CMC Returns
Claremont McKenna College
COVID-19 Summary Update

Most students will arrive for move-in as scheduled on January 16-17 in advance of the first day of classes on Tuesday, January 18.  To reduce the chance of exposure during the earliest stages of our return, the following adjustments will be made for the first two weeks of the semester.

  • All instruction will move online
  • Collins Dining Hall will offer grab-and-go options to avoid large congregations
  • No guests from other campuses will be allowed inside residence halls or student apartments
  • In addition to showing evidence of a negative PCR test taken prior to arrival, students must quarantine in their room after moving in until they have another negative PCR test from Hamilton Health Box. See below for additional details.
  • Vaccinations and booster: Remember, you must have proof of vaccination and booster uploaded to the vaccine documentation portal by January 15. The forthcoming COVID Compliance Committee update will have resources about booster eligibility dates based on your vaccine type or a recent a COVID diagnosis. Other questions can be directed to Hamilton Health Box at covid19@cmc.edu.

The College continues to monitor conditions daily, and consult with public health officials, the CMC medical team, and 5C leadership. We will continue to update you and appreciate your patience and support as we navigate this together.

General Information and Policy Questions

Was the decision to have classes online for 1-2 weeks made by CMC, the 5Cs, or the County?
This was a decision made jointly by the Presidents Council, which comprises the presidents of each of the Claremont Colleges.

Is it possible that we will return home? after the first two weeks?
We do not anticipate sending students home or conducting the semester online. Our goal is to resume in-person teaching as soon as conditions allow.  As noted above, all classes will be held online for the first two weeks of the spring semester (to be relaxed in week 2 if conditions improve).  The Presidents Council will monitor conditions and plans to provide an update by January 21.

Should we stay online for an extended period of time, would dorms still be open for students?
Yes, CMC looks forward to welcoming students back in residence for the duration of the spring semester.

Will athletics continue during the first two weeks while classes are virtual?
The vast majority of CMS student-athletes have already moved in and created a baseline amongst themselves and are part of ongoing surveillance testing. CMS student-athletes are also submitting to additional requirements as imposed by the SCIAC and NCAA to ensure the highest level of risk mitigation. Club sports will resume once those athletes have returned and also tested negative. This holds true for other club and organization activities outside of athletics.

Are non-sports teams (clubs such as Mock Trial, Model UN, debate, and any other group that travels for a non-athletic competition) be permitted to travel, and if not, is there an expectation as to when that will resume?
Currently, travel is not uniformly restricted; however, clubs and organizations who anticipate travel should notify the Dean of Students Office to discuss. If approved, all travelers must participate in a pre-departure meeting, and the organization’s leadership should request that meeting for the group (deanofstudents@cmc.edu) no less than 1 week prior to departure. In that meeting, students will be reminded about COVID protocols for pre-during-post travel. Should new travel policies emerge, new restrictions may be imposed. Booking refundable flights is highly encouraged.

Will CMC offer the possibility of online classes so that international students can remain in their home countries?
CMC’s primary course delivery is intended to be in-person in spring 2022.

How have county guidelines changed from last semester to require this response?
The COVID-19 positivity rate in Los Angeles County is currently over 20%. The Claremont Colleges have made decisions we believe will help reduce the spread of infection in our residential community so as to not overwhelm our isolation housing stock and to protect students, faculty, and staff, especially those who are immune-compromised or in other high-risk categories. Staffing shortages due to COVID infections and high student positivity rates stress the entire system.

Given our distance from Los Angeles, why do LA County COVID cases matter?
We are primarily concerned about case rates among the 5Cs, but we are located within LA County and must be responsive to local health conditions as well as county regulations. Moreover, while students reside primarily on campus, that is not the case for employees and their families.

What are the plans and backup plans for after the two weeks?
The Presidents Council is meeting on January 21 to assess conditions and will update the community that evening about any relaxation of the online learning mandate in place for the first two weeks of the semester.

In the case of a rising number of cases, what will the plans for campus closure be?
CMC does not intend to close its residential program this semester.

COVID-19 Health and Testing

Will COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be mandatory?
Yes. In addition, booster shots are required for all students by January 15 or within 15 days of eligibility, and vaccination and booster shots are now required for eligible faculty and staff by January 15 (or 15 days from eligibility).  The portal to upload proof of vaccine is vaccine documentation portalStudents who qualify for a vaccine exemption will be required to be tested for COVID-19 twice weekly, free of charge. Please contact Nyree Gray, Associate VP for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Civil Rights Officer (ngray@cmc.edu) if you would like to discuss your particular situation.

Am I required to get the booster by January 15 if I was recently infected?
HHB advices that, generally, if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, you can still get your booster. There is no time restriction unless you are immuno-compromised or have received monoclonal antibody infusion as treatment for your infection. In that case, the booster is recommended at least 90 days after the treatment. For everyone else, HHB recommends waiting out the 10 days of your isolation order, and making sure most of your symptoms have resolved before getting your booster. If you believe you need an extension, please email covid19@cmc.edu with a letter from your physician, and they will evaluate the requests case-by-case and get back to you shortly.

If I tested positive 14 days before going back to school, do I have to quarantine?
If you contracted COVID-19 within the past 90 days, and have not already notified HHB, please upload your Positive test result/definitive diagnosis from an MD/Physician here. The HHB team will let you know when you should resume regular weekly testing. If recently diagnosed, you will be permitted to move in without a negative PCR and should show the email correspondence with HHB at check in, in lieu of a negative test result. While reinfection is less likely for those recently recovered from COVID-19, Omicron is less predictable in that way, so while you are not required to quarantine, please refrain from close contact with others for 2-3 days after arrival to ensure you do not develop any concerning symptoms.

