COVID-19 Updates

The safety and wellbeing of our community is of utmost concern to the College. We are committed to providing regular updates about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and COVID-19 based on trusted and verified news sources from public health agencies and adjusting our own policies, practices and recommendations accordingly.

State and Federal restrictions under the coronavirus pandemic have rapidly changed how LACM provides the academic curriculum to our students. As the situation continues to evolve, we are creatively exploring every avenue available to us with the strong support of our accreditation body – the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). In doing so, we are finding new ways to teach course material and the students are finding new ways to study and engage with faculty and their classmates.

In making the changes that accompany a shift to online learning, LACM insures that the course learning objectives are being met as mandated by NASM. The curriculum for each course has been carefully planned out by the instructors, under the guidance of the Department Heads, the Dean’s Office and the Academic Affairs Committee to give students the essential course elements in an online format.

We have also upgraded our Naxos Listening Library so all students have unlimited access to the library from their personal computers, pads or phones. And we’re adding JSTOR, the premiere online research resource to our library for students. JSTOR is the number one source for peer reviewed journal articles, books and periodicals and will be an invaluable asset for students as they write papers, prepare presentations and study a wealth of music topics.

Click the link below to download & read the full message from the Dean regarding online learning changes:

Download Full Letter

Due to the announcement on May 12 by the Los Angeles County Public Health Director that LA County will remain under the Safer at Home Order through July, and projected to continue through August, the LACM campus will remain closed and all courses will continue to be delivered by remote instruction only.   This was reinforced on May 14 by the Pasadena Public Health Department. (https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/ALL-Curbside-Retail-Health-Officer-Order.pdf?v=1589499991719)

The announcement included an acknowledgment that restrictions could be lifted in part over the course of the next three months.  When a partial reopening of campus resources is a possibility, a very carefully pursued plan (outlined below) for safety and health precautions will be followed strictly.  At this time, it is not anticipated that the campus of LACM will fully reopen until the start of the Fall 2020 quarter, but we will continue to keep you apprised if any resources can be opened before that time.  In order to prevent any mid-quarter disruption, it has been determined that all coursework will be conducted remotely for the entire Summer 2020 quarter.

All Summer at LACM programs (including Summer Xperience and Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp) will be offered remotely only.  No courses or programs will occur on the LACM campus during the Summer 2020 term. For more information, please visit: www.lacm.edu/summeronline

For the full Reopening Plan, which includes the projection of possible scenarios for Fall 2020, please click below:

Download Full Reopening Plan

Summer at LACM (Summer Xperience/Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp) 2020 Program(s) Update:

Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) remains committed to following all protocols and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The campus is currently planning to open for current LACM students to attend classes beginning July 6.

If it is deemed possible, the Summer at LACM program (includes Summer Xperience and Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp) will begin the week of June 29th.  LACM recognizes that it may not be possible to launch the Summer at LACM programs as planned, due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 circumstances.  If the program(s) were to be cancelled due to health and safety concerns for our community, full refunds will be issued to all participants who have registered.

LACM also recognizes that it may be necessary to limit the number of students, faculty, and staff who can be on campus at any given time once the campus reopens.  The institution is planning for this probability and will certainly place the greatest emphasis on making certain that the community can conduct learning in a safe and healthy environment for all.  If this requires the Summer at LACM programs not to run as scheduled, LACM will cancel and refund any monies paid by participants (this refers to Summer Xperience and Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp specifically).  A modified remote program may also be offered.

In addition, there remains the possibility that some Summer 2020 LACM classes may be required to remain in a distance learning format while others that are experiential in nature may be held in small class numbers on campus.  LACM will continue to monitor the situation and inform the community as soon as a firm decision is possible regarding format of classes, as well as additional programs.

Above all, the administration and faculty of LACM would like to thank the students, families and supporters, for showing such resilience and flexibility in a difficult time for all.  The strength of the institution is that of its students, and the spirit of creativity and optimism displayed is an inspiration for all involved in this quarter of distance learning.  Thank you and stay well, healthy, and safe!

Hello LACM Students!

We hope that this email finds you doing well and staying creative, healthy and safe.  We miss having you on campus and are looking forward to the day we’re all able to return!

