This is a developing situation and Whittier College continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and its implications. Currently, there are no known cases (confirmed or suspected) of this virus on the Whittier campus.
Whittier is developing appropriate responses for various scenarios that may arise related to COVID-19, as well as implementing new procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.
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.
This procedure is aligned with the January 31, 2020 declaration by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding a public health emergency for the nation. For more information on travel restrictions, see the posting below.
COVID-19 is quickly spreading to a number of countries. Students, faculty, and staff making spring break travel plans should visit the U.S. State Department Travel Advisories and CDC Coronavirus Information for Travel websites for up-to-date advisories.
Although it is unknown if the Level 3 Travel Health Advisories for the affected countries will remain in place over the summer, the College strongly advises students, faculty, or staff planning to participate in or lead any programs of study, work, or research in those countries to make alternate plans. The College is looking at contingency plans for students who might be required to stay on campus this summer, including housing.
Whittier College is a campus that values equity and inclusion, as well as kindness and generosity. It is important to keep these values in mind when facing a stressful situation such as this one. It is also important to get the correct facts to avoid making assumptions that could lead to discrimination. Unfortunately, we have seen the spread of prejudice toward certain communities as a result of the spread of COVID-19 regionally and across the country.
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. You can file a bias incident report here.
We appreciate your cooperation in keeping the Whittier College community healthy and safe.