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University COVID-19 Update

Dear University Community,

I have encouraging news to share with you about the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and the University of La Verne’s plans to safely resume in-person activity at our campuses.

As you may be aware, the rate of new COVID-19 cases continues to drop across the state, and over the past two weeks, all of the counties in which the University of La Verne has campuses have exited the most restrictive purple tier of California’s reopening blueprint and moved into the red tier.

These positive developments allow us to begin phasing in additional on-campus activity over the spring and summer, with a goal of making a full return to our campuses in the fall.

In compliance with state and county public health regulations, we will begin to phase in the following permissible on-campus activities in the spring:

  • Athletic activities: Beginning this week, the Athletics Department will begin a pilot program to conduct limited outdoor training activity with student athletes.
  • Campus tours: Beginning on April 9, Enrollment Management and the Athletics Department may begin holding outdoor campus tours for prospective students, with appropriate safety measures in place.
  • Outdoor study spaces: Beginning April 15, students may come to campus during daylight hours to use the Citrus Quad and Sneaky Park for individual outdoor study space. Students must conduct symptom screening through the LiveSafe app, wear face coverings, and socially distance (one person per outdoor table). Students are also asked to check in at the Campus Safety office upon arrival and departure.
  • Campus Housing: This week, we are opening our fall housing application to new and continuing students, with the expectation of offering both single and shared rooms by the fall. Priority for placement will be given to students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine prior to move in, with an exception process available. Housing for spring remains limited to students facing housing insecurity.
  • Non-essential employees: Only employees who have been designated by the university as “essential” may conduct their regular work duties on campus. Effective immediately, we will reinstate our previous policy of allowing University Management Council (UMC) to authorize nonessential employees to come to campus for limited and specific visits. All other requirements for coming to campus remain in place.

The following activities will remain virtual or continue to be limited at this time:

  • Instruction: Teaching and learning will continue virtually through the spring semester and term.
  • Commencement: Spring Commencement will be virtual. We are exploring additional activities as permitted by public health agencies. More details will follow.
  • Wilson Library: The library will continue to operate virtually.
  • Dining: On-Campus dining will continue to serve only to students living on-campus

Our plans to safely return to our campuses are guided by our commitment to the safety of our community, the best possible service of our students, and appropriate flexibility for our employees. We will continue develop them as we assess what is working best and from our peer institutions. We will also remain in full compliance with state and county public health requirements, and our plans are being driven by an optimism about the increasing availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

We encourage each of you to get a vaccination as soon as it is available to you, or to otherwise follow the guidance of your health care provider.

We will share additional information as it becomes available. Please also continue to monitor laverne.edu/coronavirus for updates.

Bright days remain ahead. I look forward to seeing all of you on our campuses again soon.

Sincerely,

Devorah Lieberman, PhD
President