We wanted to let you know that there has been an adjustment to our original anticipated opening of campus date (May 11th).  Due to the nationwide extension of social distancing guidelines until April 30th at the minimum, we have determined that it will be highly unlikely that we could open the campus when we originally hoped to.  We want there to be as little disruption as possible in your learning this quarter, so we’ve decided to hold the entire quarter online rather than just the first five weeks.  While this is not our preference and we know it is not yours either, we need to make sure that we comply with all federal and state guidelines as well as give you the absolute best quality of instruction we can offer during this time.

As a result, we are also shifting the start date of the Spring 2020 quarter to April 13th rather than April 6th.  The end date of the term will now be June 26th.  There will be a one-week break between the Spring quarter end and the beginning of the Summer quarter on July 6th.  All courses will now be on the traditional 10-week quarter schedule, with final exams occurring in the 11th week per usual.  We anticipate and are planning on campus being open fully for the Summer quarter and all students will need to plan on attending.  We will be eliminating summer breaks in order to accommodate the delivery of your performance and lab-based courses missed during this shift to online instruction.  It will be an exciting quarter of recitals and showcases, producing, collaborating, recording, and finally getting to hold a grand ceremony for our graduates of 2020!  We are very much looking forward to a quarter of music and celebrations on campus as we all come back together as a community.

We know that you may have some questions about this information and you can stay in close touch with your Department Head and Academic Advisors for clarity regarding your class schedule and what you can expect academically during the Spring 2020 quarter.  Your new class schedule will be available on Populi no later than Friday, April 10th.  We will also be sending additional information and details over the coming week, so please continue to check your email often.

Thank you all for being such an incredible community of creative and resilient artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, composers, and industry leaders.  We are so proud of you and encourage you to remain connected with your peers, collaborate remotely as often as possible, and keep positive and productive during this time.  This challenge will only strengthen us as a community!

Take care,
Tom & Erin

On March 30, LACM was notified that a person among the LACM campus community has been confirmed by medical professionals to have COVID-19.

The case involves an employee, who was last on campus March 11, and tested positive on March 30.

Facilities and equipment that have been used by the employee have been closed since March 12 and have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Across California, we are moving into a phase where there will be more cases of COVID-19, which underscores the measures LACM has already implemented to increase physical space of six feet or more for our campus community. This social distancing, combined with thorough hand-washing, cleaning surfaces and other hygiene measures, will help us reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Dear LACM Students

I firstly want to say that I miss all of you! I enjoy so much watching you learn and perform from my office each day and it’s just not the same without you on campus. The halls are empty of music and nobody is playing the piano on the Garage stage in the afternoon. I really miss that!  I hope you and your loved ones are safe and that you are managing as well as can be expected during these challenging times.

In my opinion, what makes LACM such a great school is the community you all belong to. All of you are so supportive of each other. I’m sure you are missing your friends and your teachers. I know they are missing you.

I also want to offer my deep gratitude for your patience and understanding as LACM responds to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Finals Week March 23-27

Good luck this week on any final exams that you are prepared to take. I know everyone was working quickly to make this possible. I’m looking forward to hearing your recitals when you get back on campus.

Spring Quarter Starts April 6

School will still start on April 6 as planned. Many of your classes will be taught remotely using Zoom video conferencing software and Populi. We have been using Zoom the last few weeks and it’s great. Your instructor will be right there talking to you live, just on your computer screen. You can see all your fellow students taking the class at the same time. You can ask live questions, discuss with each other, or type messages. I think you will really enjoy this. Those of you that are in different time zones, the classes will be recorded, and you will be able to watch them when you are able.  Further instructions about class times and how to use the Zoom software will come shortly.

On campus classes are set to resume May 11. This is 7 weeks away from today. I’m hoping a lot of progress will have been made.  Remember that technology is a great tool to continue collaborating remotely!

Stay safe, wash your hands, don’t cough on anyone; all this will pass, and life will get back to normal. Try to only watch trusted and verified news sources, stay optimistic and connected to each other!

All of us in the administration are looking forward to your return!

