Pomona College students, who pursue many academic and extracurricular interests, come from various social and geographic backgrounds. Their daily life is characterized by an easy informality natural to the climate and character of Southern California.
Students at Pomona enjoy both the intimacy of a small residential college and the university atmosphere of The Claremont Colleges. Interaction with Pomona professors is greater and more frequent than at a large university; at the same time, Pomona students have the libraries and multiple student services of the colleges in Claremont, which together enroll more than 7,000 students.
Students are expected to live on campus and take their meals in campus dining halls. Life outside the classroom is centered in the residence halls, which are coeducational. Although students have the biggest say in regulating life within the residence halls, the faculty and administration also participate in their governance.
Resources and Services
Campus Living and Dining
There are 12 coeducational residence halls. Various types of accommodations include single and double rooms and suites. First-year students are assigned rooms on south campus. The residence halls staff includes deans, student resident advisors and sponsors. The Residence Hall Committee—a group of students and administrators—is responsible for proposing changes in residence hall policy to the Student Affairs Committee.
The board program options for 2009-10 range from 12 meals per week to 19 meals per week, with “board plus dollars” ranging from $80 per semester to $240 per semester. Find details online at www.pomona.edu/administration/campus-life.
A faculty meal plan provides for faculty to join students in the dining halls at the expense of the College, for one meal a week.
Health and Counseling
The Student Health Service and Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services are located in the Robert E. Tranquada Student Services Center, which is in front of Honnold Library. Both services are open each semester when classes are in session. The Student Health Service stresses preventative medicine and health awareness. Consultation and outpatient treatment by the physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses are available to students by appointment at no charge. There are minimal charges for walk-in visits, medications, Xrays, laboratory tests, special procedures and supplies. These charges do not have to be paid for at the time of service. Referral for subspecialty consultation, hospitalization and surgery can be arranged by the Student Health Service but will not be financed by the College—payment is the student’s responsibility. All students must have a health history and entrance physical on file to use the services. These forms are required for initial admission to Pomona College as a first year or transfer student. Forms completed by a family member/relative who is an M.D./nurse practitioner will not be accepted. All students’ records are confidential. Medical records are not made available to anyone without the student’s permission. The Student Health Service maintains a Website where more information about medical services can be accessed at www.cuc.claremont.edu/shs.
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services helps students with personal and emotional problems. The Center provides brief individual therapy, medication evaluation, group therapy and referrals to other mental health resources. Workshops and groups are offered on topics such as sexual abuse, eating disorders, relationship issues, stress management, grief and self-esteem issues. Students who have personal concerns, psychological or emotional distress or who simply wish to talk with someone are welcome. There is no charge for the services of psychologists or a consulting psychiatrist at the center. It is understood that a relationship formed with the center is confidential.
The College does not assume responsibility for medical or psychological care of its students beyond the capacity of its health and counseling facilities. A student accident and sickness medical-expense insurance plan is available to students for purchase through the Claremont University Consortium (CUC). Effective fall 2008, all incoming students are automatically enrolled in the CUC Student Health Insurance Plan. Student may waive out of the plan by submitting proof of comparable insurance. International students are required to purchase the CUC plan. Designed to supplement the care provided by the health and counseling services, the CUC Student Health Insurance Plan includes benefits for psychological services, accidental injuries, hospitalization, surgery, doctor visits in the hospital, emergency care and ambulance services. Premiums for coverage are listed in an insurance-plan brochure mailed to each student. Information is also available from the Student Health Service.
Dedicated to empowering and enhancing spiritual life at The Claremont Colleges, the Interfaith Office of the Chaplains directs the programs of McAlister Center for Religious Activities. Assisting students in making contact with members of their community of belief, the chaplains, a Protestant minister, a Catholic priest and a Jewish rabbi coordinate a wide range of events, programs and provide pastoral counseling for the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Zen, Latter-Day Saints, Christian Science, Unitarian and other communities. The chaplains also direct The Claremont Colleges Community Service Center, which provides diverse volunteer opportunities in the local area.
Located within McAlister Center are the Community Service Center, a meditation chapel, a library, a fireside lounge and the chaplains’ offices.
Services for Students of African Descent
The Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) addresses the educational needs of students of African descent. The office, through its cultural programs and academic services, seeks to create a supportive environment for students that will help them attain their undergraduate and graduate degrees. OBSA also hopes to help students develop emotional autonomy, coping skills, feelings of self-worth and independence, a positive ethnic identity, mature relationships with peers, appropriate educational plans, mature career paths and responsible lifestyles.
