CARES Act Information and Reports - 06.26.20

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

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.

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):

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