Important updates and reminders

March 5, 2021

Dear students,

As President Bruess shared earlier this week, we’re a month into the semester and going strong! Thanks for the efforts you are making so far. While we would all like to be on the other side of the pandemic, we continue to focus on striking a balance between important public health guidelines and providing you with a more typical college experience. With this in mind, we have some good news for you: 

What’s changing?
Effective today, March 5, we are extending the time students can freely move about campus by one hour. All residential students must now be in their own residence by 1 a.m. seven days a week. Between 1 and 6 a.m., you are to be in your own residence – meaning your own room in a traditional hall, your own suite, or your own apartment/townhouse/house. As has been previously communicated, you may use the restroom, and you may go to the main entrance to accept food delivery before promptly returning to your room. We know students operate on a different schedule than faculty and staff; and of all the restrictions currently in place, this is the one students have most requested we revisit.

What else can students do?

  • As students in recognized organizations learned this semester, student orgs can meet in person and hold on-campus events, as long as the meetings or events have been registered with LSE. In the fall, only e-boards were allowed to gather in person. We know that orgs are an important way for students to connect in person and we’re glad to have expanded this option for spring.
  • Students can gather in physically distanced groups in res hall lounges and patios, in public spaces such as the Campus Center or Todd Wehr Hall, and in various public green spaces on campus. As spring weather emerges, remember that connecting outdoors is considered safer than indoors. While your residence hall room may limit you to connecting with a small number of friends, campus public spaces can safely accommodate more people. 
  • One place you can gather outdoors is at the upcoming SNC Ring of Fire events offered on these Saturdays: March 6, March 20, April 10 and April 24, all from 7-9 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Old St. Joe’s Church. Join your friends outdoors for campfires, food trucks and music!

What remains in place?

  • Masking: Our mask requirement, indoors and outdoors, remains in place for any time you are not in your private residence. Unless you have a documented accommodation, you are required to wear a cloth mask covering your nose and mouth. We know this one is hard! But it’s also one of the best tools we have to keep ourselves and others safe. Again, as the weather improves, venture out – walk the local neighborhood or cross the river and enjoy the trail. When you’re off campus and outdoors, take a break from your mask.
  • Physical distancing: We remind you that you must keep your distance (6 feet minimum) anytime you are outside your private residence. This includes campus dining facilities, the library, etc., and applies to everyone, including roommates.
  • Limits to gatherings at campus residences: Our maximum number of students able to gather in campus residences has not changed. On our own campus, as well as across the nation, it has been documented that campus super-spreader events take place where large groups of students gather in close proximity. 
    • Our rule for determining the maximum number of students who can gather inside a campus residence is the occupancy of the residence multiplied by two, or 10 people total, whichever is lowest. We realize this has been frustrating to students who live in spaces with six or more students. As with all of our guidelines, we will continue to review this in light of our campus, local and state context. 
    • We also remind our students residing in campus houses that the maximum number applies to gatherings indoors or outdoors at campus houses. Campus house yards are not considered public green space.

Students, we will continue to watch, review and seek your input. We are proud of how the semester is going thus far, and proud of all you are doing! We thank you for your cooperation with entry testing and weekly surveillance testing. We hope as time passes that we can continue to open up more and more ways for you to connect. 

As always, if you have any questions we encourage you to send them to covid19response@snc.edu. This allows us to route your question to the person or office best able to respond.

Here’s to a great spring together!

Julie Massey
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs