Face Coverings and Physical Distancing Policy - 07.02.21

Cal-OSHA (Division of Occupational Safety and Health) announced changes regarding masking and social distancing on June 24th 2021. Los Angeles County Public Health also revised its health orders to be consistent with State guidance. As a worksite Pitzer is required to follow Cal-OSHA and the state of California compliance standards. In addition to removing physical distancing as a required protocol, the revised masking requirements are largely based upon whether an individual employee has been fully vaccinated. The College has reviewed the new requirements and is, therefore, making the following changes to our current COVID-19 policies. All persons working on campus are required to follow these policies.

Face Coverings

  1. Fully Vaccinated: Fully Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings outdoors.  At this time face coverings will still be required indoors in alignment with LA county recommendations unless the individual is alone in a room, when eating or drinking (as long as physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained), or when specific tasks cannot feasibly be performed with a face covering (in which case the face covering may only be removed during completion of that task).
    1. If you are fully vaccinated and would like to continue wearing your mask in any setting please feel free to do so.  The College will continue to supply face coverings to all employees regardless of vaccination status at no cost.
  2. Non-Vaccinated: Non-Vaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings outdoors when physical distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained. “Non-vaccinated” includes employees who have yet to provide Pitzer with proof of full vaccination status, or whose vaccination has not been verified by Hamilton Health Box.
    1. Non-vaccinated employees are also required to participate in COVID-19 testing once or twice a week depending on your scheduling.  Please see the testing policy for details.
    2. COVID-19 testing is not an alternative to face coverings.
    3. Those who are required to wear a face covering but cannot do so due to a medical or mental health condition or disability, or who are hearing-impaired or communicating with a hearing-impaired person, must wear an effective, non-restrictive alternative (such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom) if the individual’s condition/disability permits it.

Physical distancing requirements:

  1. Other than the physical distancing conditions stated above, the State and County no longer impose any other physical distancing requirements.
  2. Physical distancing is still recommended, please be considerate of those around you and maintain 6ft apart when possible.

Residence Life Updates – Food Service, Mead Furniture & CCA for Fall 2021 - 06.14.21

Monday, June 14, 2021 

Dear Returning Students for Fall 2021,  

As you consider your “next steps” in our housing selection process, we wanted to provide more information to returning students about food and dining services options, new Mead suite furniture, and the Pitzer @ Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA) experience. Although our plans on these topics are still ongoing, and will respond to local health guidance, we felt it was important to give an update with what we know as of now to help students use this information during the housing selection process. We welcome your questions and feedback on these updates as we want them to be informed by student input!  

Food and Dining Services 

(NOTE: The exact dining hours, dining options, and food service plans are subject to change throughout the summer and fall semester as we gain student input, analyze student usage, and review updated guidance.) 

  • As a reminder, for Fall 2021 Pitzer students will not have access to the other Claremont Colleges’ dining halls/cafes. And conversely, other Claremont Colleges students won’t have access to Pitzer dining hall/cafes. We remain committed to returning to “crossover dining” (i.e. Claremont Colleges students eating at any Claremont Colleges dining hall) for Spring 2022, pending discussion with the other campuses.
  • Goals: To provide healthy, delicious food safely with dietary options available 
    • Food Service Venues: McConnell, Pit-Stop, Shakedown, with some extended hours, one way circulation, and new service styles  
    • Payment: no-touch card tapping using Pitzer ID card or Apple Pay 
    • Safety: social distancing, sanitizing, and personal protective equipment by all 
    • Outdoor dining only: increased outdoor furniture to accommodate outdoor eating (this decision will be reevaluated as new LA County Department of Public Health guidance is released) 
    • Sustainability: recycled and recyclable tableware, new trash compacting trash bins and composting options  
  • Types of Food Service Overview 
    • Served, to-go meals during regular meal periods from McConnell Dining Hall 
    • Meal swipe replacement options and individual items to purchase at the Pit Stop Cafe 
    • Meal swipe replacement options and late-night food service from the Shakedown Café  
    • Quarantine/isolation housing meal delivery 
  • Food Services Venues and Sample Menus 
    • McConnell Dining Hall  
      • Hours: Typically open for three set meal periods (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on weekdays and two meal periods (brunch/dinner) on weekends (Saturday/Sunday) 
      • Concept: Quick serve with choices of appetizer, entrée, dessert (2-4 options for each), food placed in a to-go container by staff and passed down the hot line with one-way circulation in the east door, along the hot line, and out the west door, indoor dining area closed for now 
      • Refresh: In McConnell a refresh is currently underway to upgrade finishes and lighting and improve circulation in the space, as well as to provide new furniture for when indoor dining restrictions are lifted by LA County 
    • Pit Stop Café 
      • Hours: Typically open 8:30-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday (hours may be adjusted)  
      • Concept: Outdoor snack bar concept, order outside through a window, pick up at other window, can use flex/credit card for individual items or a meal swipe for a set meal package  
    • Shakedown Café 
      • The Shakedown will be operated by Bon Appetit beginning Fall 2021. Discussions on future involvement of student employees in the Shakedown will continue. 
      • Concept & Hours: Discussions on extended hours are in progress. 
    • Grove House 
      • At this time the Grove House kitchen will not be used for food service this fall semester due to space restrictions and the need to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. 
  • Meal Plan Options 
    • 16 meal plan – 16 meals in a one-week period (Sunday-Saturday) including $160 flex dollars per semester OR 
    • 12 meal plan – 12 meals in a one-week period (Sunday-Saturday) including $120 flex dollars per semester OR 
    • 5 meal plan – 5 meals a week (Sunday-Saturday), no flex dollars (only available to CCA residents, off-campus students, or those who have been approved for a reduced meal plan) 
    • More information on meal plans, flex, and Claremont Cash.  
  • Students with Special Dietary Needs 
    • The dining hall has vegetarian and vegan meal options for each entrée.  
    • Students who are on a special diet, need a higher caloric meal, or have specific food allergies are encouraged to indicate this on their Housing Application. Students with these special needs should contact Pitzer’s Dining Manager, Toni Morbitt, to discuss meal accommodations prior to arrival for Fall 2021.  
    • Students who may want to apply for a reduced meal plan based on dietary needs should email housing@pitzer.edu for this application.  
  • Meal Periods and Card Swipes 
    • Typically, students can only use their 5, 12 or 16 meals per week during designated meal times in the dining hall (3 meal periods on weekdays and 2 meal periods on weekends). For a total of 19 meal periods each week. 
    • This Fall 2021, students will be able to get a meal using one of their meal swipes at McConnell, the Pit Stop Café AND the Shakedown Café during extended hours. 
    • This means students can use a meal swipe for one complete meal.  
  • Using Flex Dollars (Board Plus)  
    • Students will still be able to use their $120 flex dollars (for 12 meal plans) or $160 (for 16 meal plans) for individual items at the Pit Stop Café and Shakedown Café or to purchase an additional meal in any Pitzer venue. The flex cost of a meal can be found here.  
  • Academic Break Periods 
    • Pitzer will continue to offer food service on the meal plan throughout the Fall, Thanksgiving and Spring Break periods. Food service during this time will likely include adjusted dining schedules, pre-ordering, grab and go style, etc.  
  • Student Survey 
    • Student feedback on our fall food services plans, and Reopening Campus generally, can be submitted to this online survey

Mead Suite Furniture 

  • As previously mentioned, Mead Hall has received some wonderful upgrades over the past year, including remodeled suite restrooms and new furniture.  
  • As you consider your housing options, we wanted to share the final selection for the Mead Suite furniture. This furniture was selected in collaboration with Residence Life staff, the Student Voice Committee, and the Facilities team. 
  • Each 8-person common suite in Mead will have: 3 comfy lounge chairs, 2 side tables, and one study table with four chairs.  

Pitzer @ Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA) 

  • Pitzer @ CCA Overview:  
    • Pitzer has a long-term master lease with CCA, a third-part managed apartment complex, to offer apartment-style living close to campus to returning Pitzer students. Living at CCA is a great step towards independent living as students will experience apartment-style amenities with full kitchens, all utilities included, and housing dates that match the academic calendar (no need to find someone to take your summer sublease!) 
    • CCA has great amenities including FREE LAUNDRY, free printing, onsite gym, fully furnished rooms and common areas, high speed wi-fi, coffee and tea bar in the CCA office, community gas grills, and more!  
    • In Fall 2021, we anticipate that over 150 Pitzer students will reside at CCA. Approximately 110 Pitzer students will be in single rooms (in 2 bed/1 bath or 3 bed/2 bath units) and around 40 students will be in double rooms (in 2 bed/2 bath units). The 2 bed/2 bath units also have a common room!
    • Additionally, almost all of the other bed spaces at CCA will be occupied by Scripps College students next fall, making CCA an almost completely undergraduate community for the first-time.  
    • Pitzer will have three Resident Assistants (RAs) living at CCA to support the community as well as a live-in professional staff member, Cortlyn Raymond, Coordinator for Student Engagement. These staff will collaborate with Residence Life and Campus Life to bring activities, events, support and resources to Pitzer students residing at CCA.  
    • The CCA management staff is excited to work in conjunction with Pitzer Residence Life to ensure Pitzer (and Scripps) residents feel a sense of community through programming. There will be a variety of social interactions, activities, and educational programs implemented to make residents feel welcomed, included, and happy in their new homes. There will be virtual and in-person options, chances to win gift cards, food parties, DIY events, a free coffee station in the office and much more. 
  • CCA transportation options and updates  
    • We have heard from students living at CCA in the past, and from Student Senate this past year, that transportation between CCA and Pitzer is an important element of the choice to live at CCA. With this in mind, Student Affairs, the Treasurer’s Office, and Facilities has been partnering with student representatives on transportation solutions. Although some of these conversations are still in progress, the following options are being explored for potential availability in the Fall:  
      • CCA Shuttle: 
        • We continue discussions with the other Claremont Colleges about the potential for a shared shuttle to CCA as well as to other college-sponsored housing located away from the main Claremont Colleges campuses.  
      • Campus Safety, Safe Escort Program:  
        • Campus Safety will continue to provide free, 24/7, on-demand, no questions asked safe rides on-campus and to and from CCA to the Colleges.  
        • More information can be found on Campus Safety’s website under “Types of Services”.  
      • Green Bike Program (GBP) Loaner Bikes: 
        • The College is committed to increasing the number of loaner bikes GBP has available to students and is encouraging prioritization of CCA students in the lottery process. These bikes will come equipped with safety equipment including a helmet, bike lock, and lights.  
      • Claremont Dial-A-Ride: 
        • This is a local service provide in collaboration with the Pomona Valley Transportation Authority and is an affordable alternative to Uber/Lyft. More information can be found on their website.  
        • Zipcar 
        • We are exploring adding Zipcar stations at CCA and at Pitzer for students who may wish to use this service.  
      • Foothill Transit  
        • All Claremont Colleges students are eligible for a free Class Pass to access Foothill Transit buses.  

Other Fall 2021 Planning  

  • We plan to have a centralized Pitzer Pathway Forward website with more Fall 2021 plans available for students in late June, after mid-June guidance is received from LA County Department of Public Health.  
  • As always, much about fall semester remains to be determined including COVID-19 related health and safety measures on-campus (e.g. social distancing, face coverings, guests, gatherings, etc.). We encourage students to stay tuned to their email for updates as we have them. 

We look forward to our return to campus and we appreciate everyone’s patience throughout the process. As questions emerge, please reach out!  

Our best, 
Residence Life, Facilities & Dining 
Kirsten, Josh, Patrice, Mark, and Toni 

Josh Scacco, M.Ed. (He/Him/His) 
Associate Director of Residence Life 

Kirsten Carrier, M.S. (she/her/hers) 
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Conference Services 

Patrice Langevin 
Architect | AIA | LEED AP BD+C 
Assistant Vice President of Campus Facilities 
Pitzer College Facilities and Campus Services

Mark Crawbuck 
Senior Director of Facilities, Safety, and Event Management 
Pitzer College Facilities and Campus Services 

Tonian Morbitt 
General Manager 
Bon Appetit Management Company at Pitzer College

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Students Needed by July 1 - 05.28.21

May 28, 2021

Dear Students,

As we continue to plan for a return to campus this fall, we want to remind you to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination in your local area PRIOR to arrival at Pitzer and ideally by July 1. We would also like to remind you that COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all Pitzer students unless an exemption for medical or religious reasons has been approved.

ALL students will need to complete one of the following by July 1:

  1. Upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Healthy Pitzer. Easy upload instructions can be found here. (NOTE: If your vaccination card is in another language, please have it translated prior to upload). If you experience any issues in uploading your vaccination card, please contact help@pitzer.edu or call the Help Desk at 909-607-3065.
    OR
  2. Email gabriella_tempestoso@pitzer.edu to begin the process to receive a medical/religious exemption from the vaccination. If you plan to request an exemption, please do so as soon as possible so we can begin working with you on the process.
    OR
  3. Complete the “Early Arrival Application Fall 2021“on your Residence Homepage to officially request an early arrival AND to request to receive a vaccination in Claremont this fall after arrival.

Students Arriving from International Destinations this Fall and International Students:
Please review the detailed email sent to all international students earlier this week for more specific information including guidance from the World Health Organization, early arrival guidance and support for students needing to set-up vaccination appointments and self-quarantine. As a reminder, Todd Sasaki (Todd_Sasaki@pitzer.edu) is a great resource to assist you with coordinating your plans. If you did not receive this aforementioned email, please reach out to Todd as the email was primarily sent to international students.

Students Currently Residing in the United States:
We expect ALL students currently residing in the United States to be fully vaccinated upon arrival this fall or to have received an exemption via the process above. We will not be able to provide COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival to these students as we are prioritizing those arriving from international destinations who do not have vaccine access this summer. For assistance locating vaccine access near you, please click here. You can also reach out to our team at osastudent@pitzer.edu for support.

Questions related to the COVID-19 Vaccine:

Opportunity Chance Drawing for All Students:
We all have a social responsibility to do our part in our community’s safe return to campus and greatly appreciate your important contributions by taking action by July 1. Students who complete the required steps above by July 1 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card, Fitbit, $100 to the Huntley Bookstore, $50 Claremont Cash, or by popular student demand, an Orange Blossom backpack.

We expect to receive more updated guidance in mid-June and will provide you with additional updates, as well as access to a new centralized Pitzer Pathway Forward website that will house all of these important updates, and more, by late June.

As always, we encourage you to remain in communication with us over the summer as any questions or concerns arise by contacting osastudent@pitzer.edu.

Sincerely,

Sandra Vasquez
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

I-Place Update for Students - 05.21.21

May 21, 2021

Good Morning Pitzer Students,

Congratulations on wrapping up the spring semester. We hope your summer plans are restorative, and we all look forward to welcoming you back to campus in August. We are writing today to provide an update on the information shared in September 2020, when it was announced that this current academic year would be the last year of operations for the jointly funded I-Place program.

Each College will continue to offer its own international student program and collaborate with the international student programs at the other Colleges. The Student Deans Council (SDC) has been working for the past 18 months to prepare for this shift from a shared services model of providing community programs to campus-based models to support our international student populations.

International students are incredibly important and valued members of our Claremont Colleges community. This new model will increase the support and available resources on each individual campus, while retaining a structure and funding for the continuation of collaboratively developed 5C and 7C community programs.

To carry on the coordination and traditions of cross-campus programs and events, SDC recently formed the 7C International Student Community Program Council (ISCPC), a group of professional representatives from each of the 7 Claremont Colleges. This group is charged with responsibility for meeting regularly to plan and implement 5C and 7C programs, events, and opportunities for international students across the campuses to meet each other and develop a sense of a connected international community. While each of the 7 Colleges will manage its own new international student orientation program, the ISCPC will develop events to bring together our new international students across the campuses during the first few weeks of each academic year. ISCPC will also host events on the multiple campuses, create ongoing program traditions, and continue some of the most successful events from the past. The ISCPC will develop an annual calendar of events and programs to provide students, faculty and staff opportunities to meet, gather, and learn about different cultures. They will seek input and assistance from international students to inform these opportunities. The ISCPC has already begun to meet to prepare for the fall ’21 semester. This approach is modeled after the successful operations of the 5C Student Activities Professionals, and the 7C Residential Deans – two standing committees that have been in existence for many years to coordinate plans across the Colleges.

At Pitzer, we are taking steps to strengthen support and increase resources for international students through:

Developing international student centered programming, including a Pitzer international student orientation. Additional programming will be developed in collaboration with broader ISCPC initiatives as well as Pitzer-specific events.

  • The Office of Student Affairs has increased staffing to help with this – Cortlyn Raymond was recently hired as the Coordinator of Student Engagement. This position will assist student organizations with programming and participate in the ISCPC on 7-C collaborative programming. Todd Sasaki, Director of International Programs and Alayna Sessions-Goins, Director of Campus Life have already begun working together on orientation and additional events.
  • Work has begun on identifying a space for international students on campus. With the coming absence of the I-Place physical space, this will be a welcome support and resource for our new and returning international students.
  • We look forward to continuing to work with the Pitzer International Student Association (PISA) on their projects and to partner with them in addressing international student initiatives and concerns.
  • We welcome and encourage student support and participation in working on these and other ideas. Please feel free to reach out to Todd (todd_sasaki@pitzer.edu) and Alayna (alayna_session-goins@pitzer.edu) if you are interested.

Although it is sad to see the end of International Place, we are excited about the opportunities available to offer direct support to our international community at Pitzer.

Sincerely,
Mike Segawa & Sandra Vasquez

Residence Life & Housing Updates – Food Service, Mead Furniture and CCA for Fall 2021 - 05.19.21

May 19, 2021

Dear Returning Pitzer Students for Fall 2021,

Congratulations on all of your hard work in completing the Spring 2021 semester! As promised, this is yet another update from Residence Life and Housing to continue giving information as we move closer to fall semester. Our update today will cover updates on the housing applications we received, the Returning Student Housing Selection timeline, and more move-in information. We welcome your questions and feedback on these updates as we want them to be informed by student input!

Student Housing Selection Updates

The Housing Selection process is facilitated entirely online using our Residence software system. As such, the Housing Selection has three main phases:

  1. Apply (Completed)
  2. Roommate Groups and Room Explore (New Dates Announced!)
  3. Select Rooms (New Dates Announced!)

Detailed notes and screenshots of each phase, and all prior Housing Selection Updates can be found on our Housing Selection website. Students are encouraged to reach out to Housing@pitzer.edu with any questions in regards to the Housing Selection process.

Housing Applications

  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Students still interested in off-campus housing for fall semester are encouraged to apply as we do have some availability left. The Off Campus Housing application can be requested at housing@pitzer.edu for review on a case-by-case basis.
  • Room Accommodations for Disabilities Application (RADA) Housing
  • Although it is now past the deadline, this application can still be requested at housing@pitzer.edu for review on a case-by-case basis.
  • Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) Housing
  • The incoming first-year class is projected to fill all Skandera Hall double suites at this time. Students in SYE Housing will be in West and East Halls.
  • General Housing Selection
  • Based on current applications, around 200 single rooms are projected to be available as part of the General Housing Selection process, more details on location and suite types will be available when Final Room selection begins.
  • Due to SYE housing interest and new student class size, we do not project any West and East double suites to be available for Juniors or Seniors at this time.

Housing Selection Dates

  • We expect to receive more guidance from LACDPH on what campus life will look like for fall semester sometime in June. So, we have now established the Housing Selection timeline below with this in mind.
  • Hopefully students will get more of an idea of what campus life will look like in June and be able to make informed decisions on who they’d like to live with, and where they’d like to live, prior to their final housing selection in late June.
ProcessApplication Review & ApprovalStep 2: Roommate Groups, Individual Selection Times and Room ExploreStep 3: Final Room SelectionNotes
Off-Campus HousingApr 23N/AN/AAccording to current projections of remaining returning students and rooms available, every student seeking Campus Housing will have a bed.
Those still interested in living off campus are still encouraged to apply.
Room Accommodation due to a Disability (RADA)May 6May 28June 7Assigned spaces: Applications with highly specific room accommodations will be offered a space on May 24 – May 27.
All other RADAs will Group and Select on May 28.
Sophomore Year Experience (SYE)May 17June 8June 29Halls: Sophomores will be housed in West and East halls.
June 8 – Make roommate groups of 4. (Or 3 with one bed held for an incoming/transfer/exchange student).
General Returning Student Housing SelectionMay 17June 8June 30Halls: Due to the number of SYE Housing Applications, General Returning Student Housing selection will only be available in Mead and CCA halls.
June 8 – Make roommate groups fitting suite sizes (or 1 less with one bed held for an incoming/transfer/exchange student).
  • Next Steps for you!
    • Mark your calendar with the important dates of your process.
    • Start talking to potential suitemates considering the new information above!
    • Consider Roommate groups according to different suite sizes
      • Students approved for Room Accommodations for Disabilities will receive an additional email with next steps soon.
      • If you need one additional person to match your roommate group size with a suite, you can request to add a Transfer or Exchange student placeholder to be placed in your group by contacting Residence Life. Residence Life will place that student later is the summer.
      • WES – Double and single rooms (in 4 person suites, 2 double rooms or 4 single rooms)
        • Any spaces still available after Room Accommodations for Disabilities, FYE and SYE housing processes.
      • CCA – combination double and single rooms in apartment-style living
        • 2 bed, 1 bath w/kitchen
        • 2 bed, 2 bath w/kitchen
        • 3 bed, 2 bath w/kitchen
      • Mead – combination double and single rooms*
        • *some Mead suites will be partially full due to the RADA selection process. Those in the General Housing Selection must have roommate group sizes that match and complete the number of the suite’s open spaces.
        • 8 person suites with 2 double rooms and 4 single rooms
        • 7 person suites with 2 double rooms and 3 single rooms
        • 4 person suites 1 double room 2 single rooms

Move-In Dates and Times Reminders

  • Early Arrivals
    • Please review our Early Arrival Policies.
    • Student Leaders, Student Athletes, and Students who still need to be vaccinated.
      • Some student leaders/athletes may be arriving early according to coordination between supervisors/advisors/coaches and Residence Life. Student Leaders should communicate with their supervisor/advisor/coach for more information.
      • All Early arrival students (after being approved by their supervisor) must complete an Early Arrival application on Residence for approval.
  • Orientation Move-In
    • First-Year Orientation Move-In Day – Saturday, August 21, 2021
    • Returning Student Orientation Move-In Day – Sunday, August 22, 2021
      • Returning students who will be participating in Returning Student Orientation will move-in on Sunday, August 22, 2021 during the times associated with the first letter of their last name. Each student may have up to two (2) persons assist with move-in. Students may arrive with their helpers anytime during their 2-hour move-in slot.
        • A-F 8:00am – 10:00am
        • G-K 10:00am – 12:00pm (noon)
        • L-R 12:00pm (noon) – 2:00pm
        • S-Z 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    • More Orientation-related information for incoming first-years, rising sophomores and transfers can be found here.
    • More information on Family Orientation will be forthcoming.
  • Returning Student Move-In (mostly Juniors and Seniors)
    • Saturday, August 28, 2021 and Sunday, August 29, 2021
    • Returning students will move in on Saturday and Sunday during the times associated with the first letter of their last name. Each student may have up to two (2) persons assist with move-in. Students may arrive with their helpers anytime during their move-in slot.
    • Saturday, August 28
      • A-K: 9am-1pm
      • L-Z: 1pm-5pm
    • Sunday, August 29
      • L-Z : 9am-1pm
      • A-K: 1pm-5pm
    • First Day of Class
    • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for All Students for Fall 2021
    • Reopening Feedback
      • As a reminder, if you have feedback on any of the current reopening plans, please consider completing this survey that was sent to the community.

Additional Reminders

  • Storage Items from March 2020 Campus Closure
    • Graduates – Recent (since Spring 2020) and upcoming (Spring 2021) graduates, who still have storage items on campus are encouraged to reach out to Residence Life (at housing@pitzer.edu) to coordinate a plan for their items.
    • Returning Students – Items still on campus will be moved to Fall 2021 room assignments prior to arrival. Students living off-campus in the Fall semester will have the opportunity to pick up their items on-campus upon arrival. More details on this process will be sent this summer.
  • Other Fall 2021 Planning
    • Much about fall semester remains to be determined including COVID-19 related health and safety measures on-campus (i.e. social distancing, face coverings, guests, gatherings, vaccine guidelines, etc.). We encourage students to stay tuned to their email for updates as we have them.

As always, we look forward to our return to campus and we appreciate everyone’s patience throughout the process. As questions emerge, please reach out!

Our best,
Residence Life
Kirsten and Josh

Josh Scacco, M.Ed. (He/Him/His)
Associate Director of Residence Life

Kirsten Carrier, M.S. (she/her/hers)
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Conference Services

Residence Life & Housing Updates for Fall 2021 (April) - 04.30.21

April 30, 2021

Dear Pitzer Students,  

We hope this update finds you studying hard and getting excited to complete the academic year soon! As promised, this is yet another update from Residence Life and Housing to continue giving information as we move closer to fall semester. Our update today will cover the housing applications opening, an update on our housing selection process so far, and other reminders about fall. We welcome your questions and feedback on these updates as we want them to be informed by student input!  

Student Housing Selection Updates 

The Housing Selection process is facilitated entirely online using our Residence software system. As such, the Housing Selection has three main phases: 

  1. Apply (Current) 
  2. Roommate Groups and Room Explore (TBA) 
  3. Select Rooms (TBA) 

Detailed notes and screen shots of each phase, and all prior Housing Selection Updates can be found on our Housing Selection Website. Students are encouraged to reach out to Housing@pitzer.edu with any questions in regards to the Housing Selection process. 

Housing Selection Application Dates 

Process Application Open/Closes Application Review & Approval Notes 
Off-Campus Housing CLOSED CLOSED All Off-Campus Housing Applications received by the deadline have been approved and met the anticipated need.     According to current projections of remaining returning students and rooms available, every student seeking Campus Housing will have a bed.     There is not an anticipated lack of bed spaces in Campus Housing.    
Room Accommodation due to a Disability (RADA) April 23 – May 3 May 6 Open now: Half way through open period. 
Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) April 30 – May 10 May 17 Open Now: Sophomores will only choose one application to complete, this SYE application or the General Returning Student Application. 
General Returning Student Housing Selection  April 30 – May 10   May 17 Open now 

Move-In Dates and Reminders 

  • Early Arrivals 
    • Please review our Early Arrival Policies.  
    • Student Leaders, Student Athletes, and Students arriving via international travel who still need to be vaccinated. 
      • Some student leaders/athletes may be arriving early according to coordination between supervisors/advisors/coaches and Residence Life. Student Leaders should communicate with their supervisor/advisor/coach for more information.  
      • All Early arrival students (after being approved by their supervisor) must complete an Early Arrival application on Residence for approval. 
  • Orientation Move-In 
    • First-Year – Saturday, August 21, 2021 
    • Sophomore – Sunday, August 22, 2021 
    • More Orientation related information for incoming first-years, rising sophomores and transfers can be found here
  • Returning Student Move-In 
    • Saturday, August 28, 2021 and Sunday, August 29, 2021 
  • First Day of Class 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for All Students for Fall 2021 
  • Reopening Feedback 
    • As a reminder, if you have feedback on any of the current reopening plans, please consider completing this survey that was sent to the community on Thursday, April 22, 2021. 

Additional Reminders 

  • Storage Items from March 2020 Campus Closure  
    • Graduates – Recent (since Spring 2020) and upcoming (Spring 2021) graduates, who still have storage items on campus are encouraged to reach out to Residence Life (at housing@pitzer.edu) to coordinate a plan for their items. 
    • Returning Students – Items still on campus will be moved to Fall 2021 room assignments prior to arrival. Students living off-campus in the Fall semester will have the opportunity to pick-up their items on-campus upon arrival. More details on this process will be sent this summer. 
  • Summer Housing Options 
    • Although we will not be offering any residential options at Pitzer for summer 2021, since Summer Session is completely virtual this year, we are still partnering with the Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA) for any students seeking Claremont area housing. 
    • More information on details about summer housing at CCA can be found here.  
  • Other Fall 2021 Planning  
    • Much about fall semester remains to be determined including COVID-19 related health and safety measures on-campus (i.e. social distancing, face coverings, guests, gatherings, vaccine guidelines, etc.), the timeline for forming roommate groups, individual selection times, and final selection timelines.  We encourage students to stay tuned to their email for updates as we have them.  

