Message from the President
We are thrilled to have our Jacks back for the spring! I hope all of you enjoyed a restful winter break and that your students are reenergized and ready to continue their journey at NAU.
We have worked hard throughout the winter break to prepare to welcome our students back. Unfortunately, the pandemic has evolved with the Omicron variant coming into sharp focus in all of our minds. In our planning, we have worked to meet and balance our dual commitments that have underpinned a successful fall semester and will guide us through the spring:
- Promote health and safety within our NAU community at all levels by following science, data, and best practices; and
- Deliver on our educational mission and support our students in the attainment of their goals through an exceptional, student-focused community of care approach.
Understanding the reality that COVID-19 is going to be with us for the long haul, NAU continues to rely on our impressive record of success, and we are confident in the effective protocols we have in place. This includes encouraging our Lumberjack community to get vaccinated/boosted, mask up, get tested, and practice social distancing. Together, through our community of care approach, I am confident we will have a vibrant and enriching semester.
Additional information about our plans for the spring, including quarantine and isolation protocols, can be found on our Jacks are Back website, which will be updated as needed throughout the spring.
As we did in the fall, we will continue to seek guidance from scientific and public health experts as we continually assess the state of the virus. We are prepared to rapidly adapt operations and adjust our plans should the need arise, and we are committed to keeping our Lumberjack family informed.
Even with the latest challenges before us, I can say with confidence that Jacks are strong and resilient, and excited for the bold and boundless spring semester that is just underway.