Update from Student Affairs

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On January 14, 2022

Dear students,
We hope you had a good winter break, are healthy, and are ready to return to campus. We are working to keep the campus as safe as possible for everyone during this most recent COVID-19 surge. 
You received a message from the UM System on Tuesday regarding the status of our four campuses; this is an update as to where we are on the S&T campus, as well as some requests. These guidelines represent our current protocols and practices for the campus.  We are asking you to take a great deal of responsibility to ensure the campus’s health and wellbeing.  It may seem daunting, but these precautions are necessary as we move toward a restriction-free campus operating environment.
According to the CDC, the best protection against the virus remains vaccination. Evidence is showing those with a two-dose vaccine experience fewer symptoms. Boosters can also help minimize risk of acquiring the current variant. We strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated and to get a booster shot within the recommended time. Students are encouraged to report their vaccination record, including boosters, via our Student Health Portal. There will be vaccination clinics on campus this semester; stay tuned to the Student eConnection for dates and times. The first will be January 27.
In addition to vaccinations and boosters, we ask you to practice the following to protect all members of our campus community:  

  • We ask all students, faculty, and staff to stay home if sick, even when symptoms are mild. The CDC Symptom checker is a great tool which incorporates symptoms of multiple variants. Students can work with individual faculty to ensure an opportunity to make up any learning missed from staying home.
  • The best protection in gatherings of any size includes wearing a facial covering, wherever you may be. Check the CDC guidance on proper facial coverings. Social etiquette supports wearing a mask in any gathering until the host or leader acknowledges comfort removing. 
  • Use your best judgment in gatherings, regardless of vaccination status.  Maintain social distancing and re-establish your social bubbles. Virtual gatherings, especially at the start of the semester, may be utilized for events where social distancing cannot be maintained. 

Please follow the above guidelines in order to protect the most vulnerable among us, including those with personal or family health issues or whose immune systems compromised.
We continue to ask all students, faculty, and staff to report positive COVID-19 cases to Student Health Services at COVID@mst.edu, and your supervisor if you work on campus.  Students may contact Student Health Services for guidance if they are not feeling well.
For updated S&T information, please visit coronavirus.mst.edu. Get the latest CDC guidelines at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Debra Robinson, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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