As always, we look forward to our return to campus and we appreciate everyone’s patience throughout the process. As questions emerge, please reach out!  

Our best, 
Residence Life 
Kirsten and Josh  

Josh Scacco, M.Ed. (He/Him/His) 
Associate Director of Residence Life 

Kirsten Carrier, M.S. (she/her/hers) 
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Conference Services 

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) - 04.28.21

Dear Students,

I hope this note finds you healthy and well.  I write to give you an update on the availability of additional emergency funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of additional emergency funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) for institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitzer College has received funding from the recently approved Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. Per federal guidelines, $312,931 has been allocated to go directly to students in the form of CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grants. More than half the funds have been distributed already since March 2020 to provide direct support during the pandemic to students with exceptional need and considered housing insecure. The remainder of the funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible to provide students with the support they need to continue their educational pursuits via additional Emergency Relief Grants.

CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the ongoing nation-wide pandemic (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare). If you have experienced any difficulties due to the disruption of campus operations, we strongly encourage you to apply for a CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grant.

Unfortunately, the current legislation limits eligibility for funds only to students eligible to receive federal financial aid, excluding assistance to non-U.S. citizens. However, just as we did with CARES Act, Pitzer College will use its own funds to cover grants in cases where students are ineligible to receive CRRSAA funds.

  • To be eligible to receive a CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grant, students should be currently enrolled with consideration to students on leave of absence
  • The CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grant is limited to $500 and a one-time request. While $500 is the maximum, we ask that you only request what you need, being mindful of other students also impacted by the pandemic. Pending resource availability, we may consider allocating additional support based on exceptional student need.
  • The request must be costs incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The U.S. Department of Education has prioritized students with the greatest demonstrated financial need for immediate disbursement of funds.
  • With your consent, the funds can be applied toward student account balances.
  • Students must complete the CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grant form.

CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grant funding is limited. Applicants will be awarded grants as long as funds remain available.

We want to thank our entire community for continuing to come together to care for each other and those most greatly impacted by the pandemic. It has been wonderful to see such care and collaboration in our community.

Best Regards,
Laura & Sandy 

Updated Faculty and Staff Testing Policy - 04.19.21

Beginning April 19, 2021, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to participate in routine testing.

  • A person is considered fully vaccinated ≥2 weeks following the receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer/Moderna) or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Please upload your vaccination status to Healthy Pitzer: www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer to be eligible.

Pitzer strongly encourages our staff and faculty to get vaccinated when you are able. Vaccination has proven to be safe and effective and is the best way to protect yourself and your community. If you have any questions regarding vaccination, please contact River at (909) 607-2180 or nurse@pitzer.edu.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, loss of taste/smell etc.) or have been exposed to a positive case please notify River even if you are fully vaccinated. River and HHB physicians will evaluate if you need testing or further follow up care.

Faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated and come to campus on a regular basis will be required to continue testing for COVID-19 on a routine basis as a condition of their presence on campus as outlined below:

  • Faculty and staff who come to campus two or three days per week will be required to test once per week.
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus four or more days per week or live on campus will be required to test twice per week.
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus one day per week will not be required to test routinely.
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus intermittently, on an irregular schedule, will not be required to test routinely
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you will not be required to participate in routine testing for 90 days following your positive test as long as you no longer have symptoms. After the 90 days, testing will resume as scheduled.

Scheduling a COVID-19 Testing Appointment through Healthy Pitzer

To facilitate this process, faculty and staff members who plan to be on campus on a routine basis are asked to schedule themselves for their weekly or twice weekly testing using Healthy Pitzer at www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer or go to the Pitzer website>Resources>Daily Health screening. You can find instructions for scheduling here: www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/healthy-pitzer-appointment/

This is important to (1) ensure that we know who will be on campus on a given day, (2) facilitate contact tracing and (3) efficiently allocate COVID-19 tests for those who are required to be on campus, who will maintain a regular presence on campus and those members of our community who are symptomatic or believe they have been exposed. If you are unsure of your testing frequency, please contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180.

All routine testing will be done at the Benson Atrium on campus (see map below). Faculty and staff members will receive test results directly from the lab within 24 to 48 hours.

  • If you are on campus two or three days per week, you will be tested once on the earliest day you are on campus. If you are on campus four or more days per week, you will be tested on a Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule.
  • Tests will only be performed within scheduled hours; those faculty and staff who fail to get tested as scheduled will be expected to leave campus and to consult with their supervisor and VP on next steps.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to a sick patient contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180 (x72180) before going in for your routine testing appointment.
  • Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by River Santee, who will provide further instructions for quarantine or isolation. River Santee will also initiate contact tracing and will contact those who may have been exposed.
Testing site in Benson

Given the contagious nature of COVID-19, we are asking faculty and staff who are on campus routinely to stick to their approved schedules. Should a schedule change, faculty and staff members will be expected to consult with their supervisor or VP, who will let HR know of the change.

Testing for Employees Who Do Not Fall Under the Policy:
If staff or faculty would like to be tested at our on-campus clinic but do not come to campus frequently enough to fall under our testing policy, they will be allotted one free test per month. They will be charged $75 per test for any additional testing. This applies only to healthy individuals who would like testing for personal reasons. If you are symptomatic or exposed to a positive case this would be a diagnostic test and would be free of charge. As a reminder Pitzer is responsible for the cost of every test, which is currently $75. Testing may also be obtained for free with use of insurance through your healthcare provider.

Testing for Symptomatic or Exposed Staff and Faculty:
Any staff or faculty who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to a sick patient must contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180 (x72180) as soon as possible. River will provide diagnostic testing for those who meet criteria. Diagnostic testing will be a same day or next day drive-up appointment. The drive-up testing will be located in marked parking spots at Holden parking lot, instructions will be provided before testing.

Outside Testing:
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or test positive through a non-Pitzer testing site, AND you have been on campus in the fourteen days prior the first day of symptoms, you must immediately report that information to HHB Nurse River Santee at (909) 607-2180 (x72180) or nurse@pitzer.edu. This is required so that we may report to the State of California, as well as our workers’ compensation carrier, per changes in state laws effective January 1.

Testing Family Members/Partners:
Our on-campus clinic is available to family members and partners of Pitzer faculty and staff. If a member of your family needs to be tested, please contact HHB Nurse River Santee at 909) 607-2180 (x72180) or nurse@pitzer.edu. Please note that, effective March 1st, 2021, you will be charged $75.00 for each test for each family member.

Changes in Notification Procedures:
New legal and regulatory mandates will bring new notifications to members of our Pitzer College community if there is an outbreak. California’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health now mandates notice be given within one business day to all employees who occupy an “exposed workplace” when there are multiple COVID-19 infections or outbreaks in a single location. As a result, you may receive notices from the College from time to time as we track COVID-19 cases in our community.

As a reminder:

  • A COVID-19 case is defined as a person who has tested positive, is subject to an order to isolate from a health professional or public health official or who has died from COVID-19.
  • You are at risk for exposure if you were within six feet of the person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, with or without the use of face coverings, over a 24-hour period, or had unprotected contact with the person’s body fluids and/or secretions (for example being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva) or provided care without using appropriate protective equipment.
  • We will be sending out notices within one business day to faculty and staff who work in a particular workspace in cases of multiple COVID cases in a single location. If contact tracing reveals that you are at risk of exposure, you will be contacted by HHB Nurse River Santee.

Additionally, resources are available for anyone who needs wellbeing assistance:
Employee Assistance Program: The EAP is administered by OptumHealth and is available to benefits-eligible staff and faculty for free counseling support during this stressful period.

You may contact the EAP by calling (800) 234-5465. You can also find information and resources online at www.liveandworkwell.com

COVID-19 Vaccine Update for Students - 04.13.21

April 13, 2021

Dear Students,  

As we continue to plan for a Fall semester return to campus, we are committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. The cherished student and community experience in and out of the classroom, and our shared core value of Social Responsibility, will continue to light our Pitzer Pathway Forward, in our planning. To this end we would like to inform you that all students will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus. Students will be considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after receiving their second dose of a 2-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or a dose of a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).  By adding COVID-19 vaccination to our student immunization requirements, we will help provide a more robust college experience. The possibility of an exception to this vaccination requirement will be considered only for documented medical conditions or religious exceptions. 

Healthy Pitzer has been established for you to upload completed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued vaccination cards, created in partnership with Student Health Services (SHS). Students arriving from international destinations will also be able to upload vaccination documentation through the Healthy Pitzer App and are strongly encouraged to contact Todd Sasaki (Todd_Sasaki@pitzer.edu) in Study Abroad and International Programs for support.  Guidelines and recommendations are still emerging for students receiving a COVID-19 vaccine abroad that has not been approved by the FDA.

Students living in California who are not vaccinated before arrival to Pitzer will need to get vaccinated upon arrival, comply with weekly (2xs) COVID-19 testing, and will continue until different guidelines are issued by LACDPH. Out-of-state students who are not vaccinated before arriving at Pitzer will need to get vaccinated upon arrival, quarantine for 10 days after arrival, and comply with weekly (2xs) COVID-19 testing.  

If you are unable to obtain access to the vaccine in your local area, SHS may be able to assist upon arrival as vaccines become available. We are uncertain at this time the amount of COVID-19 vaccines available at the start of the Fall semester. Please do not wait to get vaccinated if at all possible. More information on this to come.

Any questions or concerns related to the COVID-19 vaccine can be fielded by Student Health Services: 

  • TCCS COVID-19 FAQs section on COVID-19 vaccines  
  • Nursing phone appointments available by contacting SHS (909) 621-8222 
  • Provider phone appointments also available by contacting SHS (909) 621-8222 
  • 7C.Health provider appointments available via telemedicine 24/7 

We also want to remind students that LA County continues to require the influenza vaccine for all students during flu season, starting around November. The College will assist students in accessing flu vaccines during the fall semester.

We are excited for the moment when we can be together again in community this fall. Thank you for your continued commitment to being “Mindful of Each Other” in our return to campus by proactively setting up your vaccination appointment and reaching out to SHS with any questions. We will continue to update the campus community as new information becomes available and/or if CDC and LACDPH guidance requires any changes to our approach and community expectations. As a reminder, ongoing student support resources can be found on our Spring 2021 Student Success Support Services and Resources Website and our One-Stop Student Support Center.  

Sincerely,  
Sandra Vasquez  
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs  

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates - 03.31.21

March 31, 2021

Dear Students,

As we continue to plan for a return to campus, we want to HIGHLY encourage you to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in your local area, as they become available, PRIOR to arrival at Pitzer this fall. There are many benefits to receiving the vaccination prior to arrival. For example, students who are vaccinated will not need to observe the same quarantine periods if identified as in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and will likely be exempt from regular COVID-19 testing protocols.

As you may know, the COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for Emergency Use Authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is becoming more readily available nationwide. For example:

  • As part of the employees of institutions of higher education, we have learned that student employees who reside in the local area are now eligible to receive that vaccine. They can do so through Student Health Services (SHS) and other local vaccine providers with proof of student employment (such as a W2).
  • In the State of California, all individuals over the age of 16 will become eligible for vaccination starting April 15.
  • And, President Biden has declared that all individuals over the age of 16 will become eligible for vaccination nationwide starting no later than May 1, with most individuals becoming eligible by April 19.
  • Please check with your vaccine provider in advance to confirm the requirements.

Any questions or concerns related to the COVID-19 vaccine can be fielded by Student Health Services (SHS):

  • TCCS COVID-19 FAQs section on COVID vaccines
  • Nursing phone appointments available by contacting SHS (909) 621-8222
  • Provider phone appointments also available by contact SHS (909) 621-8222
  • 7C – Health provider appointments available via telemedicine 24/7

In the near future, students will be informed of their access to our Healthy Pitzer Daily Screening Form. This will allow students who have been fully vaccinated to provide us with confirmation that they have been vaccinated by uploading a copy of their fully completed CDC-issued vaccination card, created in partnership with Student Health Services (SHS).
We hope you will join us in being “Mindful of Each Other” in our return to campus by considering your options to become vaccinated and reaching out to SHS with any questions. And, as new information becomes available, we will continue to update our website.

Sincerely,

Sandra Vasquez
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Residence Life & Housing Updates for Fall 2021 - 03.30.21

March 30, 2021

Dear Pitzer Students,  

As stated in President Oliver’s email yesterday and in our February 25th email to the community, we are currently planning a return to full occupancy in our residence halls for fall 2021. We aim to send students regular housing updates in the coming months as we get more information from LA County and from the Claremont Colleges on planning for fall semester. Today’s update will cover move-in dates, food services, tentative housing selection timeline, summer housing options, and a reminder about our open off-campus housing application. We welcome your questions and feedback on these updates as we want them to be informed by student input!  

(As a reminder, these occupancy plans are in process and will respond accordingly to college-wide planning for fall, LA County guidance, and other health and safety protocols. There may be other COVID-19 related safety measures (i.e. masks, social distancing, Mindful of Each Other community agreement expectations, community health ambassadors, etc.) involved in a return to campus that we cannot fully predict at this time.) 

Question: Based on the information below, can I make travel plans back to Pitzer this fall?  

Answer: As this time, due to the fluidity of protocols and LA County’s changing COVID-19 situation, students are encouraged to make flexible travel plans based on the dates and information below. We encourage you to review flight change fees, travel insurance, alternative travel options, etc. in case you need to alter your arrival plans.  

  • Currently LA County requires a 10-day quarantine, even for fully vaccinated individuals. However, we hope that as more data comes in regarding vaccine efficacy, LA County will waive this quarantine restriction for those who are fully vaccinated. We encourage all students to seek COVID-19 vaccination as soon as it is available to them in their local area and to continue monitoring LACDPH guidance. Vaccinated students who are arriving from domestic locations this August should plan to arrive as scheduled.  
  • Conversely, we encourage students arriving this August from international locations to be in close contact with Pitzer International Programs in regards to their travel planning. Students traveling to the United States will be expected to follow travel guidance and it is unknown what travel restrictions will be in place in August. Students arriving from international locations who are living in the residence halls in the fall semester will have the option to register with International Programs/Residence Life to arrive early and complete their quarantine period in campus housing. More information on this process will be communicated to eligible students soon.  

Move-In Information and Dates 

  • Early Arrivals 
    • Student Leaders, Student Athletes, and Students Arriving from International Locations 
      • Some student leaders/athletes may be arriving early according to coordination between supervisors/advisors/coaches and Residence Life. Student Leaders should communicate with their supervisor/advisor/coach for more information. 
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Access Upon Arrival 
      • Wherever possible, we HIGHLY encourage students to receive vaccination in their local area PRIOR to arrival at Pitzer this fall. Any questions related to the vaccination can be fielded by Student Health Services (SHS).  
        • There many benefits to receiving the vaccination prior to arrival. For example, students who are vaccinated will not need to observe the same quarantine periods if identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 and will likely to be exempt from regular COVID-19 testing protocols.  
    • Students arriving to campus who have not had the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination yet will be able to coordinate with Student Affairs, Residence Life, and Student Health Services to receive their vaccination upon arrival and enter into our regular COVID-19 testing process.  
    • Details on this are TBD, but we do know that SHS has been approved as a vaccine distribution site and plans to provide vaccine access to students this fall, subject to vaccine availability and allocation.  
  • Orientation Move-In Dates and Details  
    • New Student Orientation Move-In (new students enrolling in Fall 2021) 
      • Saturday, Aug 21, 2021 
      • Students will sign-up for individual move-in times this summer after final room selection. Please plan to arrive between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and account for this when coordinating travel details. 
    • Returning Student Orientation Move-in (current new students that enrolled during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021) 
  • Returning Student Move-In 
    • Saturday, August 28 & Sunday, August 29, 2021 
    • Students will sign up for individual move-in times this summer after final room selection. Please plan to arrive between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and account for this when coordinating travel details. 
  • First Day of Class 
    • Monday, August 30, 2021 

Food Services in Fall 2021 

  • We wanted to be sure to share some updates to our food service operations as we know them now.  These updates are based on current LACDPH requirements, and as the LACDPH food service restrictions lessen, current dining hall and café modifications will be re-evaluated so that we can pivot to provide currently restricted services, such as indoor dining, when deemed safe and allowable to do so. 
  • Food Service Options 
    • 5Cs food service venues: Pitzer students will not have access to the other Claremont Colleges’ dining halls/cafes (and conversely, other Claremont Colleges students won’t have access to Pitzer dining hall/cafes, etc.).  
    • Venues: McConnell Dining Hall, the Pit Stop Cafe and the Shakedown Café will be open for served or grab-and-go food, with options for dietary needs. And, to accommodate social distancing requirements and student schedules, extended hours will be offered. Additionally, minor remodel changes will expedite food service.  
    • As noted above, only outdoor eating will be available, with additional furniture provided in several locations across campus and near the food service venues.  
    • Students who choose to live with us through Pitzer@CCA will, due to the modifications above, have several options: be completely off the meal plan (for this year only) or be on a 5,12 or 16 meal plan.  
  • Our Food Services Working Group continues to actively meet and consider community input. Student ongoing input is welcome and can be sent to the Student Senate appointed student reps on the Food Services Working Group:  
    • Kaila Teague, Milena Passage, Mya Bolden, Z Slade-Bridges, Aman Ahmed, and Becca Zimmerman. 

Student Housing Selection Updates  The Housing Selection process is facilitated entirely online using our Residence software system. As such, the Housing Selection has three main phases: 

  1. Apply 
  2. Roommate Groups and Explore Rooms 
  3. Select Rooms 

Detailed notes and screen shots of each phase, and all prior Housing Selection Updates can be found on our Housing Selection Website. Students are encouraged to reach out to Housing@pitzer.edu with any questions in regards to the Housing Selection process. 

Housing Selection Application Timeline 

Application ProcessApplication Open/ClosesApplication Review & ApprovalRoommate Group & Explore RoomsSelect Rooms/Room Assignment
Off Campus HousingFeb. 24 – April 22Rolling until April 22N/AN/A
Room Accommodation due to a Disability (RADA)April 23 – May 3May 6N/ATBD – June/July, after LA County guidance
General Returning Student Housing Selection (including Sophomore Community)April 30 – May 10May 17TBD – June/July, after LA County guidanceTBD – June/July, after LA County guidance
  • Off Campus Housing – Applications now open  
    • Apply online using our Residence software system. 
    • We encourage anyone interested in Off-Campus Housing to review our Off-Campus Guide and consider attending our upcoming Off-Campus Student Forum to hear from other students about their experience living locally in Claremont.  
    • Off Campus Applications are reviewed before the Campus Housing Selection process begins. If you are interested in living off campus, please review our Off Campus Housing Priority criteria, outlined on the Housing Selection Website.  
    • Applicants are prioritized according to our Off-Campus priority guide as well as the date/time they applied.  
    • Students must apply and be approved to live off-campus BEFORE they sign a lease for off-campus housing. 
  • Housing and Meal Plan Rates 
  • Storage Items from March 2020 Campus Closure  
    • Graduates – Recent (since Spring 2020) and upcoming (Spring 2021) graduates, who still have storage items on campus are encouraged to reach out to Residence Life to coordinate a plan for their items. 
    • Returning Students – Items still on campus will be moved to Fall 2021 room assignments prior to arrival. Students living off-campus in the Fall semester will have the opportunity to pick-up their items on-campus upon arrival. More details on this process will be sent this summer.  
  • Summer Housing Options 
  • Next Steps 
    • Future Housing Selection Update Topics 
      • Bed Availability – Once all applications have closed and been reviewed, the number of applications will be audited and compared to beds available. If there are more campus housing applications than beds available, excess applications (ex: those who did not apply by the deadline) will be placed into off-campus status or placed on the double deferred housing list to be assigned as space allows. 
        • NOTE: Some CCA rooms may be converted from single to double occupancy to allow for more occupancy in campus housing.  
      • WES Availability – Depending on Sophomore Year Experience applications, an update on available beds will be provided so Juniors/Seniors know how many spaces may be available for selection.  
    • Sophomore Roommate/Suitemate Search Processes  
      • Since our rising Sophomores have not been able to reside on-campus this academic year, we are increasing our efforts to help these students get to know our residence halls and connect with potential roommates/suitemates.  
        • April 26-30: Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) & Housing Prep Week 
          • Some initiatives may include: Tour of WES, meeting roommates/suitemates, “How to” Housing Selection presentations, identity group sessions on the importance of selecting roommates/suitemates, etc.  
        • July 19 – August: Roommate/Suitemate Conversation Topics  
          • Room assignments will be posted and ResLife staff will lead opportunities for pre-arrival roommate/suitemate conversation topics.  
  • Other Fall 2021 Planning  
    • Much about fall semester remains to be determined including COVID-19 related health and safety measures on-campus (I.e. social distancing, face coverings, guests, gatherings, vaccine guidelines, etc.), Forming Roommate groups, Individual Selection times, and Final Selection timelines.  We encourage students to stay tuned to their email for updates as we have them as well as for input and open forum opportunities as we have them.  

As always, we look forward to our return to campus and we appreciate everyone’s patience throughout the process. As questions emerge, please reach out!  

Our best, 
Residence Life 

Kirsten and Josh  

Josh Scacco, M.Ed. (He/Him/His) 
Associate Director of Residence Life 

Kirsten Carrier, M.S. (she/her/hers) 
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Conference Services 

Fall 2021 Plans from President Oliver - 03.29.21

Monday, March 29, 2021

Dear Pitzer Community,

I am pleased to report that we are planning for in-person instruction and residential living on campus at Pitzer this fall. The first day of classes will be August 30, 2021. More information on the academic calendar and other important dates will be shared soon.

Our planning takes into account that vaccine availability will be expanded to all members of our community over the next few months, that infection rates continue to decline and that public health authorities ease the current restrictions in place for our region. Your health and safety will continue to be our top priority in every circumstance and scenario.

As I mentioned in my message of March 8, Student Health Services (SHS) of The Claremont Colleges was approved as a COVID-19 vaccination site. I am so pleased to report the SHS has administered more than 500 doses to eligible faculty, staff, students, and the local community. All this done in only the past few weeks. SHS is prepared to continue to provide vaccinations throughout the spring and summer as we bring students back to campus in Claremont.

Continually updated information on Pitzer’s plans and COVID-19 can be found here. Information on student housing for the fall semester will be shared in the next few days, as will other important information and dates regarding move-in and orientation for new students.

New students can also access the Admission portal where they can find details on admitted student events, orientation, medical insurance, and more. All students should continue to keep an eye out for emails and information shared via social media about fall semester plans and dates.

The Pitzer Community is resilient, resourceful, and determined. I am so proud of our collective efforts to educate, care for, and sustain each other over the past year. I look forward to being together in person, this fall. Until then, continue to remain careful – wear masks, social distance, and please vaccinate as soon as you are eligible.

Provida Futuri,

Melvin L. Oliver
President

Commencement Update, Class of 2020 - 03.15.21

March 15, 2021

Dear Class of 2020,

Hello from Claremont CA where, yes, it actually rained recently! I truly hope this message finds you navigating these times well and discovering many silver linings in spite of the challenges we are all facing. In my last letter to you, I indicated that we would make a decision on your Commencement Ceremony by March 15th. So I write to let you know how we plan to proceed.

I am sure most of you have been following how we are doing in Los Angeles County and see that while significant progress has been made with the health metrics here, we are still not yet allowed to host a large public event. In a recent conference call with public health officials, it was also not yet clear when that circumstance would change but we do know it will not be in the immediate future and when it does, there will be limits on how many can attend and out-of-state guests would not be allowed.

As a result, we have decided to not plan for an in-person Commencement Ceremony for you in May. We realize this will again be a disappointment for you, your family and your friends and we are sorry to have to make this decision. It is a great disappointment to us as well and frustrating that the pandemic has again intruded on our lives. We continue to be guided by the feedback you all provided last semester which clearly indicated your preference to wait to have an in-person ceremony rather than a more immediate remote one.

We hold out hope and have confidence that as we get into the new academic year, the public health situation will be much improved and it will become more than feasible to hold your ceremony in the upcoming year. Of course, that cannot be guaranteed but especially as the vaccination rollout continues, we become more hopeful of our ability to see you in-person walk across the graduation stage on our Pitzer campus in the not-too-distant future. Look for an update later this spring or early summer and opportunities to provide us with ideas and feedback for your ceremony. Until then, if you have any questions or thoughts to share, please feel free to send them to commencement@pitzer.edu.

As you know, I am completing my service to Pitzer in May, however, I have promised your class leadership that I will return to campus for your ceremony so this is not yet good-bye but, rather, see you soon!

Take Care,

Mike Segawa
VP for Student Affairs

Commencement Update, Class of 2021 - 03.15.21

March 15, 2021

Dear Class of 2021,

We hope this message finds you well and continuing to find healthy ways to navigate these extraordinary times. The past year has certainly tested us all. This isn’t how any of us imagined your last semester at Pitzer unfolding but we hope that your spring semester has been a positive one.

The scope of the pandemic has changed drastically since we departed campus last March. Since then the Commencement committee has held several meetings and the plans for Commencement have evolved almost weekly. We write now to share our most recent thoughts on celebrating your Commencement. 

While most of the health metrics in Los Angeles County and our country are headed in a healthier direction, they are still above the standards needed to hold a large public gathering. We still remain in a precarious public health environment. We are also very aware that you and your families need as much advance notice as we can responsibly provide.

With all this in mind we have decided, much to our deep disappointment, that holding an in-person Commencement ceremony on May 15th is not in the best interest of the health and safety of our community and the surrounding area. Even the most optimistic health metrics forecasts would severely limit the kind of in-person ceremony we could hold (less than full capacity and no out-of-state guests).

We will now shift our energies to the creation of a thoughtful, touching, and uplifting virtual ceremony to be held on May 15th. There will be pomp and circumstance as well as a good dose of fun! This is the preferred plan for over 67% of the class who participated in our recent poll.

We remain committed to providing an in-person gathering of the Class of 2021 sometime in the not-too-distant future but we want to be sure that we acknowledge your accomplishments at the end of this semester. Your journey to graduation has been incredibly challenging and you have had to forego or delay too many traditions in your senior year. We did not want to delay the most meaningful tradition, your Commencement ceremony.

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, we will be providing you with more details on this virtual event. In the meantime, if you have any specific suggestions, questions or concerns, please email commencement@pitzer.edu. Information for the class of 2021 is also available at www.pitzer.edu/commencement

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we plan to celebrate your achievements. As with all things pandemic, this is an unprecedented challenge we are tackling but we remain excited and hopeful about the possibilities for recognizing our (almost!) Pitzer graduates. 

Best Wishes,
Mike Segawa
Chair, Commencement Planning Committee

Community Update from President Oliver - 03.08.21

March 8, 2021

Dear Pitzer Community,

I hope this message finds everyone well as Spring Break begins. While we take some time to recharge, I’m sure many of us are also taking time to reflect that March marks one year since we moved from an on-campus learning experience to a virtual one, a year since the world seemed to stop in its tracks.

When I wrote to you on March 11, 2020, to explain our plans for closing campus and transitioning to online learning, I said I was confident that, with your support, we would meet the extraordinary challenges of the coming days and months. Today, I write to say thank you—the magnitude of both your support and the challenges surpassed anything I could have imagined that day.

Thank you to the students, from those who have had their college lives upended for more than one academic year to first-year students who have never studied on the Mounds. Thank you to the faculty who had to learn how to teach and reach students through a camera instead of in a classroom. Thank you to the staff who have worked round the clock to protect the health of our community and keep the College running remotely.

Along with my gratitude, I would like to share some updates today regarding Pitzer’s response to the pandemic and plans. As I mentioned in an earlier message, Pitzer will remain remote for the entire spring 2021 semester following Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance. The College continues to plan for a safe return to on-campus living and in-person learning in the fall.

Student Health Services (SHS) has received approval to dispense COVID-19 vaccines. We do not know yet when SHS will receive a supply of vaccines but will share this information once it is available.

