How can I Mask Up, Back Up, and Wash Up effectively on campus? Wear your mask! Masks should cover your nose and mouth and should be worn indoors in public spaces and outdoors when you can not effectively be physically distant from others. If you do not own a mask, you may purchase one in the Campus Store. Back Up: practice physical distancing by leaving 6 feet between you and others. Wash up: wash your hands often.
What should I do if I was exposed to someone with COVID-19? Report any potential exposure or symptoms to the Dean of Students Office and follow any instructions they provide to seek medical care or to quarantine.
What should I do if I see another student who isn't wearing a mask? Remember, this is the year of community. Please remind them nicely to wear their mask. We are all doing this for each other. Should you have questions, you may contact the Dean of Students Office.
How will office hours be managed? All support services are still fully available to you; some are just offered in a different way. For example:
We are almost there!
I hope and trust your summer has had many bright spots, and I also hope you’re ready to get the fall semester underway in (now) less than two weeks.
Students – you received an email earlier this week with instructions on filling out a simple form to share your preferences about remote or in-person instruction for each of the classes for which you are registered. If you have not already done so, please take a moment and complete that task. It will help all of us be ready for a safe and engaging semester.
Faculty and staff are looking forward to reconnecting next week (in-person and remote) for August Seminar days – the semi-official start of the fall semester. Faculty and staff are receiving those details this week, but I can share that Anderson Auditorium will be able to accommodate several of us who would like to be in-person for these days. We’ll wear masks, and maintain prescribed physical distancing, but we’ll be together as a community as we continue to negotiate our world. In the opening session on Tuesday, August 11, you’ll hear updates from the Task Force Fall 2020 group, and the Dismantling Racism Task Force. We’ll also have some college updates, and some time for Q & A.
In the coming days, all of us will have the opportunity to make a commitment to our community, and to each other, by taking the necessary steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’ll deliver that pledge electronically, so you won’t miss it. This is not a legally binding document, and you won’t need an attorney to review it. We want it to be deeper than that; this pledge makes a statement about you, and about the part each of you plays in the health, safety, and vitality of this community. Each and every member of this community belongs here, should feel welcome here, and is integral to our mission to educate students for meaningful personal and professional lives. We do that best when each of us brings their gifts to the mix. In this Year of Community let’s hold each other up, reach out when we see a need, and become the model of a community that lives and learns together.
Cor ad cor loquitur.
-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.
Edgewood College is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all members of our community. Please remember that any bias or harassment toward community members of perceived Asian descent will not be tolerated. All campus members play an integral part in creating a community that is free from discrimination, harassment, and hate.
If you have been the target of (or have witnessed) an incident of discrimination or of bias, please complete the online form.