The Office of Black Student Affairs is committed to diversity, and its programs and services are open to all students of The Claremont Colleges. It sponsors numerous activities, including the New Student Retreat, Black History Month programs, leadership training, cross-cultural programs, speaker’s series, poetry readings and other programs to enhance students’ interpersonal skills.
OBSA is located at 139 E. Seventh Street and can be reached by phone at (909) 607-3669; fax (909) 621-8969.
Services for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students
The Asian American Resource Center’s (AARC’s) mission is to build a stronger sense of Asian Pacific Islander community, raise awareness of issues affecting Asian American and Pacific Islanders, develop student leadership and act as a resource for the campus community. AARC collaborates with other ethnic groups, academic departments and campus offices on a wide range of social and educational programs such as Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, leadership development retreats, the Asian Pacific Islander Arts Initiative, Social Justice Lecture Series and faculty lecture series. Working in conjunction with the five-college Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies, AARC also houses the multimedia Yuri Kochiyama Asian American Studies Library and Off-Campus Placement Program that provides information on internship and scholarship opportunities.
The Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) is a student-run peer mentoring program established to meet the specific needs of first-year and transfer Asian American students in adjusting to college life. AAMP provides a solid base of social, academic and emotional support for Asian American students by fostering one-on-one relationships and organizing small-group activities and campus-wide events. The AARC is located at the Smith Campus Center. For information about programs, contact (909) 621-8639.
Services for Chicano/Latino Students
The Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center (CLSA) is an educational support service that addresses student issues through academic, social and cultural programs. CLSA seeks to build community through a variety of activities and events designed to bring students together from the five colleges. Specifically, the New Student Retreat, Latino Heritage Month, Día de la Familia, monthly lunches, study breaks, movie series, guest lectures and César Chávez Commemoration Program help students to network and form bonds of friendship and support. Moreover, every new student is mentored through the CLSA Sponsor Program. Programs are provided that enrich student cultural identity and promote social awareness. CLSA offers services and activities that celebrate the history, heritage and culture of Chicanos and Latinos. CLSA is located at 757 College Way, on the second floor of the Robert E. Tranquada Student Services Center. To contact CLSA, please call (909) 621-8044 or visit our Website at: www.cuc.claremont.edu/chicano.
Services for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Allied Students
Located in Walton Commons, the Queer Resource Center (QRC) of The Claremont Colleges is a seven-college organization providing resources for students, faculty and staff of all sexual orientations and genders. The mission of the QRC is to empower each lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning person to have a positive college experience, grow as a self-aware individual and be a responsible community member. The QRC has a large collection of LGBT-related books which can be checked out as textbooks, research material or just for fun as well as a wide selection of movies that can be checked out for free; the QRC’s student staff plan social, educational and political programs throughout the year in addition to co-sponsoring many events with various other organizations; and the QRC lounge can be used for meetings, doing homework, practicing piano, playing foosball or simply hanging out with friends in a safe space.
Policy Making, Student Conduct and Regulations
When students live together in a residential environment, as they do at Pomona College, it is necessary to establish policies concerning campus life.
The College values the experience and judgment of faculty and students in the management of college life. For this reason, many of the policy-forming committees of the College have both faculty and students as voting members. Students serve on the following committees: Admissions, Academic Procedures, Communications, Curriculum, Study Abroad, Public Events, Student Affairs and the Women’s Commission. There is student representation on four committees of the Board of Trustees: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Buildings and Grounds and Institutional Advancement.
The College attempts to maintain a campus environment conducive to the personal and intellectual development of its students. Formulating policy for non-academic life and for developing, administering and enforcing the necessary regulations has been delegated through the president to the faculty. The committee charged with this responsibility is the Student Affairs Committee, which consists of five administrative officers and faculty members, the president and vice president of the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC), two other representatives from the ASPC Senate and a Student-at-Large.
Pomona College assumes that its students, having voluntarily become members of the College, are in sympathy with its philosophy and will abide by its general practices.
The basic philosophy governing conduct is that each student shares responsibility with fellow students, faculty, staff and administrators for the development and maintenance of standards that contribute to the welfare of the entire Pomona College community.
Individually, students must bear full responsibility for their conduct, both within and beyond the confines of the campus. The College expects students to abide by local, state and federal laws, and to govern their conduct with concern for the entire community. Behavior on or off the campus that is contrary to the welfare of the College community may result in disciplinary action.
Pomona College’s disciplinary authority has been delegated by the Board of Trustees to the faculty, which exercises this responsibility through the Student Affairs Committee. The Judiciary Council, acting under a constitution approved by the Student Affairs Committee, is a student body chaired by a student. It holds primary authority for the discipline of students in nonacademic matters and is empowered to take action up to and including expulsion from the College.