We began on-site testing of employees recently, and more information for faculty and staff who regularly come to campus to work is available here. Higher education employees in California are now eligible to be vaccinated. I encourage everyone in our campus community to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible and able to schedule an appointment.

I also want to let you know that a committee of students, faculty, and staff has been meeting regularly regarding plans for Commencement. Conversations about graduation ceremonies and celebrations for both the classes of 2020 and 2021 continue. Plans for these will be announced soon.

In closing, let me say thank you again. It will take years to fully understand this past year. We know there has been untold hardship, loss, and pain. We also know we can feel enormous pride about what we have accomplished at Pitzer over these past 12 months. We were mindful of the future and of each other. The College supported students facing housing insecurity, adjusted course-load requirements, provided room-and-board refunds without adjusting financial aid, and avoided pandemic-related layoffs and furloughs. And although we’ve all been tapped out, we didn’t tap out, we kept showing up. This community held more than 35,000 Zoom meetings and hosted more than 75 webinar events. I know that too took a toll.

I appreciate everyone’s patience and persistence as we continue to work toward being together on our beautiful campus. You have helped sustain this very special community in perhaps its most extraordinary time, and I am grateful.

Best wishes for a restorative break and a successful conclusion to the spring semester.

Provida Futuri,
Melvin L. Oliver President

Housing Selection Update for Fall 2021 - 02.25.21

February 25, 2021

Dear Pitzer Students,  

With the optimistic news of increased vaccine access nationwide, we are currently planning a return to full occupancy in our campus housing for Fall 2021. We very much look forward to having our residence halls once again (safely) filled with our wonderful Pitzer students! From meeting virtual friends in-person for the first time and reconnecting with past roommates to enjoying Pasta Bar and repainting the Free Wall, we have much to look forward to as we reunite our community after these many months away from campus.  

As a reminder, these occupancy plans are in process and will respond accordingly to college-wide planning for fall, LA County guidance, and other health and safety protocols. There will be other COVID-19 related safety measures (i.e. masks, social distancing, Mindful of Each Other community agreement expectations, community health ambassadors, etc.) involved in a return to campus that we cannot fully predict at this time.  

To assist in student housing planning for the fall, in particular for those students who typically lease off-campus in the fall, we felt it was important to start painting a picture of our fall housing process. 

Changes for Fall 2021 to Housing Selection 

  • First-Year Experience (FYE) 
    • As is tradition, our Pitzer, Sanborn and Atherton (PAS) Halls will be used for the entering class.  
    • Considering the size of our incoming first-year class, some of these students will also live in Skandera Hall, which is typically within the West, East, and Skandera (WES) complex, but is located immediately adjacent to PAS.  
  • Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) 
    • We are eager to welcome the rising sophomore class to their first semester on campus!  
    • Since the sophomore class missed out on a first-year residential experience, we will be offering an opt-in “Sophomore Year Experience Community” this coming year in West, East, and Skandera halls.  
    • Sophomores looking to opt-out of the SYE can choose to live and select housing with Juniors and Seniors, or apply for Off-Campus approval.  
    • All sophomores in the SYE will be able to select their own suitemates/roommates, explore new roommates/suitemates via our software system, or sign-up to be placed with another sophomore who is also interested in the assigned roommate experience.  
  • Off-Campus Housing 
    • Typically about 40% of Seniors, 30% of Juniors, and 10% of Sophomores live off-campus. 
    • Sophomores,  Juniors, and Seniors are welcome to begin applying to live off-campus in the local Claremont area. Students must apply and be approved to live off-campus each year to be released from the live-on requirement.  
    • Seniors will be automatically approved for off-campus status upon applying. Juniors and Sophomores will be approved based upon review following our usual guidelines, more information at the Housing Selection website. 
    • Students considering applying for off-campus housing should review the Off-Campus Housing Guide
  • Campus Housing Selection 
    • Sophomores that decide to opt-out of the SYE can group with Juniors and Seniors.  
    • Individual housing selection times will be provided based on Class year, with Seniors prioritized. The best Individual Selection Time in a group becomes the Group Selection Time. The housing selection application is not yet available will be announced.  
    • Most of Mead Hall and the Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA) will be available for upper-class students seeking to live in campus housing. Any WES spaces still open after RADA, FYE, and SYE selection will also be available.  These halls host the majority of our singles and offer unique suite sizes: 
    • WES – Double and single rooms  
      • Any spaces still available after Room Accommodations for Disabilities, FYE and SYE housing processes.  
    • CCA – combination double and single rooms in apartment-style living  
      • 2 bed, 1 bath w/kitchen 
      • 2 bed, 2 bath w/kitchen  
      • 3 bed, 2 bath w/kitchen 
    • Mead – combination double and single rooms 
      • 8 person suites 
      • 7 person suites 
      • 4 person suites 
  • Class-Year Identity 
    • We want to acknowledge that many students may feel they aren’t sure what “class-year” they belong to this fall given defers and leave of absences from this virtual academic year. We will allow students to assist us in self-identifying if they feel they should belong to a certain class that they, by credit, don’t officially fall into.  
  • Universal Room Rate 
    • As a reminder, all campus housing rooms, whether they are a single, double, apartment, suite, etc., will be billed at a universal room rate. Main campus single rooms are only accessible to students with documented disability accommodations, as well as Seniors and Juniors.  
  • Financial Aid Cost of Attendance (COA) 
    • Students on financial aid are encouraged to review the updated Cost of Attendance (COA) calculation regarding how students’ financial aid packages change depending on their selection of campus housing, off-campus housing, or living at home with relatives.  
    • More information can be found on the Financial Aid website.   
  • Room Accommodations for Disabilities Application (RADA) 
    • Students seeking to apply for a Room Accommodation for Disabilities (RADA) will be able to complete a separate RADA form on Residence before the Sophomore and Junior/Senior selection processes (timeline TBA).  
    • Due to the potential strain on medical systems as a result of the ongoing pandemic, we highly encourage students seeking to apply for accommodations to begin communication with their medical provider to gain proper documentation. Documentation standards can be found here. More information on Housing Accommodations can be found Here.  

General Housing Selection Information   The Housing Selection process is facilitated entirely online using our Residence software system. As such, the Housing Selection has three main steps: 

  1. Apply 
  2. Roommate Groups and Explore Rooms 
  3. Select Rooms 

Detailed notes and screen shots of each phase can be found on our Housing Selection Website. Students are encouraged to reach out to Housing@pitzer.edu with any questions in regards to the Housing Selection process. 

Application Timeline 

  • Off-Campus Applications – OPEN NOW on Residence 
    • Off Campus Applications are reviewed before the Campus Housing Selection process begins. If you are interested in living off campus, please review our Off Campus Housing Priority criteria, outlined on the Housing Selection Website.  
    • These applications are open on a rolling basis for now, with a deadline TBD. Applicants are prioritized according to our Off-Campus priority guide as well as the date/time they applied.  
    • Students must apply and be approved to live off-campus BEFORE they sign a lease for off-campus housing.  
  • Campus Housing Selection – DATES TBD 
    • The Housing Selection timeline will be impacted by health and safety standards dictated by local health officials. We aim to facilitate the Fall 2021 housing selection process only once. So, while the Campus Housing application typically goes live at the end of February, we will be delaying the application until more Fall 2021 details are confirmed. 
    • We aim to open the Campus Housing application during the Spring 2021 semester, but will likely delay students’ selection of rooms until Summer 2021.  

Other Fall 2021 Planning  

Much about fall semester remains to be determined including move-in dates and logistics, Orientation  program plans for incoming first-years and rising sophomores, COVID-19 related health and safety measures on-campus (I.e. social distancing, face coverings, guests, gatherings, etc.), and more. We encourage students to stay tuned to their email for updates as we have them as well as for input and open forum opportunities as we have them.  

We remain optimistic about the potential of a modified fall return to campus and will do our best to communicate updates as we have them. We appreciate everyone’s patience throughout the process. As questions emerge, please reach out!  

Our best, 
Residence Life 
Kirsten Carrier and Josh  

Kirsten Carrier, M.S. (she/her/hers)
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Conference Services

Josh Scacco, M.Ed. (He/Him/His)
Associate Director of Residence Life

Faculty and Staff Testing Policy - 02.24.21

For the current polices visit Pathway Forward. This information is available for reference only.

February 24, 2021

Beginning March 1st, 2021, faculty and staff who come to campus on a regular basis will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis as a condition of their presence on campus.

The College will use the following methodology to govern COVID-19 testing:

  • Faculty and staff who come to campus two or three days per week will be required to test once per week. 
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus four or more days per week or live on campus will be required to test twice per week. 
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus one day per week will not be required to test routinely.
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus intermittently, on an irregular schedule, will not be required to test routinely
  • At this stage vaccinated individuals will continue to be tested routinely. This may change as more research becomes available regarding effectiveness of the vaccine in reducing transmission of the virus from vaccinated individuals to others. 
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you will not be required to participate in routine testing for 90 days following your positive test as long as you no longer have symptoms. After the 90 days testing will resume as scheduled. 

To facilitate this process, faculty and staff members who plan to be on campus on a routine basis are asked to schedule themselves for their weekly or twice weekly testing using Healthy Pitzer at http://www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer or go to the Pitzer website>Resources>Daily Health screening.  You can find instructions for scheduling here: https://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/healthy-pitzer-appointment/

This is important to (1) ensure that we know who will be on campus on a given day, (2) facilitate contact tracing and (3) efficiently allocate COVID-19 tests for those who are required to be on campus, who will maintain a regular presence on campus and those members of our community who are symptomatic or believe they have been exposed.

If you are unsure of your testing frequency, please contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180.

All routine testing will be done at the Benson Atrium on campus (see map). Faculty and staff members will receive test results directly from the lab within 24 to 48 hours.

  • If you are on campus two or three days per week, you will be tested once on the earliest day you are on campus. If you are on campus four or more days per week, you will be tested on a Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule.
  • Tests will only be performed within scheduled hours; those faculty and staff who fail to get tested as scheduled will be expected to leave campus and to consult with their supervisor and VP on next steps.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to a sick patient contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180 (x72180) before going in for your routine testing appointment. 
  • Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by River Santee, who will provide further instructions for quarantine or isolation. River Santee will also initiate contact tracing and will contact those who may have been exposed.

Given the contagious nature of COVID-19, we are asking faculty and staff who are on campus routinely to stick to their approved schedules. Should a schedule change, faculty and staff members will be expected to consult with their supervisor or VP, who will let HR know of the change.

Testing for Employees Who Do Not Fall Under the Policy:
If staff or faculty would like to be tested at our on-campus clinic but do not come to campus frequently enough to fall under our testing policy, they will be allotted one free test per month.  They will be charged $75 per test for any additional testing. This applies only to healthy individuals who would like testing for personal reasons. If you are symptomatic or exposed to a positive case this would be a diagnostic test and would be free of charge. As a reminder Pitzer is responsible for the cost of every test, which is currently $75. Testing may also be obtained for free with use of insurance through your healthcare provider.

Testing for Symptomatic or Exposed Staff and Faculty:  
Any staff or faculty who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to a sick patient must contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180 (x72180) as soon as possible.  

River will provide diagnostic testing for those who meet criteria.  Diagnostic testing will be a same day or next day drive-up appointment.  The drive-up testing will be located in marked parking spots at Holden parking lot, instructions will be provided before testing. 

Outside Testing:
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or test positive through a non-Pitzer testing site, AND you have been on campus in the fourteen days prior to the first day of symptoms, you must immediately report that information to HHB Nurse River Santee at (909) 607-2180 (x72180) or nurse@pitzer.edu. This is required so that we may report to the State of California, as well as our workers’ compensation carrier, per changes in state laws effective Jan.1.

Testing Family Members/Partners:
Our on-campus clinic is available to family members and partners of Pitzer faculty and staff. If a member of your family needs to be tested, please contact HHB Nurse River Santee at 909) 607-2180 (x72180) or nurse@pitzer.edu. Please note that, effective March 1st, 2021, you will be charged $75.00 for each test for each family member. 

Changes in Notification Procedures:
New legal and regulatory mandates will bring new notifications to members of our Pitzer College community if there is an outbreak. California’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health now mandates notice be given within one business day to all employees who occupy an “exposed workplace” when there are multiple COVID-19 infections or outbreaks in a single location. As a result, you may receive notices from the College from time to time as we track COVID-19 cases in our community.

As a reminder:

  • A COVID-19 case is defined as a person who has tested positive, is subject to an order to isolate from a health professional or public health official or who has died from COVID-19.
  • You are at risk for exposure if you were within six feet of the person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, with or without the use of face coverings, over a 24-hour period, or had unprotected contact with the person’s body fluids and/or secretions (for example being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva) or provided care without using appropriate protective equipment.
  • We will be sending out notices within one business day to faculty and staff who work in a particular workspace in cases of multiple COVID cases in a single location. If contact tracing reveals that you are at risk of exposure, you will be contacted by HHB Nurse River Santee.
Benson Atrium Map

Laura A. Troendle, CPA, MBA
Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer

Updates to COVID-19 Procedures - 02.12.21

February 12, 2021

Dear Pitzer Community;

As the pandemic continues, we remain focused on the health and safety of everyone in our community. As such, we have further developed the processes and protocols for visiting and working on campus this semester in conjunction with medical services by Hamilton Health Box.  As of January, Pitzer has contracted with Hamilton Healthbox, medical provider, to assist with pandemic related needs for the campus with a focus on employees. Our new, full-time Hamilton Health Box nurse, River Santee, is now on campus in West Hall Q222 and can be reached by email at nurse@pitzer.edu or by phone, 909-607-2180. We are excited to have River working with us and welcome her to Pitzer! River will be our employees’ first point of contact for covid related concerns going forward.

There are some changes to procedures for faculty and staff who are working on campus:

BEFORE YOU COME TO CAMPUS NEXT:

  1. REQUIRED: Complete state mandated Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Training.  Click here to access the Training online.  This is an interactive training video that will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  Once you have completed the training, email your certificate of completion to nurse@pitzer.edu
  1. Cal/OSHA also requires employers to adopt a COVID-19 Prevention Plan (CPP), which includes training for all employees who are working on site.  You can view Pitzer’s CPP plan here.  
  1. Please review the most current update of the Workplace Health and Safety Protocols, available here.

EACH TIME YOU COME TO CAMPUS:

Complete the Health Screening Survey.  The platform for this form will be changing to our Healthy Pitzer tool (Qualtrics), beginning this Monday (February 15, 2021).  Located at www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer

You can also access this form by:

  • Using the link on Pitzer’s main website under Resources > Daily Screening Form
  • Adding this link to your mobile phone
  • Scanning the QR code on the signage outside campus buildings (note: existing QR codes on entryways have been reconfigured to point to the new platform.)
  • Using the iPad Kiosk near the timeclock in McConnell Basement Timeclock (for those without smart phones or computer access)

For more instructions on how to use the new form, please visit:  https://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/covid-19/

THE FIRST TIME YOU SIGN ON TO HEALTHY PITZER:

The first time you use the new screening tool, you will be asked to sign five documents (this only is needed once a year). 

  1. Return to Campus Acknowledgement Form – this form details Pitzer’s expectations for COVID-19 exposure management practices (wearing a mask, washing hands, etc.) and compliance with testing, contact tracing, and isolation and quarantine requirements, as applicable.
  2. Confidentiality of Medical Information consent form – California law requires consent for Hamilton Health Box (HHB) to share COVID-19 information with Pitzer.
  3. HIPAA Consent Form – The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) also requires consent for HHB to share COVID-19 information with Pitzer. Note:  “COVID-19 Information” is described in the Healthy Pitzer app.
  4. HHB Privacy Practices Acknowledgment – this form describes HHB’s information privacy practices and your rights with respect to that information.
  5. HHB Specimen Collection and COVID-19 Testing Consent – this form authorizes HHB to conduct COVID-19 testing and, if needed, engage with you in the contact tracing process and other follow-up measures as indicated by the test results.

Once signed in to Healthy Pitzer, after you complete consents, this platform gives access to the health screening survey form, this platform will allow you to manage your personal COVID-19 data; including (eventually) scheduling on-campus testing, receiving test results, and communication/reminders about testing. 

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Our HHB nurse, River Santee, will begin a pilot of 11 staff to begin testing the week of February 15, 2021. By month end, we will be implementing a screening testing plan for all other employees coming to or living on campus.

For technical guidance on using the new Pitzer Healthy platform or completing your Cal/OSHA Training, please contact our Pitzer Help Desk (help@pitzer.edu). For questions about consent, policies, protocols, and expectations, please contact Human Resources (HR@pitzer.edu).  For COVID-specific medical concerns, contact River Santee at nurse@pitzer.com.

Thank you all for your ongoing patience and resilience at this hard time.  Be well, Laura

Laura A. Troendle
Vice President for Finance, Administration and Treasurer

Workplace Health and Safety Protocols - 02.10.21

Effective August 21, 2020
Revised February 9, 2021

Pitzer’s Commitment

Pitzer College has worked diligently to prepare for the Fall 2020 semester. The primary goals for Pitzer’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect health, safety and wellbeing of our community members, and to continue the institution’s vital mission of educating engaged and socially responsible citizens of the world.

These protocols are aligned and consistent with orders and guidance from the City of Claremont, Los Angeles County, and the State of California’s phased reopening. Recent state and county guidance encourage telework “as much as possible” during current conditions.  As a result, the number of faculty and staff who are working on campus this semester will be extremely limited. These protocols focus on the measures that are necessary to secure a safe work environment for those who are working on campus and provide guidance for those who are working remotely.

In compliance with public health orders and recommendations, Pitzer has safeguards in place such as: face coverings, gloves (where required), physical distancing signage, enhanced sanitizing and deep cleaning procedures and building entry procedures. Pitzer will also be implementing enhanced cleaning and space modifications depending on the office locations and schedules of the faculty and staff who are returning to campus this fall.

Finally, in support of Pitzer’s core value of environmental sustainability, and in addition to many of the sustainable buildings, systems and practices already in place, and cleaning and sanitary supplies and products continue to be green certified. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated as appropriate as more information becomes available.


Acknowledgement of Workplace Health and Safety Protocols

This guide provides important information for our Fall 2020 semester. Please read the following carefully and acknowledge your receipt and agreement to comply with the provisions of this document.

Health and Safety: In order to achieve a safe return to work, we will need to observe strict guidelines that will result in significant changes to the work environment for all of us whether we are working remotely or on campus. The College needs and expects our community members to demonstrate respect and consideration for those around them and to uphold the community-based health and safety standards set forth in these Workplace Health and Safety Protocols Everyone must comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and the health and safety guidance adopted by the College as it relates to this public health crisis.

These Protocols will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and will continue to include social distancing expectations, limitations on mass gatherings, wearing a face covering, contact tracing, disinfection protocols, limitations on campus visitors, and quarantine / isolation requirements.

Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all staff, faculty and visitors (if applicable) and extends to all aspects of our campus work environment. Failure to comply may compromise the College’s ability to provide a safe environment for, faculty and staff, may result in the suspension of some or all in-person activities on our campus, and may have consequences for those individuals who do not comply. In order for us to have a safe and successful experience, we all need to observe these protocols carefully.

Pitzer will not retaliate against any employee for reporting symptoms or health hazards, or taking advantage of any benefits available to them under these protocols.


Return to the Workplace

Staffing Considerations

Remote Work: The current Los Angeles County Safer at Home order advises remote work “as much as possible.” The order further provides that faculty and other staff may come to campus for the purpose of providing distance learning as well as maintaining minimum basic operations.

With this in mind, the College expects that all faculty and staff will work remotely unless they (1) have been notified by their supervisor that they are needed on campus to tend to essential tasks, or (2) have made arrangements with their supervisor and area Vice President to work on campus in some capacity (this includes faculty who have made arrangements with the Dean of Faculty to teach classes and/or conduct other essential activities from an on-campus location).

Training:  Pitzer requires all employees who need to work on campus to view a short COVID-19 training video produced by CalOSHA. Additional training on policies and procedures specific to Pitzer will also be provided on an ongoing basis.

Intermittent Campus Activity:  Faculty and staff may have occasional need to come to campus to retrieve an item or perform limited work that cannot reasonably be done remotely. In those cases, arrangements should be made with the immediate supervisor so that the College can monitor the number of employees on campus at any given time and address any potential safety concerns.

The College asks all employees to complete the Health Screening Questionnaire described below to provide information for facilities planning purposes – utilities (cooling), cleaning schedules, and trash/recycling removal. Planning is important to limit cooling spaces unnecessarily for utility cost and energy savings. Please note that in an effort to protect our facilities and custodial employees their work is being carefully scheduled based on-campus usage as indicated in this questionnaire.

Campus Safety:With all of the Claremont Colleges online this semester, Campus Safety will be patrolling regularly to ensure the safe condition of our property. Therefore, the College will be keeping Campus Safety informed about general campus usage by faculty and staff to assist their officers with their work.

The College recognizes that more employees on campus necessitates more support from staff in departments like Facilities and IT. In order to minimize the health risk associated with on campus presence, the College strongly encourages all faculty and staff to minimize their time on campus.

Scheduling and Time Off Requests

Alternative Work Arrangements: Speak with your supervisor to discuss options for alternative work arrangements (see Emergency Telecommuting Policy). Your supervisor will contact a Human Resources team member to determine viable options for accommodating your request. Supervisors and Human Resources will consider requests on a case-by-case basis.

Time Off: If you have been instructed to return to work on campus, you believe you cannot do so, and remote work is not available, discuss the situation with your supervisor or a Human Resources team member. If you cannot return to work on campus due to COVID-19 related reasons (including concerns about your own health, members of your household, or to care for dependent children due to a school or day care closure)  you may be eligible for leave time with or without pay. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Non-COVID-19 Leaves of Absence: If you need to be away from work on a temporary basis either continuously or intermittently for a reason not related to COVID-19, please contact Sara Clark in Human Resources for assistance at sara_clark@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-9949 (leave a message).

Higher Risk Groups

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions shall be found here.
Individuals in higher-risk categories should be especially cautious about working on campus. If you are part of a higher risk group and are asked to return to campus work or otherwise need to work on campus, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources.

Reasonable Accommodations: As is the case with disabilities or other health conditions under applicable law, Pitzer is committed to providing reasonable accommodations, including those necessitated by COVID-19. Any employee who wishes to discuss potential accommodations for any COVID-19 related reason should contact Sara Clark in the Office of Human Resources at (909) 607-9949 or sara_clark@pitzer.edu. Accommodations may include arrangements such as remote work, an alternative work schedule or location, modified job duties, and/or leave time.

Travel

Business Travel: The prevalence of COVID-19 infections varies widely in different geographic regions within the United States and around the world. As a result, all business travel is suspended until further notice to reduce the chances of exposure in our community.

Personal Travel: For the same reasons, personal travel presents an unknown risk. If you plan to travel, the College asks that you exercise extreme caution and abide by all applicable travel and quarantine restrictions. Please confer with your supervisor or Human Resources if you have any concerns about returning to the on-campus work environment following your travel.

International Travel: Pitzer expects that you not come to work on campus for 14 days after returning from international travel. You must self-isolate and take the following steps to monitor your health before you can return to work on campus:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times per day (one in the morning and once in the evening) and keep a log to monitor for a fever. Also watch for any of the symptoms listed above.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others and public transportation.
  3. Observe physical distancing of six feet.
  4. If you develop COVID-19 related symptoms, follow the instructions in the corresponding section above.

Hamilton Health Box – On-Campus Medical Assistance

Pitzer has contracted with Hamilton Health Box (HHB) to assist the College with a number of workplace health initiatives including symptom monitoring/screening, testing, contact tracing, and quarantine and isolation processes. HHB has opened a private, temporary clinic site in West Hall, room Q222, and Pitzer has a full-time nurse dedicated to our campus. General information about HHB’s services can be found here and you can contact Pitzer’s HHB nurse (River Santee, 909 607-2180; nurse@pitzer.edu).

Daily Symptom Screening for Campus Visits

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requires symptom screening each day as a condition of entering the workplace and Pitzer has developed a Health Screening Questionnaire through the Qualtrics platform that must be completed every time an employee or visitor comes to campus. This screening uses a smart phone app that will direct the user to the screening form. The form includes questions about recent health, possible symptoms, and potential exposure to COVID-19.

If answers on this screening form indicate the possibility of COVID-19 infection or exposure, the individual will be directed to leave campus and seek care, and an auto-generated message will be delivered to Pitzer’s HHB nurse for appropriate follow-up. The College will periodically review the campus access data for the sole purpose of checking that the link is being used by campus visitors to ensure compliance with county-mandated public health protocols. Information collected from the screening form will be confidential and the privacy of individuals providing information will be safeguarded. For individuals who do not use a smartphone, information about completing the questionnaire can be found here.

Symptom Monitoring and Case Reporting

In addition to the College’s screening protocol, if any of the following apply, stay home from work and contact your supervisor or Human Resources.

  • You have COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • You tested positive or have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • A member of your household has symptoms or you have been exposed to or are living with someone who has tested positive or has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you experience symptoms while at work

  • Immediately notify your supervisor and/or a Pitzer’s HHB nurse (909 607-2180; nurse@pitzer.edu) by phone or email. To prevent potential exposure of others, you may be asked to go home until you have been approved to return to work.
  • Call your healthcare provider immediately for specific instructions regarding the appropriate treatment plan for your symptoms.

Supervisors who learn of any of the above circumstances should contact Pitzer’s HHB nurse immediately.

Quarantine, Self-Isolation, Contact Tracing, and Return to Work: In any of the circumstances described above, Pitzer’s HHB nurse will determine next steps for isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing, if necessary.

Supervisors should not notify the employee’s co-workers. It is important to allow the trained staff to make these notifications as needed to gather important information about potential exposure and determine appropriate next steps. Pitzer’s HHB nurse will coordinate the employee’s return to work plan. Information regarding symptoms, diagnoses, or positive tests will be kept confidential beyond Human Resources and HHB staff who will use such information only for contact tracing and return to work planning.

According to CalOSHA guidelines, Pitzer will observe the following return-to-work criteria, in collaboration with your healthcare provider:

  • COVID-19 cases with COVID-19 symptoms will not return to work until all the following have occurred:
    • COVID-19 symptoms have improved and at least 24 hours have passed since a fever of 100.4 or higher has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • At least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms first appeared.
    • COVID-19 cases who tested positive but never developed COVID-19 symptoms will not return to work until a minimum of 10 days have passed since the date of specimen collection of their first positive COVID-19 test.
    • A negative COVID-19 test will not be required for an employee to return to work.
    • If an order to isolate or quarantine an employee is issued by a local or state health official, the employee will not return to work until the period of isolation or quarantine is completed or the order is lifted. If no period was specified, then the period will be 10 days from the time the order to isolate or quarantine was effective.

For more information regarding self-isolation standards from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, see below.

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidquarantine/ (English)

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidquarantinespanish/ (Spanish)

In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider.

Screening Tests

Pitzer will begin testing in the Spring 2021 semester for those faculty and staff who are working on campus. The testing process will be administered by Hamilton Health Box. More information about screening tests can be found here and Pitzer will be sharing additional information about the testing protocol in the near future.


Health & Safety Guidance

Personal Safety Practices

Face Masks/Coverings – Required: As of June 18, 2020, the State of California has issued strict guidance requiring face coverings in “high risk” situations, including any time that you are:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
    • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
    • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
    • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. As a result, all employees are expected to abide by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requirements regarding face coverings:

The covering is to be worn by the employee at all times while on campus when in contact or likely to come into contact with others. Employees need not wear a cloth face covering when the employee is alone in a private office or booth or a walled cubicle with a solid partition that exceeds the height of the employee when standing.

It is also important to note face masks and coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing. If you need a reasonable accommodation to the face mask/covering requirement (including circumstances involving individuals with hearing impairments), contact Human Resources before arriving on campus. In the event you forget your own face mask, contact the Facilities Department (909 607-2226).

Using and Caring for Face Masks/Coverings (CDC Guidelines)

Putting on the face covering/disposable mask:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling the face covering/disposable mask.
  • Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over your nose and under your chin.
  • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.

Taking off the face covering/disposable mask:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask.
  • When removing the face covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing.

