CGU Faculty and Staff,

CGU, along with the entire Claremont College community, is closely monitoring the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). As you know, coronavirus is now spreading within the United States, including California. The following guidance is designed to protect our CGU community as much as possible, as well as to do our part to inhibit the spread of the virus. As the situation is evolving each day, I encourage everyone to monitor the most up-to-date information from the CDC and public health agencies.

Domestic and International Travel
For work- or academic-related travel, CGU is restricting international travel to all countries identified as Level 3 by the CDC. If travel has already been pre-approved to or from Level 3 countries, CGU will work with staff and faculty to cancel the activity. Please note that travel to non-level 3 locations may not include layovers in Level 3 countries.

For travel planned to or through Level 2 countries, each case will be reviewed by the CGU cabinet. If these trips are non-essential, or the activity can be conducted via technology, please consider proactively canceling or postponing the travel.

For anyone planning to travel internationally for personal reasons—including travel over spring break—we strongly encourage you to review the latest travel-related notices from the CDC and U.S. Department of State to make sure you will be able to get into and out of the countries you plan to visit. This information is being continuously updated. Be prepared for situations and guidelines to change quickly.

  • Please stay actively alert to changes and developments that may affect your plans.
  • Monitor travel advisories daily, including potential restrictions on border crossings or closed borders. Countries you visit may decide to implement travel restrictions with very little notice, impacting your ability to return to campus.
  • Airlines may cancel/limit flights in or out of a country or region.
  • Additional quarantine measures may be applied by the U.S. and other countries.
  • Re-entry to the U.S. could be restricted.
  • Before returning to campus, CDC guidelines may require you to self-isolate depending on your travel.
  • International students and foreign nationals should check their immigration documents before leaving the U.S. If you are unable to return to the U.S. for the start of the quarter, your visa status may be impacted.

Event Guidance
Any CGU event planned through May 1, 2020 that includes or requires participants to travel to CGU from or through level 3 countries is to be canceled or postponed. Instituting a reduction of travel both to and from countries with widespread infection may help reduce the spread of the virus.

Individuals traveling from a country with a CDC Level 3 restriction should not visit nor attend any activity on the CGU campus until they complete a 14-day self-isolation immediately following their arrival in the United States. Per CDC guidelines, self-isolation is recommended for all people traveling from Level 3 countries whether or not they exhibit symptoms.

If you have questions as to whether or not your event falls within these parameters, please contact Provost Patricia Easton to discuss as soon as possible.

All other CGU-sponsored events that bring together large numbers of community members will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Leave from Work or Classes
In conjunction with recommendations from the CDC, we strongly encourage faculty, staff, or students who are not feeling well to stay home until you are free from fever or other symptoms of acute respiratory illness. Health officials have recommended that if you suspect you might be infected with the COVID-19 virus, you should call your healthcare provider’s office or the emergency room before going to seek treatment to ensure that appropriate procedures can be followed to minimize any risk of the spread of potential infection.

  • Faculty and staff should contact their supervisors to discuss any specific issues related to sick leave or family leave.
  • Students should call or email Dean of Students Quamina Carter.

Protect Yourself and Others
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds multiple times per day, especially after the toilette; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Questions and Updates
Please direct student queries as follows:
Students should contact their direct supervisor regarding work, for academic accommodations, and for general guidance.

Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor, or the appropriate CGU leader listed below, to discuss specific questions.

  • Director of Human Resources, Alejandra Gaytan
  • Provost Patricia Easton

The CGU leadership team, in conjunction with TCCS, is monitoring the situation daily. We will update you when there is a change in the guidelines outlined above.