What time during the week will HHB COVID testing be open for the first two weeks? Will it be the same as fall semester (8AM – 12PM) or during the entire day (into the afternoon)?
Beginning January 17, testing will be available M-Th, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM at McKenna Auditorium..

A recent email stated that only surgical masks or N95/KN95/KF94-type masks will be acceptable. Will CMC provide masks in classrooms or possibly provide students with a starter box, since these types of masks are expensive and difficult to find?
Medical grade surgical masks that have three or more layers of tightly woven or non-woven material are acceptable and comparatively less expensive than respirator masks. Here is an example. Students are encouraged to get a supply of these masks before returning to campus, but the Dean of Students Office has also secured a large supply for any students who need a starter kit or ongoing support to maintain their mask supply. DOS also has a limited supply of respirator masks including KN95s that can be provided upon request.

Are you pushing back the booster deadline since campus will be on lockdown and students can arrive later
The booster deadline is still January 15. If you cannot access a booster where you are located, you may receive it with HHB or a local pharmacy upon arrival in Claremont. LACDPH currently recommends a booster dose five months following a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months following the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine; a booster dose of any of these three vaccine types can be received safely, irrespective of which type you originally received, though Pfizer or Moderna are preferred over Johnson & Johnson based on their efficacy. If you received a WHO-authorized vaccination outside the United States, LACDPH recommends you receive a booster dose of any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine six months following your second dose.

Why do students need to quarantine even though we know we are coming to school with a negative test, and are vaccinated, and have received a booster?
Because students will be arriving at varying times from many locations, we want to limit in-person social interactions for several days after each arrives to reduce spread. Among early arrivals, there were several cases of COVID contracted during travel to school, suggesting this brief waiting period may help.

Were any CMC students hospitalized directly because of COVID last semester?
Generally speaking, students were not so sick as to need significant medical care due to COVID-19.

Is there any evidence that in-person classes are causing the spread of COVID-19 on campus?
Classroom spread with the delta variant was not prominent last semester. Omicron is far more contagious. It remains to be seen, once classes are in-person, if there is evidence of classroom spread.

Will CMC consider making weekly testing optional, just for those who have symptoms and want to get tested?
The Claremont Colleges have decided to continue weekly testing. While asymptomatic persons may not be ill, they are still able to transmit to others. Fully vaccinated/boostered individuals will test once weekly. Others will test twice weekly.

Given that the risk of multi-variant reinfection is potentially high (i.e. a person can catch delta, recover from delta, then catch omicron within the span of weeks) how will the college ensure this is being monitored since current policies do not require that students who have recently recovered from COVID-19 test during a 90-day window?
Researchers are assessing what the reinfection rate of omicron is, and we continue to review all COVID related developments published by the scientific community. For now, we will continue to enforce all the current policies to mitigate the risk of on campus transmission: mask wearing, social distancing, online classes for the first week with the possibility of extending it to two weeks, weekly testing and required vaccination. We will continue to update our best practices as new information is available, and we will community any changes to our CMC community.

Are vaccination expectations standardized across the 5Cs?
Yes. Students at all of the Claremont Colleges are required to be vaccinated and boostered to return to campus.

What about testing?
Students are asked to complete a daily health screening every morning. CMC will provide students a free diagnostic test if they have been exposed to COVID‐19 or have symptoms. Please contact CMC’s onsite COVID services clinic at covid19@cmc.edu or (909) 607‐2301 with any questions. As a reminder, please report any COVID exposure or symptoms to HHB or via the health screening tool on Qualtrics. If you are experiencing any symptoms, even if you are vaccinated, we ask that you stay in your room and immediately report to HHB, to prevent possible spread.

Expanded testing hours are:

Expanded surveillance testing (walk-in) hours are:

Winter Break Schedule
Monday (Jan.10) to Friday (Jan.14)  10:00am – 1:00pm (McKenna Auditorium)
Saturday (Jan. 15) – 12:30pm – 3:30pm (The Children’s School)

Spring Semester Schedule (effective Monday, January 17)
Monday to Thursday – 7:30am – 2:00pm (McKenna Auditorium)
Friday – 8:00am – 12:00pm (The Children’s School)

What are the safety requirements for unvaccinated faculty, staff and students on campus?
The College is requiring that all unvaccinated faculty, staff and students receive a COVID test twice a week. These individuals are required to wear a mask indoors unless in their room or alone in an office with the door closed. The College monitors compliance, and failure to meet these requirements is subject to disciplinary action.

Is CMC able to verify the vaccination records that students, faculty, and staff submit?
Yes. Throughout the summer, HHB worked diligently to validate COVID-19 Vaccination Records by assessing the following indicators: Cross checking with patient records within California’s Immunization Registry, International Vaccine Lot # Codes, and examining markers of authenticity for government agencies issuing the record, both within United States and internationally. HHB and CMC have high confidence in its level of vaccination verification.

QUARANTINE

Because students will be arriving at varying times from many locations, we want to limit in-person social interactions for several days after each arrives to reduce spread. Therefore, in addition to showing evidence of a negative PCR test taken prior to arrival, students must quarantine in their room after moving in until they have another negative PCR test from Hamilton Health Box (HHB), which will be open for testing all week. That schedule will be shared via email by the COVID Compliance Committee and also provided to you upon arrival. While in the quarantine period, you are required to:

  1. Mask anytime you are outside your room.
  2. Avoid leaving your room for non-essential reasons outside of getting meals or isolated exercise outdoors.
  3. Eat alone. The indoor dining areas will not be open at the start of the semester, so students will get their food to go at Collins, the Hub, and the food trucks.
  4. Assume that you are positive for COVID and minimize the number of people with whom you are in close contact.

