5C students, faculty and staff no longer need test weekly for COVID-19. Free testing is still available for those who want or for those who are still required to test, such as musical performers, those with symptoms and unvaccinated individuals.
The U.S. currently accounts for 25 percent of the world’s monkeypox cases, and last week, the Biden administration finally declared another public health emergency surrounding the outbreak — nearly three months after the country’s first reported case. Despite these developments, none of the 5Cs have announced precautionary measures or made any acknowledgement that monkeypox poses a threat to life on campus.
As COVID-19 cases surged to unprecedented levels at the 5Cs throughout April, Claremont McKenna College and Harvey Mudd College quickly found themselves in a complicated position: they didn’t have enough isolation space for everyone who tested positive.
The rise in COVID-19 cases across the 5Cs following students’ return from spring break is leading 5C administrators to respond with several pertinent changes, some effective immediately.
Although originally just a COVID-19-era necessity, test-optional admissions policies at the 5Cs may be sticking around. During the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, each of the 5Cs were test-optional, a pattern they shared with two- thirds of colleges and universities across the country. But even as classes resume in person, the 5Cs are taking a second look at their traditional testing requirements.