Will the graduation praxis component have any other way to be completed if the CEC is at limited capacity? - 07.14.20

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The Community Engagement Center has ramped up its work with partners who are in need of even more significant help during this time. CEC has a host of virtual community engagement opportunities that are components of SRX courses this semester and that can be done remotely. Please check the CEC website for those opportunities. We will work with students who find themselves unable to complete the requirement due to COVID-19.

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

What will IGLAS programs look like in the spring? - 07.14.20

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While there are no Institute for Global/Local Action & Study (IGLAS) trips scheduled for the fall, IGLAS will work with Study Abroad on future trips. IGLAS will continue to oversee the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, the IGLAS fellows program, and work with first-year students and prison education initiatives, including at least 14 Inside-Out classes being taught this year via Zoom.

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

Will students still have access to the Writing Center? - 07.14.20

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The Pitzer Writing Center will offer comprehensive virtual writing support after the semester begins. This includes one-on-one video conferences with peer Fellows trained to work with writers on assignments across the disciplines and at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to polishing a final draft. The Writing Center will also continue to host a wide range of virtual workshops and events, including regular “write-ins” that build community and foster resilience around the writing process. Specialized consultations will be available for senior thesis and multilingual writers. In addition, a research librarian will offer weekly video consultations on all aspects of the research process. Writing Center Fellows will continue to participate in a rich learning community dedicated to social justice-oriented writing pedagogies.

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

Will staff continue to work remotely? - 07.14.20

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The College aims to be flexible with work schedules and assignments. Some staff members will be needed on campus, while others will be directed to work remotely based on their individual circumstances. Staff members should discuss work arrangements with their supervisors, in consultation with area vice presidents.

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

What if I do not have the appropriate equipment to attend classes online? - 07.14.20

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The Dean of Students Loan Program provides currently enrolled Pitzer College students with helpful academic resources such as textbooks, laptops and WiFi hotspots. For more information, please visit: www.pitzer.edu/student-life/student-affairs/dean-of-students-loan-program/

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

Will Pitzer offer social activities and clubs online? - 07.14.20

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Pitzer’s Office of Student Affairs and Student Senate are working to ensure that students can safely participate in as many social activities as possible virtually. Members of the Pitzer community may host events and activities online for everyone to attend.

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

Which clubs/activities will be available to students, and how can they participate? - 07.14.20

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Any groups that are able to meet virtually will be encouraged to do so. Pitzer’s Student Senate will work to put together a list of clubs and activities, as well as meeting times and links, for students to access.

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

Will there be a New Student Orientation in the spring for those who defer in the fall? - 07.14.20

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Yes. New Student Orientation will be adapted in the spring for both students who defer to spring and for students who choose to take Pitzer classes in the fall. Much of the orientation program will be modified for the spring but will cover all topics presented during the fall.

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

Can faculty and staff come to campus if Pitzer is closed to the public? - 07.14.20

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For the safety of our campus community, staff and faculty visits to campus should be limited to essential work that cannot be performed remotely. On campus, all individuals must wear a face covering, practice social distancing and follow other safety measures as posted and announced.

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

For direct-enroll or exchange programs, will Pitzer defer to other institutions’ study abroad policies? - 07.14.20

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For Pitzer students, the College will make its own policy determination for ALL study abroad programs, irrespective of individual providers’ policies.

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

Can new students, New Resources Students (NRS) and transfer students defer enrollment until spring? - 07.14.20

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Yes. For the 2020-21 academic year, all new students (first-years, NRS and transfers) will have the option to defer their enrollment for the fall semester. First-years can defer for one semester or the entire academic year. Transfers and NRS may defer for one semester. In order to defer, please email santiago_ybarra@pitzer.edu or applicant@pitzer.edu.

Can current students take a leave of absence? - 07.14.20

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Pitzer’s leave of absence (LOA) policy can be found in the college course catalog. In brief, Pitzer students can take a LOA for 1-2 semesters, and even more in extenuating circumstances. LOAs processed before the start of the semester do not impact financial aid. Students apply for a leave by completing and submitting the Application for Leave of Absence form and also alerting their adviser of their plan. This form is available by logging into MyCampus2 and clicking on the “Student Forms” tab.

