CiAM’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CiAM makes it its priority to ensure the health, well-being, and safety of our students, staff, and faculty, and the community at large. CiAM is keeping abreast of all new information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following the guidance of state and local Departments of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). While we are staying vigilant and responsive to all new updates, you can find information being released frequently here:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: Learn More About Coronavirus
- California Department of Public Health: Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
The President’s Office is fully engaged in this process and has prepared academic leaders and managers, with information and guidance related to COVID-19. No one at CiAM has been identified with the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the County of Los Angeles Public Health states, “At this time, there is no immediate threat to the general public and no special precautions are required.” Nonetheless, CiAM is taking steps to avoid or diminish the spread of any respiratory infectious disease including the coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage all members of our community to take the following precautionary actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home and do not travel or go to work or school when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Please check-out this What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Helpful Information on Coronavirus, and What To Do if You’ve Been Exposed
If you have recently traveled and believe you have been exposed and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have novel coronavirus stay home (try to limit your exposure to others) and call your health care provider immediately. If you do not have a healthcare provider or if you need to be seen at a hospital, do not go directly to the hospital. Please call the emergency room to get instructions before going in.
For more information about how to protect yourself from COVID-19, review this factsheet What to do if you are sick with COVID-19 based on information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
To learn more about COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
Protocol for travel, meetings, large gatherings, and visitor access
In accordance with local, state, and national guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other official public health organizations, CiAM will follow the guideline for travel, large meetings and gatherings, and visitor access.
No official restrictions on travel beyond those for CDC Level 3 (widespread community transmission) and Level 2 (sustained community transmission) countries have been indicated.
CiAM encourages limiting non-essential domestic and international travel and using technology, Zoom teleconferencing, instead of in-person large meetings or gatherings.
Guidance on mass gatherings and large events is provided by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html, which include postponing, canceling, or rescheduling events.
Emergency Notification System: CiAM Alert
CiAM’s emergency notification system sends any emergency communication to all ciam.edu email addresses. Additional email addresses and cell phone numbers can be added to the alert system by any student, faculty member or staff member who logs into Populi.
Currently, the Office of Admission and Student Success operations (office hours, application review, etc.) are unaffected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes all admitted student events and travel.
If any CiAM event held by the Office of Admission or Student Success is affected (postponed, canceled, etc.), we will contact those who have registered and update event details as soon as possible.
In addition, our Admissions Office’s ability to review applications, process materials, and release decisions has not been impacted. The Office of Admissions does encourage Admissions Interviews to be conducted through phone during this precautionary period.
There is no intention of closing CiAM at this time, although precautionary measures are taking place and meetings and gatherings are being limited or conducted via Zoom teleconference. If you are concerned about a school closure and prevents you from completing your application or submitting any required or requested materials, please contact us at [email protected]
All other departments are operating normal business hours and are available for normal services.
International Student Visas
CiAM continually processes visa paperwork for students. We will continue to monitor travel recommendations provided by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and expect this process will not be interrupted. Above all we prioritize the well-being of our community and safe arrival of all incoming students and will respond accordingly.
Any expected delays or difficulties in issuing visas or international travel, will be communicate directly with affected students and notices will be posted.
Additional Questions or Concerns
If you have any additional questions or concerns related to COVID-19 and the admission process, please call us at (626)350-1500.
CiAM cannot emphasize more that no one ethnic group of people is more likely to get or spread the Coronavirus (COVID-19) than any other. Please do not succumb to the fear or judgment that people of Asian decent increase the spread of this or any other virus. Please check-out Shared Facts about COVID-19.