Sincerely,
Tom Aylesbury

Dear International Students:

If you do leave the U.S. and return, you should research (in advance of scheduling and purchasing return travel): any travel advisories or restrictions that apply to you, and be aware that you may be subject to health protocols such as enhanced screenings at airports, and mandatory quarantines, which can prevent you from starting work or school for approximately 14 days after your entry into this (or any other country). Therefore, choosing to leave the U.S. may have serious consequences on your academic progress and your visa status, for reasons that LACM cannot predict or control. Ultimately, your decision(s) to travel in and out of any country is a choice that you must make on your own (or in consultation with, and in agreement with your loved ones/dependents).

Please understand that the decision to stay in the U.S. or in any other country, or the decision to leave one location for a home country is a deeply personal one that considers finances, family, health needs, etc. LACM will not tell you what decision you should make; instead, we will give you the most accurate information available at any time, but the decision will be yours.

LACM highly recommends that all international students have health insurance while studying in the United States. We are able to offer international students four different health insurance options through Gallagher Student Health & Special Coverage. Click on the link to get a quote or browse international student health insurance plans.

Best Regards,
C. Thomas Aylesbury
President

ADMISSIONS

Q: Will this COVID-19 pandemic and temporary closure of the LACM Campus affect my admissions decision? 

A: No. As long as your application is complete, you will receive an admission decision from LACM. Please feel free to contact an admissions counselor to check your status ([email protected]).  All administrative and student support services are available and operational during this time.

Q: For the SP20 quarter, what will the schedule be like and how will I get this information?

A: Not all classes that you’re registered for in SP20 will be possible to offer online.  Therefore, you’ll be notified of which classes on your schedule will be offered online beginning April 6 (lecture) and which classes will begin when the campus reopens on May 11 (performance).  Each class for SP20 will be accelerated so that the class is completed in five weeks rather than the usual ten weeks.  You will be notified via email and Populi of the schedule for each class you’ll be taking online for April 6-May 8, by Wednesday, April 1.

Q: What do I need to be able to take my classes online and what is the format of the online classes; should we be expecting more independent work and study, or live webinar? 

A: You will be participating in class lectures via Zoom (instructions to be emailed to you soon) and you’ll work in Populi to turn in assignments, view lessons, take exams, etc.  All you need is a good internet connection as well as a computer (preferred because of the larger screen size), iPad or tablet, smartphone, etc.  The classes will run very similar to any lecture class in that you will “meet” with your instructor and classmates at a set day/time (schedule will be emailed to you and posted on Populi) for the lecture, and you’ll have assignments/quizzes/projects/exams to complete via Populi just like you would in an on-campus lecture course. 

Q: Who do I contact if I’m having technical difficulties with my online classes or setting up my Zoom account?

A:  You can contact your Academic Advisor [email protected]

for assistance with Zoom, and [email protected] if you’re having trouble accessing your lacm.edu email or Populi account.  Populi will be fully explained within your Online Orientation as well as the Virtual Campus Orientation that will be held on Friday, April 3.

Q: Will there be an on-campus orientation

A: Due to the mandated temporary closure of campus, all orientation activities will be conducted online.  There is an Online Orientation via Canvas and you should have received an invitation to setup your student e-mail and access the orientation.  If you haven’t yet received an invitation to set up your email, please contact [email protected].  There will also be a Virtual Campus Orientation held on Friday, April 3 via Zoom beginning at 10am PST.  Details and instructions for access will be sent by April 1.

 HOUSING

Q: If I go home for 8 weeks, do I have to pay rent at the Cadence? If I have already paid for future months, can I get a refund? 

A: The Cadence functions as a student dormitory-style apartment building, therefore we won’t be closing during the break and shift to online classes and students are welcome to stay for all or part of the campus closure. Therefore, the method of course delivery has no effect on the Cadence leases and all students are required to pay their upcoming rental installments and students who have paid ahead will not be issued refunds.  

Q: Given these troubled and unique times, can I just terminate my Housing License/Lease? 

A: The term of your current Cadence License Agreement is financially binding for all current students. Although we cannot terminate your existing License Agreement, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss other options.  

Q: I am an incoming Spring start student and I have made a reservation to stay in the Cadence Student Apartments, will this affect my move in date for the Spring quarter?  