This form is available by logging into MyCampus2 and clicking on the “Student Forms” tab.

Students who want to take courses elsewhere during a LOA and transfer them back to Pitzer should carefully review the transfer credit policy before applying for a LOA. Students may transfer a total of 2.0 credits for courses taken during the 2020-2021 academic year and all transfer credits require approval by a Pitzer field group. That is, there is a limit on transfer credits and also no guarantee that courses taken elsewhere will be accepted for transfer to Pitzer.

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

Does the College plan to discount tuition? - 07.14.20

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In late June, Pitzer announced a modest 2.2% tuition increase for the 2020-21 academic year. Based on the decision to pivot to a fully online fall semester, Pitzer’s Board of Trustees has decided to roll back that tuition increase and hold it constant at the 2019-20 level. There will be no increase to tuition and fees for the coming year. There will be no Pitzer room-and-board charges in the fall.

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

Will the College need to furlough or layoff staff? - 07.14.20

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The Board of Trustees has tasked the College with finding ways to help our most vulnerable staff. We will make every effort to avoid furloughing or laying off anyone as we address the significant financial challenges we face.

How will moving to remote-only instruction this fall impact the College financially? - 07.14.20

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The cost of moving online is a significant loss in revenue to the College. As a not-for-profit institution, we are tuition dependent, with almost 90% of our tuition and fee revenue covering our operating costs, 70% of which is compensation for our employees. For the coming academic year, we are projecting a significant budget shortfall as a result of reduced revenue. We have some savings that we planned to use for capital reinvestment that we can instead use to cover some of the deficit. It will be important that we consider measures to address the deficit without risking the long-term financial viability of the College.

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

Will students have access to Career Services? - 07.14.20

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Pitzer’s Career Services office will be fully operational and available to students. Programming will include virtual events featuring employers, graduate schools, and Pitzer alumni and family members. Regular workshops and a special career preparation series are being planned. As always, individual career advising is highly encouraged to help students make a customized career action plan. Students can register for events and schedule individual career advising appointments through Handshake. Incoming students will be provided with Handshake accounts in early- to mid-August and will have full access to Career Services resources and opportunities.

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

Will students still have access to Pitzer’s Academic Support Services? - 07.14.20

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Yes. If you are a student who has been approved for academic accommodations due to a disability, learning difference or chronic health challenge, please log into AIM to set up your accommodations for the coming semester as you have done in the past. If you are a new student or new to needing accommodations, please email PASS at academicsupport@pitzer.edu. Virtual academic coaching will be available once the semester begins, along with academic workshops to support your online learning experience.

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

Will there be athletic competitions this fall? - 07.14.20

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Because students will not be on campus, we will not be competing this fall. The decision to cancel athletic competition was not taken lightly, nor was the decision made swiftly. Intercollegiate athletic participation is a highly valued aspect of the educational experience at Pomona and Pitzer. We will remain committed to the continued growth and development of our student-athletes and will support them by providing educational, team-building and wellness programming.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

How will we support athletics-related activity for students in the fall? - 07.14.20

Though students will not be on campus, it is possible for coaches and strength and conditioning staff to engage with enrolled student-athletes. Student-athletes will have the opportunity to further their athletic development during this extended time away from the team training environment. Staff must adhere to all NCAA policies. Additionally, coaches will be able to stay connected with student-athletes through virtual meetings and will continue to offer support for their teams academically and socially.

What will leadership programming look like? - 07.14.20

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Leadership programming is a great way to challenge, support, and grow leaders within athletic teams and the institutions. Ultimately, we hope to have an engaging curriculum that promotes leadership within our community and beyond.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

Why will diversity, equity and inclusion be a priority for our department during COVID-19? - 07.14.20

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Pomona-Pitzer Athletics is firmly committed to supporting and furthering critical work surrounding equity and inclusion, actively working towards solutions on our campuses and beyond. Our department will use this time to build awareness, engagement, meaningful dialogue, education, action and accountability, as our faculty, staff and student-athletes work together for a future of social justice and positive change.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

How will the department support the mental health of its student-athletes? - 07.14.20

