New COVID-19 Campus Guidance for Spring 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues: 

I write today to share with you a link to an updated faculty/staff guidance page that provides COVID-19 related information about the upcoming semester. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the material on the site so that you are prepared for the spring semester.

I am also sharing with you a letter we sent to students that provides more detailed information about campus life this semester. Our new Student Guidance page is a comprehensive resource for students navigating life on campus this spring. Please take the time to review this material so that you can help answer student questions and support them as they embark on the semester ahead. 

As a reminder, you are invited to join me and Keith Grant, senior director of infection prevention at Hartford HealthCare, for a special Staff and Faculty Spring 2021 Town Hall on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. We will provide an update on our spring protocols as well as the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine. You may submit your questions in advance via this Google Form

If we work together as one community to keep each other healthy and safe, I have no doubt we will enjoy another successful semester at Conn. Thank you for all that you do for the College and each other. 

Sincerely, 

 

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Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students 

 


 

Dear Students, 

Last week, I sent you a message about the onboarding process. For those of you planning to come to campus, I hope you took the opportunity to watch the video and review the To Do List. Your preparation for returning to Conn starts this week with self-isolation to avoid contracting the virus in the two weeks prior to your arrival. 

Today, I share with you a new Student Guidance webpage that will help you understand what life on campus will be like in the coming semester. We have consolidated the most important information into one resource for your convenience. Reviewing this material now will help guide you throughout the spring.

Working together, we learned a great deal in the fall about how to have a successful semester. We also listened to your feedback about not just what worked well but also what we could do better, and we have incorporated your ideas into our plans. We will continue to refine our protocols, too, based on the conversations we are having with our partners in the medical and public health fields.

Now, with just two weeks before we welcome you back to the new semester, we know you and your family have questions. I invite you to join me and my colleagues for a special Student and Family Spring 2021 Town Hall on Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The agenda will include a review of the fall semester data, highlights of our spring protocols and a Q&A.

I’ve been talking to many of you over the past couple of weeks, and it is wonderful to hear your enthusiasm about restarting the term, either in person or remotely. Please make a point of reviewing the Path Forward site on a regular basis to stay well informed. If we all continue our efforts to keep the community safe and healthy, I have no doubt we will have another successful semester. 

I look forward to seeing you via Zoom or in-person on campus very soon.

Go Camels!

 

Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students