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COVID-19 Student Digest: August 20, 2020

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Community Reminder

As we have reiterated, our ability to continue with in-person classes this semester is dependent on all students and our entire campus upholding our community expectations 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:


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 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.


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.


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


The campus community can use the WITTTIP safety alert system to send a confidential tip via text message to the Wittenberg University Police Division regarding safety concerns or criminal activity. Users should text the word WITTTIP and your message to 79516. A response will come from the text system promptly, acknowledging receipt.

The WITTTIP text service is not for emergencies. Items that should be texted will be those that the Wittenberg Police Division should be alerted about, where no person is in imminent danger. Emergencies still need to be reported using the emergency phone number, (937) 327-6363, or by using a blue cap phone on campus, if accessible, where the caller can speak directly to police dispatchers. For those who prefer to use an Internet interface, there is a web tip form where community members can confidentially submit their concerns online using this link.

Class of 2024 Elections

Interested in serving your class on Student Senate? Class of 2024 election packets will be available Aug. 25 and are due back Aug. 31. Save the date for the Class of 2024 election day on Sept. 8 via Be on the lookout for more detailed information from Student Senate in email and on its Instagram page @WittSenate.

Weekend Fun

Check out fun virtual or limited events this weekend:

  • Friday: Grab-and-Go Art Project: Build Your Own Fairy Door: Pick up supplies at the Student Center Information Desk
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Downtown Springfield

Follow @Wittshappening on Instagram and @witts_happening on Twitter to be notified of all events and things to do on campus and in the community.

Resources for Success

Is your class meeting in a hybrid or remote format? Read the COMPASS: Sweet Success Center Remote Learning Guide to assist you in adjusting to this format and in supporting your success. Set up a meeting with COMPASS to talk through your strategy and build your study plan at

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!

Outside Instruction

Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

The COVID Response Team is working to answer all questions and respond as needed. The WITT: We're In This Together website is another helpful resource. Here is a reminder on helpful terms:

  • Quarantine is for individuals that are asymptomatic and/or have reason to believe they have been exposed to the virus.
  • Isolation is for individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Currently, we do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus.

Tips from the Tiger Counseling Center

Being a new college student can be exciting, stimulating and fun, while also being stressful in learning new surroundings, making friends, and dealing with new academic challenges. It’s important to take care of yourself during your first year of college to avoid burnout. Want to connect with the counseling center? Visit

These tips can help you beat the stress:

  • Create a routine. If you get yourself in the habit of studying, exercising, relaxing, and sleeping at certain hours, it will be easier to fit in all the things you need to do in a day without feeling too stressed out.
  • Put limits on work hours. You can’t work all the time. Fun and relaxation have to be part of your routine as well. Limit the times when you will work to give yourself time to sleep and rest up so you won’t get sick.
  • Give yourself a break. If you’ve been working steadily for hours, give your eyes and mind a chance for a rest by taking a break. Set a timer on your phone for a certain amount of time to work, and then relax for 10 to 15 minutes. You can come back feeling more refreshed and ready to go.
  • Be realistic. Sometimes there’s just no way you’re going to get done everything you’d like to in one day. Be realistic about your goals and understand that you can only do so much.
  • Understand you can’t do everything. While you might want to go to class, work, play a sport, and participate in clubs and social activities, the reality is that sooner or later you’re going to get run down by trying to do so much. Focus on doing the things you truly love and make a decision to let go of the rest.
  • Get help when needed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, reach out and ask for help from professors, and staff. They may be able to give you more time or assist you in finding strategies to complete projects and studying more quickly.
  • Take advantage of campus resources. Our COMPASS: Sweet Success Center has academic coaching available to help you with time management, studying, and much more. Call, email or simply walk in to set up an appointment. The Tiger Counseling Center offers free, unlimited, confidential counseling to all currently enrolled students. They can help you deal with stress, anxiety, and other problems that college students experience. Email, call or walk in during daily office hours to make an appointment.
  • Relax with hobbies. Whether you like to paint, read, play music or destroy aliens with your friends in video games, making time for the things you love is an important part of keeping yourself from getting too stressed out.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. It’s easy to put off starting on a big project or studying for a test until the last minute. You’ll be much less stressed out, however, and will likely do better if you give yourself more time to work on it. Even if it is for short periods of time, doing your school assignments early will keep you from feeling stressed about upcoming deadlines.
  • Spend time with friends. There are few things that can cheer you up like being around the people you like most. Even during a global pandemic, you can safely eat dinner with friends, hang out and watch TV, or take a walk to get away from the stress of homework and classes.
  • Learn time management skills. Time management skills will make everything from getting assignments completed to managing work a lot easier. Visit the COMPASS: Sweet Success Center for personalized time management tips. You deserve to get all you can out of every hour of the day.

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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