Scherrens: Returning Safely this Fall
by Dr. Maurice Scherrens, President of Newberry College - July 15, 2021
Dear Newberry College Community,
I hope you and your family are safe and well. As we reach mid-summer, we look forward to the fall semester.
I continue to reflect on the successes of the last academic year with deep appreciation for your resolve to navigate through the turbulence caused by the pandemic. We kept case counts low, excelled in the classroom and on the field, and redefined what it means to be “Newberry Strong.” As effects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain with us, I just wanted to share our plans for your safe return this fall.
First, while we strongly recommend everyone get vaccinated against COVID-19, vaccinations are not mandatory for students, faculty, or staff. At fall check-in, vaccinated students will show proof of vaccination to keep on file. Like last year, students who have not been vaccinated must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within five (5) days of their return to campus. Vaccinated faculty and staff may send a copy of their vaccination card to Human Resources to keep on file.
Due to a decrease in the risks associated with the pandemic, in large part due to the availability of vaccines, we are pleased to report that all classes will be held on campus, in person. Virtual learning will be offered on a limited, case-by-case basis for students with extenuating circumstances. You may click here to fill out the virtual learning application.
All students, faculty, staff, and guests will be required to wear face masks inside college buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be removed when outside, dining, or in one’s own office or residence hall room. Face shields are permissible, but face masks are still required along with them. Accommodations can be made for students who have documented medical conditions that could be worsened by wearing a face covering. We will maintain social distancing of three (3) feet while engaged in indoor activities. Finally, like last year, we recommend that students limit non-essential travel to and from campus.
This is just a summary of our policy changes for this fall. Since the issues surrounding the pandemic are ever-changing, we will advise you of any policy changes as soon as possible. For up-to-date information, visit newberry.edu/returning, and email any questions to ResponseTeam@newberry.edu.
Enjoy your summer, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you back on campus next month.
Maurice W. Scherrens