After sacrificing so much over the past 18 months, I recognize and appreciate your enthusiasm to be back on campus. We cannot, however, ignore our community norms and resort to behaviors that challenge the health and well-being of our university community and our neighbors. Here are some ways you can help yourself and those around you stay safe and healthy.
RED COVID level masking
As stated by the University, you must follow the masking framework in accordance with the COVID level of the University. The campus is currently at COVID RED level, which means masks must be worn indoors at all times, and outdoors in the presence of other people, regardless of your vaccination status. Remember that a proper mask is to cover your nose and mouth. While we were delighted to see over 5,000 student supporters in the stadium during last weekend’s soccer game, the wearing of the mask was minimal at best. Please note that stadium staff will take action during the next match to enforce the wearing of the mask.
Regarding off-campus behavior
We have received too many reports of disrespectful driving occurring in off-campus neighborhoods. Actions taking place in the off-campus neighborhood impact your fellow students, faculty, staff, children and families living in the area. Being part of a community means acting with respect and responsibility, by:
- Review of the noise ordinance of the city of Syracuse. Share your phone number with your neighbor so they can contact you if things get too loud.
- Stay on your own lawn and in your own driveway. Do not congregate on a neighbor’s property or block their entrance.
- Pick up waste or recycling and dispose of properly.
Remember that any violation of the Student Code of Conduct, including those that occur off campus, can be reported to the Community Standards Office.
Consequences of removing public health signage
Signage displaying public health information essential to the health and safety of our community has disappeared several times since the start of the academic year. Theft or vandalism of University property, including public health signage, is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Several community members sent us a video from various social media channels showing students carrying or dragging these signs to their residences. We returned these videos and reports to the Community Standards Office. Know that the presence of clear and directive signage is essential to keep not only the community of our campus, but also visitors, informed of the measures (ie.
Maintain good health practices
There are general health practices you can adopt to minimize the risk of COVID and prevent the spread of other illnesses, which is important as flu and cold weather approaches.
- Get the flu shot! (As a reminder, a flu shot is mandatory before the start of the spring semester 2022.)
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing (a mask is always a great preventive measure).
- Socialize in small groups and outdoors when you can. If you are indoors, open the windows and use fans to circulate the air.
- Avoid sharing food, drink, or smoking devices.
- Don’t be afraid to ask people how they are feeling. “Not feeling good? Let’s reprogram.
- If you have COVID-like symptoms, stay home and call the Barnes Center at 315.443.8000.
With a robust semester of activity planned, safe socialization and compliance with our public health measures are paramount. Do your part and encourage others to do the same.
Robert D. Hradsky
Vice-President, Student Experience and Dean of Students