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It is important for us to address the mental health needs of our student-athletes. The 2020 NCAA Student-Athlete COVID-19 Well-being Survey revealed that a majority of student-athletes surveyed reported experiencing high rates of mental distress since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, students also reported experiencing sleep difficulties, sadness, a sense of loss, and depression. The well-being of our student-athletes will always be of the utmost importance, and we are currently devising a plan to provide support.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

What is the status of our winter and spring sports? - 07.14.20

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Our winter sports will not compete in the fall semester. Conversations about competitive seasons for the winter and spring sports will be ongoing and will depend on the State of California, Los Angeles County, and institutional safety guidelines.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

How do I access Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)? - 07.14.20

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Students need not be on campus to access services offered by the Monsour Counseling and Psychological Center (MCAPS). However, due to California mental health licensing laws, MCAPS can only offer ongoing teletherapy/telephone appointments (individual or group) to students living in California. MCAPS will serve out-of-state students via teletherapy/telephone for a one-time consultation, Rapid Access Initial Assessment, or a crisis session. Additionally, the center will work individually with out-of-state students to provide locally based referrals for ongoing care. To access services at MCAPS, please call 909-621-8202. For after-hours crisis services, the voicemail message will prompt you to press “1” to be connected to an on-call therapist. The Claremont Colleges are offering (at no cost to the student) an additional telehealth option for students seeking mental health counseling or medical care. To access, Pitzer students should visit the Campus.Health 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).

Will the fall sport teams be able to practice and/or compete in the spring? - 07.14.20

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We will continue to monitor the health and safety guidelines presented by the NCAA, SCIAC, state and the county. Our hope is that there will be an opportunity for all teams to participate in intercollegiate athletic competition within the Spring semester, but health and safety will always come first.

For more information, visit www.sagehens.com

Do I still have access to Student Health Services? - 07.14.20

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Student Health Services (SHS) will continue to operate during the academic year but with a modified schedule. If you live in the Claremont area, medical services through SHS can be received on an appointment-only basis. Walk-in appointments will not be allowed due to COVID-19 pandemic related restrictions. SHS can be contacted at 909.621.8222. While SHS is unable to serve our out-of-state students directly, The Claremont Colleges have contracted with Campus.Health, a telemedicine service. This no-cost option is available to all students at The Claremont Colleges, regardless of whether they are living off-campus, locally or in a different part of the country. International students will need to arrange for their own medical care where they reside. If you are an international student and would like to be waived out of SHIP, please email Katie Tewell at katie_tewell@pitzer.edu. For more information, please visit Fall 2020 Student Success Support Services & Resources.

What student services are available through The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS)? - 07.14.20

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TCCS resources such as the Chaplains Office Services, the Queer Resource Center and The Claremont Colleges Library will continue to be available to students on a modified basis. For updated information, please visit 5C Campus Resources at Fall 2020 Student Support and Success Services & Resources.

Will The Claremont Colleges Library be open? - 07.14.20

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Please refer to The Claremont Colleges Library’s COVID-19 web page for the most up-to-date information about the library’s services, as they are subject to change in response to public health recommendations.

Some highlights of the library’s remote resources and services include the following: The library’s online resources—databases, journals, articles, and e-books—are available off campus. Anyone with valid Pitzer credentials (what you use to login into Sakai or your college email account) has access to them by going through the library’s website. Once you have your login credentials, materials that are available in print can be requested online through the Resource Sharing service. You can request that they be mailed to your home address (mailing limit 5 per person, per semester). If you find a book or article you would like but it’s either checked out from the library or not in the collection, you can request it through the free Resource Sharing service. The library will make every effort to find an electronic version of your request. The library hopes to begin providing this service for print resources later this summer.

Research consultations with a librarian are available via Zoom. They also have chat and email research support. Special Collections staff are available to answer questions you might have about accessing their materials or conducting primary source research. For those who are not familiar, Special Collections houses distinctive and unique resources including rare books, maps, photographs, posters, college archives and more. You are encouraged to explore and browse the digital collections.

