Six weeks into our Spring semester, I want to take a moment to share my gratitude for the steps students are taking to maintain a safe living and learning environment at our University. Your adherence to health and safety measures has played and will continue to play a key role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 on our campus this Spring.
It has been one year since the onset of this global pandemic in Indiana. We are encouraged by the current low rate of infection on campus and the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to the most vulnerable in our community. We understand human nature—COVID-19 fatigue, a perception of lower risk because of fewer cases, and warmer weather might lead to some complacency among us.
However, we must stay the course and continue doing the things that we know work to mitigate the spread of the virus: wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands, and avoiding social gatherings with those who are not part of your household.
We expect everyone to regularly review and follow CDC guidelines on many issues, including prevention and infection control, testing, vaccines, travel, and more. If you have not reviewed these guidelines recently, we ask you to take time and do so as they frequently change. Because of those changes, we have recently updated our Response Plan (PDF) and our Travel Standards (PDF), which we also encourage you to review.
Please remain committed to the Cardinals Care Pledge and continue caring for yourself, other Cardinals, and our campus and community.
Thank you for doing your part. We are in this together.