What type of face masks are acceptable?
Per the LA County Guidelines, acceptable face masks include surgical grade masks, KN95 masks and N-95 respirator masks. If you are using a face shield, you are still required to wear a face mask.

Where can I find information about COVID testing and vaccination requirements for traveling to the United States?
International travel requirements and recommendations for entry to the U.S. come from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and can be found on the CDC website.

What if I am not able to get a booster vaccine by January 15 due to accessibility in my current location?
Students who do not have access to a booster vaccine in their current location will be able to receive a booster vaccine through Hamilton Health Box or a local pharmacy upon arrival to campus. Please email covid19@cmc.edu if you are not able to receive a booster vaccine by January 15.

What if I am not able to get a booster vaccine by January 15 because my booster eligibility date is later?
Students have two weeks from their date of eligibility to receive their booster.

Will international students in the U.S. be able to access treatment for COVID-19 under student health insurance?
Yes. International students will be able to use the SHIP coverage for COVID-19 treatment.

CMC COVID Visitor Policy

To reduce density and potential spread, until further notice, the Colleges will not be allowing guests from other campuses inside their own residence halls or apartments.

Are there enhanced cleaning protocols to reduce COVID-19 outbreaks in the residence halls?
Yes. There are strict cleaning protocols in place to support the health of our community. This includes increased cleaning of all common spaces and shared surfaces, especially in the residence hall bathrooms and lounges. To meet the enhanced cleaning requirements in these high transmission areas, it was necessary to reallocate building attendants’ work load; therefore, students, rather than building attendants, are responsible for cleaning their own residence hall room. Basic cleaning supplies and vacuums are available for check out with the Resident Assistants living in each building.

Masks and Face Coverings

Per Los Angeles County policy, everyone 2 years of age and older must wear a mask in all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and public and private businesses, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks in CMC housing
Regarding residence halls and apartments, masks are not required inside your individual residence hall room or apartment with no one other than your roommates. Those areas are considered your “household”. However, masks are required once you are with others or exit that private/semi-private space and enter into common areas in residential spaces including hallways, bathrooms, elevators, lounges. When you leave your room/apartment place a mask on when still indoors. If others enter your room, or you enter someone else’s room, you must all put on a mask.

CMC dining halls and food venues
Masks are required for entry and any time you are not actually eating in all dining halls and food venues. You are permitted to remove your mask indoors when you are actively eating or drinking, alone in a separate room, or within your “household” room/apartment. We prefer that you eat outside whenever possible. Please physically distance to the extent possible in the dining hall.

Classroom settings
Masks are required in all indoor classrooms.  A faculty member may require masks in outdoor classroom settings, as well; if so, this will be indicated on the syllabus. Students may not eat or drink in classrooms. If a student refuses to follow these policies, the instructor may ask them to leave the classroom and will report them to the Dean of Students Office. If a student refuses to leave the classroom, the instructor may call Campus Safety who will notify the Dean of Students Office and assist them as needed to escort the student out.

What type of face masks are acceptable?
Per the LA County Guidelines, acceptable face masks include cloth masks, surgical masks, and N-95 respirator masks. If you are using a face shield, you are still required to wear a face mask.

A recent email stated that only surgical masks or N95/KN95/KF94-type masks will be acceptable. Will CMC provide masks in classrooms or possibly provide students with a starter box, since these types of masks are expensive and difficult to find?
Medical grade surgical masks that have three or more layers of tightly woven or non-woven material are acceptable and comparatively less expensive than respirator masks. Here is an example. Students are encouraged to get a supply of these masks before returning to campus, but the Dean of Students Office has also secured a large supply for any students who need a starter kit or ongoing support to maintain their mask supply. DOS also has a limited supply of respirator masks including KN95s that can be provided upon request.

Quarantine and Isolation

What happens if I get COVID-19 while I’m at CMC?
Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by Hamilton Health Box for instructions, which will generally include moving to College-provided isolation housing or isolating in place for a period of time, usually no more than 10 days.

Is it possible for students to test out of isolation at day 6 per LA County guidelines?
Yes. The guidance from LA County is that everyone with COVID-19 must isolate for at least 5 days. How long you have to isolate after that depends on whether you have symptoms and if you get a negative follow-up antigen test after day 5. Hamilton Health Box will let you know what your isolation period is, and when you’re eligible for antigen testing to potentially reduce your isolation time.

Rules and Compliance

Can there be more disciplinary actions to punish students who don’t abide by rules (meeting in large groups, not wearing their masks properly)? It seems as though many have adopted more lax mindsets over the last semester, so how can it be assured that students will follow guidelines?
Any violations of COVID-19 protocol and policies will be referred to the student conduct process and sanctions will be assigned based on a number of factors including the severity of the transgression, impact on others, any prior conduct record, etc.

What are the consequences for missing required weekly surveillance tests?

  • 1st missed test – written conduct warning and reminder of requirement
  • 2nd missed test – conduct probation and meeting with DOS staff member to discuss any barriers to compliance and coach student on plan for not missing any further tests.
  • 3rd missed test – parental notification, Restorative Practices Reflection Questions Paper assignment
  • 4th missed test – immediate suspension from the current semester

Students will be permitted one make-up test opportunity, which can be taken on Friday. They must request the make-up test appointment with covid19@cmc.edu, and if granted, they will be tested at the Hamilton Health Box Clinic at an assigned time.

