Update for Parents on Harvey Mudd College Spring Semester Reopening

Dear HMC Families,

We’ve heard that some of you have questions regarding plans for Harvey Mudd College’s spring reopening plans as well as about mandatory PCR testing, social policies, etc. While we have been in regular contact with your students via email from December to early January, I wanted to share a few details with you directly. I also wanted to remind you of our Stay Safe @ Mudd website, which is a publicly available resource that includes all major messages regarding our COVID-19 response.

Some Key Things to Note

Remote Start and Move-In

The Claremont Colleges will begin the spring semester remotely on Jan. 18, and students need to return to campus no later than Sunday, Jan. 23, (preferably sooner if possible). This will allow us to establish our baseline COVID-19 testing. The residence halls will open on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 8 a.m. More info is available at Spring Return Update 2022 from ResLife.

Required PCR Testing

All students should receive a negative PCR test before arriving on campus. Students should submit their test results via the form PCR Test Results For Spring Semester 2022 before arriving. If your student cannot access a PCR test, please email ResLife@g.hmc.edu, and we will provide your student with additional instructions. If your student tests positive for COVID-19 prior to arrival, they should not return to campus until after their 10-day isolation ends and should email dean_of_students@g.hmc.edu. If your student received a positive lab test over the winter break, they should submit documentation (results from a lab, not a take home antigen test) to dean_of_students@g.hmc.edu. Unless exempted, students will be tested twice a week for the first two weeks of classes.

Booster Shots

Boosters are required for all students by Jan. 11. Students can upload their booster information by following these instructions: Uploading your COVID Booster record (PDF). If your student has an extenuating circumstance and you do not think they will be able to make that deadline, please email dean_of_students@g.hmc.edu.

Modified Quarantine

Because students will be arriving at different times from many locations, we will be limiting in-person social interactions during the move-in period. In addition to their negative PCR test taken prior to arrival, students must practice a modified quarantine until they have another negative PCR test from Student Health Services. During this time, students are expected to wear a mask anytime they are outside their room, avoid leaving their room for non-essential reasons outside of getting mail or meals or isolated exercise outdoors, and to eat in their rooms or outside. We will adjust social guidelines and after students test negative, we anticipate relaxing our guidelines to allow for limited socialization outdoors.

Dining Services

In light of the Omicron variant’s impact on spring semester planning, several modifications to dining and facilities access will be implemented during the first two weeks of the semester to help protect our community. There will be no eating in the dining hall during the first two weeks of class. Grab-and-go (green box) meals will be available to HMC students and live-on DSA staff only. Students will receive a green box, soup and beverage containers and snacks as well. The Café and Jay’s Place also will be open for students to get grab-and-go meals.

Closing

We understand this is a lot of information and that questions may still arise. If your student has any issues or concerns with moving in by Jan. 23 or has any questions about the policies from previous communications, please email ResLife@g.hmc.edu or Dean_of_Students@g.hmc.edu.

We encourage you to continue to monitor announcements where we will continue to provide updates to our community as we learn more from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We look forward to welcoming your student back to campus and to transitioning to in-person instruction as quickly as possible.

Thank you,

Dean Marco