New Policy for Events on Campus

March 9, 2020

Dear Whittier College Community:

As communicated previously, 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. Currently there are no known cases (confirmed or suspected) of COVID-19 on the Whittier campus. 
Today, California public health officials issued updated guidance to institutions of higher learning as they plan for the potential further spread of COVID-19. Among their recommendations include that colleges and universities “consider alternates to congregate programming within the campus including any large or communal activities.”

As a preventative measure, Whittier College will be working with the various departments on campus to postpone or suspend most events that attract 100 or more attendees for the remainder of the academic year. This will include athletic competitions, performances, student-organized events, admission events, and academic gatherings, among others. 

We understand that this is a disappointing decision, as many of you have dedicated time and effort to organize events for the campus community. The decision was not made lightly, but in the end, it was decided that the continued health of our campus community needed to take priority.  

The College has NOT yet decided on whether this new policy will impact Commencement activities (including the graduation ceremony, baccalaureate, and cultural graduations). A decision on Commencement will be made some time after spring break.

Our goal is to keep you informed to maintain a healthy and positive learning environment at Whittier College. Make sure to check your email daily for update notifications. 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.

Any questions can be directed to