Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
We hope that you had a restful winter break and that you found opportunities to reconnect with friends and family over the holidays—remotely or in person wherever possible. As we prepare to begin the spring 2021 semester, we wanted to update you on how things are progressing in Claremont. In our Dec. 7, 2020 community message, we shared that given the current rates of infection in LA County, the spring term would begin remotely on Jan. 25.
At the time, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) was proposing a waiver program that would have allowed some campuses to return to in-person instruction, albeit with residency limits. We had hoped to be able to bring some students back to campus at some point in the spring semester. Unfortunately, given that LA County is still seeing a significant level of community spread combined with increasing numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, this simply isn’t realistic. We believe we can best serve our community and alleviate unnecessary challenges to our students and their families—as well as to our faculty and staff—by making this decision now. Since the financial aid packages given to students this fall assumed that they would be on campus for the spring 2021 semester, the Office of Financial Aid will work to revise the spring 2021 financial aid packages to reflect this change.
As we’ve said from the beginning, our primary focus is on providing an outstanding educational experience while ensuring the safety and well-being of all members of our community. As much as we would love to have students, faculty and staff back on campus this spring, we believe the safest course of action is to remain remote for the entire spring semester until the level of community spread in our area is under better control, our local hospitals are not overwhelmed, and there has been more time for widespread vaccinations.
We plan to host a number of Inside Mudd events in the coming weeks to answer your questions and to provide opportunities for you to share your concerns. Please watch your email inbox for invitations. We are so sorry not to be able to see everyone on campus this spring, and we look forward to the time when we can all be together to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff.
Maria Klawe, President
Karen Angemi, Director of the President’s Office and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Thyra Briggs, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid
Andrew Dorantes, Vice President for Administration and Finance/Treasurer
Anna Gonzalez, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Timothy Hussey, Chief Communications Officer and Assistant Secretary to the Board
Hieu Nguyen, Vice President for Advancement