Campus Safety Update 9/18/21

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
 

From the desk of
William 'Terry' Brown, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

 
Fellow Educators,
 
I hope that everyone has been having an enjoyable summer that included some measure of rest and relaxation. In just eight days, the 2021-2022 Academic Year will begin and our halls will once again be populated with faculty, staff and our students who are taking on-site classes.
 
I am incredibly pleased to share with the community that no members of the college community reported testing positive for COVID-19 coronavirus from April through July. This is fantastic news, given that an average of 250 people were on our campuses on a daily basis during that time.
 
As the pandemic evolved with the presentation of the Delta Variant and rising vaccination rates, we continue to monitor the situation and leadership at the System Office continues to adjust expectations. We are in the midst of an extremely dynamic and fluid situation, and we ask for everyone’s patience, cooperation, and coordination as we navigate all the administrative, health, public health, education, privacy, and legal concerns necessary to protect our college community.
 
In the past two weeks six members of the college community reported testing positive for COVID-19, and it is clear that we are not entirely out of the woods where this pandemic is concerned, We must remain diligent and mindful of the safety precautions necessary to keep our campus community safe.
 
Here are the most important strategies to keep in mind as we prepare for fully on-site operations.
 
  • Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. The safety and effectiveness of the vaccines currently available have been established by the FDA and supported by the CDC. The vaccines are especially effective for preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
 
  • The Board of Regents for Higher Education is requiring that all students who attend in-person classes or events on campus are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who are not vaccinated are invited to take online courses and attend college activities virtually.
 
  • While on campus, correct wearing of masks is mandatory. This applies to students, staff and faculty.
 
  • Social distancing guidelines continue with a 3' to 6' distance in classrooms and gathering spaces.
 
  • Anyone with symptoms associated with COVID must refrain from coming to campus. We ask and encourage anyone who suspects being exposed or tests positive for to the coronavirus) (or tests positive for If symptoms persist, testing is highly recommended.
 
All updates, communications and adjustments to policies and procedures related to the pandemic can be found on the college website or the CSCU websiteGuidelines for the Delta Variant are also available. The college site also publishes dates and times for our ongoing vaccine clinics. The next three dates are:
August 21 - 9am to 2pm
August 23 - 1pm to 3pm
August 30 - 1pm to 4pm
 
Strict adherence to the safety protocols is a matter of social responsibility as much as it is a matter of personal safety, and I thank you in advance for staying the course until the threat of infection is no longer prevalent.
 
I look forward to welcoming everyone on campus over the coming weeks.
 
Sincerely,
 
William 'Terry' Brown
Chief Executive Officer