The library automatically acquires all course readings that faculty submit to the Huntley Bookstore, and the library will provide access to e-versions of them whenever possible. Search the Library’s website to see if the course readings for your classes are available. If you don’t see them, reach out to your professor and let them know to contact the library. For more information, visit: https://library.claremont.edu/coronavirus/

Will Huntley Bookstore be open? - 07.14.20

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All textbooks, technology and merchandise can be purchased online at https://www.bkstr.com/claremontstore/home. E-textbooks are available immediately via an email link upon purchase. Shoppers can choose from expedited shipping or ground shipping for all other purchases.
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New International Student Guidelines - 07.08.20

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July 8, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community,

On July 6, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued new guidance that affects the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. Implementing such a directive during a global health crisis is a travesty that creates tremendous barriers for international students pursuing their education in the US. This guidance is at direct odds with our core values, and Pitzer College is committed to supporting our international students through this unfortunate and challenging situation.

International students enrich the college experience on campuses and classrooms across the country. This new ICE guidance concerning international student visas is onerous and blatantly unfair to millions of students striving to achieve their educational goals. It also serves to divide our country and the world even further.

Over the last several days, Pitzer’s International Programs staff have been in contact with our new and returning international students to provide support and counsel. The College’s chief legal counsel, dean of faculty, international programs staff and an outside immigration attorney are actively evaluating options for our students.

I am also working with the other presidents of The Claremont Colleges on a collaborative solution for our international students. Additionally, we hope that the entire higher education community and the public can provide needed pressure on ICE to revise the rules to provide greater flexibility to allow our international students the rich educational experience they deserve to advance towards their degrees.

Provida Futuri,

Melvin L. Oliver
President

CARES Act Information and Reports - 06.26.20

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act, 10/30/2020

CARES Act Required Reports and Disclosures
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Required Reports and Disclosures
This serves as public disclosure required under Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act for Pitzer College regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to questions about the CARES Act as it pertains to Pitzer College.

CARES Act Message to the Pitzer Community

CARES Overview Related to 403b and Special Check from the Federal Government

CARES Act Required Reports and Disclosures - 06.26.20

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Required Reports and Disclosures

This website serves as public disclosure required under Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act for Pitzer College regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This website will be updated every 45 days with any required changes.

  1. Pitzer College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Pitzer College will receive $312,931 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. As of June 12, 2020, Pitzer College had not disbursed any funds to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. Pitzer College estimates that 391 students at the college are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. Pitzer College will determine student eligibility based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.  Students who met Title IV eligibility requirements for the 2019-20 academic year and received need-based aid will be considered eligible for funds.

REPORT UPDATES – April 28, 2021

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. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants.1

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 CRRSAA 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.

1 https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/updatedfaqsfora1crrssaheerfii.pdf

REPORT UPDATES – July 10, 2020

Update 4. Pitzer College estimated 971 students were potentially eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Update 5. Effective June 18, 2020 Pitzer College processed check disbursements to 391 students who were determined eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants.  The total amount disbursed was $309,850.

Update 6. Pitzer College included students who meet the following criteria as eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1):

  • Students enrolled in a degree granting program of study as of March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)”
  • Students who are making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their degree
  • Students who had completed a 2019-20 FAFSA to confirm their Title IV eligibility requirements of Higher Education Act.

Pitzer College excluded from the larger population of potentially eligible students:

  • those individuals it knew to be foreign nationals who were not US permanent residents or other eligible non-citizens under Title IV of HEA;
  • those students in the US without a lawful immigration status; and
  • those students whose Title IV eligibility requirements could not be confirmed due to a missing or incomplete FASFA application.

Grant amounts of $200 – $1,000 were issued to students based on an evaluation of the student’s demonstrated level of financial need. Larger grants were provided to students with the higher demonstrated levels of financial need.  Funds were distributed as broadly as possible to eligible students.

Update 7. More information can be found at https://www.pitzer.edu/emergency/2020/06/01/cares-frequently-asked-questions/

REPORT UPDATES – August 12, 2020

No additional disbursements have been made since June 2020. 

QUARTERLY REPORT UPDATE – October 10, 2020

No additional disbursements have been made since June 2020.

