While our KGI community focuses on a busy and successful fall semester, we recognize the importance of communicating as soon as possible about the spring.
Based on the current spread of the coronavirus and the continued uncertainty of the pandemic, we will proceed with the same hybrid model for the spring semester. All of KGI’s courses will be offered online, with in-person labs and research opportunities available in a limited capacity.
We are committed to a positive student experience. As you know, some local universities and colleges are attempting to bring students back to campus in the spring. However, after obtaining input from our community and from our analyses, we have determined that the pandemic—with limitations on gatherings and other necessary public health measures—would negatively impact the KGI student experience on campus. In addition, the risk to our community’s health and safety would be significant.
We will continually monitor the public health situation and update you as changes occur. KGI’s COVID-19 Task Force, which consists of faculty and staff leaders, meets weekly and regularly consults with local public health officials, KGI’s Board of Trustees, and alumni on the frontlines in the fight against the pandemic.
We also continue to align our planning with the guidance of the LA County Department of Public Health (LADPH). In LADPH’s most recent scenarios for spring 2021, a full reopening for colleges and universities is not on the table.
Our community’s ability to adapt and shift to a hybrid model for fall 2020 has helped prevent any widespread transmission of COVID-19 on campus and within the KGI community.
We understand that many members of our community will have questions based on their specific situations. We will provide more information as soon as possible, and we plan to hold several virtual Q&A forums for students, faculty, and staff in the next two weeks.
Student Town Hall
Q: What is the plan for Commencement 2021?
KGI plans to celebrate its graduates on May 15, 2021. We will be following guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and will host a virtual ceremony if an in-person celebration is not permitted.
Q: For some courses, is cross-registration possible with other Claremont Colleges?
Cross registration with CGU will continue; please reach out the KGI Registrar’s Office for guidance on registering for CGU courses. Cross-registration with The Claremont Colleges’ undergraduate campuses will not be possible in the spring due to heavy impact of COVID-19 on scheduling and delivering their science and other courses.
Q: When will I be able to complete in-person lab assignments?
Students who are unable to participate in on-site activities during the semester will have the opportunity to complete the activities at the end of the spring semester to remain on track for progression or graduation.
Bioprocessing lab-based classes are meeting on campus, following all safety guidance from LA County Public Health Department and CDC, to allow necessary lab training and instruction. Hybrid activities are being offered to students unable to attend, deferring hands-on sessions for critical activities to a future date.
Thesis, independent research, medical device lab, and other lab courses will continue with the same arrangements as the fall semester. Research will continue to be dependent on safety policies and protocols as established by the PI and instructor. Students are encouraged to reach out to their PI or lab instructor for additional information.
PhD program: Laboratory research in pursuit of a PhD is dependent on the policies for laboratory safety and operations established by each PI’s lab. Inquire with your PI regarding any potential changes for the spring semester.
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