President’s Message to the Community

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March 3, 2020

Dear Pitzer College Students, Faculty and Staff:

The Pitzer College Student Affairs staff, the Dean of Faculty’s office, Human Resources, Study Abroad, the President’s office and other staff are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus and its impacts abroad and at home. To date, no students, faculty or staff have been diagnosed with the virus at The Claremont Colleges. However, there is some specific information to share at this time.

Study Abroad

Last week, the College suspended its study abroad program in Parma, Italy. The Nepal program will also be suspended this week. Students will return to their homes while we transition their course of study to account for this disruption. These decisions were made after careful consideration of the potential health risks and travel complications. In Parma, restrictions imposed by the Italian government made it unfeasible for the academic program to continue. We continue to evaluate the circumstances in all of our study abroad locations and remain in constant contact with program directors, partners and students in those locations. Our priority has and will continue to be the safety and well-being of our students and colleagues abroad. 

In addition, we are closely monitoring the viability of our summer and fall study abroad programs. We have not made any decisions about those programs at this point but please understand that we may need to alter plans depending on the circumstances.

International Travel

The State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued COVID-19 travel advisories for

China(Level 3 – Widespread sustained transmission and restrictions on entry to US)
Iran(Level 3 – Widespread sustained transmission and restrictions on entry to US)
South Korea(Level 3 – Widespread sustained transmission)
Italy(Level 3 – Widespread sustained transmission)
Japan(Level 2 – Sustained community transmission)
Hong Kong(Level 1 – Limited community transmission)

In light of the rapid spread of COVID-19, we recommend that all students, faculty and staff exercise extreme caution regarding international travel due to uncertainty about changing foreign and airline restrictions that may affect your ability to return to the US at the conclusion of your trip.

Campus Planning Efforts

On campus, contingency planning continues on many fronts:

This situation is very fluid with new information surfacing rapidly. I encourage all members of our community to think ahead and be prepared to adapt to disruptions in their regular routines as we respond to these challenges in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you for following recommended precautions to protect your health and the health of the Pitzer community during this period of risk. We are focused upon your safety and well-being.

Melvin L. Oliver
President

Information Links

Campus Safety  909.607.2000
Student Health Services 909.621.8222
CDC COVID-19 web page https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/