A: Move in for the Spring Quarter will still be available and scheduled for April 1, 2020. If you do not anticipate moving into your Cadence unit on April 1, please contact a housing representative at [email protected] to discuss an adjusted term of your License agreement and alternative move in date. 

ACADEMICS

Q: I’m starting to worry about completing my assignments and final exams from WI20 – What should I study and where should I find that information?

A: The content of each course remaining from WI20 will be available from Friday, March 20, with final exams available in most classes beginning March 23rd and remaining open until 5pm on March 27th.  Faculty will be uploading the final content to Populi and will email you details as well. Navigate to each individual class, then on the left-hand side you will find assignments, files and lessons. You should see all the remaining material in those tabs. If you do not see the review material or are missing parts of it then please contact both your teacher and advising immediately.  You can also upload any pending assignments via Populi during this time.  Final Exams (for the courses that hold written exams) will be available after 9am on Monday, March 23rd.

Please be aware that not all finals will be given at this time. Some group technique classes, classes that require LACM facilities (such as labs and recording studios), performances, recitals and showcases from WI20 will be conducted during the last 5 weeks of Spring, or as soon as the campus is able to open.

Q: I travelled home as soon as the closure was announced and won’t be back until April 6. I do not have all the resources needed to complete all my work, what should I do?

A: We understand that some students may not be able to complete all their remaining assignments/work from WI20. Please do your best to complete as much work as possible before the start of the SP20 quarter, as it will only serve to make your workload more manageable once you return. If you do not have access to Pro Tools or Sibelius, please contact your academic advisor. We have a limited supply of free 90-day licenses. Students who already own Pro Tools will not qualify for the temporary license.

If you are unable to finish any work before March 27, please contact both your teacher and academic advisor to make them aware of what you can and can’t finish.  You should be aware that you’ll need to make up the final exam/assignments once the campus reopens.

Q: How much time will I have to take my finals?

A: All final exams for WI20 will open on Monday, March 23. Students will have until 5 pm on Friday, March 27 to view the review materials and complete the exam or send in final projects.

Q: Will our schedules be the same for the online classes as the on-campus classes once we return?

A:  Not all classes that you’re registered for in SP20 will be possible to offer online.  Therefore, you’ll be notified of which classes on your schedule will be offered online beginning April 6 (lecture) and which classes will begin when the campus reopens on May 11 (performance).  Each class for SP20 will be accelerated so that the class is completed in five weeks rather than the usual ten weeks.  You will be notified via email and Populi of the schedule for each class you’ll be taking online for April 6-May 8, by Wednesday, April 1.

Q: What do I need to be able to take my classes online and what will the classes be like?

A: You will be participating in class lectures via Zoom (instructions to be emailed to you soon) and you’ll work in Populi to turn in assignments, view lessons, take exams, etc.  All you need is a good internet connection as well as a computer (preferred because of the larger screen size), iPad or tablet, smartphone, etc.  The classes will run very similar to any lecture class in that you will “meet” with your instructor and classmates at a set day/time (schedule will be emailed to you and posted on Populi) for the lecture, and you’ll have assignments/quizzes/projects/exams to complete via Populi just like you would in an on-campus lecture course.

Q:  Will the quality of the online courses be the same as if I took them on campus?

A:  While the method of delivery has changed necessarily, the contact time with your faculty member and the quality of the content will not change at all.  You will still be able to ask questions, request a meeting with your faculty, interact in class discussions, participate in collaborative projects, etc.  Since the online courses are for lecture classes only and not performance, the primary difference is that Zoom will be the “classroom” instead of you personally walking into a physical classroom space on the LACM campus.  We obviously all look forward to being back on campus together, but we are confident that the online classes will maintain the same level of quality and clarity you experience on campus.

Q:  If I’m in a different time zone than PST and can’t join the live Zoom class, can I access it later?

A:  While we highly encourage everyone to do all they can to join the Zoom class as scheduled, we recognize that some students may have more difficulty doing that than others.  Every class will be recorded and the link to the recording will be shared with all enrolled students in the class.  This link will be posted on Populi as well, and will be available for 30 days.