QUARTERLY REPORT UPDATE – January 10, 2021 – FINAL REPORT

November 2020 the remaining $3,081 of CARES Student Funds was deposited into the Student Affairs Emergency Fund to reimburse Fund expenditures outlined below:

  • The Emergency Fund provided support exceeding $4,400 for travel expenses for students required to leave campus due to COVID 19 campus shut down.
    • These expenses occurred between April 4 and April 10
    • Students who received travel expenses support were CARES Act eligible
      • Students enrolled in a degree granting program of study as of March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)”
      • Students who are making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their degree
      • Students who had completed a 2019-20 FAFSA to confirm their Title IV eligibility requirements of Higher Education Act

At the close of 4th quarter 2020, all CARES Student Funds were distributed in accordance with Department of Education guidance.

Training Materials & Safety Videos - 06.17.20
Local, State and Federal Resources - 06.05.20
Learning, Teaching and Working Remotely - 06.05.20

Student’s Guide to Online Learning Guide – This information is intended as a guide for students who are attending online courses or other academic activities. Online courses will largely be handled using two main resources: Sakai and Zoom

Working Remotely (Telecomuting) – For any staff and faculty working remotely from home or another off-campus location, there are several resources available to you.

Technology Enhanced Teaching – How to use Sakai, Zoom and Box to help enhance your online instruction.

Zoom Virtual Backgrounds – Bring a bit of Pitzer home! Download an image, then set it as your virtual background in Zoom’s settings if your device supports.

CARES Act Message to the Pitzer Community - 06.05.20

June 5, 2020

Dear Pitzer Community,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Congress passed the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act includes funds for emergency grants to institutions and students due to the disruption of the spring 2020 semester by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Consistent with the intent of the new law and in consultation with student and faculty representatives on the COVID Task Force, Pitzer determined that CARES Act funds should be distributed to students according to financial need. In partnership with the Task Force, the College developed a tiered system where the higher-need students will receive higher value grants. To be considered eligible, students had to have been enrolled as of March 13, 2020, and receiving need-based financial aid.

Students receiving CARES Act funds will soon receive an email notifying them of their award and checks will be mailed to students by mid- to late June. All CARES Act student awards are grants. There is no repayment obligation.

For questions regarding the CARES Act, please visit our FAQs found on our COVID 19 webpage.

CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions - 06.01.20

Q1: What is the CARES Act?

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)-IHE/Student Aid Act provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives were disrupted during the spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARES Act/HEERF is temporary, short-term, emergency financial assistance for eligible students who were enrolled in the spring 2020 semester on or after March 13, 2020 and experienced unforeseen hardship that adversely affected their educational success.

Guidelines for the CARES Act/HEERF and the distribution of funds comes from the US Department of Education. More information is available on the Department of Education’s website.

Q2: How is Pitzer College handling CARES Act funds?

Pitzer College has received emergency funds of $312,930 from the Department of Education to distribute directly to students as emergency grants.

The College will distribute funds to eligible students (see questions 4 – 6 below for eligible student criteria) based on their financial aid eligibility. Grant assistance will range from $200 – $1000 and will be tiered based on the student’s financial need; the highest need students will receive the most grant assistance.

Q3: When will I know my eligibility and receive funding?

This is a top priority for the College, and we are currently working to finalize all information. Anyone who was enrolled in the spring 2020 semester on or after March 13, 2020 are eligible for funding. We are working to notify and disburse funds to all eligible students before June 15.

Q4: How is Pitzer determining who should receive CARES Act grants?

Pitzer is distributing these funds according to financial need. Students with the highest need will receive the largest grants.

Q5: Do undocumented and international students qualify for the CARES Act Grant?

Although undocumented and international students do not qualify for federal funding, Pitzer College has committed institutional student emergency COVID-19 relief funding for undocumented and low-income international students who applied for and received need-based aid during the spring 2020 semester (on or after March 13, 2020). This grant assistance will match the grant levels and payment timeline as domestic students.

Q6: I am a graduating senior this semester, will I still receive assistance?

Yes. We will be offering CARES Act Grants to graduating seniors whose studies were also interrupted this spring.

