Safer at SNC

Sept. 25, 2020

Dear students,

As President Bruess noted in his email yesterday, we have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 on the St. Norbert College campus and in the larger community. We’ve also been watching and learning from the virus mitigation efforts of other colleges and universities. While we are encouraged by the improvement of the COVID-19 case dashboard numbers, we know that the incubation period for this virus means we cannot rest on the results of a few better days. Therefore, effective today, Friday, Sept. 25, we are implementing a Safer at SNC Order. The order will be in effect until Monday, Oct. 12.

What does the Safer at SNC Order mean?

  • Effective today, Friday, Sept. 25, through 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, you are expected to adhere to the Safer at SNC Order, which requires you to be in your campus residence during quiet hours each day. We will end this time earlier in the morning to allow students to get to morning meals, work, workouts and such. Failure to observe these hours will be treated as a violation of our public health guidelines and subject to appropriate sanctions through Student Judicial Affairs. The hours you need to be in residence are:
    • Sundays-Thursdays: 10 p.m.-6 a.m.
    • Fridays-Saturdays: Midnight-7 a.m.
  • This order applies to all campus residential facilities including residence halls, townhouses, apartments, houses and any housing facility the college operates.
  • There are to be absolutely no guests, whether they be other SNC students or guests from off campus. In residence halls, this means you are to be in your own room or the bathroom, as necessary, and not in anyone else’s room.
  • Students should contact their area coordinator with any questions about adhering to the hours they need to be in residence.
  • In-person course instruction and in-person dining services operations continue during this order, as we are not seeing spread in either of these settings.
  • If required, students are allowed to continue off-campus employment outside of these hours.
  • To support the expectation that you are in your residence during quiet hours, the hours of some campus facilities have been modified for the next two weeks. See below for details.
  • College leadership will review the order in advance of Oct. 12 to determine appropriate next steps.

Why are we adopting more restrictive practices for a two-week time period?

  • We are situated in a state and county experiencing wide community spread of COVID-19. We want to keep our students, faculty and staff as safe as possible.
  • We know that you are safest on campus. Our classrooms and dining services locations are not linked to the spread of cases on campus, and our traditional residence halls are showing low levels of spread.
  • We know that parties — specifically two parties involving a large number of students — have resulted in a high number of cases, as well as large numbers of students impacted by quarantine restrictions. While we don’t have clear evidence of bars as the locus of spread for our students, it is widely known in public health that they are among the top reasons for spread in the 18-24 age group.
  • We recognize that COVID-19 already is a major life disruption. Our students who have needed to observe quarantine or isolate can attest to that. We believe a short period of greater restrictions, during a timeframe that matches the virus incubation period, can help slow the spread to more students.

Additional changes for the Fall 2020 semester

We also want to make you aware of other important changes in support of the safety of our students, faculty and staff:

  • Because we can connect the spread of COVID-19 to unsafe parties, all alcohol fines are doubled for the remainder of the semester, and the severity of other alcohol sanctions will be proportionately increased.
  • The campus shuttle will not transport students under the influence for the remainder of the semester. We value your safety, but when you are making unsafe choices, our shuttle drivers or other student riders should not be put at risk for your convenience.
  • We remind student organizations of these restrictions already in place:
    • Student organization meetings must take place virtually.
    • Student organizations may host events on campus if the events have been registered with LSE. This allows staff to review the plans and ensure they are in line with all campus health guidelines.
    • Student organizations may not host off-campus events.
    • If these restrictions are violated, individuals will be held accountable. The college has the right to defund or disband the offending student organization.
We look forward to working with you and supporting you throughout these two weeks and the remainder of the semester. As President Bruess has said many times, we see so many examples of students doing the right thing. Let’s do this next tough, right thing together so we can stay here on campus!

We’ve got this, Green Knights!

Julie Massey
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Modified hours for campus facilities during the Safer at SNC order
To support the expectation that you are in your residence during quiet hours, the hours of some campus facilities have been modified for the next two weeks.
  • The library building hours:
    • Sundays: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Mondays-Thursdays: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Fridays: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Saturdays: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Fitness center:
    • Sundays: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Mondays: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Tuesdays-Thursdays: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Fridays: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Saturdays: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Campus Center:
    • Sundays: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Mondays-Thursdays: 7:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
    • Fridays: 7:15 a.m.-11 p.m.
    • Saturdays: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
    • Use of the Campus Center gym will be restricted to official practice times scheduled by athletics.
  • Retail dining services:
    • Ruth’s Marketplace and Michels Commons Ballroom take-out services will close at 7 p.m. nightly.
    • Phil’s Grill & C-Store:
      • Sundays: 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
      • Mondays-Thursdays: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
      • Fridays: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
      • Saturdays: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
    • Ed’s Coffee Shop:
      • Sundays: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
      • Mondays-Thursdays: 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
      • Fridays: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
      • Saturdays: Closed
    • Dale’s Sports Lounge
      • Sundays-Thursdays: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
      • Fridays: Closed
      • Saturdays: 5-9 p.m.
    • Check for the most up-to-date hours, menus and more.
  • Student card access to campus buildings is being adjusted to reflect these times.