Welcome, or welcome back to campus, especially to our new and returning students! It’s a joy to see you again. We eagerly look forward to beginning another semester and seeing how God will move on our campus throughout the year.
While our intention and strong desire was to start the semester without additional mitigation measures in place, the campus COVID resurgence status will be upgraded from green to yellow. We have been monitoring the situation throughout the summer and are prepared to respond when needed. Over the last several days, the number of internal cases has rapidly increased; this mirrors the trend we are seeing off-campus as well. According to the CDC, our surrounding communities are currently in an area of high transmission.
The following modifications come with this change to resurgence status yellow, and will go into effect on Wednesday, August 25:
- Face coverings are required in all academic settings when six-feet distancing cannot be maintained and during chapel and alternative chapel programs, since those are common locations in which all students are required to be present. Face coverings are also required when you ride on Northwestern-provided transportation vehicles.
- Face coverings are encouraged indoors at all other times when six-feet distancing cannot be maintained. This includes employee or student meetings, residence hall common areas, indoor student activities; and athletics, music, and theatre events.
If needed, free face coverings are available, while supplies last, at the Robertson Student Center front desk, the student employment office in Riley Hall, the Knight Hall ticket office, and The Depot.
If you experience any symptoms that could potentially be related to COVID-19, please immediately isolate, then fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form using the purple button on the theROCK in order to connect with Health Services to schedule a testing appointment.
This change is intended to be short-term, just for the next month. We will continue to monitor numbers daily and consider future changes as appropriate. I understand that the timing of this message may be welcomed by some, while causing frustration for others. Our goal is to remain on campus in a face-to-face environment, and to help prevent further spread of the virus.
Thank you for your commitment to our community, and for remaining flexible during this time.
President Alan Cureton
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