Q7: Do I have to apply for the CARES Act Grant?

No. Students who are eligible will automatically receive assistance and will not need to apply for funding.

Q8: If eligible, how will I receive this money? 

Funds will be distributed by check made payable to the student.  Checks will be mailed to the address the college has on file.  

Q9: How can this relief fund help students? 

This relief grant is available for students to use at their discretion for any expenses they incurred due to the interruption in their studies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. This can include, but is not limited to food, housing, technology, health care and course related materials.

Q10: Does the CARES Act Grant have to be repaid?

No. The CARES Act Grant does not have to be repaid.

Q11: I have a balance on my Student Account, will my CARES Act Grant be applied to my account?

No. CARES Act Grants will be paid directly to eligible students regardless of financial holds or campus bills, fees or fines. Funds will not pass through your Pitzer student account.

Q12: Does the CARES Act Grant affect my financial aid?

No. The CARES Act Grant does not affect other aid students are receiving this year or the aid they may receive next year.

Q13: Do I have to report the CARES Act Grant to the IRS as income? 

No. Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code and do not have to be included as part of your gross income or reported on your taxes.

Q14: Who do I contact if I have questions about the CARES Act?

At this time, all information available has been published in this FAQ. If you have questions that were not addressed, you may email the Office of the Treasurer at treasurersoffice@pitzer.edu.

Safer-at-Home Update for Staff - 05.14.20

May 14, 2020

Dear Staff Community,

In recent days, public officials have outlined conditions for relaxing some of the restrictions on workplaces in the surrounding areas and across the state. However, even if modifications to stay-at-home orders would allow for additional on campus work, the College intends to continue limiting the number of employees on campus in order to help contain the spread of the virus, do our part for the community and keep our staff safe!

Therefore, you should expect to continue in your current work arrangements for the foreseeable future until you receive different instructions from your supervisor. On campus work will not be required unless it is both necessary and capable of being performed safely according to current public health guidance.

As soon as new information arises we will communicate it with everyone. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this together!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your HR team. 

Stay safe!!

Deanna Caballero
Assistant Vice President
Human Resources and Payroll Services

CEC Ideas and Resources for Remote Community Engagement - 04.16.20

COVID-19 Community Partner Support: On behalf of the Community Engagement Center and CASA Pitzer, we would like to share with you efforts being made in support of our community partners.

Meeting Partner Needs: It is important for you to be in touch with your partners to determine what would be most helpful for them at this time. It is OK to shift your plans for the semester. Students should also be incorporated into brainstorming sessions about how to continue to engage and meet everyone’s needs digitally. CEC can provide further guidance as desired.

Partner Reporting and Resource Gathering Assistance: Students and faculty may find their partners desire assistance gathering and sharing resources, movements, and actions for members of their communities such as these examples:

Grant Writing or Partner Fundraising Support: CEC is happy to help pay a consultant’s fee for assistance with grant writing with your partners. We recommend Dr. Gloria Montiel who teaches and has helped develop the CGU Allies of Dreamers certificate program. Bio here and contact here: gmontiel@post.harvard.edu Please reach out to the CEC to receive support to use your own consultant. You must also be in touch with Pitzer’s Advancement office if you wish to seek out grants for Pitzer.

Remote Tutoring: Harvey Mudd’s Homework Hotline is live – students (of any ages) and their parents can call in to ask questions about homework help and be walked through problems with college student assistance. Harvey Mudd is also willing to help Pitzer students/ faculty establish their own remote tutoring programming as well.

Additional Community-Based Free Resources

CEC/ CASA Online Teaching and Engagement Resources: CEC and CASA staff have assembled a number of resources, forums for sharing, and have developed new avenues of support for faculty, students, and partners during this time. Please see below:

Broader Online Teaching and Engagement Resources:

Intentional Wellbeing Practices (can be practiced with students, partners, families, friends, and colleagues):

CARES Overview Related to 403b and Special Check from the Federal Government - 04.10.20

Dear Staff and Faculty,

I am sharing with you the attached information (English/Spanish) from The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) about the recent federal stimulus legislation (the CARES Act – Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act). The law provides for some flexibility around loans or distributions from qualified retirement plans like Pitzer’s Academic Retirement Plan (ARP). The message points below provide further details.

