested for COVID during their first few days on campus, regardless of vaccination status. The testing clinic is currently underway in the Agnes Flanagan chapel.

In addition, all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff on campus will be tested for COVID-19 once a week. You will be notified if you are required to schedule a COVID test. Any unvaccinated student, faculty, or staff member who fails to comply with a request from the College to undergo COVID testing is subject to disciplinary action.

Do Not Leave Your Residence if You Have Symptoms

It is important that all members of the campus community, regardless of vaccination status, remain at their residence if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID. Delta-variant COVID symptoms, particularly breakthrough cases among vaccinated persons, often present with symptoms similar to the common cold, such as runny nose, sore throat, and headache. This is because the Delta variant is much more present in the nose than previous COVID strains. If you have symptoms of a cold, even if they are mild, it is important that you remain at home or in your residence hall room--do not attend class, do not go to the dining hall, and do not go to work. More information about COVID symptoms, how to report your symptoms to either Student Health Services or Human Resources, and how to obtain a COVID test is available on the COVID-19 Response webpage.

All of this information, as well as other COVID-related requirements, can be found on the Ongoing COVID-19 Response webpage. If you have any COVID-related questions, please email



The Lewis & Clark Executive Council

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