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Planning for the Fall

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May 18, 2020

Dear University of La Verne Community,

As the academic year comes to a close, please accept my deep gratitude for all that you have done in support of the University of La Verne and its students, especially as we have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic these past several months.

This has been an extremely challenging season for each of us, both personally and professionally, and we are making our way through it as a community with resilience, tenacity, and grace. Thank you.

Before many of you break for the summer, I want to share our direction for the next academic year to help inform your planning and preparation.

The University of La Verne is planning to phase in appropriate face-to-face and on-campus operations in fall 2020 across all campus locations, while keeping the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff as the top priority.

The planning underway includes a mix of face-to-face and online instruction and safety protocols for employees as well as residence and dining halls in alignment with state and regional public health guidelines and industry best practices.

We will also be prepared to quickly transition to fully-online instruction and remote operations should a resurgence of the coronavirus require us to do so.

A subgroup of the President’s Cabinet is coordinating planning with guidance from the Coronavirus Monitoring Committee, Academic Affairs Coronavirus Committee, and a group of faculty experts. Areas under review include hybrid teaching and learning, extensive faculty and staff development, modification of classrooms and workspaces, protocols for events and on-campus housing including quarantine procedures, cleaning requirements, mental and emotional well-being, and education on social distancing. The critical capacity for testing, tracking, and compliance are also being examined.

This planning is aligned with guidance from experts and public health agencies, including:

  • American College Health Association
  • Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • LA County Department of Public Health
  • Governor’s Office, State of California
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association

The University of La Verne and California’s other private, independent universities moved quickly at the outset of the pandemic to transition to remote and online operations for the safety of students, faculty, and staff, while maintaining high-quality instruction. We were among the first sectors to respond to the pandemic, and we will continue to pursue safe and creative solutions as the state looks to safely reopen.

There are still many unknowns for the fall. However, as a private university that prides itself on small class size and personal attention, we have the ability to be nimble and responsive in our planning even as the crisis and state guidance may change on a weekly basis.

We have tremendous work ahead to make this happen before fall classes begin on Aug. 17 for the College of Law, Aug. 31 for the La Verne Campus semester, and Sept. 28 for the term at regional campuses and graduate programs, but I am fully confident that we will meet the challenge together.

We will share additional details of our plans as they become available before the end of the semester, and we will continue to provide updates over the summer.

Again, thank you for all that you do for the University of La Verne and its students, and for helping us move forward safely and collaboratively.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Devorah Lieberman, PhD

President