Generally, to be eligible for these benefits, an employee must be a person: 

  • Who is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a CDC-approved test;
  • Whose spouse or dependent is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a CDC-approved test; or
  • Who experiences adverse financial consequences as a result of:
    • being quarantined, furloughed or laid off, or having work hours reduced due to COVID-19;
    • being unable to work due to lack of child care due to COVID-19;
    • closing or reducing hours of a business owned or operated by the individual due to COVID-19; or
    • other factors determined by the Secretary of the Treasury.

If you need additional information please contact TIAA at www.tiaa.org or 888-842-7782.

Thank you and stay safe!

Deanna Caballero
Assistant Vice President
Human Resources and Payroll Services

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - 04.01.20

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires the Federal government to provide all of its employees with paid sick leave and, for employees who are covered under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Documents

The Claremont Colleges & TimelyMD - 03.23.20

Availability of Campus.Health for The Claremont Colleges Students

The Claremont Colleges have contracted with TimelyMD, a provider of online medical and counseling services, to offer a telehealth option to all TCC students — undergraduate as well as graduate — to expand and supplement services currently available at Student Health Services and Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services. Campus.Health makes it easy for students to get quality medical and mental health care online or from their phone, anytime they need it.

Students now have access to Campus.Health, which provides 24/7 medical and mental telehealth care for all students, at no cost! To get started, visit Campus.Health. Register now and use the service when you need it.

Campus.Health offers the following unlimited free visits with student-focused, licensed physicians and counselors:

  • 24/7 access to on-demand medical care
  • 24/7 access to TalkNow emotional support
  • Accessible from any location within the United States on any smartphone or web-enabled device
  • This is a pilot project that will be available to students until mid-June 2020

To use Campus.Health services, students should:

  • Visit the Campus.Health website or
  • Visit the Apple or Android stores to download the free TimelyMD app
  • Set up profile and at checkout, enter institution’s customized coupon code: PITZER2020

Other notes and features:

  • Students will see the name, picture, location (by state) and credentials of the provider
  • An average medical visit will have a 5 minute wait to speak with a provider; the consultation will average 5-10 minutes
  • An average TalkNow counseling visit may have a 5 minute wait time; 30 minute consultation
  • Students may invite a parent or trusted advisor to participate
  • Follow up notes will be sent by the provider to the student when the visit is complete
  • All federally-protected rights to privacy will be observed. However, in the case of a life-threatening mental health crisis, a student’s dean may be notified.
  • This service is live now, and students may access it at any time.

FAQs

Q. Who can use Campus.Health?
A: Any enrolled, full-time student in The Claremont Colleges.

Q. What services are available?
A. 24/7 medical or immediate therapy (talk to a mental health provider about anything, after-hours or on weekends).

Q. How much does a visit cost?
A. It’s free! There is no cost to full-time students.

Q: Can Campus.Health diagnose COVID-19?
A: Campus.Health will virtually assess symptoms and administer frontline care in a contained environment to limit the spread of illness. They will also give recommendations on need for testing vs. self-quarantine, and where to go if testing or further care is needed.

Remote Medical Support for Staff & Faculty with Medical Insurance - 03.23.20

March 23, 2020

TO: Anthem Blue Cross Advantage/Lumenos and Kaiser Permanente Members

Remote services are available to Anthem and Kaiser members for non-emergency medical, mental health, and prescription needs. We encourage you to click on the hyperlinks below to learn about these services which allow you to get support through your computer, phone or other mobile device. No driving and no waiting at an urgent care center. Get care quickly and easily!

Note About Costs: Be aware that some of these services, such as online medical appointments through the LiveHealth app (Anthem), involve a copay as would an in-person appointment. Anthem Members: Please review the COVID-19 press release below as Anthem has provided temporary waivers for most costs associated with most services related to the virus at this time.

Anthem Blue Cross LiveHealth OnlineThis app provides you a doctor 24/7. LiveHealth Online lets you talk face-to-face with a doctor through your mobile device or a computer with a webcam. Use LiveHealth Online for common health concerns like colds, the flu, fevers, rashes, infections, allergies and more. It’s faster, easier and more convenient than a visit to an urgent care center.

