Dear incoming Pitzer students and their families,
We know there are many uncertainties about the upcoming 2020-21 academic year. We’re writing to provide you with information regarding how Pitzer is preparing for the fall semester in regard to COVID-19.
The college assembled a COVID-19 Task Force in early March consisting of 13 staff, faculty, students, and senior administrators to actively guide the college’s response to this global pandemic. Specific information regarding Pitzer’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on our website. Information regarding the members of the COVID-19 Task Force can be found in this campus update which was posted in March.
At this time, there are a multitude of scenarios that the college is considering for a safe start to our upcoming semester. Possible scenarios include a traditional fall start with social distancing measures in place, a late start for the fall semester, or a fully online fall semester–it is also possible we will have some combination of these. Although Pitzer is not ruling anything out at this time, these are a few scenarios the Task Force is discussing based on current federal and state guidelines.
The Task Force is also working to oversee campus initiatives at Pitzer and the other Claremont Colleges. There are various consortium-wide efforts being made to streamline a decision among all of our schools. To prepare for classes, academic deans from all seven colleges are working on academic calendar oversight and planning. To plan for room and board options, there is a Housing Planning Committee across the consortium that is discussing accommodation guidelines with social distancing requirements in mind, as well as housing options for students who may get sick and need to isolate. Lastly, there is a Safety Planning Group working to determine our testing and contact tracing abilities, and maintaining general campus facility safety.
Claremont McKenna College President Hiram Chodosh and Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver sat down with the Los Angeles Times in April to share their thoughts regarding residential liberal arts colleges and the changes that we and peer institutions are likely to face in the fall. Liberal arts colleges across the country will be impacted in many similar ways, and we hope you’ll read this article from our leadership here at the Claremont Colleges to get a feel for some of the conversations happening on our campuses.
We were glad to provide you with updates and a video message from President Oliver last week to officially welcome you to the Pitzer community. We also want to make sure you have access to President Oliver’s message to the community from late April, where he shared some thoughts for the fall semester, as well as virtual campus events being hosted throughout the spring. For those of you who joined us for our Virtual Admitted Student Day, you’ll see a nice shout out!
As we move forward in planning for the fall, we are prioritizing the safety of our entire community of students, faculty, and staff. Though we do not have concrete updates or announcements regarding the upcoming semester to provide you at this time, we wanted to make sure that you, our new Pitzer families, have all the same information that we do.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at 909-621-8129 or email@example.com.
Office of Admission Team