Whittier College operations during Safer at Home period
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The Bookstore is open with limited hours.
The Whittier College Bookstore is open and you may check-in your rental textbooks in person. If you are no longer in the Whittier area, you may also choose to ship rentals back to the store via a free FedEx return label. There are two ways to obtain a Rental Return Label.
The Whittier College Bookstore is open. While the due date for rented books has not changed, the “non-return charge date” has been extended 15 days past your current return due date to allow time for your mailed book to reach the store. To avoid late charges, please have your book in transit by the due date
If you originally rented your textbook in the store, there is no option to buy or extend the rental on the website at this time. If you rented your textbook online, you have an option to buy or extend the rental on the website on the Rentals page.
The Whittier College Bookstore is open. Please contact the campus store to track your order.
Your item may be shipping from a location that has closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Your order will be filled when we are able to access that location again. Items that are in this situation are marked as “backordered” on the website. However, when you placed your order, the ship-from location may not yet have been closed or was in the process of closing so this backorder status may not have been displaying, check the item again now for confirmation.
The Whittier College Bookstore is open and you may purchase textbooks and supplies in person. You may also order from the bookstore website.
There are digital eBook options available for many titles available through the store website. See the textbook page on the site for details.
Yes, the Whittier College Bookstore is open and you may sell your books back. You may also sell back your books online (ship your books) through the “Sell Your Textbooks” link in the Bookstore site footer. On the Sell Your Textbooks page, refer to the Online section and click “Sell Your Textbooks” button.
Students currently living on campus will complete their move out by May 20th.
Students who need to come to campus to retrieve their items from their rooms will come between May 21 and June 14. A form was sent to all the students to indicated which day they are planning to leave campus or come to campus to get their items. Student will also likely be approved if they need to come earlier or later to retrieve their items based on extenuating circumstances
All residential students are required to complete the Residence Hall Exit Form by March 25. The residence halls will close after March 31 for the remainder of the spring term. To remain in on-campus housing after March 31, a student must receive prior approval. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Beginning Monday, March 23, the Campus Inn has changed to a daily prepackaged to-go format for residential students still living on campus for the spring 2020 semester.
Based on their existing meal plan, students will complete a menu for each week and submit no later than 1 p.m. each Sunday. Students can also use flex points for additional meals. The menu can be accessed here. Students can pick up their meals each day at the Campus Inn between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Seated dining in the Campus Inn will not be available until further notice. The Spot will be closed until further notice.
Students who choose to vacate their meal and room plans as of March 31, 2020 will receive a partial credit or refund of spring 2020 charges. A student’s vacate decision will be evidenced by submission of the Residence Hall Exit Form no later than March 25, 2020. If no Residence Hall Exit Form is received by March 25, 2020 the defaulted decision will be taken as “not to vacate." Vacated rooms will be inspected during the period of April 1 through April 15 to determine if any additional charges apply such as room damage and keys not returned.
The credit or refund amount will be based on published room and board rates exclusive of flex dollars. The refund amount will be prorated to equal the unused portion of room and board from April 1, 2020 through the end of the spring semester. Any unused flex dollars as of April 15, 2020 will be refunded as well.
The credit amount will first be applied to a student’s current outstanding account balance, if any, for cumulative tuition, room and board days used (prior to April 1, 2020), fees, and other charges, net of accepted student aid. Any remaining credit will be processed as elected on the Cash Management Form submitted to the Office of Financial Aid at the beginning of the academic year. Students may change that election by completing the Room and Board Credit Preference Form. Students who have submitted an application to graduate in May 2020 by April 15, 2020 to the Registrar, will receive cash refunds starting April 30, 2020.
Students should complete the Residence Hall Exit Form and indicate when they plan to pick up their belongings on the form. If possible, students should pick up all essentials from their room by March 31.
Due to the unusual circumstances, residential students who will not be living on campus for the rest of the semester may leave belongings in their rooms beyond March 31. As long as students have properly completed the Residence Hall Exit Form they will not be charged or penalized for leaving items in their room.
Students leaving belongings on campus past March 31 must retrieve them between May 4 and May 12. Access to rooms before May 4 will not be allowed, unless approved by Housing & Residential Life .
