February 2, 2021
We write to you today with great concern about the behavior of some students who are electing not to follow social distancing and the use of face coverings. The Colleges identified 16 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and virtually all of these cases are connected to students gathering in direct violation of the Colleges’ Community Standards and all public health advice. Not only have these students put themselves at risk for serious and long term health issues, they have unconscionably risked the health of our community and placed at risk the in-person model of education we have worked so hard collectively to maintain.
While students who intentionally behave in contrast to our Community Standards and public health policies will face disciplinary action, it is our hope that you will hold one another accountable for the collective good of our campus community. We are doing everything we can to ensure that these consequences do not extend to shutting down campus by requiring every student to enter quarantine for two weeks, a move that would be mandated by the State of New York.
This pandemic is hard. It’s demanding that we call upon our better selves every minute of every day to behave responsibly by prioritizing the health and well-being of others over our individual fatigue and our impulses to behave the way we did before COVID. It’s daily work. We have to continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and behave responsibly. Vaccines are being distributed and there’s great hope that the end of the pandemic is in sight. We ask for your renewed commitment and cooperation.
Provost and Dean of Faculty
Vice President for Campus Life