Will there be enforcement of mask wearing in dorms and other indoor spaces like the Hub, computer labs, study rooms, etc. this semester?
Students, faculty, and staff are required to follow the face covering requirements outlined by CMC and LA County.  At this time, medical grade masks are required in all indoor settings (except in your own residential space).  We empower each person to notify any others who may not be compliant. In addition, non-compliance with mask requirements should be reported to the DOS. Non-compliant students will be subject to the Student Conduct Process.

What (if any) measures will CMC take to stop parties and congregations in the first few weeks of the semester to limit COVID spread?
There will only be smaller gatherings permitted the first few weeks of the semester and no large registered events.  As is our normal protocol, any unregistered events will be shut down. There won’t be any 5C parties the first few weeks of the semester.  The Student Deans Council will review the situation in early February.

Will students be allowed to go off campus during the two-week period (after clearing quarantine) and afterwards?
Students’ movements will not be restricted to campus after the quarantine period. However, we strongly encourage students to remain on campus, practice physical distancing, wear the required medical grade masks, and reduce exposure to others who may be unknowingly infected – regardless of location.

Moving In

If I can’t find a PCR test at all in my area, how do I move into CMC? Do I have to wait at home until I find a PCR test? This may take more than three weeks into school.
Students who absolutely cannot find a PCR test or are scheduled to arrive before their test result has been received due to lab delays, should contact deanofstudents@cmc.edu. DOS will help troubleshoot with you, and determine next steps.

What should I do if my PCR test comes back positive?
If you test positive for COVID-19 prior to arrival, do not come to campus. Please email covid19@cmc.edu with your positive test result, and they will work with you to establish your adjusted arrival timeline.

I recently had COVID-19 and was told I am likely to continue testing positive on PCR tests for some time. Can I still move in? Am I exempt from regular weekly testing?
If you contracted COVID-19 within the past 90 days, and have not already notified Hamilton Health Box (HHB), please upload your Positive test result/definitive diagnosis from an MD/Physician here and contact covid19@cmc.edu. If recently diagnosed and past your isolation period, you will be permitted to move in without a negative PCR and should show the email correspondence with HHB at check in, in lieu of a negative test result. HHB will let you know when you should resume regular weekly testing.

Can we remain at home until classes return in person?
Although classes will start online on January 18, we ask that all students return to campus no later than January 23, and preferably sooner, so we can establish baseline testing and start to reestablish our residential community. Students with significant extenuating circumstances who require some flexibility in move-in date may email deanofstudents@cmc.edu to make those requests. may approve you for late arrival, no later than January 30. If approved, you should let residentiallife@cmc.edu know when you plan to return. If the situation improves dramatically, it is possible that faculty could choose to teach in-person beginning January 24. Students should factor this into their request to return after January 23 . It is students’ responsibility to be in touch with their faculty if they are going to miss class for any reason.

Is there a need to directly email anybody about move-in plans or is it ok as long as I check in on the right time slots in the email sent on Jan 6?
Unless already approved for an early arrival, students can move back to campus and check-in with the residential life team outside of Story House at the following dates and times. You do not need to notify DOS if you are arriving during these times:

Sunday, January 16, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, January 17, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday-Friday, January 18-21, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday, January 22-23, noon – 5:00 PM

My flight lands after the check-in times. Can I still come to campus that night?
If you arrive after check-in time, you will need to call Campus Safety to request key service: 909-607-2000. The responding Public Safety officer will key you in. Then you can check-in the next morning with residential life at Story House to get your card encoded.

Why are we required to quarantine until we get another negative PCR test after arrival?
Because students will be arriving at varying times from many locations, we want to limit in-person social interactions for several days after each arrives to reduce spread. Therefore, in addition to showing evidence of a negative PCR test taken prior to arrival, students must quarantine in their room after moving in until they have another negative PCR test from HHB, which will be open for testing Monday-Thursday from 7:30 AM-2:00 PM. While in the quarantine period, you are required to:

  1. Mask anytime you are outside your room.
  2. Avoid leaving your room for non-essential reasons outside of getting meals or isolated exercise outdoors.
  3. Eat meals outside, alone, or distanced from others The indoor dining areas will not be open at the start of the semester, so students will get their food to go at Collins, the Hub, and the food trucks.

Assume that you are positive for COVID and minimize the number of people with whom you are in close contact.

Academics

What is the academic calendar for the spring?

January
Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (observed)

Tuesday, January 18
First day of classes

Monday, January 31
Last day to add *
All course fees become final (PE, labs, art, music)

February
Wednesday, February 23
Low Grade Notice/Academic Advisory target date

March
Thursday, March 10
Last day to drop courses without record *

Monday – Friday, March 14-18
Spring Break (no classes in session)

Friday, March 25
César Chávez Holiday (observed – no classes in session)

April
Monday, April 4
Fall 2022 course schedule available on the portal

Friday, April 15
Last day to opt for CR/NC grading in elective courses *
Last day to withdraw voluntarily from a full semester course with a grade of “W”

Tuesday – Thursday, April 19-21
Pre-registration for Fall 2022

Monday, April 25
Senior Theses due by 3:00p.m.

May
Monday, May 2
Senior Thesis grades due to Registrar by 3:00p.m.

