Today's Update: Tuesday, May 5

May 5, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, 

I have a confession to make. I don’t love wearing a face covering. But they are also very much worth it, to me and to everyone I encounter. 

I wear one every time I’m out, including Sunday to the ‘Shoe for our virtual Commencement and yesterday on a visit to Student Life Student Health Services. You’ve seen the studies and reports that our best defense against COVID-19 is face coverings and physical distancing. It’s worth a little inconvenience to protect our health and safety, and quite possibly save our lives.  

The requirements from the State of Ohio are very clear for employees, and they apply to all of us. If you set foot on campus, for any length of time, you follow these rules. 

  • You must first take your temperature and assess any symptoms. Only come to work if you can confirm you have no fever of 100° F or higher, no cough or shortness of breath and no known exposure to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

  • You must wear a facial covering. It should be snug, but still comfortable, and cover your whole nose and mouth, and extend underneath your chin.  

The State is allowing very few exceptions to the facial covering mandate. Here in Student Life, the requirement does not include those for whom a face covering is inadvisable for health reasons, and facial coverings are not required when the employee works alone in an assigned work area. Otherwise, they are required if you are on campus, even if you are just quickly retrieving something from your work area.  

The Centers for Disease Control has more information on face coverings online: 

Those who are working regularly on campus have been supplied face coverings. If for now you are only occasionally going to campus, you are responsible for providing your own. You can even make your own

We are actively working with Student Life Disability Services and the ADA Coordinator's office to find options for face coverings for those who are hard of hearing, the deaf community and those who support them.

Every one of us should also practice good general hygiene at all times. Face coverings can be stored in a clean brown paper bag between uses. Clean or replace soiled face coverings. Always wash your hands before putting on, or taking off, a face covering. Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol hand rub. And of course maintain a physical distance of six feet from everyone you encounter.  

It only takes a little effort to protect your health and that of those around you. It is important that we follow the rules from the state and university help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

It’s another way we can stay Scarlet and Great!