Care, storage and laundering:

  • Keep face coverings/disposable masks stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent before first use, and after each shift. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after your shift or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

For additional information:
https://covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Face-Coverings-Guidance.aspx

Stay at arms' length

Physical Distancing: Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Physical distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Staff and faculty at work on-campus should follow these physical distancing practices:

  • Always stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
Levels of exposure
Wash your hands

Handwashing: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face.

In addition, hand sanitizer stations have been placed in high-traffic lobbies.

Gloves: Individuals in higher-risk areas should use gloves as part of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), but according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks.

Goggles/Face Shields: Staff and faculty do not need or are required to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for non-healthcare environments. However, if anyone chooses to wear googles or face shields will up to their discretion and cost.

Personal Disinfection: While the College is conducting classes remotely, employees who are working on campus are expected to clean individual offices and workspaces based on CDC guidelines. Facilities staff will remove trash three times per week. Additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces. This includes any equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.). For shared space locations (i.e. conference rooms), you should wipe down all work areas with EPA-registered 60% alcohol solution when you enter and before you leave. The College will provide wipes upon request to the Facilities department (909 607-2226).

Cover your cough or sneeze

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene: If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Then throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Flu shots and COVID-19 Vaccinations:  Pitzer strongly encourages faculty and staff who are working on campus to get a flu shot and when available, the COVID-19 vaccine, unless contradicted by personal medical conditions.

Guidance for Specific Workplace Scenarios

Public Transportation: If you must take public transportation, wear a mask before entering the bus/train and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soon as possible and before removing your mask.

Working in office environments

Working in Office Environments: If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet distance from co-workers. If possible have at least one workspace separating you from another co-worker. Offices should assess open work environments and meeting rooms and work with Facilities to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees, other coworkers, and customers. Some of the measures may include:

  • Visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate to guests where they should stand while waiting in line.
  • One-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between staff and faculty moving through the space.
  • If you work in an office, no more than one person should be in the same room unless the required 6 feet of distancing can be consistently maintained.
  • Do not congregate in any area, but especially in high traffic areas such as bathrooms, hallways, and stairwells.
  • As more employees return to the on-campus work environment, Pitzer will consider installation of plexi-glass barriers in accordance with guidance from public health authorities.
  • Masks/face coverings should be worn in accordance with public health department guidance, including:
    • whenever there is more than one person in a room;
    • in reception/receiving areas, and
    • when inside any Pitzer facility where others are present, including walking in narrow hallways, and in break rooms, copy/mail rooms, conference rooms and other meeting locations.

Using Restrooms: Use of restrooms should be limited based on size to ensure at least 6 feet distance between individuals. Wash your hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. Before entering a restroom, knock to ensure there aren’t others inside that could limit the 6 feet distance.

Using Elevators: Faculty and staff are encouraged to use stairs whenever possible. Elevator capacity is limited to the number of people that can be accommodated while maintaining a 6-foot physical distance between riders; during peak building entry and exit times, this number can be adjusted to 4 individuals or fewer at a time for any elevator that does not allow for 6-foot physical distance between riders. All riders are required to wear cloth face coverings and avoid touching the elevator buttons with you exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator.

Meetings: Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission and as a result, Los Angeles County has imposed strict limitations on gatherings for anyone who is not part of a single household or living unit. Meetings should be held in whole or part using available collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, telephone, etc.). During your time on-campus, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, instant message, telephone or other available technology rather than face-to-face.

Meals: There will be no food served on campus this semester so staff and faculty who are working on campus will need to bring their own meals from home and eat in their office area, vehicle, or outside, if this is reasonable for your situation. If you are eating in your work environment (break room, office, etc.), maintain 6 feet distance between you and others. Individuals should not sit facing one another. Only remove your mask or face covering in order to eat, then put it back on. If you are eating a meal on campus, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.

Chairs and tables will be rearranged in our on-campus break rooms to support physical distancing practices. Make sure to wipe all surfaces, including table, refrigerator handle, coffee machine, etc. after using these items common areas.

Transport vehicles:  All riders should maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from one another if feasible, wear face coverings at all times, and open windows when possible to increase air flow through the vehicle.

Signage:  Signs are posted at the entrance to all of Pitzer’s buildings that provide information about Pitzer’s symptom screening process, preventative health measures (including instructions NOT to enter if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms), and traffic flow. Other signs are posted on sandwich boards at the campus entrances reminding the general public that the campus is closed.

COVID-19 Information

If you have questions about COVID-19 or need assistance finding or understanding information about it you can contact the dedicated hotline from the California Department of Health between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, 7 days a week: (833) 544-2374 or see link below:

http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

COVID-19 Compliance Group:  Pitzer’s COVID-19 Compliance Group is responsible for establishing and enforcing all COVID-19 safety protocols and ensuring that staff and students receive education about COVID-19.

  • Pitzer’s COVID-19 Compliance Group includes Laura Troendle (Compliance Officer), Deanna Caballero, Jessica Levy, Mark Crawbuck, and Jamie Jorgensen.

COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan: Pitzer’s COVID-19 Compliance Group is responsible for overseeing the College’s response to any COVID-19 cases on campus. The Compliance Group will follow the response protocols set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Notice of Privacy Practices - 02.10.21
Hamilton Health Box

Hamilton Health Box Corporate Office: TMC Innovation Institute 2450 Holcombe Blvd. x+240, Houston, Texas 77021


Your Information.
Your Rights.
Our Responsibilities.

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

Please review it carefully.

Your Rights

When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights.
This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.


Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record

  • You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this.
  • We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request (15 days if you request an electronic record). We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.

Ask us to correct your medical record

  • You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.
  • We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.

Request confidential communications

  • You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.
  • We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.

Ask us to limit what we use or share

  • You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations.
  • We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care.
  • If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer.
  • We will say “yes” unless a law requires us to share that information.

Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information

  • You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.
  • We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.
  • You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.

Get a copy of this privacy notice

  • If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.
  • We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.

Choose someone to act for you

  • You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us.
  • You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.

File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated

  • We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share.
If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.


In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

  • Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care
  • Share information in a disaster relief situation
  • Include your information in a hospital directory
  • Contact you for fundraising efforts

If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example, if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.


In these cases we never share your information unless you give us written permission:

  • Marketing purposes
  • Sale of your information
  • Most sharing of psychotherapy notes

In the case of fundraising:

  • We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.

How do we typically use or share your health information?
We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.


Treat you

  • We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.

Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.


Run our organization

  • We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.

Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.


Bill for your services

  • We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.

Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.


How else can we use or share your health information?
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.


Help with public health and safety issues

  • We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
    • Preventing disease
    • Helping with product recalls
    • Reporting adverse reactions to medications
    • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
    • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety

Comply with the law

  • We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests

  • We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director

  • We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.

Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests

  • We can use or share health information about you:
    • For workers’ compensation claims
    • For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
    • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
  • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services

Respond to lawsuits and legal actions

  • We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.

Electronic Disclosure and Transmission

  • When making a permitted disclosure, we may do so electronically. For example, we may email your information to another provider who is treating you.

  • We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
  • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
  • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
  • We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.

For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.

Changes to the Terms of This Notice

We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site.

Effective Date: 5/4/2020

This Notice of Privacy Practices applies to the following organizations:

Health Hub Physicians, Inc., d/b/a Hamilton Health Box, Health Box Physicians, PC and Hamilton Health Box, Inc.

Proceso COVID-19 de Pitzer - 02.10.21

Examen de salud diario de Healthy Pitzer

Health Pitzer es una plataforma de gestión de experiencias que hemos configurado para crear un camino tecnológico para nuestros protocolos y procedimientos COVID-19, incluyendo ese conducto de comunicación entre la comunidad Pitzer y nuestro proveedor de servicios de atención médica, Hamilton Health Box.

A partir del lunes 15 de Febrero, los visitantes que lleguen al campus utilizarán nuestro nuevo formulario de evaluación de salud: www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer

También puede acceder este formulario:

  • Usando el vínculo en el sitio web principal de Pitzer en Recursos> Formulario de evaluación diaria
  • Agregar este enlace a su teléfono móvil.
  • Escanear el código QR en la señalización fuera de los edificios del campus.
  • Uso del quiosco de iPad cerca del reloj en el sótano de McConnell.

Este nuevo formulario está diseñado para ser compatible con teléfonos móviles, está disponible en español e inglés y utiliza su información de inicio de sesión para completar los campos de identificación para que usted no tenga que hacerlo. Para obtener más instrucciones sobre cómo utilizar el nuevo formulario, visite: https://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/covid-19/.

Además del formulario de evaluación de salud, esta plataforma le permitirá administrar sus datos personales COVID-19; incluida la programación de exámenes, la recepción de resultados de exámenes y la comunicación / recordatorios sobre los exámenes en el campus.

Tenga en cuenta que la primera vez que inicie sesión en esta nueva herramienta, se le pedirá que brinde su consentimiento y reconocimiento para los formularios relacionados con el proceso de prueba de COVID-19 y nuestro proveedor de servicios de salud, Hamilton Health Box. Si no brinda su consentimiento y reconocimiento, no podrá completar los formularios de evaluación y no se le permitirá ingresar al campus. Este proceso de consentimiento ocurre una sola vez y la próxima vez que inicie sesión en la herramienta, irá directamente al menú principal donde podrá completar su examen de salud diario.


Introducción: Hamilton Health Box

En Hamilton Health Box, su salud y seguridad son nuestra principal prioridad. Nos hemos comprometido a proteger y cuidar a la comunidad de Pitzer College durante la pandemia de COVID-19 mediante el establecimiento de una Clínica de Respuesta COVID-19 privada que permitirá a los profesores y al personal de Pitzer tener acceso directo a asesoramiento médico en el lugar, citas de telesalud, COVID -19 Pruebas y seguimiento personalizado.

Conocer al equipo

River Santee RN, BSN es la enfermera designada por Pitzer. Tiene 6 años de experiencia en el ámbito de la atención aguda con 5 años en el departamento de emergencias. Ella es una apasionada de las universidades de Claremont y la comunidad de Claremont ya que creció localmente. Asistió a Claremont High y su madre y su hermana gemela son ex alumnos de 5C (Pitzer y Scripps).

Dr. Toby Hamilton es el Director Ejecutivo de Hamilton Health Box (HHB), miembro del Colegio Estadounidense de Médicos de Emergencia y certificado por la junta en medicina de emergencia. (M.D., B.S., Universidad Tecnológica de Texas)

Dr. Glenn Davis es el Director Médico de HHB. Está certificado por la junta en medicina interna y pediatría. (M.D., Baylor University; B.S., Texas A&M University)

Cuándo y cómo contactarnos:

Si tiene signos y síntomas asociados con COVID-19 o ha estado en contacto cercano con alguien que dio positivo en la prueba de COVID-19, debe ponerse en cuarentena lo antes posible e informar a Pitzer COVID-19 LÍNEA DIRECTA: 909 -607-2180 x72180 o nurse@pitzer.edu

EMERGENCIA MÉDICA

Si muestra alguno de estos signos, busque atención médica de emergencia de inmediato.

  • Dolor de pecho o dificultad para respirar
  • Nueva confusión o somnolencia excesiva
  • La temperatura alcanza los 103 ° F o más en cualquier momento
  • Fiebre de cualquier temperatura> 99.6 ° F que dura más de tres días

*Esta lista no incluye todas las posibles afecciones potencialmente mortales. Llame a su proveedor médico por cualquier otro síntoma que sea grave o que le preocupe.

Llame al 911 o llame con anticipación a su centro de emergencia local: Notifique al operador que está buscando atención para alguien que tiene o puede tener COVID-19.


Pruebas:

Pruebas de detección:

Proporcionaremos pruebas de detección en el sitio para el personal y los profesores que vienen al campus de forma regular. Esta prueba es para monitorear la prevalencia de las infecciones por COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad y detectar la infección temprano para prevenir brotes. Esto se hará con un hisopo nasal autoadministrado bajo la supervisión / dirección de un profesional médico de Hamilton Health Box. Los resultados se le enviarán por correo electrónico en 24-48 horas.

Las pruebas de detección se llevarán a cabo en el Benson Atrium. Esta ubicación es perfecta para realizar pruebas porque permite un buen flujo de aire y está equipada con un nuevo sistema de ventilación. La frecuencia de las pruebas dependerá de su horario de trabajo y de la frecuencia con la que se encuentre en el campus según la política de pruebas de detección de Pitzer. Su supervisor le notificará sobre su programa de pruebas y cuándo comenzarán las pruebas.

Pruebas de diagnóstico:

Proporcionaremos pruebas de diagnóstico en el lugar para las personas que dan positivo durante una prueba de detección, son sintomáticas de COVID-19 o han estado expuestas a un caso positivo. En estas situaciones, la enfermera de HHB, River Santee, programará una cita con usted para obtener un hisopo de diagnóstico (generalmente el mismo día). Las instrucciones para las pruebas de diagnóstico se darán por teléfono/correo electrónico según sea necesario.

¿Qué sucede si obtengo un resultado positivo o me expongo a alguien que estaba enfermo?

Si en algún momento da positivo en la prueba de COVID-19, la enfermera de Pitzer, River Santee, se comunicará con usted directamente y le dará más instrucciones para el aislamiento, además de proporcionarle recursos y asesoramiento médico.

Hamilton Health Box llevará a cabo medidas de rastreo de contactos para casos positivos para notificar a los contactos cercanos lo antes posible en un esfuerzo por prevenir una mayor propagación del COVID-19. Si se lo considera un contacto cercano, la enfermera River se comunicará con usted de inmediato y le dará instrucciones para ponerlo en cuarentena y realizar más pruebas.

Confidencialidad:

Lo que no compartimos:
Si bien trabajamos en estrecha colaboración con Pitzer, somos un proveedor de atención médica y obligado a mantener la confidencialidad de su información médica privada, como su historial médico, a menos que dé su consentimiento para compartirlo con el Universidad.

Que compartimos:
Como institución de educación superior, Pitzer tiene el mandato del condado de informar los casos positivos entre los empleados que trabajan en el campus al Departamento de Salud Pública para que los funcionarios de salud pública puedan monitorear situaciones potenciales de brotes. Si da positivo en la prueba de COVID-19, compartirá su nombre e información de contacto junto con los resultados positivos de sus pruebas con el departamento de salud pública del condado de Los Ángeles, caso por caso.

También trabajaremos en conjunto con Pitzer HR solo para facilitar el tiempo libre, los beneficios y los recursos para ayudarlo si necesita estar en cuarentena en casa. Esto incluiría notificar a HR sobre cualquier fecha de aislamiento o cuarentena (cuánto tiempo permanecerá fuera del campus) y de un resultado positivo de la prueba, según sea necesario.


DIRECTRICES DE SALUD Y SEGURIDAD

Wear a Mask Wearing a mask or face mask is mandatory on campus, and in public or outdoors per County ordinance. Please refer to the instructions below for proper use of a face mask.

Usar una máscara
El uso de una mascarilla es obligatorio en el campus y en público o al aire libre según la ordenanza del condado. Consulte las instrucciones a continuación para el uso correcto de una mascarilla facial.

Distanciamiento social
Mantenga una distancia mínima de 6 PIES entre usted y los demás en todo momento.

Higiene de manos
Lávese las manos con la mayor frecuencia posible con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos o lávese las manos con un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol que contenga al menos un 60% de alcohol.

Encuesta de detección diaria de Healthy Pitzer
Se requiere que toda la facultad/personal complete la Encuesta de evaluación diaria de Healthy Pitzer antes de cada día laboral.

Informar síntomas o exposición por contacto cercano Si experiencia síntomas de COVID-19 o ha estado en contacto cercano (más de 15 minutos dentro de 6 pies con o sin máscara) con alguien que dio positivo por COVID-19, llame a la LÍNEA DIRECTA DE COVID-19 de Pitzer: 909-607-2180. Un profesional médico de Hamilton Health Box programará una cita en el campus el mismo día para una evaluación médica, prueba de COVID-19, instrucciones de cuarentena y apoyo para la recuperación.

Siga las instrucciones de cuarentena
Si un profesional médico le ha dado instrucciones de cuarentena o aislamiento, le pedimos que siga esas instrucciones hasta que alguien de Hamilton Health Box le haya indicado que ya no es necesario separarse de los demás.


COMPRENDER LOS SIGNOS Y SÍNTOMAS DEL COVID-19

Fiebre o escalofríos: temperatura corporal superior a 99,6 grados Fahrenheit o sensación de escalofríos o escalofríos

Dolor de garganta o tos: sensación de irritación y dolor en la garganta, tos seca o húmeda

Dificultad para respirar: sensación inesperada de falta de aire, falta de aliento o respiración rápida y difícil

Fatiga: cansancio extremo o sensación de debilidad.

Dolores musculares o corporales: dolor en todo el cuerpo

Dolor de cabeza: dolor continuo o sensación punzante dentro o alrededor de la cabeza

Nueva pérdida del gusto o del olfato: repentinamente incapaz de saborear u oler los alimentos o bebidas que se consumen comúnmente

Congestión: acumulación excesiva de moco o líquidos en las cavidades mucosas (nariz, senos nasales, pecho, ojos)

Nariz que moquea: drenaje excesivo, que va desde un líquido transparente hasta un moco espeso, de la nariz y los conductos nasales.

Nariz que moquea: drenaje excesivo, que va desde un líquido transparente hasta un moco espeso, de la nariz y los conductos nasales.


CONTACTO CERCANO: Para COVID-19, un contacto cercano se define como cualquier persona que estuvo a 6 pies de una persona infectada durante al menos 15 minutos desde 48 horas antes de que la persona comenzara a sentirse enferma hasta el momento en que el paciente estuvo aislado, con o sin máscara.

CUARENTENA: La separación o restricción de movimiento de una persona que puede haber estado expuesta a una enfermedad contagiosa para ver si se enferma.

AISLAMIENTO: El aislamiento separa a las personas enfermas con una enfermedad contagiosa de las personas que no están enfermas.


CONSULTE EL FOLLETO DE PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES PARA COMPRENDER MEJOR COVID-19 Y CÓMO PUEDE PROTEGERSE

Frequently Asked Questions about the Novel CoronaVirus (COVID-19) - 02.10.21

What is the Novel CoronaVirus (COVID-19)?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.


How does the virus spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the eyes, mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), particularly when not wearing face coverings.


What signs and symptoms are associated with COVID-19 infection?

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

COVID-19 Symptoms May Include:

  • Fever or Chills – body temperature above 99.6 degrees fahrenheit or sensation of chills or shivers  
  • Sore Throat or Cough – scratchy, sore sensation in throat, dry or wet cough  
  • Shortness of Breath – unexpectedly feeling out of breath, or winded, or breathing fast and hard  
  • Fatigue – extreme tiredness or feeling of weakness  
  • Muscle or Body Aches – soreness throughout the body  
  • Headache – continuous pain or throbbing sensation in or around the head  
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell – suddenly unable to taste or smell commonly consumed foods or drinks  
  • Congestion – an excessive accumulation of mucus or fluids in mucous cavities (nose, sinuses, chest, eyes)  
  • Runny Nose – excess drainage, ranging from a clear fluid to thick mucus, from the nose and nasal passages.  
  • Nausea – a feeling of sickness with an inclination to vomit.  
  • Vomiting – forcefully expelling the stomach’s contents out of the mouth.  
  • Diarrhea – loose, watery stools that occur more frequently than usual.    

When should I seek Emergency Care if I have COVID-19?

If you show any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately*:

  • Chest pain or trouble breathing
  • New confusion or excessive drowsiness
  • Temperature reaches 103°F or higher at any time
  • A fever of any temperature >99.6°F that lasts more than three days

*This list does not include all possible life-threatening conditions. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.  


What is close contact?

For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated – with or without a mask.


Am I considered to have been in close contact if I was wearing a face mask?

Yes, according to the CDC, you are still considered to have been in close contact even if you were wearing a cloth face covering while you were within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.


What is Quarantine?

Quarantine is a word used to define the separation or restriction of movement of a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill.   You will be asked to Quarantine if you experience signs & symptoms of COVID-19, have come into close contact with anyone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19, or while you wait for your test results confirmation.  


What is Isolation?

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. If you have been diagnosed POSITIVE for COVID-19, you will be asked to isolate for a period of time to be determined by a medical professional.


How do I protect myself and others from contracting COVID-19?

WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your cloth face covering
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH OTHERS

  • Inside your home: avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: keep 6 feet of distance (about 2 arms’ length) between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.

 COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WITH A MASK OR FACE COVER

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask or cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask or cloth face cover in public settings and when people who don’t live in their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks or cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age two, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask or cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow, and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 CLEAN & DISINFECT

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Avoid sharing difficult to clean items, including electronic devices, personal grooming items, etc.
  • Keep working, learning and living environments and personal items as clean as possible
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Know the most common EPA-registered household disinfectants.

MONITOR YOUR HEALTH DAILY

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
    • Please note that lack of fever does not necessarily mean that you do not have COVID-19.

How does washing your hands with soap and water help prevent COVID-19 infection?

On a molecular level, soap molecules disrupt the fatty layer or coat that surrounds the virus, once the external viral coat is broken down, the virus is no longer able to function. The soap molecules need some time to react with the viral coat and break it up. That is why it is recommended to lather soap and water by rubbing your hands thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds each time you wash our hands.

According to the CDC, handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

WARNING: The FDA has recently announced that Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects.


About Face Masks: why, different types, proper wear and care

Why are face masks required in public?

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is thought to spread from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses* of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

For this reason, face masks and social distancing are the most effective ways to protect yourself and protect others from becoming infected with COVID-19.

*COVID-19 can also be transmitted through respiratory droplets that may infect the mucous membranes of the eyes, glasses can serve as a protective barrier for the eyes.

Face Masks

What is the difference between cloth face masks, surgical face masks, and N95 Face Masks?

Cloth Face Masks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people wear cloth face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of whether they have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms. There is evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by people who don’t have symptoms. Wearing cloth masks helps slow the spread of the virus, which is primarily transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when we talk, cough or sneeze. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in stores and other places where social distancing is hard to maintain, especially in areas where there is significant community-based transmission.

Surgical Masks
Surgical masks (also called medical masks) are loose-fitting, disposable coverings for the nose and mouth. They are intended to be worn by healthcare workers. They are fluid-resistant and protect the wearer against large droplets, splashes and sprays, according to the CDC. They also capture the wearer’s respiratory droplets, helping to protect patients against contamination.

N95 Face Masks:
Per the CDC, N95 Face Masks are not to be worn by the general public as protection from COVID-19. N95 face masks are intended to be tight-fitting. Normally, wearers must pass a “Fit Test” to confirm a proper seal before using one. Due to concerns about a shortage of fit-testing kits and test solutions, OSHA is encouraging employers to prioritize fit-testing for those who must use N95 face masks in high-hazard procedures such when performing COVID-19 Testing on patients, intubating or extubating patients, and treating patients in negative pressure isolation rooms.

How to properly put on your face mask: 

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face mask.
  • Secure the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Ensure that your mask fits securely against the sides of your face.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.
  • Don’t touch the front surface of your face mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect​.
  • Don’t wear a face mask under your nose, above the chin, around your neck, up on your forehead, hanging off one ear, or on your arm/elbow.

How NOT to Wear Your Mask

  • Do not wear your mask under your nose.
  • Do not pull your mask under your chin, even to drink.
  • Don’t put the face covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Do not wear your mask on your arm/elbow.
  • Do not hang your mask from one ear.

How to properly take off your face mask:

  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
  • Carefully remove the face mask by using your fingers to stretch the ear loops away from the face. 
  • Fold outside corners together & discard in trash.
  • For cloth face masks, immediately place in washing machine.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

How to Wash a Cloth Face Mask:

According to the CDC, masks should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.

Washing Machine

  • You can include your mask with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.

Dryer

  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.

Washing by hand

  • Wear gloves and prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water; or
    • 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water.
  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.

Air dry

  • Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the mask in direct sunlight.

Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of underlying medical conditions and whether they increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, people with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:


What should people at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19 do?

In addition to social distancing, practicing hand hygiene, and wearing a mask, those that are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should:

  • Continue your medicines and do not change your treatment plan without talking to your healthcare provider.
  • Have at least a 30-day supply of prescription and non-prescription medicines.
  • Do not delay getting emergency care for your underlying medical condition because of COVID-19. Emergency departments have contingency infection prevention plans to protect you from getting COVID-19 if you need care.

About COVID-19 tests: types, limitations, results

TYPES OF COVID-19 TESTS

Diagnostic tests for current infection: If you want to know if you are currently infected with the COVID-19 virus, there are two types of tests: molecular tests and antigen testing.

MOLECULAR TEST (also called PCR tests, viral RNA tests, nucleic acid tests)

How is it done?  Nasal swabs or throat swabs

Where can you get this test?  At a hospital, in a medical office, drive-by testing stations (will be available at the Pitzer campus)

What does the test look for?  Molecular tests look for genetic material that comes only from the virus.

How long does it take to get results?  It depends on lab capacity. Results may be ready the same day, but usually take at least a day or two. Throughout the pandemic, especially lately, delayed turnaround times of up to a week or two have been reported in many places.

What about accuracy?  False negatives — that is, a test that says you don’t have the virus when you actually do have the virus — may occur. The reported rate of false negatives is as low as 2% and as high as 37%.

A molecular test using a deep nasal swab is usually the best option, because it will have fewer false negative results than other diagnostic tests or samples from throat swabs or saliva.

ANTIGEN TEST

How is it done?  A nasal or throat swab.

Where can you get these tests?  At a hospital or doctor’s office.

What does the test look for?  This test identifies protein fragments (antigens) from the virus.

How long does it take to get results?  The technology involved is similar to a pregnancy test or a rapid strep test, with results available in minutes.

What about accuracy?  The reported rate of false negative results is as high as 50%, which is why antigen tests are not favored by the FDA as a single test for active infection.

Tests for past infection

ANTIBODY TEST (also called serologic testing)

How is it done?  A sample of blood is taken.

Where can you get these tests?  At a doctor’s office, blood testing lab, or hospital.

What does the test look for?  These blood tests identify antibodies that the body’s immune system has produced in response to the infection. While a serologic test cannot tell you if you have an infection now, it can accurately identify past infection.
How long does it take to get results?
  Results are usually available within a few days.

What about accuracy?  Having an antibody test too early can lead to false negative results. That’s because it takes a week or two after infection for your immune system to produce antibodies. The reported rate of false negatives is 20%. However, the range of false negatives is from 0% to 30% depending on the study and when in the course of infection the test is performed.

Research suggests antibody levels may wane over just a few months. And while a positive antibody test proves you’ve been exposed to the virus, it’s not yet known whether such results indicate a lack of contagiousness or long-lasting, protective immunity.


If it is clinically indicated that I need to be tested for COVID-19, which type of test will Hamilton Health Box be providing to the Pitzer community?

Hamilton Health Box will be providing diagnostic testing for the Pitzer community through the means of a Molecular PCR Test. This test will be collected using the naso-phyrengeal swab method. A molecular test using a deep nasal swab is usually the best option, because it will have fewer false negative results than other diagnostic tests or samples from throat swabs or saliva.


Are there any limitations to COVID-19 diagnostic tests?

With any diagnostic test, there is the potential for false negatives or false positives. For existing COVID-19 tests in the U.S., there have been reports of false negative tests. False negative tests can occur if a specimen was not properly obtained or if a patient was tested too early or too late in their infection. Laboratory error is also a possible cause of false negative test results. Conversely, false positive reports are less common.


Can someone test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?

Yes, it is possible. You may test negative if the sample was collected too early in your infection. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected then. Even if you test negative, you still should take steps to  protect yourself and others. See Testing for Current Infection for more information.


About Contact Tracing: what is it, what to expect, data privacy

What is Contact Tracing?

Contact tracing will be conducted by Hamilton Health Box to help prevent the spread of the virus amongst the Pitzer community. In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease (cases) and their contacts (people who may have been exposed due to close contact) and working with the contacts to interrupt disease transmission. For COVID-19, this includes asking people to either isolate or quarantine.

Contact tracing for COVID-19 typically involves

  • Interviewing people with COVID-19 to identify everyone with whom they had close contact during the time they may have been infectious,
  • Notifying contacts of their potential exposure,
  • Referring contacts for testing,
  • Monitoring contacts for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and
  • Connecting contacts with services they might need during the self-quarantine period.

