Campus Safety – American Film Institute


Safety Procedures

AFI is implementing changes to its physical space and protocols to conform to current health and safety standards. All AFI Faculty and Staff who can carry out their work duties from home will continue to do so until further notice.

Fully vaccinated individuals seeking access to campus must present proof of vaccination. Individuals seeking access to campus who do not have proof of full vaccination must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 3 days.

Campus Access and Symptom Screening

All AFI community members (subject to limited, legally required exceptions) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means you have received all primary series doses and all recommended boosters when eligible. All individuals who cannot provide proof of vaccination will be required to show negative PCR test results from within the past 3 days.

AFI Fellows will submit proof of vaccination or be subject to additional health and safety precautions.

AFI Response to Confirmed Cases

This plan will be amended as information is updated by the Los Angeles County Health Officer.

Should a positive case occur:

  1. AFI will contact the individual that tested positive to begin a case investigation and provide information on isolating safely.
  2. AFI will begin contact tracing by reaching out to individuals exposed to the positive case (designated by the CDC as individuals who were within six feet of the positive case for more than 15 minutes) to provide information on quarantining and recommend reaching out to their primary care physician should symptoms arise.
  3. AFI will report the case and contacts to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health within 1 business day.
  4. If the positive case has been on campus in the past 72 hours, AFI will initiate enhanced cleaning protocol for relevant classrooms/areas.
  5. Employees will be notified via e-mail if a positive case has been present in the employee’s worksite.

Campus Cleaning

Prior to the AFI Campus reopening, a third-party cleaning crew and the AFI janitorial staff will thoroughly clean the campus. Once reopened, heightened cleaning procedures will continue with particular attention paid to high-traffic and high-touch areas including handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, and shared spaces. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed around campus, as supplies allow. Although hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, practicing proper hand-washing technique is considered to be more effective.

While the virus is not thought to transmit effectively by a person’s contact with surfaces, current evidence suggests that the novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses.

The AFI janitorial staff will pay particular attention to keeping restrooms on campus clean and well-stocked. Each restroom will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily in addition to being regularly restocked with supplies for handwashing. If there is an on-campus exposure, additional cleaning protocols will be implemented.


Social Distancing

Upon returning to campus, while social distancing is not required, please be considerate of those around you.


Handwashing and Good Hygiene Practices

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer frequently and sneeze/cough into your arm to reduce the spread of the virus in respiratory droplets, a common transmission pathway for the virus.


Face Coverings

Face coverings are not currently required per LA County guidance but wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask is strongly recommended.

Public Transportation

AFI Fellows, Faculty and Staff traveling to campus via public transportation should follow the advice and directions from transit authorities regarding the health and safety of riders and always follow public health hygiene best practices. Remember to always wear a mask on public transportation and use hand sanitizer if handwashing is not an option.

Travel Policy

As established in an update to AFI’s travel policies in March 2020, all AFI-related travel remains suspended and subject to approval by the CEO until further notice.

We understand that personal travel may be a necessity, however, please be aware that any Fellow, Faculty or Staff member returning from travel via an airplane or outside of a 125-mile radius surrounding campus may be required to quarantine.


Please note that visitors to campus will be limited and approved on a case-by-case basis. Visitors will be required to adhere to all AFI safety procedures and protocols, including self-screening for symptoms, practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering at all times on campus.