COVID-19 Update for Faculty

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March 6, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

With FEC’s endorsement, we write to ask for your assistance in helping shape the College’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and our preparation for issues we may confront in the future. Our academic programs have been affected already; for example, we have suspended our study abroad programs in Italy and Nepal, and the IGLAS spring break trip to Palestine/Israel has been cancelled. We do not know what the future holds, and it is possible that our on-campus activities, including instruction and academic programs, will be affected.

At this time, we seek your assistance on the following:

  1. Please be prepared to assist community members in finding reliable and up-to-date health and travel information. Pitzer College will continue to compile and make available information from US Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as community notices and information on the COVID-19 page of Pitzer’s Emergency Information on this website.
  2. We ask that you consider your own travel plans, and especially if they include travel to regions or countries for which travel advisories have been issued. Please carefully consider your potential for exposure and the action you can take to minimize risk to yourself and others. You are invited to inform the DoF of your upcoming travel plans by sending a note to Dean_Faculty@pitzer.edu. Sharing this information could be beneficial to you and the College should you need assistance returning home, for instance.
  3. Prepare for and be flexible in working with students to complete coursework. Currently, the DoF is developing academic plans for students whose study abroad experiences have been cut short, while also working with Pitzer IT to assess our capacity to offer alternative methods of instruction across our academic programs. In the event that in-person class meetings are interrupted, we will likely draw on Sakai and Zoom video conferencing for instruction. We are developing a schedule for Zoom training workshops now and will be sending additional information about them when it is available.      

At minimum, these are trying circumstances that require adaptability and cooperation. We reach out to you in that spirit, and with the goal of drawing on Pitzer community strengths to address current and future challenges associated with this health crisis. Thank you for assistance and for all that you do for the College. 

Sincerely,

Allen M. Omoto, Dean of Faculty

Paul Faulstich, FEC Chair

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