To prevent the further spread of disease, COVID-19 contacts are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19. Contacts should monitor themselves by checking their temperature twice daily and watching for symptoms of COVID-19.


What happens during contact tracing?

Generally, contact tracing includes the following steps:

  • Case investigation: A medical professional works with the patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the time when they may have been infectious.
  • Contact tracing: The medical professional will begin contact tracing by notifying exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible, not revealing the infected patient’s identity.
  • Contact support: Contacts are provided with education, information, and support to help them understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, and how to monitor themselves for illness. In addition, they are informed of the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they do not feel ill.
  • Self-quarantine: Contacts are encouraged to stay home, monitor their health, and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to the infected patient, in case they also become ill.

What can a person diagnosed with COVID-19 expect to happen during a contact tracing investigation?

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, a case investigator from Hamilton Health Box and/or the LA County Health Department may call you to check-in on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with, and ask where you spent time while you may have been infectious and able to spread COVID-19 to others. You will also be required to self-isolate, if you are not doing so already.

  • Your name will not be revealed to those you may have exposed, even if they ask.
  • Self-isolation means staying at home in a specific room away from other people and pets, and using a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Self-isolation helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help keep your family, friends, neighbors, and others you may come in contact with healthy.

What will happen with my personal information during contact tracing?

Discussions with health department staff are confidential. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know.

Your name will not be revealed to those you came in contact with. The health department will only notify your close contacts that they might have been exposed to COVID-19.


What can close contacts expect to happen during COVID-19 contact tracing?

If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, a contact tracer from the health department might contact you to inform you that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

You should stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, starting from the last day you were possibly exposed to COVID-19. The contact tracer will help identify the dates of your self-quarantine.

  • Self-quarantine means staying home, monitoring your health, and maintaining social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others at all times.
  • If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. This will help protect the people around you.
  • If you need support or assistance with self-quarantine, the College may be able to provide assistance.

You should take your temperature twice a day, watch for symptoms of COVID-19, and notify your health department if you develop symptoms. You should also notify people you had close contact with recently if you become ill, so they can monitor their health. If your symptoms worsen or become severe, you should seek medical care. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.


Should I get a flu vaccine this fall? Why is it important for influenza (flu) vaccines to be given during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Per the CDC, annual flu vaccination for 2020-2021is highly recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, with rare exceptions, because it is an effective way to decrease flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, have led to decreased use of routine preventive medical services, including immunization services. Ensuring that people continue or start getting routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for protecting people and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks, including flu. Routine vaccination prevents illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations, which further strain the healthcare system.

For the upcoming flu season, flu vaccination will be very important to reduce flu because it can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the population and thus lessen the resulting burden on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A flu vaccine may also provide several individual health benefits, including keeping you from getting sick with flu, reducing the severity of your illness if you do get flu and reducing your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.


How does domestic or international travel influence your chances of contracting COVID-19?

According to the CDC, Department of State, and the State of California there is ongoing transmission of novel coronavirus within the United States and in destinations throughout the world.

After You Travel:

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return:

  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

If at any time you develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during or after your trip, please quarantine yourself and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

U.S. Citizens Returning from China

Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in China in the previous 14 days may be subject to up to 14 days of quarantine.

Pitzer’s COVID-19 Process - 02.09.21

Healthy Pitzer Daily Health Screening

Healthy Pitzer is an experience management platform that we’ve configured to create a technological pathway for our COVID-19 protocols and procedures, including that communication conduit between the Pitzer community and our healthcare service provider, Hamilton Health Box.

Beginning Monday, February 15th, visitors coming to campus will use our new health screening form: www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer

You can also reach this form by:

  • Using the link on Pitzer’s main website under Resources > Daily Screening Form
  • Adding this link to your mobile phone.
  • Scanning the QR code on the signage outside campus buildings.
  • Using the iPad Kiosk near the timeclock in McConnell Basement

This new form is designed to be mobile-phone friendly, available in Spanish, and uses your login information to fill out identifying fields so that you don’t have to. For more instructions on how to use the new form, please visit:  https://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/covid-19/

In addition to the health screening form, this platform will allow you to manage your personal COVID-19 data; including scheduling testing, receiving test results, and communication/reminders about testing on campus.

Please be aware that the first time you log into this new tool you will be prompted to provide your consent and acknowledgement for forms relating to the COVID-19 testing process and our health services provider, Hamilton Health Box.  If you do not provide your consent and acknowledgement, you will not be able to fill out the screening forms and be permitted on campus.  This consent process is a one-time only occurrence and the next time you log into the tool you will go directly to the main menu where you can fill out your daily health screening.


Introduction: Hamilton Health Box

At Hamilton Health Box, your health and safety is our top priority. We have committed to protecting and caring for the Pitzer College community during the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing a private, COVID-19 Response Clinic that will allow Pitzer faculty and staff to have direct access to onsite medical advice, tele-health appointments, COVID-19 Testing, and personalized follow up care.

Meet the Team

River Santee RN, BSN is Pitzer’s designated nurse.  She has 6 years of experience in the acute care setting with 5 years in the emergency department.  She is passionate about the Claremont colleges and the Claremont community as she grew up locally. She attended Claremont High and her mother and twin sister are 5Cs alumni (Pitzer and Scripps). 

Dr. Toby Hamilton is the CEO of Hamilton Health Box (HHB), a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and board-certified in emergency medicine. (M.D., B.S., Texas Tech University)

Dr. Glenn Davis is the chief medical officer for HHB. He is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. (M.D., Baylor University; B.S., Texas A&M University)

When and how to contact us:

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms that are associated with COVID-19 or have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should quarantine yourself as soon as possible and report it to Pitzer COVID-19 HOTLINE: 909-607-2180 x72180 or nurse@pitzer.edu

Medical Emergency

If you show any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Chest Pain or Trouble Breathing
  • New Confusion or Excessive Drowsiness
  • Temperature reaches 103°F or higher at any time
  • A fever of any temperature >99.6°F that lasts more than three days

*This list is not all possible life-threatening conditions. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.


Testing

Screening testing

Testing with nasal swab

We will be providing on site screening testing for staff and faculty who are coming to campus on a regular basis.  This testing is to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in our community and to catch infection early in order to prevent outbreaks. This will be done with a self-administered nasal swab under supervision/direction from a Hamilton Health Box medical professional.  Results will be provided to you via email in 24-48 hours. 

Screening will take place at the Benson Atrium. This location is perfect for testing because it allows for good airflow and is equipped with a new ventilation system. Frequency of testing will depend on your work schedule and how often you are on campus based on Pitzer’s screening testing policy. You will be notified by your supervisor of your testing schedule and when testing will begin for you.

Diagnostic testing

We will be providing on-site diagnostic testing for individuals who test positive during a surveillance test, are symptomatic of COVID-19 or have been exposed to a positive case. In these situations, HHB nurse River Santee will make an appointment with you for a diagnostic swab (usually same-day). Instructions for diagnostic testing will be given via phone/email as needed.

What happens if I test Positive or am exposed to someone who was sick?

If at any point you test positive for COVID-19, Pitzer’s nurse River Santee will contact you directly and give you further instructions for isolation as well as provide resources and medical advice.

Hamilton Health Box will be conducting contact tracing measures for positive cases to notify close contacts as soon as possible in an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19.  If you are deemed a close contact River will contact you immediately and give instructions for quarantining and further testing.

Confidentiality:

What we don’t share:
While we are working closely with Pitzer, we are a healthcare providers and obligated to maintain the confidentiality of your private medical information, such as your medical history, unless you consent to sharing it with the College.

What we do share: 
As an institution of higher education, Pitzer is mandated by the county to report positive cases among employees who are working on campus to the Public Health Department so that public health officials can monitor potential outbreak situations. If you test positive for COVID-19, we will share your name and contact information along with your positive test results to the LA county public health department on a case by case basis. We will also work in conjunction with Pitzer HR only to facilitate time off work, benefits, and resources to assist you if you need to quarantine at home.  This would include notifying HR of any isolation or quarantine dates (how long you will remain off campus) and of a positive test result as needed.


Health & Safety Guidelines

Wear a Mask Wearing a mask or face mask is mandatory on campus, and in public or outdoors per County ordinance. Please refer to the instructions below for proper use of a face mask.

Wear a mask

Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask or face mask is mandatory on campus, and in public or outdoors per County ordinance. Please refer to the instructions below for proper use of a face mask.

Social distancing

Social Distancing
Maintain a distance of 6 FEET minimum between yourself and others at all times.

Hand hygiene

Hand Hygiene
Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Daily Screening Survey

Healthy Pitzer Daily Screening Survey
All Faculty/staff are required to complete the Health Pitzer Daily Screening Survey before each work day.

Report symptoms or close contact

Report Symptoms or Close Contact Exposure
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact (more than 15 minutes within 6-ft with or without a mask) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call the Pitzer COVID-19 HOTLINE: 909-607-2180. A Medical Professional from Hamilton Health Box will schedule a same-day, on-campus appointment for a medical evaluation, COVID-19 test, quarantine instructions, and recovery support.

Follow quarantine instructions

Follow Quarantine Instructions
If you have been given quarantine or isolation instructions by a medical professional, we ask that you abide by those instructions until someone from Hamilton Health Box has indicated it is no longer necessary to separate yourself from others.


Understanding Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19

Coronavirus Prevention

Fever or Chills – body temperature above 99.6 Degrees Fahrenheit or sensation of chills or shivers

Sore Throat or Cough – scratchy, sore sensation in throat, dry or wet cough

Shortness of Breath – unexpectedly feeling out of breath, or winded, or breathing fast and hard

Fatigue – extreme tiredness or feeling of weakness

Muscle or Body Aches – soreness throughout the body

Headache – continuous pain or throbbing sensation in or around the head

New Loss of Taste or Smell – suddenly unable to taste or smell commonly consumed foods or drinks

Congestion – an excessive accumulation of mucus or fluids in mucous cavities (Nose, Sinuses, Chest, Eyes)

Runny Nose – excess drainage, ranging from a clear fluid to thick mucus, from the nose and nasal passages.

Nausea – a feeling of sickness with an inclination to vomit.

Vomiting – forcefully expelling the stomach’s contents out of the mouth.

Diarrhea – loose, watery stools that occur more frequently than usual.


CLOSE CONTACT: For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated – with or without a mask.

QUARANTINE: The separation or restriction of movement of a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill.

ISOLATION: Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

PLEASE REFER TO THE FAQs TO BETTER UNDERSTAND COVID-19 & HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF

How does the virus spread? - 02.09.21

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the eyes, mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), particularly when not wearing face coverings.

What signs and symptoms are associated with COVID-19 infection? - 02.09.21

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. COVID-19 Symptoms May Include:

Fever or Chills – body temperature above 99.6 degrees fahrenheit or sensation of chills or shivers

Sore Throat or Cough – scratchy, sore sensation in throat, dry or wet cough

Shortness of Breath – unexpectedly feeling out of breath, or winded, or breathing fast and hard

Fatigue – extreme tiredness or feeling of weakness

Muscle or Body Aches – soreness throughout the body

Headache – continuous pain or throbbing sensation in or around the head

New Loss of Taste or Smell – suddenly unable to taste or smell commonly consumed foods or drinks

Congestion – an excessive accumulation of mucus or fluids in mucous cavities (nose, sinuses, chest, eyes)

Runny Nose – excess drainage, ranging from a clear fluid to thick mucus, from the nose and nasal passages.

Nausea – a feeling of sickness with an inclination to vomit.

Vomiting – forcefully expelling the stomach’s contents out of the mouth.

Diarrhea – loose, watery stools that occur more frequently than usual.

When should I seek Emergency Care if I have COVID-19? - 02.09.21

If you show any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately*:

  • Chest pain or trouble breathing
  • New confusion or excessive drowsiness
  • Temperature reaches 103°F or higher at any time
  • A fever of any temperature >99.6°F that lasts more than three days

*This list does not include all possible life-threatening conditions. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

What is close contact? - 02.09.21

For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated – with or without a mask.

What is quarantine? What is isolation? - 02.09.21

Quarantine is a word used to define the separation or restriction of movement of a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill.

You will be asked to Quarantine if you experience signs & symptoms of COVID-19, have come into close contact with anyone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19, or while you wait for your test results confirmation.

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. If you have been diagnosed POSITIVE for COVID-19, you will be asked to Isolate for a period of time to be determined by a medical professional.

How do I protect myself and others from contracting COVID-19? - 02.09.21

WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your cloth face covering
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH OTHERS

  • Inside your home: avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: keep 6 feet of distance (about 2 arms’ length) between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.

COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WITH A MASK OR FACE COVER

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask or cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask or cloth face cover in public settings and when people who don’t live in their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks or cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age two, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask or cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow, and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

CLEAN & DISINFECT

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Avoid sharing difficult to clean items, including electronic devices, personal grooming items, etc.
  • Keep working, learning and living environments and personal items as clean as possible
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Know the most common EPA-registered household disinfectants.

MONITOR YOUR HEALTH DAILY

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
    • Please note that lack of fever does not necessarily mean that you do not have COVID-19.
How does washing your hands with soap and water help prevent COVID-19 infection? - 02.09.21

On a molecular level, soap molecules disrupt the fatty layer or coat that surrounds the virus, once the external viral coat is broken down, the virus is no longer able to function. The soap molecules need some time to react with the viral coat and break it up. That is why it is recommended to lather soap and water by rubbing your hands thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds each time you wash our hands.

According to the CDC, handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

WARNING: The FDA has recently announced that Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects.

Why are face masks required in public? - 02.09.21

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is thought to spread from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses* of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

For this reason, face masks and social distancing are the most effective ways to protect yourself and protect others from becoming infected with COVID-19.

*COVID-19 can also be transmitted through respiratory droplets that may infect the mucous membranes of the eyes, glasses can serve as a protective barrier for the eyes.

What is the difference between cloth face masks, surgical face masks, and N95 face masks? - 02.09.21

Cloth Face Masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people wear cloth face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of whether they have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms. There is evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by people who don’t have symptoms. Wearing cloth masks helps slow the spread of the virus, which is primarily transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when we talk, cough or sneeze. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in stores and other places where social distancing is hard to maintain, especially in areas where there is significant community-based transmission.

Surgical Masks

Surgical masks (also called medical masks) are loose-fitting, disposable coverings for the nose and mouth. They are intended to be worn by healthcare workers. They are fluid resistant and protect the wearer against large droplets, splashes and sprays, according to the CDC. They also capture the wearer’s respiratory droplets, helping to protect patients against contamination.

N95 Face Masks

Per the CDC, N95 Face Masks are not to be worn by the general public as protection from COVID-19. N95 face masks are intended to be tight-fitting. Normally, wearers must pass a “Fit Test” to confirm a proper seal before using one. Due to concerns about a shortage of fit-testing kits and test solutions, OSHA is encouraging employers to prioritize fit-testing for those who must use N95 face masks in high-hazard procedures such as when performing COVID-19 testing on patients, intubating or extubating patients, and treating patients in negative pressure isolation rooms.

How to properly put on your face mask - 02.09.21
  • Wash your hands before putting on your face mask.
  • Secure the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Ensure that your mask fits securely against the sides of your face.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.
  • Don’t touch the front surface of your face mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect​.
  • Don’t wear a face mask under your nose, above the chin, around your neck, up on your forehead, hanging off one ear, or on your arm/elbow.
How NOT To Wear Your Mask - 02.09.21
  • Do not wear your mask under your nose.
  • Do not pull your mask under your chin, even to drink.
  • Don’t put the face covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Do not wear your mask on your arm/elbow.
  • Do not hang your mask from one ear.
How to properly take off your face mask - 02.09.21
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
  • Carefully remove the face mask by using your fingers to stretch the ear loops away from the face. 
  • Fold outside corners together & discard in trash.
  • For cloth face masks, immediately place in washing machine.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
How to Wash a Cloth Face Mask - 02.09.21

According to the CDC, masks should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.

Washing machine

  • You can include your mask with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.

Dryer

  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.

Washing by hand

  • Wear gloves and prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water; or
    • 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water.
  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.

Air dry

  • Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the mask in direct sunlight.
Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19? - 02.09.21

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of underlying medical conditions and whether they increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, people with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:

What should people at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19 do? - 02.09.21

In addition to social distancing, practicing hand hygiene, and wearing a mask, those that are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should:

  • Continue your medicines and do not change your treatment plan without talking to your healthcare provider.
  • Have at least a 30-day supply of prescription and non-prescription medicines.
  • Do not delay getting emergency care for your underlying medical condition because of COVID-19. Emergency departments have contingency infection prevention plans to protect you from getting COVID-19 if you need care.
About COVID-19 tests: types, limitations, results - 02.09.21

Diagnostic tests for current infection: If you want to know if you are currently infected with the COVID-19 virus, there are two types of tests: molecular tests and antigen testing.

MOLECULAR TEST (also called PCR tests, viral RNA tests, nucleic acid tests)

How is it done?  Nasal swabs or throat swabs

Where can you get this test?  At a hospital, in a medical office, drive-by testing stations (will be available at the Pitzer campus)

What does the test look for?  Molecular tests look for genetic material that comes only from the virus.

How long does it take to get results?  It depends on lab capacity. Results may be ready the same day, but usually take at least a day or two. Throughout the pandemic, especially lately, delayed turnaround times of up to a week or two have been reported in many places.

What about accuracy?  False negatives — that is, a test that says you don’t have the virus when you actually do have the virus — may occur. The reported rate of false negatives is as low as 2% and as high as 37%.

A molecular test using a deep nasal swab is usually the best option, because it will have fewer false negative results than other diagnostic tests or samples from throat swabs or saliva.

ANTIGEN TEST

How is it done?  A nasal or throat swab.

Where can you get these tests?  At a hospital or doctor’s office.

What does the test look for?  This test identifies protein fragments (antigens) from the virus.

How long does it take to get results?  The technology involved is similar to a pregnancy test or a rapid strep test, with results available in minutes.

What about accuracy?  The reported rate of false negative results is as high as 50%, which is why antigen tests are not favored by the FDA as a single test for active infection.


Tests for past infection

ANTIBODY TEST (also called serologic testing)

How is it done?  A sample of blood is taken.

Where can you get these tests?  At a doctor’s office, blood testing lab, or hospital.

What does the test look for?  These blood tests identify antibodies that the body’s immune system has produced in response to the infection. While a serologic test cannot tell you if you have an infection now, it can accurately identify past infection.

How long does it take to get results?  Results are usually available within a few days.

What about accuracy?  Having an antibody test too early can lead to false negative results. That’s because it takes a week or two after infection for your immune system to produce antibodies. The reported rate of false negatives is 20%. However, the range of false negatives is from 0% to 30% depending on the study and when in the course of infection the test is performed.

Research suggests antibody levels may wane over just a few months. And while a positive antibody test proves you’ve been exposed to the virus, it’s not yet known whether such results indicate a lack of contagiousness or long-lasting, protective immunity.

If it is clinically indicated that I need to be tested for COVID-19, which type of test will Hamilton Health Box be providing to the Pitzer community? - 02.09.21

Hamilton Health Box will be providing diagnostic testing for the Pitzer community through the means of a Molecular PCR Test. This test will be collected using the naso-phyrengeal swab method. A molecular test using a deep nasal swab is usually the best option, because it will have fewer false negative results than other diagnostic tests or samples from throat swabs or saliva.

Are there any limitations to COVID-19 diagnostic tests? - 02.09.21

With any diagnostic test, there is the potential for false negatives or false positives. For existing COVID-19 tests in the U.S., there have been reports of false negative tests. False negative tests can occur if a specimen was not properly obtained or if a patient was tested too early or too late in their infection. Laboratory error is also a possible cause of false negative test results. Conversely, false positive reports are less common.

What is Contact Tracing? - 02.09.21

Contact tracing will be conducted by Hamilton Health Box to help prevent the spread of the virus amongst the Pitzer community. In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease (cases) and their contacts (people who may have been exposed due to close contact) and working with the contacts to interrupt disease transmission. For COVID-19, this includes asking people to either isolate or quarantine.

Contact tracing for COVID-19 typically involves

  • Interviewing people with COVID-19 to identify everyone with whom they had close contact during the time they may have been infectious,
  • Notifying contacts of their potential exposure,
  • Referring contacts for testing,
  • Monitoring contacts for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and
  • Connecting contacts with services they might need during the self-quarantine period.

To prevent the further spread of disease, COVID-19 contacts are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19. Contacts should monitor themselves by checking their temperature twice daily and watching for symptoms of COVID-19.

What happens during contact tracing? - 02.09.21

Generally, contact tracing includes the following steps:

  • Case investigation: A medical professional works with the patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the time when they may have been infectious.
  • Contact tracing: The medical professional will begin contact tracing by notifying exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible, not revealing the infected patient’s identity.
  • Contact support: Contacts are provided with education, information, and support to help them understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, and how to monitor themselves for illness. In addition, they are informed of the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they do not feel ill.
  • Self-quarantine: Contacts are encouraged to stay home, monitor their health, and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to the infected patient, in case they also become ill.
What can a person diagnosed with COVID-19 expect to happen during a contact tracing investigation? - 02.09.21

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, a case investigator from Hamilton Health Box and/or the LA County Health Department may call you to check-in on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with, and ask where you spent time while you may have been infectious and able to spread COVID-19 to others. You will also be required to self-isolate, if you are not doing so already.

  • Your name will not be revealed to those you may have exposed, even if they ask.
  • Self-isolation means staying at home in a specific room away from other people and pets, and using a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Self-isolation helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help keep your family, friends, neighbors, and others you may come in contact with healthy.
What will happen with my personal information during contact tracing? - 02.09.21

Discussions with health department staff are confidential. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know.

Your name will not be revealed to those you came in contact with. The health department will only notify your close contacts that they might have been exposed to COVID-19.

What can close contacts expect to happen during COVID-19 contact tracing? - 02.09.21

If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, a contact tracer from the health department might contact you to inform you that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

You should stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, starting from the last day you were possibly exposed to COVID-19. The contact tracer will help identify the dates of your self-quarantine.

  • Self-quarantine means staying home, monitoring your health, and maintaining social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others at all times.
  • If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. This will help protect the people around you.
  • If you need support or assistance with self-quarantine, the College may be able to provide assistance.

You should take your temperature twice a day, watch for symptoms of COVID-19, and notify your health department if you develop symptoms. You should also notify people you had close contact with recently if you become ill, so they can monitor their health. If your symptoms worsen or become severe, you should seek medical care. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

Should I get a flu vaccine this fall? Why is it important for influenza (flu) vaccines to be given during the COVID-19 pandemic? - 02.09.21

Per the CDC, annual flu vaccination for 2020-2021 is highly recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, with rare exceptions, because it is an effective way to decrease flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, have led to decreased use of routine preventive medical services, including immunization services. Ensuring that people continue or start getting routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for protecting people and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks, including flu. Routine vaccination prevents illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations, which further strain the healthcare system.

For the upcoming flu season, flu vaccination will be very important to reduce flu because it can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the population and thus lessen the resulting burden on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A flu vaccine may also provide several individual health benefits, including keeping you from getting sick with flu, reducing the severity of your illness if you do get flu and reducing your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.

How does domestic or international travel influence your chances of contracting COVID-19? - 02.09.21

According to the CDC, Department of State, and the State of California there is ongoing transmission of novel coronavirus within the United States and in destinations throughout the world.

After You Travel:

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return:

  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

If at any time you develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during or after your trip, please quarantine yourself and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

U.S. Citizens Returning from China

Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in China in the previous 14 days may be subject to up to 14 days of quarantine.

Information About Spring Semester and Summer - 02.03.21

Dear Pitzer Students:

Welcome back for spring semester 2021! Although the semester has just begun, I write to call your attention to information and deadlines that may impact your plans for the remainder of the academic year, including this summer.

  1. First, students who plan to select the 3+1 enrollment option for this semester (enrolling in 3.0 credits for spring and 1.0 credits in Pitzer’s Summer Session), must make that selection by this Friday, February 5, 2021. This new option is only available for spring enrollment of 3.0 credits and 1 summer class. Instructions for selecting this option and FAQs about it are available at:
    www.pitzer.edu/dean-of-faculty/office-of-the-dean-of-faculty/faq-3-1-enrollment-option/
  2. Second, as you are probably aware, the undergraduate Claremont Colleges have adopted a spring semester schedule that includes contiguous days of spring break from March 8-12, 2021. The final day of classes for all students is May 7, 2021, and final exams for all students take place May 10-14, 2021. The academic calendar can be found at:
    www.pitzer.edu/registrar/academic-calendar/
  3. Third, I want to inform you that the Pitzer faculty recently amended the modification to the transfer credit policy for this year.  Specifically, students are allowed to transfer up to a total of 2.0 Pitzer credits from an institution of higher education for coursework completed during the entire 2020-2021 academic year, including summer 2021. The procedures for obtaining approvals for transfer credits and the overall transfer credit limit are unchanged.  For more information on transfer credits:  
    pitzer.catalog.acalog.com/content.php?catoid=14&navoid=1152#Transfer%20Credits
  4. Finally, I am pleased to provide information on Pitzer’s Summer Session. Pitzer College will once again offer a Summer Session that includes a wide range of class offerings and at a discounted tuition price. The session is scheduled for May 24-July 2, 2021 and the courses will be offered online.  See the links below for additional information on this year’s Summer Session:   
    www.pitzer.edu/summer/
    www.pitzer.edu/dean-of-faculty/office-of-the-dean-of-faculty/faq-3-1-enrollment-option/

Allen Omoto
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Will students be permitted to take courses at their local universities or community colleges? How will those credits be counted at Pitzer? - 01.28.21

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Incoming students who defer are not permitted to take classes at another school and transfer them to Pitzer.  If they do, they will need to reapply for admission as a transfer student. 

Meanwhile, continuing students are permitted to take classes at another regionally accredited college or university, but they are limited in the number of credits allowed to transfer to Pitzer this year.  Specifically, students are allowed to transfer up to a total of 2.0 Pitzer credits (i.e., 8 semester units or 12 quarter units) for coursework completed during the entire 2020-2021 academic year, including summer 2021.  Students should not assume that classes taken elsewhere will be accepted for transfer credit at Pitzer.  Transfer credit requires approval by a faculty member in a relevant discipline, and field groups may have stringent requirements on transfer credits and the classes that can be used to meet major/minor requirements.  Furthermore, classes that are accepted for transfer do not always count as full Pitzer credits.

Pitzer’s transfer credit policy can be found at http://pitzer.catalog.acalog.com/content.php?catoid=14&navoid=1152#Transfer%20Credits

For questions about transfer credits or for more information, contact registrar@pitzer.edu.

Modification to the Transfer Credit Policy for Academic Year 2020-2021 - 01.28.21

(updated January 28, 2021)

Policy Modification. On July 17, 2020, the Pitzer College Faculty Executive Committee approved a modification to the current transfer credit policy that applies to all current students regardless of the College Catalog language in place at the time of their original matriculation.  Specifically, a student will be allowed to transfer up to a total of 2.0 Pitzer credits (i.e., 8 semester units or 12 quarter units) from an institution of higher education for coursework completed during the fall and spring semesters (or fall, winter, and spring quarters) of academic year 2020-21.  This modification was adopted to facilitate academic continuity for students while also serving to maintain the academic quality and integrity of the Pitzer College educational program and degree. 

On December 3, 2020, the FEC voted to amend this transfer credit policy modification so that the cap on transfer credits also covers any courses completed in summer 2021.  This amendment was approved by the Pitzer College faculty on January 28, 2021.

Implementation. Students who intend to transfer course credits to Pitzer should seek pre-approval from the relevant field group(s) before enrolling in courses at another institution.  The Pitzer field group will determine the criteria for approval of transfer credit but all requests for transfer credit (pre-approvals and requests for transfer credits) received in the Registrar’s Office after July 17, 2020 will be considered under this policy modification.  However, any student who had fall 2020 or winter/spring 2021 courses pre-approved for transfer credit by the relevant field group and had this approval on file in the Pitzer Registrar’s Office prior to July 17, 2020 will be allowed to transfer the approved credits (i.e., the approved credits, even if greater than two, will be “grandfathered” for acceptance as long as the classes are successfully completed with grades of C or above).

