Welcoming students to a new semester

August 26, 2020

This message was sent to University students, faculty and staff.

To Our University Community:

Student activity on our campus is always a welcome sign that a new semester is upon us. With the start of the fall semester, we want to wish our students a successful and enriching academic year.

Vice President of Student Services Shannon Ellis and her entire team have extensively planned and prepared the services our students need to achieve academic goals and, as well, to learn and grow as individuals. This includes services for students’ mental health, physical health, tutoring, academic and social support and career development. As Dr. Ellis says in this welcome video to our students, this is a campus dedicated to our students’ success.

To all of our students, please continue to look out for one another. Make decisions that are in the best interest for all of you. Avoid mass gatherings off campus. Wear facial coverings. Maintain safe social distance in all settings. Practice good hygiene and wash your hands with sanitizer often. For the health and well-being of those around you, don’t go to class if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms that cannot be attributed to an unrelated health condition. These symptoms include:

  • Fever of 100.4
  • Chills
  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (excluding symptoms from a previous condition)
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose,
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Have you been in close proximity to, or had physical contact in the past 14 days, with an individual who has tested positive or is suspected to be positive for COVID-19?
  • Have you been told to quarantine or self-isolate by a physician or government agent due to COVID-19?

If you need medical treatment or medical advice, seek out our health care professionals in our . The Student Health Center is conducting COVID-19 testing for individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID.

We have it within us to have a successful semester. Let’s continue to practice the healthy behaviors that benefit our entire University Community.

Welcome back, Wolf Pack.


Marc A. Johnson