The VPSL Column: Sept 13, 2021
Our week of welcome activities was very well received and provided a much needed festive atmosphere as we began the semester. Thank you to all of the clubs and organizations that made the Pio Fair and other activities such a success and for helping our new students understand how they can become engaged and connected to the LC community.
The written feedback you provided to my office during Pio Fair is clear: you want more organized gatherings, dances, meet-ups, guest speakers and other fun activities. Let’s make sure that happens! Just remember that when hosting events, we all need to follow health mitigation protocols at all times. Several large parties occurred this past weekend, with upwards of 50 to100 students in attendance, indoors. Research tells us that gatherings of that size have the potential of community spread of COVID, especially if individuals are unvaccinated. Please consider limiting indoor gatherings to small numbers and make sure you are aware if your guests are vaccinated. And, whenever possible, keep wearing your masks. Even when you gather outside, if your group is larger than 25 and you are not social distancing, you should wear a mask, just to be safe.
Don’t forget all students are expected to have completed a full COVID vaccination regime—with documented proof of vaccination in the Health Information Portal—no later than September 15. We still have well over 100 students who have not complied with this directive. Quite simply, if you have not completed this easy step you will not be allowed to attend class starting on September 16. There will be no exceptions to this expectation. Vaccination is critical to keeping our community as safe as possible.
Overall, we are still doing very well in terms of COVID positivity rates:
COVID-19 cases: As of September 10, of the 944 tests conducted on campus in September, there were 5 positive on-campus and 2 off-campus cases. Since we began testing in August, our test positivity rate is 0.47%.
We have started the school year off strong—let’s keep it up. Thanks for everything you are doing to keep our community fun and safe. Please take care of yourself and each other.
As always, WeB4Me@LC.
Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan
Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students