Background & Rationale. The modification does not change overall flexibility in the current policy that permits up to 16 Pitzer equivalent courses be accepted for transfer credit, except for New Resources students who may transfer up to 24 Pitzer equivalent course credits (see http://pitzer.catalog.acalog.com/content.php?catoid=14&navoid=1152#Transfer%20Credits).  The modification also does not change procedures in the current policy that specify that a faculty member representing the appropriate discipline (field group) must approve each transferred course, and that field groups may apply additional and more stringent criteria to determine whether a course can be accepted for transfer credit or count toward major/minor requirements or other graduation requirements.  Transfer credit does not calculate into a student’s Pitzer GPA.  Furthermore, the Leave of Absence request and approval process is separate from the Transfer Credit approval process.  Students take leaves of absence for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with attempting to transfer course credits (see http://pitzer.catalog.acalog.com/content.php?catoid=14&navoid=1152#loa). 

To support the transfer credit policy and signal to students the stringent requirements for transfer credit pre-approval for courses taken outside of Pitzer, field groups are encouraged to insert the following or similar language into field group descriptions: “Pitzer College field groups have a responsibility to preserve the academic integrity of the Pitzer educational program and degree. All courses proposed for transfer credit to Pitzer College require pre-approval by the appropriate disciplinary field group before the course is taken and transfer credit requested.”

To support the transfer credit policy and signal to students the stringent requirements for transfer credit pre-approval for courses taken outside of Pitzer, field groups are encouraged to insert the following or similar language into field group descriptions: “Pitzer College field groups have a responsibility to preserve the academic integrity of the Pitzer educational program and degree. All courses proposed for transfer credit to Pitzer College require pre-approval by the appropriate disciplinary field group before the course is taken and transfer credit requested.”

Spring Welcome and Update from President Oliver - 01.26.21

January 26, 2021

Dear Pitzer Community,

A warm welcome to the Spring 2021 semester at Pitzer College. I hope that you are well-rested and energized to take advantage of the many educational and co-curricular opportunities that will be offered this spring. In addition to our continuing students from the fall, please help me welcome our new students to the Pitzer community.

I want to update you on the current status of higher education residential, congregate living in Los Angeles County. On Friday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) held a briefing for institutes of higher education in the region. They announced that, due to the significant number of coronavirus cases and the strain on the healthcare system in the county, they do not anticipate permitting students to live on college campuses in the next few months. The possibility of allowing some schools to bring a limited number of students to campus later in the spring that I referenced in my message of December 10 is on hold at this time.

LACDPH has placed college and university residential programs on hold – seemingly for the entire spring semester. Given this, and our continuing concern for the health and safety of students, staff and faculty, Pitzer will remain virtual for the entire Spring 2021 semester. This is a difficult decision but we need to move beyond the uncertainty of the end stages of this pandemic and turn our attention to the fall.

We are eagerly looking forward to the Fall 2021 semester, for which we are planning to have everyone back on campus – a campus that will be fully functioning. Pitzer’s COVID-19 Task Force met last week and will convene regularly in the coming months. And, as I stated previously, we are working closely with Student Health Services and have contracted for additional on-site medical advice and support. We are all disappointed that the pandemic conditions continue to keep us physically separated, but I remain impressed and inspired by the dedication of our entire community to making the virtual environment the absolute best it can be.

We understand that an entire online semester can be challenging, so the College has offered students the option of taking three courses this spring and one in the summer to help provide some relief. And, students are encouraged to read the Dean of Students Newsletter, which includes information about support services and resources.

I know we all look forward to some sense of normalcy in the not-too-distant future as new therapies are implemented and vaccinations become more widespread, including here at the Claremont Colleges. Until then, I urge you to take care of yourself and be mindful of one another.

Be on the lookout for the many programs and opportunities available this semester, including:

I appreciate everyone’s patience and persistence as we work toward being together on our beautiful campus as soon as safely possible.

Best wishes to all for a successful spring semester.

Provida Futuri,
Melvin L. Oliver President

Spring 3+1 Enrollment Option and Summer Session - 01.22.21

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2021 Enrollment Options for Spring and Summer Sessions

Pitzer College has created an optional enrollment pathway for the spring 2021 semester. The 3+1 enrollment option permits students to make academic progress with a reduced course load (3 classes) during spring semester and with an additional (+1) class taken during the six-week Pitzer Summer Session and for the full tuition rate for spring semester. This optional pathway should not alter spring financial aid packages for students who receive financial aid based on full-time enrollment, although students on financial aid are encouraged to discuss their plans with the Office of Financial Aid. Students are encouraged to talk with their advisor about their academic plans, and in this case, how selecting the 3+1 enrollment option may affect their academic progress.

The 3+1 enrollment option is considered full-time enrollment and supplements Pitzer’s usual tuition and enrollment structure in which students take four classes in a single semester. Tuition costs are the same whether students take the usual spring semester course load (i.e., 4 classes) or the 3+1 option: full tuition paid for spring semester. After February 5, 2021, selection of the 3+1 enrollment option is non-revocable and tuition, including for the summer class, is non-refundable.

Students do not have to select this 3+1 option, but it is the only new alternative full-time enrollment option for spring semester. Within this 3+1 option, it is important to note that the +1 summer class must be taken as a regular class through Pitzer’s 2021 Summer Session and students cannot take an Independent Study as their summer class with this option. Graduating seniors who select the 3+1 enrollment option will be eligible for fall 2021 graduation provided they have successfully completed all of their Pitzer and major/minor requirements. Prior to official graduation, the Pitzer Registrar’s Office can provide a letter stating that the student has completed all degree requirements if such verification is required for graduate school or employment purposes.

Specific questions and answers about the 3+1 option and Pitzer’s Summer Session can be found below. In general, questions and answers on the 3+1 enrollment option are listed first and information on Summer Session appear later in the list. If students have questions about the 3+1 enrollment option, they can send them to Dean_Faculty@pitzer.edu with the subject line “3+1 question.” Meanwhile, questions about Summer Session can be directed to Associate Dean Phil Zuckerman at phil_zuckerman@pitzer.edu with the subject line “Summer Session question.”

Q1: How do I select the 3+1 enrollment option?

To opt into 3+1 enrollment, full-time students who have already registered must add the zero-credit course PEND031 PZ – Spring-Summer 2021 3+1 Pathway, and also ensure that they are registered in 3.0 course credits. This action must be taken no later than February 5, 2021. After adding this placeholder summer course, students will be notified that they have selected the 3+1 option. In early March, students will complete the enrollment process by registering for their Summer Session class.

Students who have yet to enroll for spring semester should register for 3.0 spring course credits and also add the zero-credit PEND031 course.

Summer Session is scheduled to run May 24 – July 2, 2021 and the current planned course schedule can be found at www.pitzer.edu/summer/course-schedule/. As always, course offerings are subject to enrollment minimums and caps, and so it is possible that some courses will not actually run or will close.

Q2: What is the deadline for selecting the 3+1 enrollment option?

The decision to take the 3+1 option must be made by February 5, 2021, which is also the last day to add/drop a class for a tuition refund or financial aid adjustment (see www.pitzer.edu/registrar/academic-calendar/), and cannot be changed after that date.

Q3: Will enrolling in 3+1 impact my financial aid for spring semester?

No, students who select the 3+1 enrollment option should not see any changes to their full-time financial aid package for spring semester.  Students on financial aid are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Financial Aid (financial_aid@pitzer.edu) to discuss their plans and options.

Q4: Can I change my mind after February 5 and either opt in or opt out of the 3+1 enrollment option?

No, students must decide to take the 3+1 option by February 5, 2021. After February 5, students can drop a class, but they will not be able to enroll in a summer class as part of their spring registration and tuition bill. They also are not permitted to re-add a spring semester course that they have dropped to take this option.

Students who have selected the 3+1 option can always drop their summer class, but they will not receive a refund or other financial aid adjustment.

Q5: What if I select the 3+1 option but later decide that I don’t want to take the summer class? Can I get a refund for that course?

No, the +1 summer class is non-refundable because it is technically part of spring semester tuition. In Pitzer’s current tuition structure, 3 classes is considered full-time enrollment. If the student who has selected the 3+1 enrollment option decides against enrolling in a summer class or drops their summer class, they will not receive any tuition adjustment or account refund.

Q6: Are there any other special enrollment options, such as 4+1 or 2+2?

No, at this time, the only new enrollment option is the 3+1 option. Students can create their own enrollment options, but these are subject to Pitzer’s usual approval processes and tuition and financial aid considerations. For example, students wishing to pursue a 4+1 option would register and pay tuition for 4 classes in spring semester and then pay separate tuition for their one summer class. A 2+2 option would entail enrolling half-time in spring semester and then paying tuition for two summer classes. Students should be aware that less than full-time enrollment can have implications for financial aid and academic standing.

Q7: Can I arrange an Independent Study class as my summer class in the 3+1 enrollment option?

No, the +1 summer course in this option must be a course that is offered as part of the regular Summer Session schedule. Students can take an Independent Study class during the summer, but these classes are subject to several approvals and are priced separately from Pitzer Summer Session classes; see information at www.pitzer.edu/academics/independent-study/ and www.pitzer.edu/career-services/students/academic-credit-and-the-internship-experience/. The summer independent study form is available at: www.pitzer.edu/registrar/independent-study/.

Q8: Do I have to take the 3+1 option in order to take Summer Session classes?

No. Students who take the 3+1 enrollment option will register for their one summer class in a special pre-registration period in early March. General registration for summer classes will open on March 15, 2021. The planned Summer Session course schedule can be found at www.pitzer.edu/summer/course-schedule/. As always, course offerings are subject to enrollment minimums and caps, and so it is possible that some courses will not actually run or will close. Students who plan to take a summer class(es), should select 1-2 alternative classes in case their chosen class is canceled or closed.

Q9: Can I take my summer class at a different college as part of the 3+1 option?

No, the 3+1 enrollment option requires student to take their +1 summer class in the Pitzer College Summer Session. Moreover, the student must enroll in a regular class and cannot take an Independent Study for the +1 summer class.

Q10: Can I take more than one summer class if I take the 3+1 enrollment option?

Yes. However, tuition for only one summer class is part of this special enrollment option. A student who has selected the 3+1 enrollment option who plans to take a second summer class will have to enroll in that second class in the general summer registration period and pay regular tuition for that class (currently planned at $5200/class).

Q11: I’m a senior, can I select the 3+1 enrollment option?

Yes, the 3+1 enrollment option is available to seniors. Graduating seniors who select the 3+1 enrollment option will be eligible for fall 2021 graduation provided they have successfully completed all of their Pitzer and major/minor requirements. Prior to official graduation, the Pitzer Registrar’s Office can provide a letter stating that the student has completed all degree requirements if such verification is required, such as for graduate school enrollment or employment purposes.

Q12: If I select the 3+1 option, when will I graduate?

Seniors who take Summer Session classes to complete their requirements (including those who opt for the 3+1 enrollment option) will not graduate in May but will be eligible for fall 2021 graduation provided they have successfully completed all of their Pitzer and major/minor requirements. Prior to official graduation, the Pitzer Registrar’s Office can provide a letter stating that the student has completed all degree requirements if such verification is required, such as for graduate school enrollment or employment purposes.

Q13: If I select the 3+1 option, will I be able to take part in the spring semester commencement ceremony?

Pitzer College has not yet committed to plans for a spring 2021 commencement ceremony. If a ceremony does take place, we expect that seniors who have elected to take the 3+1 enrollment option will be able to participate in the ceremony, but they will not officially graduate or receive their diploma until after fall graduation. Prior to official graduation, the Pitzer Registrar’s Office can provide a letter stating that the student has completed all degree requirements if such verification is required, such as for graduate school enrollment or employment purposes.

Q14: Will taking the 3+1 option give me priority for on-campus housing when it becomes available?

No. There is no additional benefit or penalty for selecting the 3+1 enrollment option. Summer Session classes will be online and so do not require on-campus residence.

Q15: What are the dates for the Pitzer Summer Session?

The Pitzer Summer Session is scheduled for May 24 – July 2, 2021. Nearly all classes will meet multiple days/week for this 6-week period of time. More information on the summer academic calendar can be found at www.pitzer.edu/summer/academic-calendar/.

Q16: When will I know what classes will be offered during Summer Session?

The planned Summer Session course schedule can be found at https://www.pitzer.edu/summer/course-schedule/. As always, course offerings are subject to enrollment minimums and caps, and so it is possible that some courses will not actually run or will close. Students who plan to take a summer class(es), including students taking the 3+1 option, should select 1-2 alternative classes in case their chosen class is cancelled or closed.

Q17: What is the instructional format for Summer Session classes?

The Pitzer College 2021 Summer Session classes will be offered online. Instructors will decide on the best class formats and assignments to meet the educational goals for their courses. It is likely that instructors will use a combination of asynchronous and synchronous instructional methods.

Q18: What is tuition for a summer class at Pitzer College?

Pitzer Summer Session tuition is expected to be $5200 per course. Some limited financial aid may be available for Summer Session. Students who have selected the 3+1 option will not receive a separate tuition bill for their +1 summer class because that will have been paid for with their spring semester tuition. If a student who has selected the 3+1 enrollment option decides to take two summer courses, they will be billed $5200 for the second summer class.

As always, course offerings are subject to enrollment minimums and caps, and so it is possible that some courses will not actually run or will close. Students who plan to take a summer class(es), including students taking the 3+1 option, should select 1-2 alternative classes in case their chosen class is cancelled or closed.

Q19: When can I register for Pitzer’s Summer Session?

Students who have selected the 3+1 option will be granted early registration for their +1 summer class beginning on March 1, 2021. Regular priority registration for Summer Session will begin on March 15, 2021.

Q20: Will there be on-campus housing during Pitzer’s Summer Session?

At this time, Pitzer cannot commit to offering on-campus housing to any students either in spring semester or for Summer Session. This situation could change. However, the expectation is that spring semester classes and also Summer Session classes will be offered online, and so on-campus residency will not be required. Thus, enrollment in Summer Session, either through the 3+1 option or separately, does not entitle students to campus housing or housing assistance.

Q21: How can I get additional information about the 3+1 enrollment option or Pitzer’s Summer Session?

Carefully read over this list of FAQs to be sure that the information you seek is not already included in one of the provided answers. If it isn’t, send an email to Dean_Faculty@pitzer.edu, and be sure to specify if your question concerns the 3+1 option or is about Summer Session.

Update to the Academic Calendar for the Undergraduate Colleges, Spring 2021 - 12.11.20

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December 11, 2020

In response to the accelerating numbers of coronavirus cases in the region, all five of the undergraduate Claremont Colleges have announced that they will not be able to return students to residences on campus as hoped for at the start of spring semester.

In light of this development, the academic deans have revised the previously announced spring semester calendar so that it will now contain a contiguous week-long spring break. With the change to a five-day break, the last day of classes will be on Friday, May 7. The revised spring semester calendar, outlined below, includes the following key dates:

  • January 25: Academic term begins
  • February 5: Last day to add full semester courses
  • March 8 – 12: Spring break
  • March 18 Last day to drop full semester courses
  • March 26: Cesar Chavez Day (campus holiday)
  • May 7: Final day of classes
  • May 10 – 14: Final exams for all students including seniors
  • May 20: All grades due by noon
  • May 25: Grades visible to students on the portal

The updated academic calendar for spring semester, including campus-specific deadlines, will be available shortly on the Registrar’s website.

This calendar has been adopted by all of the undergraduate colleges—CMC, HMC, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps. Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute will preserve their previously published catalogues and work with any undergraduate students enrolled in their courses around differences between undergraduate and graduate schedules.
We appreciate your continued understanding and flexibility as we move forward together into spring.

Allen M. Omoto, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of Faculty
Pitzer College

Spring Semester Update from President Oliver - 12.10.20

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December 10, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community,

I write to provide the latest information on Pitzer’s plans for the spring semester as they relate to the current public health situation.

Los Angeles County is experiencing an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases that is expected to continue well into January, if not later. Hospitalizations and deaths due to the coronavirus, both locally and nationally, have reached staggering levels this week. More than 10,000 daily cases were reported in the county on December 6, and the state recently issued a stay-at-home order for Southern California.

As I indicated in my message of November 24, and reiterated in my comments at the College Council meeting on December 3, given the ongoing grim public health outlook for the next few months Pitzer, along with the other undergraduate Claremont Colleges, will begin the spring 2021 semester online. Starting the semester remotely is the safest and most prudent action at this time.

We persist in our efforts to safely bring students to campus at some point during the spring semester. The College will continue to work with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) to investigate the possibility of returning a limited number of students to campus with appropriate protocols in place at some point in the spring semester. While the details and timing of this scenario have yet to be announced, LACDPH has indicated that it will only consider this possibility if the county’s adjusted coronavirus case count drops to a much lower level (10 in 100,000 people) for two consecutive weeks and a “bubble” is created and maintained on campus.

We have been working closely with Student Health Services and contracted with an outside vendor to provide on-site medical advice and support, including regular testing and other necessary health and wellness services that will permit students to live on campus prior to widespread vaccinations.

The undergraduate colleges have adopted a revised academic calendar for the semester that includes a full week for Spring Break, March 8-12. More details on the spring 2021 academic calendar will be forthcoming from the Academic Deans Committee soon and will be posted on the website. The five Claremont undergraduate colleges have agreed that if students are able to return to campus it will not be until after the conclusion of Spring Break, subject to approval from public health authorities.

As I shared recently, I understand that a fully online academic program is tiring and stressful. We continue to assess and revise our academic policies and co-curricular programming to provide the best possible environment, support, and resources for students. An example is the recently announced 3+1 enrollment option that will give students more flexibility with their course load next semester.

Our commitment to a high quality and student-centered educational experience for all of our students is strong and unwavering, and Pitzer faculty and staff are continuing to adapt and innovate to better meet the demands of remote education. 

Beyond the spring semester, I look forward to next fall. With the prospect of an effective vaccine on the horizon, along with new national leadership and a serious commitment to combating the virus, I am eager to welcome the entire Pitzer community back to campus in 2021.

Provida Futuri,
Melvin L. Oliver
President

New Enrollment Option for Spring/Summer 2021 - 12.08.20

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December 9, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community:

As indicated in President Oliver’s recent message, we do not expect to be able to bring students back to campus for a residential experience in January 2021. This is disappointing news and a consequence of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. It also means that we are preparing for spring courses to be offered online.

During fall semester, many Pitzer students expressed difficulty and experienced stress taking four classes online. To facilitate student progress and reduce some of this online burden, I am pleased to announce that Pitzer College has created an optional 3+1 enrollment pathway for the spring 2021 semester. This new alternative will allow students to take three courses in spring 2021 and one in summer 2021 at the full tuition rate for spring semester only. This optional pathway should not alter spring financial aid packages for students who receive financial aid based on full-time enrollment.

The 3+1 enrollment option is considered full-time enrollment and supplements Pitzer’s usual tuition and enrollment structure in which students take four classes in a single semester. In short, students who plan to enroll full-time at Pitzer during the spring 2021 semester will be able to choose one of two enrollment paths: 1) take four spring semester classes as usual, or 2) take three in the spring and one in summer. Tuition costs for both paths are the same: full tution paid for spring semester.

I am providing below some general information about the new 3+1 enrollment option and how it will roll out after the first of the year. In addition, planning for summer school 2021 has just begun, and I am able to provide some general information about it at this time. More information on both the 3+1 enrollment option and summer school will be available in January. At that time, if you have questions about the 3+1 option and your financial aid package, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid. Here, I simply wanted to make you aware of these academic opportunities.

Wishing you the best for a restful semester break.

Allen M. Omoto, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of Faculty
Pitzer College

3+1 Enrollment Option

In the 3+1 enrollment option, students are responsible for full-time tuition for spring semester, but then enroll in three classes in the spring 2021 semester and one non-refundable class in Pitzer’s 2021 summer session. This 3+1 enrollment option gives students a reduced course load for spring semester, while also committing them to additional weeks of summer school. The clear benefit of this option is that students will be able to complete their usual four Pitzer classes this academic year and without having to take more than three online classes at one time.

It is important to note that this is the only alternative full-time enrollment option for spring semester (i.e., no 2+2 option), and the one summer class must be taken through Pitzer’s 2021 summer session, currently scheduled to be online and to run May 24 – July 2. Students are not permitted to take Independent Study as their summer class with this 3+1 enrollment option; they must enroll in a regular course from the Pitzer summer schedule. In addition, seniors who opt for the 3+1 enrollment option will not officially graduate until they have successfully completed all of their Pitzer and major/minor requirements.

As noted above, more details about the 3+1 option will be available in January. At this time, the plan is for students to actively choose the 3+1 enrollment option no later than Feb 5, 2021, and that once chosen, that this option is non-revocable. The summer course offerings will be available in mid-January, and before students must commit to the 3+1 enrollment option.

2021 Summer School

Students who do NOT take the 3+1 enrollment option, as usual, will be able to enroll in summer school class(es) and pay a per class tuition rate. Students opting for the 3+1 spring enrollment option who wish to take two summer school classes will pay the regular per class tuition rate for their second class. Enrollment in summer school, either through the 3+1 option or separately, does not entitle students to campus housing or housing assistance. Finally, limited financial aid may be available for students who receive financial aid for summer school courses taken outside of the 3+1 enrollment option. More information on summer school will be available by mid-January.

Is there going to be any SCIAC conference competition, including championships, for fall and winter sports during the 2020-21 academic year? - 12.02.20

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Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic several months ago, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) member institutions have prioritized the health and safety of their communities in plans for reopening their campuses.

In accordance with public health guidance and safety standards, as well as NCAA Resocialization recommendations, the SCIAC Presidents have unanimously agreed to cancel conference competition, including championships, for all fall and winter sports during the 2020-21 academic year. The following sports are included in this recent decision: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s water polo, football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, and men’s and women’s basketball. Institutions have the autonomy to decide whether they wish to permit conditioning, practicing, and other forms of competition as it relates to fall and winter sports during this spring semester.

The SCIAC and its members remain committed to exploring meaningful competitive conference experiences for spring sport student-athletes later in the spring semester. As the pandemic evolves, the SCIAC will continue to monitor changing federal, state, and local guidance, and will continue to consult with each other as well as public health authorities. The health and well-being of all constituents involved has been, and will continue to be, the driving force behind our individual and collective decisions during this challenging time.

Read the press release on the Sagehens Athletics site.

Is off-campus housing available in Claremont and the surrounding areas? - 11.24.20

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Some students may still intend to live in Claremont or the surrounding areas, even though instruction will only be online and on-campus housing will not be open. The College discourages students from moving to Claremont this spring due to the ongoing pandemic. Students living off-campus will not have physical access to campus, except for pre-scheduled medical appointments with Student Health Services (SHS).  

Pitzer will not be responsible for providing access to dining services, quarantine or isolation housing, or any medical services beyond those provided by SHS.  

Pitzer students may direct lease with the Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA) for the Spring 2021 semester. 

Does my financial aid package cover off-campus housing? - 11.24.20

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Most financial aid packages will have a room-and-board budget based on a scenario where students are living at home with their families. The Office of Financial Aid continues to work closely with Student Affairs, Residence Life and Finance to address the needs of students who are unable to live at home with family. Students who were approved for off-campus housing in the fall semester will have an off-campus budget for the spring semester.

For any more questions or for more information, contact financial_aid@pitzer.edu

Will I receive a tuition refund if I withdraw or take a leave of absence? - 11.24.20

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The last day to add/drop for a tuition or financial aid adjustment is Friday, February 5. Only students that officially withdraw or take a leave of absence before the first day of classes, Monday, January 25, are eligible for a full refund. 

Please visit the Academic Calendar for more information: https://www.pitzer.edu/registrar/academic-calendar/

For any more questions or for more information, contact student_accounts@pitzer.edu

If we remain virtual, how does this impact my financial aid package? - 11.24.20

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Students who have received a financial aid notification for the spring semester with on-campus room/board charges will receive an updated financial aid package reflecting an “at home budget” due to virtual learning. Students who have not received their initial notification will receive a financial aid package based on the new cost of attendance for virtual learning. These notifications will be released by December 4.

For any more questions or for more information, contact financial_aid@pitzer.edu

Will student employment be available in the spring 2021 semester? - 11.24.20

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Plans for student employment in spring 2021 are currently in process. We are assessing job opportunities in a virtual environment at this point in time. Our goal is to continue to employ students in the spring semester through non-work-study positions.

Will there be campus housing in the spring? - 11.24.20

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In compliance with LA County guidance, the College is not able to offer any campus housing or dining services for the spring 2021 semester. Students may choose to stay at home with family, lease elsewhere, or contact the Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA) to sign a direct lease with them for the spring semester (details below). At this time, students are not recommended to travel to Los Angeles to lease in the local Claremont area. 

Students currently living at CCA are encouraged to reach out to CCA staff to confirm continuation of their lease through Spring semester | Email: claremontapts@peakcampus.com 

We recognize that not having on-campus housing to offer, and the continuation of a remote mode of instruction, may continue additional hardships for students. Students who are housing insecure and do not have housing options for the spring as a result, should reach out to TreasurersOffice@pitzer.edu by December 7 to initiate connecting with the Housing Insecurity Working Group to explore circumstances and options available. More information on Financial Aid can be found on this website. 

Campus Update from President Oliver - 11.24.20

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November 24, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community,

I write to provide information on the current situation regarding COVID-19 in Los Angeles County as it relates to Pitzer and our planning for the spring semester.

Recently the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has held two separate briefings for Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) in the county. On November 12, less than two weeks ago, the county was experiencing more than 2,500 new coronavirus cases each day, an amount that was referred to at the time by health officials as “disappointing and alarming.” This week there have been more than 6,000 new cases reported each day, and hospitalizations and deaths in Los Angeles County are at the highest level since the start of the pandemic – a situation that was described as a severe health crisis in today’s briefing.

Given the recent acceleration in new cases in the region, and the likelihood of a continued surge due to the holidays, LACDPH does not plan to loosen restrictions on IHE anytime in the near future. They have indicated that case levels will need to decrease dramatically in order to consider any changes in the current public health guidance for colleges and universities.

As I indicated previously, it was my intention to inform the Pitzer Community of our plans for the spring semester by the middle of December. As of today, it seems extremely unlikely that we will be able to return students to campus and our best and safest course of action is to plan for a remote spring semester.

I want to assure you that we continue to work actively to explore avenues that will allow us to safely return students to on-campus living at some point in the spring. We acknowledge that the public health circumstances in our area will need to improve significantly before implementing these plans. Before returning students to campus, we will finalize and communicate about the safety protocols that will be in place to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding community. 

I remain hopeful that with our solid planning as a foundation, we will be able to successfully pivot to returning students to campus at some time during the spring semester. At this time, though, the outlook is not encouraging, and is not what we envisioned for our campus next semester. I understand that a fully online academic program is tiring and stressful. We continue to assess and revise our academic policies and co-curricular programming to provide the best possible environment, support, and resources for students. Our commitment to a high quality and student-centered educational experience for all of our students is strong and unwavering, and Pitzer faculty and staff are continuing to adapt and innovate to better meet the demands of remote education. 

In the meantime, it was disheartening to learn about several large off-campus gatherings involving Claremont Colleges students during Halloween Weekend, gatherings that resulted in several students from across the consortium transmitting and contracting COVID-19. Student Health Services (SHS) of the Claremont Colleges has been working closely with staff in Student Affairs at individual colleges to provide support and assistance to students who have been impacted. In addition, since it was reported that some students traveled to the area to attend these gatherings, and many students are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, SHS has been offering free COVID testing for students.

Regardless of where we are it is important for all of us to adhere to appropriate health and safety protocols at all times. At a minimum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
    • if soap and water are not available use a hand sanitizer
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with others, both inside and outside;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes – always throw away tissues and wash hands immediately;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly;
  • Monitor your health daily and follow CDC guidelines if symptoms develop.

At Pitzer we pride ourselves on our commitment to community – whether it is locally, nationally, or around the world. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we put this commitment into action, and that each of us does everything we possibly can to limit the spread of infection to friends, family, loved-ones, neighbors, and others with whom we have contact.

