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:
I want you all to know that the faculty and staff have done a tremendous amount of work preparing for your safe return. Don’t blow it. You may have seen the stories this week about colleges that have already been forced to return to fully online coursework. Each of these closures was caused by the same thing: students not following safety protocols. Let’s show everyone that Edgewood College students are smarter than that, and that we care enough about one another to do our part to keep Covid-19 away. Follow the safety procedures that have been established.
If you feel symptoms, report it and isolate yourself. We have support for students with Covid-19 this semester, unless we get overwhelmed by too many cases at once, like has happened at UNC and Notre Dame because some of their students were (let’s face it) stupid.
We are all glad to see one another and be together again. If we work together and think about others, we can make this last through the semester. We ALL have a responsibility to our community do to our best to avoid the coronavirus. That includes saying something to our friends if they’re doing (or planning to do) something stupid.
Believe it or not, there are people who want us to fail, who can’t wait to say, “See? I told you those students couldn’t be trusted to come back safely.” I believe those people are wrong. Let’s show them we can do this.
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.