At an emergency faculty meeting yesterday, the Harvey Mudd College faculty approved a motion, and I agreed, to cancel classes on campus Monday and Tuesday, April 17-18. I want to assure you that the College did not take this step lightly.
Many of you know that this has been an extraordinarily challenging semester for our students. The faculty, staff and administration of the College are worried about student mental health and distress across a wide swath of our student body, as well as about overwork and exhaustion among our students due to the various crises we have been navigating through as a community.
We understand that canceling our classes affects the education of both our students and those from the other Claremont Colleges who are cross-registered in our courses. The faculty discussed these and other issues, and believes these steps are necessary to provide our students some breathing room and time to utilize counseling resources, provide alternative programming to further our campus discussions, and train our faculty to have the difficult conversations we need to have.
The staff in the Division of Student Affairs has been working to provide support to students, and we have put in place additional resources to provide counseling support as well as reiterated how students may access both on campus resources and those available through The Claremont Colleges consortium.
In closing, we thank you for your ongoing support of Harvey Mudd College and for your understanding. We want to assure you that providing a positive, safe and healthy living and learning environment where our students can pursue their education and thrive is of paramount importance to the College.
Harvey Mudd College