Dear Campus Community,
We continue to have no confirmed cases on campus. We have administered 81 tests so far this week. This is lower than the last few weeks, but we will be ramping up our testing protocol and will begin administering more signal tests starting next week. As of today, we have 75 test results back and we have no positive results so far. Currently there are 11 students in quarantine.
Pulse Surveys: Thank you to all the students who are filling out the weekly pulse surveys we are sending out. This week 497 students participated. The results are being read by a group of senior administrators and student development staff. We are using your feedback to help drive decision making and make changes. Nothing about this semester is normal or easy. We are walking a fine line. We want to manage COVID on campus while also giving students a good and fun semester. This is hard. It's complicated by the fact that students (and faculty and staff) are in very different places with regard to how much risk we think we should manage and how we should manage that risk. Getting perspectives, observations, and ideas from students is important and helpful. Please keep participating.
Campus Life: We have various groups of students and staff working together to create more options for social life and a more normalized campus experience.
- Expanding Social Opportunities in Residential Halls: Our top priority is expanding options for students to socialize in each other’s residential hall rooms and other residence hall spaces. We have had some good conversations with students over the last few days, and hope to implement something soon.
- Co-Curriculars and Social Activities: A second top priority remains getting more co-curricular activities and social activities up and running. As part of this effort, we are working to aggregate all the information about activities and events happening on campus and remotely (academic, arts, athletics, clubs, CLIC-sponsored programs, etc.) and will be providing a more comprehensive list each week in the Fall 2020 student and family newsletter sent on Fridays.
To enable more activities and social life on campus, we are going to keep our current guidelines in place for restricting off-campus travel. We need to make the trade off and hold the line on off-campus travel so we can loosen things up on campus.
A Question: I may cut my twice a week email updates back to once a week. A few students have suggested that a once a week email is more likely to be read. I am interested in hearing whether you agree. My plan would be to send something out on Mondays and then only send a communication later in the week if there is something new and important to report.
A Favor: I would encourage student groups to reach out and invite other students to join what you are doing. If you are holding events that are open to all students, please make sure you add them to the My.Denison calendar and/or to the My.Denison featured events carousel so all students know about them and we can make sure to include them in the weekly newsletter.