I will provide additional updates when new information becomes available. Until then, best wishes for a healthy and safe end of fall semester and Thanksgiving holiday.

Provida Futuri,
Melvin L. Oliver President

Winter Break and Spring 2021 Student Support - 11.24.20

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November 24, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community, 

As mentioned by the update to you by President Oliver, we now know that our Pitzer community will continue to remain apart for a while. We too are sad to see our community separated for more time, but also want to recognize the incredible efforts that everyone has put into this remote version of Pitzer College. We thank you all and stand in awe of your continued perseverance and commitment in face of this mighty obstacle.  

We now see that Los Angeles and many other regions worldwide are continuing to struggle with this ongoing pandemic. In support of CDC guidance, and consistent with this fall semester, Pitzer students currently not living in Los Angeles County and the local area, are strongly discouraged from traveling to Claremont and the surrounding area to live or visit. We implore all students to review local and national guidance around COVID-19 and to consider the impact of each of our individual choices on the greater good. Join us in remaining committed to our core value of Social Responsibility.  

Although we remain apart, all offices at Pitzer continue to work around-the-clock to not only prioritize the health and safety of the community, but also your continued success. Please review this email for updates on: our Spring 2021 Student Success website, COVID-19 health and travel updates, student conduct and medical amnesty reminders, a COVID-19 anonymous reporting form, and winter break support resources.  

Spring 2021 Student Success Support Services and Resources 

The Spring 2021 Student Success Support Services and Resources website has been updated and will continue to serve as a one-stop-shop for updates, resources and support throughout the Spring 2021 semester. Please bookmark this website in order to visit often for additional information about financial aid, student employment, work-study, student storage, technical support, new office updates, behavioral expectations, and many other support resources for students this Spring.

To connect individually with the Office of Students Affairs regarding student success resources and support services, please contact Assistant Dean and Case Manager Stephanie Hannant at stephanie_hannant@pitzer.edu

COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

Practicing being Mindful of Each Other cannot be more critical now, than ever, and the health and safety of our community is dependent on our united efforts. We urge students to continue to cooperate with contact tracing efforts for the greater good and livelihood of all, including especially essential workers and immunocompromised persons, which has already greatly impacted our most vulnerable populations.  

All Pitzer students are required to comply with College, state, local, and CDC guidelines on or off campus. The hosting or attending of large student gatherings on or off campus, is strictly prohibited, and will result in immediate interim suspension for the party hosts, at a minimum. Students are also expected to comply with directives to quarantine or isolate by Student Health Services or other medical providers. 

Pitzer’s Medical Amnesty Policy applies to Pitzer students who take responsible actions when they have either been exposed to or impacted by Covid-19 by engaging in behaviors in alignment with our ethos of being Mindful of Each Other, our College’s core values, and being an upstander by complying and cooperating with Student Health Services or other Covid-19 medical directives to quarantine or isolate, and contact tracers. Specifically, under Pitzer’s COVID-19 Medical Amnesty Policy, Students who appropriately and cooperatively assist another student, or the health and safety of the greater community, and cooperate with the College in receiving medical attention will not be subject to disciplinary proceedings for their actions, with the exception of circumstances as determined by the Dean of Students such as being the host of a large gathering, engaging in malicious and intentional behaviors to infect others with Covid-19, where immediate interim suspension will apply.  

COVID-19 Concern Reporting Form 

Students may engage in being Mindful of Each Other through community action by using this form to report a COVID-19 concern involving themselves, another individual, or a group. These concerns may involve issues related to: monitoring symptoms, face covering guidance, physical distancing, cleaning, COVID-19 Disclosure, or other concerns. Submissions are also welcomed from local community members who wish to report concerns such as large off campus student gatherings. The form can be accessed here.

Winter Break Student Support Resources 

7C Health: Access to free 7C Health 24/7/365 on-demand medical and mental telehealth visits for Claremont Colleges. Reach a provider anytime, anywhere by visiting 7C.Health.

Aetna Teledoc/Televideo Services: Students enrolled in SHIP plan have access to Aetna’s Teledoc/Televideo services. Teledoc is a convenient option for a variety of medical services including general medical, behavioral health and dermatology care. You can even get a prescription send to your local pharmacy when medically necessary. Connect with a licensed doctor, dermatologist of therapist mobile app, web or phone. For more information, view this PDF. To get started visit teledoc.com/Aetna or call 1-855-Teladoc (835-2362). 

Pitzer Student Affairs 24/7/365 Dean-On-Call: Accessible by calling Campus Safety at 909-607-2000. 

We thank you all for your patience during this tumultuous time and we wish you all a smooth end to your semester and a restful winter break.  

Mindful of Each Other, 
Mike and Sandy  

Mike Segawa 
Vice President for Student Affairs 

Sandra Vasquez 
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students 

What is the modified P/NC policy for the fall 2020 semester? - 11.19.20

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Pitzer College faculty voted on 11/12/20 to modify our P/NC grade policy for this semester (Fall 2020).  The modifications permit students to take up to three-fourths of their courses P/NC, extends the deadline for the submission of signed P/NC forms to December 7, 2020, and requires students to consult with their advisor – and to document this consultation – in making decisions about taking courses P/NC. The P/NC grading option is subject to instructor approval, and applies to all courses, including courses required to meet Pitzer major/minor or other graduation requirements.  Some parts of the current policy are unchanged. Specifically, a P grade is given for work equivalent to a “C” letter grade or better, and P/NC grades do not impact a student’s GPA.  Also, please be aware that off campus (non Pitzer) majors have their own restrictions and may not permit courses graded P/NC to count toward requirements.   

For any classes that students wish to take a P/NC grading option, they should submit to the Registrar 1) a completed P/NC form approved by the course instructor and 2) a copy of an email from their advisor confirming that they have consulted with the student.  These materials should be compiled and submitted together no later than December 7, 2020.  The Revised P/NC Policy for Fall 2020 is shown below and is posted on the Registrar’s website

“Students may, with instructor’s approval, take no more than three-fourths of their courses on a P/NC basis in the fall 2020 semester, including courses that are required for a student’s major, minor, and graduation. To do so, students must obtain the instructor’s signature on a P/NC form available from the Registrar’s website.  The deadline to elect to be graded for a course on a P/NC basis, done by submitting a form to the registrar, is December 7, 2020. Courses that instructors have already designated as P/NC do not count towards the three-fourths of course credits students may designate this semester as P/NC. Students must also have their advisor email the registrar letting them know that they have discussed with their students the possibility of an Incomplete, Pass/No Credit, Withdrawal, or leaving their grading policy for the course(s) as it currently stands. This policy will have no effect on students’ ability to take courses P/NC in future semesters.” 

What are the starting and ending dates of the spring 2021 semester? - 11.18.20

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Classes will begin on Monday, January 25, and instruction will conclude on Friday, May 7. Final exams and assessments will be conducted Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14. This schedule has been adopted by all of the 5Cs. Please visit the Academic Calendar Spring 2021 for key dates and deadlines. www.pitzer.edu/academic-calendar/

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

Will Pitzer still help seniors prepare for and apply to post-grad fellowship opportunities? - 11.04.20

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Support for students applying for Fulbrights and other fellowships will be maintained. In addition to workshops, one-on-one meetings with fellowship advisers are being conducted through summer, fall, and this will continue into the spring.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

What is the deadline for requesting a deferral? - 11.04.20

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Deferrals are not currently available to new transfer students entering Spring 2021. Students currently deferring until Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 who wish to update their entry term must contact the Office of Admission by December 18th, 2020. Please email santiago_ybarra@pitzer.edu or applicant@pitzer.edu.

I am a first-year, new transfer, or new New Resources student who decided to defer, but I have now changed my mind and would like to enroll. What do I do? - 11.04.20

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We welcome any first-year students who wish to enroll this spring semester. All currently deferred students who now wish to enroll should contact the Office of Admission to reverse your deferral decision by mid-December. Please email santiago_ybarra@pitzer.edu or applicant@pitzer.edu to start the enrollment process. We may be able to accommodate new enrollments after this date, but we cannot guarantee the same access to courses, including first-year seminar choices if available. If you are still having trouble deciding what is the best decision for you, contact the Dean of Faculty’s Office at DOFcore@pitzer.edu. We are excited about next semester and welcome the conversation with you.

What are the details on virtual study abroad courses in spring 2021? - 11.02.20

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There will be ten virtual courses (five “traditional” seminars and the new virtual global internship courses) offered at our study abroad sites this spring in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Nepal and Zimbabwe.  

The link includes course descriptions along with details on the types of virtual internships available at each site. The seminars are open to all students at the Claremont Colleges and no foreign language knowledge is required.

The virtual internship courses are similarly open to all students at the Claremont Colleges with preference given to juniors and seniors who may lose the opportunity to study abroad due to the pandemic. A language prerequisite (one year of college-level Spanish) is only required for Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Both courses meet Pitzer’s “Intercultural Understanding Global” graduation requirement (IUG). The virtual global internship course also meets Pitzer’s “Social Responsibility Praxis” graduation requirement (SRX). All courses are cross-listed under Pitzer’s Critical Global Studies (CGS).

Students and/or faculty advisers interested in learning more about these courses or the internship possibilities should feel free to contact studyabroad@pitzer.edu. The Office of Study Abroad will also be happy to schedule one-on-one advising sessions with any students interested in these courses. While the fall semester ends on December 4, administrative offices will remain open until the end of business day Friday, December 18, then reopen after the holiday break on Monday, January 4.

Will all courses be recorded to accommodate different time zones? - 10.28.20

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Online classes make use of asynchronous tools such as recorded lectures and discussion boards. Faculty have redesigned their classes and have been encouraged to balance accessibility and accommodation with having class components that are engaging and personalized and that build connections between students in a class and between students and faculty.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

Information About Spring Semester 2021 - 10.28.20

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October 28, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community:

I have read the letter from the 5C Student Body Presidents, the recent Pitzer Student Senate Resolution (57-R-7), the Change the Academic Calendar petition, the Pitzer FEC resolution, and email messages from students, parents, and faculty about the Spring 2021 academic calendar.  I also have talked first-hand with Pitzer community members and discussed the concerns and feelings that were raised at last week’s College Council meeting presided over by Dean Omoto.   

Please know that I hear you and understand you. It is clear that many in our community are not just working hard, but are tired, stressed, and spread thin, and there is considerable frustration, anger, and uncertainty about the pandemic and other world events. On top of that, many of us are missing the support and energy we typically receive from friends and colleagues, and also may be feeling the weight of assistance we are providing to others. We all want and need time for restoration. Based on experiences this semester, students and faculty have plainly stated that they desire days free of classes and other school-related responsibilities during the upcoming spring semester.

In developing the spring academic calendar, the Academic Deans Committee weighed the benefits and consequences of many scenarios, and with recognition that no calendar could accommodate all possible scenarios. They considered input from faculty and students from their home campuses as well as the Student Affairs Deans, and prioritized the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, as well as the surrounding community. In addition to COVID-19 health risks, potential stress and mental health impact influenced the development of the calendar. Furthermore, Pitzer remains fully committed to preserving 5C class cross-registration, which requires that all of the undergraduate colleges adopt the same spring academic calendar.

Many of you have indicated that you understand the reasons for modifying the spring academic calendar in order to have students on campus. As a reminder, the spring semester starts later. This later start means that we will have longer recuperative time between semesters, but importantly, it provides additional time for any potential post-holiday spikes in COVID-19 infections to dissipate and more transition time for bringing students back to campus. In contrast to fall, the spring calendar preserves all weekends; that is, there are no Saturday class days. 

Although not a full week, there are four intermittent days off during the semester (including Cesar Chavez day). Our expectation is that these break days will be true days off without meetings or assignments or exams. The intermittent days off are intended to build in rest and recuperation while also reducing opportunities for travel to and from campus. Due to the delayed start, the spring semester has been reduced by four days. Changing the traditional five-day spring break to three intermittent days off ensures sufficient instructional days and weeks to meet pedagogical and curricular requirements as well as provisions for federal financial aid. Finally, the semester will end “on time,” thereby allowing students to take advantage of internship and work opportunities or simply have time off during the summer. It will also allow for faculty and staff to pursue their usual activities and typical time away from Pitzer.

As you know, the Presidents of The Claremont Colleges adopted this spring semester calendar.  We are all hoping to bring students back to campus next semester, and the calendar was developed to hold out the possibility that one or more of the Colleges will have students in residence. At this point, however, we are prohibited from operating residential campuses. As much as we would like to have students on campus, we await word from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) if this is even a possibility, let alone the health and safety requirements that will be necessary to have students in residence. Pitzer hopes to learn more from LACDPH in mid to late November. If we find out at that time that we cannot have students on campus during spring semester, I commit to lobbying for a change to the spring semester academic calendar. Regardless, I pledge to continue to work together with the Pitzer Community and consortium partners to explore alternate ways to effectively address the concerns that have been brought forward. 

I thank you for your input and ask for your patience and consideration. Like you, I long for the days when we can all be together on campus and to return to some sense of “normal” in our lives. I hope that you understand and trust that these decisions are made solemnly, after careful, deliberate consideration of the information at hand, and with earnest commitment to do what is best for our entire community.

Provida Futuri,
Melvin L. Oliver President

Message from the Academic Deans Regarding the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar - 10.20.20

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To: Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Claremont Colleges
From: Academic Deans Committee (ADC)
Re: Academic Calendar for the Undergraduate Colleges, Spring 2021


After careful deliberation and consultation, the Academic Deans Committee recommended—and the Presidents’ Council approved—four changes to the published Spring 2021 academic calendar for the undergraduate colleges of the consortium.  We wish to recognize that our institutions and our faculties approached the Spring academic calendar with diverse viewpoints and concerns before reaching these decisions.

To ensure that opportunities for cross-registration are preserved, this calendar has been adopted by all of the undergraduate colleges—CMC, HMC, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps— and will be utilized whether or not students are able to return to residences on any or all of our campuses.  This schedule also represents our best judgments at this time regarding the path of the pandemic and its implications for academic work and life in our community. 

The following four changes to the spring academic calendar include:

  • In anticipation of continuing pandemic challenges, the start date of the spring semester for CMC, HMC, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps colleges will be delayed from Tuesday, January 19, to Monday, January 25.
  • The last day of classes for the semester will be Thursday, May 6, followed by one Reading Day on May 7. 
  • Final exams, for all students including seniors, will begin on Monday, May 10, and conclude on Friday, May 14. 
  • The spring semester will have three days of break, spread across the semester, rather than our conventional weeklong break at mid-semester. These periodic breaks, which allow for some rest and rejuvenation, will accommodate the later semester start without extending into the summer months and negatively impacting student internships, employment, and/or research experiences or faculty research opportunities nor impinging on current dates for commencement. In addition, given the possibility of in-person residential life, a redistributed break will encourage students to remain close to campus and minimize both the risks and undue effects of travel during this pandemic. This recommendation about spring break, in particular, was made with input from faculty from the different undergraduate colleges and after consultation with our colleagues from Student Affairs. 

Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute will preserve their previously published catalogues and work with any undergraduates enrolled in their courses around differences between undergraduate and graduate schedules. 

We appreciate your continued understanding and flexibility as we move forward together into spring.

Mid-Semester Updates - 10.06.20

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Dear Pitzer Community,

I write to update you on several matters as we are at the mid-point of a most unusual semester at Pitzer.

It has been heartening to hear so many positive comments from members of our community regarding the virtual teaching and learning environment at Pitzer this fall. This is a testament to the thought put in by our innovative faculty as they planned their courses this summer, the care with which they are delivering them now, and the adaptability and perseverance of our students.

Nevertheless, we know that virtual teaching and learning presents many challenges, and that we are all being affected by stress from the pandemic and world events. We will gather information about faculty and student experiences this semester using multiple formats and at different levels. This information will be carefully reviewed and used to help improve our online academic environment in the future, if needed.

I know that many of you are interested in the current thinking and planning for spring 2021. Pitzer’s COVID-19 Task Force, which has active representation of faculty, staff, and students, has been meeting regularly and will continue to meet throughout the semester. Currently the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) is not allowing higher education institutions to house students on-campus, unless it is specifically for housing insecurity reasons. LACDPH is indicating the soonest this will be reassessed is toward the end of November. 

Obviously, we need to be authorized by LACDPH in order to bring students back to campus. Recently our Task Force identified and discussed principles for re-opening in-person, which will be a basis for discussion with our Board of Trustees at their meeting later this week, to identify a path to decision. In the meantime, we are preparing to meet the existing public health protocols and safety requirements, and anticipating possible future requirements for on-campus living and in-person instruction. Returning to a residential academic experience safely is my priority. We expect to make a determination about the spring semester in early December at the soonest due to our dependence on LACDPH.

Many in our community have asked about my response to last month’s letter from Pitzer’s Black Student Union (BSU) – which included a thoughtful list of recommendations that the College can enact to “support and foster a successful and well-rounded college experience for our Black Students.” I am proud of BSU for the care and attention they put into this document, and I agree with them that Pitzer College’s record on Black student support has not been what it should be. Soon after receiving the letter I informed BSU of this and my belief that now is the time to dedicate ourselves to making significant progress in these areas.

With that in mind, last month I met with BSU leaders to learn more about the concerns and issues they raised, and subsequent to that the vice presidents for admission/financial aid, student affairs, and academic affairs had separate meetings with BSU members. While there are some issues that we can address immediately, there are several that will require institutional reflection and commitment through our shared governance structure. BSU is aware of this and our interest in working with them and the wider campus community to act on those recommendations that are feasible and financially sustainable at this time.

I will continue to update our community on progress on this important front. In the meantime, BSU representatives will meet with Pitzer’s Board later this week so our trustees can better understand and support the needs of our Black students at the highest level.

I am pleased to note that our ongoing virtual programming around important and timely issues, such as racial justice and the upcoming election, has been meet with very positive responses and high rates of participation. More than 265 individuals watched the inaugural Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) event live last month, and many more have viewed it since.

The next RJI event will be held on October 15. Associate Dean of Faculty Adrian Pantoja will lead a panel discussion on the election featuring other national political experts. The panel will be followed by group discussions facilitated by members of the RJI organizing committee.

Finally, I want to recognize the good work of our Community Engagement Center (CEC) and Office of College Advancement. CEC has developed the People’s Pitzer: Civic Engagement 2020, which offers programming around public policy and social justice issues in our communities. Advancement has introduced Pitzer@Home, a series of virtual lectures, workshops, tutorials and more, which consistently produces interesting and engaging programs featuring members of the Pitzer community.

I look forward to providing additional information and updates in the coming weeks. Until then, best wishes for continued good health.

Provida Futuri,

Melvin L. Oliver
President

I applied for a leave of absence but I’ve changed my mind and want to enroll. How do I cancel my LOA? - 10.03.20

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We welcome back students who have changed their minds about taking an LOA. To return from LOA or cancel an LOA, students should complete and submit the Notice of Return from Leave of Absence form. However, there are no guarantees about class availability for students who are returning from LOA or have changed their minds about taking an LOA. In addition, financial aid information and final billing may be delayed.

For information on returning from leave or changing your mind about a LOA, please contact registrar@pitzer.edu.

California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Notices - 09.28.20

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Dear Pitzer Staff & Faculty,

On September 9, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1867, immediately expanding paid sick leave protections related to COVID-19. The law is designed to remedy a significant exclusion from Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and expand upon Gov. Newsom’s Executive Order N-51-20.

Under AB 1867, private employers with more than 500 employees are required to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave starting no later than September 19 for individuals who:

  • Must quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19 pursuant to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order
  • Are advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine or self-isolate because of COVID-19, or
  • Are prohibited from working by the employer because of health concerns related to potentially transmitting COVID-19.

The new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave may expire on December 31, 2020, or upon the expiration of any federal extension of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act established by the FFCRA, whichever is later. For more information on AB 1867 or Executive Order N-51-20, please see listed PDFs:

  • CA Covid-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Non-Food Sector Employees EnglishSpanish
  • CA Covid-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Employees EnglishSpanish

Full-time employees are eligible for 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. “Full-time” means the employee was either scheduled to work 40 hours per week or worked, on average, at least 40 hours per week during two weeks prior to taking leave.

Part-time employees are eligible for an amount of leave equal to the number of hours they’re normally scheduled to work in two weeks.


Employees should contact their supervisor and Human Resources if they experience any 1 of the 3 qualifying conditions as listed above. Human Resources will adjust timecards for employees who have previously used their personal sick hours to supplement time off for any of the qualifying conditions to reflect AB 1867 or Executive Order N-51-20.

Welcome Message from President Melvin L. Oliver - 08.24.20

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August 24, 2020

Dear Pitzer Students:

Greetings and welcome to Pitzer College Fall 2020. 

Over the summer, our faculty worked with great passion and creativity to develop an enriching set of online courses that will challenge and engage you. I am excited and optimistic about how much we can collectively accomplish through our faculty’s dedication to presenting a curriculum that takes advantage of technology in the most effective and meaningful ways.

This year promises new discoveries, intellectual enrichment and personal growth for you. Let’s embrace this extraordinary moment. With a spirit of generosity and shared commitment, I know we will come together and expand our knowledge and wisdom, while growing and strengthening our community in new ways.

I urge you to take advantage of the robust opportunities and programs that are taking place in the next few weeks and throughout the fall semester. For our new students, please plan to attend Convocation on Thursday, August 27 at 3:00 p.m. Convocation serves to welcome you to Pitzer College’s academic and intellectual community. 

The following week, on September 2, please attend the Student Resource Fair where you will have the chance to learn about the many different offices and programs at Pitzer and The Claremont Colleges.

Provida Futuri – mindful of the future – is the motto for Pitzer College. It is now more urgent than ever. Please be mindful of each other, and the broader community, wherever you may be living and studying this semester. Please adhere to the safety and well-being guidelines developed by the Office of Student Affairs at Pitzer.

As well, please familiarize and avail yourself of the Student Success Support and Resources that are here to assist you both personally and academically during your time at Pitzer College.

Your opportunities for intellectual, social and ethical growth are boundless. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you as we embark on a transformative and fulfilling year at the College.

Provida Futuri,

Melvin L. Oliver
President

Mindful of Each Other: Safety and Well-Being Guidelines - 08.20.20

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August 20, 2020

Dear Students,

As we prepare for the start of our online Fall 2020 semester, we appreciate your continued practice of “Mindful of Each Other” by following the important safety and well-being guidelines noted below:

Restricted Student Access to The Claremont Colleges & Pitzer Colleges

Due to COVID-19 related health and safety concerns, and until further notice from the College, the Pitzer College campus and all of the Claremont Colleges will be physically closed during this time to the community, including to all students. The sign above is posted at main entrances to campus. For the safety and well-being of everyone in our community, students who are living in the local Claremont area will not have access to campus and should not plan to utilize any campus resources or outdoor areas at Pitzer during this time.

The following are the only student exceptions where access will be granted:

Students can only visit the Claremont Colleges to:

Students can only visit Pitzer’s campus to:

  • Pick up items left in residential storage in March 2020 by emailing housing@pitzer.edu to receive specific instructions and written approval to come to campus to retrieve these items.

This fall semester, the Pitzer community will continue to fulfill our mission to “produce engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world” while protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. While the COVID-19 public health crisis has impacted our ability to be physically together on-campus this fall, it will not impact our ability to still build a strong Pitzer family.  We ask all students to consider how you can remotely contribute to the greater good in the multiple communities we are a part of, and continue to invest in our community values, traditions, and connections in new ways.

Students living in the local Claremont community will be critical partners in upholding our commitment to social responsibility, our Student Code of Conduct, and the greater wellbeing of our Pitzer and local communities. This includes, but is not limited to, being “Mindful of Each Other” in preventing surges of COVID-19 by doing our part to not host large gatherings (which are strictly prohibited) and limit guests and contacts within households, while complying with any directives from health officials for any student who becomes impacted by COVID-19.

Together, at home across the world, we are mindful of our communities, therefore we commit to:  

Follow CDC guidance in response to COVID-19

Face Coverings

  • Wear face coverings in accordance with CDC recommendations
  • Los Angeles County’s face-covering order requires “All persons* wear a cloth face covering over both the nose and mouth whenever they leave their place of residence and are, or can be, in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private places, whether indoors or outdoors.” Guidance about exceptions can be found on the website.
  • Claremont City Council’s emergency face-covering ordinance was implemented to help slow the spread of the virus granting the ability to enforce fines ($100 first fine, $200 second in one year, and $500 for a third) for those not in compliance.
  • Students experiencing insecurity needs related to face coverings may submit a request through the student emergency fund.

Physical Distancing

  • Practice physical distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) 
  • Do not share objects with others, when possible, to limit transmission.

Education, Updates and Proactive Guidance

  • Review important health announcements and engage in ongoing education on the issue of prevention and response to COVID-19.
  • Follow health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19 

Safety Upgrades

  • In compliance with LA County, California and CDC reopening protocols, Pitzer’s Facilities staff, the COVID-19 Task Force, several intercollegiate committees, and other groups have been working diligently to develop, implement and provide necessary and required safety protocols, including: cleaning and disinfecting protocols, training of staff, purchasing of supplies and personal protective equipment, and modifications to our physical facilities.

Be “Mindful of Each Other”

  • Take care of each other, build and maintain connections, and reach out to support resources.
  • Practice “calling each other in” around these important health and safety measures, empathy, compassion and an ethos of “I am because we are”, whereby we honor the “principle of ubuntu: a concept in which being itself is a relational category of recognition, rights, and responsibilities” (Ogude, Paulson, & Srainchan, 2019)
  • Support Pitzer, and local, community members who are impacted by COVID-19 and connect them with appropriate resources.
  • Combat bias, discrimination, xenophobia and stigma related to COVID-19 by resisting any attempts to discriminate against others based on COVID-19 status or association and commit to learning from others’ experiences as part of our ever-changing global community. 

Be Mindful of Your Own Self Care

Illustrations by Natalie Ayala ’21

This can be a challenging time for many given the added stressors of the current situation. We remind you to be vigilant in your own self -awareness. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or other similar symptoms please know that you are not alone and we encourage you to reach out to any of the resources below designed to support you at any time you are struggling.

24/7 On-Call and Student Support Resources:

  • To reach our 24/7 On-Call team, please contact Campus Safety at 909-607-8000
  •  Crisis Mental Health Support can be reached by contacting Campus Safety at 909-607-8000 who will connect you with the on-call therapist.
  • To access 24/7 telehealth for students seeking mental health counseling or medical care. Pitzer students should visit the 24/7 7C TeleHealth for Students website or visit the Apple or Android stores to download the free TimelyMD app. You will need to create a profile and, at checkout, enter the customized coupon code (Pitzer 2020).
  • Your online Fall 2020 success and transition is important to us. Please visit our Fall 2020 Student Success Support Services and Resources website for more information.
  • For daily self-care inspiration, support and community subscribe to PZStrive2Thrive
  • Reach out and connect with Assistant Dean and Case Manager Stephanie Hannant at stephanie_hannant@pitzer.edu
  • Check in with a student affairs dean via virtual office hours on Google hangouts where you can connect by a call, video, or text/chat (weekly schedule and how to connect is available here)

Student Emergency & Missing Persons Contact Information

As you log onto your Pitzer student portal, you will be receiving a reminder notification to submit and/or update your current emergency and missing persons contact information. You, your safety, and well-being, matter, especially in the event of an unforeseen natural disaster or emergency. While federal compliance mandates that all students living on campus (including those at CCA) complete this information, all students living off-campus are also required to complete the information in light of health and safety measures related to COVID-19.  Below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to submit and/or update your information by logging into the Pitzer student portal:

  1. Go to the Student tab
  2. At the far left, click on Pitzer Student Info
  3. You will find Missing Persons/Emergency Contacts Information at the bottom
  4. You can click on the plus sign button to add a new contact
  5. There are two types of records: Missing Persons and Emergency; selecting Both will use one record for both types
  6. To delete a record, click on the trash can to delete it.
  7. To edit a record, click on the pencil to edit it.

Pitzer College 2020-2021 Student Handbook

The 2020-2021 Student Handbook includes easy access links to campus resources, departments, and student academic and non-academic responsibilities found within the Code of Student Conduct and campus policies.