Wednesday, May 4
Last day of CMC classes

Thursday & Friday, May 5 & 6
Reading Days

Friday, May 6
Senior grades due to Registrar by noon

Monday – Friday, May 9-13
Final examinations

Saturday, May 14
Commencement

How will classes be taught in the spring?
Our goal is to resume in-person teaching as soon as conditions allow. To reduce the chance of exposure during the earliest stages of our return all instruction will move online for the first two weeks of the semester (to be relaxed in week 2 if conditions improve). We continue to monitor conditions and plan to provide an update by January 31.

Are office hours also mandated to be online until further notice?
Office hours will be online in the first two weeks of the semester. Online office hours will be arranged by each faculty member. When in-person instruction resumes, office hours may be in-person or online and faculty are encouraged to use outdoor spaces to convene with their students outside of class; to ensure everyone’s comfort, they have been asked to please let students know ahead of time if a meeting will be outside. We also urge students to talk to their professor or the Office of Accessibility services if meeting outside poses a health concern.

Can students still take classes at the other 5Cs this spring?
Cross-campus registration will continue per usual; however, each campus will decide for itself as to whether classes will be in-person or hybrid or fully online. We anticipate most if not all courses offered at the Claremont Colleges will continue to be in-person.

Is there a possibility that going forward, there will be modality differences between CMC students taking classes at CMC and those taking classes at one of the other 5Cs?  
All of the colleges will be online for week 1 of the semester, and likely week 2. Determinations past that date are to be determined, but CMC is committed to returning to in-person classes as soon as conditions allow.

When will Spring PE courses start?
Spring PE courses will begin January 31.

Will shared academic spaces be open?
We anticipate no change with shared academic spaces this spring (Crocker Reading Room, the computer labs, the Cube, the library, etc.) Masking requirements will be strictly enforced.

What is the due date for thesis?
Spring thesis is due April 25, 2022

What is the grading policy for academic year 2021-22?
The grading policy can be found in the CMC Course Catalog. Please note that starting fall 2021, all of the Claremont Colleges are on a 4.0 grade point system. Previously, CMC had been on a 12.0 grade point system.

Will the Athenaeum be open for in-person events?
The spring programming has been postponed by two weeks, with a new launch date of Monday, February 7. Speakers scheduled for the two postponed weeks will be rescheduled to later in the spring semester or deferred to the fall.

When will we receive instruction on how classes will be taught?
Professors will contact their registered students prior to January 18.

Is it possible to give professors the option to teach in person? I perform much better in an in-person class setting.
The Presidents Council will reevaluate the decision to offer courses exclusively online during the first two weeks of the semester at the end of week 1. Our goal is to resume in-person teaching as soon as conditions allow. Updates will be provided on January 21.

 

Academic Support Resources

Is there enough capacity in our network infrastructure to accommodate classes being online in the first two weeks?
In preparation for classes being online for a short time, CMC IT and TCCS IT have reviewed our network infrastructure to ensure there is enough capacity to support our students, staff and faculty. While capacity is one piece of the puzzle, we understand that wireless connections have not been very stable in the past. We’ve made a number of modifications to our wireless infrastructure to maximize throughput and coverage. Where you experience any gaps in coverage, we are also providing wired networking options. Please reach out to your RTA if you are concerned about the network in your room.

I usually get my books from the CARE Center NextRoom Book Loan Program. Will the program continue this spring?
Yes, the book loan program is active. We encourage students to contact the Dean of Students Office if they are interested in donating their books from the end of the fall semester to help populate the loan library.

Are there support resources available in the spring?
This has been a year of adjustment for all members of the CMC community. The Dean of Students and Dean of Faculty Offices remain prepared to help as we continue to work through this unusual year. Visit DOS for support resources to assist with issues such as: test anxiety, time management, managing your health and well-being, finding your voice in class, building relationships with faculty, sleep strategies, etc.

Are there resources for students who have faced trauma and loss due to the pandemic?
Students who have faced trauma or loss for any reason, including the pandemic, are supported by the College in a range of ways such as academic, financial, and mental health resources. Students are encouraged to reach out to the Dean of Students Office if they have specific concerns related to their continued transition back to campus. We ask that all students build a community of care for one another, as we will each return to campus with a set of lived experiences that should be honored and respected.

Virtual Learning

How can students sit in on classes that they are trying to get permed into? Will students be able to “shop” for classes like they would during in-person learning?
Students are encouraged to reach out the faculty teaching the class they hope to perm into to see how that instructor plans to handle perm requests. In some cases, faculty may provide a Zoom link to join the class while enrollment shifts are happening, or they may have other processes, which they can explain.

Are there accommodations for taking my virtual class when my roommate may be in an online class at the same time?
Students are welcome to use available outdoor tents and seating areas as weather permits. A number of classrooms will be opened with occupancy limits that allow students to distance and enough space to participate in class without bothering others or being distracted. That list will be provided by the Dean of Students prior to the start of classes. Honnold Library is another promising location for class.

Will Wi-Fi capabilities be boosted to support so much online activity?
In preparation for classes being online for a short time, CMC IT and TCCS IT have reviewed our network infrastructure to ensure there is enough capacity to support our students, staff and faculty. While capacity is one piece of the puzzle, we understand that wireless connections have not been very stable in the past. We’ve made a number of modifications to our wireless infrastructure to maximize throughput and coverage. Where you experience any gaps in coverage, we are also providing wired networking options. Please reach out to your RTA is you are concerned about the network in your room.

Will classes held in outdoor classrooms or those that normally meet outside be online?
All classes will be taught online for the first two weeks  of the semester (to be relaxed in week 2 if conditions improve).

