Pomona reverses decision to move Orientation Adventure to second year

Pomona first years kayak during Orientation Adventure 2018. (Jeremy Snyder • The Student Life)

Contrary to last week’s announcement removing Orientation Adventure from students’ first-year orientation, Pomona College is keeping OA as a first-year experience for fall 2019, Dean of Students Avis Hinkson wrote in an email to students Dec. 13.

In a Dec. 5 faculty meeting, Pomona President G. Gabrielle Starr announced that OA would be moved to students’ second year in an attempt to address the “Sophomore Slump.” Hinkson emailed students about the decision the same day, detailing the six-day orientation schedule for fall 2019, which would not include OA.

In the email Hinkson sent Dec. 13, she wrote that she’ll host three open forums next semester to gather input addressing concerns about Pomona’s 10-day orientation and plans for Orientation 2020. A new committee, consisting of three students, three faculty members, and three staff members, will be created to discuss the ideas presented at the open forums.

Hinkson wrote that the committee’s recommendations will then be given to the Orientation Planning Group, who will make the orientation changes. She also anticipates working closely with the Orientation Planning Group to have a detailed plan for Pomona’s orientation in 2020 ready by spring 2020.

“I want to express my appreciation to all those who have generously shared their time with me over the past weeks, and I regret the distress this has caused for many,” Hinkson wrote.

This is a developing story, and will be updated as more information becomes available.

This article was last updated Dec. 13 at 1:02 p.m.

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