COVID-19 Spring Term Update
Dear University Community,
I trust you are having a healthy and joy-filled new year. I look forward to continuing to face our challenges and opportunities together, as a community, and to focus on well-being, mutual respect, and collaboration.
As we approach the end of January, we continue to experience a high volume of COVID-19 infections across our region due to the prevalence of the Omicron variant. To help minimize COVID-19 transmission within the university community, we are putting the following measures in place.
Teaching, Learning, and Work
The University of La Verne will continue to keep most of its teaching, learning, and work temporarily remote through Friday, February 11.
- Classes that have hands-on components, such as labs, field work, clinics, and studio courses, may remain in person if pedagogically advantageous. Deans will lead planning within their colleges to identify classes that will be held in-person, and communicate that information directly to students enrolled in those classes. A list of classes that will meet in person at the start of the term will be available online.
- Residence Halls and The Spot dining hall will remain open. Residents may return to the residence halls.
- Event planners are highly encouraged to have events virtually until February 11.
- Faculty and staff should work remotely as much as is practical during this time.
- Physical campuses and student-facing departments will remain open and continue to provide in-person services. University Management Council members will coordinate with their respective President’s Cabinet representative to develop staffing plans for each department to balance the above objectives. Staff members should consult with their supervisor to determine their individual work plan.
- Classes and business offices will return to their standard schedules and modalities beginning on Saturday, February 12.
Student and Employee Vaccinations
Following Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommendations, we are updating our vaccination policy to require that all students and employees receive COVID-19 vaccine booster doses and submit documentation no later than Friday, February 11, or within two weeks of becoming eligible, in order to maintain up to date vaccination status.
- Students and employees whose COVID-19 vaccinations are not up to date, including those who have received exemptions for religious, medical, or personal reasons, may be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing and comply with other measures.
- Booster shots are free and can be scheduled through Student Health Services or at myturn.ca.gov.
- Additional details and instructions for submitting proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster are available at univ.lv/vaccination.
Masks on Campus
All employees must wear masks of upgraded quality at all times when indoors and in the presence of others on campuses, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be well-fitting and medical grade or surgical quality.
- The university will provide medical grade or surgical quality masks to employees.
- Higher-level respirators, such as N95 or KN95, are limited in quantity and will be issued in very limited circumstances in alignment with public health guidelines.
- Employees may wear their own masks, as long as they meet state and county requirements.
- Individual masks may be reused or worn by an individual for extended periods of time as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Departmental managers should submit a COVID-19 Supply Request Form to the Purchasing and Procurement office to request masks for staff in their units.
In addition to the measures above, please continue to follow the guidelines outlined in the La Verne Safe Return Plan. Those include staying home if you are sick and reporting positive cases or exposure.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for doing your part to help keep our community healthy and safe.
Devorah Lieberman , PhD