How can I Mask Up, Back Up, and Wash Up effectively on campus? Wear your mask! Masks should cover your nose and mouth and should be worn indoors in public spaces and outdoors when you can not effectively be physically distant from others. If you do not own a mask, you may purchase one in the Campus Store. Back Up: practice physical distancing by leaving 6 feet between you and others. Wash up: wash your hands often.
What should I do if I was exposed to someone with COVID-19? Report any potential exposure or symptoms to the Dean of Students Office and follow any instructions they provide to seek medical care or to quarantine.
What should I do if I see another student who isn't wearing a mask? Remember, this is the year of community. Please remind them nicely to wear their mask. We are all doing this for each other. Should you have questions, you may contact the Dean of Students Office.
How will office hours be managed? All support services are still fully available to you; some are just offered in a different way. For example:
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff –
While I’m confident that this first day of fully-online classes brought with it some unforeseen challenges, I hope it also was a day of re-connecting with friends and colleagues, and a day to look ahead.
We know this is new territory for us as members of this community, and of the world community. And being in a community can mean making difficult decisions.
Earlier today at the President’s Council meeting, we made the decision that the traditional Commencement ceremony, scheduled to be held Sunday, May 17, 2020, will not be held. Commencement Liturgy, scheduled for the same weekend, also will not be held.
I’m sure this raises questions and concerns; please allow me to address some immediate issues.
First, we are exploring alternative ways to celebrate the enormous accomplishment of earning a college degree – at every level. We are in the information-gathering stage as of this afternoon. Please watch for updates on that topic soon.
Some of you have already ordered commencement attire (cap & gown). If you have ordered commencement attire, you will be contacted shortly with instructions for options available to you.
This Spring has brought many disappointments to you. Some of you have not had the pleasure and challenge of competing with your athletic teams. Completing clinicals and internships now has a different face. Being with your classmates, especially for seniors or other graduates, now becomes a virtual reality. And yet, while the learning modality has changed, the high level of quality instruction remains. Our faculty members remain dedicated to deliver on our promise to our students.
We close with this quote, appropriate for our time, because this is what we do best at Edgewood College:
“Building communities that practice understanding, loving-kindness, and compassion may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of our world.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Circumstances are changing rapidly, and it can feel difficult to keep up. Students – you received an email from Heather Harbach, Vice President for Student Development, this morning. Please review it and reach out; while we are separated in body, we remain a community that cares for each and every member.
Please continue to check your email for updated information. Those updates are archived at www.edgewood.edu/covid-19 for reference.
Thank you for all you do to make this a true community of learners.
Mary Ellen Gevelinger, O.P., Ed.D., Interim President
Margaret Noreuil, Ph.D., RN, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean
Edgewood College is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all members of our community. Please remember that any bias or harassment toward community members of perceived Asian descent will not be tolerated. All campus members play an integral part in creating a community that is free from discrimination, harassment, and hate.
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