Campus Access Under “Safer at Home” Conditions – Faculty Guidelines

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March 23, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, on March 19, both Governor Newsom and Los Angeles City Mayor Garcetti issued orders that impose significant restrictions on businesses and California residents through at least April 19. The orders limit public and private gatherings, direct the closure of many businesses, and advise individuals to observe social distancing measures in all interactions with others. Both of these orders made exceptions for performing “essential functions” in K-12 and higher education, including work that facilitates distance learning.

I have consulted with Pitzer College Chief Legal Counsel and the Academic Deans of the 5Cs and offer the following guidelines for on-campus work:

  • Work performed on campus must be essential to the delivery of distance learning and instruction. 
  • If it is impractical for you to conduct or record classes at home, you can use your office for these purposes. Please inform me ( if you plan to do this. 
  • If you come to campus to deliver distance learning or perform other related essential functions, you must be able to access your workspace without assistance with locked building doors, etc.
  • In addition, you should be brief and take steps to protect yourself and others (e.g., wipe down surfaces with disinfectant wipes, wash your hands, maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation from other people).
  • You should NOT have face-to-face meetings with research groups, individual students or colleagues on campus.
  • Under no circumstance should you come to campus if you feel sick, are ill, or otherwise experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough). 
  • Individuals are permitted to come to campus to continue to care for research animals.

Furthermore, please be aware that usual support provided by staff in DoF, Academic Affairs, IT, the Registrar’s Office, and other co-curricular and student support will no longer be available on campus; these staff members are now working remotely. Only a small number of staff will be on campus and they will be mainly supporting the few students who remain in residence.   

In addition, note that while these orders are in place, Pitzer plans to shut off the heating and cooling systems and suspend cleaning services. Therefore, in the rare circumstance that you come to campus, you will not have the ability to control the temperature in your workspace. And, you should carry out all trash – particularly perishable items – and dispose of it outside of your campus building. 

If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact the Dean of Faculty’s office at I will update these guidelines as circumstances require. Please know that I very much appreciate all that you are doing to transition and teach your classes using remote formats, and now, for complying with government orders intended to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19. Please be safe in all that you do, stay healthy and feel free to reach out for any reason. 

Allen M. Omoto, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of Faculty
Pitzer College
1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA  91711