Updated July 1, 2020

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

Whether classes begin in-person, online or through a hybrid approach, the first day of instruction 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 conducted remotely and completed by Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

We will evaluate next steps through the lens of public health, and also through our liberal arts values that lead us to response to new data and craft creative answers to the world's great challenges. We expect to announce our plans for fall semester within the next two weeks, as we consider the most up-to-date information available and consult with experts and stakeholders in our community.

Whichever path we take, we are committed to continual innovation in how we teach, for the benefit of our students and the wider world we know they will go on to change. We are grateful to our faculty for their work this summer in adapting their teaching and courses to engage students in new ways for the world we are in right now.

We also know this uncertainty creates challenges for our entire community. We are committed to coming through this with strength, compassion and love. 

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

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. 

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. Students should contact Dean of Students Avis Hinkson. 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. 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.

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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