Oct. 18, 2020

Dear Students,

I am writing to update you on the status of our fight to keep the virus at bay and remain on campus.

New Positive Tests
Since Friday, four more students tested positive on campus. The second two were discovered through follow up testing done after contact tracing was conducted with the first two. All the students who tested positive have been moved to supported isolation housing or they chose to go home for the isolation time period. The 25 confirmed contacts of those who tested positive are in quarantine on campus (several others went home to quarantine). Of those in quarantine, six are in Lakeside Hall (on a recently vacated floor). Residents of Abbey Hall and several athletic teams were tested on Sunday afternoon. They have been instructed to self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result. We thank everyone involved for their cooperation and compliance in working with the testing, contact tracing teams, and quarantine housing teams.

We should all be concerned about this uptick in cases on campus. We are doing all we can with testing, contact tracing, and quarantining to control the outbreak. However, this also means that it is that much more imperative that all students follow the safety guidelines: wear your mask, maintain social distance, wash your hands, and do not exceed COVID occupancy limits!

November Move-Out Policy Change
We have changed the policy related to bringing your belongings home when you move out in November. More information will be forthcoming from Residence Life. You WILL be able to leave your belongings in your room.

Thank you again to everyone for all you are doing to keep each other and the entire community safe and healthy!


Patrick G. Love
Vice President for Student Affairs