November 5, 2020

Dear Students,

This email communication is intended for students remaining on campus and any graduate or undergraduate students still coming to campus for classes or access to any buildings or facilities on campus.

First of all, thank you for your cooperation during these exceptionally turbulent past couple of weeks. We appreciate you and are sorry for the stress you are experiencing!

Shelter-in-Place Scheduled to End on Monday

Note: The ending of Shelter-in-Place will depend on what happens this weekend regarding the virus on campus. Any changes will be communicated widely and posted on the COVID webpage.

If Shelter-in-Place does end on Monday, students will be allowed free movement on campus and in-person dining will resume in both Cheney and the Union Cafe. Note: This does not apply to students in quarantine in Gulick until Wednesday (11/11), or those who were direct contacts of a positive person or those in isolation (all of Gulick, Lakeside, and other locations).

Residence Hall Entrance/Exit

With reduced occupancy on campus, students should now only be using the main doors for entrance and exit to their residence hall. Additional security measures have also been put into place:

  • Entries to buildings will have staff or be securely locked at all times;

  • There are Community Directors in all of our areas as well as more than half the RAs; and

  • Residence Life has coordinated with Public Safety to do extra rounds of the buildings.

Testing

Every undergraduate and graduate student residing on or coming to campus for any reason needs to be tested each week. The schedule for the remaining two weeks (Nov. 9 - Nov 20) will be:

  • Monday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Again, no appointment is needed. Individuals who do not follow the required weekly testing protocol will not be allowed to remain in campus housing or come to campus for any reason.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center will reopen tomorrow (Friday) morning at 7 a.m. but at a further reduced capacity, so please plan your visit that may include some waiting time (or come early). The hours will be 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Mon-Fri, and noon - 4 p.m. on weekends. Wellness Center staff are also hoping to open the pool for an hour on weekdays at about noon. Check their webpage for updates!

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons will remain in 24-hour study mode allowing students access to the first and second floors. Note: The Learning Commons is not limited by the state restrictions (listed below).

State Restrictions

The governor has instituted additional state restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. All buildings on campus will close by 9:30 p.m. There is also a stay-at-home advisory from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. (except for addressing health needs, grocery shopping, or to take a walk).

If you have any questions, please contact us at studentaffairs@springfield.edu. Thanks again for all your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Patrick 

Patrick G. Love

Vice President for Student Affairs