Are office hours also mandated to be online until further notice?
Office hours will be online in the first two weeks of the semester. Online office hours will be arranged by each faculty member. When in-person instruction resumes, office hours may be in-person or online and faculty are encouraged to use outdoor spaces to convene with their students outside of class; to ensure everyone’s comfort, they have been asked to please let students know ahead of time if a meeting will be outside. We also urge students to talk to their professor or the Office of Accessibility services if meeting outside poses a health concern.

Is there a possibility that going forward, there will be modality differences between CMC students taking classes at CMC and those taking classes at one of the other 5Cs?
All of the colleges will be online for week 1 of the semester, and likely week 2. Determinations past that date are to be determined, but CMC is committed to returning to in-person classes as soon as conditions allow.

When will we receive instruction on how classes will be taught?
Professors will contact their registered students prior to January 18.

When we have outdoor classrooms and large auditoriums, why do we need to move online even for two weeks?
The COVID-19 positivity rate in Los Angeles County is currently over 20%. By moving the start of classes online and reducing social interactions, the Claremont Colleges have made decisions we believe will help reduce the spread of infection in our residential community so as to not overwhelm our isolation housing stock and to protect students, faculty, and staff, especially those who are immune-compromised or in other high-risk categories. Staffing shortages due to COVID infections and high student positivity rates stress the entire system. Our goal is to resume in-person teaching as soon as conditions allow.

Is it possible to give professors the option to teach in person? I perform much better in an in-person class setting. 
The Presidents Council will reevaluate the decision to offer courses exclusively online during the first two weeks of the semester at the end of week 1. Our goal is to resume in-person teaching as soon as conditions allow. Updates will be provided on January 21.

Accessibility Services

Will my accessibility (ADA) accommodations change this spring?
In most cases, students with existing accommodations should expect to maintain their accommodations in the spring. Students should check in with Accessibilty Services in the DOS office each semester to review their accommodations with the Assistant Dean. Email accessibilityservices@cmc.edu with any questions.

Athletics and Recreation

Will athletics continue during the first two weeks while classes are virtual?
The vast majority of CMS student-athletes have already moved in and created a baseline amongst themselves and are part of ongoing surveillance testing. CMS student-athletes are also submitting to additional requirements as imposed by the SCIAC and NCAA to ensure the highest level of risk mitigation. Club sports will resume once those athletes have returned and also tested negative. This holds true for other club and organization activities outside of athletics.

What will happen to CMS Athletics in the spring semester?
We expect to continue our full Varsity athletics program in the spring. Each program will adhere strictly to NCAA, SCIAC, LA County, and CMS guidelines for health and safety. If you are a student-athlete, please reach out to your head coach for the most up to date information on spring return.

Will fans be allowed at CMS Athletics Events?
CMS will continue to follow all state and county guidance regarding fans at athletic competitions as well as adhere to all SCIAC and NCAA Guidelines for a safe return. Spectators are welcome at all events within safety protocols.

Financial Aid and Campus Employment

My family experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. Can I apply for additional financial aid?
Yes, the Office of Financial Aid has an appeals process for such circumstances.

Will there be on-campus jobs this spring?
In-person CMC student-employment opportunities will be available this spring. As is normally the case, students have the opportunity to convert their work study “self-help assistance amount” to “self-help in the form of a student loan.” Students need to make a request in writing to the Office of Financial Aid in order to initiate this change.

For students seeking CMC employment, the Soll Center for Student Opportunity will post open roles as they become available. Students can also contact departments directly. Most opportunities can be accessed through Handshake, the Center’s online recruiting system. Please continue to reach out to the Soll Center for Student Opportunity and the Career Coaches for guidance and support.

Will the Research Institutes be active and hiring student employees?
Yes, the Research Institutes will be very active and will able to have student employees. Please visit the Research Institutes and Centers gateway and reach out to the Directors for more information.

How can students access emergency funds?
The College has limited emergency funds for academic year costs that fall outside the cost of attendance. Students can apply for the funds here.

Health Services and Insurance

Can students access general health services when they return to campus?
Student Health Services (SHS) will continue to be open this springl. Students should anticipate that medical services through SHS will be received on an appointment basis only. Same day appointment availability will be expanded to accommodate most students in a timely manner. SHS can be contacted at 909-621-8222. SHS also advises you to review their website to get more detailed information about the services provided.

Students will continue to have the option of using the contracted telemedicine service, 7C.Health. This no cost option is available to ALL students at The Claremont Colleges, regardless of whether they are living on campus, locally off campus or in a different part of the country. Please note that all telemedicine services will be provided through 7C.Health, not SHS.

Housing and Residential Life

When is move-in?
CMC’s college housing will open for move-in on Sunday, January 16 at 11:00 AM as scheduled. Students are expected to move-in between January 16-23. Please see the email from Dean Graves on January 6 for details on the move in schedule and check-in locations.

Are early arrivals going to be approved for athletic teams, student leadership groups, etc.?
Winter student-athletes are back and there are no adjustments being made to the return dates for spring student-athletes, nor students scheduled to return early for resident assistant training, Soll Center treks, or other pre-approved reasons.

Do we have to return back to campus or can we remain at home until classes return in person?
Although classes will start online on January 18, we would like all students to return to campus by no later than January 23, and preferably sooner, so we can establish our baseline testing and start to reestablish our residential community. Students with significant extenuating circumstances who require some flexibility in move-in date may email deanofstudents@cmc.edu to make those requests. DOS may approve you for late arrival, no later than January 30. If approved, you should let residentiallife@cmc.edu know when you plan to return. President Chodosh did indicate that if things dramatically improve, faculty could choose to teach in person starting January 24. Case rates are high, and it seems unlikely there will be in person classes until January 31, but students should factor this into their request to return after January 23.

