Important Message from Pitzer Interim President

Posted: December 11, 2015

Dear Scripps Community Members,

We  learned recently of a threat to a Pitzer student made by an unknown person or persons. Additional details are included in the message below from Thomas Poon, Interim President, to the Pitzer community. As President Poon notes, this matter is being taken seriously and an investigation is underway.

We understand that this incident increases the stress to students at Scripps and across The Claremont Colleges. Please note that the Dean of Students Office stands ready to support and assist students.

For additional support:

  • Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, regular business hours, 909-621-8202, and after hours by calling Campus Safety at 909-607-2000
  • Chaplains Office, regular business hours, 909-621-8685
  • Your Primary Contact Dean

If you have any information that can help the investigation at Pitzer, you should contact Campus Safety directly.


Charlotte Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students



Dear Pitzer Community,

 I write to you with troubling information. This morning, a Pitzer student discovered a threatening note at the door to their residence hall room, which appeared racially-motivated and targeted. Hateful speech and cowardly crime is not now, nor will it ever be tolerated by Pitzer College.

 If you have any knowledge about this incident, please contact the Office of Student Affairs or Campus Safety immediately.

We are working closely with the student’s family to ensure the student’s safety and protect their well-being, and we will continue to work with law enforcement and Campus Safety to ensure the safety of our campus. We will provide an update if the threat status changes or if additional information about this crime becomes available.

 For students who may be experiencing personal difficulty at this time, the Office of Student Affairs will have staff available between 5:00 and 7:00 PM tonight and 1:30 – 3:30 PM tomorrow in Scott Hall Room 120; as well, Dean Boyle joins me in asking faculty to make
academic accommodations accordingly.

I ask everyone to stand together against intolerance and hate and to affirm our commitment to one another as a community: At Pitzer College we come together to live and work in a shared learning environment where every member is valued and respected.

I will continue to keep you updated as we move through this investigation.


Thomas Poon
Interim President
Pitzer College

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