Residential Requirements in Response to COVID-19

These plans could change if the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updates their guidelines or due to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases on campus.

Last updated August, 2022.

Air Circulation and Residence Hall Ventilation

Currently, all guidance from the CDC and the LACDPH has not indicated any concerns with shared vents in living spaces. The main recommendation is to increase outside air circulation as much as possible by opening doors and windows wherever feasible. All College buildings have well maintained properly functioning ventilation systems and as long as social distancing is adhered to, we do not anticipate the spaces that have shared vents presenting health risks to our students.

Assistance Animals

As stated in the HMC Assistance Animal Policy, owners are responsible for the care and supervision of an assistance animal at all times. HMC is not responsible for supervising and caring for an assistance animal in the case that an owner is unable to do so. Students should work with Student Accessibility Services at ability@g.hmc.edu in regard to this issue.

Common Spaces

All common spaces, kitchens, laundry rooms, study rooms, and courtyards are open for students to use.

COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure

Students are required to notify the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) and Student Health Services promptly if they have tested positive for or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have, within the past 14 days, had close contact (close contact is defined as someone who was within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask) with someone who has tested positive for or has been diagnosed with COVID-19. If a student tests positive during the academic year, they are required to complete our COVID-19 Positive Information Form immediately after receiving their positive result.

If a student believes they may have COVID-19 or if they are experiencing signs and symptoms, they should immediately isolate and contact Student Health Services at 909.621.8222 and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) ASAP by calling the proctor on call to get a hold of the dean on call at 909.717.7183 or emailing dean_of_students@hmc.edu. See “Isolation and Quarantine” for further details about protocols students must follow after being diagnosed positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Unless a student has received an approved exemption, all students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You will not be permitted to move in if you have not communicated your vaccination plans to the College. In addition, you will be removed from courses if you have not uploaded your vaccination information.

Departure From Campus

Students are permitted to leave campus as there is no bubble for the fall semester. Students are permitted to visit the other 7C campuses or have visitors at HMC. Students will be permitted to exercise outdoors independently (e.g. jogs, runs, or bike rides) off-campus as long as they adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions including physical distancing and wearing face masks (requirements may vary by city and/or county).

Travel

Students should test within 72 hours if they travel.

Dining

Hoch Dining Hall

Cross campus dining (5C) will occur this semester and meal plans will be set and ready to start on Sunday, August 28 with brunch.

The Café

Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m. – Starting Monday, August 29.

Jay’s Place

Sunday–Thursday, 7 p.m.–1 a.m. – Starting on Wednesday, August 31.
Friday–Saturday 8 p.m.–2 a.m.

Emergency Response and Dean On-Call Protocol

On-call services from DSA and Campus Safety will still be available to students living on campus. In the event of an emergency, students can immediately contact the proctor on-call at 909.717.7183 or Campus Safety at 909.607.2000. In the case of an illness not requiring immediate emergency care, Student Health Services can be contacted at 909.621.8222.

HMC staff (including proctors and on-call staff) are not permitted to transport students for medical care and will not accompany students to the hospital. If an incident is life-threatening, or otherwise dangerous, and if hospitalization is necessary, students will be transported via ambulance and the student’s emergency contact will be notified.

Face Masks

Harvey Mudd College will fully pivot to becoming a “mask friendly” campus. This means that medical grade face coverings may be worn by anyone at any time on campus but are not universally required. You may wish to wear a face covering if you are uncomfortable with being unmasked, if you are immunocompromised, or if you have not been vaccinated, and you should feel free to do so. Please note that faculty may still require students participating in courses to wear masks, and masks may still be required when participating in indoor conferences or events at the discretion of the event organizers.

Guests

Guests are non-HMC students or non-enrolled HMC students. Residents may host a guest for a maximum of two nights per week. First, the host must gain approval in advance for their guest’s visit from their roommate and/or suitemates. The host should also notify their proctor of the identity of the guest and the duration of the visit, in case of an emergency. Hosts are responsible and accountable for their guests’ behavior while on campus. HMC residents may not host other HMC students as guests during “early arrival” times prior to the beginning of semesters.

Health and Wellness

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)

MCAPS is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for appointment scheduling. Students are expected to first call 909.621.8202 to determine with MCAPS whether an online or in-person meeting is appropriate to meet the needs of the student. MCAPS will have both in-person and online counseling available in the fall, and will continue to offer crisis counseling for students.

