Updated April 7, 2020

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

In line with national and state measures, good public health practice dictates that the College reduce the number of people on Pomona’s campus as much as possible. 

Students remaining on campus will be able to stay through the semester but will need to adhere to public health requirements that allow for only essential travel (this should allow for purchase of essential items) under the new stay-at-home orders. Maintaining social distancing and limiting back-and-forth travel between various settings are crucial steps in this public health crisis.

Remote instruction began on March 30 and classes will continue online through the end of the semester. Commencement originally scheduled for May 17 has been postponed for the fall, and the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) has been suspended.

In this fast-moving situation, we know faculty, staff and students will have many questions, and we have begun to answer them in our FAQ. We will continue to provide additional details as soon as we have them. 

Most Pomona staff members are now working remotely. We understand there are details to work out, and we’ve begun to answer questions in our teleworking FAQ. It is the intention of the College to pay the staff member’s full work schedule regardless of the workload.

Staff or faculty members diagnosed with coronavirus or told by a medical professional they may have it should contact Human Resources Assistant Vice President Brenda Rushforth at brenda.rushforth@pomona.edu. Students should contact Dean of Students Avis Hinkson at avis.hinkson@pomona.edu. Our reporting FAQ has more information about case notifications and guidelines for the College. 

It bears saying again: Anyone who is ill should not come to work. Any student who is ill and still on campus should stay away from others. If you have a fever together with a cough and/or respiratory trouble please treat the situation as though you have the virus, contact your healthcare provider and self-quarantine.

We are deeply grateful to our entire community for your endurance and adaptability in the face of today’s difficulties. We will be working continuously to help get our community back to a sense a normalcy when this crisis has passed by, and we are truly thankful for your help.

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

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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