Feb. 8 - To undergraduate students: Update on our temporary pause

Dear undergraduate students,

I hope this finds you well on what for most of us is a snowy, cold Monday. I know that many of you were caught off guard when we acted quickly to slow the spread of coronavirus on our campus. I appreciate your willingness to comply with the pause, either at home or within your residence hall.

I know it is not easy, and I know that many of you feel it is unfair given the actions of a few. Unfortunately, it only takes a few people to spike our positivity rate among the campus population. I ask that you also remember that while college students rarely seem to get drastically ill with this virus, it can heavily impact others you may come into contact with. Please continue to be safe and follow the proper protocols during this pause and after.

We are very much looking forward to Feb. 16 and will be sending a series of email messages and updates this week to keep you engaged with friends and informed about the process for returning to in-person learning. I hope you will take advantage of the virtual events and programming offered during this pause as well as the special programming offered by your resident advisors.

Please know that our teams in Student Affairs and Residence Life are here for you and thank you again for your flexibility and patience as we work to flatten our latest curve.

J. Malcolm Smith
Vice president for student affairs