COVID-19 Update from the Interim Dean of Students

October 27, 2020

Dear Student,

We are now starting week 11 of the Fall Academic Semester. Thank you for everything you are doing to keep our campus safe. As the number of cases rise in Utah and across the nation, Westminster must renew our commitment to following campus COVID-19 guidelines. This is especially important as the temperatures drop – sending people indoors – and as you plan your Halloween activities. Please keep in mind that the student code of conduct still applies to you off-campus. I ask that you not engage in high-risk activities or behaviors during Halloween weekend.

Reporting Exposure or Diagnosis

Remember that you need to submit an online report if you are exposed to COVID-19 or get a positive diagnosis. Reporting an exposure allows Westminster’s teams to ensure the safety of the campus community. Please avoid unnecessary travel. If you must travel, be sure to follow the recommended travel guidelines by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Residence Life Winter Break

The residence halls will close on Saturday, December 5, at 12:00 p.m. You can leave any items you won’t need over break in your room or apartment for the duration of the break. Resident Aadvisors will also be scheduling meetings for the week of November 15 to go over closing requirements. Be sure to check your floor’s Microsoft Teams channel for details. Please keep in mind that the only way students may stay in their space over break is if they complete the Break Housing Request form in eRezlife. If you are an international student, or live in Westminster On the Draw or a campus-owned house, you will be approved to stay, but you must submit a request via the eRezlife form. Other students will need to meet virtually with a staff member to discuss their break requests. Additionally, unless you live in the Draw or in campus-owned houses, there is a fee to stay over break based your residence hall’s daily rate. Please understand that there will be limited campus resources and that you are assuming risk. These forms must be completed by November 23, 2020, at noon, or your request will automatically be denied.

All residents returning to the halls for Spring 2021 will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test result received within 5 days of their arrival. If you cannot obtain a test in time for your arrival, you must schedule a test with Student Health Services before you move in. The test should be scheduled for the day you move in; keep in mind that you will need to test first, then move in. Any resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 90 days prior to arrival is exempt from submitting a negative test result, per CDC guidelines. Students will not be permitted to have access to the halls until they submit the required test results. Results will be assigned move-in windows on either Monday, January 11, 2021, or Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Physical Distance

Please be sure to keep physical distance when congregating, especially now that the cold weather will move our interactions indoors. Keep in mind that overcrowding the booths in Shaw is a COVID-19 violation.

As cases of COVID-19 rise, resist the temptation to ease your guard. Let’s finish this semester strong and together!

In warm regards,

Daniel K. Cairo Ed.D
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Interim Dean of Students

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