Updated July 14, 2020.

Pomona College continues to take measures to support public health efforts in response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The coronavirus continues to spread rapidly both in our region and in much of the nation. In Los Angeles County, the virus is taking off among young people, who account for half of the new cases, and the numbers bring growing concerns about more spread to the most vulnerable. In this unfolding emergency, we will not be able to bring students back to campus in the fall.

Instead, we are channeling the College’s resources into:

  • Strengthening and refining our remote education
  • Taking steps to support students in challenging situations, promote educational equity and reduce financial strains
  • Preparing the campus for the more realistic possibility of at least some students returning to Pomona for spring semester

The first day of instruction for fall will be Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, one week ahead of the traditional start date. Under the new schedule, undergraduates will complete all coursework by Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Final exams and assessments will be completed by Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

For more information, please see the College’s latest update to the community.

In this fast-moving situation, we know you will have many questions, and we have begun to answer them in our FAQ. You can also find information for students, staff and faculty in these FAQs. We will continue to provide additional details as soon as we have them. 

As the coronavirus continues to spread in communities in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends to take precautions. It is also important to work against discrimination and rumors.

Important Additional Steps You Can Take

  • Avoid contact with others if feeling ill and symptomatic.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). 

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