We at Pitzer take pride in the residential liberal arts experience created by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College. It is an experience always centered on our Core Values and the health and safety of all members of our community. Even during this unprecedented time of physical separation, we are still a community of learners and together we will find innovative, effective and thoughtful ways of equipping you, our students, to live healthy and thriving lives; and be the citizens and leaders our global society needs more than ever. Mindful of Each Other, we remain committed to supporting student success and engaging students remotely, for now, and in-person in the not-too-distant future. 

This past week in preparation for engaging with you, our Community Assistants participated in training that included creating a virtual and living solidarity tree. At Pitzer the roots within our community are deep, ground us to our Core Values, our community action rises above hate, and together, we are Pitzer strong! 

Mindful of Each Other,

Mike Segawa 
Vice President for Student Affairs 

Sandra Vasquez
Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students         

I am an international student and would like to take courses in my home country this year. Will I be able to transfer credits from these classes to Pitzer? - 07.29.20

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Pitzer’s transfer credit policy permits international students to take courses in their home country and transfer them to Pitzer. However, students are allowed to transfer a total of 2.0 credits for classes they take anywhere during this academic year. Students should consult with their academic advisers in developing a plan that makes the most sense for them in terms of taking a leave of absence or pursuing coursework elsewhere. Students should seek pre-approval from the relevant field group for any courses they plan to take and transfer to Pitzer. Field groups decide which courses can be transferred to Pitzer as well as counted toward major/minor requirements.

For more information, read the current transfer policy.

An important message from Mike Segawa, Vice President for Student Affairs - 07.24.20

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July 24, 2020

Dear Pitzer Students,

We tried, we really did. For the past four months, literally dozens upon dozens of staff, faculty, and students worked relentlessly to prepare for a physical return to our beautiful Pitzer campus this fall. For many of us, almost every waking hour since March was devoted to finding a safe and educationally meaningful way to re-open our classrooms, laboratories, studios, residence halls, offices, dining hall, recreational facilities, and grounds. Recently though, it became abundantly clear that in spite of the challenges and financial pain, the wisest and most responsible action was to shift our focus and devote all of our energy into creating the most robust and engaging on-line learning communities possible.

Like you, we are disappointed to not be returning to campus this fall. However, while we may be separated by miles, we all remain devoted to and part of the Pitzer community, one that is known for being innovative, flexible, and resilient. This is a remarkable opportunity for us to tap into our collective creativity and develop new and interesting ways to teach, to learn and to stay connected. This fall, Pitzer classes and co-curricular activities will cut to the heart of the issues and challenges we are facing nationally and globally – from the pandemic to the racial and social injustices that are occurring. We are witnessing an important societal awakening and experiencing cultural changes as a result of political and social action.

In the midst of all of this, Pitzer will be providing opportunities for learning and engagement like you’ve never experienced before. We are establishing new approaches to teaching, learning and student engagement that will be a model for other liberal arts colleges while honoring the core values upon which Pitzer was founded and will continue to operate. There is no doubt that we will emerge from the twin viruses of COVID-19 and systemic racism a stronger, healthier, smarter and more active learning community.

Our team in Student Affairs has developed co-curricular programs that are designed to interest all students. These programs will focus on wellness, social connections, academic support, civic engagement, mentorship, career pathways, traditions, leadership and fun! You can still participate in the student resource fair, virtual fitness classes, time management workshops and many other programs that will help us stay connected to each other. Our academic and co-curricular life will be engaging in a new way, complete with original and re-envisioned programs and a multitude of ways to get involved.

It is our hope and invitation that many of you will choose to embark on this most challenging, and in so many ways creative, journey with us, trusting that together we will find a truly Pitzer way of prevailing and thriving in spite of the current circumstances.

Our collective ability to achieve this rich Pitzer experience depends on your willingness to be a part of our virtual community this fall. We hope you join us, as we are Pitzer Now more than ever.

Please remember to review the fall 2020 student success support services and resources website for regular important updates, including academic support resources, financial aid, access to limited loaner WiFi hot spots and laptops for students who need them, well-being, housing, basic needs, and more, to assist with your planning and transition. 

Provida Futuri,
Mike Segawa

Vice President for Student Affairs

Fall 2020 Plans - 07.14.20

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July 14, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community:

This is a critical time as COVID-19 continues to spread nationally and in Southern California. New infections and hospitalizations have reached alarming levels across the country and in this region over the past few weeks.

Since spring break, when students left campus and we transitioned to a remote learning environment at Pitzer, we have worked diligently across the consortium and within the College to develop comprehensive plans for a safe return to campus this fall. Our COVID-19 Task Force comprising students, faculty and staff has dedicated countless hours to information-gathering, problem-solving and action-planning as we prepared for the fall semester. The health and safety of our students and our community has always been our highest priority.

Despite our best efforts, the current public health conditions are such that the Pitzer Board of Trustees and I have determined that the responsible decision is to not bring students back to campus for the fall semester. Instead we will deliver a remote educational experience in fall 2020 and continue planning for an in-person residential experience for spring 2021.

I understand how disappointing this will be for many of you and acknowledge the difficulties we have all faced over the past four months. Please know that the College made every effort to find a way to return to campus this fall and resume normal operations with appropriate safety measures in place.

However, under the current conditions, we believe that we can provide a better learning opportunity and better experience for our students remotely than we would be able to deliver on campus. The on-campus experience would be radically altered, without many of the activities we consider a normal part of college life, and would include significant safety restrictions, strictly enforced, not only on our students but on our faculty and staff. We would need to be prepared for the possibility of quarantining and isolating many students, as well as an outbreak, which could interfere dramatically with our goal of bringing the best possible Pitzer experience to our students.  

Rather than constantly worrying about, and reacting to, the pandemic, we chose to bring the best possible Pitzer experience directly to our students. In this way we can focus on the educational experience rather than the virus and the environment. Accordingly, this fall, Pitzer is committed to providing 1) a robust, enriching and meaningful learning environment; 2) academic, personal and financial support to help our students succeed; and 3) continued planning and preparations for a safe return to campus – hopefully in the spring.

I know this announcement will engender many questions about the fall semester, and we will be sharing more information about our plans as they continue to solidify. In the meantime, I want to address as many subjects as I can below.

Teaching and Learning

In contrast to last semester, when we go online this fall, it will be after several months of intense pedagogical preparation. We are fortunate to have experienced, highly motivated faculty who taught online this spring and many again during our summer session. They want our students’ experience to be as rich and engaging as possible, and have spent the past several months re-envisioning and redesigning their courses, with an appropriate mix of synchronous and asynchronous material that will facilitate student learning and involvement.

I have no doubt that, this fall, Pitzer faculty will continue to be innovative, accessible and committed to the success of our students. And, I am confident they will be more creative and flexible than ever, and with a clear commitment to:

  • provide students with the highest quality educational experiences
  • offer personalized approaches to teaching and advising students
  • support students by being available through office hours, consultations, tutorials and meetings
  • ensure that all students can make academic progress toward graduation
  • work collaboratively to coordinate academic plans and curricular offerings for our students

Many faculty members have received glowing feedback from students on their thoughtful delivery and dynamic approach to remote teaching recently and are actively sharing ideas and collaborating with their faculty colleagues. We plan to hold information sessions over the next several weeks in which students can learn first-hand about some of the innovations and plans that our faculty have for their courses.    

Beyond individual courses, some initiatives and themes will be highlighted this fall and facilitated by our online format. For example, I have announced a special initiative on racial violence and injustice that will be rooted primarily in the curriculum and include co-curricular programming. Our community engagement work, and also activities connected to the fall election, will have broader and deeper reach using online tools and pedagogies. 

In short, although we will not have our traditional in-person classes, Pitzer faculty and the College as a whole are redoubling our efforts to ensure what you have come to expect and deserve: a rigorous academic experience that is distinctive and that addresses the most pressing issues of the day.

Juice will be featuring many interesting academic programs and is one example of the new ways the College will be engaging with you.

Supporting Students

We will support our students academically, personally, emotionally, and in some cases financially, while helping them navigate the remote environment and their course work with confidence and a sense of accomplishment. We will address the needs of low-income students to the best of our ability by providing the appropriate technology and access to other resources as needed.

Even during this unprecedented time of physical separation, we are still a community of learners and together we will find innovative, effective and thoughtful ways of equipping our students to live healthy and thriving lives; and be the citizens and leaders our global society needs more than ever. We remain committed to supporting student success and engaging students remotely, for now, and in-person when it becomes possible. Additional information related to student success support services and resources is available here.

In addition, we will provide co-curricular programs that generate a sense of connection to Pitzer and our core values. A faculty-led working group has been focusing on eliminating barriers to planning activities in a physically distant or remote environment, and developing avenues for student groups, clubs and organizations to thrive. Fostering community and creating opportunities for student engagement are fundamental to student success, wherever students gather – in Claremont or in the virtual world. More information about co-curricular plans and programming is forthcoming.

International Students/ICE Guidance

Last week, I wrote to the community about the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s regrettable directive for international students who are pursuing their degrees at institutions like Pitzer. This short-sighted and divisive action was at odds with Pitzer’s core values, and threatened the future of our international students.

Thankfully there is positive news. Yesterday, Pitzer and 19 other colleges and universities in the western region filed a lawsuit against the federal government to block ICE from implementing this policy. Our alumna and former trustee, Debra Wong Yang ’81, is a lead counsel for the case. And today, at a hearing in a suit filed by Harvard and MIT, the government agreed to rescind the new rule, forgo any related enforcement action and continue to follow the guidance issued in March that accommodated international students whose institutions transitioned to online learning. We are delighted by this development and relieved for our international students who are so important to our community.

Tuition and Financial Aid

On June 25, Pitzer announced a modest 2.2% tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year. Based on the decision to pivot to a fully online fall semester, the Pitzer Board of Trustees has decided to roll back that tuition increase and hold it constant at the 2019-2020 level. There will be no increase to tuition and fees for the coming year. Nor will there be any room and board charges in the fall.

I know that you have many questions about how Pitzer will respond to the financial needs of our students and I can assure you that Pitzer staff members in financial aid and student affairs are meeting daily to determine how best to package financial aid in these unusual circumstances. Your patience is appreciated as we finalize the details of our financial aid awards for the coming year.


Financial Impact

An online semester could result in significant loss of revenue for the College if enrollment numbers decline. Pitzer is tuition dependent, with almost 90% of our operating costs covered by tuition and fee revenue, 70% of which is compensation for our employees. If we are faced with a significant budget shortfall, we are prepared to utilize some savings to cover a portion of the deficit, savings that we had planned to use for capital reinvestment. While we are prepared to sacrifice these funds, it will be important that we consider measures to address the deficit without risking the long-term financial viability of the College.

Every student who remains enrolled with us online will have a direct impact on the cost reductions we need to make, our ability to provide financial support to students in need and our ability to retain our employees. Pitzer will make every effort to protect the most vulnerable in our community while addressing the significant financial challenges we face.

We are providing our initial FAQs to begin to answer many of the questions not covered here. We will continue developing and refining these FAQs in the days and weeks to come.

Final Thoughts

When I accepted the offer to become Pitzer College’s sixth president in 2016, it was the proudest moment of my career. I could not have imagined that four short years later, I would be writing this letter to you. Together with the Board of Trustees, the COVID-19 Task Force and my leadership team, I have agonized over this decision and its impact on our students, staff and faculty. While I am concerned about how an online semester will disrupt the Pitzer experience for so many of us, I am also inspired by the tireless efforts of our community and our collective resolve to make this transition smoothly and effectively.

In making this decision, I thought carefully about our core values, especially social responsibility, which includes the responsibility to elevate the interests of those among us who are most vulnerable to the virus and its effects. I am convinced that an in-person fall semester at Pitzer compromises those interests to an extent that we cannot abide. But I am also convinced that in these times of crisis, liberal arts colleges like Pitzer must look forward and engage the immense challenges before us.

In the words of one of Pitzer’s longest-tenured faculty members, “In the midst of this pandemic, a liberal arts education will be essential to addressing our most daunting future challenges: racial injustice, mass incarceration, health inequality, environmental degradation. A Pitzer education is much more than 32 courses of 45 contact hours. It is a community, nested in a consortium of such communities, in which students have the space and support to figure out what social problems they want to address, what tools they need to address them, and how to convert passion and skills into action.”

Despite the challenges we face, I view the future with optimism and hope because I know that Pitzer will embrace the problems before us in a way that is thoughtful, inclusive, compassionate and mindful of the future. I encourage all of you to join us as we move forward at a distance, but always together.

We will be sharing additional information and regular updates with you via email and on our website at: Pitzer Fall 2020. A town hall meeting for Pitzer faculty and staff will be held on Tuesday, July 21, at 1 p.m. followed by other forums for students and families later in the week. More details are forthcoming.

Provida Futuri,

Melvin L. Oliver
President


Traducción – Translation

UN MENSAJE DE

LA OFICINA DEL PRESIDENTE

14 de julio, 2020

Estimada Comunidad de Pitzer,

Este es un momento crítico ya que el coronavirus continúa extendiéndose a nivel nacional y en el sur de California. Nuevas infecciones y hospitalizaciones han alcanzado niveles alarmantes en todo el país y en esta región en las últimas semanas.

Desde las vacaciones de primavera, cuando los estudiantes salieron del campus y pasamos a un entorno de aprendizaje remoto en Pitzer, hemos trabajado diligentemente en todo el consorcio y dentro del Colegio para desarrollar planes integrales para un regreso seguro al campus este otoño. Nuestra Fuerza Especial de Coronavirus compuesto por estudiantes, profesores y personal ha dedicado innumerables horas a la recopilación de información, la resolución de problemas, y la planificación de la acción mientras nos preparamos para el semestre de otoño. La salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y de nuestra comunidad siempre ha sido nuestra máxima prioridad.

A pesar de nuestros mejores esfuerzos, las condiciones de salud pública actuales son tales que el Consejo Directivo de Pitzer y yo hemos determinado que la decisión responsable es no traer a los estudiantes de vuelta al campus para el semestre de otoño. En su lugar, ofreceremos una experiencia educativa remota en el otoño de 2020 y continuaremos planeando una experiencia residencial en persona para la primavera de 2021.

Entiendo lo decepcionante que será esto para muchos de ustedes y reconozco las dificultades que todos hemos enfrentado en los últimos cuatro meses. Por favor, sepa que el Colegio hizo todo lo posible para encontrar una manera de regresar al campus este otoño y reanudar las operaciones normales con las medidas de seguridad apropiadas en su lugar.

Sin embargo, bajo las condiciones actuales, creemos que podemos proporcionar una mejor oportunidad de aprendizaje y una mejor experiencia para nuestros estudiantes de forma remota de lo que podríamos ofrecer en el campus. La experiencia en el campus se alteraría radicalmente, sin muchas de las actividades que consideramos una parte normal de la vida universitaria, e incluiría restricciones de seguridad significativas, estrictamente aplicadas, no sólo en nuestros estudiantes, sino en nuestra facultad y personal. Tendríamos que estar preparados para la posibilidad de poner en cuarentena y aislar a muchos estudiantes, así como un brote, que podría interferir dramáticamente con nuestro objetivo de llevar la mejor experiencia de Pitzer posible a nuestros estudiantes.

En lugar de preocuparnos constantemente y reaccionar a la pandemia, elegimos llevar la mejor experiencia de Pitzer posible directamente a nuestros estudiantes. De esta manera podemos centrarnos en la experiencia educativa en lugar del virus y el medio ambiente. En consecuencia, este otoño, Pitzer se compromete a proporcionar 1) un entorno de aprendizaje sólido, enriquecedor y significativo; 2) apoyo académico, personal y financiero para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a tener éxito; y 3) la planificación y los preparativos continuos para un regreso seguro al campus, con suerte en la primavera.

Sé que este anuncio engendrará muchas preguntas sobre el semestre de otoño, y compartiremos más información sobre nuestros planes a medida que continúen solidificándose. Mientras tanto, quiero abordar tantos temas como pueda a continuación.

Enseñanza y Aprendizaje

A diferencia del semestre pasado, cuando nos pongamos en línea este otoño, será después de varios meses de intensa preparación pedagógica. Tenemos la suerte de tener profesores experimentados y altamente motivados que enseñaron en línea esta primavera y muchos lo hicieron de nuevo durante nuestra sesión de verano. Quieren que la experiencia de nuestros estudiantes sea lo más rica y atractiva posible, y han pasado los últimos meses re-concibiendo y rediseñando sus cursos, con una mezcla adecuada de material síncrono y asincrónico que facilitará el aprendizaje y la participación de los estudiantes.

No tengo ninguna duda de que, este otoño, la facultad de Pitzer seguirá siendo innovadora, accesible y comprometida con el éxito de nuestros estudiantes. Y, estoy seguro de que serán más creativos y flexibles que nunca, y con un compromiso claro de:

  • proporcionar a los estudiantes experiencias educativas de la más alta calidad
  • ofrecer enfoques personalizados para enseñar y asesorar a los estudiantes
  • apoyar a los estudiantes estando disponibles a través de horas de oficina, consultas, tutoriales y reuniones
  • asegurar que todos los estudiantes pueden hacer progreso académico hacia la graduación
  • trabajar colaborativamente para coordinar planes académicos y ofertas para nuestros estudiantes

Muchos miembros de la facultad han recibido comentarios brillantes de los estudiantes sobre su entrega reflexiva y método dinámico a la enseñanza remota recientemente y están compartiendo activamente ideas y colaborando con sus colegas de la facultad. Planeamos realizar sesiones de información durante las próximas semanas en las que los estudiantes puedan conocer de primera mano algunas de las innovaciones y los planes que nuestros profesores tienen para sus cursos.

Más allá de los cursos individuales, algunas iniciativas y temas serán destacados este otoño y facilitados por nuestro formato en línea. Por ejemplo, he anunciado una iniciativa especial sobre la violencia racial y la injusticia que se enraizará principalmente en el plan de estudios e incluirá la programación cocurricular. Nuestro trabajo de involucramiento de la comunidad, y también las actividades relacionadas con la elección de otoño, tendrán un alcance más amplio y profundo utilizando herramientas y pedagogías en línea.

En resumen, aunque no tendremos nuestras clases tradicionales en persona, los profesores de Pitzer y el Colegio en su conjunto están redoblendo nuestros esfuerzos para asegurar lo que usted ha llegado a esperar y merecer: una experiencia académica rigurosa que es distintiva y que aborde los temas más apremiantes del día.

Juice presentará muchos programas académicos interesantes y es un ejemplo de las nuevas maneras en que el Colegio participará con usted.

Apoyando a los Estudiantes
Apoyaremos a nuestros estudiantes académicamente, personalmente, emocionalmente y, en algunos casos, financieramente, mientras les ayudamos a navegar el entorno remoto y su trabajo académico con confianza y un sentido de logro. Abordaremos las necesidades de los estudiantes de bajos ingresos lo mejor que podamos proporcionando la tecnología adecuada y el acceso a otros recursos según sea necesario.

Incluso durante este tiempo sin precedentes de separación física, seguimos siendo una comunidad de estudiantes y juntos encontraremos formas innovadoras, eficaces y reflexivas de equipar a nuestros estudiantes para vivir vidas saludables y prósperas; y ser los ciudadanos y líderes que nuestra sociedad global necesita más que nunca. Seguimos comprometidos a apoyar el éxito de los estudiantes e involucrar a los estudiantes de forma remota, por ahora y en persona cuando sea posible. Aquí encontrará información adicional relacionada con los servicios y recursos de apoyo al éxito de los estudiantes.

Además, proporcionaremos programas co-curriculares que generan una sensación de conexión con Pitzer y nuestros valores fundamentales. Un grupo de trabajo dirigido por profesores se ha centrado en eliminar las barreras a la planificación de actividades en un entorno físicamente distante o remoto, y en desarrollar vías para que los grupos de estudiantes, los clubes y las organizaciones prosperen. Fomentar la comunidad y crear oportunidades para la participación de los estudiantes son fundamentales para el éxito de los estudiantes, dondequiera que los estudiantes se reúnan, en Claremont o en el mundo virtual. Se ofrecerá más información sobre los planes y la programación cocurriculares próximamente.

Estudiantes Internacionales/Dirección de ICE

La semana pasada, escribí a la comunidad sobre la lamentable directiva de la agencia de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de los Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en ingles) para estudiantes internacionales que cursan sus títulos en instituciones como PItzer. Esta acción miope y divisiva estaba en desacuerdo con los valores fundamentales de Pitzer, y amenazó el futuro de nuestros estudiantes internacionales.

Afortunadamente hay noticias positivas. Ayer, Pitzer y otros 19 colegios y universidades de la región occidental presentaron una demanda contra el gobierno federal para impedir que ICE implementara esta política. Nuestra alumna y ex miembro de nuestro Consejo Directivo, Debra Wong Yang ’81, es un abogado principal del caso. Y hoy, en una audiencia en una demanda presentada por Harvard y el MIT, el gobierno acordó rescindir la nueva regla, renunciar a cualquier acción de aplicación relacionada, y seguir las directrices emitidas en marzo que acomodaron a estudiantes internacionales cuyas instituciones pasaron al aprendizaje en línea. Estamos encantados con este desarrollo y aliviados por nuestros estudiantes internacionales que son tan importantes para nuestra comunidad.

Matrícula y Ayuda Financiera

El 25 de junio, Pitzer anunció un modesto aumento de matrícula del 2,2% para el año académico 2020-2021. Sobre la base de la decisión de girar hacia un semestre de otoño totalmente en línea, el Consejo Directivo de Pitzer ha decidido revertir ese aumento de matrícula y mantenerlo constante en el nivel de 2019-2020. No habrá aumento en la matrícula y las tarifas para el próximo año. Tampoco habrá cargos de alojamiento y comida en el otoño.

Sé que tiene muchas preguntas sobre cómo Pitzer responderá a las necesidades financieras de nuestros estudiantes y puedo asegurarles que los miembros del personal de Pitzer en los departamentos de ayuda financiera y asuntos estudiantiles se reúnen diariamente para determinar la mejor manera de empaquetar la ayuda financiera en estas circunstancias inusuales. Su paciencia es apreciada al finalizar los detalles de nuestros premios de ayuda financiera para el próximo año.

Impacto Financiero

Un semestre en línea podría resultar en una pérdida significativa de ingresos para el Colegio si el número de inscritos disminuye. Pitzer depende de la matrícula, con casi el 90% de nuestros costos de operación cubiertos por los ingresos por matrícula y tarifas, el 70% de los cuales es una compensación para nuestros empleados. Si nos enfrentamos a un déficit presupuestario significativo, estamos preparados para utilizar algunos ahorros para cubrir una parte del déficit, ahorros que habíamos planeado utilizar para la reinversión de capital. Si bien estamos dispuestos a sacrificar estos fondos, será importante que consideremos medidas para hacer frente al déficit sin arriesgar la viabilidad financiera a largo plazo del Colegio.

Cada estudiante que permanezca inscrito con nosotros en línea tendrá un impacto directo en las reducciones de costos que necesitamos hacer, nuestra capacidad de proporcionar apoyo financiero a los estudiantes necesitados, y nuestra capacidad para retener a nuestros empleados. Pitzer hará todo lo posible para proteger a los más vulnerables de nuestra comunidad mientras aborda los importantes desafíos financieros que enfrentamos.

Estamos proporcionando nuestras preguntas frecuentes iniciales para comenzar a responder a muchas de las preguntas no cubiertas aquí. Continuaremos desarrollando y perfeccionando estas preguntas frecuentes en los días y semanas venideros.

Últimos Comentarios

Cuando acepté la oferta de convertirme en el sexto presidente de Pitzer College en 2016, fue el momento más orgulloso de mi carrera. No podría haber imaginado que cuatro años después, les escribiría esta carta. Junto con el Consejo Directivo, la Fuerza Especial de Coronavirus, y mi equipo de liderazgo, he agonizado por esta decisión y su impacto en nuestros estudiantes, personal y facultad. Si bien me preocupa cómo un semestre en línea interrumpirá la experiencia de Pitzer para muchos de nosotros, también me inspiran los esfuerzos incansables de nuestra comunidad y nuestra determinación colectiva de hacer esta transición fluidamente y de manera efectiva.

Al tomar esta decisión, pensé cuidadosamente en nuestros valores fundamentales, especialmente en la responsabilidad social, que incluye la responsabilidad de elevar los intereses de aquellos entre nosotros que son más vulnerables al virus y sus efectos. Estoy convencido de que un semestre de otoño en persona en Pitzer compromete esos intereses hasta un punto al que no podemos atenernos. Pero también estoy convencido de que en estos tiempos de crisis, los colegios de artes liberales como Pitzer deben mirar hacia adelante y enfrentar los inmensos desafíos que tenemos ante nosotros.

En palabras de uno de los profesores con la más larga titularidad de Pitzer, “En medio de esta pandemia, una educación en artes liberales será esencial para abordar nuestros desafíos futuros más desalentadores: injusticia racial, encarcelamiento masivo, desigualdad de salud, degradación ambiental. Una educación de Pitzer es mucho más que 32 cursos de 45 horas de contacto. Es una comunidad, anidada en un consorcio de tales comunidades, en la que los estudiantes tienen el espacio y el apoyo para averiguar qué problemas sociales quieren abordar, qué herramientas necesitan para abordarlos, y cómo convertir la pasión y las habilidades en acción”.

A pesar de los desafíos a los que nos enfrentamos, veo el futuro con optimismo y esperanza porque sé que Pitzer abrazará los problemas que tenemos ante nosotros de una manera reflexiva, inclusiva, compasiva, y consciente del futuro. Los animo a todos a que se unan a nosotros a medida que avanzamos a distancia, pero siempre juntos.

Compartiremos información adicional y actualizaciones periódicas con usted por correo electrónico y en nuestro sitio web en: Pitzer Fall 2020. El martes 21 de julio, a la 1 p.m. se llevará a cabo una reunión para los profesores y el personal de Pitzer, seguida de otros foros para estudiantes y familias más adelante en la semana. Más detalles están por llegar.

Provida Futuri,

Melvin L. Oliver
Presidente

How will the Pitzer educational experience be translated online? - 07.14.20

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All educational objectives of the College remain unchanged. Pitzer will continue to provide small classes that cover all graduation requirements, one-on-one faculty mentoring and advising, and individual support from student affairs staff. Many curricular innovations and co-curricular programs will inform this semester. Zoom enables greater global connection with networks of scholars, authors, activists and artists, as well as allowing students to connect with community groups in different locations.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

Will First-Year Seminar offerings be available in the spring? - 07.14.20

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There is a possibility that a limited number of First-Year Seminars (FYS) will be offered in the spring semester. First-year students are expected to enroll in an FYS in their first semester, and the bulk of these seminars are offered at the same time during the fall semester. Having a common meeting time allows seminar instructors to coordinate guest speakers and special events, and thereby build bridges across classes. Furthermore, these First-Year Seminars are writing-intensive courses. In addition to covering interesting and timely topics, participation in FYS introduces incoming students to the Pitzer academic community and a faculty mentor, while also helping to set up students for future academic success.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

How will an online format allow for a rich advising experience? - 07.14.20

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Faculty will conduct advising sessions and hold office hours remotely, but students can still expect to receive personalized attention and to work closely with faculty to design programs of study that meet individual needs and goals.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

Will classes vary in the way they are taught? - 07.14.20

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Yes, they will vary in some ways. Many will take advantage of global networks of scholars, activists, etc. to bring in virtual speakers. Others have chosen topics relevant to understanding today’s challenges and are finding ways to explore them creatively through virtual means. Some classes dealing with shared topics such as civic engagement may offer multiple course sections at the same time so they can share guest speakers, workshops and common projects. Faculty have been working on this all through the summer. Low student-to-teacher ratios, personalized feedback and depth of relationships between professors and students will remain the same.

For any more questions or for more information, contact dofcore@pitzer.edu

How will students engage with the Community Engagement Center (CEC) and interact with our community partners? - 07.14.20

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The CEC is revamping its website to streamline connections between students, faculty and partners around a variety of modalities and issues, and will post these changes here when they are complete. For now, see CEC’s Continuing Community Engagement Online presentation.

For any more questions or for more information, contact cec@pitzer.edu