COVID-19 public health sanctions, and Halloween weekend guidance

Oct. 27, 2021

Dear Green Knights,

I know I’ve said it before, but it begs repeating: The majority of you are doing amazing work in keeping yourselves and your peers safe. You’re self-monitoring for symptoms, getting tested for COVID-19, wearing masks and staying away from others when you’re feeling unwell. And it's paying off: For the first time since returning to campus in Fall 2020, today we have ZERO active cases of COVID-19 impacting campus. Thank you!

Unfortunately, we have had reports of a small number of students who are not prioritizing the health and safety of their classmates. We must all be clear that that behavior is not reflective of who we are and who we strive to be at St. Norbert College.

Consistent with St. Norbert’s mission and values, all students, staff and faculty share the responsibility to care for one another. Each and every one of us must do our part to ensure the safety of all. Further, I remind you that students who do not adhere to the college’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols face significant consequences.

As we approach Halloween weekend, I ask that you stay vigilant about your safety. Continue to maintain proper hand hygiene and wear your face masks (not just Halloween masks!) indoors on campus. Consider also wearing face coverings in crowded areas outdoors where physical distancing can’t be maintained, especially if you’re not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

On the topic of Halloween, the Bias Incident Response Group and I ask you to be mindful when choosing a costume. Remember that appropriative costumes perpetuate racist or transphobic stereotypes, contributing to aggression and violence toward marginalized communities. Here is a resource where you can learn more. Racist and discriminatory behaviors are not tolerated at St. Norbert College. If you experience or witness harassment, discrimination or unfair treatment, I encourage you to file a bias incident report.

Lastly, don’t forget COVID-19 vaccinations are easily available at Health Services. Schedule a free, confidential vaccination appointment by emailing health@snc.edu or calling 920-403-3266. Join the 1,560 SNC students who are already fully vaccinated, and help us reach our #90in90 goal of achieving a 90% student vaccination rate. If you’d like to learn more, watch this recording to hear Evan Gresko ’23 share his reasons for getting vaccinated and Dr. David Hunnicutt (Biology), Chrystal Woller (Health Services) and Deborah Arbruster (De Pere Health Department) discuss the science behind the vaccines.

Enjoy your Halloween festivities, take care of each other, and have responsible fun!

Go Green Knights!

Dr. Webb

 

Joseph J. Webb, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
St. Norbert College