Important Return to Campus Information for Students (1/13/22)

Dear Students, 

I am looking forward to your return to campus, even as we face the challenges of the Omicron surge together.

I encourage you to move into the residence halls starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 15 through Monday, January 17, though I understand some students will opt to move in later. In light of flight cancellations and other potential logistical challenges, please don’t wait too long.

To conduct testing before in-person classes begin, we will need everyone to return by January 26. Please let us know when you plan to return by completing this questionnaire, allowing us to accurately track your COVID-19 testing on campus and exempt students appropriately.

Details for Move-In This Weekend

Unless you are moving back to Oasis or moving into a new room you can simply return to your housing from fall starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 15

If you are a spring semester Oasis resident or are moving into a new room, you will need to pick up your key at Smith Campus Center just outside Edmunds Ballroom.  

  • Saturday, January 15: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 16: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Access to Harwood Storage   

  • If you left items in Harwood storage for Winter Break you may retrieve those items between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 15 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 16.  

Pre- and Post-Arrival COVID-19 Testing

  • If you can obtain one, please take a COVID-19 test (preferably PCR) at most 48 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival to determine if it is safe for you to travel. If positive, isolate for 10 days prior to arrival and follow instructions in my January 10 message
  • All students must begin mandatory weekly testing at Tranquada or Walker Lounge within 24 hours of arrival on campus. 
  • COVID testing will not be available on campus on Saturday, January 15. All students who arrive on Saturday must test on Sunday, January 16 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Tranquada or Walker Lounge. 
  • Regular COVID testing hours will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, January 17 at Tranquada and Walker lounge locations. 

Study Spaces & Campus Access

We recognize students on campus need convenient areas to take their online classes and to study. Pomona has extensive outdoor seating/community space throughout campus, and we have placed large tents on Bixby Plaza and the former Oldenborg parking area as additional options. While we encourage the use of outdoor spaces whenever practical, we also are providing access via ID card to these indoor areas:

  • Lincoln/Edmunds Hall first floor lounge areas 
  • Smith Campus Center Fireside Lounge 
  • Smith Campus Center Doms Lounge 
  • Estella Laboratory Common Space 
  • Oldenborg Dining Room 

Honnold Library also will be open, as will the Claremont Colleges bookstore.  

Other academic/support space only will be accessible to students if prior arrangements are made with Facilities & Campus Services to meet an academic requirement.

Dining

  • Dining will begin with brunch on Saturday, January 15.  
  • The Coop Fountain will be closed for the first two weeks of the semester to provide greater staffing support to Frank and Frary dining halls.  
  • Through the end of January, we will be converting dining operations to grab-and-go meals. All-day hours will continue at Frary. Indoor seating at Frank and Frary will be limited; we have expanded outdoor seating capacity for dining and encourage students to take their meals outdoors.   

Temporary Operational & Safety Restrictions

  • Staffing levels (and normal response time) in campus operations may be impacted by shortages, including some triage of services in Student Health. 
  • Most events will be postponed or shift to take place virtually during remote learning. 
  • No guests, including students from other 7C campuses, will be allowed in residential halls until January 31 as we work to maintain lower population density indoors.   

Requests for Room Changes

A three-week room freeze is in effect as we continue to welcome back students who were not here in the fall and finalize allocation of space. You may request a room change beginning the week of February 7 but space is limited and a room change is not guaranteed.

Booster Vaccines

All students are required to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines. All students who are eligible should obtain a booster by January 18 and upload their information. We will provide additional details on the booster requirement in the coming days. 

Isolation Procedures    

  • We are currently still requiring a 10-day isolation period and centralizing isolated students in designated rooms. Students who test positive at roughly the same time may be isolated together.  
  • In accordance with new public health guidance, we are preparing in the weeks ahead to provide antigen tests on the 6th day of isolation (or the following Monday if the 6th day is during the weekend) and if the student tests negative, they will be released from isolation. The antigen test will be provided by Student Health Services and the testing process will be supervised by a medical professional.   
  • Students will not be released from isolation based on an unofficial antigen testing process (for example, a self-administered home test.) 

Upgraded Masks

  • Revised guidelines from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health prohibit the use of cloth masks effective January 17.  
  • Beginning January 18, we will provide a limited number of three-ply surgical masks to students.   
  • We encourage students to bring surgical masks or N95 or KN95 masks with them for the spring semester.  

Some Important Dates

(Please note: tuition, withdrawal and prorated fee information)

  • JAN. 17: Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Administrative Offices including Housing and Residence Life are closed. 
  • JAN. 18: Spring semester begins; classes will be conducted online through Jan. 28. 
  • JAN. 31: Last day to add a course. Last day for course fee refunds. 
  • MARCH 10: Last day to drop a course 
  • MARCH 14-18: Spring Break 
  • MARCH 25: Cesar Chavez Day holiday 
  • APRIL 15: Last day to withdraw from classes voluntarily
    Full academic calendar

I look forward to seeing you in the days ahead as we begin a new semester.

 

Respectfully, 

Dean Hinkson