CGU continues to monitor the pandemic situation daily. The information below represents current planning and may change. CGU is determined to support the academic progress of our students while ensuring the health and safety of the entire CGU community.
Summary for Students (Updated August 21)
Please read the entire page for complete details and information, and check back as this information may be updated at any time in accordance to current health recommendations.
- CGU will implement an Online Flex option in which all classes will be conducted fully online except for labs, studios, practica, one-on-one tutorials, and research studies that require hands-on work and physical access to campus spaces.
- Eligiblity for on-campus activity is subject to CGU approval and to CDC, state, and county health and safety guidance.
- Students can find out more about how their individual classes will meet by checking the CGU Class Schedule.
- Classes such as these that have an in-person requirement will have social distancing measures in place, and classrooms and high-touch surfaces will have increased cleaning protocols.
Returning to campus:
- You must be pre-approved to return to campus. If you are approved to return to campus, you will need to complete a brief online training program before doing so and sign a Return to Campus Agreement.
- While on campus, you will have to follow certain contact tracing procedures and complete a daily health screening form.
- View the training video, access forms, and review other procedures that must be followed when returning to campus.
While on campus:
- In general, masks are required on the CGU campus.
- Please provide your own mask. There will be masks available for purchase on campus if you don’t have one.
- For every day that you are on campus, you will need to fill out a digital survey that will be used for contact tracing if necessary. Only CGU Human Resources staff will have access to this data, and it will be deleted on a monthly basis.
- Learn more about what you need to do if you’re on campus.
- COVID-19 testing will be available through Student Health Services.
- Check your temperature regularly, and don’t come to campus if your temperature is over 100.4 degrees, or you have a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, decrease in taste or smell, upset stomach – nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, or unexplained general muscle pain.
- Don’t come to campus if you have recently been around someone with any of the above symptoms or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 until you have at least spoken with SHS or your doctor.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, details about how to isolate and for how long before returning to class must be discussed with a medical provider (your doctor, SHS, Timely MD, TCC Contact Tracing Investigator, Health Department personnel). In most cases, you will need to self-isolate for no less than 10 days regardless of any test results.
- You cannot end isolation if you have had fever more than 24 hours before the 10 days is over, without being on any fever reducing medication, AND all symptoms are improving.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, let Alex Gaytan in Human Resources know as soon as possible. If you’ve been on campus in the month prior to your diagnosis, CGU will assist with contact tracing.
- CGU transferred many services for students to a digital environment to ensure continuity of all aspects of the university experience during COVID-19. These services will continue to be available virtually and in-person as health guidance permits.
- In addition, you can remain engaged through the Student Affairs Office, Academic Professional Development Offices, the Office of Student Engagement, and the shared resources of The Claremont Colleges.
Class Flexibility for CGU Students
At this time, our default for instruction will be online classes. As mentioned above, classes that have an in-person requirement will have social distancing measures in place, and classrooms and high-traffic areas surfaces will have increased cleaning protocols.
CGU online classes are designed to be as robust and engaging as the on-ground counterpart. Through the development and delivery of fully online degrees, CGU has invested in the technology and resources to ensure a quality educational experience in a fully online format.
Classes will begin on Monday, August 31 and the term will end on December 19.
Faculty and students participating in on-campus courses are encouraged to complete the semester through online learning following the Thanksgiving holiday. Your instructor will provide more details at the beginning of the semester.
Most classes have been structured with no more than two hours of continuous lecture/class times, with an extra hour of additional learning to be determined by the faculty member.
Returning to Campus
While most fall courses will be offered online, out-of-state and international students who wish to attend classes on campus but may not be able to arrive in time for the start of the semester will be given the opportunity to learn online. Students traveling domestically or internationally will need to quarantine for 14 days before attending in-person classes..
As we prepare for a new academic year, ensure you have taken steps to protect the well-being of the campus by updating your Medical History Report.
To protect your privacy, all medical forms and inquiries regarding exemptions to medical requirements must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and not to any other office at CGU. More information on the importance of immunizations is available via Student Health Services (SHS).
All staff, faculty, and students will be required to take a brief online program before returning to campus. The program will inform individuals about what to expect while on campus and the enhanced procedures being taken by the university regarding sanitizing, social distancing, and more. Additionally, the training will outline what is expected of all individuals returning to campus, including the use of personal protective equipment. At the conclusion of the training, students, staff, and faculty will acknowledge and will be expected to adhere to the CGU Return to Campus Agreement.
The following page contains the full procedures for returning to the CGU campus: CGU COVID-related Procedures for Faculty, Staff, and Students Visiting Campus
Preventive Health Measures
Before returning to campus, all CGU students and employees will be pre-screened for information related to prior COVID-19 testing, potential exposure, and travel. All CGU community members will be required to complete a brief online program and questionnaire before returning to campus. Included in this program will be a thorough explanation of CGU safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as outlining the expectations of those returning to campus. CGU will follow CDC guidance pertaining to quarantine requirements for individuals traveling domestically or internationally.
Everyone will be required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in CGU buildings. Face coverings will also be required in outdoor community spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. Students need to provide their own face coverings. Face coverings will be available to purchase on-campus if needed.
Classes have been scheduled in rooms where social distancing is possible for the expected number of students. Please note that classroom changes may become necessary at the beginning of term as enrollment is finalized. Some classes may be held outdoors.
Students and employees should monitor their temperature each day they are on campus. If their temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, they should stay home and seek health advice. All community members planning to be on campus are asked to fill out a Qualtrics survey daily so that we can use this information for contact tracing if necessary. Only CGU Human Resources staff will have access to this data, and it will be deleted on a monthly basis.