Regulations and Policies
The Pomona College Student Handbook (online at www.pomona.edu/administration/student-affairs) contains specific regulations governing student conduct and academic life and is electronically distributed to students at the beginning of the academic year. The following are some regulations of general interest.
Students are required to live in a residence hall, unless an exception is made in the statement offering admission. After the second year, some exceptions are made to the policy on residential living, although the College generally expects its students to live on campus and participate in the life of the College. Students who live on campus are required to take one of the meal plan options offered in the dining halls.
The College does not assume responsibility for loss or damage to students’ personal property. Parents and students should inspect their own insurance policies and determine whether the limits are sufficient to cover the student’s belongings in Claremont. Students living on campus are liable for all damages to or losses from their rooms, and all students are liable for damage they cause in public areas.
Pomona reserves the right to dismiss from residence or to withdraw dining privileges from any student who becomes an undesirable occupant. Room or board fees will be refunded on a per-diem basis.
Students who wish to live off campus must make formal application to the Office of Campus Life. Students who are married, have children or have health problems may be granted permission to move off campus. A few additional applications, generally from seniors, are also approved each year. Students who have chosen a room and later request and receive authorization to live off campus will receive a refund of one-half the semester room and board charges.
Every student living on or off campus who plans to own or maintain an automobile, motorcycle, motor scooter or motorbike on the campuses of The Claremont Colleges is required to register the vehicle with Campus Safety at the beginning of each semester or within three days after the vehicle is driven in Claremont. There is a registration fee. When registering a vehicle for on-campus use, the student receives a booklet of information and regulations for which he or she is responsible. Parking and traffic regulations are outlined in the handbook.
All Claremont Colleges’ students who bring bicycles to the campus are required by law to license them with the State of California. Registration of serial numbers and descriptions expedites recovery of lost or stolen bicycles. Student bicycle licenses may be obtained at the Campus Safety Office for a $3 fee.
Student Organizations and Activities
A wide variety of academic, social, political and other interest groups are represented on campus. Activities and organizations change from year to year as interests change, so the Pomona College Student Handbook lists the current information and is made available to students each academic year.
The Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC), with officers elected by the student body, participates in the governance of the College by representing the students to the administration and faculty and by appointing students to a wide range of College-wide committees and boards. The senate is the governing body of the ASPC and is responsible for administering the affairs and properties of the Associated Students. The senate consists of the president, vice president for finance, vice president for campus activities, commissioners representing areas of interest and senators representing classes and residential areas. The ASPC coordinates student activities and allocates funds collected from student fees. These funds go to a wide variety of student clubs and organizations, including The Student Life, KSPC, the Women’s Union and the Committee for Campus Life and Activities. The senate supports several student services, including Safe Escorts, Graphic Artists and the Sagehen Shuttle service. The senate also operates the Coop Store and Coop Fountain, both located in the Smith Campus Center.
Under the leadership of the Associated Students of Pomona College, the ASPC commissioners, senators and the committees on which they serve arrange many of the activities on campus and in the community. Pomona’s array of student organizations includes the Women’s Union, the Queer Resource Center, the Students of Color Alliance, Ski Club and the Ballroom Dance Team. Pomona students also participate in a range of five-college organizations.
The Committee for Campus Life and Activities (CCLA) is the programming board of the Associated Students. Chaired by the vice president for campus activities, CCLA is responsible for providing social and cultural cocurricular activities for the College community. Committees of CCLA are organized by the types of events presented, e.g., annual events, films, multicultural events, social events and live music. Committee chairs are selected in the spring, following student-body elections. Participation in CCLA committees is open to all interested students.
Student Publications. The Student Life, established in 1889, is the oldest college newspaper in Southern California. The Metate, the College yearbook, is published each fall chronicling the events and activities of the previous year. Passwords is a student-run literary magazine, and the Re-View is a feminist magazine.
Broadcast Media. KSPC is a 3,000-watt FM radio station owned by Pomona College and operated by students from each of The Claremont Colleges. Its broadcasting range encompasses the Los Angeles basin. KSPC is also Webcast at www.kspc.org. The station provides all interested students with broadcasting experience; students and community volunteers host a variety of shows ranging from techno to polka to sports. Students interested in television participate in Claremont Colleges TV, the Claremont University Center’s own cableaccess television channel.
Honor Society. Mortar Board, the senior honor society, provides a range of programs and services for the campus. Juniors are eligible. Selection involves nominations and applications and is based on leadership, scholarship and service. Mortar Board annually sponsors an ESL program for College staff members, Quest non-credit classes, College Bowl, the College-wide talent GALA, Holiday Care Packages, the AIDS Benefit Dance and many other activities. The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), sponsored by the Career Development Office, is an honors organization recognizing outstanding academic achievement among first- and second-year college students and encourages members to develop leadership skills through community service. NSCS has active chapters on more than 145 college and university campuses across the United States. Chapter members are involved in service to the campus and local communities, as well as with scholastic and social activities.
