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  • The Claremont Independent

CMC To Provide Summer Housing, Free COVID Testing, For Students

In an email sent earlier this evening, Claremont McKenna College (CMC) Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Diana Graves informed students that CMC will be providing “limited summer housing at the Alexan Kendry Apartments (about 1.5 miles south of campus) for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will be enrolled at CMC in fall 2021 and meet additional criteria.” Students who participate in the housing program will be subject to guidelines “including daily health screening and frequent COVID-19 testing protocols (free of charge).”

In her email, Graves explained that “[s]ummer housing in the Alexan Kendry Apartments begins on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 1, at 12:00 p.m. If you have no other option but college housing beyond August 1st you must indicate that on the application. If approved for extended housing, we will transition you over to your fall housing assignment at that time.”

CMC had previously leased apartments from the Alexan Kendry complex to “increase residential capacity.” The college later extended its lease in preparation for the fall 2021 semester. As of the time of writing, no other member of the Claremont Consortium has provided similar housing alternatives.  

The email also stated that “[u]nless you have been approved to return early in August for a College program (i.e. Athletics, FYG, RA, Dean of Students Office, etc.), you will be required to continue to pay the summer housing rate until the residence halls open for regular fall semester housing (8/26-rising sophomores; 8/28-rising juniors and seniors). There will be no extensions granted to stay in the AK apartments beyond August 1st unless your housing is assigned there for the fall semester.”

According to the email, housing eligibility will be extended to “[s]tudents who are employed by CMC in roles that include an in-person component (i.e., first-year program interns, facility supervisors, Keck Science research interns, etc.) and “[s]tudents who are registered for online summer school courses or who have secured remote, virtual internships and whose home environment is not conducive to the successful completion of such activity.”

Students “will be charged $33 per day (roughly $231 per week). This includes a furnished apartment with full size kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, all utilities, Wi-Fi, parking, and access to Alexan Kendry amenities such as the pool and fitness center. No meal plan will be provided. Students are responsible for their own kitchen necessities such as dishes, pots, pans, and utensils.”

The email also explains that “[s]tudents in summer housing are expected to abide by all College policies including the Student Code of Conduct, and any transgressions may result in conduct sanctions and loss of summer (and possibly fall) housing privileges.”

Kara Hagler contributed reporting.


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