In response to the developing situation around the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Whittier College has decided to cancel classes on Friday, March 13. After spring break, beginning Monday March 23, all classes will be moved online. Courses will continue to be taught remotely until at least April 3. An update will be provided by April 1 regarding plans for the remainder of the semester.
We understand that students, faculty, and staff will have many questions regarding this transition. Here are some basic points of information:
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The College will compile FAQs and post them online.
We would like to reiterate that there are no known cases (confirmed or suspected) of this virus on the Whittier campus. Nevertheless, following public health recommendations, the College is taking this proactive step to keep the Whittier College community healthy.
As announced yesterday, the College will also be postponing or suspending most events on campus that attract 100 or more attendees for the remainder of the year. It has not been decided if end of the year events including Commencement, cultural graduations, honors convocation, and URSCA will be cancelled. More information will be given after spring break.
Our goal is to keep you informed as a means to create a healthy and positive learning environment at Whittier College. Make sure to check your email daily. In addition, if you are not receiving emergency text messages from Whittier College please update your contact information on your myWhittier.
We’d like to remind everyone that the best way to protect yourself and others is by washing your hands, covering your sneeze or cough, staying away from others who are sick, and staying home if you are sick.
For more information on preventative measure visit the following websites:
Poet Health Alerts
California Department of Public Health guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work through this situation together.