Is there a need to directly email anybody about move-in plans or is it ok as long as I check in on the right time slots in the email sent on Jan 6?
Unless already approved for an early arrival, students can move back to campus and check-in with the residential life team outside of Story House at the following dates and times. You do not need to notify DOS if you are arriving during these times:

Sunday, January 16, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, January 17, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday-Friday, January 18-21, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday, January 22-23, noon – 5:00 PM

Where will students be housed if they contract COVID?
The College has isolation spaces reserved in two locations: 1) in College-owned houses adjacent to campus, and 2) in Alexan Kendry apartments.

Has there been an increase in places for positive-testing students to stay given the assumption that more kids will test positive this semester than the last?
We have increased our isolation housing capacity by adding additional isolation spaces, and also de-densifying some existing residential areas so that it will be possible for some students to isolate in place in their assigned residence location – which could occur if there is a significant surge in infection.

Will Roberts Pavilion be open during the first two weeks we are online? How can students safely work out?
Roberts Pavilion will be open and at this time regular operating hours are planned to resume on January 15th.  Students who have completed their quarantine period are welcome to work out at Roberts. As was true last semester, all will be required to wear masks at all times when inside of the facility. Prior to completing the short quarantine period, students should plan to work out outside.

Will Grubhub be used again for the food trucks to help reduce crowding at food trucks?
No, but a third food truck will be added to the rotation at lunch and dinner.

Are clubs going to be allowed to meet indoors in-person?
At this time, there are no restrictions on club meetings other than the existing requirements that all participants wear medical grade masks while indoors and gathering/meeting. Outdoor or virtual meetings are preferred for the first two weeks of the semester.

What are the options for people who know their mental health would greatly suffer while learning online and staying in the dorms? Could those people have the option to travel back to campus later once classes commence in-person, if they do at all?
Although classes will start online on January 18, we would like all students to return to campus by no later than January 23, and preferably sooner, so we can establish our baseline testing and start to reestablish our residential community.  However, students with significant extenuating circumstances who require some flexibility in move-in date may email deanofstudents@cmc.edu to make those requests.

What about dining options?
To avoid large congregations, all of the colleges will decrease indoor dining as much as practicable. At CMC, this means grab-and-go meals at Collins Dining Hall, the Hub, and on-site food trucks. We are adding heated outdoor tents on campus for convenience. Additional information to follow.

Will students from the other Claremont Colleges be allowed to visit CMC’s campus? Can my family visit me?
Until further notice, the Colleges will not be allowing guests, including those from other Claremont Colleges campuses inside their own residence halls or apartments.

Are non-sports teams (clubs such as Mock Trial, Model UN, debate, and any other group that travels for a non-athletic competition) be permitted to travel, and if not, is there an expectation as to when that will resume?
Currently, travel is not uniformly restricted; however, clubs and organizations who anticipate travel should notify the Dean of Students Office to discuss. If approved, all travelers must participate in a pre-departure meeting, and the organization’s leadership should request that meeting for the group (deanofstudents@cmc.edu) no less than 1 week prior to departure. In that meeting, students will be reminded about COVID protocols for pre-during-post travel. Should new travel policies emerge, new restrictions may be imposed. Booking refundable flights is highly encouraged.

Are RAs responsible to enforce health guidelines and to notify the Dean of Students Office of any students who choose not to follow them?
To avoid COVID-19 outbreaks, we will lean on all students to respect any rules related to health guidelines. Resident Assistants are important student leaders who will help reinforce these expectations, but we expect all students to self-enforce and to hold one another accountable for the health and safety of the community.

If I live in Alexan Kendry, will I have access to transportation to and from campus?
Yes. A shuttle service will run between Alexan Kendry and campus at regular intervals.

How will the College support a diverse and inclusive campus community, including at the Alexan Kendry Apartments?
Consistent with CMC’s mission and values, and in alignment with the President’s Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America, the Dean of Students Office and student leadership groups are committed to programs and policies that support all students, regardless of their housing arrangements. It is the responsibility of all members of our campus community to contribute to the vitality and overall inclusivity of our campus climate.

International Students

When do international students need to be back on campus?
All students are expected to be back on campus no later than Sunday, January 23, and preferably sooner, so we can establish our baseline testing and start to reestablish our residential community.

What if I am not able to make it to campus by January 23 due to flight cancellations or delays?
Students who are experiencing flight cancellations or delays that may prevent them from arriving to Claremont by January 23 should email deanofstudents@cmc.edu as soon as possible.

Will international students be able to take courses online for the Spring 2022 semester?
Our goal is to resume in-person teaching as soon as conditions allow.

Where can I find information about COVID testing and vaccination requirements for traveling to the United States?
International travel requirements and recommendations for entry to the U.S. come from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and can be found on the CDC website.

What if I am not able to get a booster vaccine by January 15 due to accessibility in my current location?
Students who do not have access to a booster vaccine in their current location will be able to receive a booster vaccine through Hamilton Health Box or a local pharmacy upon arrival to campus. Please email covid19@cmc.edu if you are not able to receive a booster vaccine by January 15.

What if I am not able to get a booster vaccine by January 15 because my booster eligibility date is later?
Students have two weeks from their date of eligibility to receive their booster.

Will international students in the U.S. be able to access treatment for COVID-19 under student health insurance?
Yes. International students will be able to use the SHIP coverage for COVID-19 treatment.

Will I need to apply for a new F-1 visa to return to campus?
All F-1 students will need a valid visa and Form I-20 (endorsed within a year) to enter the US. A new F-1 visa is required only if the visa will expire before entering the U.S. Your Form I-20 should be signed once per year by Chrystal Orozco (ccorozco@cmc.edu).

