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COVID-19 Student Digest: August 15, 2020

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Community Reminder

As a reminder, our ability to continue with in-person classes this semester is dependent on all students and members of our community upholding our expectations related to COVID-19 to prevent and slow the spread of the virus. Please be diligent and wear your face covering, maintain appropriate distance from others, wash your hands frequently, and follow the University’s visitation policy. We’re In This Together!


Expectations and Policies:

As We’re In This Together, we again want to highlight critical and specific parts of the University COVID-19 guidelines to assist you in your adjustment to campus:

VISITOR POLICY

Only one Wittenberg visitor is permitted in a residence hall room or neighborhood house or yard per resident. All should wear masks and be physically distanced by at least six feet. This is critical to slow the spread and preserve our residential experience.

FACE COVERINGS

Face coverings are required indoors and when outdoors walking or gathering in spaces where you are not by yourself. This also includes common areas of houses and residence halls. This is critical to slow the spread and preserve our residential experience. Face coverings should also be worn when outside with housemates, teammates, classmates, and roommates. Full policy here.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

All students must always maintain a minimum of six feet from one another. This includes walking outdoors, sitting in classrooms, hanging outside in green spaces or on porches, and in common areas of residence halls or houses. This is a critical safety piece to protect you and others in case of any positive cases that may emerge.

MASS GATHERINGS

Currently in Ohio mass gatherings are limited to 10 people total only. This includes events, meetings, and informal gatherings. Certain areas (worship and educational courses) have different approved gathering sizes based on CDC and Government guidance. Full Events and Gathering policy here.


How To Report Concerns

If you have a concern about a member of our community not fulfilling our community expectations, please complete the Wittenberg University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. A member of the COVID Response Team will follow-up as appropriate. If you have a concern about exposure (yours or someone else’s) to COVID-19, please use the same form. For general questions about COVID-19 and Wittenberg University’s response, please email covid@wittenberg.edu.


Welcome Week

Welcome Week has begun for all new students! The full schedule can be found here. All BOLD items are REQUIRED for all new students. New students should have received their Orientation group information and a link to join their GroupMe to meet their Orientation Assistants (OAs). Your OAs will help make sure you know where to go this week and assist you in connecting across campus. All new students received an email to your Wittenberg email on SUNDAY titled “Welcome Week” that contained your group information. If you do not have your group information, please email deanofstudents@wittenberg.edu.


Mailroom Hours

The Student Mailroom will be open for package pickup at the following times this weekend:

3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Sunday, August 16

The Student Mailroom is in the lower level of the Benham-Pence Student Center. Please note you must have your ID with you to retrieve any packages.

Package pick-up hours for the semester will be announced next week.


Meet the Deans & Staff

Now that you’re back or have arrived for the first time, come Meet The Deans today. Stop by the location below for a snack, and meet the staff that is here to support you. Also get questions answered or just say hello!

  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Stoughton Lawn (outside Benham-Pence Student Center)

Using Virtual Technology

As classes begin, a common virtual platform you most likely will use to participate in classes and events is Microsoft Teams. Before classes begin, please review this overview on how to use the platform. That way you will be ready to Tiger Up! when classes start. Another platform you will be using frequently is Moodle, the University online learning platform. Familiarize yourself with its features ahead of classes beginning so you do not miss a beat! You can access the Moodle overview here.


Success Resources

COMPASS: Sweet Success Center has provided a Remote Learning Guide to assist you in critical things to think about when participating in hybrid or remote courses. Take a look, prepare for how you will want to approach classes, and do not hesitate to set up a meeting with the team in COMPASS to build your academic plan for success this fall! You can schedule a meeting at www.wittenberg.edu/success. Additionally, here is a downloadable time management sheet for you to start building your routine for fall! Unsure where to start in building a routine? COMPASS can assist you with that, too!


Student Support

Students who might be in need of accommodations due to the impact of COVID-19, or who would like to discuss potential learning or living accommodations, should contact Accessibility Services via email. Students can also submit a request for accommodations via the form found here or access more detailed information on the Accessibility Services webpage.

It is critical that symptomatic or exposed students not physically attend class or work or participate in other campus activities. Students in quarantine/isolation should work with Accessibility Services and the COMPASS: Sweet Success Center regarding accommodations required for the continuation of their coursework.


Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

Wittenberg strongly recommends students who are identified through contact tracing as close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 return to their permanent residence to quarantine. Wittenberg asks students who can return home to do so to allow the University to prioritize isolation and quarantine space for those who live farther away and those who cannot return home, for example, because a family member is at high risk for COVID-19.

The University urges students to follow guidelines that will minimize spread, including wearing face coverings, avoiding groups larger than 10, and maintaining 6 feet physical distance. This will help minimize the number of people who must be quarantined if someone tests positive.

Students identified as close contacts are required to quarantine for 14 days. They should monitor and report any symptoms during that time. Students who become symptomatic during the 14-day quarantine at home must be re-evaluated by a health professional before returning to in-person operations on-campus.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. More information is available from the CDC.

More information on quarantine and isolation can also be found in the COVID-19 Health Protocol for students.


#MaskUp

COMPASS: Sweet Success Center is ready to #MaskUp as the year begins. Staying safe and healthy, and staying committed to your community is an important step to success, especially this fall. COMPASS is ready to assist you virtually or distanced (when possible), so #MaskUp always and set up your appointment with COMPASS to plan your approach for classes, goals for the semester, and other support as We’re In This Together.


Previous Issues of Student Digest

All issues of the Student Digest are posted on the W.I.T.T.: We’re In This Together website in the communications section. If you have a question that has not been addressed in these communications to date, please email the COVID Response Team.

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