Dear Pomona students,
As Pomona College’s Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, I want to welcome each of you to campus, and express my great excitement for our year ahead! I trust you share my excitement and are looking forward to a great year. I am confident of our ability to achieve many successes as we work collaboratively.
The purpose of the Pomona College Student Handbook is to provide you with Pomona College’s policies and resources in a centralized place. When you accepted the College’s offer of admission, you agreed to abide by the College’s policies. These policies and the expectations we have to support and respect each other are foundational to the success of our small, residential, liberal arts community. In fact, most of the policies you read about here have been developed by committees of students, faculty, and staff.
Many of the resources mentioned here started out as ideas or initiatives generated by students and implemented through partnerships with faculty and staff. These partnerships reflect the fact that we are all committed to a community where student concerns are taken seriously. At Pomona, we strongly believe that each of our community members have much to contribute to the continuous evolution of our college. Your ideas, talents and questions will help to make Pomona the best institution possible and provide an environment that is conducive to growth and development.
Simply put, we are all in this together and all share the same desire for a community committed to respect and education. This Handbook outlines what you need to know about the policies and procedures that govern student life. Please take time to familiarize yourself with this Handbook and feel free to ask any questions if any aspect of it is unclear. At Pomona, you are not left alone to figure things out but instead you are surrounded by student leaders, faculty and staff who are eager to assist you. I would also encourage you to review the Student Affairs website to gain an understanding of the Division of Student Affairs and the ways your education may be enriched by opportunities hosted by Student Affairs.
Lastly, as I am sure you already know, Pomona has so much to offer that it is important for you to pace yourself. Take your time, explore, try new things and have an amazing time. I am so glad you are part of this community and I look forward to getting to know you.
Dean Avis E. Hinkson