Dear Campus Community,
This week, the Risk Management Task Force unanimously recommended that we temporarily require facemasks for all indoor spaces. I agree with this recommendation. This precaution will extend to the entire SAU System.
As the Covid-19 variant increases and our hospitals are stretched for resources, we feel it only prudent to do everything we can to keep one another safe. Facemasks will be required in all indoor spaces, including classrooms, residence halls, in shared offices, when in transit inside buildings, and in cafeterias and other dining venues.
Employees in personal office spaces are not required to wear a mask, and students in personal residence hall rooms are not required to wear masks when only in the presence of suitemates or roommates. When gathering in shared public spaces within residence halls or when gathered with visitors or non-roommates, we ask that students mask up to protect one another.
We want to maintain a vibrant college experience as much as possible this fall. Course delivery will continue as scheduled. Athletic and student activities will continue as planned. It is our hope to maintain scheduled events this fall as we begin another year of “monitor and adjust.”
I encourage all members of our community to use good judgement. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. Wear facemasks off campus. Avoid crowded spaces. Get the vaccine. Be healthy and be safe.
Together, we can do more.
We are excited to welcome students back to campus and launch the fall 2021 semester next week. Let’s have a great year!