CMC Returns

Dear Students,

This afternoon, President Chodosh announced CMC Returns, a plan for the safe restoration of our on-campus residential and academic program in the fall. Over the course of the next week, each of you is asked to familiarize yourself with the CMC Returns site and plan, including The Agreement, which outlines the specific conditions students must agree to in order to be on campus this fall. Students with high risk medical conditions should discuss their health with their healthcare provider and work closely with the Dean of Students Office when considering whether being in a campus environment in Los Angeles County is right for them this semester.

By July 8, we ask that all students reflect carefully with your families to make the best, fully-informed decision that is right for you:

  • seek CMC housing and take classes in a variety of online, hybrid, and in-person formats in Claremont;
  • live off-campus nearby and take classes in Claremont
  • live off-campus at your home or elsewhere away from Claremont and take all classes online with no in-person presence on campus
  • take a leave of absence (LOA) (returning students only, LOAs approved by the Registrar’s Office)
  • defer enrollment until fall 2021 (new students only, evaluated case by case by the Admission Office)

All students must declare their enrollment intentions through the CMC Residence Portal by July 8.

In line with the recommendations of medical and public health experts, CMC will reduce its residential housing density which results in a reduced capacity. This fall, students will live in singles and double rooms in residence hall configurations that support lower student to bathroom ratios. There will be no triple rooms. As such:

  • first-year students will be prioritized to reside on campus in the fall and spring semesters;
  • senior students will be prioritized to reside on campus in the fall and spring semesters;
  • sophomore and junior students will be prioritized to live on campus for at least one semester through a random lottery process; and
  • sophomore and junior students who are not placed in housing in the fall will be housed in the spring if they desire on campus housing for that one semester.

As noted above, first-year students and seniors who choose to live on campus in the fall will also be able to live in CMC housing in the spring. First-year students and seniors who do not choose to live on campus in the fall are not guaranteed campus housing in the spring. Should they wish to move on-campus, they will be entered into a lottery for available housing in the spring semester after the sophomores and juniors are placed.

CMC sophomores and juniors who intend to live on campus for any portion of the academic year must declare their intention to live on campus in the Residence Portal by July 8th. A random lottery process will then determine which sophomores and juniors receive a room draw time for fall housing. All other students will be moved to a fall housing waitlist by random numeric sorting. As students’ choose to live off campus or take a leave of absence, and new housing spaces become available, those rooms will then be offered to those students on the waitlist during the summer.

Sophomores and juniors who are not provided housing in the fall will be housed in the spring should they desire it. Sophomores and juniors who are housed in the fall should anticipate the possibility that due to space constraints they may need to live off-campus in the spring. A room draw process for spring will take place in early November to include sophomores and juniors who were not housed in the fall. Any remaining housing will then be offered in order to international students who were unable to return to campus in the fall, sophomores and juniors who lived on-campus in the fall, seniors or first-year students who chose to live off-campus in the fall, and students returning from leaves of absences.

Sophomores and juniors who are not selected for housing in the lottery process who are in exceptionally difficult learning environments are encouraged to contact Sue Layden, Senior Associate Dean for Student Success, to confidentially discuss options.

July 8 noon: All Students must declare their enrollment intentions via the CMC Residence Portal, regardless of their housing preferences
July 10: Apartment selection for those approved in the apartment lottery in spring 2020
July 12: Apartment selection for those who are on the waitlist for apartments
Please note that Apartment 681 will be not be available in apartment draw. That building is reserved for isolation and quarantine locations. Students approved for apartments will be able to draw into either building 651, 661, 671, and the Alexan Kendry (AK) Apartments. Those who choose to not live in a senior or AK apartment will be entered into the regular room draw. Residential Life staff will be in touch with more information about the AK floor plans and occupancy limits soon.
July 14: Room draw times for seniors assigned
July 16: Senior room draw
July 18: Room draw times assigned by lottery to sophomores and juniors
July 20: Sophomore and junior room draw
Nov 9: Sophomore and junior room draw times assigned for spring 2021 (for people who were not housed in the fall)
Nov 16: Sophomore and junior room draw for spring 2021 (for people who were not housed in the fall)
Nov 23: Room draw times assigned for remaining housing, by lottery, in order to: international students who were unable to return to campus in the fall, sophomores and juniors who lived on-campus in the fall, seniors or first-year students who chose to live off-campus in the fall, and students returning from leaves of absences.

Additional details about spring room draw are in development and will be shared in early fall.

The College is finalizing plans related to the testing and quarantine of students. Move-in dates and times will be determined by July 8. Students should bring no more than one person to campus to assist with move-in. Students are asked to limit the amount of personal belongings they bring to campus to allow for greater ease in packing to move out should the deterioration of health conditions require the rapid closure of the residential campus. The College will not be able to provide storage of items. Students may not bring personal beds or large furniture items such as couches that require more than one person to move.

International students arriving from abroad should plan to have to quarantine for 14 days. We are seeking guidance from the government as to whether or not they will be able to quarantine in CMC quarantine housing or will need to quarantine in an off-campus location before arriving on campus.

Tentative move-in dates are:

Aug 19-20: New students will move-in according to assigned date and time
August 21-23: Returning student move-in according to assigned date and time

Additional information from the Residential Life Office is forthcoming.

We realize that international students may have difficulty in getting visa paperwork approved in time for the fall semester, and as such choosing to remain at home and take courses on line will be a reasonable choice.

International students who believe it is likely they can get to the U.S. by September 6 are encouraged to go through the housing process. International students will be allowed to arrive up until September 6 before their room is released to students on the housing waitlist. If space permits, international students who do not come to campus this fall may enter the housing lottery for spring semester.

Sharon Basso, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dianna Graves, Dean of Students, will host Zoom forums on Thursday, July 2 to answer questions about CMC Returns and The Agreement.

New Student Forum (Meeting ID: 944 8081 6415)
2:00-3:00 PM, Pacific

Sophomore and Junior Forum (Meeting ID: 935 2297 2821)
3:30-4:30 PM, Pacific

Senior Forum (Meeting ID: 992 9714 0790)
5:00-6:00 PM, Pacific

For more information, please visit CMC Returns, and the FAQ document on the Dean of Students page.

We look forward to working with you as you determine the best path forward for you and your family.