Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
The Council of Presidents of The Claremont Colleges met Tuesday, January 4, to discuss plans for returning to campus for the spring semester, particularly in light of the challenges we all face as the Omicron variant drives positive case numbers up in LA County and around the world. After discussing how we can continue to offer in-person instruction while keeping our community safe, the Council has decided that we will ask faculty and students to pivot to online instruction for the first two weeks of the semester, with students living on campus in their residence halls.
This transition will provide additional time for everyone to return to Claremont, particularly those students who face challenges getting approval for travel visas or those who test positive for COVID-19 and need to isolate before their return to campus. As was the case last fall, students should anticipate restrictions on social gatherings for the first few weeks of the semester. The Student COVID-19 Advisory Board will meet to discuss these social guidelines and communicate them with students before move-in. Students will be expected to test regularly as we did during the fall semester. Additional information on our isolation and quarantine procedures will be sent soon from Dean Marco.
Faculty members can expect an update from Dean of Faculty Lisa Sullivan and their department chairs soon. We appreciate your flexibility in making adjustments to your courses to accommodate this change during our first two weeks back on campus.
Council will meet again Friday, January 21, to assess where things stand after the first week back on campus—including positivity rates across the colleges—and will discuss what additional measures might need to be taken or what measures might be relaxed at that point.
While this is not how any of us hoped to begin this new semester, please know that we remain committed to offering in-person instruction as soon as it is feasible for us to do so and that we all look forward to being back on campus together. We thank you all for your patience as we all continue to navigate these challenging times together.
The President’s Cabinet
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, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer
Timothy Hussey, Chief Communications Officer and Assistant Secretary to the Board
Hieu Nguyen, Vice President for Advancement
Lisa Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Marco Antonio Valenzuela, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Joseph Vaughan, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Computing and Information Services