This spring semester, the Pitzer community will continue to fulfill the mission of “produc[ing] 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.
We are mindful of our communities, therefore we commit to:
Following CDC Guidance in Response to COVID-19
- Face Coverings
- Wear face coverings in accordance with CDC recommendations
- Physical Distancing
- Practice physical distancing (staying at least 6-feet-apart)
- Not share objects with others, when possible, to limit transmission.
- Follow CDC, local and state guidelines related to hosting or attending large gatherings on- or off-campus.
- 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
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. This also includes taking community action by cooperating with contact tracing efforts, testing, medical or Student Health Services instructions to quarantine or isolate. Before hosting or attending a large gathering, stop and think about the impact to the greater community and livelihood of essential workers, immunocompromised persons, underrepresented communities impacted by Covid-19 at a higher rate, and the potential consequences you may experience as a result.
- 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.
- Student Virtual Community Engagement Norms.
Keep online engagement as community-oriented as possible. First, we will not be limiting student speech based on opinion in any way; we want virtual spaces of engagement to be an inclusive space for people to connect with one another regardless of background, and to share the many ideas, thoughts, and feelings that are ongoing. Every student plays a critical role in creating community connections, and harassment, intimidation or bullying online, is against these principles of community. We ask that you follow the below community norms to ensure the best experience for all, especially during a time in COVID-19, as modified with permission from the Community Engagement Center’s People’s Pitzer community guidelines:
- Be respectful of one another. Acknowledge other viewpoints and their validity before responding. Make time to reflect or seek advice before posting something that you can’t take back.
- Strive to be constructive in how you engage with difference, and seek to understand. Personal attacks on another community member, as well as offensive language not directed at an individual, do not build bridges, nor are constructive towards finding a pathway forward in the pursuit of truth, knowledge, unpacking systematic issues, and finding collaborative solutions.
- Foster a sense of community. Avoid divisiveness and arguments based on character; focus instead on commonalities and understanding both sides of an issue.
- Respect vulnerability and be kind. This is a difficult time for many with the multiple ongoing pandemics, and everyone is doing their best to maintain a mindset and hold onto positive outlets that help with their resilience. Be mindful of this as you engage in spaces where others express difficult emotions or experiences that contribute to a curricular or co-curricular dialogue. Students deans are available daily for consultation and advice to unpack the sometimes complex nuances and issues students as leaders are grappling with. In the event of any concerns with targeted harassment, intimidation, or bullying, please contact the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore options and pathways forward.
Local, Off-Campus Students
Being a responsible community member will be critical to the health and safety of our community. Below are expectations that are required of local, off-campus students:
- All students who live off campus agree to cooperate fully with any contact tracing efforts of any of the individual Claremont Colleges or SHS.
- All students who live off campus must immediately report any positive COVID-19 test results to Student Health Services (SHS) regardless of the provider that conducts the test.
- 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
- All students who live off campus must provide updated address, emergency contact, and personal contact information to the College.
- Students will be required to update their contact information and physical address for spring semester on their Residence portal. This information will assist in our contact tracing efforts if the need arises.
- Students will be required to update their emergency contact and missing persons contact information on their MyCampus2 Portal. Once logged in, click “Student” on grey navigation bar at the top of the page, then click “Pitzer Student Info” and scroll down to “Missing Persons/Emergency Contacts Info” to update this information. Emergency contact information may be used to facilitate contact tracing efforts if students do not reply to direct outreach to the contact phone numbers on file with the College.
- Local off campus students should review the College’s guidance around medical amnesty and student conduct as it relates to COVID-19 here.
- Any student who lives off campus but engages the services of SHS, whether remotely or in-person:
- Agrees to cooperate with all SHS follow-up care and symptom monitoring efforts,
- Consents to the release of information by SHS to the College for the purpose of activating support measures deemed appropriate by the College, and
- Agrees to cooperate with the College in the provision of such support measures.