Frequently Asked Questions (LiveHealth)

COVID-19: Temporary Cost Waiver for Diagnositic Testing and 90-Day Waiver for LiveHealth Services (press release)

Kaiser Permanente Telehealth: Services include phone or video appointments, communicating with your doctor by email, online health assessments, and a health care hotline for advice. No matter which option you choose, your providers can see your health history, update your medical record, and give you personalized care that fits your life.

Questions and Assistance: If you have questions or need assistance accessing these services, please contact the TCCS Benefits Administration staff at Benefits@claremont.edu or (909) 621-8151.

We hope these services provided by our medical plans provide you with the flexibility and resources you need during this time. We wish you and your loved ones good health!

Office of Human Resources and Payroll Services | Pitzer College

HR@pitzer.edu  | (909) 621-8254

Update from The Claremont Colleges Library - 03.14.20

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students of The Claremont Colleges,

In response to the decision of The Claremont Colleges to move their courses online, the Claremont Colleges Library is identifying and taking necessary precautions to protect our community, while still continuing to provide critical library services in support of the research, teaching and learning activities of our Colleges. In this effort, we are working closely with The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) and the Academic Deans Committee.   

Unfortunately, starting Monday, March 16, the Library will be closed to all visitors other than Library staff critical to on-site operations.  Please understand that this was a very difficult decision that was not made lightly–but one we felt was important, given the evolving situation with COVID-19 and our concern for the health and wellbeing of our staff. While the Library proper will be closed to all visitors, Connection, the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration (OCAC), and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will still be open and accessible. Please use the South entrance of the Honnold/Mudd building to reach them.

Although we will be closed to all visitors, our Library staff will continue to work to support you in the following ways:

  • Borrowing materials: We are developing a plan for mailing physical copies of books we own or need to purchase, and we will implement a scan-on-demand service for Special Collections, course readings, and the general collection, within fair use guidelines.
    • Items that are currently checked out: Loan periods for current loans will be extended until September 30, 2020.  With this in mind, and to conserve space in our book bins, please try to hold on to your materials if you expect to be back on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.  
    • Students who will have graduated or faculty who will have moved to other institutions by the 2020-2021 academic year may return their books by mail at the Library’s expense via the mailing address below. More information on how to do so will be provided in the coming days.
      • The Claremont Colleges Library, Attention Library Circulation, 800 N. Dartmouth Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
  • Databases and access to e-resources: Please note that over half of our collections are accessible electronically.  All of our online resources will still be accessible.  Many publishers are also announcing that they are opening access to their online materials; some materials we did not previously have access to may now be available. 
  • Course readings: Library staff will work closely with faculty to provide students electronic access to course readings in their entirety or in part.  We will be reaching out to faculty in the coming two weeks to share access options.  Please note that, effective immediately, students will not be able to check out print course readings. 
  • Resource Sharing (ILL): We will aim to acquire resources requested electronically and obtain articles and book chapters for titles we do not own.  For the foreseeable future, the library will not borrow books or media from other libraries.
    • If you have an ILL book checked out please hold onto it and the Library will request renewals from the lending library on your behalf.
  • Remote Research Assistance: Faculty, staff and students may meet with librarians virtually using Zoom, email, or chat. You can contact or schedule an online appointment with a subject librarian at https://library.claremont.edu/librarians/
  • Remote Online Library instruction: Faculty may still arrange for their classes to meet with librarians virtually via Zoom.  You can request an instruction session via the Library website at https://library.claremont.edu/request-an-instruction-session/
  • Retrieving items from Library lockers: Faculty and students may contact libraryusers@claremont.edu to arrange a time to retrieve their items from our Library lockers. 

Again, please understand that the decision to close access to the Library was a very difficult one to make.  For additional information about our Library services, I encourage you to refer to our special FAQ website at https://library.claremont.edu/coronavirus/

Many thanks for your patience in these ever-changing times.

Take care and stay well,

Janet Bishop
A.J. McFadden Dean of the Claremont Colleges Library