Complete the Residence Hall Exit Form to request an exemption. Students are not approved until they receive an email indicating a decision on their request.
Due to the state’s and county’s “Safer at Home” order, most support services (CAAS, registration, Student Life, career services, etc.) will be provided to students remotely. Students are encouraged to review the office hours and operation details online.
No. Students are encouraged to take advantage of local storage companies. Whittier College has compiled a resource page on the website.
Campus Safety will be closing down some of the parking lots on campus. This move will allow us to better monitor who is on campus and facilitate patrols during this time.
The following lots will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 25 at midnight:
Residential students are not encouraged to leave vehicles on campus and the College does not assume responsibility for vehicles left on campus. Students wishing to leave a car on campus must email CampusSafety@whittier.edu to receive prior approval. Students will receive information about which lot they can park in and must drop off their car key at Campus Safety prior to leaving campus.
Express checkout is available by filling out an envelope (provided) and dropping your key off in one of two places -- outside Campus Safety or Bal Hall basement outside the Housing Coordinator’s office. For your safety and that of our staff, we are not conducting in-person room check-outs or room inspections.
The residence halls will close after March 31. Students who need to stay in the halls after March 31 are required to submit a request via the Residence Hall Exit Form. Students are not approved until they receive an email indicating a decision on their request.
No. Whittier College is not equipped to support students in these circumstances. Please reach out to DeanofStudents@whittier.edu if you would like to discuss this request further.
There will be no campus-based counseling services over summer as the Student Counseling Center is closed; appointments will resume on the first day of classes in the fall term. Nearly all community counseling and support services are still being offered through tele-health, on-line or by phone.
Check out Engage to see weekly Wellness Calendars and a plethora of De-Stress activities
The California Warm Line, 24/7, non-urgent mental health support: 855.845.7415
Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN):
A COVID-19 Anxiety support group and general support groups, led by therapists on FaceBook
Support Groups Central for free/low-cost virtual support groups
Hillside Wellness: free groups for residents of California, thru 7/1; 3 free sessions ($25 for more) individual, couples, or family
We recommend these apps which can be found on Google Play and the Apple App store:
For a more free and paid mental health apps, click here
Whittier College is continuing to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its implications. Senior administrators are communicating daily to review updates from the CDC, World Health Organization, and county and state public health agencies.
Whittier College has been following the CDC’s guidelines for institutions of higher education and the College’s emergency response team has met to discuss needed plans to respond to the situation.
The State of California and Los Angeles County have issued a "Safer at Home" order, asking everyone to remain at home except for essential activities as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
During this time, all Whittier College buildings are closed to the public. However, the College continues to operate with essential personnel onsite and all other staff working remotely. The directory online provides operating hours and the best way to contact each office during this time.
There is currently a plan in place to use Moodle as the primary platform for all online courses. Students will receive specific instructions from their professors via email before Monday, March 23.
While we are moving to remote education, classes will still be Whittier College courses taught by Whittier College professors. Our intention is to focus on providing a high-quality student experience and ensure students can continue learning in an engaging manner, in keeping with the Whittier ethos. Students will also have access to their professors, online and, in some cases, in person. Our goal is also to make sure all of our students can continue making progress toward their academic goals.
All work-study, including exception funding, students will continue to be paid for their regularly scheduled hours, until further notice. Students should communicate with their supervisors to get additional direction and remote work assignments.
At this time, no changes will be made to your certification, and therefore your benefits will continue as is for the time being.
Individuals needing medical services due to symptoms of respiratory illness including fever, cough, and shortness of breath should FIRST call the Student Health & Wellness Center (562-464-4548) or their doctor for further instructions BEFORE visiting the medical facility. A physician or nurse will determine the level of medical care an individual may need and either schedule an appointment with them or refer them accordingly.
For students: If you have any non-life-threatening health concerns after clinic hours when the Student Health & Wellness Center is closed, please call the RN Telephone After Hours Advice line at 562-464-4548 and press 1 or 855-456-9455.
Any suspected or confirmed cases of the COVID-19 need to be reported to the College. For faculty and staff, this should be Human Resources and for students, this is the Student Health & Wellness Center in conjunction with the Dean of Student Life. Currently, there are no known cases (confirmed or suspected) of COVID-19 on the Whittier campus.
