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On-campus learning depends on following the rules


From: President <President@manchester.edu>
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2020 8:59 AM
To: FWStudents <FWStudents@manchester.edu>; NMStudents <NMStudents@manchester.edu>; All Colleagues <AllColleagues@manchester.edu>
Subject: On-campus learning depends on following the rules


Dear Students and Colleagues,

Fall semester at Manchester University is finally here and I could not be more excited. A tremendous amount of preparation has gone into keeping the MU community as safe as possible from the spread of COVID-19 and, at the same time, providing our students with the best on-campus, in-person learning experience that we can.

Our plan is to stay in person until Thanksgiving break. Whether we can depends in large part on following the strategies we’ve laid out for keeping each other and our community safe. Those strategies includes wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing and monitoring our health each day.

I want to be very clear about something: These strategies are not optional. When it comes to the safety of students, colleagues and communities, you don’t have a choice but to follow the rules. Those who don’t will be asked to leave campus.

While we have no control over your behavior off campus, please remember that all of your actions can affect other people and help determine whether we can stay in person through Nov. 20. You can spread the virus without having symptoms. You can affect the professor with young children at home, a colleague whose spouse is immunocompromised, a classmate who lives with her grandparents, a frontline worker who serves our food, and on and on.

If we don’t all protect each other, we will end up shutting down our campuses early and going back to remote learning. We don’t want that, and you don’t want that.

Being part of the Manchester community calls upon each of us to use good judgment, make good decisions and put Community First – every single day. I have great confidence that you share my commitment to a healthy and outstanding fall.

Welcome to this new academic year at Manchester University. Let’s do this together.


Dave McFadden
Manchester University