As of Friday, March 30:
Courses taught to our 2nd year MEIM students studying in Los Angeles have been moved to distance format. Staff are working remotely. The LA facility is closed until further notice.
March 13, 2020
Dear LA MEIMs,
I've been in contact with campus leadership and as you know, the environment in Los Angeles has drastically changed since we made the decision to continue classes in-person earlier this week. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti issued new guidelines regarding COVID-19. These include closure of LA City Hall and postponing or cancelling all city events with at least 50 people. A short time later, all of the major talent agencies, some studios, and several production offices have told all employees (and interns) to work from home. As you know by now, the NBA, MLB, NHL have cancelled their seasons, Disneyland and Universal Studios have closed, and several TV shows and films also have ceased filming in LA. Due to these changing developments, we are now going to move the LA MEIM classes to an online format. I've been in contact with the mini 4 faculty and we will all do our best to make this as supportive an experience as possible under these trying circumstances.
One of the members in your cohort asked me if it was okay to go back to their home country. As you still have the Capstone to work on, I am requesting that you remain in Los Angeles to complete the semester. I'll be sending out more details over the next few days regarding logistics related to Capstone. The MEIM Center will remain open and available for you to use the facilities and the internet. However, meeting as a full cohort will not be occurring. It is imperative that all of you embrace social distancing to limit the spread of infection. I'm requesting that if you do enter the MEIM space, the very first thing you do is to immediately wash your hands before you start working. If you are working with your Capstone Team, make sure you keep six feet of distance between you and others. Finally, if you feel sick or are running a fever, please do not come to the MEIM Center.
I appreciate your patience and hard work to get us to this point in the semester. As always, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.