We have just completed a conference call for higher education institutions with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) during which LACDPH made it clear that colleges and universities will not be allowed to have students in residence except under very limited circumstances. As a result, we have decided to only offer remote learning for our students for the fall semester.
While this is not the outcome we hoped for, we have anticipated this possibility for some time now. Our faculty and staff members were already engaged in preparing for the possibility of remote learning only.
As you know, we have been working together for several months to develop detailed protocols we believed would allow us to open safely this fall as part of our #StaySafe@Mudd planning efforts. We will repurpose these plans and use them when we are allowed to reopen in the future.
The limited exceptions provided by LACDPH will allow us to provide housing to students who have no alternative residential options. Students will receive an email from the Division of Student Affairs in the coming days outlining the process for requesting off-campus housing options.
While we are disappointed not to be able to gather in-person in the coming weeks, we are committed to ensuring the deeply collaborative Harvey Mudd education you have come to count on will continue this fall, regardless of location. To our incoming first-year students and their families, we regret that your welcome to our community will have to be a virtual one, but we know that our faculty, staff, students and their families will do all they can to make you feel at home. These are incredibly challenging times for society, and we believe that now more than ever the world needs Harvey Mudd and the thoughtful leaders the College educates.
We invite all of you to make plans to join us at our virtual Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, August 25 (details to follow). Until then, we look forward to seeing you online this fall with the hope that we will all be together in person this spring.