Students, faculty, and staff who are ill are being asked to stay home and seek medical care, especially if they have a cough or high fever. Individuals may communicate via email with supervisors, coworkers, and professors to let them know they are sick.
Students, staff, and faculty will not be penalized for staying home if they are sick. Employees and students should confirm COVID-19 with their regular physician and get clearance from their doctor before returning to campus. Moreover, the College will work with employees and students to make needed accommodations in the case that individuals are impacted due to childcare or other family obligations related to COVID-19. Supervisors are encouraged to make their best efforts to support employees who may be impacted by COVID-19 so that they can meet work requirements.
In response to the "Safer at Home" order, all Whittier College buildings are closed to the public and most events have been cancelled or moved online. End-of-the-year activities including honors convocation, URSCA, cultural graduations, and baccalaureate have also been canceled. Although we will continue to monitor the situation, it is expected that the traditional all-College commencement exercises will be canceled and/or modified. Whittier faculty and staff are working on plans to ensure that the College can honor the accomplishments of our graduating seniors.
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (SCIAC) has decided to indefinitely suspend all spring regular season conference competition and conference championships. The NCAA also announced the cancelation of all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.
Fall registration will continue as planned but will be done remotely. More information will be forthcoming.
Make sure to check your email daily for the Poet Update newsletter. All of our updates will also be posted online. In addition, if you are not receiving emergency text messages from Whittier College please update your contact information on your myWhittier account.
To reduce the likelihood of any transmission and to ensure that high-traffic contact surfaces are regularly cleaned, the facilities department is adding new steps to disinfect certain areas more often. This includes working with our custodial provider to bring additional staff to increase the frequency of cleaning.
The College is also adding hand sanitizing stations in buildings throughout campus.
Bon Appetit has also increased its cleaning frequency in the Campus Inn and is cognizant of keeping tables clean.
Currently, there are no Whittier students studying abroad in the affected countries (China, Japan, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.)
Faculty, staff, students, or visitors arriving from any particular area affected by the 2019 COVID-19 on or after February 15, 2020, should not return to campus until 14 days after their arrival in the U.S. This is an expectation of the College for those arriving to the U.S. between February 15 and March 2. It is an expectation of the College and a requirement of the United States for those arriving on or after March 2, 2020.
Please rest assured that as we shift to remote instruction, previously activated accommodations will still be in place. In some cases, in-person accommodations will no longer be necessary, and in other cases, new accommodations may need to be made. In all cases, Student Disability Services is still available to students.
Visit the website for accommodations that are typically available for students with disabilities, as well as an update on how accommodations will be provided for the remainder of the semester. .
Whittier College does not condone any form of discrimination or racism. Speak up if you hear, see, or read misinformation, or witness or experience harassment or discrimination.
A bias incident report can be filed online.
Registration is scheduled for April 13 - 17 for priority registration and April 20 - 24 for regular registration.
Email the professor and cc the registrar office at email@example.com; once the instructor gives approval through email the Registrar staff will add you to the course. Please provide your ID number and CRN number in the email.
The automatic waitlist will be activated. Students will have the ability to add themselves to the waitlist through course registration in MyWhittier. Once a seat becomes available you will receive an email, in which you will have 48 hours to add yourself to the course.
As of March 23, the Whittier Registrar’s walk-up service is closed and all telephone services are suspended. Registrar Services are available online and/or through email. Please email us during Registration Week and someone from the registrar staff will respond as soon as possible.
A member of the Registrar’s Office will be able to zoom one on one with a student if necessary; to help resolve any technical issues.
We are allowing students who are planning to graduate in spring 2021 to register for the entire year. The reason for this change is to allow students to be cleared for graduation a lot earlier and to adjust their schedule if necessary. Please note: current juniors and seniors by earn credit will be given this permission.
Contact each office directly via email (Businessoffice@whittier.edu and firstname.lastname@example.org) to clear any holds.
You can contact your advisor by email or Zoom appointment for your advising session.
Please use the change of major form on our website Registrar Services and email the form to email@example.com.