Q: Who do I contact if I’m having technical difficulties with my online classes or setting up my Zoom account?

A:  You can contact your Academic Advisor for assistance with Zoom, and [email protected] if you’re having trouble accessing your lacm.edu email or Populi account.

Q: I flew home to be with my family and am unsure if I need to be back before April 6 or May 11th?

A:  While the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation regarding timeline for reopening the campus, LACM intends to reopen for on-campus classes and events on May 11.  You do not need to be back to campus before May 11, as long as you have a good internet connection wherever you are staying in the meantime.

CAREER AND STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Q: Can I still meet with Career Counselors/Academic Advisors/Student Support? 

A: Yes! There are Career, Academic Advising & Student Support meetings being offered during the campus closure. All appointments will be via phone call. Counselors will call in during the time of your appointment. 

Q: How do I book a virtual appointment? 

Appointments are still on our usual booking service here – you can also find the link on Populi. 

Q: What if I have an international number? 

A: You can submit an alternative contact method on the appointment submission form. Counselors may be able to use Skype, FaceTime, WeChat, and WhatsApp as alternatives. 

Q: Will there be any Career & Student Services events/workshops?

A: All events/workshops have been postponed until campus reopens. 

FINANCIAL AID and BUSINESS OFFICE

Q: While the campus is closed, how do I get my financial aid check for living expenses?

A:  Please contact the Financial Aid staff at [email protected] to make arrangements for your check to be mailed or picked up by appointment (if possible).

Q: What if I haven’t completed my financial aid paperwork yet?

A:  Please contact the Financial Aid staff at [email protected] right away, so they can answer any questions you might have and help you to complete any pending requirements.

Q: Will there be any tuition discounts offered for SP20?

A:  LACM is not planning any tuition discounts at this time, since classes will continue and all services are fully operational during the campus closure.  All students registered for SP20 should plan to complete the courses available online from April 6 to May 8.  When the campus reopens on May 11, the performance courses and those that aren’t possible for online delivery will run for the remainder of the quarter.  All student support and career services remain available during this time, as well as all administrative functions and staff.

Q: Since the Spring start date has been changed to 04/13/2020, when will I receive my financial aid refund check?

Financial Aid disbursements will be received from the Department of Education on the week of April 13th. Once they are received, the Business Office will be cutting a check and mailing out refund checks.  If you have recently moved, please ensure to email [email protected] your new mailing address so we can update our records.

Q: On March 13, 2020, the president announced that interest would be waived on all federally held student loans. Which loans are covered by the announcement?

A: All loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will have interest waived. That includes Direct Loans, as well as Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans held by ED. Please note that some FFEL Program loans are owned by commercial lenders, and some Perkins Loans are held by the institution you attended. These loans are not eligible for this benefit at this time. For active students,  the subsidized loan do not accrue interest while in school.  The unsubsidized loans are loans that accrue interest upon receiving the first disbursement and any recurring disbursement while attending school.  As of March 13, 2020, the interest will be waived on your unsubsidized loan.

Q: How long will interest be waived?

A: Interest will not accrue on federally held student loans for at least 60 days, beginning on March 13, 2020. ED may extend that period, depending on the status of the COVID-19 national emergency. (On March, 25, the U.S. Senate passed a bill extending the initial interest waiver to offer a total of six months of 0% APR on federal student loans,  as well as extend the coronavirus forbearance period for the same amount of time). For both active and grad students who applied for student loans,  please review the following link to get the most up to date information from the Department of Education.

https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus#main-content

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Q: Is Summer Xperience and the other programs for Summer at LACM still running?

A:  Yes!  We are looking forward to seeing you on campus this summer and are planning for full delivery of all scheduled programs.  While the situation is fluid and we will be compliant with all official mandates, we are hopeful that we will be able to run these programs in full and on campus.

Q: If I register for one of the Summer at LACM programs and the program cancels due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will I get a refund?

A:  Yes.  If LACM needs to cancel any programming, full refunds will be issued.  Make sure to reserve your spot now!

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Q:  Should I leave the United States during the campus closure and while online classes are happening April 6-May 8?

