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.

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

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

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.
claremont@bkstr.com

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