If I took general leave of absence during Fall 2021, will I need to apply for a new F-1 visa to return in Spring 2022?
As long as the F-1 visa currently in your passport is unexpired, you will not need to renew your F-1 visa to return to the U.S. after your leave of absence. You will likely need a new SEVIS record and Form I-20 from Chrystal Orozco (ccorozco@cmc.edu).

Mental Health Support

Should we expect any changes at Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)?
MCAPS will continue to offer the same amount and quality of counseling, assessment, crisis services and groups as they have in the past. At this time, MCAPS plans to have both, in person and virtual, therapy modalities.

To improve equity and timeliness of access to mental health services, MCAPS now offers a Rapid Access Initial Assessment. Every student at The Claremont Colleges requesting MCAPS services will be seen for a 20-25 minute appointment within a few days. During that appointment, students may be assessed as appropriate for brief, goal-directed therapy at MCAPS or referred out for long-term, more intensive, or more specialized treatment. MCAPS will no longer use a session-limit model where all students are entitled to 8 sessions specifically; rather, MCAPS will offer this Rapid Access Initial Assessment universally, with the goal of connecting each student as quickly as possible to appropriate mental health care. Brief therapy through MCAPS will be provided to those students who are appropriate candidates for short-term care.

To access services at MCAPS, please call 909-621-8202. For after-hours crisis services, which are available 24/7/365, the voicemail message will prompt you to press “1” to be connected to an on-call therapist.

How will psychiatry at MCAPS work?
Psychiatry appointments will continue to be offered, either in person or via telemedicine.

What 24/7 therapy options are there?
Students have access to two 24/7 on-demand supports. Both are free of charge.

ProtoCall: Connect with a counselor over the phone (909.621.8202 & Press 1)

7C Health: Students can access a licensed counselor through this web-based platform by clicking here: http://7c.health and signing up using their @cmc.edu email address. Students are able to take advantage of unlimited visits, though should be aware that these are not meant to be used in place of regularly scheduled, ongoing visits, meaning each time they log in, they may be connected with a different clinician.

If I’m currently seeing a therapist at home and want to find a new therapist in the Claremont area, what should I do?
Jess Neilson, Assistant Dean of Mental Health & and Case Management (jneilson@cmc.edu), serves as a connection point for those who would like to explore therapy or other emotional wellbeing options both on and off campus. For students who are looking to pursue mental health care options in the Claremont community, Jess can assist with relevant information and referrals.

Will CMC offer supplemental mental health counseling services and support resources as it has in the past?
Yes, CMC will continue to offer supplemental mental health support (either in person or via teletherapy) by contracting with a number of local therapists. A list of mental health resources can be found here.

Is there a process to follow if you are struggling? Yes, absolutely. Support services on campus are available and ready to work with you! The Dean of Students office provides support in a number of areas, including academic, mental health and emotional wellbeing, disability and accessibility services, social connectedness and more. The DOS staff can be reached via email or phone, and can help connect you to other campus resource offices as needed.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, you can reach a licensed therapist 24/7 either by phone (909.621.8202, dial 1) or video tele therapy (7C.Health).

If you are worried about a friend, you can let us know by completing our CMC Cares referral and someone from our office will reach out.

DOS also offers a range of health and well-being programs to develop academic, well-being, and life skills and strategies as you navigate life at CMC.

Soll Center for Student Opportunity

Career Services support and programming will continue to be available in both in-person and virtual formats. In the fall, students enjoyed employer interactions, virtual networking treks, our job shadow program, skills-building workshops, and alumni and parent networking panels. We are continuing the new coaching program where a dedicated career coach will individually connect with every student. We recognize that our sophomores have missed out on a whole year of on campus activities, so we will be designing additional programming to help bring them fully up to speed on anything they have missed during their first year at CMC.

What about employee recruitment?  
All employee recruiting activities such as interviews, networking events and information sessions, continue to be offered in-person or remotely.   

Tuition and Enrollment

I do not feel comfortable living on campus this semester. May I live off-campus?
Yes, students who would like to be released from their housing contacts can contact residentiallife@cmc.edu to request to live independently off-campus or at home and commute to campus for classes. Off-campus students must still test regularly with HHB and follow all guidelines on COVID mitigation when at CMC.

Will we be prorated room and board if we arrive later than Jan 17?
No. Campus is open and we welcome students to move back in starting January 16. Students may choose to move in a week later, but will not be prorated for room and board.

Will CMC offer tuition discounts?
No. There will not be tuition discounts for the semester.

Campus Cultures and Values

Throughout the summer, the working group discussed the importance of building a strong community that emphasizes a culture of inclusion among all the class years and students. This is all the more important since the first-year and sophomore classes have never experienced our residential campus before. We will work with ASCMC to coordinate “getting to know each other” events beyond those at Orientation to help all of our students acclimate to campus life and build their social networks and sense of belonging.

Some key values the working group identified as important for the student experience include:

  1. Support for freedom of expression and diversity of opinion
  2. Commitment to anti-racism and personal as well as collective accountability
  3. Respect for one another and an expectation to take care of one another
  4. Promotion of healthy relationships and the prevention of all sexual misconduct
  5. Respect for all faculty and staff
  6. Expressions of gratitude for building attendants, grounds crews, dining hall staff, and all staff whose work is of critical value to the student experience
  7. Respect for our campus and all its property

These Frequently Asked Questions  are subject to change as additional questions are added and as new or more informed answers emerge.