Honorary Fraternities. The following honorary fraternities are based at Pomona College: California Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta sociology fraternity; California Alpha Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon national honorary mathematical fraternity; Delta Phi Alpha, a local chapter of the national honorary German society; Pi Sigma Alpha honorary society in political science; Psi Chi honorary psychology fraternity; Sigma Delta Pi, a Spanish national honor society; and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.
Local Social Fraternities and Sororities. From the early days of the College, Pomona has sponsored a system of local fraternities. There are three, one of which has women members: Kappa Delta, Nu Alpha Phi and Sigma Tau are all active on campus. As these fraternities do not own houses, most fraternity members live in the residence halls.
Student-Faculty Interaction Committee. The Student-Faculty Interaction Committee (SFIC) was established to encourage informal relationships between students and faculty. Individuals are encouraged to request funds from this committee when planning events to increase student-faculty interaction.
The Dance Program at Pomona, which exists as part of the Theatre and Dance Department, offers a modern dance-based curriculum supported by courses in ballet, history, theory and several cultural styles. Students from the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, regardless of major concentration, have the opportunity to audition for participation in informal student productions, as well as faculty-student concerts. The annual Pomona Spring Dance Concert features choreography by renowned artists, faculty and senior dance majors.
The Pomona College Orchestra, College Choir, Glee Club, Gospel Choir, College Band, Jazz Ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, other non-Western ensembles and chamber-music groups offer opportunities for regular participation and public performance.
Through the Department of Music, students, faculty members and visiting artists give public recitals on campus.
The Geiger Fund, an endowment established by Hector Geiger in memory of his wife, Elizabeth McLeod Geiger; Mitchell Fund, established in memory of Robert Mitchell ’23; and Hanson Fund, a gift from H. Endicott Hanson ’26 and Alice Schulz Hanson, enable the College to bring distinguished musicians to campus.
The Pomona College Theatre Department for The Claremont Colleges is the only five college theatre department in the country. It continues a lively tradition of studying and producing world theatre. All students may participate as performers, playwrights, designers, dramaturges, backstage crew, directors and/or audience members. A bequest by Charles and Marian Holmes enables the department to enrich the curriculum with guest artists, companies and teachers.
Pomona College, in concert with Pitzer College, offers a broad program of intercollegiate athletics for men and women. Pomona-Pitzer is a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and is associated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III.
Varsity and club sports: There are men’s teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field and water polo; and women’s teams in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, swimming, track and field, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and water polo. The combined Claremont Colleges offer student-organized club sports teams in badminton, cycling, fencing, women’s field hockey, men’s lacrosse, rugby, men’s volleyball and ultimate frisbee.
Although the major emphasis is on competition within the SCIAC conference and with selected schools of the Haverford Group consortium, qualified students or teams may advance to competition at NCAA regional or national playoffs and championships.
Intramurals: The College also sponsors an extensive intramural program. Schedules are arranged for men’s, women’s and coeducational teams in activities ranging from beach volleyball to flag football to inner-tube water polo. Competition centers around the dormitory leagues, but some competition also occurs in independent leagues and at individual meets.
A Faculty Committee on Athletics, appointed by the president of the College, serves in an advisory capacity to the athletic director and as liaison between the department and the faculty at large.
The department has established regulations concerning the use of physical education facilities. Recreational users of the equipment and facilities do so at their own risk. They should carry accident insurance available through the College Health Service or through a plan of their own choice. Those who participate on varsity teams must present evidence of coverage, other than the College plan, before checking out equipment or practicing with a team. Physical examinations are required of all student athletes prior to participation on intercollegiate athletic teams.
Club Sports Office
The Claremont Colleges have established two offices, under the administrative supervision of the Physical Education departments at Pomona College and Claremont McKenna College, to assist club sports teams in scheduling fields and facilities for practice and competition. The offices also schedule and provide a trainer to attend home events for selected sports. To be eligible to use a Claremont Colleges’ field or facility or receive funding assistance from the associated student governments, a club sport must be registered with the Office of Intramural, Club and Recreational Sports. The directors for intramural, club and recreational sports are available to assist in the registration process by maintaining copies of all required records, forms and waivers and will coordinate the scheduling and use of fields and facilities. Individual club sports are responsible for their own funding, membership, coaches/advisors, equipment and transportation. Copies of The Claremont Colleges Club Sports Handbook are available in the club sports offices.