Office hours and contact information during Safer at Home period
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Are the Residence Halls Closed?
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 email@example.com with any questions.
Is the dining hall open still?
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.
How will my billing work for housing?
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.
I’m unable to come back now for my belongings, what should I do?
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 .
I can’t leave and need to stay in my hall, what should I do?
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.
What services will be available if I’m approved to stay?
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.
Does the College have campus storage for the summer?
No. Students are encouraged to take advantage of local storage companies. Whittier College has compiled a resource page on the website.
Can I leave my car on campus?
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.
How can I check out?
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.
Will I be able to stay in my current room if approved to stay after March 31?
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.
Am I allowed to self-isolate/quarantine in my residence hall room?
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.
What is Whittier College doing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Is the College closing?
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.
How will students access their courses?
Are students required to still pay tuition?
What will happen to students who receive work study?
I’m a veteran. Will I still receive my Post-9/11 GI Bill?
What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?
What do I do if I have a cold or other illness (not related to COVID-19)?
What if I have to miss work?
Are all events being canceled?
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.
How will students register for fall classes?
How can I stay informed?
How is the campus being cleaned to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The College is also adding hand sanitizing stations in buildings throughout campus.
Are there any students, faculty, or staff traveling in affected countries?
What resources will be available for students with disabilities who depend on the ability to have live interaction via lectures/classroom discussions as well as the ability to meet with their professors when needed for office hours?
What can I do to stay healthy?
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