Student Health Services (SHS)

SHS will continue to operate during the academic year. Medical services through SHS can be received on an appointment basis. Walk-in appointments will not be allowed due to COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions. As a result, same-day appointment availability will be expanded to accommodate most students in a timely manner. SHS can be contacted at 909.621.8222. Review the SHS website to get more detailed information about the services provided.

Students may also choose to receive medical care through local community physicians, urgent care facilities, or hospitals that are covered in their network, utilizing their private medical insurance or Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Please contact your insurance company directly to verify that a provider is covered by your insurance plan prior to obtaining services.

7C Health

A resounding success in 2020–2022, 7C Health will continue at The Claremont Colleges in 2022–2023. Students can receive free, 24/7 health care from licensed providers through the online platform. You can sign up at 7C Health using your HMC login.

  • Medical (includes prescription access)
  • Mental health (TalkNow)
    • Unlimited on-demand counseling sessions
    • Expanded this year to also include scheduled counseling with the same provider (12 free sessions)

Isolation and Quarantine Procedures

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 it is critical that you stay in your room and contact the Division of Students Affairs (DSA) at dean_of_students@hmc.edu. Students experiencing symptoms should call Student Health Services (SHS) at 909.621.8222 to get evaluated. If COVID-19 testing is recommended, then it will be performed at SHS, along with any other testing and/or treatments recommended by SHS.

During Isolation and Quarantine

  • All students will receive surgical masks, regular check-ins from SHS and on-call deans, as well as information about what to do if their symptoms worsen or become dangerous.
  • Students will receive cleaning supplies to maintain their rooms and keep their bathrooms and common areas clean.
  • Meals, mail and medications will be delivered to all students for the duration of their isolation.
  • Students who are in isolation due to COVID-19 illness or exposure will be connected to the academic deans (academicdeans-l@g.hmc.edu) for support.

Lockouts

Residents who become locked out of their room should contact their proctor. If locked out Sunday to Thursday, after 10 p.m., and Friday to Saturday after midnight, students should contact Campus Safety at 909.607.2000.

Monkeypox

From Student Health Services:

Monkeypox is now also at the forefront of many people’s minds. We recently received an update from LA County Department of Public Health, and they have provided us reassurance that it is safe for us to bring students back to campus. There are a few additional things SHS wants to mention regarding monkeypox:

  • Based on their experience so far, LA County Department of Public Health informs us that transmission of monkeypox has occurred almost exclusively in situations involving close personal, skin-on-skin exposure, often during sexual activity where such exposure can be expected.
  • The risk of transmission from casual interactions such as sharing the same space as an infected individual or from a brief handshake are almost negligible, according to their expert guidance.
  • If you have a rash which is of concern for monkeypox, please know that you will be able to make an appointment to see a provider at SHS and if determined to be necessary, the provider will have an ability to collect appropriate specimens to send to the laboratory for testing.
  • LA County Department of Public Health has reassured us that at this time, there will be no requirement to move an individual with monkeypox into a separate isolation space.
  • The isolation which will be required will be contact isolation, meaning you should isolate any rash/skin lesions from others with the use of clothing or bandages which adequately cover these skin lesions.
  • SHS will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will provide updates to the campus community should our knowledge and guidance regarding monkeypox change.
  • SHS has also established a monkeypox webpage with some current facts. We will make updates there as well when new information becomes available.

Social Guidelines

As of now, there are no restrictions to social events or gatherings.  As stated above, these requirements could change if the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updates its guidelines or due to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases on campus.

Testing

Student are required  to test twice a week for  the first two weeks of classes as follows:

Monday: Classes of 2023 and 2024
Tuesday: Classes of 2025 and 2026
Wednesday: Classes of 2023 and 2024
Thursday: Classes of 2025 and 2026

The College will no longer require weekly COVID-19 testing during the semester, including for those students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated. For those members of our community who would like to be tested, free testing at Student Health Services is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (open during lunch) for those members of our community who would like to be tested.

Where do I get tested?

  • Saliva PCR testing will be provided by Shield T3 through Student Health Services.
  • Shield T3 tests can be accessed at Student Health Services in Tranquada, or at any of the vending machines located on each campus.  The COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machine at Mudd will be located in the Platt living room.
  • Visit the COVID Test Kit Webpage for full details on using and locating the machines including a video with testing step-by-step guidance.