We are Depending on You to Make the Right Choices
August 20, 2020
As you return to campus and prepare to begin classes on Monday, I need to urge you to follow the vital practices of physical distancing, appropriate use of facial coverings and good hand hygiene, when you are on campus and especially when you are away from campus. Not adhering to this may cause us to move to other options. No doubt you already have seen several universities across the United States which have needed to take a two-week online period or go completely online for the Fall Semester due to unsafe practices and subsequent COVID-19 surges.
Just as we are welcoming back students to campus, we have been notified a student has tested positive for COVID-19. That student had family exposure and was tested out of state, but when test results were positive, the student filled out the self-report form so that contact tracing could begin. This was absolutely the right thing to do! You will not get in trouble for doing the right thing!
Because of the student’s appropriate actions to inform the University, we were able to trace exposure to other students who had gathered off campus. Those students considered close contacts as a result of these choices may need to quarantine and be tested.
This week in my welcome message to you, I implored you to do the right thing for our entire community.
Here’s what we ALL need to do—both on campus and off campus:
AVOID GATHERING IN LARGE GROUPS;
MAINTAIN GOOD HAND HYGIENE;
WEAR FACIAL COVERINGS; and
KEEP SIX FEET OR MORE DISTANCE.
Your professors, the University community and student peers are relying on you to take care of one another. The direction of this semester depends on you. Please take this seriously.
Ronald S. Rochon, PhD