Dear Assumption Students,
With the implementation of what we hope to be temporarily enhanced safety protocols, I wish to provide the University community with an update on the current COVID-19 situation on campus, as well as information on a campus event scheduled for tomorrow that will transition to virtual.
Since the beginning of the semester, 113 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 with over 60 cases reported in the last week. Fortunately, the University has not identified widespread classroom transmission of the virus at this time. Contact tracing indicates that transmission is occurring primarily when unmasked indoors in environments such as residence areas, off-campus apartments, local establishments, etc. We do know that following the safety protocols is effective in discouraging the spread of COVID-19.
Here’s what we need members of the campus community to do:
- Complete the symptom tracker in the AU Mobile App each day you are on campus.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Wear a mask, indoors and outdoors. Not on your chin, but over your nose and mouth.
- Get tested twice a week if you are vaccinated, three times a week if you are unvaccinated.
- Make a reservation to dine in Taylor to ensure de-densification of the dining hall.
- Wear your lanyard and University identification while on campus.
- If you are not vaccinated, get the vaccine.
Due to increased positive cases of COVID-19 on campus, the rededication of the Living Learning Center scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. will transition to a virtual event. A link to view a video of this recorded event will be shared with the community on Friday. The reception scheduled for after the event has been canceled to discourage large gatherings of individuals on campus.
I know this is a difficult time for members of our community. I know many are growing weary of the safety protocols, but we know that they work. We know the Assumption community can successfully endure this challenge. As other colleges and universities have transitioned to remote learning, Assumption is still offering in-person classes and events for students, thanks to your efforts to follow the safety protocols.
Deb Cady Melzer, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students