Anna Bowers · July 23, 2020
Today the Office of the President issued the following letter:
Dear Southern Virginia University Community,
We are pleased to announce that Southern Virginia University’s Healthy Campus Plan has been approved with no revisions by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Based on our approved Healthy Campus Plan, we are officially cleared to reopen our campus for Fall 2020. Our full Healthy Campus Plan is available online. Below is a summary of its key components:
Measures to Prevent Exposure
We will take the following proactive measures to protect our campus community from exposure to the COVID-19 virus during the Fall 2020 Semester:
Measures to Identify Infection and Minimize Spread
We will implement the following measures to identify and minimize spread of the virus:
In addition to the above measures, we strongly encourage any students who are immunocompromised or in high-risk health categories relative to COVID-19—or who share living spaces with or care for individuals in these high-risk categories—not to attend campus in-person during the Fall 2020 semester. In these specific cases, we will accommodate these individuals with options to continue learning remotely during the fall semester. If you feel this situation applies to you, please contact the Office of the Registrar at your earliest convenience by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are blessed that our University is located in the rural Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, a low-population density area with historically low rates of significant COVID-19 incidents. It is also helpful that the University has a culture and Code of Honor to be honest, clean and kind, and abstain from alcohol and drugs. With our Healthy Campus Plan approved and in place, and with the cooperation of our excellent students, faculty, and professional staff, we believe that we can make our campus home one of the safest places where any student could live in the coming months. To that end, we will ask all members of our campus community to formally affirm their individual commitment to our Healthy Campus Plan before coming to campus.
Throughout the next month, we will send additional details and frequent updates about our Healthy Campus Plan, including specific instructions on how to prepare before coming, and how to affirm your individual commitment to the plan.
The remarkable rate of progress to develop new vaccines and treatments is very hopeful! It is possible these measures for Fall 2020 Semester may begin to be modified and life may begin to normalize as the Spring 2021 Semester progresses. In the meantime, with everyone’s cooperation, help, and faith, together we can keep Southern Virginia University a happy and healthy home for this year—a safe harbor and a refuge from the storm.
We are excited to safely gather together again on campus.
The Office of the President
Southern Virginia University
P.S. Please note that our Healthy Campus Plan is subject to change depending on trends of the virus and guidance from local and state authorities.