A: If you do leave the U.S. and return, you should research (in advance of scheduling and purchasing return travel) any travel advisories or restrictions that apply to you.  Be aware that you may be subject to health protocols such as enhanced screenings at airports and mandatory quarantines, which can prevent you from starting work or school for approximately 14 days after your entry into this (or any other) country. Therefore, choosing to leave the U.S. may have serious consequences on your academic progress and your visa status, for reasons that LACM cannot predict or control. Ultimately, your decision to travel in and out of any country is a choice that you must make on your own or in consultation, and in agreement with, your loved ones and/or dependents.

Please understand that the decision to stay in the U.S. or in any other country, or the decision to leave your current location for a home country, is a deeply personal one that considers finances, family, health needs, etc. LACM will not tell you what decision you should make; instead, we will give you the most accurate information available at any time, but the decision will be yours.

Q:  If I leave the United States, will I be able to return by May 11?

A:  Be sure your I-20 has a current signature from the LACM International Office (contact [email protected] for questions); the signature is considered current for one year only.  However, be mindful of the potential quarantine or 14-day waiting period requirement for re-entry during this time.  LACM cannot counsel you on the wisdom of staying in the United States versus going home to your country.  Please refer to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for specific port-of-entry screening processes, as well as any travel restrictions.

VETERAN AFFAIRS: 

Q: Will I still be eligible for my housing and education benefits?

A: We were advised by VA that students will still receive their VA funding as long as the student is still in active status. The quarter begins on 04/06/2020 and students will be receiving instruction in combination of online and ground classes.

Q: Is my enrollment going to be certified? 

A: Yes, we will be able to certify VA student enrollment. If you have questions regarding your enrollment certification please email [email protected].

During these unique times, it has become vital for students to be connected to the interne. Fortunately, many large internet service providers are offering free internet services for the next few months to student households (K-21 and college) and low income households.

Charter/Spectrum services the Los Angeles area and is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter is also opening their Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

Comcast/Xfinity is initiating a 60 day pause on their current data plan, offering free unlimited data to all existing users. New, low income household customers, will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. This service is normally offered to low income household for $9.95/month, but for the next 60 days you can sign up for free if you live in a Comcast service area. For new and existing Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s internet service has been increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream for no additional fee. Comcast is also opening their Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots for free public use. For a map of Xfinity hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

Hello LACM Students:

The administration and faculty are working to make your WI20 final week of course content and exams available soon, and you should plan on taking your final exams online via Populi during the week of March 23-27.  Please access Populi by Friday of this week for any pending content to review or complete, and also check your email often for contact from your faculty.  Additional instructions will be coming shortly and we’d like to encourage you to reach out to your Academic Advisors and Department Heads should you have any concerns or questions.

LACM is planning to conduct classes online only during the weeks of April 6 – May 8 (week 1-5 of the quarter) and will plan to resume on campus courses, as permitted by the current status of the COVID-19 protocols and recommendations, the week of May 11 (week 6).  The online courses will be accelerated so that 10 weeks of course content will be delivered and completed within the first five weeks of the quarter.  When you return on May 11, you can expect for your course schedule to be primarily comprised of performance and lab-based classes.  All pending performances, recitals and showcases from WI20 will also be conducted during this time period.

We will be sending additional details and instructions over the next few days, but we did want you to be aware that we don’t anticipate being able to open the campus before May 11.  If that changes, we will certainly be in close contact as quickly as possible and will adjust as we are able.  We know that this situation has caused a disruption in our usual manner of delivering instruction, but we are confident that we’ll be able to remain connected and productive during this time of unusual circumstance.  Please know that we remain available to you during this time and all administrative staff will still be accessible via email and phone where possible.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding – we will get through this together as a community and will be stronger for the experience.

Best Regards,

Erin Workman / Executive Vice President, LACM

and

Daniel Walker / Dean of Academic Affairs, LACM

Dear LACM Community –

In an effort to act with an abundance of caution and to protect our community against the effects and implications of COVID-19, we have determined that a suspension of classes is the most prudent plan of action.  This suspension will commence immediately and will sustain until the start of the Spring quarter on Monday, April 6.  During this time, the campus will be closed to all students, alumni and guests.  All performances and events will be postponed, including the graduation ceremony scheduled for March 28. 

