Message to Students Remaining on Campus (3/20/20)

Dear Students,

I’m writing to provide an update on how things will work moving forward for students who remain on campus during this global emergency.

We now have on campus roughly 98 students -- a significant decrease from Monday, but still a substantial number to accommodate in light of fast-moving developments that will severely limit staffing. Last night, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County issued similar new restrictions. We will need to adhere to these new requirements as part of the statewide public health effort.

Here are additional details:

Where Will I Live?

Students living on campus right now will be able to stay at Pomona through the end of the semester. By Tuesday morning, all on-campus students will need to move into Oldenborg, which has the type of air circulation deemed healthiest for this situation, the better ratio of students per bathroom, is closer to the mailroom and Residence Life Office and has an industrial kitchen should we need to move dining operations into the building. Most importantly, every student will be able to have a single, which supports the essential social distancing requirements.

As noted previously, students need to pack up their belongings, as the storage company is moving through Oldenborg and will reach other buildings in the next few days. Room selection will be mindful of disability accommodations and roommate preferences. Please complete the formstack for the suitemate preferences by Saturday, 3/21 at noon. Key distribution will be on Monday, 3/23 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the HRL Office.

Key access will be limited to your current residential assignment until you are moved into Oldenborg.

Dining and Additional Details

All students remaining on campus must remain on the meal plan, which will offer brunch and dinner. Meals will be grab-and-go (though that may change if further public health restrictions make it necessary to do so). Meals will be available at Frary through Sunday 3/22 and then at Frank after that. We will seek to provide snacks in Oldenborg at some future moment. As students settle into the new locations, we will work to make sure people have access to personal items such as soap, toilet paper and menstrual products.

Prorated refunds of room and board will continue to be available to students who move off campus during this period. All student workers will continue to be paid, regardless of whether they are able to continue working. Laptops are available to those who need them through ITS; computer labs will be closed as we do not have the staffing to operate them.

Student Health Services and Monsour Counseling information will be updated on their website, and Aetna can be reached at (877) 480-4161. Our Off-Campus Therapy program is still operating.

In this emergency situation, students will need to adhere to some public health requirements that allow for only essential travel (this should allow for purchase of essential items) under the new stay-at-home orders.

In addition, per Gov. Newsom’s Stay at Home Order, students who leave campus overnight may not be permitted to return to live on campus until the college returns to normal operations. Maintaining social distancing and limiting back-and-forth travel between various settings are crucial requirements in this public health crisis.

Thank you for your flexibility during what I know is a very challenging moment for all.

With respect,
G. Gabrielle Starr, president
Robert Gaines, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college
Avis Hinkson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students