CMC Returns:
Fall 2020 Update

The Fall semester is underway and we’re together like never before. As we settle into the semester our commitments remain to immersive, personalized, reimagined courses and experiences, leadership programs, individualized support, expanded opportunities, strong financial mitigation, health and safety, and continuous communication.

Academic Innovation

Universal design has been our mantra for months and CMC Faculty have taken advantage of enhanced educational technology training while reimagining their pedagogies. Small group discussions, renowned expert speakers, new technology for research projects, innovative student engagement opportunities, and redesigned coursework allow us to deliver on our educational mission.

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Student Engagement and Community Support

Robust student-led programming with CPB, ASCMC, DOS, the CARE Center, campus clubs, organizations, and affinity groups to build community, purpose, and play. Comprehensive, FYG student-led orientation experience to welcome our Class of 2024. Off-campus room and board support for students on financial aid, including necessary technology and books. Peer success consultants with a focus on virtual learning skills. Individualized support and family training in mental health. One-on-one dedicated career coaching through the Soll Center for Student Opportunity. Reimagined virtual Athenaeum program with world class speakers and moderated discussions.

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Faculty and Staff Support

Enhanced educational technology and training for teaching, research, and student engagement. Tutorials, workshops, and one-on-one coaching with experts for expansion of the virtual, instructional tool kit. On-site medical support (including rigorous screening, accessible testing, and quick results). Support for continuity of work. Extended childcare benefits to address K-12 schooling challenges.

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Community Resources and Financial Mitigation

Increased financial aid to mitigate COVID-19 impacts on students and families. Need-based monetary allowances for housing and meals. No increase in tuition. Significant investments in technology and advanced instructional design. Responsible limits on hiring, salaries, and spending; targeted budget cuts and other mitigation efforts.

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Health and Safety

While we are holding the fall semester online, we’ve developed rigorous health and safety guidelines and protocols. In our planning efforts for the fall, we consulted and retained experts in campus health, epidemiology, and infectious diseases. We’ve established an on-campus medical office and tracers case management.

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Staying In Touch

Continuous communication during the fall semester. Student and family forums. Faculty and staff meetings and town halls. Website and FAQ updates. 

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CMC Returns for Spring

The College has also invested significant time, talent, and resources into an adaptable restoration plan for on-campus residential and academic life. We are fully confident in this plan, and if permitted, we are prepared to implement it in the spring semester.

This would include: implementation of on-site testing, contact tracing, and quarantine for our community; the protocols for physical distancing, face coverings, and enhanced cleanings on campus; the reduction of density through expanded housing and dining options, greater use of the outdoors, and the universal design of our curriculum for any combination of in-person and virtual learning.

Additionally, by committing to a signed CMC Agreement, we are confident our students will embrace their institutional and civic responsibility to protect the community’s health and adapt to a reimagined way of living and learning on campus.

“Now, more than ever this semester, we draw on the core values that distinguish CMC, the singular strengths that propel us forward, the learning commitments that help us persevere when it is difficult to carry on.”

Hiram Chodosh
CMC President

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Dean of Students
Virtual Office Hours

First-Year Students
Every Tuesday through Aug. 24

Returning Students
Every Thursday through Aug. 24 

Fall Semester Key Dates

Aug. 3-7
Returning student registration

Aug. 10-13
First-year student registration

Aug. 24
First day of classes

Nov. 24
Last day of classes

Nov. 30 - Dec. 4
Final Exams

CARES Act

The College received funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more about how those funds were distributed to CMC students.

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Additional Resources

Please see the following for COVID-19 updates for  Los Angeles and the state of California, in addition to federal resources listed below.

The Claremont Colleges Services