Administrative offices will remain open and the staff of all departments will continue to be available for phone and email contact, along with individual appointments as needed.

Specific implications are as follows:

  • The issuing and completion of grades will be paused for the Winter 2020 term.  Remaining coursework and final exams, projects and performances will be rescheduled within the Spring 2020 term, schedule to be determined at a future date.
  • All recitals, final showcases and performances are postponed and will be scheduled within the Spring 2020 quarter; specific dates and times to be determined at a future date.
  • The 2020 graduation ceremony will need to be postponed as well; every effort will be made to give ample advance notice for the rescheduled date and location, as is allowable for us given the current circumstances and official guidelines.
  • LACM North and South Campus will be closed until April 3, 2020. Provided we are able to resume normal operations at that time, the campus will open per our usual campus access policy, and classes will resume on April 6, 2020.
  • The Cadence will remain open and available to all residents throughout this time of class suspension and in accordance with the terms of the license.
  • International Students will be contacted directly within the next 24 hours, with specific instructions from the International Office.
  • Students on Financial Aid should make sure to complete and return any pending paperwork regarding Spring 2020 term.  The Financial Aid staff remains available by phone, email ([email protected] ) or individual meetings as needed.

We do recognize that this will come as a relief to some and perhaps with some difficulties for others.  If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, or negative implications from this decision please do not hesitate to contact our Student Support Counselor, Susan Bowling, at [email protected].  Phone sessions will remain available by appointment throughout this time of class suspension. 

And please contact any member of the Administrative team with questions or concerns at any time.  We will get through this time as a community and united in our care and concern for the safety, health and wellbeing of each person.  We look forward to resuming classes on April 6 and will remain in close communication with all of you in the meantime.  You can also check for regular updates on our website at ttp://www.lacm.edu/covid19/.

Best Regards,

C. Thomas Aylesbury

President

The College continues to monitor communications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD), and other public health agencies regarding COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) on a regular basis and we are updating our own policies, practices and recommendations accordingly. We encourage the LACM community to obtain information from trusted and verified news sources and avoid rumor and speculation which can be especially misleading.

School Operations and Graduation

  • For now, the College will maintain normal operations. All classes and final performances will take place as scheduled.
  • Graduation to be held on March 28 will continue as planned.

Resources

  • LACM recognizes that COVID-19 may be causing stress or anxiety for people in our community. Students in need of emotional support are encouraged to contact our on campus Student Support Counselor directly at [email protected].

Dear LACM Community,

As you may be aware, the City of Pasadena Public Health Department has declared a local state of emergency as a proactive step to allow our community to better prepare for the possible need to respond to COVID-19 (previously referred to as “coronavirus”).  This step is cautionary in nature and releases essential resources that will allow our community to be as prepared as possible in the event of the spread of COVID-19.  There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Pasadena at this time.

We know that this news might be startling, but please rest assured that our health officials have consistently stated that this is merely a precautionary step designed to set the resources in place for optimal preparation.  We will remain vigilant and in close contact with Pasadena Public Health, and will communicate with you immediately if there should be any change in this information.

We have advised faculty, students, and staff to remain careful to protect themselves against illness during this flu season.  This includes washing hands regularly, remaining home if ill, covering mouths with a tissue when coughing (and disposing of it promptly), sanitizing shared surfaces, and the usual preventative measures to remain healthy during this time.

Our primary concern is the overall health and safety of our entire community.  We will continue to communicate with you should this situation change, but we wanted to assure you that school remains in session with no anticipated interruption and our community has been deemed safe by our public health officials.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Daniel Walker, Erin Workman, Kristin Barrios or myself.  To view the announcement by the Pasadena Public Health office, https://www.cityofpasadena.net/city-manager/news-releases/pasadena-declares-public-health-emergency-for-covid-19-response/.

Best Regards,
C. Thomas Aylesbury
President

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Contact Information

Tom Aylesbury
President
[email protected]

Erin Workman
Executive Vice President
[email protected]

Kristin Barrios
Controller
[email protected]

Daniel Walker
Dean of Academic Affairs
[email protected]

LACM Campus
(626) 568 8850