March 9 Community Update: Personal Travel “Areas of Concern”

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We’ve received questions from several of you regarding the community message sent March 9 asking about how the College defines “areas of concern” in relation to personal travel—particularly during Spring Break. As a reminder, Harvey Mudd has canceled all College-related travel until further notice.

Since this is a rapidly changing situation, we are relying primarily on the CDC’s travel page to identify countries of concern. In addition, there are many cities in the U.S. that are seeing increasing numbers of cases, and we expect that as testing becomes more prevalent, these numbers will continue to grow. We cannot guarantee that a country won’t rise to being a Level 3 concern while you are traveling there or that U.S. cities won’t call for quarantines during the time you are there. We continue to look to local public health officials and to the CDC for guidance.

Johns Hopkins has been doing wonderful work mapping the spread of the virus around the world, including cases diagnosed in the U.S. If you are unsure about the number of cases diagnosed in areas you plan to travel to, you also can refer to their website for updated data.

As we have said before, Los Angeles County or the City of Claremont have the right to order the College closed at any time. We continue to monitor the situation closely and to plan for an eventual shift to online coursework should it be necessary.

All my best,
Dr. G.

Anna K. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students