Path to the Bluff
Path to the Bluff is home to university efforts as we address the COVID-19 pandemic, advocate for campus reopening, and prepare for welcoming our community back to the bluff.
Highlighting the university’s efforts toward seeking support from county and local officials to safely reopen our campus.
Public Health Updates
Notes from the L.A. County Department of Public Health briefings specific to institutions of higher education.
11-12-20: Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer warns that unless Los Angeles County's COVID numbers decrease substantially, colleges and universities will not be able to offer in-person instruction next semester.
10-15-20: New state guidance allowing up to three households to gather does not include fraternities, sororities, or residence halls. County officials asked higher education leaders to remind our students and ensure this is not misinterpreted.
9-25-20: There is a slight bump in COVID cases post-Labor Day, but not as high as after July 4 or Memorial Day.
Los Angeles County cases reached the threshold to move into Tier 2 and begin more reopenings, but this is not expected to last. County officials asked institutions of higher education to report any COVID cases to them, in addition to the current practice of reporting clusters of three or more cases.
Reopening our campus will be the result of a collaborative effort with our partners, which includes influential leaders outside of the university.
Collaboration with Local Presidents and Chancellors
Leading over 20 local colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area including USC, Pepperdine, UCLA and LACC, LMU and partners have been able to affect the reopening protocols for the higher education sector put forward by the county office of public health.
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) works on behalf of 85 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities in California that make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities sector (ICCU). They articulate the principles and priorities of its institutions in the higher education ecosystem of California. AICCU provides a strong and visible presence at the state and federal level, as well as professional development opportunities for its member institutions’ senior leaders.