Sneeze guards and plexiglass barriers will be used in high-frequency visitor areas, touchless technology will be used where possible, and social distancing will be observed.
All CGU buildings will receive a thorough cleaning with medical-grade products followed by a fogging system cleanse prior to occupancy this fall. The university will implement increased cleaning protocols, including daily cleaning of classrooms with two additional cleanings of high-touch surfaces. It will also provide cleaning and sanitizing supplies in all classrooms.
All students have access to Student Health Services and Monsour Counseling Center. Also, The Claremont Colleges is offering Campus.Health—free telehealth/online medical and counseling services to all TCC students—to expand and supplement services currently available at SHS and MCAPS. Campus.Health makes it easy for students to get quality medical and mental health care online or from their phone, anytime they need it. To get started, visit Campus.Health.
Any student who feels ill or has any symptoms aligned with COVID-19 should not come to campus. Please contact Student Health Services or your doctor for advice and possible testing.
Testing will be available through the Student Health Services for any student who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Students may also visit their personal health provider for testing. CGU has staff available to support contact tracing as needed.
Student Health Services is finalizing plans to secure COVID-19 testing capabilities and will provide such testing to any local students based on meeting their guidelines-based criteria for testing students. At the university’s request, students will agree to COVID-19 testing. In the event SHS does not have this capacity, SHS will provide students with information for current public health and private testing options.
All CGU students have access to Campus.Health, which provides 24/7 medical and mental telehealth care, at no cost.
If you have tested positive or been directly exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, please isolate yourself from others immediately and seek advice from Student Health Services or your doctor. You must isolate for no less than 14 days before returning to campus.
The CDC notes that people with COVID-19 can stop isolating themselves when they’ve been fever free for 72 hours – that is three days after the fever ends. Please note: This is without the use of fever-reducing medication. The fever-free state should accompany an improvement in respiratory systems, such as coughing and shortness of breath, and should be at least seven days from the onset of initial symptoms.
To support the overall health of our community, we request that any student that tests positive for COVID-19 AND who has been to campus in the previous month, notify CGU Human Resources, email@example.com.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been directly exposed to someone else that has tested positive should inform CGU Human Resources as soon as possible. Human Resources staff will conduct contact tracing, identifying all persons with whom you may have had contact with while on the CGU campus.
CGU takes a holistic approach to the health and wellness of our students. We believe that student success encompasses the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of all our students.
The following student services and offices will be available to students. Be sure to check the Student Services web page for updated information.
Student Life, Diversity & Leadership (SLDL) focuses on creating programs geared toward academic success, peer mentoring, and enrichment opportunities for professional, personal, and leadership development while recognizing that diversity is integral to the achievement of excellence. SLDL also encourages students to get involved in clubs and organizations on campus. SLDL also works closely with all international students to provide the services and support necessary to make their time in the U.S. successful. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule an appointment. For questions related to international services, please contact email@example.com.
The Registrar’s Office is committed to maintaining the accuracy, integrity, and privacy of CGU student records; to ensuring compliance with CGU policy and higher education regulations; and to facilitating administrative processes for students, faculty, and CGU’s academic programs. For any assistance, they can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-621-8285.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has developed several academic and operational continuity resources to help support online learning and teaching as well as remote work. An overview of these resources can be found on the academic continuity website.
If you have any questions about technology, systems requirements, how to gain access to the internet including information about companies providing free internet services for a limited period, please visit the academic continuity website for resources and contact information.
OIT provides technical assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be reached at email@example.com or by calling 909-621-8174.
The student services of The Claremont Colleges Shared Services (TCCS) provides programs, support, and services to enhance students’ academic and psycho-social needs.
The Claremont Colleges Library supports the seven institutions comprising The Claremont Colleges consortium. The library partners with faculty, students, and staff to provide a vital physical and digital center for research, teaching, learning, and other forms of intellectual engagement.
Health experts say that being outside lowers the risk of coronavirus transmission, and students are encouraged to take advantage of CGU’s outdoor spaces. Additional outdoor spaces will be designated for students to study, dine, and socialize, while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Student Engagement and Success
While much of the CGU campus remains closed, there are still ways for you to remain engaged through the Student Affairs Office, Academic Professional Development Offices, the Office of Student Engagement, and the shared resources of The Claremont Colleges. For more information, please visit the websites below. All of these offices are hosting virtual webinars, as well as holding individual appointments through zoom. These services will continue to be available virtually and in-person as health guidance permits.
The Office of Student Engagement is a cross-functional, integrated unit, that supports new and continuing CGU graduate students and advances success initiatives. If you need to get connected to campus resources and/or need assistance but don’t know where to start, you can schedule a virtual appointment with the Office of Student Engagement or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric has numerous online programs that will support you throughout the academic year. Schedules and sign-ups can be found at cgu.edu/write.
Preparing Future Faculty’s programming and services are offered online, including online appointments, events, and training webinars.
The Career Development Office’s programming and services are being offered online, including online appointments, webinars, and virtual events. Schedule an appointment and see our events in Handshake.
The International Scholars Program (ISP) is an English for Academic Purposes program specially designed for non-native English-speaking international students who are almost ready for graduate study.
Visit the CGU events calendar, or look out for the weekly “Start Your Week with CGU” newsletter emailed each Monday. In addition to the weekly events, this expanded newsletter will feature videos, news, and podcasts that can entertain and educate you and your family. Be sure to also follow CGU on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube if you don’t already!