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An Update From President Lieberman

March 27, 2020,

Dear university community,

We accomplished many great things in our first week of fully-remote classes, and while we may all be safer-at-home, we proved again that we are strongest when we work together.

As we continue to adapt to the novel coronavirus pandemic and plan for the future of the university, there are two principles that will guide our decisions and actions.

First, we will take every measure to protect the health and safety of our university community; and, second,  we will not sacrifice on delivering quality education and support for every student.

As Provost Reed said in his video message yesterday, faculty, staff, and administrators are working around the clock to meet those goals.

Please remember that Student Outreach and Support offices are operating remotely during the stay-at-home period. Students should continue to rely on departments such as Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Accessibility Services, Financial Aid, the university chaplain, and others for support.

Thank you all for your dedication, patience, and perseverance. I am extremely proud to be a Leo, and I know you are, too.

Please see the additional updates below, and continue to visit laverne.edu/coronavirus for resources and information.

Emergency Student Support

The university is reaching out to the entire Leo Community to ask for support for students in this time of need. Donations to the ULV Student Emergency Fund will help with student expenses related to traveling home; food insecurity, emergency housing, counseling and psychological services; medical; and other unforeseen issues. Gifts to the fund can be made online, and will be matched up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. Students, stay tuned for details on how to apply for emergency aid.

Financial Aid

All students must complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov to be considered for scholarships, grants, and loans. Students who have already completed the FAFSA and have subsequently had a significant change in income due to the novel coronavirus can contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@laverne.edu to discuss options.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that is moving through congress contains some provisions to support higher education. The University of La Verne is working closely with elected officials, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the American Council on Education to provide input into the legislation, monitor its progress, and to ensure access to any funds that may be made available to support our students and educational mission.

ASULV Fee Refund

The Associated Students of University of La Verne voted to refund $100 of the ASULV fee for spring to all full-time traditional undergraduate students. This refund will be credited to each student’s account, and will apply and reduce current balances. If the student has a zero balance, they will receive a refund by direct deposit or check within 14 days of the date the student’s account goes into a refund status. The credit of $100 will appear no later than March 27.

Thank you for demonstrating the values of our university by coming together as One Community.

We are better together.

 

Sincerely,

Devorah Lieberman, PhD
President