Sept. 26, 2020

Dear Students,

We learned this morning of a fourth positive case. While I will not be sending such emails for every positive case we experience, I did want to communicate now because I want to inform you about the fact that the procedures and protocols are working and to request your attention to the support needed for the students affected.

It is important for you to know that our contact tracing efforts are working. This additional positive case was identified in someone who is already quarantined, which means that that individual spent less time with other members of the community while being contagious. The contact tracing team is now investigating that individual's contacts.
 
We certainly understand that positive cases anywhere on campus will generate fear, and that fear can lead to speculation and rumors. But it is important for everyone to realize that--

Rumors are hurtful.

Students in quarantine or isolation and awaiting test results or having tested positive, are under tremendous stress and deserve the compassion and support of their peers.

So, please do not share rumors and please stop people who insist on spreading rumors.

Remember, a positive case could happen to anyone, so please consider how you would like to be treated if you catch the virus.

Students should not be talking to or talking about any other student who they have heard rumors about. This could be considered a form of slander, harassment, or bullying, and could result in consequences through our conduct process.

We need to work together and support each other as a community. Please do what you can to stop the spreading of rumors. It is only hurting people.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Patrick  

Patrick G. Love

Vice President for Student Affairs
Director, Student Affairs Administration graduate program
Springfield College
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