On November 30, Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley emailed all employees the following message:
I hope everyone had a chance to rest over the Thanksgiving break and renew holiday traditions with family and friends. As we look to the close of the fall semester, I am writing to share critical updates about COVID precautions on campus and to ask your support in ensuring our campus remains healthy and safe.
During the week before the holiday, the University experienced a rise in COVID cases among undergraduate students, and as a result, we have updated the campus risk status to moderate-to-high. Students and faculty received new information on testing, face coverings and boosters and student gatherings, outlining the steps that they need to take.
The only point in the communications that applies to staff is the recommendation to get a booster vaccine. While the booster is not required by the University at this time, we recommend getting a COVID-19 booster when you become eligible (six months after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer and two months after J&J). Now is also the time for you to upload your booster information into VacStatus. All other current policies, including face coverings, are unchanged for staff, as noted in supplemental guidance on face coverings.
The precautions we are taking now are intended to make it possible for us to continue to provide a safe in-person teaching and learning environment. We will update you as often as needed, and you can always check the COVID dashboard. In the meantime, I wish you all a most healthy, peaceful holiday season.